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Comment Re:What a maroon... (Score 1) 387

When people actually listen to each other, problems can get solved. Those who call themselves either liberal or conservative in this country will find they have much more in common than not. But if they choose to demonize each other by painting folks with a broad brush, then dialog isn't possible. My comment was simply in response to the guy who characterized liberals as being mean, bitter, etc. In so doing, he's unable to engage in any kind of meaningful conversation.

Think about it. Do you believe you could actually engage Donald Trump in a meaningful conversation?

Comment Re:What a maroon... (Score 1) 387

Anyone at an extreme of a social spectrum === mean/narrow-minded/bitter

The thing which keeps people from solving problems is the inability to talk to each other, and much more importantly, to listen to each other. When someone paints a whole group, in this case, liberals and conservatives, with the broad brush of "mean/narrow-minded/bitter", then no discussion is possible and nothing can get done.

I remember when Bill Clinton got elected and folks on the right were raging about how horrible he was and it just didn't make sense to me. Bill Clinton was never a liberal and neither is Hillary. Just as soon as Obama became a viable candidate, the same thing happened with him, and he isn't a liberal either.

You don't always get what you want, but always get what you expect. In this case if you expect a Dem politician to be the Devil's minion, then that's what your reality will be.

My brother-in-law is a life-long Republican, but we see eye-to-eye on most things. Do you want really want to fix things or are you content to just sit there and throw your monkey feces at each other?

Comment Re:What a maroon... (Score 1) 387

He's a progressive first, and a scientist (sort-of) second. Which means he is narrow minded and bitter towards people with differing viewpoints on the world. And his only way to deal with it is to be mean and bitter == progressive.

Funny. I could say the same thing about conservative == mean and bitter.

Comment Co-op living is a better alternative (Score 1) 412

Instead of a collection of itty-bitty bedrooms, co-op living is actually pretty damn good. I lived in the Co-op at UC Berkeley during my 3+ years there. I made some truly life-long friends there. You can't live comfortably in that unless you are social enough to accept the requirement to get along and do your part. Doing your part is essential in a co-op. Your mother doesn't live there anymore. If you don't do it, it doesn't get done.

It's also dirt cheap. Currently in the Berkeley Co-op, it costs about $700 for room and board. And just across the bay in San Francisco, 1 bedroom apartments are renting for $3500 to $4000/month.

Comment Re:Been at since '89 (Score 1) 162

I realized upon further checking that the 6th-gen airport isn't covered in this list, and I'm not sure what the software specs for it are (which versions of the utility will manage it). It's quite possible it's the same as the other generations. The current version of the Airport Utility requires OSX 10.7 (release 2011).

My friend who had the Airport Express is a total techno doofus, but she's a great tenor saxophone player. She uses her Mac primarily for music playback. She couldn't figure out how to get the Airport Express working and asked me to come over and set it up. Though the Airport Utility on her Mac would talk to the Airport Express, there were numerous warnings to not use it, and things were acting badly enough that it was probably good advice. I did get things working, but it's all a kludge.

She eventually hired a guy who most does Mac audio installations to come in and configure her system. I had her with a separate preamp, active crossover and separate power amps for her mains and sub-woofers. This guy came in and ditched all of the electronics except for the sub-woofer amp and replaced it all with a single ginormous Pioneer piece of gear. It was networked and did the Airport streaming from her Mac. It also did active equalization of the room and had a built-in active crossover for the sub-woofer. Had a manual big enough to choke your Great Dane. Not my style, but it all works for her and I don't have to fool with it.

Comment Re:Been at since '89 (Score 1) 162

I have a friend who had a 4 year old Mac laptop. He was big into recording his own music with ProTools. When he got a new iPhone 6, iTunes wouldn't work with it. He was instructed to upgrade Mac O/S, which did get his iTunes working but then broke ProTools. 4 years of recording work was lost unless he purchased a new ProTools license.

So what you're really complaining about here is a 3rd-party software package (ProTools) not working on a recent operating system release? How exactly is that Apple's fault?

For years Apple was seen as the platform of choice for graphics artists and musicians. They really were the core constituency for a very long time. ProTools is the music industry standard for music production and editing. When you buy ProTools on Apple, you're buying the whole platform and should reasonably expect it to be sustainable over the useful life of the hardware. To ask who is responsible here is a very good question.

From where I sit, I look at Apple and the apps you get for it as a platform. If the software vendor isn't keeping their product current through at least a 5 year life cycle, where does that responsibility lie? What kind of support does Apple provide to its vendors? This is one of those things where you'd love to be a fly on the wall, listening in to certain conversations. It's never a simple this guy or that guy dropped the ball.

I love being able to take my CD collection and rip it to a free, open source standard, like flac. And then being able to play that back on my hi-end system and not have to worry if it will be compatible when I upgrade my gear or music software 5 or 10 years from now. I love that I'm not tied into a commercial service like iTunes, or any of the others (Spotify, Tidal, etc). For me music is something best heard played by live musicians, or failing that, on a great system in my home. I've always felt that there's too much snake oil in consumer technology - overpriced cables, music services, gear and proprietary standards.

I just like being more hands-on, with open standards, whether it's audio or computing.

Comment Re:Been at since '89 (Score 3, Informative) 162

I have a friend who had a 4 year old Mac laptop. He was big into recording his own music with ProTools. When he got a new iPhone 6, iTunes wouldn't work with it. He was instructed to upgrade Mac O/S, which did get his iTunes working but then broke ProTools. 4 years of recording work was lost unless he purchased a new ProTools license.

Another friend had a Mac Laptop old enough that she couldn't upgrade it to the current rev of Mac O/S. When she purchased a new Airport Express, the version of the Airport Utility on her laptop wasn't compatible. She had to borrow an iPad from a friend to manage the Airport Express, which is just a home router. Every other home router on the planet is managed through a web browser GUI, but Apple makes you use their proprietary utility and that's how it is with everything Apple. It's all proprietary and you pay through the nose for it.

I run a hi-end audio system at home and for a music server, I have a 10 year old Intel laptop running Ubuntu using the free, open source Banshee music server/manager. Nobody leaves my home without envy after hearing my rig. Linux software works fine on older gear and doesn't obsolete itself the way Apple products do.

Comment Been at since '89 (Score 4, Interesting) 162

I got my first UNIX sysadmin gig in '89. Had a Zenith Z29 dumb terminal off of a serial line to a Pyramid computer. We had Fujitsu Eagle disk drives that weighed about 300 pounds and had about 1 megabyte per pound of data density. They hung off off a Sun 180 acting as a file server. Backups were done directly to open reel tape. In that first job I once spent 3 days loading UNIX onto an AT&T 3B2. It came off of 8" floppy disks and I had to sit there and swap these things in/out for 3 days.

I later worked at Sun Microsystems as a sysadmin, '92-94. We worked with prototype Sparc Center 1000 and 2000 machines in our server room. They worked with trays of 1.3GB disk drives off of a differential SCSI board. The 2000 (code named Dragon) had a max capacity of 1 TB of disk. When your drives are 1.3 GB drives, that's a LOT of drives. All of the RAID back then was done in software with a Sun product called On-line Disk Suite. Worked pretty well. There were a lot of people at Sun who wanted to kill it in favor of Veritas Volume Manager, but it worked too well and just refused to die.

Command line? Oh c'mon. Of course we work at the command line when it makes sense. If you're not comfortable working at the command line, you should go back to managing Windows servers.

My employer gave me an Apple Mac to use, which I hate. But it's that or Windows, which I also hate. I much prefer Ubuntu running the Windowmaker window manager. The Mac is adequate as a desktop, but I'd never spend money on a product that expensive with a 3 year useful lifespan. After 3 years, most anything Apple won't work with anything Apple which is new, which is why people keep buying the latest Mac toys that come out. It's a great business model, one which Microsoft ran for years.

Computers are toys. I get paid for playing with toys all day long. It's not a bad way to make a living.

Comment What's old is new again. (Score 4, Interesting) 320

A bit more than 40 years ago, the military tried to develop a one-size-fits-all aircraft to be used by all of the services to replace the F-4 Phantom. It was the F-111. It ended up being too big to launch from aircraft carriers and not suitable for dog-fighting, but people thought it was cool because of the swing-wings. An expensive plane that ended up with little real use. There is also a fascination with technology in the military, with the notion that new tech gives you a significant edge. When you have to develop new tech throughout the platform, it gets expensive and inevitably you find flaws and problems you just can't overcome. Not that this doesn't happen in the private sector either. Remember the Apple Newton?

As for the A-29, pilots loved the A-10, which was essentially a flying tank. It had an armoured cockpit and was the first aircraft engineered to be shot at and keep fighting. What's not to love?

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead