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Comment Re:Holy Carpal Tunnel Batman (Score 1) 143

I can see some interesting use cases for that TouchBar, but dear God, when that Photoshop lady was demonstrating using the mousepad & TouchBar at the same time, I cringed. I mimicked it on my keyboard in front of me and my wrists cried out in pain -- I can't imagine how it'd be if the keyboard was in my lap (i.e. on a laptop).

Anyone that is doing much more than casual, every once in awhile Photoshop work...already is using something like a wacom tablet and pen.

You can get more control and that combined with keyboard short cuts can make ones workflow pretty quick, especially with the tools one uses most (brushes, clone stamp, etc)....

It might be interesting to do this in conjunction with then new touch bar, but it may not help speed things since it changes and you can depend on muscle memory combined with tactile feedback of real keys for hitting shortcuts on the fly without looking down from the monitor....

But no, for any real work, you're not gonna be doing finger contortions with both hands like she was doing with trackpad and the new bar at top.

Comment Re:Sociopaths gonna sociopath. What's new? (Score 1) 202

So you believe in the results of the study, as it applies to an individual case that happens to be yourself. Reading your post I've come to the conclusion that you are quite fuckin arrogant and a bit of a wanker, I can picture it now; we go for a couple of beers and you are "lost in though", thinking about how you can better yourself instead of engaging in a conversion. Fuckin die

Goodness...pot calling the kettle black maybe?

Wow...that's quite a jump in logic.

No, when I'm with my friends in person, I'm fully engaged. I don't mess with my phone texting others or checking social media....I really pay attention and engage in meatspace with others.

But the article was about noticing and dwelling attention time on strangers as you walk about the city, etc. And in that latter case, during the work week for the most part, I do tend to go that way and not notice strangers around me as I move about in the world, or at least I don't give them much attention.

But no, unlike many folks, especially younger ones...I crave personal, real contact and interactions with friends and family over social media or only texting. Sure, I text and email a lot....but I prefer to spend the most quality time I can in person with them, and I give them my attention. At those times, I really do ignore strangers a lot too, so that I can give the person I'm interacting with as close to 100% attention as I can.

Comment Re:Sociopaths gonna sociopath. What's new? (Score 3, Interesting) 202

Perhaps to them all of us peasants look the same?

ON the other hand, perhaps those folks' attention is more often in thought of how to be successful and planning their next step in life, rather than just idle people watching all the time.

I'm not wealthy, but I do alright.

And don't get me wrong, there ARE times I like to kinda just sit and people watch, especially since I live in New Orleans, and man...we have some real characters here.

But that's on relaxing days off. During the work week, however, I'm usually lost in thought on what to do, what I want to do, what I need to do....and I likely don't notice people while I'm out and about either. I'm focused on goals and what I need to do to make a buck, or enhance my pleasure in life.

So, it may not just be's just that successful (and often wealthy) people have on their minds what it actually takes to be successful, and aren't spending as much time day dreaming about other peoples' lives.

I don't really see that as a bad thing...?

Comment Re:Easy Scan?!? (Score 2) 104

I just refuse the scan, I politely tell them I want to "opt out" of the scan.

I don't want any more radiation exposure than I need, no matter how small.

Its the physical pat down, but it isn't that bad and I feel good about making them work a bit more. Hell, if more people opted out for the physical pat down, it might cause such lines that they'd need to change their tactics and not make the general public feel like a suspicious heard of cattle.

I just make sure to get there a few minutes early for this....

Comment Re:Uh..... the price tag?! (Score 1, Informative) 185

I suppose you're largely paying for thin there. I can get a similarly speced Dell Precision with a touch screen and a 2TB SSD for about $1000 less (With Linux preiinstalled.) The Apple Trash Can is competing in the workstation arena, though, and I just did a monster VR desktop build and was having trouble breaking 4 grand with it. Although it would have been a lot easier if I were trying to put a Xeon or dual Xeon in it. The amount of labor I put in to building it myself probably would have tacked another $1000 or so onto the price.

Given that you'd be able to use that (Apple) machine for upwards of 10 years if you wanted to, the price isn't particularly unreasonable. My first aluminum mac pro from 2005-ish is currently serving as an asterisk box for a friend of mine who has a small business and needed a PBX system, and the machine is still plenty capable of doing that. It wasn't even ridiculously expensive for a dual Xeon workstation at the time -- I don't think I could have built one for less money back then.

Comment Re:Can I record it (Score 1) 121

Actually, I think PS Vue has Velocity. I watched a recording of Monday's Fast 'n Loud episode last night and was asked if I wanted to watch it on Discovery or Velocity. I haven't checked their channel line-up lately, but I figure it has to have it if it's mentioning it.

Thanks, I'll take a look....

It might be on their next level up, I have the middle level tier for $35/mo...will see if it has been added to mine, or if it is on the next tier up....

Comment Re:Can I record it (Score 1) 121

Thanks for the heads-up about VUE, but it looks like it's more expensive than DishTV (with a DVR) and has fewer channels.

The VUE package I get, the middle one..has over 70 channels for $35/mo. and it covers what I watch regularly and would miss after cutting the cable cord.

Your mileage may vary.

But it does have DVR...on VUE.

What's the DishTV (I'm guessing you mean regular put up a satellite dish for this ) offering cost you're looking at? Isn't that with a 2 year contract and usually goes up in price after contract is up? Do you get hardware with that for all your rooms? They usually charge fees per outlet, etc.

I've played with satellite, UVerse and cable...I like the combo system I"ve got now with Tivo to capture my local HD OTA channels and the Amazon FireTV unit to stream VUE (cable channels), Netflix and Amazon Prime.

But everyone needs to see what fits their needs.

My total cost for TV now is $35....I don't count the Netflix as that I had that before, and my internet is my business expense, I'd have that no matter what and it isn't tied to any media or phone....its a business ISP, I went from $113/mo with ATT Uverse U200 package to $35/mo.

The article was talking about this new DirectTV Now service that sounds similar to VUE. I'll see what it looks like....because since I don't have a contract with VUE I can quit at any time for another offering that seems better value.

And I don't have to deal with satellite dishes....right now my OTA antenna is indoors, but I may put up an external one eventually to get one channel a little better.

Comment Re:Comcast (Score 1) 121

Hell, what about the cap on my U-Verse data service? It's the only hard line available, in city limits, yet it's too slow to even support U-Verse TV.

Well, maybe look into a Business ISP? I think Uverse offers it.

I dunno where you live....but in the New Orleans area I've had the basic Cox Cable Business Internet set up, good speeds for $69/mo, even has a low level SLA and really good reliability.

No caps, I can run servers all I want, etc......look for this option in your area.

Comment Re:Can I record it (Score 1) 121

* And the streaming services (apart from Netflix and Amazon) that I've tried have very intrusive, irritating ads, that are frequently broken, so that if you skip to see a part of the show you wanted to recheck, you have to watch minutes of ads. Without DVR features, channel streaming is tedious.

You might look into the Playstation VUE option, that's what I use for my "cable channels" since I cut the cord.

It has DVR capability. Things you add as Favorites you can skip through commercials. If it is an "OnDemand" listing, something maybe you didn't record, or something 1-2 days new, it might be OnDemand, but I find the VAST majority of things I watch on VUE I can readily skip through.

I've just this past weekend breezed through 2 seasons of Fear the Walking Dead.....and skipped commercials. On the last two episodes, VUE gave me the option of OnDemand or DVR and with the DVR I could skip commercials.

Comment Re:Can I record it (Score 3, Informative) 121

Just throwing out ideas, but maybe the infrastructure is so shitty it can't maintain a steady connection long enough to watch a full program streamed. "Time shifting" ability might refer to download now/watch later really. In which case the content is already cached in its entirety and even with no service at all you can watch the program.

I'll take a look at this.

I built up a system I'm happy with for "cutting the cord".

I have an AmazonFireTV by each TV, and I pay $35/mo for Playstation VUE, which streams all the "cable channels" I like, and it has a DVR capability in it, that holds your shows for about 28 days....

I paired this with a TIVO Roamio OTA dvr setup that came with lifetime guide service...that with TiVO minis by the office and bedroom tvs, allow me to watch live or DVR content from my Over the AIR HD antenna set up.

I can, of course, also stream Netflix and amazon Prime.

I dropped my bill from $113/mo with Uverse U200 package to $35/mo. This nice thing is, the VUE component, there is no contract, cancel at any time. So, if I find that the ATT DirectTV Now streaming option for $35 is better than VUE and becomes available on my FireTV I can easily switch to it.

I looked at SlingTV, but it didn't have DVR capability, and fewer channels offered for the money.

With VUE, I get TCM, the cooking and food channels, all the ESPN's and the SEC channel, FX, FXX, all the cable news channels (MSNBC, Fox News, CNN..etc)...about the only thing I actually miss from Uverse is AXS and the Velocity channel. I can live without them so far.....

But this is basically what TV is coming to.

I figure I'll recoup my hardware expenditure in about 8 months or so with the savings from cutting the cord.

Comment Re:like in the movie? (Score 2) 245

I also refer this movie as a tutorial for proper use of CB radio. I'm old enough to remember when a license was required to use CB but with the craze during 1970s, the FCC threw in the towel and declared it license free. In fact those that have the FCC paper copy of their CB license is quite exclusive, like being a member of a club no longer able to join. Some predict GMRS may go either license free or the freq allocated to some other use.

Yeah..I put one in my car a few years back..found out a few things have REALLY CHANGED.

Apparently nowadays, if you refer to someone as "good buddy" has homosexual connotations..



Comment Re:like in the movie? (Score 1) 245

You know...having the TA be self driving would take 99% of the full out of it....

I'm not sure if you meant fun, fuel, or fdlsadjfaldskfj. Since none of them make sense, I guess it doesn't really matter.

Yep..I mean FUN....damned fumble-fingers....

Yes, fast cars are FUN to drive. Self driving ones will take a lot of the pleasure out the lives of us that buy cars that are meant to be enjoyed any time you take them on the open road....

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