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Comment Re:2 TB Hard drive? (Score 3, Interesting) 172

Hybrid drives are fine provided the operating system knows that it's dealing with one and can exploit that fact by keeping the commonly used files in the flash memory and rarely used files or those large files that can be streamed quickly enough from the spinning disk stored on that part of the drive.

However, as this seems to be a professional type device, they should be building in a different solution that involves some kind or RAID storage. Or perhaps they just assume anyone with a brain or the past experiencing of an untimely disk failure already has an external setup so why bother baking it into the system.

Comment Re:Nothing worth upgrading to the iPhone 6 or 7 (Score 1) 102

TouchID is nice (I have it on my iPad) but it's hardly anything new. I had a friend with a fingerprint reader on a notebook before iDevices were even a thing. Like most other things, Apple just made a really good implementation that didn't suck so badly that people just ignore it. I don't really get what people expect out of mobile devices beyond incremental upgrades every year. The things already do a damned good job of fulfilling their purpose. Tacking on new things for the sake of new or change is just idiotic.

Even cordless charging and sharper screens aren't really a big deal. The current solutions are more than adequate. I think the real game changer is a battery with an order of magnitude more capacity without requiring additional space. Prior to smart phones, it wasn't uncommon for your phone to run for a week or longer on a single charge. Smart phones are lucky to make it two days. That's something that changes how we interact with the device more than a better screen or not having to plug in a cord does.

Any significant game-changer is going to mean that smartphones go away. Maybe it's being able to put the components in something the size of a watch so we go with those instead of phones, or someone has figured out how to interface with the human brain and we just beam information directly to our neurons. Smart phones are pretty well defined, and additional features might be nice, but I don't think they change the game at all.

Comment Re:money wasted. (Score 1) 67

The article mentions two specific Atom chips for a specific (smartphones) purpose. It could also be that they've killed development, but that this chip was already in production so it might as well be pushed out because humans are pretty bad about chasing a sunk cost with more money in some kind of idiotic hope. Now that they've pushed their latest stillborn child out into the world, Intel can hardly declare it a giant turd, so marketing comes up with some buzzwords or an intended purpose because they've got their own needful to do and then we paw over it on /. for a day before forgetting about it entirely until someone picks one of these up months later because they need a serviceable box that doesn't have significant CPU requirements and because these chips are being flogged off at bargain rates to clear shelf space.

Comment Re:Shocking. (Score 1) 325

Most of the (few) people I know with smart watches have them for some kind of fitness stuff, because they want a bit more than the bands have to offer. However, I'm of the opinion that they still don't offer enough to justify the added cost. The only reason I ever had to wear a watch died completely when cell phones became small enough to fit in a pocket, and that was over a decade prior to the advent of the modern smart phone.

If you could put a lot of really ridiculous health sensors or something else like that into a watch and find some other ways for it to be useful, I might be swayed to pick one up, but I can't think of anything else they offer that a cell phone isn't going to do better. At best smart watches become relevant when we've figured out how to miniaturize phones to the point where we strap them to our wrists.

Comment Re:Not just bitcoin (Score 1) 214

Also, the usual argument that with metal-based currencies inflation is not possible is also false. There are several examples from history, which a primary one being when Mansa Musa passed through Egypt while making a pilgrimage to Mecca, he brought so much gold with him and gave it out so freely that it destabilized the economy. Spain also had similar inflation problems when they began mining silver in the new world. The supply far outstripped the ability to generate equivalent economic ability at the going rate which lead to inflation.

Gold (and silver) being used as currency has more to do with historical reasons than them being the best solution. It's sufficiently rare that you can't just create a bunch of it on your own, it's easy to work with so minting coins isn't prohibitively difficult, it doesn't corrode or react with most other common elements so it keeps up well, and it's not easy to counterfeit either, at least not since Archimedes. It also helps that they're shiny and you can make jewelry out of them so they are a good status symbol of wealth in and of themselves. Alternatively they'd suck to use for any real weapons so there was not alternative use in the past either outside of dishware and trinkets.

Fiat currency is perfectly fine. The problems are when the people who control the printing press get out of control. Money is just a commodity by which we easily facilitate trade so that we don't need to barter in all goods. Make more of any commodity and its value decreases according to supply and demand. If the UK wanted to fix the problem they could destroy some of the Pounds taken in as tax dollars. I'm generally surprised that governments don't do this more often, but I imagine it's because they couldn't explain to most people why they decided to "burn" $5 billion dollars instead of giving it to the poor or something like that.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 2) 561

I meant external from the perspective of the job itself, basically there isn't some characteristic of the job (e.g. requires lifting 100 lbs. or more on a regular basis) that favors men over women, though I can see where the confusion comes from due to poor wording on my part.

Here's one popular argument that I've heard before that offers an explanation for why IT and programming are predominantly male-driven: The incidence rate for autism spectrum disorders is about 4-5 times higher (there are plenty of interesting theories as to why for this in itself) in males than in females. People who fall into these categories often have more difficulty working with people and are likely to find programming or IT more appealing as they find working with a machine less difficult, because it doesn't require them to use the emotional reasoning capabilities that they lack or find more difficult to use.

If that were true, it's not that there's anything inherent to programming or IT jobs that make women bad or somehow less suitable in any general sense, but rather men being drawn to the field disproportionately.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 1) 561

So if there were outside factors that biologically predisposed men and women towards different career paths or interests would you accept that those might result in something other than an even distribution of employment in certain vocations?

I already have a feeling that the answer is no, because you've already reached your conclusion and are just filling in everything else after the fact.

Comment Re:Why not use what's good enough for pilots? (Score 3, Interesting) 235

It included quotes from NFL quarterbacks -- for example, ". . . having Microsoft Surface technology on sidelines allows players and coaches to analyze what our opponents are trying to do in almost real time."

Yeah, the opponents were probably getting frustrated at theirs failing as well.

Jokes aside, I have a Surface Book which I haven't had any problems with so far, though I tend to use it more in notebook mode than as a tablet. I'm wondering if this has more to do with them using a poorly coded application that crashes or hangs all the time. iPads would probably make more sense though as there's probably less that can go wrong given how the OS tends to limit what apps can do and heavily restricts background processes.

Comment Re:no control (Score 1) 126

It's even more useless than that. The overall difference is about 4% absolute (8.3 vs 7.86 on a 10-point scale) between the two groups in the actual study, or you could say that one group is 5.5% more satisfied than the other based on the numbers. I have no idea how a .4 difference in satisfaction translates to anything in the real world. Is it the difference between winning an Olympic medal or being set on fire, or is it the difference between only getting chocolate ice cream instead of strawberry ice cream?

The only thing I can tell is that you apparently need to spend about $200 ($361 on average vs. $137 on average) more to get .4 satisfaction.

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