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Comment Re:yawn (Score 3, Insightful) 428

Exactly.

I don't understand the problem myself. Without Uber you wouldn't have had a ride at all. If you don't like the pricing try waiting for a taxi or use another service.

Repeat after me: Uber is NOT run by the government... that's both what makes it good... AND what leads to scenarios like this. You can't have the good (low fares, clean cars, drivers that give a shit) without allowing them to work with the free market (supply / demand).

Comment Wrong Headline... (Score 3, Informative) 248

Should read: Apple Replaced the Headphone Jack On the iPhone 7 With a Huge Taptic Engine

Just look at the pictures:

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardow...

(Look at Step 6)

It's obvious that the huge Taptic Engine is right in the line of fire for where the plug would go.

That said: I do this it's a bit BS to put a "speaker grill" there. It might be aesthetically pleasing (balance) but it's a bit underhanded. I'm not really buying their "it's for the barometer!" schtick either...

Comment Re:The article conveniently ignores Python (Score 1) 391

Definitely wrong. In our (medium sized) project all of our Python is space indented just like our C++ (consistency is key).

Of course... we all use editors that do the correct spacing by pressing the TAB key... but make no mistake _spaces_ are used. We actually enforce this with automated testing that runs on every pull request... any TAB characters will immediately cause your PR to fail tests...

Comment Re:Cloud Based Backup (Score 1) 366

Please point to a reputable source that substantiates your claim. Just putting it in ALL CAPS does not make it true.

How would it not be reliable? Over the last two years I've spot checked multiple times I can could recover any file I wanted.

How is it not secure? I have a locally generated key that they are not given... even if they are breached there is no way to decrypt the data.

Like I said: I do use local backup as well for peace of mind (and ease of recovery) but I haven't seen any reason not to put faith in Crashplan.

Comment Re:Cloud Based Backup (Score 1) 366

Reading comprehension: "In addition to that I also use TimeMachine on my Mac so I have a local backup of everything."

Not too mention... your backup provider getting shut down does not instantly delete all of your local data. It would be a freak incident for them to get shut down the day you need a backup.

And finally: Crashplan is nothing like Megaupload....

Comment Cloud Based Backup (Score 2) 366

Better to get it offsite. One fire/flood/etc. and your data is toast. Not too mention that RAID IS NOT BACKUP (RINB).

I'm a "serious amateur" photographer (about 1TB of photos currently) and I've been using CrashPlan for the last two years and I'm happy with it. They allow you to create a local encryption key that even they don't know so it seems pretty secure. The first upload can take a while (depending on your internet service) but everything is quick after that point.

In addition to that I also use TimeMachine on my Mac so I have a local backup of everything.

Comment Re:not surprised (Score 2) 105

Really? Because google works great for me.

Not being facetious... just giving my anecdote.

What kinds of things are you searching for?

Most of my searching is technical related (either about nuclear engineering or programming in Python or C++). I find that Google is fast and the top couple of hits are almost always what I want.

Can you give some examples of searches that go awry?

Comment Re:We're All Dying (Score 2) 515

Your path is pretty close to mine. Here's me:

I went Windows 95->Windows 98->Slackware w/Elightenment (2 years)->Gentoo w/KDE (8 years)->OS X (ongoing)

(Note: many of the years with Slackware/Gentoo I also dual-booted some version of windows for games)

KDE3 was seriously great. I was a Qt programmer at the time... and it felt *powerful*. I could string together new apps in no time... or customize something to be just the way I wanted it.

These days I make my money doing massively parallel scientific computing. All code is written in OS X and runs on huge Linux clusters. OS X just works as a desktop... with full UNIX capability.

Comment Re:More like 11 reasons to be depressed about tech (Score 1) 282

I agree - I would like a citation as well.

But... I can believe it's a high number. Cows drink... a lot... every day. Not only that, but the water is generally distributed through a bunch of troughs / etc. that probably waste quite a bit of water as well (just the evaporation itself has to be pretty massive).

Comment Hell No (Score 5, Insightful) 290

We already fought this battle once... the enemy at that point was Voice Mail (may it rest in peace).

Unnecessary email is annoying, but easily dealt with. Unnecessary voice mail is the scourge of the earth. There is no way to easily flip through it to see if there is something interesting buried in there and people are apt to leave messages that are FAR too long. Further, I can read WAY faster than I can listen to someone slowly get around to the point of their message.

No: voice mail failed for good reasons... and it needs to stay dead.

Comment Response to AppleTV (Score 0) 264

This is the first move in response to what Apple is doing with the AppleTV. AppleTV currently has a small foothold in gaming... but it's growing.

Apple has shown, with iPhones/iPads, that it can put out a revision of their hardware every year and keep backwards compatibility with a huge App library. After a few years/revisions the AppleTV will be just as powerful as current-gen consoles and (just as we saw with mobile gaming overtaking mobile consoles) AppleTV will begin to suck dollars out of the established consoles.

Apple can (if they want to) iterate faster and provide a better ecosystem than Microsoft or Sony... and Microsoft knows it. Microsoft wants to get ahead of the game by switching up their model to allow for faster hardware iteration.

Will be interesting to see where this all goes...

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