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Comment: Re:At the risk of getting modded down as a fanboy. (Score 1) 218

by uptownguy (#42533503) Attached to: Microsoft Axing Messenger On March 15th

Couldn't agree more.
That IS the problem.
And a pretty major one.
Hence my last line about inviting everyone to drink the kool-aid and join me in the walled garden. It really would make my life easier, if everyone would just overlook questions about mysterious pre-approval of applications and Apple getting a 30% cut of everything and just join me here where the toys are shiny, the dragging and dropping works just fine, and no one is axing any instant messenger platform. At least for now.

Comment: At the risk of getting modded down as a fanboy... (Score 1) 218

by uptownguy (#42532861) Attached to: Microsoft Axing Messenger On March 15th

Your post was insightful, informative, a fascinating slice of history and an excellent all-around summary. I don't mean to take away from any of it.
But when you wrote:

To date there's no match for messenger's "share photos", which let you drag and drop pictures to the chat window and have them automatically resized and compressed to something more decent, and shown "big" in the chat window. With the option, of course, to download full size and keep

That's not quite true. I regularly use iMessage (the client is called Messages on OSX, the service is called iMessage) to do exactly that. Having used both, I can say that I prefer the iMessage implementation. Not only can I drag and drop photos (songs, files etc.) but the ability to share with both people using the Desktop client (other OSX users) and iOS users (iPhones and iPads) is convenient and VERY useful. It sure would make my life easier if the rest of you would just join me here inside the walled garden...

Comment: Re:Quick... (Score 1) 439

by uptownguy (#42039289) Attached to: Global Warming On Pace For 4 Degrees: World Bank Worried

Not speaking to the overall rightness or wrongness of your post -- BUT -- you got some basic facts about coal plants wrong in your last paragraph:

"Not a single coal fired plant currently operating on the planet existed when I was born (1959), every one of them has been built (and often rebuilt) in my life-time"
30-40yrs (the working life of a coal fired generator)

This links to a list which contains 37 coal plants in the US alone which have been in operation from 1938-1950 (the list stops at 1950 but one can reasonably infer that there are additional plants which were built between 1950 and 1959).

Again, not speaking to your overall point but you may want to consider how to incorporate this data set when making future posts...

Comment: Is it really all life and death? (Score 5, Insightful) 424

by uptownguy (#40767239) Attached to: OS X Mountain Lion Review

...um... And here I thought I was just upgrading to a newer release, not drinking Kool-Aid or proving I am a slave or whatever.

10.8 is a nice dot release. I am VERY happy to have AirPlay mirroring to my AppleTV. I travel and give presentations to small groups and in meetings, knowing that I just lost my tether and will be able to sit anywhere around the table instead of right next to wherever the monitor cable happened to be is kind of nice. I also appreciate the integration with my reminders app on my iPhone.

I dislike the fact that they removed Podcast Publisher. This means I am going to have to find a workaround for what (had been) an easy workflow for me. I'm sure I'll find other little annoyances over the coming days and weeks. And I'll adjust.

All things considered, I'm pleased. More than that, though, I guess I'm just really confused by the us-vs.-them mentality in the above post. I happen to use the OS I do because it seems to be the right tool for the job. I also run Windows 7 (via Parallels) so that I can run Visio and MS Project and a few other programs that I need. Sometimes my smartphone is the right tool (happens to be an iPhone but I've seen similar functionality on Android phones and Windows phones) sometimes my tablet... I don't feel "locked in" to any of it any more than I feel locked in by the choices a television network makes for their fall lineup or the choices my state has made for when and where road construction will occur. There are projects in life that are bigger than one person and choices are made we don't always agree with.

Jeepers. I had no idea I was drinking Kool Aid or stifling dissenting thoughts so as to stave off madness. I've been coming to Slashdot for over 14 years. I appreciate a low 4 digit UID. But really, does a content free screed about how open source is the only right path posted minutes after the article hits the front page really further the discussion about the OS X Mountain Lion review?

Comment: Re:Mod parent up. (Score 5, Insightful) 235

by uptownguy (#36077818) Attached to: I Like My IT Budget Tight and My Developers Stupid

Not only that, but training is different from experience.

Not only that, but people often muddy the issue by confusing the terms education (attending a class, studying to pass a cert test) with training (hands on, real-world experience).

To help clarify the difference, a colleague of mine once put it this way... if you are having trouble drawing a distinction between education and training: Just think of your teenage daughter and how you would feel if her school offered sex education vs. sex training...

Comment: Re:Skill? (Score 1) 204

by uptownguy (#33228932) Attached to: Website Lets You Bet On Your Grades

I had some major digestive issues that I was about to go to the doctor for. My girlfriends grandmother took out some oils for me, i took two drops with a glass of water every night...never felt better. No doctor, no HMO, no government healthcare, no co-pay and I didn't even have to pay for my oil. Just one smart resourceful grandmother.

I have a couple of thoughts about this. Not sure which reply to post so I'll post both of them (with links, of course):

(1) Placebos are effective. Or, more precisely, the placebo effect is real and measurable and billions (with a b) of dollars are spent in studies trying to demonstrate not just that new treatments are effective, but that they are more effective than the placebo effect. What's really fascinating is that in the last couple of decades, the effect is increasing (Wired Magazine Article on the phenomenon here...)

(2) Correlation does not equal causation. Just because you took the oils and then felt better does not mean that the oils were what made you feel better. (Helpful illustration here...)

Comment: Re:you used the word practical why? (Score 2, Insightful) 171

by uptownguy (#30876142) Attached to: A Practical LCD Writing Tablet

I read the summary thinking, Cool, this is a new form factor, I wonder what putting a million smart monkeys together and thinking about it might come up with... That's why I read Slashdot. I mean, anybody can just DISMISS something. It isn't that there is anything wrong with people summarily rejecting it and saying things like This is _______, nothing more ... it's just that I suspect there is a place for something like this. I'd be curious what that would look like. JUST an etch a sketch? ONLY kids?

Even if the form factor isn't perfect out of the gate, there will be some people who recognize this is close to what they need for an outstanding problem. Perhaps a problem they may not even know that they face until the solution comes along. (I often think the Nokia 800 fanbase is like that. I read Slashdot daily and so of course I KNOW that there are people out there who swear by that device. It's the wrong form factor for me but then the introduction of it -- and the wider recognition in the market of the demand for portable browsing devices -- ultimately led to a $300 netbook that I adore...)

When something sort of new comes along, I like to pay attention and think about what the children might be like.

No offense to the original poster.

Comment: Re:Don't Worry... (Score 1) 97

by uptownguy (#30704438) Attached to: Acer Recalls 22,000 Notebooks Due To Burn Hazard

Totally offtopic -- but I've got karma to burn and I love this thing...

I own an Acer Aspire One 751H (not the model mentioned in the recall) -- it is my favorite laptop of all time -- And I've had around a dozen.

It has a 11.6" screen, 1366x768 resolution, a 160 GB hard drive, comes with an internal webcam and mic and mine came from the factory with 1GB of RAM -- (a $20 DIMM later and it had 2 GB.) The 1.33GHz Atom processor only overlocks to about 1.56 GHz but doesn't feel slow at all. It weighs 2.9lbs and with a 6 cell battery, I can go for 6.5-7 hours on full brightness before needing a charge. I love this thing. I am able to have the computer on for four hours in a meeting in the morning, take it to the airport and use it for an hour at the airport bar playing poker while I wait for my flight, work on a report on the flight and still have juice to surf Slashdot from the couch when I get home... all without ever feeling like I am crimped or on a "netbook" -- And it was under $300 (!) Yikes!

I don't get off on hardware, but it has found just about the perfect sweet spot in terms of size / power/ specs, at least for me. The ONLY downside is the Intel GMA 500 integrated video (Windows 7 drivers are good not great. The poulsbo drivers are not quite there yet... or at least forced me to learn a lot more about the command line in Ubuntu than I was comfortable with). Everything that I do for work doesn't feel slow at all... but the first time I tried to play HD video in You Tube, I was in for a shock...

Sorry... just had to rave. Having been in IT during the mid-90s when Acer = Packard Bell = trash, I was skeptical but this thing is rock solid and gorgeous.

Comment: Re:This is BS (Score 1) 145

by uptownguy (#30547796) Attached to: Launching Frequently Key To NASA Success

I can't help by be reminded of an article from just a couple of days ago about a similar mindset. One could argue that if you spend decades and decades with your focus being "generating public interest" in a program without finding a way to make it profitable or solve some genuine pressing outstanding problems, it will become harder and harder to justify spending tens of billions of dollars each year. Eventually, you're just stalling.

I suspect that until we find a way to make this whole exercise profitable or meaningful in a way that resonates with most people... well, you're going to have some great people on your team and put out a great demo every few years... but eventually you'll become a cautionary tale...

Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd run out of air to push against.

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