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Comment Travel mode, AKA... (Score 1) 123

My phone has a global "travel mode", AKA "Airplane mode."

IOW, I just disconnect when traveling. Also when sleeping. And working.

The Internet in all its various forms and guises serves me. Not the other way around. If it's not that way for you, you need to stop selling death-sticks, go home, and rethink your life. Go on. Go.

Comment Idiocracy doubles down (Score 1) 100

You've really missed the point.

No, I really have not.

You are after complexity of the OS so that you can do complicated things with the OS.

I just want bloody subfolders and the ability to get at the filesystem. I don't care if I have to turn it on specially. I don't care if your snowflake pilots can't see it. I just want it to really work without having to root the bloody phone.

You think you're arguing for sophistication and intellect

Good grief, no. I'm arguing for pre-1990 levels, almost prehistoric levels by computing standards, of organizing capacity. There's nothing wrong with most user's intellects -- other than the intellects behind the reasoning that says "one level is all you get", now those intellects are simply downright crippled.

Your use cases differ wildly from most of the billions of the users of iOS devices in where you feel the need for complexity.

Yeah, my use case incorporates the concept of organization far beyond what these crippled devices allow, and yes, I readily admit this is beyond most phone-only users comprehension at the moment (although not if they have ever used a desktop or laptop computer), but just as you said, they (you mentioned pilots, I'd add four-year-olds) could cope with it if it was there. I don't even think they they should have to; I just think I should be able to.

The idea that everyone must suffer because pilots - or whomever - want simple is nothing less than anathema to me. I despise it, and I despise its proponents, and I find their reasoning (which is being far too generous) to be unworthy of serious consideration.

Filesystems promote organization. Single level folders went out of use in the 1980's, and the reason they did is because they are insufficient to organize any amount of data beyond a cupful. And no, "search" is not a valid replacement, before anyone tries to jump into that moldy old corner. The very fact that my home screen overflows onto additional pages and I am unable to properly, reasonably, organize my apps and data is a huge red flag that the system itself is deficient. Multiple cores, GHz+ clock speeds, gigs of ram and storage... and I can't have bleeding subfolders? Jesus. Hosiphat. Christ.

And the Long-Dong-Silver sized irony here is that if you DO dig into the actual systems underneath the sadly flattened icons to see how the phone actually works, what will you find? YOU. WILL. FIND. SUBFOLDERS.

There's simply no adequate justification for the intentional, irreversible crippling that's been done to end-user level of these devices. None.

Comment Re:Fake science/sloppy science (Score 1) 244

In practice that requirement seems to never be enforced. IIRC someone got a patent on an FTL drive, but I'm not certain it was in the US. However, they needed a specific rule to eliminate patents on perpetual motion machines even back in the 1800's, so it's been a long time when the requirement that "someone skilled in the arts" can understand it and duplicate it has been enforced.

Comment Re:"Toxic" comments huh? (Score 1) 177

Well, yes, but I read the comments at -1.

And THAT is the way this should be done, not be removing comments. I'm perfectly fine with having it score comments. In fact I think there should be several different factions allowed to score comments. And people should be able to browse, for each service, at any minimum score required they choose. Personally, I'd like a score service that rated any post that mentioned "SJW" at -1, and that one I'd use setting the minimum score at zero. But this doesn't mean I think the posts should be removed, merely hidden from me. (I find them almost always worthless, and usually stupid.) That I don't want to experience them doesn't mean I don't feel that others should be allowed to experience them, if that's what they chose.

Comment Re:specifications (Score 1) 301

That's one valid point. My real problem with it is that I've seen this promised before, and the things delivered were exceptionally unimpressive. In fact, the closest I've seen to something that does this so far was never touted under that rubric....the spreadsheet.

OTOH, back in the days of the Apple ][+ there was this program called "The Last One", touted as "The last program you'll ever need to buy!". It quickly sank without a trace.

All that said, a lot of what programmers do *is* cut an paste...only we call it linking in libraries, and we already have automated tools to do it.

And *that* said, I can easily imagine certain areas in which programmers are currently working being automated. Certainly there are areas where I used to work that have been automated. It's been a long time since I had to write a hash table, e.g., or a doubly linked list, or... well, lots of things. Expect the process to continue, and probably to speed up a bit. I don't expect the genuine automatic programmer before 2025 at the earliest. ... And even then I expect there will be areas it can't really handle....but I consider that requiring all children learn to code to be a really stupid move. Get them to think critically, OK. That would be a good thing, if you can figure out how to do it.

Comment Idiocracy (Score 2) 100

the vast majority of the tablet/phone purchasing world has no clue what you mean by that statement. They. Don't. Care.

That's exactly right. And because these devices are designed down to the level of the ignorant, rather than uplifting them, they don't have to learn. And those of us who could use these devices to a much greater extent remain reined in by this pandering to market. Subfolders are too complicated, the apologists tell us. There's no saving people too stupid to learn what a subfolder is/does. But those who are simply ignorant can learn in seconds. The insistence that this is "too much" is utterly pitiful to hear.

In the end, dumbing everything down is the surest way to the market consisting of the broadest portion of the Gaussian, and therefore, their money. That's why this is happening.

Time to watch the intro to Idiocracy again to remind ourselves why pandering to the lowest common denominator is a really, really bad idea.

Comment Operating System (Score 2) 224

The definition of an OS is that it controls all resources of a computer and shares them between the applications.

That is at best a description of some operating systems.

Some operating systems control some computer resources. Some share the resources that they control.

To quote Hamlet:

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy

Comment Re:Never heard of it... (Score 1) 67

I followed it for a year or so, but it got old. Don't know what it's like in recent decades. Schlock is an alien with a number of useful talents, but beauty isn't one of them. There is (or was) also a handsome captain, a (slightly) mad scientist, a "beautiful" nurse, etc. And they get in a lot of fights. (I may have misremembered some of that.)

So it's pretty much a standard formula, but not too bad. https://www.schlockmercenary.c... thanks to Google.

Comment Re:Process already in place for fake Trump tweets (Score 1) 505

Point. I thought that was probably true, but couldn't find a reference, so I went with the more inclusive term. (You can't get a 2/3 vote without also getting a majority vote.)

As I said, the chances are extremely remote, and it could only happen if a large number of Republican legislators get extremely upset.

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