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Comment: Armstrong was a cool dude (Score 2) 52

by trawg (#47505033) Attached to: NASA Names Building For Neil Armstrong

His biography First Man is a great read. Armstrong seemed like a classic "Right Stuff" guy; I'm sure the book paints him in a positive light but after reading it I couldn't think of anyone else I would want to be the first person to set foot on the moon in the name of humanity.

I think a better tribute from NASA would be to get us back to the moon. Maybe they could name the first permanent settlement there after him?

Comment: Re:Samsung's slowing sales... (Score 0) 45

by trawg (#47426899) Attached to: Apple Gets Its First Batch of iPhone Chips From TSMC

I would say you are 100% correct - in the Android ecosystem. I am exactly the same; I have a relatively new Nexus 4 and before that I had a Nexus One that I used until it was basically a painful experience because it just kept running out of space.

The N5 is basically the same phone and there's not a lot the Samsungs offer that interest me.

But Apple has a different model - they don't have thousands of different options. It's just one new model every couple years. They have a prestige associated with the iPhone that has almost /nothing/ to do with what the phone can actually do - it's just about having the new phone.

Most of the people I know who live in the iPhone world are largely non-technical types. With few exceptions they all want to be on the latest version - baffling to me as someone that actually looks at features.

Maybe this will taper off but so far I think Apple are just killing it.

Comment: Re:Praise the Courts (Score 1) 532

by trawg (#47330477) Attached to: NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

Isn't that what NY's argument was here? Let's agree to do something to reduce the health care burden by "working together" to reduce the impact of gigantic sugary drinks?

Attempting to limit the problem of unplanned pregnancies by increased focus on planned parenthood is an awesome idea. I'm just not sure how different it is, conceptually, to trying to limit the problem of obesity/mass sugar intake/etc by limiting the size of sugary soft drinks - which I think is a stupid idea. Just not sure how I can reconcile those feelings.

Comment: Re:Nice looking bike... (Score 2) 345

by trawg (#47279265) Attached to: Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

Incorrect. "Loud pipes" are compensation for a small penis.

FWIW, I have several friends that ride bikes. None of them are the sort of people that I would classify as the type that would do something just out of some sort of inferiority complex.

They uniformly tell me that they see loud pipes as a critical safety measure to make drivers aware that they're there.

I do not know if drivers in general (i.e., around the world) are uniformly bad at paying enough attention to notice riders (of bicycles or motorbikes), but certainly here (Brisbane, Australia) people seem to be pretty woeful at their situational awareness when driving.

For me, that is enough to keep me off the road on a bike. I don't even like driving much (my car was new in ~2004 and now has ~38,000km on it).

One of my motorobike riding friends was recently hit by a clueless driver while on a bicycle.

tldr: enough drivers are so bad at being aware of what is aorund them that loud pipes help make riders safer (... or at least, feel safer. I don't know if there is data showing that they are).

Comment: Re:WOW (Score 1) 142

by trawg (#47115753) Attached to: No, Doesn't Require 500 Million Lines of Code

What that guy probably means is that he bought a policy on the Obamacare exchange, and his doctor wouldn't see him because he doesn't accept that policy.

But that can happen anyway, right? Presumably doctors change what insurance they accept at certain times depending on what market conditions exist and how they go with the various insurance companies they have to deal with?

Comment: Re:not a car (Score 1) 262

by trawg (#47060253) Attached to: The Brakes That Stop a 1,000 MPH Bloodhound SSC

That actually makes me wonder if that would be a more efficient way of making it stop. Instead of trying to brake, deploy some surfaces that give lift and just point straight up, pop some parachutes and deploy some landing bags.

I'm sure trying to make it aerodynamic enough to do that would just be massively complicating the whole design to the point that it is worthless, but it'd be a fun way to stop.

Comment: Uh, no. They are the Apple of cars. (Score 1) 362

by trawg (#47021935) Attached to: Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

This is dumb. They have made the a car that is a tech status symbol like nothing else. Ferraris are unaffordable to all but the super rich, but a Tesla ticks off so many boxes it's not even funny:

- super cool? tick
- eco-friendly? tick
- high tech? tick
- way more expensive than average? tick
- genuinely, actually not a piece of shit? tick

I can't justify buying one at the moment (Australian living in the USA temporarily) but every time I see one here I am struck with lust, and I don't even give a shit about cars. I just /want/ one.

Comment: Re:How do you back up Ceph? (Score 2) 18

by trawg (#46881949) Attached to: Red Hat Acquires InkTank, Ceph Maintainers

Great stuff. This news seems great and look forward to seeing where it goes, particularly around the open sourcing of some new tools.

We've just launched a new virtual server hosting service in .au which uses Ceph for the storage system (blatant plug: coming to the US soon!) We chose it after a lot of evaluation of various other systems and so far it seems to be performing really well.

The stuff on the roadmap you mentioned sounds awesome as well.

Comment: Re:Smart customers can avoid being exploited for d (Score 1) 60

by trawg (#46880255) Attached to: Why Does Amazon Want To Sell Its Own Smartphone, Anyway

This is one of the reasons I have not bought into the Amazon ecosystem.

GP is right - Amazon have largely solved piracy for the majority of users by simply making it way easier. As an avid reader and someone that has been almost exclusively reading e-books since about 2005, I love the idea of the Amazon ecosystem.

But I can't bring myself to buy a book that I then don't own. I understand the revoking is, when considered as a percentage of books, tiny - but the point is /it can happen/. I don't want their DRM scheme to magically deactivate my book collection one day.

I know I can buy the books and strip the DRM - but then I'm back at the start and it's no longer easier to use the Amazon ecosystem. Users might as well just pirate it to - as usual - get a superior product.

I made the decision to not buy DRM'ed products ever a while ago. Unfortunately this greatly limits my ability to buy e-books - many publishers/retailers don't clearly distinguish between DRM-free and DRM on their sites, despite apparently supporting them both (I still haven't figured out how to reliably buy DRM-free Tor books; I don't know if I am stupid or what).

Comment: Re:woo (Score 1) 688

by trawg (#46871741) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign

Tweaking the relative brightness between current and other tabs hardly counts as revolutionary. I'm indifferent at best.

Actually after using FF29 for a few hours I am finding it really frustrating - I feel like I used to be able to easily glance at my other tabs to find the one I was looking for.

Now they all sort of gel together and are less 'distinct'. Maybe it's a weird "I'm not used to it yet" thing but I feel like having lots of tabs open is a little more confusing now than it was before.

Maybe they did some usability studies where they measured tab-finding-response-time and after a bit of use it got lower? Otherwise I can't figure out why this change exists.

Comment: This is terrible. (Score 4, Insightful) 688

by trawg (#46870677) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign

I love Firefox and have used it for years. I've put up with all the updates and changes and ridiculous behaviour since they started this rapid development cycle.

There's been some improvements. But every couple of releases my plugins break because they've removed some functionality or changed something. I can put up with that; software changes and needs maintenance.

This is the first upgrade I've done where my interface has been changed this significantly.

The Add-on bar is gone. Can't replace it without an extension. I have (well, had) tools in that I used daily.

Tabs now on top. Can't move them back to the bottom. Here's a two year old Bugzilla filled with people pleading that it remain an option.

There appears to be extensions to fix all this. But what's the fucking point any more? I'm sick of fighting to keep Firefox looking and working like Firefox if all they're going to do is take away the things that I actually use it for. It's just too much effort.

Mozilla, you used to be a leader. Now you're a follower. I know so few people that are still using Firefox - most people I talk to are surprised that I don't use Chrome - why are you going out of your way to alienate those of us that are left?

You are an insult to my intelligence! I demand that you log off immediately.