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Comment Leaf off the air too (Score 5, Interesting) 79

This same service was used for my Nissan Leaf. I can no longer pre-heat or check the charge status remotely without paying for a modem swap.

Dumb that cars that should be targeting a 15-20 year life span are larded up with the current flavor of the month that will be obsolete in a fraction of that. Wish it had WIFI so I could maintain the remote pre-heat functionality at home at least.

Comment Half doesn't need to be done (Score 1) 405

I'd argue that at least half of what most cube dwellers do all day doesn't need to be done at all. Large corps build of thick layers of corporate sludge over the years, layers to bureaucracy and reporting that is put into place and never re-questioned. Finding a way to clear out that crap would do more for happiness and profit than automation.

Comment Look, don't touch (Score 3, Funny) 196

Marketing:
We have an amazingly fast network capable of moving TBs of data a second!!! Download a movie in super-ultra-HD while boarding your plane in seconds!!! Buy now!!!

Contracts:
We will charge you 1 kidney per movie you download, and shame you in the public square. It is horrible to everyone else if you actually use the network.

Me:
F U. Worrying about getting reamed for data sucks the fun out of it all. Buys a pay-as-you-go phone and doesn't try to do anything "cool".

Comment Re:Tail wags the dog... (Score 1) 293

All very good points.

In our house my wife is a Mac/Apple gal, while I grew up mac and switched to PC about 20 years ago because for engineering that was where the tools were. My wife has been getting frustrated with how things have stagnated, and how a lot of little things have gotten rougher around the edges after each update.

I keep wanting to go back to Mac's, but time and again it is outrageous mark-up for low end and outdated hardware. I don't want an all-in one. I started to get sucked into the halo by owning ipods and ipads and was starting to hope for something better than a mini, but not all-in-one to fit my desires, but recently they have mangled a lot of what I liked about the iOS devices.

Playing an album and finding "shuffle" in itunes on my ipad got hard, requiring a google search to figure out what the hell they did. WTF? Itunes on my PC similarly went from poorly designed mess to mangled unusable mess I no longer open. I've wasted too much time weeding out ever recurring duplicates that have popped up randomly in old playlists, only to have them re-appear at random. What happened to "it just works". So now I see them as having taken their eye off the ball. For such a huge company it should be pretty trivial to do an annual motherboard spin whenever intel updates their CPU's (they used to have first dibs and beat the market by a month). RAM should not be marked up 3-4x. I don't mind a fair markup, but they have taken to soldering it down in some cases and made it very difficult to do yourself on others.

Basically I have stopped looking at their machines with any lust, and just have to realize that my lack of fashion makes me not part of their target demographic.

Comment Re:But.... Xeon? (Score 1) 240

Workstation GPU's are garbage. Only speaking from what I see Dell stick into the machines we have in my design center, they are crap. I got a brand new workstation when I joined 3 years ago, and the GPU was listed for about $500, and did have 4 mini displayport outputs, but could not drive 4k screens, and had major issues driving 4 1920x1080 screens. My GTX750TI at home was more powerful and drove 4k no problem, and got about 1/3 as much. The only saving grace for my workstation is that it can take up to 64GB of RAM, something consumer machines at the time could not. In my cases I needed every bit of that.

Much of the workstation market is like that, the same CPU performance can be had for 2-3x the price. Alternatively you can get even more cores for the price of a good used car that are not available at the consumer grade. I've heard of ZERO processors wearing out, and I seriously doubt there is anything actually better about the fabrication of a Xeon compared to a consumer CPU. Wanna bet if the workstation SSD's are actually any more reliable?

Comment 4 cores, yet again (Score 1) 240

Big bucks and still 4 lousy cores. Huge amount of R&D went into 10% overall performance increase compared to Skylake (or really anything semi-recent). I want more damn cores, and drop the useless GPU that is wasting silicon area. 6-8 kickass cores should be the norm these days, but intel wants a massive premium for that.

Yes, I know that most software only uses up to 4 cores today. But I don't care. More cores being common will be a big incentive for software developers to find ways to use that untapped power. Build it and they will come.

Comment Re:I'm not like most people. (Score 1) 111

Similar here. I have a good job, but am not independently wealthy or any of that horse pucky (though saving like mad to get there). I rarely set an alarm, and mostly wake up before it goes off when I do.

I prioritize going to bed at a reasonable time, and avoid alcohol and especially sugar for at least 2-3 hours before bedtime. We do a crossword before lights out to give a guaranteed 15-30 minutes of non-screen time before lights out and tend to sleep much better than when I did ipad time up to lights out.

I have a smart phone, but choose to avoid getting hooked on it. My work would let me get email on it but they then have the right to wipe it at will if I get terminated, which is a deal breaker for me. If I REALLY am expecting something important I have a work laptop I can fire up. Mainly I use to to double check our German colleagues have not canceled a 7AM meeting before I ride my bike in.

The 2nd level parent comment is a complainy pants and needs to start taking control of his effing life. Get a better job, go to bed earlier, or similar adjustments.

Comment Re:4 Year Old TV (Score 3, Insightful) 295

TV's should be supported for at least 10 years, and should be in as much of a walled sandbox as possible. We have a TV that is now almost 9 years old, and thankfully it is not "smart". I actively avoid "smart" stuff, I just don't see any real upside for a "smart" toaster, fridge, oven thermometers, etc. Instead I see tons of downside.

Companies churn through new stuff on a yearly basis and rarely support any older stuff, so that "smart" stuff quickly stops shipping apps to support it, and it is only a matter of a phone OS update before you risk bricking the damn thing.

Connected cars are complete BS too. They should last 20 years minimum, so why put in the latest technology fad?! My used Nissan Leaf is days away from the 2G connection being shut off, meaning I have to spend $200 to upgrade it, or I will lose the pre-heat and remote charge start features (won't actually miss them much). Try buying a new car today without a stupid touch screen in it. A quick knob turn for changing the radio now requires wading through menus while driving. WTF?!

Comment Re:What about red lights? (Score 1) 357

Snopes actually doesn't conclude one way or the other. We have a real video of an Uber car with autonomous tech running a red light. Without time stamped logs being made public (and somehow proved to be tamper proof) there is no way to say whether the Uber vehicle was under human control or not. I for one don't see Uber as a paragon of truthfulness, so I don't take their statements at face value.

So why wouldn't their car be driving itself ALL the time? I thought these were safe and the wave of the future. What awful and dangerous flaws is the human having to cover for?

Comment Re: "Just call me, we have no chain of command" (Score 0, Offtopic) 488

While you may be right, I bet that the exact same actions in the exact same situation, but with Obama instead, would results in immediate calls for impeachement. The double standards between how much BS Bush got away with without any repercussions, and the completely overblown fake controversies created to de-legitimize Obama at every turn are a complete disgrace for this country. Several of those outright BS conspiracy theories were heavily driven by Trump no less.

Maybe with the full might of the CIA/FBI at his beck and call he can finally get to the bottom of that whole birth certificate (eye roll).

Comment Re:Posit (Score 1) 488

Well, they hate it when people enjoy themselves in way they don't PUBLICALLY admit to doing personally. Mistresses, rent boys, airport bathroom male-on-male trists, etc. are all horrible for the other party or when done openly, but are utterly forgivable for one of your one who merely "made a mistake", "had a wide stance", or other hypocritical explanations.

Comment Re:64% blame Bush (Score 5, Informative) 488

It also cannot be ignored that 2 years into Obama's presidency congress turned red, and rather vocally announced they would put the prevention of any Obama successes ahead of the best interest of the country. Having one whole branch of the government not operating in good faith is a very strong headwind, and despite that we have had very large job growth and historically low unemployment over the last 8 years.

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