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Comment Re:For the foreseeable future, right where it's at (Score 1) 137

I think there are still improvements that could be made to TVs that would probably tempt me to upgrade a little earlier.

Remote controls still suck. I connect a Raspberry Pi to my TV and it gets input from the TV's remote via the HDMI cable and CDC protocol. The remote is not very responsive and far from ideal for controlling XBMC, or even smart TV apps for that matter.

Better sound would be nice too. I have a sound bar and sub, but most of the time I'd be happy with TV sound if it was as good as my old CRTs. It's hard to see how it could be done on flat screens, but I'd happily accept an extra 10-20cm depth for really good sound. Maybe we could have a universal standard for wireless sound too, so I don't need to wire in my sound bar and sub.

Bring back plasma. Panasonic were the last people to make good plasma TVs, but gave up because the cost of upgrading to 4k was just too high. The colour on plasma still can't be beat. Maybe if someone can create an LED TV that is as good I'd be interested, but for the moment I'm worried that when my current plasma dies I'll be forced to downgrade.

Add automatic muting during ad breaks. I rarely see them, but I want it anyway.

Comment Re:When You Can't Get A Date...Blow Something Up (Score 1) 359

It's probably more like a correlation between having the kind of personality that is easier to groom for terrorism but also somewhat unattractive.

Anyway, I think it's a myth that engineers and nerds in general do badly with dating. Most I know are married or in relationships. It's just school where people are immature, and I realized that most of the people I liked back then were unsuitable partners anyway.

Comment Re:smart tvs are not smart (Score 1) 121

I have a Panasonic smart TV and it's pretty good. Runs a custom OpenBSD. Reasonable app support, everything works as you would expect. The best part is that it supports screencasting, so you can just beam stuff from your phone or tablet to it. No need to reply on Panasonic for apps or support or even updates. You can firewall the TV from the net if you want, and just stream stuff from apps on your phone.

Comment Re:Nothing to hide (Score 1) 75

If I say "it's a good thing and it will help group B" then it's wildly different then "it's a good thing for group B" (to use your journalistic example). The two are not synonymous and have quite different meanings in the English that I'm familiar with.

This kind of language lawyering means you lost the argument. You are drawing huge inferences that just happen to reflect negatively on me from what is at the absolute worst a slight ambiguity.

If you constantly read everything in this manner, looking for slight flaws that you can pry open into an argument that the writer believes what you think they believe rather than the more obvious and common interpretation, it's going to be hard to have a discussion with anyone.

Comment Re:How to beat any weird screw (Score 1) 207

If the cheap plastic they make BIC pens out of was adequate for making screwdrivers don't you think they would use it? Why go to the expense of a metal screwdriver when plastic will do just fine?

Actually, they do make plastic screwdrivers for turning things like potentiometers. They are used for calibrating things since using a metal one would affect the system being adjusted. If you try to use them on normal metal screws though, you will strip them and need to buy a new one.

Comment Re:iFixit is NOT unbiased (Score 2) 207

Their contention that do-it yourself repairmen are better for the environment it is completely unsupported. iFixit does not recover the broken parts that their clients are replacing and old parts are typically tossed in the trash. Manufacturer repair shops like Apple's have recycling policies that do recycle broken parts as well as old devices that people turn in when upgrading.

You are missing the point. When faced with a broken device and a very high Apple repair bill (have you see how much they charge for things like new keyboards, screens and batteries?) many people will just throw the device away and buy a new one. In fact that was Apple's original policy on iPod batteries that died after 18 months. Buy a new iPod.

Repairing is almost always better for the environment than making a new one.

Comment Re:Nothing to hide (Score 1) 75

There is an active campaign to get some people de-funded. It's hardly new, there have been campaigns to stop funding various groups for decades. Anyway, your reading comprehension failure is that you seem to think I have stated I am an active member of those groups or support what they are doing. You talk about be being "guilty", yet you just imagined the whole confession in your mind.

This may come as a bit of a shock, so you may want to sit down, but people can report events and other people's points of view without implicitly supporting them. It seems that the word "goldmine" was particularly confusing for you - in this case it simply means that the leak will provide a lot of information that some people find valuable, similar to when journalists say things like "scammers will find the leaked data to be a treasure trove of personal data". In that example it doesn't imply that the journalist personally values the data as treasure, only that the scammers do.

You know, some people charge for this kind of tuition.

Comment Re:Before you get your knickers in a bunch (Score 5, Interesting) 267

If you look at the list of affected programs it is obvious why they are being removed. They all install low level drivers. The hardware monitoring/inventory programs use drivers to query devices directly (normal apps can't read the EEPROM on my memory DIMMs, for example) and the anti-virus software uses them to hook in to the OS at a deep level. Those drivers might break when the kernel is updated, so they uninstall those apps.

It's not a bug, it's a feature to ensure that upgrades on machines with tricky anti-virus and nasty DRM/copy protection drivers don't result in an unbootable system. Overzealous perhaps, but it's obvious what the intent is.

Comment Re:OMG!! Female STEM workers again!?!?!? (Score 0, Flamebait) 171

If women want a STEM career they will get one. Clearly they don't want them.

This is so mind numbingly stupid, yet brought up in every debate on the subject, that I can't even be bothered to refute it any more.

Where is all of the outcry about males being less than 10% of the nursing field in the US?

Try ask the American Assembly for Men in Nursing, and look up Mississippi University for Women v. Hogan. Don't people know how to google any more?

Use the Force, Luke.