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Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 1) 359 359

Humans are infamous for their groupthink in general. The Slashdot variety is actually pretty mild, if you have any baseline for comparison.

The telling thing is that people complain from all sides of various issues. For example, if you ask a libertarian, they'll tell you that Slashdot groupthink is liberal leaning socialist. If you ask a liberal, it's libertarian. But truth is, you see +5-modded comments from practically any perspective. About the only way to be consistently downmodded here without being a troll (or sufficiently troll-like in behavior, even if not deliberate, to make no difference) is to be a hardline creationist.

Comment: Re:kernel developers on Macs - that would be me (Score 1) 174 174

Meanwhile, Snap-On, Mac and Matco break less often to begin with. When they do break, the local distributor shows up the same day in their truck with a replacement and you still get the customer out the door by close of business.

All of this, and maybe Apple support too, works really well when you live in the city, near one of their facilities. When you live anywhere else, it all goes to hell. The delivery trucks don't go to most of the shops, so you get stuff from whichever truck actually shows up. And when you need a machine serviced, they expect you to either bring it in, wait, or ship it and wait. It's not just Apple, I don't mean to pick on them alone; my fun stories involve HP... but only because I didn't buy Apple, or Sony, etc etc. (The Sony machines ordered alongside my HP which finally died of nVidia GPU die bonding failure plus HP tech with bad habits died long before my HP did.)

Comment: Re:Range and recharging time (Score 1) 553 553

I think it would be wicked cool to build an electric rock crawler. It seems like a natural fit because you get an exquisite level of control over wheel slip, and you also get massive torque from 0. It would be a sort of ultimate stress test for the components, but that could only lead to building better speed controllers... or going broke :)

Comment: Re:kernel developers on Macs - that would be me (Score 1) 174 174

However, Apple has one thing at the consumer [1] level... and that is very good CS.

I've heard lots of stories that went both ways there. As someone who has owned a piece of Apple hardware with a known and admitted hardware bug which Apple closed wontfix and told people to buy more hardware to get around the problem, I have my own opinions about the value of Apple support.

For example, MAC and Snap-On tools are more expensive than what comes off the boat to a Harbor Freight store... but the expensive tools tend to be better in the long run since they last longer, and if they do break, there is a no questions asked warranty. Similar with Macs.

Oh, you failed so hard when you tried to make the car analogy... because the hand tools at Harbor Freight have lifetime warranties now, and it's a lot cheaper to get the extended warranty for the other stuff (like scanners etc.) than it is from Snap-On, Mac etc. Now I'm left with the distinct impression that you don't understand cars or computers.

Comment: Re:Not a mistake (Score 1) 198 198

Does he think ISIS is going to rethink their beliefs because a Christian from the US thinks they're interpreting the Qur'an wrong?

I think that he, or whoever writes his speeches, thinks that this is an opportunity to get inb4claimsofsharialaw.

I do think there's an outside chance that some people might not join ISIS if they hear a strong voice telling them why it's idiotic. But I think the first reason is the real reason.

Comment: Re:kernel developers on Macs - that would be me (Score 1) 174 174

Mac Pros, which run certified Unix (OS X) are possibly the _best_ option for serious professionals.

Who cares whether a Unix is certified? Linux is the big daddy of the server rhythm these days. It's all been over but the tears for Big Iron Unix since you started seeing people consider the GNU toolchain 'indispensable' on it.

There are also a couple other companies making one or two choices in well-built hardware you can install enterprise Linux on, of course.

There's a lot of companies making much more capable hardware these days, particularly in the graphics department, and featuring considerably more expandability. Much of it comes at significantly lower cost, as well, and if you spend more money, you'll know what you got for it in most cases.

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. - Isaac Asimov