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Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 267

Oh, don't be so hyperbolic. Of course a laptop doesn't need all those ports. But it isn't even slightly unreasonable that a laptop would be equipped with standard ports that will outlive the life of the laptop itself. And your point isn't even well made, because we arn't even talking about edge cases. Apple is forcing you to buy dongles for ALL cases. Doesn't matter what you do, or if 99.9999% of the world needs to do a particular thing... you HAVE to buy a dongle. I mean, FFS, You can't even connect a brand new iPhone 7 to the latest MBP, without a dongle.

HDMI is the new VGA. You go into *any* meeting room, and they will almost guaranteed have an HDMI connection available to the projector/tv/whatever.
SD cards are still very heavily used by professional photographers, as others have stated, and they won't be going away anytime soon.
Ethernet? I will be surprised if Ethernet disappears any less than 3 decades from now.
USB? There are literally ZERO external mice or keyboards that use USB-C. There are metric fucktons of perfectly good USB3 devices that are still being actively used. They are still being actively developed and manufactured.

And with the exception of ethernet, *all* of these ports could be included while still obsessing over unnecessary thinness.

The most frustrating part of all this is that there is absolutely NO reason why this had to become and either/or scenario. I love the TB3 ports just fine, but Apple could have included the TB3 ports and still included those other ports, and this whole debate would never have happened. But they didn't, and people like me that rely on our laptops to be mobile workhorses are feeling justifiably betrayed.

The single most important point here, and this is one that seems to be inexplicably glossed over by literally everyone defending Apple's moves, is that this is a PROFESSIONAL level laptop. Professional users have much more demanding needs and requirements than the average sitting-in-starbucks-reading-facebook person. I had no issue with the fact that The Macbook Air and Macbook were designed the way they were. They are perfect for that market segment. But don't pull this horseshit on a laptop labeled "Pro", and then expect people to be happy.

Comment Re:Learning (Score 1) 188

I looked at the "drones", and it was a really cheap radio controlled airplane, another is a commercial quadcopter.

Yes, if you give them autonomy then poof! They're drones. That's how it works! I have a really cheap radio airplane-cum-drone right here, it's based on an old school Apprentice, before they included a RX with an integrated flight controller. So I integrated a mini Arduino Mega 2560, and a 9DOF board (I forget which one), and a BMP280 which at the time had the sweet spot for price/performance, now I would use a MS6511 or whatever it is.

And dropping the equivalent of a hand grenade. Like World War One biplanes tossing bomblets over the side by hand.

No! It's the opposite of that! You need to be either within sight or spend a few more bucks on a FPV rig (and the transmitters and cameras have both gotten quite cheap for moderate range now) and you can put it exactly where you want it.

Mortars haven't suddenly become useless or anything. That's not the argument. A drone is simply capable of being a new kind of bomb, in addition to the other things that it can be. With clever communications (cellular?) it can put your explosive exactly where you want it, without exposing the person who's placing it.

Comment Re: UK costs will numerically match those of the U (Score 1) 72

If you really think this change has anything to do with their actual business cost, I have a bridge you may be interested in.

Oh yes, yes I think it does. I think the former pricing had nothing to do with actual business cost, but what the market would bear during the introductory period.

Comment Re:Honesty is not a virtue (Score 1) 249

Just because you tell the truth doesn't mean you are a good person. It just means you aren't too worried about consequences

Of all the things that I would like people not to worry about the consequences of, telling the truth is at the top of the list. Indeed, in casual thought I cannot imagine anything else which should be on the list. We imagine that people withholding the truth from us are doing us a favor only because we have come to depend on being coddled in this way like sensitive children (or one might say special snowflakes) and it is to the detriment of all.

either out of stupidity or because you possess a large amount of power.

Those in power tend to have the most to lose if the truth is widely known, because power over others is amassed by abusing them.

Comment Re:[Corrected post] (Score 1) 249

I reflexively say "Thank you" to the toll-booth person who accepts my toll, but I'm not actually grateful to them. It's just a social convention and reflex to thank people who provide a service to you.

Well, stop it. You're cheapening the value of thanks.

Similarly, I walk around saying "How are you?" to people as I pass them in the hallway or whatever, but it's well-known that most people aren't seriously asking that question in more than a cursory "standard greeting" sense.

It strikes me as normal and productive to be concerned with the well-being of people around you, even if for no other reason than that what is affecting them might also affect you. That is, even if you don't give one tenth of one shit about someone, it is still rational to ask how they are doing.

How many Facebook posts do you see with at least 124 words in them, let alone over 500 words?

Most of them that have enough words to be worth examining. My friends are as apt to post tracts as one-liners.

In other words, you'd have a much better predictor if you knew where roughly somebody was from in the country and what states are around them rather than using these "integrity" ranking scores.

I do not need science to tell me not to trust anyone who lives in Florida.

Comment Re:Seems plausible (Score 1) 249

Such as when a person is drunk they are more likely to be honest because they lack the inhibition or capability of phrasing their words properly, and similarly drunk people do swear more.

By "properly" here you must mean "carefully", or even "deceptively", since you are not applying modifiers to "honest" such as "apparently". But someone becoming intoxicated and specifically not being able to select the word they are looking for is probably at least as likely to produce unintended statements which are inaccurate representations of their internal mental state as they are to reveal some secret working of their thought processes, if not moreso.

In vino veritas would not have any truth if the mechanism were simple bumbling. Instead, alcohol affects the inhibitions more than the abilities. That's why someone is often able to get their car out on the highway and up to ridiculous speed before they autoeuthanize under the influence of ethanol.

For example, I'm sure the mugger in the alley will use quite a lot of profanity without being honest.

Give me your wallet or you'll be sorry seems an exceptionally honest statement.

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