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Comment: Re:Give me battery or give me death (Score 1) 109 109

My current laptop, a Dell Precision M3800 has it all: light weight, powerful, reasonable (if not fantastic) battery life, 4K screen, and native support for Linux, out of the box but it's hard to figure out what something the same size would be like at 1/4 the weight.

But I'm agreeing with other comments: I'd rather have this exact weight laptop with 3 days of battery life.

A few years back, I bought the phone with the very best battery life and I don't regret it one minute. Now on its third year, the phone still easily powers through a day with 50% or so battery life, and never leaves me high and dry when flying commercially which is when battery life is most important.

My next phone will be the phone with the best battery life Now that I finally have a powerful laptop that isn't also dreadfully heavy, battery life will once again be #1 for my next purchase.

Comment: My government (Score 1) 93 93

Has changed me from a Conservative (not to be confused with Republican) to more and more each day to a Constitutional Libertarian. I've gotten to the point in my life (mid 50's) that I see myself more as a libertarian, than anything else. I do not trust government. I believe governments sole purpose, as written in the constitution, is to provide for the defense of our nation, promote general welfare. THAT'S IT! The rest, should be left to each state. Government now, wants to be our mommy & daddy for flipping everything, taking more and more responsibility for our lives, along with more and more of our money. It's about to the point where I should just have my paycheck direct deposited at the Treasury department, and hope they send ME back enough money to survive, along with a thank you card to them for being so nice.

Comment: Re:So does this qualify as 'organic'? (Score 1) 256 256

"it's hard to compete with a fertile field in a nice climate" you should watch a few of the youtube videos about these LED hydro places, you might change your mind

I think I'll wait until I start reading about farmers going out of business due to price competition from indoor produce growers.

Comment: Re:About time too (Score 1) 51 51

The prospect of wave energy - which is far less intrusive than wind power - is very attractive

The upside of wave power is that water is relatively dense, and thus moving water carries a lot of energy in a small volume. The downside is maintenance costs... they don't call water the "universal solvent" for nothing, and salt water in particular tends to eat anything you leave in contact with it for very long.

Comment: Re:So does this qualify as 'organic'? (Score 1) 256 256

So, I'm all for grow local, but when there's sun shining right outside - this doesn't make a heck of a lot of sense to me... unless you are a company that sells grow lights.

Very true... it's hard to compete with a fertile field in a nice climate, if you have access to one. I'm surprised nobody has pointed out the obvious applications in locations where viable outdoor environments aren't available, though -- e.g. in space, or on Mars.

Comment: Re:Because it worked so well for PGP... (Score 1) 400 400

Also, WTF does "If it's an executable digital file, any foreign interests can get a hold of it" mean? Is ISIS unable to use non-executable files?

It means some asshole who doesn't understand computers is talking. ...

Yeah, this triggered a WTF flag in my head, too. Most of the web servers I've worked with do just the opposite of this: If a web file is non-executable, anyone can download a copy of it. But if it's made executable, attempting to download it causes the server to run it and send you its output. So executable files are the ones that can't be downloaded by anyone.

I wonder how they have their servers configured. Maybe they've figured a way to reverse the meaning of the "x" bits, so that only non-executable files are run, while executables are sent as-is to the client. Ya think?

(Actually, I do have some directories with a .htaccess file that declare nothing there to be executable. I sometimes used that to provide an easy way for clients to download the source code rather than execute it and get its output, as happens in the main directories. But somehow, I don't think this is what that idiot was talking about. I suspect he's clueless about web servers and their capabilities, and was just making stuff up that he thought might mean something to someone. ;-)

Comment: Re:yes. tried one. (Score 2) 325 325

(i.e. circulatory problems, certain spinal issues, heart problems) for a different set of issues with standing desks (i.e. foot problems, different spinal issues, heart problems).
Those problems are very likely food and lifestyle issues and have nothing to do with sitting or standing while working on a keyboard.

Comment: Re:Not sure about the new model (Score 1) 177 177

The pro does. If you go into PC Settings go select skip releases? On the pro you can still get Updates for the previous version and just be 1 update a year behind. Enterprise licenses go up to 3 years with security updates going into each.

I will update when the 1st update comes out. THen use this setting and turn this into my LTS. Home editions will always get updates and can't turn that off

Comment: Re:Just in time (Score 2) 177 177

I differ ... typing this on a surface pro.

Have you tried one? How about an ultra book? Folks this is 2015 and like the mainframe era we still ahve them and there are uses but they are a dying and not an important breed.

Have you used a tablet, Surface, or an ultrabook? Thin and portable is in.

Surface is fast selling now unlike a few years ago. I seem with IT geeks all the time. I can remove the keyboard and wireshark whole ethernet connections with my usb ethernet. I can re-attach my keyboard and use it like a laptop.

WIndows 8.1 is amazing on it and I love the charms, swipes, and OneNote.

Windows 10 is terrible on my surface compared to 8.1. There is a tablet mode but it does not do as much. As much as an anti MS site slashdot is the fact is the Surface is top selling and lennevo yoga and Dell's venue are top selling as users want portability and what better UI to use has this? Sure you are a geek adn those reading this like myself may have a quad core cpu and a big rig at home running linux or even windows for gaming but are we really the majority?

Windows 10 maybe ready someday (no MS RTM does not mean stable as Windows ME and Vista were not ready)I may put it on my desktop. For now I need my charms and swipe functionality back and MS better STEP LISTENING TO THE HATERS

Comment: You can take 8.1 off my cold dead hands (Score 1) 177 177

My surface pro 3 works great with the tablet UI and metro,. I can swipe easy with my fingers and use the charms bar to send my OneNotes to my printer or MS Office.

Windows 10 is too focuses on the desktop because of the HATERS who do not want anything besides the old school desktop with the mouse and keyboard. There is a tablet mode in WIndows 10 but it is too tuned for a desktop still and not touch friendly.

WIndows 8.1 is stable and works and I am used to it now. WIth a start menu replacement it is fine on the desktop too

Comment: Re: Internet without evangelicals = Win (Score 1) 287 287

Ummm so what if they refuse service because their bigoted? I still occasionally, see stores with a "we reserve the right to refuse service for any reason". It's their right as a business owner.

I don't know which country you're posting from, but in the USA it is definitely illegal for a business to discriminate -- there are anti-discrimination laws explicitly saying as such. For example, if a black person walks in to your restaurant and you refuse to serve him because he's black, you can expect to get sued, and lose. The only thing new here is that the courts will probably now also side against you for turning away a gay customer as well; however the principle is well established.


First Windows 10 RTM Candidate Appears 177 177

Mark Wilson reports that the first RTM candidate for Windows 10 has been spotted: build 10176. Leaks and sources have suggested the company intends to finalize the operating system later this week, perhaps as early as July 9th. This would give Microsoft almost three weeks to distribute it to retailers and devicemakers before the July 29th launch date. "While the RTM process has been a significant milestone for previous releases of Windows, it’s more of a minor one for Windows 10. Microsoft is moving Windows 10 to a 'Windows as a service' model that means the operating system is regularly updated."

Hacking's just another word for nothing left to kludge.