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Comment Re:Inevitable (Score 1) 97

The cost of replacing that old machine is minimal. Live with it. It's part of the price of progress.

Some of us quite literally can't. Your "minimal" cost is over $150K for one of the machines I use, with the actual machine being maybe $600, the rest being software licenses to work on OS's newer than the mid 90's and interface adapters to work with machines more advanced than a Pentium II.

Comment Re:Options (Score 1) 498

OSX has its own recent problems: namely the rootless crap that is in El Crapitan and Sierra.

Even when completely disabled this breaks several portions of very, very common software like xtrafinder. Tons of people rely on xtrafinder to make the finder application not utter and complete crap. After Yosemite the only other option is to shell out an additional $30+ for a finder replacement that may or may not get updated for the next release. There are plenty of other software packages that are broken as well, some have been updated, and others haven't.

All of this is beside the point anyways, ROOT is supposed to have full access to everything. With the updates past Yosemite, unless you reboot and disable the security "feature" ROOT is not allowed to do very much. "Oh, you want to edit a "system" file? Nope, not even ROOT can do that...."

At least Apple doesn't force you update to higher OS versions.... and is still actively supporting Yosemite, at least for now.

Comment Re:Cut the filler and fluff classes to save time a (Score 1) 537

The mandatory "PE" class at my University is 100% online.

I don't know how they think that even 1% of the students actually do the stuff they fill out on their "exercise logs". The "quizzes" are also taken direct from the powerpoint slides that you download for the class, no book textbook required ( still tell you that the $25 book they recommend is required for the class though). They might as well just hand out note cards with the quiz questions and answers on them... or better yet, sell the cards in the book store as the required textbook.

The class is a joke...

Comment What a brilliant idea! (Score 2) 537

Force even MORE people out of STEM, you know since we have such a glut of STEM grads... and don't have tons of companies looking to fill positions that have people retiring at a faster rate than graduates are coming.

That STEM equipment that they complain costs so much? Yeah, that's the stuff used to produce research that the schools WANT from professors. You know, to get the name of the school out, and the reason professors HAVE to publish stuff alongside teaching classes. It's just an added bonus that it can be used to teach students as well.

Comment Re:Why don't they create textbooks (Score 1) 68

The printing cost isn't what makes textbooks expensive - they're expensive because the person who writes them is typically the one teaching the course, and he can *make* his students purchase them.

That's actually fairly rare, despite how many times you hear that old saw bandied about.

Textbooks are an income generator for professors.

I actually know ( and tutor the class it is used in ) a professor that co-authored a book. It hasn't changed in 9+ years, and he gets almost nothing from royalties. This is also a book used nationwide for intro level classes for a very large number of students.

The real reason textbooks are so expensive, beside the fact that they are an absolute requirement for courses? Because especially once you get to upper level / graduate level classes you have an extremely limited audience to sell to. Look at the sciences - graduate level science books in a specific field can only be sold to the very few graduate students that will be using them... fractions of a percent of even the limited number of undergrads that other books are being sold to.

A very limited pool of authors that can write the books, combined with a very limited number of people that would actually BUY the book drives prices through the roof. It sucks for the people who want to buy the book, but it is still supply and demand.

Comment Re: Build your own software, asshole (Score 2) 225

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.

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