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Comment Re:Sweet (Score 2, Insightful) 286

This made me laugh. Having written programs in most of the languages living people have heard of, Perl is the one language I can write something in and 15 minutes later can't figure out what it does! I always called Perl the perfect write only language.

Having said that... I could write a Perl program in 5 lines that I would spend HOURS trying to figure out how to do in just about anything else. ... but if it's obscure I better add a comment to say what it is supposed to do. Because given problem 'x' I would be like 'I can do it like this' but a year later with no context it's ... 'What the hell is this supposed to do??? It's worse if it involved Perl's RegEx extensions and you don't remember what the incoming string contains. Just looking at the line makes you want to jump off of a bridge instead of trying to parse it in your head.

Comment Re:So it's useless in the real world. (Score 1) 80

Why do we cave to people who want to use ancient unsupported stuff? Microsoft does not even support this stuff any more, and it's only used in places like banks where some idiot is in charge of IT and insists on 'standardizing' on something that is unsupported and a security nightmare. I support a VERY large application that is designed for Fortune 500 companies, and we simply tell them old IE is unsupported because it is not HTML5 compliant. Use Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. We get one second of pushback until they fire up IE and the page looks like crap and EVERY OTHER BROWSER renders perfectly. Then they install a real browser and I no longer need to support garbage. We just removed Flash support in the most recent version, and nobody noticed.

People use IE because they THINK it's the standard browser. as soon as they see that it is fundamentally broken, they switch.

Comment Re:Tone (Score 1) 162

Bear in mind that quite a bit of Tesla profits are going into the Gigafactory, which is going to make them the largest producer of batteries in the world. So the cost for batteries for them go WAY down, and they can sell batteries to other companies for a profit. This is a big part of their plan. Their cars get cheaper to manufacture if they don't have to buy their batteries from third parties at a premium because they are sucking up a HUGE part of the market. If I want 70% of the batteries in the world, and others want those batteries, the battery manufacturer is going to charge me a premium for eating such a huge chunk of their capacity. ... and even more if they know I am using my profits to eventually compete with them. Also, if I am a battery manufacturer I want to please LOTS of customers, so while I like the idea of selling lots of batteries to one guy, it costs me customers. If I am a Lithium mine operator, I don't care. My customers are middle men. If I can sell everything I can mine to one guy and my life gets simpler. I don't care if it hurts some other middleman.

The Gigafactory is going to change the economy of scale for Tesla.

Comment Range Anxiety (Score 1) 162

My brother in law has a Model S, and he has never had problems with range anxiety. He lives in southern England (Kent) and travels to London and Peterborough frequently and says it isn't a problem. From my point of view living in Southern Florida, there are charging stations all up I75 and Across the I10, so I could visit my parents in Houston without an issue. We have driven there several times, and we stop in the gas stations and truck stops and usually spend 20 minutes or so getting drinks, hitting the restroom, or grabbing a sandwich, so the charging time would not be a huge issue. Maybe a slight inconvenience if I have to waste another 10 or 15 minutes, but for the fuel savings I would gladly do it.

Comment Time ...and maturity. (Score 1, Insightful) 207

Most of us wear a watch anyway, so the concept of a smartwatch is a good idea. The problem with smartwatches and startups like Pebble is that the technology is too new and the benefit is too small. Everyone has a smartphone and a watch. Smartphones took off quickly because it was like moving from a horse and buggy to an automobile. A smartwatch is like moving from a desktop computer to a portable. The 'Compaq' was the first reasonable portable, and it was essentially a desktop monster with a keyboard for a lid to protect the screen and keep dirt out. People did not flock to this because it weighed almost 30 pounds and was less capable than their desktop. Today's laptops weigh something like 6 pounds and are about as powerful as their desktops and everyone has one.
People would replace their broken watch with a smartwatch and leave their phone in their pocket if the technology was mature. Even Apple has this problem. The Apple Watch is a good idea, but everyone wants Apple Watch 2, or maybe even Apple Watch 3 before they buy one. Wait until the device matures. Apple can wait for that. Pebble can't.

I assume I will own a smartwatch ... someday. But probably not for a couple of generations from now. ...and Pebble will probably not be around by then.

Comment Re:minimal install lets you move it off your scree (Score 4, Insightful) 176

I have been a computer guru for 40 years, and the problem with this is ... I don't even know how to do this anymore. Sure I have been messing with Linux since it came on disks in PC Magazine, and downloaded distributions from BBS sites. Have compiled kernels and configured X. I have even written X based software. Sure, I could figure out how to do it.

But I don't care!

I installed Mint Cinnamon, and I'm done. I don't want a minimal install, because then I have to spend hours in apt-get or Synaptic or something looking for everything that should be there and isn't. Hard disk space is cheap. I install about everything and just turn off what I don't want to use. If I want it later, it's there and already partially configured.

All of this stuff was fun once. I would spend DAYS getting it just the way I wanted it, and then some new release would come out I wanted, which wouldn't install because I had changed stuff so that the installer got confused, or some bug was uncovered and something I needed didn't work. After you get used to something and then stuff doesn't work anymore because some patch you needed put stuff back to the default settings, or broke a dependency.

So for me, Ubuntu is broken and I don't want to fix it. I use Mint as a desktop, Ubuntu as a development server because it always has current stuff, and Cent OS for Enterprise reliability because it's bulletproof.

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