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Comment Re:32gb ram = $300 upgrade vs $200 for it alone (Score 1) 290

Anything with room for a standard HDD is not in this class. I also didn't mean that every laptop is this way, but the particular class that Apple is targeting -- thin and light -- is built this way no matter where it comes from. The RAM is fixed, and the storage often is as well.

You can yell at Apple for insisting that its MBP fall into the thin-and-light category rather than a Business Laptop. But once that choice has been made, these are the corners that are being cut by everyone playing in that field.

Comment Re:32gb ram = $300 upgrade vs $200 for it alone (Score 3, Informative) 290

All "thin and light" laptops are like this. The RAM is soldered directly to the motherboard and is not upgradable unless you have a reflow oven. Apple is nowhere near alone on this point. I think the last machine I've seen that was field-upgradable in RAM is the Acer C710 or V5 (same time frame, just Chromebook vs. Windows). The next couple generations still had mSATA or M.2 slots, but even those are going away in favor of permanently attached eMMC. I think the upgrade to my C720 will be... a Core i3 motherboard to replace the Celeron that I have now. (They're about $100.) And maybe the touchscreen to convert it into a C720P. But the base unit is one I expect to have for a few years because everything since (save for the C740) has been shittier and non-upgradable.

So don't single out Apple. Everyone is shipping non-serviceable laptops now.

Comment Re:the smell of E-6 in the morning (Score 1) 213

And I was limited by budget.

Did I have to pay attention to detail? Sure. But sometimes your best guess is exactly that, a guess, and then you bracket. This means burning through your film three or five times as fast, and you still may not get it right. Not only that, you have to wait until the processed film comes back before you can determine what actually worked.

If you use auto-everything and don't understand why it works most of the time or how to compensate for it the rest of the time, that's on your head. It doesn't matter whether you're shooting film or pixels.

Comment Re:the smell of E-6 in the morning (Score 2) 213

Kodachrome can't come back without an E-4 lab coming back along with it. When it was discontinued, there was only one such lab in the U.S., and possibly in the world. What would go over quite well though would be a new film with the characteristics of Kodachrome, but using process E-6. I doubt such a thing is easy though, or Kodak would have done it decades ago.

Comment Re:the smell of E-6 in the morning (Score 1) 213

Digital has been a great thing for people wanting to learn to do proper photography. The almost-zero cost per shot means more room to take chances and experiment, as well as an immediate chance to know if you got it right. I would certainly advise someone to get really good with a digital camera before they start shooting film, so that they can avoid the basic mistakes and get right on to dealing with the vagaries of chemical photography. That said, there is something special and visceral about taking a photograph on film and knowing that it's a purely physical process. I don't intend to go back to it because I just don't have the need, but it is different, and for some people, more meaningful.

Comment Hell yeah, if you still shoot film. (Score 2) 213

Ektachrome was always a good choice if you had no access to a lab that would do process E-4. Also, the trade-off is color saturation for speed – Kodachrome was nicely saturated and sharp (small grain) but slow while Ektachrome was a stop or two faster at the same sharpness (though still slow compared to print film).

I haven't checked to see if it's still made, but Fujichrome Velvia was the pick if you wanted to work the cooler colors while retaining saturation. It is/was also slow.

Comment Not dead y- (Score 1) 240

Desktop CPUs aren't dead, they just smell funny.

That smell is from the unwashed masses using their phones for 90% of what they used to do on a laptop. (Laptop chips are designed like the desktop chips, just with less power consumption and a lower clock rate.)

When is the last time you could take a top of the line machine that's six years old, and a mid-range but brand new machine, and be hard-pressed to tell them apart? Well, that's where we are now. Intel is having a hard time winning on the "buy an $800 computer to save $25 in power every year!" concept. Laptop noise, size, and battery life continue to improve, but if you're not unhappy with yours, why hassle replacing and reinstalling and all that? A new one won't be that much faster – unless, of course, you bought cheap in the first place.

Comment Why is wireless necessary for autonomy? (Score 3, Insightful) 61

If we as a civilization have figured out how to dock spacecraft, and refuel planes in flight, surely we can figure out how to connect an autonomous car to a contact charger. It could be a port at bumper height and the car drives very slowly into it. It could be simple robots at the station itself. I'm not saying wireless charging doesn't have its place, but it is not a requirement for an autonomous vehicle infrastructure.

Comment A bathroom. (Score 3, Insightful) 303

A half bath would be very helpful, and if you intend to have clients in and out, it's pretty much a necessity. Even though it's not a big deal for you to go into the house to use the bathroom, do you really want to make a client do that? Once you have plumbing, you have something closer to a barebones apartment than to a shack. Unless you're just telecommuting, it's not really reasonable to build without one.

Perhaps think backward. Take a studio apartment concept, and figure out what you don't need. You don't need a kitchen, but the bathroom has a sink, so you're still good to go with convenience items and stored prepared food. Coffeemaker, mini-fridge, microwave. You don't need a bed, or if you opt for one it need not be a full-time bed. A futon might suffice. (There may be times you need to lay down, but going back in the house to do so would break your flow somehow. Like supervising compiling or rendering or 3D printing or something.) Then everything you would want in any office -- your choice of furniture and equipment.

What's also important is what doesn't go in there. Network gear is probably better left in the house, but there are cases where you might want to move it. But more importantly, don't take anything irrelevant out there. I don't mean you can't have a Rubik's Cube on your desk, I mean don't put anything out there that is totally unrelated, except in dire emergency. Otherwise you will soon feel like you are working in a closet -- because you essentially are.

Look at this space as more valuable than the house it lies behind, on a per-square-foot basis -- why would you want to store junk in the high-rent district?

Comment Due diligence on the developer to follow packages. (Score 1) 148

You're responsible for the code you write, and if you are using existing libraries, you are responsible for tracking the packages you use. If they update, and your installer includes it, you need to update your installer. You may not feel this justifies pushing updates, especially if the change is to functions you did not use, but the program really should be checking for library updates and asking the user if they should be updated – and sometimes there are reasons why they cannot. At that point, it becomes the user's problem.

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