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Comment Re: Build your own software, asshole (Score 2) 221

Yeah, asking "hey, I can't code this myself, but I had a cool idea... anyone want to help?" is soooo rude.

Let's add to the rudeness list:

1: can you fix this corner case bug that happens when you.....?
2: can we get feature X in some future release?
3: there is an error in the source on line FOO in file BAR that prevents compiling. Can you fix this since you are the upstream maintainer?
4: eventually having feature Z would be pretty nice. Any thoughts on the matter?


Comment Re:Anyone used ElementryOS? (Score 1) 224

I've used it in VMs on occasion. It's basically trying to be a 1:1 clone of Mac OS-X, on a Linux userland and kernel. If you have ever used OS-X you will find the interface and alt-tabbing to be quite familiar, but overall it just doesn't have the manpower to be fully polished like Apple can throw at their GUI. I've seen a few better LOOKING clones, but Pantheon really does do a fair job at integrating everything into a whole DE.

It's Ubuntu with their own DE ( Pantheon ) thrown on top. It's pretty decent, the desktop is tied together fairly well, but there has been a tad bit of usability regressions with a few settings that people want ( you have to install a tweak tool from a PPA to change some settings that people are wanting to change).

You might want to check out Debian, Cinnamon is installable and quite usable on Debian Jessie and higher. With Debians official backports repo you get pretty much the same updated software as in Ubuntu, all within a more stable ( as in both less bugs, AND stable software versions with security backports so as to not introduce incompatibilities ) environment.

Comment Re:the smell of E-6 in the morning (Score 2) 213

But any professional or even many amateurs know that given a good linear sensor and quality lens, you can recreate any color warmth or feeling of film you want, after taking the shot, and you don't have to wait 3 days of dunking film in a developing tank to find out how it turned out.

I'm a "professional" photographer in the fact that I sell portraits and requested stock images occasionally. Digital can NOT replace film as a drop in. It doesn't matter what you do in Lightroom / PhotoShop. It doesn't matter what plugins you use for effects, even the high dollar ones that are meant to replicate older films and development settings only come CLOSE.

The people who want this film back are the ones developing and printing from home, not the ones that take their film rolls to the local drug store to be butchered in a machine that hasn't had the developing fluids changed in the last decade. So no, it doesn't take "three days" either. Hell, just developing film at a dedicated photolab only takes something like 2-3 hours for the most part.

That isn't saying digital is bad; you can get beautiful shots on digital, don't have to scan in the negatives to get digital copies, and it's without a doubt much cheaper since a memory card can be re-used many times unlike a roll of film. It just can't be a drop in replacement for film in many situations.

Don't even get me started on medium format digital prices either. They are just insane.

Heck, I (and every other smartphone user) can re-create every film response I want with Instagram or Photoshop. That was Instagram's whole point originally.

well, you kind of can, but it's just a real shitty imitation. Even if you could reliably and accurately reproduce the film color and grain pattern ( which again, you can't ), what are you going to do about the shitty super tiny sensor on that phone? What about the absolute shit glass lenses that phones use?

Even APS-C sensors are pretty bad at recording data compared to the resolution that some of the classic "super films" had. Older films had higher resolutions than precision ground glass can reach, allowing you to capture literally every detail possible.

Comment Re:I have a 6P... (Score 1) 130

Both I and a friend of mine bought 6P's a few months ago and neither of us has seen this issue. Awesome batterylife ( way better than my S6 edge had ) since 6.x was running on it, and no problems during 7.0 or 7.1.1.

Being seemingly sporadic it makes me wonder if maybe it is some kind of settings or app issue. I personally shut down as many services on the phone as possible, and my friend has been running the 7.x betas since the phone was bought.


Comment Re:another variable that effects weather (Score 1) 170

Once you do that you can easily see that current warming is well within it

Umm, no. Anyone with even a High School level understanding of basic science can look at the data and see that warming has accelerated by around 1000% of what we would expect to see in normal warming cycles if greenhouse gas contents hadn't been increased from the industrial age onward.

That you choose to base your opinions of well documented science on what mainstream media tells you doesn't change the direct, or even the indirect observations that overwhelmingly support that humans have changed the entire planet. For the worse.

Comment Re:No Subject (Score 5, Informative) 29

Well, by the available numbers from a quick look around, only 0.004% of the phones actually caught fire.

The numbers I found were 92 reports of fires out of 2.5 million devices produced.

It may not be the greatest thing in the world to have around, especially since there is a pretty good indication that battery swell over the life of the unit will increase the fire risk, but that is nowhere near the media hype of "GNote7 = every one of these is a bomb in your pocket that WILL burst into flames and try to molest your kids ZOMG!!!".

Comment Re:Evernote utility? (Score 1) 52

Access to notes on any device is pretty nice plus. I can take notes on my highly portable Mac when on the go, and access them on my (windows) workstation when doing serious work, or on my less portable desktop replacement ( for when power > portability ) laptop on site, or on a tablet propped up against something when I am working in the lab. Note sharing between collaborators is also a small plus.

Notes are accessible on Windows / Mac / Android ( was / is internet required ) / iOS ( was / is internet required )/ and with the nevernote / nixnote client Linux ( maybe works with BSDs? never looked into it).

I don't give two shits if they want to try and data mine my notes, and I wish them luck in figuring out what sample HDF-26+67'-WP - (finished / in progress / not started ) or any of the other cryptic sample names that make no sense to anyone outside of the people that are actually doing research with me, when it can't be correlated to ANYTHING. All of the actual research data gets shared between people in more secure ways.

Comment Re:CDMA Carriers (Score 1) 96

Why not push out an update that only allows the phone to have a 50% charge and only allows it to call 911 and customer service? The update could even disable all apps, change the background to a message telling them to call or even make half the lcd black.

Because, just like this proposed update, that would run afoul of anti hacking laws if it was not a user initiated and requested installation of the update. The carrier does not own the phone , and by intentionally breaking it more than likely will open themselves up to lawsuits.

It should be interesting to see what the courts say about this, as it is perfectly legal to own property that has a much higher probability of being a danger to the owner or others( thus negating "it's for the safety" arguments). I could see a lawyer citing "unauthorized access" and "fraudulent access" to these "computer systems", unless the update is 100% crystal clear that the update will completely ruin the device, all in terms that the most brain-dead idiot can understand, and being able to be opted out of completely. A good lawyer could also potentially argue that this violates the first sale doctrine, since the carrier / Samsung no longer owns the device that they will be destroying after the sale.

If the carriers had any brains at all they would just deny the devices access to the cell networks ( as is within their rights as owners of the network ), this covers their asses legally, while not opening up a whole other can of legal worms. For something like 99% of the owners, not being able to access the cell and data networks they bought the phone for would force them to take the offered replacements OR outright buy a new phone to carry around.... getting the note 7's out of pockets like wanted. The last 1% probably hopes that they become a rare collectible item and probably has powered them down and packed them away somewhere already so they stay in as pristine of shape as possible.

Under the loan system that there is now the carriers MAY be able to demand the phone back while absolving the person from debts, but this is unlikely. At least for the phones I have gotten through these monthly payment plan options none of them were used as collateral against the loan. As a matter of fact in the case of termination of service for any reason the contract states that you must pay off the remaining balance, and says nothing about the carrier recouping the phone itself.

Comment Re:anyone know.. (Score 1) 160

They have done this before, claiming to have hit mantle pockets ( possible as they are in a general rift area and don't have to drill as far ) and had been producing steam from it.

Unfortunately, as you point out, the steam is extremely corrosive. The last time they did this ( several years ago ) several valves completely corroded and they had to abandon the well rather than try to replace the valves and corroded piping.

Comment Re:Stop using cars at all. (Score 2) 243

Yes, paying 25K+ for a new hybrid or dropping like 10-15K on a used one with questionable batteries and no warranty to save what, maybe $5-10 / week on gas, makes sooooo much sense.

Lets not forget that it would take ~30+ years of mining lithium / cobalt / other REEs to replace the fleet of existing vehicles on the road, much less the ones that would be produced in the next thirty years...

Don't buy cheap shit cars. A Toyota Corolla gets real world ~36-38MPG with shit ethanol filled gasoline, and 42-44MPG with non ethanol-poisoned gasoline, with a pure ICE engine. But OMFG the 0-60 times suck... wah, wah ,wah.

Comment Re:Easy (Score 1) 230

Can you guarantee that the password manager and the OS it runs on are both secure? Otherwise, it's putting all your eggs in one basket.

Moot point. If you can't be at the very least reasonably certain that the OS is secure it doesn't matter how the password is input. You could have a keylogger running in the insecure OS that not only grabs usernames and passwords, but may even be able to correlate them to specific sites... E.G. foo and bar were typed immediately after typing mybank.com.

Never mind the (not completely uncommon) problem of losing access to your password manager. Then you're faced with having lost all your passwords.

This is actually a good point. But that is exactly why passwords can be reset if you forget them. It may be a pain in the ass to reset all of your passwords to various accounts, but you won't suddenly just lose the accounts if your password manager suddenly dies. Well, unless you signed up with a throwaway temp address, but then the account couldn't have been worth too much anyway.

Comment Re:Why Automation Won't Displace Human Workers (Score 2) 540

A person with an average intelligence can never be educated to become a scientists, programmer, or an engineer.

Bullshit. You can train a monkey to do these things, even if it takes a while. It is true though that they won't be a brilliant scientist / engineer / programmer they can still be competent to do research ( and understand ) work at various lower levels.

And measuring intelligence is extremely difficult. Someone who is street smart, but didn't finish High School ( and maybe could even score extremely high if they had access to more education while getting by in the world), probably wouldn't score well on a test measuring how much you have learned. Yet that street smart person would likely be able to look at an experiment and see where real world interactions would be happening, and even explain what is going on... all without knowing the technical terms and what the designer of the experiment is actually doing ( on the learned level).
      In a similar vein - someone who is extremely good at rote book learning would score really well on the IQ test, but be completely worthless in the real world because they just plain can't read and learn what to do in every single different situation. They may be good at solving the various bits and pieces of a problem, but then someone else has to come in and put everything together into a cohesive whole.

As an anecdote, and even a car one for /. , one of the absolute best mechanics I have ever met couldn't even read. Despite that, you could take your car to him and he could tell you exactly what was wrong with it, tear it down, and rebuild with the replacement parts even if he had never worked on that specific model / type of car. I would call that having a high specialized intelligence, even if there was no way he would score even close to average on a standardized test ( can't read the test = can't do the test pretty much).

Comment Re:No they're not (Score 1) 130

Yeah, its a fucking joke. Just for shits and giggles I looked up my late 2013 MBPr and they offered $50

Uhh, no. I can toss it up on craigslist for $650 and have it gone in a few hours if I really wanted to...

That and clicking on the text for the model number brings me to a page for a completely different model, so there is a good chance that the whole page / database is screwy.

Comment Re:Legal? (Score 1) 285

I don't see why it would be illegal. If you don't want to get sprayed, don't steal bikes! And I don't see what you mean by "delay in the mechanism". It's a compressed gas that is released when you cut into the lock. There's really no mechanism involved here. And if bystanders are standing by watching while someone attempts to steal a bike, they deserve to get sprayed.

Because a person is not allowed to introduce bodily harm or destroy another persons property unless they themselves are in immanent danger.

E.G. you can't light a person on fire for trying to steal your bike. If said person was to stop stealing your bike and try to attack you, you could then light them on fire ( assuming you had a flame thrower or something ), but only if you were, or had a real fear that you were, in danger of losing your life from the aggressor. The same principles apply to intentionally making someone sick. This is the same reason that taser car security systems are illegal.

Furthermore, this may run afoul of poisoning laws, and both the company and owner of the lock would run afoul of lawsuits if someone for some reason was allergic to the compounds in the gas, and died of a result of getting sprayed.
It does not matter in the eyes of the law that the person was doing something illegal at the time, they were not threatening the lives of others.

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