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Comment: Re:Why? (Score 3, Insightful) 327

by leptons (#48398309) Attached to: Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

and last twice as long as alternative PC laptop manufacturers

This simply is not true. There is a new class action lawsuit against Apple for all the defective 2011 macbooks out there. We've had to replace the motherboard 4 times already in one of our macbooks, and now that it's out of warranty Apple wants $1200 to replace the motherboard again, with the same defective crap. 2008 Macbooks and iMacs have similar problems.

The problem comes down to heat dissipation - there is no room for proper cooling inside these computers that Apple designs, because they believe in form-over-function. Cooling it properly might require a slightly thicker macbook and that is unacceptable to Apple.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 327

by leptons (#48398271) Attached to: Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

and requires weekly reboots to keep it running

This is so much FUD. A modern WIndows 7 or 8 machine can run quite a long time, months or even years. The only things that require reboots would be some system upgrades (not all of them), and even OSX/Linux often require reboots for those.

You're living in the 90's if you think Windows has to be rebooted just to keep it running.

Comment: Re:tl;dr (Score 2) 273

by leptons (#46661645) Attached to: Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus
Your statement is ignorant
Tell me, what is burning man? Whatever you say will be wrong, because Burning Man is, and always was, what you make it.

No, it isn't a party. No, it isn't a drug-fest. No, it isn't a hippie love-fest. No, it isn't anything that you say it is, because my burn is what I make it, and it isn't any of those things.

I'm in my 40's, btw. Whatever age you are, you seem to be dead inside.

Comment: Re:April Fools stories are gay (Score 2) 1482

by leptons (#46632795) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights
Since Obama took office? Have you been living under a rock for the last 10,000 years? Intolerance is practically a way of life and has been for many people living on this planet going as far back as recorded history can measure.

You're only noticing it more because YOU are paying more attention now than you did before.

Comment: Re:You're Old (Score 2) 218

by leptons (#46552023) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?
I really wouldn't want to work somewhere that has 20 year olds doing interviews. A 20-something "senior engineer" is a fallacy they are what "expert beginners" and they often make mistakes someone with more experience will not make, and that includes the hiring process.

I've been shown the door in an interview by 20-somethings after not answering their vague questions exactly the way they wanted them answered. My current company gave me the highest marks they've ever given an employee and they've been around 15 years. They have experienced people giving interviews and performance reviews.

But isn't it also age discrimination not wanting to work with 20-something "senior engineers" or worse, 20-something CTOs who will be your superior when you have 30 years of experience?

Comment: Re:You're getting old? (Score 5, Interesting) 218

by leptons (#46551969) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?
I had to dye my hair for the first time ever during my recent job search, because I was being interviewed by 20-something and they aren't as likely to hire someone in their 40s if they look like they are in their 40s.

There is a misconception in the industry that younger == better, but nothing could be further from the truth. The younger ones invariably cause many problems by making mistakes that more experienced people have already made and know to avoid.

I will by dying my hair again only if/when I need to look for another job.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 2) 465

by leptons (#46416391) Attached to: Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad
My co-worker gave me his personal tablet to use for work purposes (app testing), with his photos and music still on it. He gave it for me and then took an assignment in another office and hasn't cared to ask for it back. I haven't looked to see if I could purchase with his appleId but I don't really care to even try. This kind of thing probably happens all the time, except in your narrow view of the world.

Most people don't give a second thought about privacy, especially when they don't have anything to hide, and I'd bet grandma had nothing to hide on that tablet.

Apple has once again proven their overbearing stranglehold on everything they touch.

Comment: Re:Do not want. (Score 0, Offtopic) 125

by leptons (#46210577) Attached to: Dyson Invests £5 Million To Create 'Intelligent Domestic Robots'
> Second, with the dynamic photo loading (why the hell are there photos now?) I hate having my webpage constantly bouncing around up and down when I'm trying to navigate (especially painful when I'm trying to click a link, only for the device to "catch up" and finish fully rendering the page after I have already made the move for my finger to click on the link but before the finger actually touches the screen, causing me to click a different link than intended). This, compounded with the first issue above, take Slashdot well outside the realm of usability. I don't know for sure, but from reading around, this second issue seems to be due to the Javascript, which seemingly almost as many users complaining about are claiming is NOT a problem. What???

Javascript is NOT the problem on this one, inexperienced developers and shoddy implementation is. What is happening here is there is an unloaded image in the layout and when the image loads, suddenly it takes up some space on the page and causes a reflow of the text and this makes the page appear to bounce around.

What should be implemented to fix this is, any place there is an image, the image should be inside a div, and the div width and height should be the exact size of the image being loaded so that the div takes up the space and when the image loads inside the div, it doesn't cause a reflow of the layout.

It is a very simple thing to do, but many developers don't do this because they are either too new at doing this type of work, or they aren't that good at it to begin with. It kills usability on many websites, not just slashdot.