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Comment Re:Reasons why I don't like the Internet of Things (Score 1) 198

That's just like built-in kitchen cookers, fridges and dish washers. When the home is initially built, the property developer makes the decision on what appliances are to be installed; whether to use gas or electricity, internet-ready, remote control, whatever. Then the next home buyer comes along and has to either buy or not buy the property. No choice as to whether these should or should not IoT.

Comment Re:Time constraints (Score 1) 20

That's the whole problem with aneurysms. What was an simple hot large pipe supplying blood to the brain, had lost strength, started to disintegrate, split apart, and turn into a balloon bubble until it's in a highly unstable state. When it finally blows apart, the patient will either end up paralyzed or dead. There is only one chance to get it right. Some solutions involve trying to block off the end, others involve filling the cavity with some kind of filler than reduces pressure so that it deflates by itself. Get the treatment wrong and it explodes.

Comment Re:FUD at least sort of. (Score 1) 198

It saves battery life not having to send power through the CCD sensor and the chip logic. That CCD consists of millions of transistors. a 10 Megapixel sensor is going to have that many transistors. Then all sorts of OS kernel jiggery-pokery has to be performed to set up data transfer buffers, set up streaming from the CCD to the display,

Comment Re:Is Windows10 a thing? (Score 1) 191

Gamers. If you want a laptop like a MSI GT72, you get Windows 10 pre-installed. You can run Windows 7 on such laptops, but the drivers for the SteelSeries keyboard backlight and the USB ports are only available for Windows 10. The driver CD and the downloads just will not work for Windows 7.

Microsoft has put some code in the DirectX driver such that certain 3D rendering features are just not available unless Windows 10 is in use.

Comment Re:Stackoverflow didn't invent buckethead programm (Score 1) 167

That was like computer algorithms class. The official recommended textbooks were the classics on algorithms; Sorting, Queuing, Multithreading with problems like the dining philosophers, going all the way up to how to do a discrete FFT transform. These were all recommended as *the* algorithms to use that "just worked", and it wasn't worth trying to design something faster.

Comment Re:Wouldn't this lead to Natural Selection? (Score 1) 167

Like discussions on how to transfer files from one computer system to another. "Oh, just create a sshd server, set up the root directory to /, set ownership to root, have a guest login that doesn't need a password, and test your set up correctly by visiting this web page. Then you can access all your files from anywhere in the world without the need of having to remember a password.

Comment Re:Wouldn't this lead to Natural Selection? (Score 1) 167

One side of the argument is that developers should be constantly refreshing their knowledge by reading every source of information available in their spare time, and making their own notes. Then they don't need to read Stack Overflow during the daytime, as the knowledge is in their heads.

But on the other side, if you are developing some advanced piece of technology like a deep-space interplanetary probe, then Googling for "advanced off-the-shelf faster-than-light propulsion system technology kit" isn't going to get very far. And there may be problems if it is a commercially sensitive or secret project.

Comment Things I would fix: (Score 1) 491

With file brower windows, the copy and move buttons always seem to next to each other, so one slip and duplicate copies of files rather than moving them.

Fix the increasing code size in Android. It's becoming impossible to install new applications on a Samsung Galaxy SII because of all the "updates" from Google. I have to remove them in order to update Skype. And it's annoying to find out that Skype needs to be updated simply because it has become impossible to log in.

Allow the panoramic photograph option in Android to enable the camera lens to zoom in. This used to be the case, but somebody decided that thy "camera lens shalt always be zoomed out."

When I'm installing Linux on a external HDD drive, it copies the GRUB bootloading data from /dev/sda rather than creating an new fresh install.

Get ALSA sound to work on GT72 laptops (with the ALC898 sound chip). I'm sure it's something in /etc/modprobe.d/alsa.conf, but just can't find anything that works.

Hotels are tired of getting ripped off. I checked into a hotel and they had towels from my house. -- Mark Guido