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Comment Re: False premise (Score 1) 482

if MS pushes the issue, they will lose industry to linux, and they know it.

I would have thought would know something like that too, but recent decisions have me scratching my head. Either the NSA is hitting them REALLY hard or they are utterly fucking disconnected from reality. Decisions from Microsoft just boggle the mind over the past few years. Utterly disconnected from reality. No sight at all of cause and effect. No sight at all on how Windows 10 affects businesses. Just blows the mind.

They seem to totally not even consider how a business would feel using software that could give advantages to their competitors. It blows my mind.

Comment Re:One can hope (Score 1) 124

"The UNIX way" was to have multiple, not quite compatible, complete operating systems from multiple vendors such as HPUX, Solaris, IRIX, etc. Porting your software between those was a considerable effort, and in fact a whole standardisation body (posix) has sprung up around efforts to make those systems at least nominally compatible. And in later years, the Linux way was quite similar, with LSB attempting to keep distributions at least nominally compatible with each other, but the effort of porting an application from one distribution to another still going by the name of "porting".

I have no idea in which dimension your UNIX way happened, but it wasn't this one.

Perfect troll or perfect idiot? No idea. Don't care.

Comment Re:Renault Zoe (Score 1) 455

And then you run across monsters like me. I drive until my fuel tank is close to empty... so roughly about 4 hours non-stop. I fill my tank, use the restroom, etc in under 5 minutes and I am back on the road again. I typically drive 18 hours with stops only for fuel. I have driven 38 hours straight before. I put 30k miles on my new car in the first 3 months I owned it.

I am... a driving maniac. I love driving (not commuting, that is not driving). Oddly, I have been considering getting a Tesla but I have no illusions at all about how far I can go and how fast. I test drove one and it seems like a nice car to drive. I may get one as a 4th vehicle. It will NEVER be a distance vehicle until I can swap battery packs out instead of recharging.

Comment Re: Only a fraction of US munitions... (Score 1) 197

Let's face it, folks, we have been bullshitting them for about a century now, I can understand that they're kinda pissed.

I spent a decade in the region and I have given this a lot of thought: Fuck 'em. I do not do religion; however, the Western World has Christianity, which teaches a fundamental lesson of "turn the other cheek". This is why we are civilized and they are not. Don't get me wrong, there are some really good people over there, but as a culture, they teach fighting, retribution, and revenge. Until they learn the "turn the other cheek" lesson, nobody can ever do right by them.

So, fuck 'em. When they are ready to join us at the adult table, they can. Until then, no apologies (as that is just a sign of weakness) and no regrets (another sign of weakness in animals).

Comment Re:Only a fraction of US munitions... (Score 1) 197

What is REALLY funny is that Al Queada (SP?) in Iraq said they were only doing suicide bombs and car bombs to get Americans out of Iraq. Funny how the same troubles were there with and without American forces present.

Granted, Saddam was keeping that nastiness in check... but we do not need to devolve this into a discussion of Monday morning quarterbacking. A useful conversation to be sure... but not useful between us right now.

Comment Re:a little late, no? (Score 1) 285

While it is nice to have an option for a i7 CPU and 32Gb of RAM for the minority of users that actually need that processing power, most people do not need that kind of performance any more than they need a car that is designed with the 24 hours of Le Mans in mind.

So... are you saying that there i no point in product differentiation? They should just release the Macbook and be done with it? No pro version?

Or... are you implying that making a consumer version and calling it a pro version is not fraud?

I am honestly unsure what you are getting at here, as on its face, what you are saying is nonsense. Either a race car driver needs a race car or the driver just needs to not participate. What Apple has done here is to tell the race car driver that they can not participate in this race... with a car that was previously considered a race car.

What does pro mean again?

Comment Re:Loses credibility (Score 1) 164

Blowing away the moderations I have done in this thread because everyone is missing something REALLY important here: How do we know that Apple did not simply modify the non-caching mode to ignore the directive and use the cache anyways?

Granted, they probably did just fix a bug... but maybe they didn't. Maybe they just use the cache now even when caching is turned off.

The reason why I am piggy-backing on your comment is because it was deeply insightful and along the same lines.

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 1) 562

The hiss. The tape becoming damaged now and then resulting in parts of your songs being screwed up. The poor speed regulation on many tape decks. The felt pad under the tape becoming damaged or falling out and having to replace it, hoping not to damage the tape in the process. The tape getting "eaten" by the deck. The fact that almost all prerecorded tapes were made with the lowest quality tape possible (low bias, non-metal), so you didn't even get the best quality tape could provided from your music purchases.

All true. So very very true. You did forget one thing but I do not blame you for it since almost nobody but me ever did it: Tracking.

If the head was not aligned properly, you would lose lows and highs.

I completely agree. I see no reason for tapes at all. As a matter of fact, just the other day I was remembering all of the hassles associated with tape then in relation to digital files now. No matter what, a digital file ALWAYS sounds the same. It does not fade, there is no concern with tracking, etc etc.

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