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Comment: Re:I have a phone in my pocket (Score 1) 126

Your phone was probably also using cell tower triangulation and getting confused/tripped up by a stingray device. I have noticed similar behavior on my phones, but not pure GPS devices, on the east coast. The place where it was worst was Washington D.C. Out west seems to be mostly trouble free.

Comment: Re:You want a ChromeBook (Score 1) 324

Wait a second. Let me get this straight because it seems too unbelievable that so many of you are advocating it:

You are recommending a device that is useless without an always-on internet connection to people who use dial-up? Really?

I do not have one but I expect 30-40 megabyte updates would be common for that device. I am unsure you could download that much over dial-up, much less do anything useful on top of that.

It seems pretty clear that many people here were not around for the "good 'ol" dial-up days.

Comment: Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (Score 1) 356

by strikethree (#47935907) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

You remind me of a guy I was arguing on IRC with about 15 years ago.

He said I was wrong for returning when there was an error with fopen(). He insisted that I should just keep looping and looping around fopen() until it stopped having an error.

This is what was taught in colleges at the time, to loop around fopen().

However, if you have ever used such a program, you would know that if you made a typo, the file was NEVER going to open (to save) and the only way out was to kill the program. Well, if it was a text editor, you just lost all of your work...

SystemD may seem like a good idea. It may implement what was taught in class. I can guarantee you that it will bring more than one person to tears when they get screwed over by it... and let there be no mistake, people WILL get screwed over by it.

Please tell me how you will fix your system when SystemD aborts because one aspect of everything it touches is not what it expects? You will not and you can not fix it. Reinstalling is the only option at that point because you can not even get to a recovery console. Sure, you could boot off of a "repair" disk but how will you view the logfiles? Oh, right, you will need a specialized executable to view anything at all. Ah, but the file did not close properly... what fucking good is a torn up binary log file?! At least with a torn up text file, you can get something out of it.

Mark my words, someone somewhere will be laughing their asses off at the fact that they got people like you to push SystemD... and there will be someone somewhere else cursing people like you who pushed SystemD (out of ignorance or malice?).

It is not just because people love the old way. No, it is cursed at. But cursed at less violently than "the new hotness" is cursed at.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 319

by strikethree (#47925345) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Also known as the days when you were most likely a teenager or young adult.

Believe that if you will, but music from the late 60s to early 2000s was pretty good. The poison pill was introduced in the 80s. It took a while to kill, but it surely did. On the bright side, that pill caused pressure to build and some of the best thrash metal came out then (late 80s).

However; Ozzy was wrong... apparently you CAN kill Rock 'n Roll. I would say that today, it is dead; not even on life support any more. It may be underground, but it seems like it is 6 feet underground.

Comment: Re:It's not Google's fault. It's Mozilla's. (Score 1) 129

by strikethree (#47915519) Attached to: Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

You're just whining about minor cosmetic changes.


He is bringing legitimate usability problems to light. I did not stop recommending Firefox to friends and relatives because of slow javascript performance. I stopped recommending it because it became less usable. It is people like me who spread Firefox so widely. In fact, I am personally responsible for over 100 thousand people being able to use Firefox on their work computers. Granted, I would not have been able to push it over the top if others had not already pushed it up as a possibility... but,

Very few of us a give a fuck any more. And again, it is not because of javascript and mobile and all that other bullshit. We are the real users and we want a usable fucking interface that WE can configure. We want the browser to do what we want. Fuck you and your goddamned "optimal paradigms" that remove choice ans super optimal javascript. Do you think it is a coincidence that Gnome started dying when they took the same fucking attitude? No.

Firefox will die. They are incapable of providing what their real users want. Perhaps Microsoft has someone on the inside pushing this shit. It would not surprise me. They did it to Nokia. They surely hate Mozilla enough to do it there too.

Massively optimized javascript is useful for only ONE thing. Applications in web browsers. Very few end users want that but all the corporate types are drooling over it. We want control over our applications which applications in web browsers take from us. It is clear that all of this effort at optimizing the javascript engine is NOT for the end users but for the corporations who want to control us.

Comment: Re:The worst use of VR ever (Score 1) 182

by strikethree (#47915357) Attached to: Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

I dunno... Geography and Chemistry seem like they could be enhanced with VR. Sure, 90% of the time, even in those ideal classes, you would not be using VR... but 20 minutes of VR could likely replace 30 days of failed learning about electron "orbits" and sharing.

Comment: Re:it's over: the media (in the US) have moved on. (Score 1) 266

Or simply temporarily leaving them behind? I'd leave my phone on the desk in my office if I was going to meet a contact I didn't want associated with me...

Sure, but when the RFID tags in your tires are noted going under an overpass and the tollbooth notes your EZPASS... all combined with your cell phone not being seen, you will stand out for immediate black helicopter inspection.

Don't forget about all of the cameras...

Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 587

by strikethree (#47906765) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Many gun affectionados I know think your idea of storing guns in a safe is the start of the guvernment taking them away. Same for a trigger lock. All of those things slow them down if some thug comes into their house.

My father was a police officer. My father had guns unattended around the house relatively frequently. As a child, I picked them up. I looked at them. There was zero chance anyone was ever going to get hurt.


I was taught what guns could could do. I had actually fired guns. I fired my first gun (a rifle) when I was I was 3 years old.

I never had guns in my house when I became an adult. It was not because I was afraid of them, it was because I had children and knew I could not train them like I had been trained. I did take them to the range but only my daughter shot a gun there. My son wanted nothing to do with it.

Relying on a gun safe to keep your children out of trouble is insanity. If you love guns so much and need to have them around, train your children. That way, if you accidentally forget to lock a gun up one day, you do not come home to a catastrophe. Children may be irresponsible but if they know they are handling something that is dangerous, they will NOT play with it. It can not just be words either. They have to SEE that it is dangerous.

Comment: Re: The most important features... (Score 1) 207

by strikethree (#47906361) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

Apple provided security updates for 3GS released 6/2009 in 2/2014.

There is a bit of a lie in what you say: As soon as the 4 was released, the updated to IOS pretty much killed the 3GS off by making it unusably slow. I "restored" it to an earlier version and never updated it anymore. What was that, IOS 3.2 or somesuch? Yeah. You can claim updates but that is essentially a lie.

Comment: Re:Is this why they call them "smart" phones? (Score 1) 222

by strikethree (#47905869) Attached to: iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

Oh, and the Nexus 4 has famously bad battery life. I borrowed one for a while from a friend to try it out, and I could lose 60% of the battery in two hours while it was sitting in a locker while I was swimming. My venerable iPhone 4 would lose 0-2% in the same time frame.

Odd. I have a Nexus 4 (using my Nexus 5 now though) and I had exceedingly good battery life from it. Much better than the Galaxy Note and other Galaxy versions (and iPhones) that I have owned. To be quite frank, it was the best battery life I had ever experienced up until I started using my Nexus 5.

At the end of the day, I usually had at least 40% battery left. With the various Galaxy and iPhone devices I have used, it was usually closer to 10%. If you are getting poor battery life out of a Nexus 4, you either have an app installed (Facebook?) that is sucking the life out of it or you just have a phone with a bad battery.

In short, show me the "famously" part of your claim.

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