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Comment Re:Sterile (Score 1) 53

Auto mechanics could find good use out of this technology as well. No need to drop the tools and/or get the console all greasy

All the mechanics I've seen just cover their keyboards in plastic. Cheap, simple and reliable. Trying to replace 50 cents worth of plastic with hundreds of dollars worth of electronics would be an uphill battle.

Comment Re:What the hell *is* Minecraft? (Score 1) 775

Minecraft is an entirely new category of game. There is no name for this new category.

Think of it as something of a combo of Elder Scrolls and Second Life.

As others have mentioned, in several ways, it's similar to Dwarf Fortress, and Horde.

Also, the MMO "A Tale In The Desert" is very similar, and in many ways, has far more depth.

It combines these aspects to create something unique, for sure. But it's more evolutionary than revolutionary.

Comment Re:shockingly bad is an exaggeration (Score 1) 657

It's the same thing that kept IE's stranglehold around for so long, especially when IE was on the Mac, so there wasn't even a cross platform argument.

IE on the mac was still in many ways a distinct platform. It used a completely different, mac-only rendering engine from the windows version, and had numerous other distinct features... and bugs.

Comment Re:kiosk manufacturers are the culprits (Score 1) 288

I did own an Agfa Photo Kiosk. It didn't have an AV by default and it ran "Windows XP embedded edition" that prevented me from installing an AV (installers didn't allow me to do an install.). I saved a raw image of the hard disk for safety and allowed it to infect customers. It was a security nightmare. Viruses had their way into the machine, but AV software didn't

Well, that seems easy enough to fix: write a virus that installs antivirus software.

You're welcome.

Comment Re:Magsafe (Score 1) 365

All the MagSafe supplies I've owned broke after a few months after the pins got stuck into the plug.

I've had the same problem. Exposure to humidity can rapidly lead to corrosion, which causes the spring-loaded pins to fail. Then you've got no contact. I've had 2 or 3 magsafe connectors fail on me in this way in the last year.

In some ways, this is the lesser of two evils; it's much better for the brick-end of the connection to fail, than the connector inside the laptop itself -- which is how my last HP laptop died.

Comment Re:Tsk tsk (Score 2, Insightful) 237

They're not being evil now, are they?

Collecting data isn't (necessarily) evil. Abusing it is.

For example, google's well known for finding web pages that were intended to be private, but never properly locked down -- phpmyadmin installations, router admin pages with no passwords, etc.

Finding those things isn't evil. Were google to, say, forcibly install software on every unsecured router their crawlers found, *that* would be evil.

Are they being evil? Maybe. But data collection itself isn't necessarily evil.

Comment Re:One of the biggest problems is configurability (Score 1) 120

As I brought up on the mailing list months ago when I was trying to make my case, of the books in the top 10 search results for PHP on Amazon, 5 or 6 of them, including the book by Rasmus himself (wrote PHP originally), use the ereg functions in their examples. So you can imagine that there are lots of people out there learning basic search functions out there that will be going away in the next major version. This is not good.

When has using a book that's more than 1 major revision behind ever been a good idea? A MySQL 3 book proved pretty worthless when MySQL 4 came out. And MySQL 5 adds all kinds of stuff that MySQL 4 books don't cover.

I just threw out my java books from college because they covered java 1.2.

That's just how it is with programming books. Major language releases make them obsolete.

Comment Re:Stop listening to the PTC (Score 1) 821

And really, that's kind of how it should be. If a small group of people really really cares about something, and the rest of us don't care too much, it's basic social wisdom to compromise in favor of the people who really do care.

The KKK feels awfully strongly about limiting the rights of non-whites. On the other hand, I (and, I suspect, millions of other Americans) am a strong believer in equal rights, but I'm not nearly as emphatic about it -- I wouldn't engage in the sorts of terrorism the KKK has been known to in years past. "Basic social wisdom" is then to compromise in the favor of the KKK?

Democracy should not mean giving the reins to those with the loudest voice. But that certainly would explain the dismal state of gay rights in this country.

Comment Re:CGI scripts (Score 2, Insightful) 148

Sure, being able to click and drag an online map was neat when it first came out, but faster than clicking an arrow in the corner? Not for me... I'd rather have it move in whole, consistent, step sizes. And faster? Hell no! I sit around waiting several seconds for Google maps to load up, prompt after prompt to "keep waiting" or else any address you type in will get munged.

Wow. How's the weather back in 1998?

I've got a PC that I built for $300 in 2008, and two macbooks (the bottom of the line models. Not the Pro). They're all behind a perfectly average comcast cable modem. Running Google Chrome, google maps loads just as fast as any desktop app, on any and all of 'em. This is not a bleeding edge setup.

So... Is it your Pentium 2, or your 9600 baud modem that's holding you back?

You're right... AJAX doesn't run great on systems built before the turn of the century. If you don't like it, pick up a system that has more than 64 meg of ram. You have every right not to upgrade, but if you choose not to, you have no right to bitch.

The "everything should run on my Windows 95 machine" mindset drives me nuts. I bet driving your Model T on the interstate isn't much fun either.

Comment Re:I'll play Devils Advocate here (Score 1) 547

Software development is creative work. "8 hours of programming" probably doesn't consist of 8 hours of typing. And if it does, you're either an incredibly productive programmer, or an incredibly inept programmer

How would you pay a poet by the hour? Does he only get paid for the hours where his pen is actually touching paper?

Comment Re:My question is (Score 1) 411

Why don't all car radio setups come with a line-in jack? Even many of the aftermarket ones don't have them (on the front, at least). Such a cheap part, and yet so many people use their ipods via FM tuner or tape adapter.

My cheap-ass '06 Toyota Scion came with one, standard. They also offered an iPod dock kit for a couple hundred bucks more.

Comment Re:followup comments (Score 1) 345

If you find yourself in a car of any brand where the engine is accelerating without command, put the car in neutral (your engine will be fine, as the engine computer has several "rev limiters" built-in)

I had an accelerator cable stick on me in a Dodge Caravan, years ago. I can't help but to think back to that every time I read how some Toyota owners have ended up in accidents as a result of this issue. In my experience, it wasn't that hard to address the problem safely.

    In my case, the problem was really the result of poor maintenance on my part -- the accelerator cable passes above the battery, and I'd let the battery leak so badly, a mound of crystalized acid built up and was rubbing against the cable. To make matters worse, I was driving the POS 120 miles a day.

Finally, one day on the highway, I pressed the gas, let off, and the damn thing kept accelerating. The cable had stuck. While I'd imagine downshifting comes naturally if you've driven a manual, I've never driven anything other than an automatic in my life. Fortunately, my father had taught me to downshift when descending steep grades, rather than ride the breaks. As a result, I had the presence of mind to downshift, and pull off at the next off-ramp.

In retrospect, I probably should have immediately brought the thing to a complete stop on the shoulder and had it towed, but I actually managed to navigate several blocks and stop lights shifting between first and neutral. Parked it at a Chevron that had an attached garage.

I suppose my purpose in relating this is twofold: first it provides real world confirmation of your advice. Secondly, I suppose it serves as a reason for anyone teaching someone to drive to also teach them about the concept of "engine breaking". That extra bit of knowledge probably saved me from ending up in a high speed collision.

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