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Comment Re:This is *NOT* what Apple does. (Score 1) 778

Yes it is, but not without some thought. From the limited controls and feature set of the new Airport Utility to hiding the /Users/~/Library folder Apple has removed options that users kept tripping over. The fact the you need to start a special Developer Menu just proves the point. This may not be a bad thing. Anyone who has worked help desk has stories of the damage done by those who had the mistaken impression they had a clue what they were doing.

You'll note that the ability to view the source of a page isn't right there up front anymore in any browser that's the same sort of thing. You still can if you want, but you have to find out how.

 

Comment This is what Apple does. (Score 1) 778

Apple has been removing options for users for years. The first versions of OSX were close to linux in the number of things you could do, these days I forget it's a Unix variant. Macs are what Steve, or these days Jon, thinks is good for you. That seems high handed until you think if you buy a Ralph Lauren suit your getting what Ralph thought was good for you. That being said, the number of times I went to the rescue of some noob who what whining that his Mac version 10.5 or earlier was broken and sat there and went WTF??!! I'd be able to buy a new Mac. As Apple has steady *not* let people think for themselves things have gotten stabler and stabler.

Submission + - What role do the Humanities play on Slashdot?

raque writes: The "NYTimes has this story on the growing hostility towards the Humanities and the Liberal Arts in American Education. I see two questions here: What does this mean for Slashdot? We're about STEM here, but the method used is the written word. Without Humanities how well will we be able to write? The second is that tech employees move up the corporate ladder the "tech" becomes less and less important. IT managers don't program, they write memos, proposals, email after email. It would would seem to me that success in moving up the ladder depends on skills developed in the Humanities classroom more then the CS lab.

Comment You left out MacOS before X. Duh!! (Score 1) 413

Maybe it's just because you young folk have a short memory, but the first OS I remember is MacOS 4.3. It ran off a floppy and used a second floppy as a scratch disk. It was so amazing when I got a hard drive. 40 meg of space. That was just insane. Who could hope to use 40 meg of space. I remember toying with Minix. I got it on disk and played with it. It was nice but I couldn't imagine what to do with it.

Though maybe it was IBM 360. I used one, or a terminal, which is more the truth, in the late 70's in High School. Worked in the attendance office doing data entry. Remember those punch cards.

Comment Everyone is talking past each other, again (Score 1) 276

Wilson states that to do good science and to be a good scientist you don't need to be a math wiz. Iddo states to be employable in the tech and science field the more math the better. Am I the only one who has noticed these aren't the same point? Iddo is worrying that if your C.V. doesn't show enough math you won't get the position to do the science at all. Wilson says you can find a place for yourself that uses the math you already know. Wilson is optimistic, Iddo is realistic/pessimistic. Wilson succeeded and is a giant. Iddo has watched his students struggle and have to wait tables to get by.

In the end Wilson is following closer to J. Bronowski in Science and Human values and Iddo is closer to my grandmother. Bronowski cared about humanity, grandma cares about me.

Comment I think the wording "women in tech" is wrong. (Score 1) 546

I live in a gender switched world. My wife is a programmer for a major Wall Street firm, and I stay home to raise the kids. She has been at the firm for 25+ years and is a manager who is part of the hiring team. I've been a SAHD for 20+ years. When we attend those various office functions I notice a fair amount of female programming staff. Way over 10%. The section my wife manages is over 50% female. What is different is that this is a mainframe COBOL environment. When I talk to the male programmers about tech we discuss with linux distro we like and how so & so did what ever. The women discuss how they are using tool X to solve problem Y. Tool X is what they have, it cost a lot of money, it does the job. They are not interested in the tools themselves, they are interested in the problem they are solving. Understanding what the user needs, how that might be different then what they asked for, and doing all of this in a timely fashion is the topic of this and every day.

After that they are interested in how much money is being made, what the benefits are, time off, just like any other job. So we are talking about long term job stability, good office environment, how many stalls are in the bathroom, who is and isn't and idiot.

Asking why women aren't represented in tech misses the point. The question should be what does a tech job provide that an HR or accounting job doesn't.

Comment Re:Is this for real? (Score 1) 425

In that case we are in complete agreement. Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.

I get why people get so enamored of what computers can be made to do. As someone with writing based learning disabilities Mac and spell check changed my world. I went from not being able to finish High School to Honors in College. WriteNow and MacWrite Pro with that little 9 inch black and white screen were magic in the most pure Harry Potter way. I took my minor in computer science so I could understand this tool that freed me.

I'm amazed by what people don't care about and don't want to know. Just make twitter work .. Wow I'm the mayor of something on Foursquare ... What are people saying on Facebook? Send me your contact info and we'll set up a date. It goes on and on. Just because the first one was a good idea doesn't make the second, or third, or fourth one a good idea too. Matt Hanan found out that Apple's Opaque nature makes them difficult to trust. I've spoken to friends about how all of this interconnected, I'll do it for you-ness may not be a good idea. That cloud services have to be monitored and secured. What I get back is a suspicious look and being asked why I want to take their twitter from them. How can they live without it, it's magic. If you point out that magic has side effects and things you don't see I get more suspicious looks. It's rather bizarre.

       

Comment Re:Is this for real? (Score 1) 425

The MacOS checks each string as you type it, that's how it spell checks and things like that. If you look at the language and Text panel in the System Preferences you will see check boxes for spell checking and replacing text with certain symbols: like a copy write symbol if you type (c). This is how if you get a date in your email the OS can offer to make an appointment in iCal for you, passing info between applications is an OS function. That process has a flaw which causes a crash when it encounters that particular string. There are some more detailed explanations above.

Comment It also crashes the error reporting function. (Score 1) 425

If you're like me and send feedback to Apple when things go sideways, you can't on this. The Crash brings down the error reporting function "Problem Reporter". As soon as you click into the text field to describe the error it crashes too. Please note from my log:

2/2/13 8:43:18.001 PM Problem Reporter[517]: assertion on /SourceCache/DataDetectorsCore/DataDetectorsCore-269.1/Sources/PushDown/DDResultExtraction.c:1576 "CFStringHasPrefix(urlVal, CFSTR("file://"))" failed :wrong extraction: File:///
2/2/13 8:43:18.001 PM Problem Reporter[517]: wrong extraction: File:///
2/2/13 8:43:18.001 PM Problem Reporter[517]: An uncaught exception was raised
2/2/13 8:43:18.002 PM Problem Reporter[517]: condition "wrong extraction: File:///"
2/2/13 8:43:18.003 PM Problem Reporter[517]: (

I love the last line, is that open parenthesis supposed to be there all alone like that? This is a horrendous bug.

I noted that MSOffice seems to be immune. MS still uses Carbon instead of Coca as their framework. Is this a case of the old ways are still the best ways? Or is this an other case of Apple needs to improve their Quality Assurance.

Adam Engst of Tidbits has an article up on the Tidbits site on a Pages 4.3 bug that nearly prevented him from publishing his Take Control ebook on iTunes 11.

Comment Office handles this string perfectly (Score 1) 425

Well, so much for the quality of Apple software compared to Microsoft. MSOffice 2011 handles this string perfectly. Every piece of Apple software goes down in flames. Word makes it into a link, Excel and Power Point treat it as text, I didn't pay for Outlook so I don't know about it handles this string.

Bug

Submission + - Pages 4.3 vs. BBEdit 10.5: How Apple Doesn't Respect Its Users (tidbits.com)

raque writes: "For 22 years Tidbits has served the community of Apple users from fanboys to professionals. Tidbits publisher Adam Engst discusses how undocumented changes to how Pages 4.3 handles the epub format nearly sank his latest ebook on iTunes 11. He points out the differences between Apple's cavalier and high handed attitude to Barebones software's professional and clear response to issues with their software.

From a marketing point of view not admitting to mistakes and issues may make sense, but it creates havoc for those who's livelihoods depend on software doing what is supposed to do, and what it did last time. Not providing an accurate and complete change-log has become an Apple hallmark. Tuaw has an article up on undocumented changes to IOS 6.1's music controls. That may not be a big thing, but what else did they change?"

Science

Submission + - Virtual Superpowers Translate to Real Life (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: You don't have to be Superman to help those in need, but you might be more willing to do so if you get a taste of his powers. When subjects in a new study strapped on virtual reality helmets, half of them were given the ability to fly around a simulated city, while the others sat passively in helicopters. Some were allowed to merely explore the city from their aerial vantage points; others were told they needed to find a missing diabetic child and deliver his lifesaving insulin. Regardless of which task they performed, the subjects granted the superpower of flight were more likely to help a researcher pick up spilled pens after the experiment was. The results have researchers wondering if our brains might react to the memory of a virtual experience as though it had really happened. If so, we may be able to use virtual reality and gaming to effectively treat psychological disorders such as PTSD.

Comment Re:And yet... (Score 1) 2987

You'll just piss off both sides by being reasonable. A lot of this info exists, but isn't correlated or understood. As poster after poster has pointed out the discussion about guns has become about being right, not about doing anything. As far as I can see there has to be a rough agreement on the bounds of regulation before anything else will be done.

I haven't read every post but there is another elephant in the room. Race. The vast majority of gun rights advocates are white, the vast majority of victims and criminals are people of color. The discussion becomes for the whites: you shouldn't take our guns because they (people of color) can't control themselves, and we need our guns to protect us from them. As for the violence: well, it's just a form of natural population control.

  When I was told this by an old cop I know, I was stunned. I said I didn't agree, but didn't try of convince him otherwise. I just wondered how to go around him.

Oh, as for the massacre of children, it was a random aberration and can't be controlled. This conversation occurred around the time of Columbine.

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