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Comment You mean I get to see my own data? (Score 1) 50

> Google Maps Lets You Record Your Parking Location, Time Left At the Meter

Mountain View, CA. Although ignored by the general populace, it's a public secret that Google knows everything about your life, including where you parked your car. In a surprising move, Google has decided to let users view their own data. "In general, we have a policy that all your data belong to us", stated Eric Schmid, Executive Chairman of Alphabet, Inc. and after remaining silent at the microphone, finishing his sentence with "and you don't get to see it". He smirks and then explains: "however, in this case it's such a useful feature. I just don't know where I leave any of my cars. They aren't that expensive but our data scientists told me that my cars already occupy 33.85% of all parking spaces in the Greater Los Angeles Area." He adds: "So after using that feature for a couple of years, I suddenly thought, perhaps this is useful to other people. I figured it pretty much offsets all the evil that we've been doing for the last couple of years."

Members of the press start shouting questions and Mr. Schmidt points to one of them. "Andy Ihnathko of the Chicago Sun Times -- mr. Schmidt, when will this project be abandoned?"

Google's chairman narrows his eyes and replies: "How would you like my robot to color your sideburns red with the blood from your assh---" at which point the Alphabet head of PR hastily switches off Mr. Schmidt's microphone and declares the press conference finished.

Comment Unbelievable that PCs/Macs are still sold with HDD (Score 3, Insightful) 167

I find it almost unbelievable that people are still sold computers with old-fashioned HDDs. At the coffee machine, a secretary told me they bought a spanking new iMac. "But it's so slow", she asked, "is that normal?"

I told her to bring it back and get a model with an SSD. She didn't know what it was. I find it unbelievable that salespersons still sell this shit to consumers.

Comment PAR2 (Score 1) 475

I've created PAR2 files for all my photos. I've got a kid and although I make multiple backups, I neither trust the filesystem (HFS+) nor the backup (Time Machine and CrashPlan). Especially with photos, it's really easy because it makes sense to put them in directories per time period (for example every quarter or month), for instance, "/Pictures/2017 Q1". When you create a new folder, just create par2 files in the old folder, like so:

$ par2create par2file *

To verify them:

$ par2verify par2file.par2

Big advantages of par2 versus other methods:
- It works independent of file system
- It can not only verify but also repair

Comment Re:Pine not Wine (Score 1) 157

I can't let a mentioning of Wine slip by without also pointing to the commercial version by CodeWeavers. I'm not currently running Linux on the desktop, but if you're a freelancer like me, it's VERY helpful to have Microsoft Office running reliably and out of the box.

No shares in the company, just love their product and the fact that they heavily commit to Wine.

Comment Didn't expect it in the enterprise (Score 1) 220

FTFA:

The Razer Blade series have become the default coding machine for many out there

I didn't expect this to be true, but at my current client we have two guys working on maxed-out Razers. One guy wants it for his Windows VMs. And the other guy runs Android Studio. (As for myself, I'm an iOS developer so I work on a MacBook, and run my server stuff on a Linux VPS.)

Comment My prediction (Score 2) 223

It'll be called the iPhone 7S and 7S+. It'll have the same design as the iPhone 7/7S, same connectors, slightly faster processor, slightly better camera, slightly better battery life, slightly better video performance, slightly better network support and iOS 11.

You know, like they've been doing since about 2011 when they first introduced the 4S.

At which point, we'll see that people who have "knowledge of the matter" really don't have any at all.

Comment Re: Fake News (Score 4, Insightful) 278

No woman I've asked likes the way brown diamonds look- even if you call them "chocolate".

The weird thing is, I can't imagine why anyone would like a plain diamond. It just looks like glass. Rubies, emeralds and sapphires are colorful and can compliment ones eyes, or clothes or accessories, while diamonds just don't attract attention. Unless there's a dozen of them, in which case you're bankrupt.

Of course, I'm just a man and I wouldn't understand anything a woman wants.

Comment I trust them to do the right thing (Score 1, Interesting) 225

I've already seen a bunch of posts mourn the whole bunch of addons that will stop working end of this year. Probably, I'll lose some myself.

But personally, I trust Mozilla to do the right thing here. They've probably weighed the pros and cons, and made their decision. I'll see what the end result is. There's enough browsers to choose from nowadays.

Firefox has some unique things why I use it, first and foremost "search in links". Try it, tap the single-quote key and type text that appears in a link. Then hit enter. It's the fastest way to surf the web without a mouse.

But if end of this year comes and it turns out they screwed it up, fine -- I'll go and use another browser.

Comment Re:Gartner "analysts" (Score 2) 91

Proves the worth of analysts. Gartner is just a Microsoft shill.

I'm assuming you're talking about Gartner's prediction that Windows Phone would overtake iPhone in 2015?

Whilst analysts have a tendency to get very little right, in fairness to Gartner, they probably weren't expecting Microsoft to reboot the platform twice and, in both times, leave all their previous users high and dry on the old OS.

Comment Re: Wireless charging now? (Score 1) 79

Apple pay is innovation? Now I need $1000 device to pay for $15 bill instead of free credit card that is 1/100 of the weight and 1/4 of the size and merchant has to give Apple 30% for the privilege. Who do you think pays for that 30% in the end?

The merchant isn't charged anything beyond their usual card processing fees. Apple's fee comes from the card issuer which is a percentage of their interchange fee. The 30% you speak of is for apps in the App Store and isn't remotely related to the fees around Apple Pay.

You probably should have prefixed your rant with an admission that you don't have the remotest clue how Apple Pay works.

Comment Re:Wireless charging now? (Score 1) 79

Hmm, several years behind the opposition with sales of those products doing very well.

I don't have a problem with Apple being late to a game, provided that what they do bring is measurably better/useful/practical in some way.

Apple Pay did that, whereas Maps and Music did not. Where wireless charging sits on this spectrum remains to be seen.

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