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Comment Re:This is the same guy (Score 4, Insightful) 280

Actually it is. It is short hand for:

* What have you done that is even 1/10 as meaningful as what Woz has accomplished?
* Where are your devices that helped change the world?
* Where is your computer langue?
* Where were you when they were _creating_ the personal computer movement?
* After starting a fortune 50 company why _isn't_ Woz allowed to "retire"?
* Why are you so insecure that you must put down others?
* Why do you criticize others when you're too afraid to even use a real name?

Only a troll criticizes a visionary and great engineer due to their own insecurity.

Comment Re:There is no "removing" of anything... (Score 3, Interesting) 280

If the new phone doesn't have a headphone jack, it'll be all over the Internet. There will be almost no way to avoid knowing that the iPhone 7 doesn't have a headphone jack.

That's not where the user impact comes in. Most people don't use headphones constantly. They use them occasionally. And they will think to themselves, "That's not a big deal." Then, at some point in the distant future:

  • They're at a friend's house and want to play some song. Their friend has an Android phone, and a stereo with only an 1/8" plug.
  • They're out somewhere and think, "I'd like to listen to some music while I walk from A to B" and then realize that their Bluetooth earbuds aren't charged.
  • The stewardess tells them that they can't use wireless headsets (that's a per-airline policy decision) and offers to sell them a headset for $3, but oops, no adapter.

And so on. And suddenly, what seemed like it didn't matter suddenly matters, and you have a pissed off customer.

Comment Re:Fix Apple (Score 1) 280

Apple will do no fixes of anything until it learns its lesson with very bad iPhone 7 sales because of the removal of the 3.5mm audio jack.

What would be worse for Apple would be if they don't lose sales, because there's definitely a non-negligible percentage of their customers who will be negatively impacted significantly by removal of the headphone jack, and if those folks buy the phone anyway, then they're going to end up with a bad impression of Apple products, and Apple will lose them as customers. In the long run, Apple should hope that they lose those sales, because at least they'll have a chance to make up those sales by releasing a future generation that isn't missing critical features.

The ultimate destruction of Apple as a brand of amazing hardware will come if they ship a device without a headphone jack and 30% of their users don't realize how much they'll miss the headphone jack, buy the phone anyway, and then start trash-talking their new iPhone on social media before switching (permanently) to Android. If Apple ships this product, I may start doing covered calls on my Apple stock to limit my losses. As a user, this is just a big annoyance, and I'm hopeful that they'll pull their heads out of their a**es before I'm due for a new phone. But as an investor, this is absolutely terrifying, oddly reminiscent of the period where a certain Pepsi exec was running the show.

Comment Re:Cat got my tongue (subjects are dumb) (Score 1) 37

Question 1: Who the hell reuses passwords, and why? Anyone left not using password managers?

Statistically, almost everyone:

  • Anyone who created at least one account more than a few years ago and has continued using it without changing his/her password
  • Anyone who is using a site that doesn't support the browser's build-in password manager (usually by not showing a username field)

There are probably others, but most users have at least a few sites that use shared passwords, and most of them are the fault of the people who designed the websites.

Submission + - Animation Explains Multi-GPU Load-Balancing Tasks and Memory

Scott Michaud writes: While DirectX 12, Mantle, and Vulkan allow developers to list all GPUs in a system, and communicate with them individually, Crossfire and SLI accomplished that task in DirectX 11 and OpenGL. Apart from the very early implementations, which interleaved monitor scanlines (or otherwise cut up a single frame) between devices, these systems used the Alternate Frame Rendering (AFR) algorithm to divide work. Because neighbouring frames require roughly the same amount of work, and old APIs submit work through restrictive interfaces, memory was mirrored across GPUs and, except for AMD's Hybrid Crossfire and LucidLogix HYDRA Engine, GPUs needed to be roughly identical. The new APIs open the dialogue between software and hardware, but the load balancing algorithms, themselves, have their own limitations.

Comment Hyper-linking was invented in the 60's .... (Score 1) 68

Not sure why Tim gets credit when hyper-linking was demo'd back in 1968 ...

The Mother of All Demos, presented by Douglas Engelbart (1968)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Alan Kay points out the same thing @17:03

Alan Kay - Normal Considered Harmful
https://youtu.be/FvmTSpJU-Xc?t...

Comment Re:Wow has it been that long? (Score 1) 274

> It's not ironic at all if you understand the concept that "MS" is not a person

Legally, they are.

I would highly recommend watching the excellent documentary The Corporation

Balmer in his typical MS FUD fashion shoots his mouth out without thinking when he refers to Linux instead of meaning the GPL. He also makes makes several ignorant / false statements. The full quote is (emphasis added):

Q: Do you view Linux and the open-source movement as a threat to Microsoft?

A: Yeah. It's good competition. It will force us to be innovative. It will force us to justify the prices and value that we deliver. And that's only healthy. The only thing we have a problem with is when the government funds open-source work. Government funding should be for work that is available to everybody. Open source is not available to commercial companies. The way the license is written, if you use any open-source software, you have to make the rest of your software open source. If the government wants to put something in the public domain, it should. Linux is not in the public domain. Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches. That's the way that the license works.

There are several lies here:

1. Open source is not available to commercial companies.
a) Someone should notify their HotMail team! http://betanews.com/2001/06/18...
b) Tell that to Red Hat or Free/Open BSD whose ENTIRE business is based on open source.

2. If you use any open-source software, you have to make the rest of your software open source
a) Had the man has never heard of Free BSD?
b) This is false; it gives the impression that you can't write close source software while using open source programs. You can.
c) Let's fix this statement so it is actually correct:
  If you extend any open-source software, you have to make the rest of that software open source.

3. Linux is not in the public domain. /Oblg. "You keep using this word public, it doesn't mean what you think it means."
The public's rights is what is being preserved with the GPL. So while the GPL is not 100% free with no-strings-attached, like BSD, that is to prevent someone from hoarding their changes. GPL focuses on the public's freedom, BSD focuses on the developer's freedom.

Ironically, MS was complaining about the GPL while using BSD licensed code. Go figure.

This is the same company that obfuscated Windows 7 licensing so much that ZDnet wrote an article about it:
* http://www.zdnet.com/article/w...

I have been studying the topic of Windows licensing for many years. As I have discovered, Microsoft does not have all of this information organized in one convenient location. Much of it, in fact, is buried in long, dry license agreements and on sites that are available only to partners. I couldn't find this information in one convenient place, so I decided to do the job myself. I gathered details from many public and private sources and summarized the various types of Windows 7 license agreements available to consumers and business customers. Note that this table and the accompanying descriptions deliberately exclude a small number of license types: for example, I have omitted academic and government licenses, as well as those provided as part of MSDN and TechNet subscriptions and those included with Action Pack subscriptions for Microsoft partners. With those exceptions, I believe this list includes every license situation that the overwhelming majority of Windows customers will encounter in the real world.

Their handling of Activation and Validation was also a clusterfuck.
https://technet.microsoft.com/...

Product activation is the process of validating software with the manufacturer. Activation confirms the genuine status of a product and that the product key has not been compromised. It establishes a relationship between the software's product key and a particular installation of that software on a device. In earlier versions of the Windows operating system, activation and validation (using the Windows Genuine tool) occurred separately. This caused confusion for users who thought the terms were interchangeable. In Windows operating systems starting with Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8, activation and validation occur at the same time.

Pedantry aside, the fact remains that the leaders of MS were once against the GPL yet now use it. Either that is

a) cognitive dissonance,
b) denial, or
c) a 180 degree turn about from their previous corporate strategy and they have embraced the GPL (or don't think the license is a problematic area an more.)

Comment Re: Yey for worlds richest man (Score 1) 157

You should hate the game not the players.

The game can't go one without the players. The most powerful players have paid to have the rules changed. You can't hate the game without hating the players.

American capitalism has seen much worse in the past 200-300 years than Gates.

Let me just stroll up and give you a stab wound on the premise that it's better than being shot in the face.

Microsoft is actually a rather decent company in the end.

The DoJ said differently. They said it abused its monopoly position in basically every way possible.

I'd be much more worried about the startups of our latest ongoing IT bubble.

I'm more concerned about large, entrenched companies proven in court to be harmful.

Those guys want nothing more than money and power.

And you think BG is a nice guy? What a moron you are.

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