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Comment Re:Clearly Samsung's QA department..... (Score 1) 160

Samsung's QA, in my experience, has been a major problem for many years. I don't think any of the Samsung gadgets I've bought have ever worked reliably.

Samsung Fridge/Freezer: Seemed to work fine for a year or so, then we noticed that after any power outage, it would tend not to cool things when it turned back on. We'd notice that the temperature indicators on the front were happily announcing that the fridge was at 60F and the freezer at 40+. (Unplugging it and plugging it back in again would usually get it working again). Now it's even worse, the temperature indicators show things working just fine, but the actual temperature inside is either way too warm or way too cold and everything in the refrigerator is frozen. Unplugging and plugging back in will usually make the temperature sensors show the actual temperatures, but there seems to be no guarantee that the actual problem will be resolved and it may need to be unplugged and plugged back in a few times before it works correctly for a while. Getting rid of this awful thing very soon.

Samsung "point-and-shoot" camera, seemed to work great when I picked it up and took it on vacation, but when I got back and downloaded the photos to look at them on a real screen, a circular area in the center of every picture was out of focus: Lens defect. Got it RMA'd right at the end of the warranty period, the third-party losers they outsource it to kept the camera for two weeks, then sent it right back with a note to "make sure the battery is charged when you use it.". WTF?

Samsung "Mesmerize" phone (Galaxy S variant), cell/wifi/bluetooth would all just die and stop working until completely powered off (not just rebooted). To be fair, the one that I got as a replacement worked reasonably well.

Samsung Galaxy S4: I actually mostly like it (still using it), but sometime in the six months after I got it, the USB data port stopped working. I'm not sure when it happened because I can still CHARGE over USB, and I usually do file transfers by SFTP rather than a cable so it was some time before I even noticed. Haven't bothered trying to get it replaced because it otherwise is working okay on "Optimized Cyanogenmod".

Before anyone asks "If they suck so bad, why do you have so many Samsung devices", it was a few years between the fridge, camera, and Mesmerize phone before the pattern became obvious. I actually was reluctant to get the S4 but it was the only model my cell carrier had that was moddable.

tl;dr:Samsung's hardware quality control sucks, and they plainly don't really care.

Comment I think they *want* to reduce participation (Score 3) 91

The latest release apparently also shuts out anyone with a non-stock ROM or root access to their own devices.

They had made hints of threatening to do that to Ingress some time back but never got that heavy-handed. I suspect Pokemon has a much higher profit margin and they figure they can shut out a whole bunch of players and still rake in tons of money, at least for a while.

I hope they reconsider - there is plenty of room to complain about problems with the gameplay and its limitations, but I'm not going to lie, it's still kind of fun. I'll keep playing it as long as they allow me to - I'll probably even break my usual rule of not wasting real-world money on "virtual" crap once in a while (already done it once). If they shut me out, though, I guess I'm done playing.

(I literally can't go back to the old unmaintained S4 firmware any more for any reason, let alone just to play a game - Samsung's notoriously bad hardware QC bit me again, my USB port no longer works for data, though it still charges for some reason. Not sure how long it was broken before I noticed since I do file transfers over the network via sftp instead of using a data cable, but it means I can't use heimdall/odin to even put back the original firmware and recovery partition any more even if I wanted to.)

Comment Re:Heu.. ???? (Score 1) 400

It would be kind of nice to be able to go back to a nice, reliable Linux system but still be able to do WMI queries against all those poor Windows boxes on our network.

The one *really* slow thing that I've had to fight with in Powershell isn't really Powershell's fault so much as Windows and/or .NET - there's no way to configure the TCP connection timeout, so anything involving an attempted connection takes forever to timeout and fail if there's nothing at the other end.

Comment Re:Heu.. ???? (Score 1) 400

I've been messing with it for a while now and I'm moderately productive with it, but I agree. It's like the powershell team has some people that really like BASH, some that really like Python, and some that really like c#, maybe one or two that like Visual Basic...and each group was assigned to work on different parts of Powershell.

Comment Re:It's heartbreaking that politicians don't do sh (Score 1) 482

The trick is that they're (probably) not actually violating the law in most of these cases. I'm under the impression that it's not the employer that normally hires the H1B replacement. Instead, they decide to "outsource" IT from their own employees to Wipro or Infosys or similar Indian company whose US subsidiaries are the ones bringing in all the H1B-visa employees.

Obviously a violation of the spirit of the law, but unless someone has some relatively damning evidence leaked from inside one of the outsourcing firms, there's nothing to stick a letter-of-the-law violation to.

Comment Re:No suprise (Score 2) 231

You don't need the presidency. It'd certainly be nice, but I don't think it's where reforms would make the most difference. It's kind of obscene the way people are led by media coverage to believe that the presidential race is the only important one.

I honestly suspect Sanders always knew his presidential campaign was a longshot. I think the only reason he's campaigning so hard is to preserve and build influence over the party platform and to keep similarly-inclined voters engaged.

Now comes the endorsing of politically-similar senator and representative candidates, fundraising, and campaigning for the more-important (but much less promoted) races for the legislature, and influencing the party platform (and maybe an influential position on one or more congressional committees). He'd be a lot less able to accomplish anything in those areas is he had been "the guy who saw he couldn't possibly win so he quit" rather than "the guy who fought hard all the way to the end, kept visibility on the issues that he'll be fighting for in the party platform, and made the establishment candidate work for the nomination in spite of the party establishment support."

If I'm right about that, there's no way he'll "Nader" the presidential election, that'd be counter-productive to what I'm assuming his real political goals are.

Comment Re:"Half"-human...no. (Score 1) 242

Oh, and to expand on this: a "chimera", in this context, means it's one organism with some cells that are genetically one organism and other cells that are genetically the other, not some sort of "genetic modification" that mixes genes from two different organisms. (If you were to breed the pigs referred to in this project, you'd get plain old pigs - who would presumably end up dying not too long after being born because they have no pancreas without the human [or, hypothetically, from some other organism] cells being transplanted in to form one.)

Comment "Half"-human...no. (Score 1) 242

From what little detail was in the article there on the Irritable Bowel Times, it sounds like they're talking about growing a normal wholly-human organ in wholly-"animal" pigs. (The pigs in this case being bred/modified just enough to not grow their own pigly pancreas, so that the human cells can form a human-compatible pancreas instead).

This doesn't make the pigs "half-human, half animal" any more than Escherichia coli cells modified to produce human insulin protein are "half-human, half-bacteria" (or a human with a prosthetic leg is "half-human, half-machine").

Ridiculous sensationalism. Bah.

Personally, I'd argue "humanity" is a state of mind rather than a bundle of body-parts, but that's a whole separate issue.

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