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Comment: Re:FP? (Score 1) 300

by gstoddart (#48034989) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Don't know about you, but my car's speedometer has ... gasp ... both kph and mph on it.

I can magically change from Canada to the US and back again, and still know what speed I'm going in the correct units.

It's really quite a marvelous invention to apply two scales to a dial. I've even seen some of them new-fangled digital ones where you could change all of the units pretty easily. Imagine, the same car can display either at the touch of a button.

Sorry, but requiring car makers to make it possible to have both has been a solved problem for a couple of decades now.

Besides, if it's anything like over here, nobody is going to pay attention to the speed limit anyway. :-P

Comment: Re:Here's what I don't get (Score 1) 7

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#48032205) Attached to: The Matrix is Mimetic

Fear of death. Mortal anxiety.

We are not talking about reality of non-material consciousness or ontology.

This is a discussion of the organising principle in broad human endeavour. The Pharaoh was never son of Horus. Democracy and Liberty were never the aim of establishing an international body to manage world order.

Comment: Pre-1972 sound recordings (Score 2) 145

by langelgjm (#48031021) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

You're assuming that sound recordings are treated in the same manner as other copyrighted works. They're not. Read up on pre-1972 sound recordings. They're covered by a messy patchwork of state laws, with the result that probably neither you nor I nor anyone here can know exactly how long those recordings are protected by copyright law.

Welcome to the wacky world of intellectual property.

Comment: Re:Now sharing music is illegal? (Score 3, Insightful) 145

by gstoddart (#48030339) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

Now sharing ANY music is illegal?

If the copyright cartel had their way, any piece of technology which could possibly be used for things they don't approve of would be illegal.

They've been trying very hard to get that for years. If they keep bribing the right people, they might eventually get it.

Comment: Re:Say what? (Score 1) 100

by gstoddart (#48030093) Attached to: Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

Gordon Ramsey is not a culinary genius. I think you miss the whole point of the shows if you get that idea. He's a business chef and his goal is to make money, not to make food necessarily taste great.

Except, you don't get Michelin stars just for nothing. He trained under Michelin star chefs.

He's turned that into a lot of restaurants, a lot of money, and a lot of fame.

You may or may not like Ramsey (not everybody does, and that's fair), but if you think he's "just a business chef" out to make money, you're woefully unaware of the fact that he's a real chef, who worked in, and now owns, restaurants with Michelin stars. Which is about the snootiest rating for a restaurant you can get, given out by hard core foodies.

By the time you're there, you have some pretty mad skills, and a pretty refined palate. In fact, far better than most.

He probably knows more about food, and what it's supposed to taste like, than most professional chefs ever will.

Is he the greatest chef ever? Probably not. Is he one of the better chefs around today? He's certainly up in the lists.

Comment: Re:we are DOOOMED!!! (Score 1) 566

by gstoddart (#48029773) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

based on previous rollouts, we are doomed. xp - good, vista - garbage

You know, vista wasn't terrible if you threw enough resources at it.

I've been running it on a quad-core machine with 8GB of RAM since 2009. It's my daily desktop.

And I can honestly say I've been quite happy with it. Which, I know isn't something you hear every day. :-P

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Journal: The Matrix is Mimetic 7

Journal by Jeremiah Cornelius

As Yuval Harari points out, "What is so special about us that allows for such cooperation? Unflatteringly, it is our talent for deluding ourselves. If you examine any large-scale human cooperation (or co-option), you will always find some imaginary story at its base. As long as many people believe in the same stories about gods, nations, money or human rights (memes and antitropes) - they follow the same laws and rules (of conduct)."

https://www.coursera.org/course/humankind

Comment: Re:Battery life? (Score 0) 174

by gstoddart (#48029291) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

Can we stop with the "Windows on less than X amount of RAM is unusable" rhetoric?

Rhetoric??? Really??

Sorry, but in my experience recent versions of Windows are using almost 2GB of RAM on system startup. My wife's work laptop had (until recently) 4GB of RAM ... and by the time it booted and had one program running on it, it was already thrashing. It was slow to the point of being painful.

My mother owns a laptop with Vista and 1GB of RAM on it .. and doing anything on it is pathetic.

It wasn't true then and with multicore processors and SSDs, it's even less true now.

The speed of your processor is completely irrelevant if all it's doing it paging to VM.

I've said for years, if you want to get the most longevity and usefulness out of a computer, don't worry about buying a faster CPU, buy a truck load more memory -- because over time everything wants more damned memory.

When my wife's work laptop got upgraded from 4GB to 12GB, the speed and the utility of the machine changed drastically ... as in, actual multi-tasking worked because the machine wasn't thrashing. It went from "it's still booting, I can't start task manager" to "it's still booting, but I can start task manager, launch Outlook, AND fire up a VM". Because it's no longer wasting all of it's time paging.

It has been true since Windows 3 that if you run Windows with the minimum Microsoft suggested, you'd have a useless machine which did everything slowly. And this was when computers came with more like 4MB of RAM.

When Vista came out, it was pretty much unusable with anything less than what seemed like a vast amount of memory at the time, certainly more than was in most systems at the time.

If you think saying Windows with not enough RAM is rhetoric, either you don't use computers much, or you're entirely too willing to put up with a machine which is too damned slow.

Put a full version of Windows onto a tablet with a small amount of RAM, and you most certainly will end up with a slow and useless device.

Rhetoric my ass. It was true then, and it's true now. Windows with insufficient RAM is a dog.

Comment: Wait, what? (Score 1, Troll) 566

by gstoddart (#48029149) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

So, most people still prefer Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 is only slowly getting market share and people apparently don't like it much, Windows 9 is supposed to come out this fall ... and somehow we're also expecting a Windows 10 next year?

Does Microsoft think people will pay them annually for an upgrade? Or that we'll buy new machines to run this new thing?? They might be sorely disappointed with that.

With the new version of the operating system, they'll be unifying the application platform for all devices: desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones

Hmmm ... so they're going to have one big enormous bloated build for all platforms? Is that what this means?

Right, because your phone should carry all of the bloat which goes along with a server.

And, once again, one wonders if Microsoft really has any understanding of the mobile market.

Unless your phone has the same specs as your desktop, this isn't really going to be workable, is it?

I commend them for finally adding virtual desktops ... a feature they've only occasionally realized people actually want, but the rest of this just makes me think they've lost the plot a little.

Comment: Battery life? (Score 2, Insightful) 174

by gstoddart (#48028609) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

All are running Intel chips and full Windows

A full windows install with Intel chips isn't exactly tuned for mobile battery performance.

So will these things have an exceedingly short battery life?

And I'm betting they will have so little memory as to be unusable -- because Windows with anything less than 4G is a complete dog in my experience.

I predict a terrible product on this one.

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