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Comment Re: Thanks Samsung! (Score 3, Informative) 278

This ban has NOTHING to do with what logo is painted on the aircraft, but depends entirely on the airports involved.

Flying from Paris to Chicago? Middle-Eastern and American airlines have the same rules -- electronics allowed, even on a Middle-Eastern airline. Flying from Istanbul to New York? Once again, same rules for Middle-Eastern and American airlines -- no electronics, even on the American airline.

So, explain to me how this is supposed to prefer one airline over another? I am really waiting to hear this one.

Comment You mean I get to see my own data? (Score 1) 50

> Google Maps Lets You Record Your Parking Location, Time Left At the Meter

Mountain View, CA. Although ignored by the general populace, it's a public secret that Google knows everything about your life, including where you parked your car. In a surprising move, Google has decided to let users view their own data. "In general, we have a policy that all your data belong to us", stated Eric Schmid, Executive Chairman of Alphabet, Inc. and after remaining silent at the microphone, finishing his sentence with "and you don't get to see it". He smirks and then explains: "however, in this case it's such a useful feature. I just don't know where I leave any of my cars. They aren't that expensive but our data scientists told me that my cars already occupy 33.85% of all parking spaces in the Greater Los Angeles Area." He adds: "So after using that feature for a couple of years, I suddenly thought, perhaps this is useful to other people. I figured it pretty much offsets all the evil that we've been doing for the last couple of years."

Members of the press start shouting questions and Mr. Schmidt points to one of them. "Andy Ihnathko of the Chicago Sun Times -- mr. Schmidt, when will this project be abandoned?"

Google's chairman narrows his eyes and replies: "How would you like my robot to color your sideburns red with the blood from your assh---" at which point the Alphabet head of PR hastily switches off Mr. Schmidt's microphone and declares the press conference finished.

Comment Re: About time! (Score 1) 266

In an ideal world, regulation would not be necessary. Sometimes the threat of regulation is enough.

Take maturity ratings for games. The government saw a problem and proposed passing laws for ratings, so the industry took responsibility and set up its own rating system, removing the need for the government to mandate it.

Hopefully the threat of a new regulation will cause the airline industry to come up with its own standards.

Comment Unbelievable that PCs/Macs are still sold with HDD (Score 3, Insightful) 167

I find it almost unbelievable that people are still sold computers with old-fashioned HDDs. At the coffee machine, a secretary told me they bought a spanking new iMac. "But it's so slow", she asked, "is that normal?"

I told her to bring it back and get a model with an SSD. She didn't know what it was. I find it unbelievable that salespersons still sell this shit to consumers.

Comment Re:Next 50 ears is likely (Score 1) 224

Nope, you read that wrong.

Nobody is saying that life necessarily implies oxygen. They ARE saying that oxygen implies life, and that we might be able to easily detect oxygen.

They are not saying that non-oxygen life does not exist, only that it may be much harder to detect given the distances involved.

Comment PAR2 (Score 1) 475

I've created PAR2 files for all my photos. I've got a kid and although I make multiple backups, I neither trust the filesystem (HFS+) nor the backup (Time Machine and CrashPlan). Especially with photos, it's really easy because it makes sense to put them in directories per time period (for example every quarter or month), for instance, "/Pictures/2017 Q1". When you create a new folder, just create par2 files in the old folder, like so:

$ par2create par2file *

To verify them:

$ par2verify par2file.par2

Big advantages of par2 versus other methods:
- It works independent of file system
- It can not only verify but also repair

Comment Re:Pine not Wine (Score 1) 157

I can't let a mentioning of Wine slip by without also pointing to the commercial version by CodeWeavers. I'm not currently running Linux on the desktop, but if you're a freelancer like me, it's VERY helpful to have Microsoft Office running reliably and out of the box.

No shares in the company, just love their product and the fact that they heavily commit to Wine.

Comment Re:Why do they need help? (Score 1) 220

they want $4k for the cheapest model. At that price, this is vaporware that will never condense into our reality.

Huh? I am not sure that I follow. If they were asking $400, I would say that it is too cheap to be a real product. At $4,000, you should be able to get one with a gold-plated case.

If you pay me $4,000, I will happily buy a $2000 Razer Blade, install Ubuntu on it, and cheerfully hand it to you with a handshake and a smile.

Reply to this message to place your order.

Comment Didn't expect it in the enterprise (Score 1) 220

FTFA:

The Razer Blade series have become the default coding machine for many out there

I didn't expect this to be true, but at my current client we have two guys working on maxed-out Razers. One guy wants it for his Windows VMs. And the other guy runs Android Studio. (As for myself, I'm an iOS developer so I work on a MacBook, and run my server stuff on a Linux VPS.)

Comment Re:Stupid pixel race (Score 1) 111

Just some math for you, for giggles. Don't read too much into it.

Back when I was a kid, computer display used fonts of an 8x8 pixel matrix, and that was perfectly readable.

Now, using 8x8 characters, you can get 70 characters horizontally and vertically in one square inch (plus a bit of a border). This means that you can fit 4,900 characters in one square inch, and they SHOULD be legible (maybe not comfortably).

Hmmmm.

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