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Comment This is going to get worse with USB-C (Score 1) 17

With USB-C, this is going to get much, much worse. Apple, Google and HP now have laptops that can get juice from every charger.

However, the protocol for that (USB-PD, Power Delivery) is a digital protocol. So companies that used to build purely electronic chargers will now have to build or more likely buy firmware for their chargers. There's bound to be bugs in there, but we're talking about chargers that can supply up to a 100W of direct current.

I dare not guess how much houses are going to burn down because of crazy power supplies.

Personally, I'm only buying cables and chargers that have been tested thoroughly. You can't trust Amazon reviews, you can't trust big brands, you can only trust guys like Benson Leung and Nathan K., who whip out the protocol analyzer and the benchtop electronic loads.

This is a real good source:

And this is the Google Plus page, where they post an analysis every so often:

Comment Didn't reveal much (Score 4, Informative) 74

It didn't reveal much? Guessed the number of CPU cores wrong (says four, I've got two but perhaps it counts hyperthreading?). Using Firefox with an adblocker, on a Mac.

It could've done OS and browser fingerprinting, show possible location based on IP, shown a number of social networks that I usually log into, etc.

Somewhat disappointed actually :) Or perhaps relieved :)

Comment Re:Stop combining sellers for "identical" products (Score 1) 62

The amazon term is "stickerless comingled inventory".

This is really interesting, and I didn't know this.

Now the problem is that I'm shopping right now for USB-C cables. Cables that adhere to the standard are notoriously hard to find. For instance, _all_ USB-C to USB-C cables have to carry at least 60W (20V @ 3A) but there's lots of shit out there that'll lie about that, and heat up. Now imagine what happens if you forgot and hooked up a 100W MacBook Pro with that cable.

So suppose a buyer wants to avoid buying products that come from "stickerless comingled inventory", can you simply go to Amazon and only buy products that have 1 seller or something?

Comment Re:All linked in /usr ? (Score 2, Informative) 58

All binary & lib dirs linked in /usr ?
That's incredibly STUPID
Don't they know why /usr existed in the 1st place ?

If you had read the fffffine article, you'd seen the link to an article that condenses the pros and cons:
Of course they know why /usr existed in the first place.

Basically what it comes down to, is that only embedded systems want that separation. And everyone acknowledges that: "The discussion thus eventually turned toward whether or not Debian would risk losing a significant number of embedded users by not addressing their specific concerns. That question remains open to debate, given its speculative nature."

In the end, it seems the advantages of one /usr directory outweighted the advantages and tradition of separate /usr, /sbin and /lib directories.

Comment Re:Made up "facts" (Score 1) 299

The new Mac desktops and laptops are crap for people who want something other than an expensive toy. Full stop.

Why would you make such a sweeping generalization? I'm a software developer who works three days in my own office, and two days in the client's office. So I just drop the appropriate USB-C cables at both locations. Done.

It's an expensive toy, sure. But with the new machine, I also earn my living.

Comment I don't care, I love new tech (Score 1, Interesting) 212

I don't understand the backlash and the hatred. I love new tech! Although I run Linux on the server, I like running macOS on the desktop so I ordered the new MacBook Pro.

With glee, I'm already planning out the new setup in my office and at my current client. Which cables are cheap? Which are quality? Which are middle-of-the-road? Should I get a docking station? Based on Thunderbolt or is USB-C good enough? Love that shit.

I guess it comes down to two kinds of people: those who don't like change, and those who welcome it.

Comment Re:For Apple "legacy" means "we don't like it" (Score 1) 212

Have a nice ergonomic keyboard? It uses USB-A, none of them have C cable I know of

This surprised me as well. Besides dongles, the solution that I came up with, is to get a keyboard with a detachable cord. Then you can replace it with a USB-C version. There are plenty of those, but the CoolerMaster keyboards are the first that came up in my search.

Comment Something is missing here (Score 4, Informative) 167

App developer here.

Something is missing here; namely we spend more time debugging issues found in production, because they get reported. Almost every app nowadays has a crash logger that reports all crashes. Libraries like Twitter's Crashlytics are awesome like that. You get all crashes reported to you, including a ring buffer of the last 100 log messages. It's really, really awesome and I've solved problems in production that wouldn't ever be found normally.

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