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Comment: Re:Not Even Close to a Fair Comparison (Score 1) 181

by organgtool (#48127809) Attached to: The Cult of Elon Musk Shines With Steve Jobs' Aura
I have heard people make these claims, but I was not at a maturity level to determine whether or not they were exaggerated at the time Apple released their first PCs. I do know that the GUI was largely invented by Xerox PARC but they failed to capitalize on it while Apple recognized the opportunity and seized it. However, while Apple may have had decent success with the PC in its time, I think Windows 95 was the first OS that really brought the modern GUI-driven PC into the vast majority of homes. And I say that as an vehement critic of Microsoft.

Comment: Not Even Close to a Fair Comparison (Score 4, Insightful) 181

by organgtool (#48124243) Attached to: The Cult of Elon Musk Shines With Steve Jobs' Aura
Steve Jobs revolutionized personal music players and smartphones. Elon Musk is revolutionizing energy production, battery technology, ground-based transportation, and space transportation. His goals are way more ambitious than any of the goals of Steve Jobs. And even though he has only achieved wide-scale success on one of those goals so far, producing a car that is safe, efficient, luxurious, and fast is much more difficult than doing the same for a phone. In that regard, Elon Musk has already surpassed Steve Jobs and he's only getting started.

Comment: Re:Alright smart guy (Score 1) 504

by organgtool (#47964065) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

It would only be "Planned Obsolescence" if the user was forced to install an iOS Upgrade. But they aren't; so it isn't.

App developers can be pretty quick to drop support for older versions of iOS. So while you are correct, you'll eventually have to bite the bullet and upgrade once you're not able to get any more apps. At least that was my experience. I held off upgrading until I wiped the phone to trade it for a non-Apple phone. When I flashed to the latest version of iOS before the trade-in, the phone became so laggy that it was nearly unusable. And that was with no apps installed as I had wiped it clean of apps and data.

Comment: I Can't Agree More (Score 2) 385

by organgtool (#47927049) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd
Much of the systemd debacle has been a clash of mindsets between the old Unix guard and a newer generation of developers focused on integration. The old Unix philosophy of each module doing one thing and doing it well allows developers to take a bottom-up approach and glue existing modules together to provide solutions rapidly. However, as Linus alludes, this method doesn't scale well, especially as many modules are cobbled together to implement much more complicated tasks. At a certain point, a top-down approach works a lot better for those larger tasks. The top-down approach provides a more user-centric look at how to create a well-integrated solution and may use existing modules just as would be the case in the bottom-up approach. Since it is more focused on the user's perspective (rather than the developer's perspective), it tends to realize shortcomings in existing modules earlier and therefore may lead the developers to make the decision to write some of their own modules rather than mostly relying on extending modules well-beyond their intended purposes.

Systemd takes a top-down approach, and while some may argue that it's design leaves a lot to be desired, that doesn't mean that a bottom-up approach is automatically better. Based on the dependency tree, this appears to be a project that started out with few requirements and quickly grew after it was deep in the implementation phase, which is a problem regardless of either development approach. And then you have just bone-headed moves on top of that such as using binary logging. In any event, it's being widely adopted, it's here to stay, and I'm sure it will continue to remain controversial.

Comment: Re:It did? (Score 1) 129

by organgtool (#47909971) Attached to: Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

So stop quibbling and use modern software.

Running this version of Chrome requires that I install a new OS which means that I need to back up all of my application settings spread out across the entire system, install the new OS, and then try to put all of the pieces together again. And that's if the new OS supports my old hardware. So it's not as easy as you make it out to be unless you're willing to pay for my new hardware.

Comment: Re:All hostages to the last mile providers (Score 1) 85

by organgtool (#47816809) Attached to: Amazon's Plan To Storm the Cable Industry's Castle
You beat me to it. Since most of the cable companies are also ISPs, they have full motive to throttle the connections of any threatening content providers into oblivion. After all, every minute spent watching content from another provider is a minute not consuming the cable company's channels or their ad-laden video-on-demand. And since we have no net neutrality laws, there is no legal reason for them not to throttle competing content providers. With the current situation, if you want to be a major content provider in the U.S., then you had better be prepared to roll out your own nationwide fiber optic network.

Comment: Re:Apparently the trolls are out here, too (Score 1) 1262

Then you would be removing an option for people who are victims to tell their stories anonymously. The current system appears to be working - all of the anonymous trolls are being modded down to oblivion and rational posts are being modded up.

Comment: Re:Provisionally, I'm OK with this: (Score 1) 261

by organgtool (#47769961) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications
That is how the technology will start but as it improves, it will surpass humans. For example, we already have numerous systems to assist drivers: blind spot warnings, lane stability control, and front-end collision detection. Most of these systems have been around for several years and over time they will be refined to the point that they're better at detecting danger and reacting than humans. For the time being, I'm with you in that I wouldn't trust a vehicle to take control away from me, but we're rapidly reaching a point where we will have to admit that the technology is better than we are. But we're going to need to test the hell out of these systems to be sure that they're reliable and secure.

My idea of roughing it turning the air conditioner too low.

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