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Comment Re:One rumour is the death of Magsafe. (Score 1) 142

The MagSafe pops out all the time. I just set my MacBook down on the table, and that was enough to cause it to pop out. It's ridiculous and useless.

Meanwhile, the number of times I've tripped over the cable and dragged the MacBook down anyway are too many to count.

It's a useless feature. It offers no protection and all it does it lead to MacBooks with dead batteries. Bring on USB-C. At least then you'll be able to get third party chargers made out of something that doesn't disintegrate the instant the warranty is up.

Comment Re:One rumour is the death of Magsafe. (Score 1) 142

My experience with MagSafe is that it's terrible for when you want it to remain plugged in, routinely falling out as you use it.

It also is terrible at what it's designed for, and is easily able to hook onto the power port just long enough to drag the MacBook to the floor before disconnecting if you trip over the cable.

So, yeah, go riddance to the "doesn't stay plugged in" power adapter. It fails at everything it's supposed to do.

Comment Re:People still play Pokemon Go? (Score 1) 116

I expect most people think of "Pokemon Go" as "that game you have to walk to play" and not the AR aspect of it. The part of the game that's actually AR is very small and limited to overlaying a Pokemon on what the camera is seeing. It's AR but only in the most basic sense in that it's just tied to the direction the camera is facing, it doesn't do any sort of mapping to what it's seeing, it just dumps a Pokemon into the world and then uses the phone's accelerometers to keep it relatively in one place compared to the camera. If you walk towards a Pokemon, it will move backwards "with" you.

A much better example of AR that I think even more people would recognize are Snapchat "lenses." Things like Face Swap or those things that do things like add dog ears to people's heads. That's AR that is taking reality and "augmenting" it in a way, based on what the camera is seeing and not merely on the direction it's pointing.

Comment People still play Pokemon Go? (Score 1) 116

Wait, people still play Pokemon Go? That would be news.

Pokemon Go exploded in popularity for maybe a month, and then people got bored and stopped playing. Apparently it's bad enough that they're already doing some form of "welcome back" campaign to try and get people to start playing again.

I do agree that AR would be more useful in every day life than VR, but if Pokemon Go is the example, that's not the kind of AR I care about. Just about everyone turns the AR mode off in Pokemon Go because it's just annoying, leaving the only "augmented reality" part being that you have to physically go to real places to "find" Pokemon. Except the serious players just use GPS spoofing so not even that gets done in reality.

I could see AR being useful if someone developed something that could, for example, overlay directions on top of the real world, or identify things you're looking at. But that's just not feasible right now, leaving AR to useless things like showing a Pokemon on top of a camera image or whatever you want to call Snapchat filters. It's vaguely interesting but not really useful.

VR, on the other hand, is being used to create real experiences right now. I may not find VR that compelling personally (certainly not enough to rush out to spend at least $1000 on it, when you include computer upgrades), but it at least creates something more meaningful than I've ever seen done with AR.

Comment Re:Summary is exaggerating (Score 1) 113

Which is fine, right up until the point where I go to news.google.com and start seeing Onion headlines there sourced directly from the Onion.

Which didn't happen.

If you're labeling it "news", you really should be making some rudimentary effort to filter out that kind of material.

They didn't label it news. The summary says it was labeled "Trending Topics."

Comment Summary is exaggerating (Score 4, Interesting) 113

I hate to defend Facebook here, but if you RTFA, you will see that some of the supposed "fake" and "inaccurate" articles were actually spoofs. People posted them because they were funny. That's like stopping by The Onion and complaining that the news is biased and inaccurate.

Comment Re:Lost emails (Score 5, Informative) 404

Deleting all the emails isn't a crime, and if she's "guilty" of storing confidential emails, deleting them is her duty.

WHAT?!!! Uh, NO .

If you ever hold a security clearance, the proper procedure for dealing with classified information leaks will be drilled into you. The very first thing you get taught - repeatedly - is you do not delete classified information if it leaks.

The process is pretty simple: you disconnect from the network, go into "airplane mode" if necessary, and then immediately stop using the machine. You don't delete anything, you don't close any open programs, you immediately call the security people and you let them clean up the mess.

This leaves a paper trail. But it also makes sure that the information spill is known, that how far it leaks is known, and that any potential spill to uncleared individuals is known.

So if Hillary did delete emails with classified information, she - well, broke procedure. I have no idea if it's a law or just an official process. But there's a process and procedure for dealing with classified information leaks, and deleting anything is 100% not it.

Comment Stop blaming the Russians (Score 4, Insightful) 404

I am so sick and tired of hearing about how Russia is trying to "subvert our election." Annoyed enough to bother logging in and not posting AC.

Yes, we get it, there are nebulous rumors of how the Russians are trying to "subvert our democracy." But it's just fluff: the bottom line is that what Hillary and the Democrats have done is at best unethical, if not strictly illegal.

Who cares who revealed it? If they weren't acting unethically, there would be no issue. But they are, and that's why it's a problem, and trying to bring Russia into this is purely a smokescreen.

Comment I doubt Hollywood has an age discrimination issue (Score 4, Insightful) 319

It seems unlikely to me that Hollywood has an age discrimination issue. It seems much more likely that Hollywood has a looks discrimination policy, and merely hiding the numeric age of an actor or actress isn't going to resolve this.

If an actor doesn't look the age for a part, they're not going to get the role. Trying to hide their "real" age won't help with that. Nothing short of completely changing Hollywood culture - and, really, American culture - to not be so youth-focused will change that. And that's not an easy task, and certainly not something this law will help with.

This is clearly a "this is something, so we're doing something about the problem!" law. It won't help in any way, but at least it's a bullet point on some lawmaker's resume!

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