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Comment: Nanny State (Score 1) 778

by kb1cvh (#48894209) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Nanny State

We are all humans. We grow within our Mothers and are born and begin our development over time outside our mothers. Independence grows over time.

As a young person near Boston, I used to take myself into the Boston Science Museum on Saturdays each weekend. I was not accompanied by another family member. I used the Mattapan High Speed Trolley and Red Line and then the Green Line to get to Science Park. I did this almost every weekend between the ages of 7 and 13.
My Route.

At age 7, I once took my younger siblings with me to see Woody Allenâ(TM)s âTake the Money and Runâ. It was rated âMâ(TM).

I used to ride my bicycle around Milton, MA until the street lights came on during the summer. At Age 13 I rode my bicycle from Milton MA to North Falmouth MA. Later I participated in Centuries.

The likelihood of violence being inflicted upon any child is very low, but increases when the violence is being inflicted by another child. Bad stuff does happen, and the media does a terrific job of giving us the sordid details, but Iâ(TM)ve never seen them provide an analysis of the likelihood of the event happening to any individual. Itâ(TM)s sad certainly, but do we want to be total helicopter parents and restrict the development of the independence of our youth?

My kids are young people and growing older. They have their issues, sometimes not paying attention to their personal grooming. We had to visit DHS once when my youngest was reported for not changing his clothes and cleaning his nails. We have to pick our battles. Just getting him to bed can be a challenge.

Young people make mistakes. Thatâ(TM)s one way that they grow and learn. Kids even do criminal acts. Rather than imprison them or take them away from their parents, how about educating all parties involved. Itâ(TM)s now known that a young personâ(TM)s brain isnâ(TM)t fully developed till about 24 years old. Some consideration should be given to young persons and educating them about good behavior rather then reinforcing bad behavior by placing the in Prison .

Recent news show people calling police about a solitary child at the park or taking the subway by themselves. Donâ(TM)t they remember being children themselves? I do.

Please be Good, not Evil.
God Bless America, Please.

Adam Selene

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Comment: Re:So, the problem is.. (Score 5, Interesting) 298

by AuMatar (#48871593) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

He's making sites from scratch without programming because HTML isn't programming. Most small business/personal websites require little to no work even at the javascript level. He isn't talking about writing a blog, he's talking about a dozen screens for a restaurant with their location, menu, and a few pictures. Which still probably shouldn't be done by hand anymore unless its a personal for fun project.

Comment: Re:Take out the camera (Score 1) 322

by AuMatar (#48870845) Attached to: What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

It would get rid of the only piece of functionality worth having. The screen was tiny, hard to see, impeded your normal vision, and more or less utterly sucked. It couldn't be interacted with and couldn't take text input well. The only interesting thing about the device was the camera and what you could do with it in the realm of computer vision. I'd rather lose the screen and have a wearable camera with bluetooth to my phone for display and processing. I already have a far superior screen in my pocket and I can perform real input on it. The screen was useless.

Comment: Re:a better question (Score 1) 585

by srussell (#48849189) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

- thunderbolt and the ability to drive an insane number of displays

Have you tried this? My wife's work HP has a mini-DisplayPort, and I have a splitter that allows us to plug one cable into the laptop and drive two DVI displays, for a total of three desktops. When plugged into the Mac, all it does is mirror; OSX doesn't see the displays as separate displays. Does the multiple-display-over-one-cable only work when daisy-chaining Thunderbolt, or did you find a Thunderbolt-to-DVI that actually works with OSX? I have to say, IME the Windows multiple display support has been superior. I haven't tried Linux yet.

Laptops that had all these features have always come in at similar costs.

Maybe. IME Apple quality control is crap.

Also, I really love how my current MBP plugs into my display. One cable for power, USB, and display. The thunderbolt displays are basically a solid docking station.

I agree, that's pretty awesome, as long as you have some sort of Thunderbolt-capable receiver, which always seem to be unreasonably expensive. Thunderbolt is serial, which means any device that doesn't have a pass-through becomes a terminator. This means that USB will always be in the mix, which means a USB hub, and most devices will be USB. Connecting multiple drives means USB, or finding Thunderbolt drives that have a pass-through, which limits options severely and again pushes up the price. As long as you enter into Thunderbolt with the expectation that it's only a glorified docking port, I think it's a great solution.

Comment: Re:a better question (Score 1) 585

by srussell (#48849129) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

Try to do the opposite now.

Build a $800 desktop PC and try to build a Mac with similar specs and look at the price. You will end-up with that expensive Mac Pro.

As I posted elsewhere in this thread, in my experience that would be a mistake. You'd get a superficially pretty device with third-grade internal components. Every one of the three MBPs I've purchased have had some sort of internal hardware failure within days of receipt (when I was lucky) or just after warranty expired (when I wasn't). I have no fewer than six non-Apple laptops in my basement, the oldest dating back to 1997, and they all work; they were changed only because I wanted to upgrade the platform. These include laptop upgrades for both my wife and myself, so we were averaging upgrades about once every 4 years. After we switched to Apple, we were averaging upgrades about once every 18 months, and every time prompted by hardware failures.

Comment: Re:a better question (Score 1) 585

by srussell (#48849077) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

I'm a "lapsed Apple guy"... ran MacBook pros for years, had iPhones... now I'm Android and Windows. Reason? The "Genius Bar".

Oh, man... I feel your pain. Although I'm still running Apple products, I'm slowly migrating away as technology upgrades permit. Your portrayal of the Genius Bar is right on, but the real reason for me is the quality of the hardware (which you later reference in passing).

Apple products are beautiful on the outside, but they're crap on the inside. My very first MBP had a faulty CDROM -- sounded like a Harrier jump jet when it span up. Since I took it back within a couple of days, they just swapped it out, and I wasn't worried. 14 months after they gave me the second MBP, something on the motherboard crapped out (or so they say... it was suspiciously immediately after an OS upgrade), and I had to pay $400 to get it replaced. Not long after that, the battery swelled alarmingly, deforming the case -- they fixed that for free, but I don't know if that's because I made such a stink about it just having come back from the shop. I upgraded to a Retina, and just after the warranty expired on that one, the hard drive went out. So, my take away has been: you're paying a premium price for crap hardware; when they offer you the extended warranty, take it, because the internal hardware is not designed to survive past a year.

All of this would be annoying, but the real kicker is that both heterogeneous and homogeneous Apple solutions are crap. Time Machine doesn't work well with mounts served by Linux; for me, after a few months the backups start taking hours to complete, so I bought an AirPort Time Capsule. Apple doesn't put software on either the Apple TV or the AirPort to allow streaming content from the AirPort to the Apple TV without a Mac in the mix: you also have to be running a Mac with iTunes for audio streaming (or use AirPlay with a third party app -- but it still requires a Mac). That's either gross incompetence, or blatant commercial greed driving customers to buy more products when there's more than enough processing power on either of the two devices to decode compressed video. AirPlay is really tempting, but it's flaky; I often need to reboot my MBP to get it to see the Apple TV (and in my house, this is with an AirPort providing WIFI, so there's no non-Apple technology in the mix), and sometimes the Apple TV would stop seeing the machine running iTunes and I'd have to reboot that to get streaming to work again.

After a couple of times having to run around rebooting machines just to watch a movie while the family waited, I gave up. I'm now running XMBC on an Odroid, connected to another Odroid running SqueezeServer. It wasn't as easy to set up as the Apple products, but ease-of-setup is worth nothing to me if the products don't work reliably. Oh, and the TV remote will control XMBC over the HDMI interface, meaning an end to having to use two remotes. I haven't gotten around to testing AirPlay, and I still have the AppleTV in the mix because there's no Netflix app for XMBC on Odroid; it isn't all rainbows and unicorns, yet.

My next laptop is going to be an XPS 13, or an X1, or whatever is thin and has decent hardware support in Linux at the time I make the purchase. OSX is nice, but if I'm spending that much, I want more than just a sexy shell: I want quality internal hardware, and I would really prefer to never have to deal with the Genius Bar again.

Comment: Re:Will SystemD feature creep ever stop ? (Score 1) 552

by srussell (#48838463) Attached to: SystemD Gains New Networking Features

The problem is that Poettering and company have hijacked mainstream linux that almost all linux users use and changed it into something unrecognizable.

This is amazing! Where did they get such an ability? If only we could convince them to use their hijacking super-powers for good; imagine, maybe they could finally make the Year Of Linux a reality.

--- SER

Comment: Re:Just hire a CPA (Score 5, Insightful) 450

If they had just said "Hey we're raising prices" rather than hiding the price increase by removing features and making you pay extra for them, they'd probably have come out ok- a bit of a hit from the higher prices, but not too much. The dishonesty of this is what's killing them.

You know, Callahan's is a peaceable bar, but if you ask that dog what his favorite formatter is, and he says "roff! roff!", well, I'll just have to...