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Comment Thank god (Score 1) 168

Thank god they did away with it. Thunderbolt 1 and USB 2: when you looked at the specs, that thing did not have any real reason to exist anymore.

For ~$500, there is the LG 27MB85R, exactly the same dimensions and resolution except it has Thunderbolt 2.

Comment So how do we miss a 300 foot object that has been (Score 5, Insightful) 237

So how do we miss a 300 foot object that has been orbiting the Earth for around 50 years?

We weren't looking for that particular object.

Also, space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.

Comment Bloated (Score 2) 222

I consider the big ones quite bloated for my purposes. I'm not a web dev, I'm an iOS developer. What I need, is a very simple CMS where I can just paste in a template and then make very small adjustments. Often, you pick any of the gazillion CMSes with a version number in the 0.x series. Their biggest selling point is that it's "light-weight", simply because it's not yet mature.

CMS Made Simple however is mature, but still light-weight. It has been existing for years and is in the 2.x series. They waited a looong time before the 2.x series was really, really stable and only recently announced that they'll stop supporting their 1.x series. Very professional.

Comment Re:Winter? (Score 3, Insightful) 249

They're doing what the Saudis are doing, laying the groundwork for the post-fossil fuel age. The Koch Brothers may be funding psuedoskepticism, and there may be lots of people who believe AGW is an evil lie designed by Satan and/or Communists, but countries like Norway and Saudi Arabia, major oil producers that they are, know very well that sooner or later, and likely sometime after the middle of this century, the Age of Oil is going to come to an end.

Norway is also one of those smarter states who has been stowing away oil revenues, unlike, say Venezuela and Alberta, and the Saudis are following suit with their own sovereign wealth fund, the largest in history.

To add to your excellent post:
“The Stone Age did not end for lack of stone, and the Oil Age will end long before the world runs out of oil.” -- Sheikh Zaki Yamani, Saudi Arabian oil minister '62-'86

Comment Kobo + Pocket + color (Score 1) 96

This would be very, very nice. Currently, I'm using Pocket to save articles offline. It's integrated with Firefox plus has a dozen plugins. But more interestingly, it also comes standard on the Kobo eReaders. It's bliss -- I can read articles in bed from an eInk display with really subdued lighting.

However photos really suck. That hasn't been a problem so far, but recently I got interested into electric cars: Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen e-Up!, Renault Zoe, etc. However.... articles on cars are nice, but much better with some decent pictures. Color displays would really make a difference on such subject matter.

Comment Skylake P-states (Score 4, Informative) 149

One bit is very interesting to me:

A significant redesign to CPUFreq and P-State for allowing the kernel's scheduler to better communicate changes to the CPU frequency scaling drivers

Source: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.p...

It used to take some 30 ms for Intel CPUs to turbo-boost from a power-saving state (P-state). For CPUs in laptops, like the Core M series, this was noticeable when gaming. The latest-gen CPUs (Skylake) support very quick (1 ms) switching between P-states, and from what I gather, this kernel version now supports this. This means slight power savings and quick reaction from-and-to powersaving ("race to sleep").

Apparently it's very hard to get this right, because from what I read, the Microsoft surface tablets had a lot of trouble in this area.

Comment Re:OS X for software development (Score 1) 179

- will be just as much work making OS X more like my linux machine in terms of a good terminal emulator?

That depends on

- How about decent package management? How do fink/hombrew/pip etc compare to apt?

It's a whole different game. Brew is currently the best among them. You should view it as a way to install a couple (or dozens) of additional tools, while in Linux it's basically almost the way the OS is put together.

- How is the python tooling?

It does depend on how you use it. On my Linux boxes, I never uses pip, and always search through apt for the library in question. That won't work under OS X. However if you use pip, which basically is independent of the OS, then you won't encounter difficulties.

- Will common shortcuts like alt-tab, Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V, Ctrl-X work in OS-X?

On OS X, you'll have to use the CMD key which is located where the Alt-key normally is. Alt-tab thus normally works.

- What is the state of vertical splitting of the screen between programs - for eg, vertically splitting eclipse and chrome?

There are tools for this, but they're all clunky. Using virtual desktops works great, though.

- I have heard that OS updates in OS-X break programs installed in userspace (especially those installed via package management tooks). To what extent is this true?

I've had something like that once. But it was quickly fixed by Homebrew.

If it is going to take me 3-4 weekends to get OS-X to a point where it is usable for development and I feel comfortable in it

Then don't start using OS X. I mean, you're moving to a new OS -- that's not nothing. I found it great fun, though.

Comment Only works halfway (Score 1) 359

As a first-gen product, I figured I'd wait for a revision.

I think I was right. Colleagues got one but mention that lots of functions don't always just work. Examples they give, are: notifications come in very late, 30 minutes to several hours later. When you check the time, the watch usually wakes up but not always (it only wakes up 100% of the time when you make a sort of shake or special move). And they mention slowness: even the default apps appear sluggish. For lots of 3rd party apps, it's so slow that it's usually quicker to get your phone.

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