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Comment: Re:Get on my level (Score 1) 97

by hairyfeet (#48684421) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Got a buddy that works for the city with strict orders to bring me any clacky boards that pass through, be surprised how many businesses go to get a new PC and toss their clacky. Oh well, more for me ;-)

Ditto on the IBM, great boards, but don't knock the first Compaq and MSFT boards as they were also built like fricking tanks and took insane amounts of abuse. I tried using modern non claky keyboards at the shop...blech. Can't never tell when its registered a stroke or not,all the letters wore off in not time flat, the new boards just suck. So tomorrow I gotta drag out the desk and plug into the KVM this big old Compaq, so old its got the old style monster DIN plug but I got an adapter or five sitting in the desk drawer, much better than the new crap!

Comment: Re:Useless money pit (Score 5, Insightful) 80

The problem is that there's no actual use for people in space, so the practice is useless too.

As far as anyone can tell, there's no actual use for people here, unless you count self-propagation, pollution, and destruction. But any bacteria can do those things.

Comment: Re:Great news for OSS (Score 1) 35

by drinkypoo (#48683971) Attached to: Phoronix Lauds AMD's Open Source Radeon Driver Progress For 2014

I will welcome them when the drivers reach parity and they scrub the commercial driver, until then I've been burned too many times by ATI to even consider one of their GPUs. Not literally, either, just continual wrestling with shit drivers.

I'm told they've gotten better, but I've got no reason to change

Comment: Re:Or you could avoid posting the pictures (Score 1) 172

by drinkypoo (#48683961) Attached to: Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

You do realize that until the point where his daughter died, he very much wanted to see the photos and share them, right? You're essentially asking for a grieving father to go through his entire photo collection and mark his daughter's photos as "don't show this". That's in no way a solution.

The solution is not to pretend that bad things don't happen. It's for our society to grow up and learn to accept that they do, and learn to take care of one another. If your daughter dies next year, at the end of the year, will you pretend it didn't happen? Someone with a happier year would have a happier year in review.

People are confused by Facebook, it's just life with more ads.

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 205

by drinkypoo (#48683949) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

Getting convictions is hard, cycling through people is a lot easier. And having to get to work without a car gets the message across,

This is a side effect of our nation being built around the car. In most U.S. cities, let alone in the suburbs, trying to exist without an automobile is at best isolating and will often lead to loss of opportunity. Potential employers judge you in part by your car, and if you don't have one they may well decide that they can't expect you to get to work reliably.

Since you reasonably need a car to participate in our society, driving should be a right and the focus should be on helping people defeat alcoholism. That, however, would require that someone act like they care about that person, and by and large we don't actually give one fuck about one another. We just don't want people inconveniencing us on our way home from work.

Or, and here's a novel idea, we could restore our public transportation systems to the track they were on when the auto companies destroyed them. Then our society could easily absorb the cost of taking driving privileges away from people, since they could still reasonably function in their daily lives, and the debate over whether it's right to terminate people's driving rights would be a much simpler one because it wouldn't interfere with their human rights.

TL;DR: We intentionally rebuilt our society around the car, you can't just take away people's driving privileges because without treating them as rights our society doesn't work.

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 205

by drinkypoo (#48683935) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

But in Oz you have functional public health. In the USA, if you lose your job, you lose any functional health insurance you might have had. The kind I can buy with my own money doesn't have any available doctors taking new patients, just like when I last had health insurance before Obamacare. I literally cannot get anything but lackluster emergency care in my county.

Comment: Re: who cares how many children (Score 1) 157

by drinkypoo (#48683921) Attached to: AirAsia Flight Goes Missing Between Indonesia and SIngapore

No. Children are underdeveloped and require a considerable amount of investment before they create value. Compared to adults where the investment has already been made and who now cannot pay it back, children are worth less.

Children have potential and with considerable investment may create value, compared to adults who have already proven that they lack potential and will never do anything more significant in their lifetime than pollute.

Comment: Re:I hate to do it (Score 1) 46

by dgatwood (#48683843) Attached to: My laptop lasts on battery for ...

Apple got a lot of bad press a few years ago for massively overestimating their battery life and is now quite a bit more conservative. They've gone from claiming 6 hours to claiming 8, but at the same time they've shipped lower power CPUs and doubled the size of the battery. There was a Kickstarter for an open source compatible laptop with very similar specs to the MBP floating around last week: they were also claiming 8 hours on battery, but they were shipping a battery half the size of the MBP. I guess they think Linux users keep the screen turned off.

Yes, all of those things can help. Of course, if you're running builds in Xcode or similar, you'll still be lucky to get three hours from that eight-hour battery. And if you're using musical notation software like Finale (which keeps the audio hardware "hot" continuously), you'll be lucky to get four. Lightroom? Photoshop? Same deal.

The problem is, what I want in a laptop is to be able to use it all day without running out of battery, and by "use", I actually mean use, not sit around and browse the web.

IMO, Apple still needs to get serious about battery life, which can only be achieved by putting in a much higher-capacity battery. If they offered one model of MacBook Pro 15" Retina in the old (pre-retina) case (but sans optical drive), they could stick in a battery that would truly last an entire day under actual use.

Comment: Re:There's no such thing as a free lunch (Score 1) 103

by hairyfeet (#48683721) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

Considering more than 80% of the "content" seems to be on the intellectual level of "How many inches has Kim Kardashian's ass grown today?" ask me how many fucks I would give if all this "content" were to dry up and blow away along with the malware ridden shitstains they call ads which I have to clean up after when they trash my beautiful creations....answer? ZERO, absolute zero fucks would I give.

The simple fact is you get rid of ads and POOF! Malware be gone, in fact I can't even remember the last malware infection I cleaned that didn't come from somebody that didn't know about adblocking. And wadda ya know I block the ads and tada! They only need to come for me for upgrades....ahhh, you smell that? That is the smell of smugness as I do my little part to help slowly strangle the rotten to the core industry known as Internet advertising. It smells like happiness and cookies!

Comment: Re:Don't Order From Slashdot Deals (Score 1) 62

Well since we haven't invented human cloning yet - though I can't wait to hear Bennet Haselton's opinion on the matter - that should be the one and only right? I'll take all four pairs of headphones, delivery to the galaxy known as KKs3. Warp speed delivery please, that'll be 7 million years of blissful silence before his radio signals reach earth.

Comment: Re:the obligatory.... (Score 1) 35

by Kjella (#48682759) Attached to: Phoronix Lauds AMD's Open Source Radeon Driver Progress For 2014

Does this mean it's official? 2015 is The Year of the Linux Desktop?

My crystal ball might be a little wonky, but I'm pretty sure that 2015 is not the year of the AMD desktop whether they run Linux or not. I suspect Q4 is going to be another bloody quarter for AMD, apart from the console sales they haven't had any killer CPUs/GPUs for the holidays. So if YotLD happens, I suspect their Linux drivers had very little to do with it.

A method of solution is perfect if we can forsee from the start, and even prove, that following that method we shall attain our aim. -- Leibnitz