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Comment Re:How about focus on setting a static IP? (Score 1) 23

And when I complain about such things, the usual reaction I get from people is something like... Haha! Why the heck are you even doing VLANs at home? I don't have any problems. Your use case doesn't matter, why should anyone waste time on it?

Seriously, I'm sick and tired of people saying such things. I do have multiple VLANs on my network, and you know what? For everything *except* SONOS, it actually works just fine. All I needed to do was run a few services on my router to make sure things connected (e.g. an mDNS daemon).

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

Don't even get me started on medium format digital prices either. They are just insane.

This is one important part that everyone else here is oblivious to, since they probably think that all photography derives from the 35mm format.

It is *much* easier to make a larger piece of film than it is to make a larger digital sensor.
There are cameras that take film that is larger than 35mm.

Sure, at the 35mm level, you can probably argue that there's not much reason to bother with film on the quality/resolution front anymore. But the moment you go to medium/large format films and cameras, film can give you something that would probably cost the same as a small car if you tried to find a matching digital camera.

There are also a lot of interesting camera designs from over the years, in the world of medium format photography. None of these designs have digital equivalents.

Comment Re:ENOUGH of the dick-measuring already! (Score 1) 121

That's why we need these companies to get to the point where they can diversify their product lines. So they can make normal cars with sane performance, while also having a dedicated sportscar line for bragging rights. It may not happen until Tesla's next-gen roadster, or projects like the Rimac Concept One turn into mass-production vehicles, but it'll hopefully happen someday.

Comment Re:Four years isn't so bad. (Score 1) 88

Considering that everyone keeps acting like Flash is no longer required or relevant or should be cared about...

Oh wait, every other website across the ENTIRE INTERNET still seems to at least attempt to use Flash. Seriously, turn on Firefox's plugin prompting setting and just try browsing the web.

At least most of them no longer break if you are missing the plugin, or don't let it run. But they still try.

Comment Re:Apps, Apps and more Apps (Score 1) 535

The only other large group of people I know using MacBooks are developers who wanted a desktop Unix that IT would be willing to support. With the loss of the function keys and the abysmal max memory spec, the new MacBook Pros are worthless for that crowd. They might be pushed towards Linux, but with Microsoft starting to push Linux dev tools into Windows, the "IT supported" requirement probably means they'll hook back to Windows instead.

Its not just IT... Its also commercial software vendors who make things we all sometimes need to use, even if not as our primary tools.
Regardless, I've often felt that this is a surprisingly large/significant market for Apple products that Apple themselves seems willfully ignorant of. I've even felt that the growth of this market was at the significant expense of desktop Linux. Heck, come out to Silicon Valley sometime and just look at how large a percentage of software developers are using Apple laptops.

Comment Re:Wow ! A real company making real things... (Score 1) 136

Almost makes me feel back in the 00's when companies made real things and added real value and then were rewarded appropriately.

I have no idea what the hell is going on with the markets anymore. I was honestly expect Tesla stock to drop for *cynical wall st reasons*


Back then, it was probably just tech companies still making real things. Everything else had probably already been shipped overseas.
Of course soon after, it seems like all the big tech companies just spun-off, outsourced, or divested their "actually building products" divisions to transform themselves into nebulous "enterprise solutions providers."

Comment Re:Epic tone deafness (Score 1) 813

While I wouldn't attribute the form letter response to any intentional malice (likely just a keyword match from a script), it does highlight something politicians have been doing in their stump speeches for a while that really pisses me off.

They all act like "offshoring" and "foreigners taking American jobs" are problems exclusive to the manufacturing sector, and the solution is "retraining" and "more higher education."

The whole problem of IT-sector workers being replaced simply doesn't fit this mold. These people are already highly trained, already have that education, and yet their jobs are still leaving*.

(* though at least its sometimes cyclical, and its not like their entire career field and supporting infrastructure has left the country, but those cycles can still be painful)

Comment Re:Is "ship with" really the big takeaway here? (Score 1) 370

Best course of action --- ask female computer science people (and I don't mean a person who brought Microsoft Bob to an unsuspecting world, but real female computer science people) what obstacles they faced and what would they do to remove them.

I also wish that when people did ask real female CS people for commentary, or to show as representatives of their fields in a public forum, they actually did that. Far too often it seems like they hold up project managers and various support roles as shining examples of "women in tech", rather than actual software developers.

Comment Re:The death of the Candybar QWERTY (Score 1) 90

I'm still wondering what the Android-land replacement for the Q10 is.
My wife is still using a Q10, and doesn't really know what to switch to. And yes, she hates typing on touchscreens.
I personally switched from the Passport to the Priv, but the Priv is a bit to big for her (and the battery would likely die on her too quickly).

Comment Re:Great. (Score 1) 90

System requirements (and boot time) aside, the BB10 incarnation of QNX actually ran really well.
(I see the "Tablet OS" as more of a tech demonstrator, that didn't really live long once BB10 was out.)

The problem is that they stopped putting real effort into marketing the devices (and designing new ones) about 6 months post-launch, and just coasted on inertia (and existing plans, half of them canceled) since. Once those existing projects reached completion, and the momentum fell off... well here we are.

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