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Comment Another Reason - Profit (Score 1) 310

I recently had a memory issue in an Apple MacBook Pro that was manufactured in early 2014. Before I brought it to the Apple Store, I removed the SSD, wiped it in a different computer, then put it back. The Apple "Genius" (Who didn't even go to College, and of course didn't have an Engineering degree) looked at me funny and, in an extremely over friendly way, made it subtly clear that people just don't do that with Apple products.

Apple charged more than $650.00 for a new logic board with installation. A single ram chip, new and in low quantity is a few dollars.

If it were a PC and used standard RAM, it would have cost less than $50.00 to replace all the memory and that would have been that.

Third party companies aren't provided the utilities to accurately figure out which chip is bad and needs replacement. Some specialist Apple repair shops can do the job, but that's totally without Apple's support. It also takes time to ship the computer there, have it fixed, and get it back.

Next time I'll just bite the bullet, send the computer to Louis Rossman and be done with it.


Comment Jobs vs Cook (Score 1) 328

Steve Jobs = Imagine what the user actually wants.
Tim Cook = Imagine what the user actually wants to look like.

There is always a balance between form and function.
You cannot choose one over the other.

Anodizing an under-powered micro laptop in pretty colors is cool, but pointless.
Anodizing a bleeding edge micro laptop with features (think more than size) that no other has (in pretty colors) is cool and to the point.

The value I expect to receive for my dollar is much more than what I see, it's what's under the hood that lets me work more efficiently and make that dollar work for me.

Remember the old adage: Looks Fade.


Comment How about how "fake news" applies to the US? (Score 1) 143

Politics and Parties aside:

The right to free speech comes great responsibility.

The heavy-handed approach that China is taking to the "fake news" problem is fundamentally different than ours. What works for them cannot work for us. In the US, we have a long history of protected speech and we would not be where we are now if we didn't. We are a country of people from all parts of the world. Free speech is a fundamental tool we use to find common ground.

Obnoxious and repugnant forms of speech are protected -- for good reason -- in the United States. The purpose of free speech is to promote alternative view points and guarantee our liberty through discourse. That said, there are forms of speech that can be used to cause harm to others.

In the case United States v. Schenck (1919), Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes used the concept that shouting "Fire" in a theater was not protected speech. Incitement to commit criminal acts, obscenity, and a few other very specific things are also not considered as protected speech.

Now, to the point, freedom of the press is also guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution. It specifically codifies the right to publish without government restriction and subject only to the laws of libel, sedation, obscenity, and so on. Again, these laws are in place to guarantee our liberty.

Based on the summary above, I have a question:

All else equal, is a "fake news" article protected if it contains false information designed to scare or panic people into reading it for the purpose of profiting the writer?

Submission + - Security Fatigue Is Real – We Need Usable Security (

Orome1 writes: A preliminary study involving 40 computer users of different ages, occupations, and living in different settings has shown what most of use already know to be true: security fatigue is a real thing. Security fatigue – weariness from dealing with computer security as well as reluctance to do so – leads to risky computing behavior such as avoiding security decisions altogether and going with the easiest option, failure to follow security rules, and so on. It also carries with it a sense of dread and, ultimately, resignation.

Submission + - Google releases open source 'Cartographer' (

BrianFagioli writes: Machine learning and vision are essential technologies for the advancement of robotics. When sensors come together, they can enable a computer or robot to collect data and images in real-time. A good example of this technology in real-world use is the latest Roomba vacuums. As the robot cleans your dirty floor, it is using sensors combined with a camera to map your home. Today, Google releases Cartographer — an open source project that developers can use for many things, such as robots and self-driving cars.

Comment Umm... Idea: (Score 1) 127

Ceti Alpha V!

(Sorry, just being a geek...)

In reality, I think it's cool that they are going to give names to a few.

In the end, it seems it will wind up to be like trying to assign dns to every possible address in IPv6.

Nice to think about, makes things seem much more in scale, but it's always going to be less than a drop in the oceans.

Comment CTRL-History Cool things happen all the time! (Score 1) 521

...but no we have automobile correct on our spilling.

Ok, seriously, what we are seeing is just another incremental step in mass-computing. One of the many millions of cool things that have happened since the beginning of computing.

Years ago (Pre-Fidonet), one of the almost daily "Big Things" was that you could actually have a "Disk Operating System" where you didn't have to type call -151, then c600g to actually load a program. No Play on Tape. Just turn the computer on. It was cool.

If we go further back, no punch cards (before my time), and no acoustic couplers (also before my time). Must've been cool!

Still, management tools aside, if only there was a switch/router operating system that maintained automatic revisions at the command-line.

Comment That one's an oldie but goodie. (Score 1) 265

Some minor problems:
In general: laptop speakers and microphones are optimized for recording and producing sounds the human ear can detect. Lousy for networking.
Laptop speakers and microphones are also not calibrated with a high degree of precision.
You would need access to the boot loader which would have to come from a different "virus" or at the factory -- in which case, you already "own" the computer.

Decent anti-virus software and a reasonable security policy.
Tin Foil lined Laptop Bag.


Comment Most aren't all that hard to repair (Score 1) 208

For the most part, replacing glass, lcd panels or case parts isn't hard in most smart phones. There are many video walk-troughs on Youtube for almost any model. Parts are available on eBay and several web sites for nearly all smart phones and tablets.

I've fixed *many* broken smart phones for my wife, friends, and "the person at the office next door who heard I can do it."

If you have steady hands and can follow instructions, basic smart phone repair is pretty simple.

When iFixit says "might be hard to repair," they probably mean it.

Comment Apple has it's issues too. (Score 1) 174

A few months ago, I ran across a problem with an Airport Extreme (Dual Band) where it will not run IPv6 at all if you have IPv4 running inside via NAT and/or DHCP.

I posted a detailed question to Apple's airport support forum and got no response.

I posted a *short* question and got no response.

In the end, I wound up using an expensive airport as a simple a bridge, and a MikroTik based router to solve the problem.


Comment Same Pie, Smaller Slice (Score 1) 375

In 1999:

  Most people didn't have -- a smartphone with an expensive data plan -- an Internet connection, Cable, DSL, Dial-Up, -- and much to spend on video games

But did have -- the same (inflation adjusted) amount to spend on entertainment

All else being equal, has anyone done a study to see how people are spending their entertainment dollar and how it's changed over time?


Comment In AZ they would've given him a medal... (Score 3, Informative) 705

In fact, a few years ago in Arizona, they had a problem designing the interchange between the US 60 and Loop 101. A Motorola programmer submitted a suggestion to Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) that was brilliant... ADOT gave him a plaque and named him an honorary traffic engineer.... They didn't use his design to plan the new interchange, but used his ideas to base their analysis and design on.

Comment Excellent Marketing! I wish I'd thought of that.. (Score 1) 19

You know, it's about time somebody made that link. Everyone who buys servers has at least one piercing or ten... Don't they? I don't go out much. I'll take the word of my cubicle-mate.

So on with it. This is the best marketing campaign I've seen since the classic "Buy an AppleII and get a free Yeti," or the most famous ever, "Get a new IBM PC and we will kill Charlie Chaplin's Ghost!"

Body piercings and servers. Brilliant!


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