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Comment: Re:Seriously?! (Score 3, Insightful) 157

by mjwx (#49608629) Attached to: Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning Go Up In Berlin

Russia Today is quite literally government controlled and run propaganda. Can you honestly make that claim about the US media?

Yes, the US media are propaganda mouthpieces of their own recognizance.

At least the Russian propaganda is honest about being propaganda.

Every Eastern European I've met has told me this, "the difference between American propaganda and Russian propaganda is that we [Russians] didn't beleive our propaganda".

Comment: Re:One (Score 1) 301

At home I always connect my laptop to Ethernet unless I'm using it on the coach.

The trick is getting the spool of ethernet cable from getting caught in the wheels, or tripping up the horses.

No, he means he's using the Ethernet cables on his coach... Which is fine, if you're into that, we're a modern ./ and dont judge.

Comment: Re:Symmetry (Score 1) 301

Magsafe is crap, the cables look ugly and break in no time. They're also no faster to connect than say HP or Dell round power connectors.

Round power connectors are crap. The jacks stretch and stop making proper contact in no time. Apple used to use them back in the PowerBook days, and on the PB 145, I broke at least three cables and at least two or three jacks on the back of the device over the course of three or four years.

They say that the magsafe connectors are idiot-proof and trip proof...

I'm not a clumsy idiot, so I have no need of these things.

I've got a 4 year old Lenovo laptop with the old round connector and never had it broken. In 3 years of looking after Dells in the SOE department, not one single broken port or plug. How badly made were the Apple plugs that you broke 3 of them in 4 years? That is definitely not a trait of the plug itself.

Comment: Re:One (Score 1) 301

Just 1 would probably do it - occasionally I still have to copy some files to/from a USB stick or external hard drive, or download things off a camera. Don't think I'd ever need to do more than one of those at the same time. This is assuming that the same port ~isn't~ also used for other necessary things like ethernet and charging (ala the new Macbook).

Spoken like someone who's never used a laptop for work.

I need at a minimum, 3 USB ports (keyboard, mouse and storage), at least one video out and Ethernet. With more laptops coming without an internal DVD drive, that third USB port is a necessity for the external DVD drive I now have to keep, I prefer 4 ports for this very reason.

I continue to require a physical, wired Ethernet port for several reasons. First and foremost is that it just works. No mess, no fuss, no random disconnects. The second reason is speed. A full 1Gig Ethernet is available all the time, with wireless you're sharing 54-300 Mbit/s with the other 50 slobs in the office (as well as 50 IP phones).

Comment: Re:Testing literacy (Score 1) 108

It could use a few commas, but it's not terrible. "Sitting an exam" is standard Australian English, I presume. In Europe, it's commonly called "writing an exam" (they started moving from written answers to psychometry much more recently). Maybe "sitting an exam" doesn't make literal sense, but neither does "taking an exam" really; I mean, where are you taking it?

I've always thought it was "taking" in the same way you take a pill or a sick day, not as in taking a doughnut.

Comment: Re:How about other watches/fitness trackers? (Score 1) 399

by mjwx (#49590619) Attached to: Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors

So, now that we're all frothing at the mouth and getting our pitchforks, has anyone bothered to check if other smart watches or fitness trackers have same issues or it's only Apple's?

Just curious if this is something endemic to the entire category or only the technology Apple used in their watch.

Nope, it's just Apple.

Both the Samsung and Fitbit products dont have the same issue. Not sure about the Motorola watch, but I'd say its a safe bet that it's not happening there either.

Comment: Re:Kill the entire H1B program (Score 5, Insightful) 631

by mjwx (#49583575) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

The H1B program is making the problem worse. The corporations have the choice of training an American or hiring a fully trained foreigner.

The problem with that statement is that the foreigner is not going to be fully trained.

The kinds of places that you get H-1B workers (457 visas in Australia) from are the kind of places that have trouble with the word no. So it's an exercise for the listener to determine if "yes" means "yes I do" or "yes I don't".

However once they have the contract, that doesn't matter (to the off-shore provider).

Any Indian who is fully qualified is making plans to get a proper job in the US, Europe, Canada or Australia (well maybe not Australia any more) and not trying to work for an off-shoring consultancy. These people know that they can get the same as an American or European worker and have no desire to be abused by cheapskates.

Comment: Re:Quite an image actually (Score 1) 263

by mjwx (#49582229) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

You're the guy that tells children Santa isn't real and explains magic tricks to spoil the illusion aren't you?

You're the guy who tells children that Pacifcially and Yous are acceptable words aren't you?.

Sure, his 10 yr old might not believe in the Easter bunny or be easily entertained by card tricks... But they can construct a sentence.

Comment: Re:So no paper backup anymore? (Score 1) 263

by mjwx (#49582201) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

If the iPad (I assume you were just trying to make a stupid joke there) crashes mid flight, you reboot it. Then you take the co-pilots iPad.


You've missed the point. The iCrud was crashing due to bad data. Lets ignore how bad the OS must be that a PDF file was making the OS reboot for a second and look at the fact that all the company issued iCruds will be identical.

If one crashes due to a corrupt file, then the co-pilots will also crash. Its a massive single point of failure. This effectively grounded their entire 737 fleet.

What the GP was saying is why isn't there a backup in a different format, even if it's electronic on a different device such as an Android or Windows. I think we all know the answer is cost savings.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 263

by mjwx (#49582143) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

Honestly, the Apple-ness of this is completely irrelevant, and you know damned well it is.

Actually it's entirely relevant.

An application took down the entire OS. This is exactly the thing we derided Microsoft for allowing for so long. I've been working with Android, including some very dodgy hacked versions for my Motorola Milestone and I've never had an application crash the OS. Sure applications have crashed but that would be back to the home screen (androids version of a crash to desktop) but never had it take down the entire OS. Even in modern Windows it's very hard for an application to cause the OS to reboot.

So first off, it demonstrates the application was not properly sandboxed by the OS.

Secondly, I thought this was exactly the kind of thing Apple's "well curated" walled garden is meant to prevent.

So not only is it difficult for the same thing to happen on Windows, Linux or Android, but Apple is supposed to have extra protection against this kind of thing.

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