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Comment Re:Yes, inherently unpredictable, needs percentage (Score 2) 87

I always provide my managers with confidence interval estimated times
50% 10 days (assumes *nothing* goes wrong, no interruptions, and high code reuse)
90% 15 days (assumes no catastrophic issues, no interruptions > 2 hours and only 5 of them, moderate code reuse)
100% 55 days (the wheels fell off, severe schedule impacts of interruptions non stop, no code reuse)

My boss laughed at my 100% estimate until it actually happened.
A lead dev (who could be counted on for sound advice delivered in a belittling way) was struck down by lung cancer and ceased to exist. Another lead dev who was even brighter, and much nicer to work with was poached by a competitor, both within days of each other. The code was cutting all new territory in the system, so maybe 15% reuse? *and* some panicky manager started having $deity damned _daily_ meetings about it.

We almost missed my 100% date, made it by about 16 hours.

Comment Re:Detectives? (Score 1) 130

I was walking through our customer waiting area earlier this week and saw something very upsetting. There were roughly 10 people in the waiting area, sitting in chairs all facing the flat panel TV on the wall.

On the TV: a guy in a business suit places a bag over another guy's head in the foreground. He then smashes the guy's head in with a bat. Not one hit mind you, but like 10 or 15 hits. The bag gets bloody, the body falls off of a chair to the floor.

It was not what was on the TV that upset me. Well it upset me a bit. That aside, it was the vacuous and accepting looks in the eyes of everyone else who just witnessed the faux blunt object murder. No one cared. No one was surprised or upset. Not even a flicker of emotion passed their eyes.

Comment Re:DST? (Score 1) 130

Regardless he will hang for it.

This is yet another reason why, no matter what, innocent as an angel or guilty as sin, never, ever, neverever talk to the police. Any misstatement is "changing your story." Any hazy memory is construed as obstruction.

Anything you say will be used to prosecute you, whether you are guilty or not. Nothing you say to police will be used to help you. That's not their job.

Get a lawyer. Shut your mouth.

Comment Re:I hope he wins his suit (Score 1) 660

Look, you're trying to take the side of a guy who is interested in helping his fellow American brothers and sisters. He is trying to save lives. At worst, he is trying to reduce insurance claims. This seems reasonable to you and me, but not to the government.

You are going up against an organization of people who knowingly allowed the stoplights to be set in such a way that increases property damage, injuries to humans, and also deaths. Why would they do this? Two reasons. You don't matter and because it generates additional revenue.

So, on one side a generous person willing to give of his time and expertise to help his fellow man. On the other a faceless, blameless, murdering gang of thieves. They indiscriminately kill children so they can have additional money in their coffers.

Are you surprised that these hideous bastards would respond with an attack?

By their standards what they did to this guy is considered irrationally polite. They got what they wanted, which is more money, but this time they didn't have to kill anyone to do it. They probably look at it as a win-win.

Burn them all.

Comment Re:Slashdot ads (Score 1) 660

I used to be able to block ads because of karma. I never did. They weren't obtrusive. They weren't overwhelming. They didn't mess up the scrolling causing my view to jump all over the place when I scrolled. They didn't appear and disappear from my screen. They didn't cover the whole right side of the screen OVER the text of posts.

They weren't obtrusive and they didn't obscure the content I came here for in the first place.

What the FUCK happened?

Comment Re:But Apple get its 30% cut still. (Score 1) 74

As far as longevity goes, I would bet that later versions of OS X/macOS minimize the swapping between RAM and SDD

Just how does one minimize swapping when you're trying to fit a 26GB dataset into 16GB of RAM? You don't and you can't, as that data must be in RAM to be utilized. That means swapping 10GB in and 10GB out every time you need to scan through it. It's actually more than 10GB because some of that 16GB is taken up by the OS and applications, but you (should) get my point.

I do wish that Apple would have pushed the Fusion Drive concept more aggressively

Why? They're garbage. My wife's 2015 iMac with Fusion has no better load times than her 2013 MacBook Pro did when it used a spinning disk.

SDD is still too expensive, and as you point out, still creeps people out (me included!) about longevity, especially with long-lived Apple laptops...

If you have enough RAM for your use case, there's no reason to be creeped out by an SSD. I run all-SSD systems (except for my backup disks, which rotate out daily and need to be BIG rather than FAST; those are spinning disks, but that's for cost reasons rather than reliability).

And I think that the wait for "a computer that suits your needs" may soon be over, if the recent "peek under the covers" roundtable discussion regarding the Mac Pro and iMac (and possibly Mac mini) roadmaps are any indication.

Too little, too late. I built the system I needed last month.

As for the "people who need more than 16 GB of RAM", that appears to be a pretty small segment, most involving Virtualization (VMWare-type, not Virtual Reality), where you simply cannot ever have enough RAM, and some large-scale 4k and above video projects (where again, you can never have enough RAM).

You mean the "Pro" segment, which is who a MacBook "Pro" should be aimed at. Also, it's not that small of a segment (of professionals) who run VMs and edit 4k video; most every software developer should be virtualizing their test environments and everything on a professional scale is recorded and edited in 4k (or 8k) today, even if the final output format is to be 1080p.

The segment of Mac-using professionals who do this may be small, but that's more a factor of Apple not providing hardware options that are well suited to the tasks (where Apple's systems used to excel less than a decade ago, mind you) than it is to do with what actual professionals are doing with their systems. Those users use non-Apple systems because Apple systems that suit their needs don't exist; and those users spend upward of $10-20k or more on a single workstation. Hell, I've sat in front of more than one $50k video editing workstation (and that's before factoring in the $30k panel that was connected to it).

Why does Apple not want a piece of that market?

We're willing to pay a premium.

So, for now, those people have to be content with an iMac or a Mac Pro

Or a PC, since we're talking about portability. PC laptops that meet these needs already exist and that's what gets used where those needs exist.

But it is likely that the next gen of MBPs will be able to address more than 16 GB (at least 32 GB), because by then, LPDDR4 will be allowed by the Gods of Intel...

And, by then (in fact, by now), an entire industry that used to prefer Apple less than a decade ago will have (e.g. already has) moved on to platforms that can actually support their needs. It's been half a decade since Apple was the darling of the video production industry and workstations in that field are replaced or upgraded well within that timeframe.

Apple hasn't made a machine that can properly handle virtualization since the XServe line was killed off. The Mac Pro could have taken that torch, and it looked like it was going to in 2012, but then the trash can happened in 2013. Anyone who needs that has also moved on, as those systems are also often replaced or upgraded well within the 6 years that have lapsed since Apple stopped selling those machines. Yes, Apple is backtracking on the trash can design, but everyone has already migrated to other platforms and people who were burned once are not likely to risk it happening again.

Apple has done irreparable harm to the Mac over the past 5 years and I don't believe, at this point in time, that they'll be able to turn it around. That's not to say I think Apple is dead or dying, as they simply have too much cash on hand (and income from iDevices and iTunes) for that to happen. But, I do think the Mac is a dying platform, I think Apple realizes that, and I think it's too late for them to turn it around no matter how they might try.

Comment Re:That's the big problem... (Score 1) 79

Hell I use it.
Google drive.
I am in a violently bitter divorce and all the docs are on a google drive so I can pull them up on my phone at a moment's notice, while also being able to actually work on them on my PC.

Risk? yes.
Worth it when I can pull up the latest custody order on a moment's notice to demonstrate I do, in fact, have custody of my kids right now? Priceless (and the cops like it too).

Still keep the oblig hardcopy binder like any court system docs, and an offline copy made weekly or when there are big changes.

Comment Re:But Apple get its 30% cut still. (Score 1) 74

To someone who needs 32GB of RAM, having 32GB of RAM is more important than the slight battery savings of using DDR4L. What's your excuse for not understanding that?

I would imagine thrashing the SSD to swap data in and out or RAM takes a much bigger toll on battery life than the different between DDR4 and DDR4L. I certainly know it kills performance and isn't good for the longevity of the SSD.

And look, I made my point without calling anyone a dumbass. Dumbass.


Comment Re:But Apple get its 30% cut still. (Score 1) 74

I wonder what thrashing the SSD to swap to/from RAM does to battery life. Not to speak of performance or the longevity of said SSD.

Yes, battery life is a legitimate concern. However, it is less important than having 32GB of RAM to someone who needs more than 16.

I'd like to now address something you said a couple posts up:

Stop just spewing hate.

I'm not. I have waaaaaaaaaaaay too much Apple gear around here to be the Apple hater this site seems to think I am. More detail here.

If I hated Apple, I wouldn't give two shits that they don't currently make a computer that suits my needs, and I certainly wouldn't have bought my wife a brand new 5k iMac in November. In fact, if I hated Apple, I would be glad they didn't make a computer that fits my current needs, as that removes any potential temptation for me to give them a shot; more likely, if I hated Apple, I wouldn't know that they don't make a computer that fits my current needs.

No, I'm actually quite a fan of Apple. I do hate their current computer lineup, though, because it entirely excludes me.

You can pry my iPad Pro from my cold, dead hands, though.

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