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Comment Re:Yes, custom ROMs are still necessary (Score 1) 126

even Google itself washes their hands of any phone that is older than about 2 years.

Three years. Google devices get system upgrades for two years, and security updates for three years. That's still well short of five years, as you say. On the other hand, while Apple has a history of supporting devices for that long, they've made no commitment to any specific support timeline.

Comment Re:As someone with a masters in this -exact field- (Score 2) 131

you are a true master, you should be able to explain concepts in a way that even a child can understand. Richard Feynman was famous for this. So was Albert Einstein. Of course you can go too far, and simplify too much, so the children only think they understand.

Richard Feynman and Albert Einstein both did exactly this. You really can't understand quantum mechanics or general relativity without math. You can think you do, and both of them were great at providing simple explanations that gave the illusion of understanding... but it was only an illusion, which of course they knew perfectly well.

Comment Re:Language Wars (Score 1) 131

Because everybody knows that QB64 is the most productive language to program in. There's a huge library of code that will compile in it and IBM samples included with DOS will compile with it. Compressed files with IBM DOS and the aforementioned samples are available on the net.

Comment I have two editions (Score 1) 131

I wanted one I didn't get. I forget exactly which two I have, but besides the one in C there is one in C++ and one in Java. If I recall correctly I have the C and Java one. I think I bought the C one myself and added the C++ edition to my Amazon gift wishlist, but my Aunt thought she had a better idea to buy a newer edition. My wishlist now contains only things that it doesn't matter about editions.

Comment My experience with expressing unusual concepts (Score 1) 131

I want people to not think they understand me when they don't more than I want them to understand me due to the odds involved, so I choose slightly harder to understand constructions. People generally come back with the notion that I am stupid, and that I think my statements are too brilliant for the average mind.
By no means. I think that if the average mind takes an honest stab at what I am trying to convey and asks for clarifications they can readily come to understand what I intend to get conveyed. Very few have gone that route, though.
But anyways the concepts expressed by those people aren't that out of reach and just require some dictionary lookups and Google searches that require reads of still other articles. By this approach the meaning of just about anything becomes substantially clearer.

Comment Re:1900 (Score 1) 1488

We're talking 1900 here, so if they had any feelings of allegiance to any state at all they thought of themselves as Ottomans, though the wider area seem to align themselves by clans that are led by so-called warlords (that's just the term that English speaking commentators called them, the reports that reach me do a lousy job of what the leaders call themselves). It might be a good idea for a three state plan. The Gaza strip should be one country and the West Bank another. They don't seem to have a sense of allegiance to each other.

Comment Order of operations (Score 1) 1488

I see no need for Israelis to get off the land before the Palestinians declare they are a state any more than the Tories had to leave the United States or indeed the British forces in general before the United States declared itself independent of Britain. In fact, the legitimacy of the United States' claim to evict the British troops was strengthened by their decision to declare themselves independent.

Comment Re:people's preference (Score 1) 414

Because the reason the opinions matter in the first place is because it is the people matter, not the built-in limitations of the choices they've been given. By the logic as currently expressed, once the representative has been chosen, the people are no longer voting, and the preferences being expressed are no longer of the people and your original expression that the "your own" is of the People of Wyoming does not make sense. Two degrees of meaning have been removed from the conventional meaning of "the preferences of the people of Wyoming", first the people who did not vote for a representative, then the people who did vote for a representative, because then it is the preferences of the representative and not the people.

Comment Re:NextLight Fiber (Score 1) 95

Aww yeah, same here. We stream a fair amount of video and the occasional steam download, so I suppose we could potentially butt up against a data cap at some inferior ISP. I'm sure going to hate it if I ever have to move back to a sluggish-ass 20MBPS connection!

Doing a video upload to youtube and having the upload complete before I can finish typing the description in the video is also pretty nice.

Comment Re:Da faq? (Score 1) 107

I've got a few cameras that require a crappy Internet Explorer only configuration "web" interface

I've seen several that require IE for in-browser AUDIO, but that's all. Every camera I've purchased can do configuration and video with any browser, and you can do audio with native apps on any platform (just not in-browser), going all the way back to Axis cameras just shy of two decades ago.

In fact, it seems ALL network cameras made today support ONVIF, so there's a compatible standard they all support (though maybe not in your browser of choice). There's nothing unreliable about any of them I've used, and I can't even remember user comments anything like that.

I'm completely unwilling to give a camera Internet access and allow it to connect to its vendor's website.

It's true they all OFFER a DDNS option, but you can easily turn that off. And recently a large number of the cheapest cameras require a proprietary phone app for setup, but there are still plenty with web interfaces that setup and work just fine with an incorrect gateway address or firewall rules preventing egress. I just bought a $30 one recently.

I'd much prefer a full Linux under my own control than a black box camera OS that wants an Internet connection and can be controlled by the vendor's website.

They're all Linux under the surface, you just need to look around for instructions on gaining access. Often it's just a one-line change in the firmware image before flashing to enable telnet access, or finding the serial port pins on the board, or similar.

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