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Comment It's all in the way you pitch it... (Score 1) 388

When you decide to express your personal brilliance to the developer, take the time to word it in such a way that it doesn't come across as condescending or undermining. Not to say that developers are all precious snow-flakes, but if the feature request is important to you then learning how to present it goes a long way towards gaining an outcome that you like, as with pretty much every other area in life when it comes to trying to get something done by other people.

Beautiful pitches like "...unless it has feature X it's not going to be considered professional", or "... I like your software but it would be better if ..." and you wonder why there's so much push-back. If you don't see what's wrong with statements like that are a problem, then it might be helpful to try think about it a bit more.

Of course, if you can't stand that, you can always try add the feature yourself, though saying "do it yourself" pretty much causes the same level of angst in the other direction.

Comment Re:No Way (Score 1) 366

Given that you have to hold records for ~7 years (last I checked), and given the recent (2016/2017) focus shift from the ATO to specifically look at tradies, it's a really bad gamble to do that sort of thing. The tradie gains pretty much nothing from the transaction and then has to explain away a disparity in stock acquisition claimed against the quarterly GST. If the ATO decides to audit them they will be screwed. Unless you've got a hell of a setup you're not going to be able to convincingly (legally) smooth out the disparity in the flow of money; so you either create a paperwork flaw, or you sit on a pile of cash you can't really use.

I get a lot of people offering me cash-on-the-side for jobs to try "help me out", the thought is lovely, but at the end of the day it's a lot easier to sleep knowing that your books are genuine and will stand up to scrutiny. It only takes one disgruntled customer to lodge a report/complaint to the ATO and they'll be on you.

Comment Re:Bugfix (Score 1) 102

Had big hopes for OpenShot, then yep,it went to the crapper and the linux version ended up being more broken than the earlier editions.

Thankfully at least now there's Shotcut ( http://shotcut.org/ ) which seems like a far saner group of developers and the product actually works (using it to do all my YT videos). Lots of additional items to add to Shotcut but it's vastly further along.

Comment Re:As a tech (component level repair) (Score 1) 266

It's interesting. Some people bemoan the loss of pin-through parts, strongly associating it with servicability; on the other hand, I for one actually much prefer the move to SMD and find that it makes servicing boards easier in ways.

Agreed, when you drop below 0402 parts become a bit of a pain to handle but if you have access to the schems and boardview then it's fine.

SMD requires some different techniques but it's not explicitly harder, and I for one am happy to no longer be flipping boards 100 times, bending component legs and trying to desolder parts with a bunch of pins without damaging the PCB.

Comment As a tech (component level repair) (Score 3, Insightful) 266

Being able to get *access* to schematics and boardviews in a timely, and legal manner would be a real nice thing and one of the big pushes behind trying to get this "Right to repair" bill through. Seems a lot of the counter-fight is trying to detail how "poor dumb consumers" shouldn't be near this stuff in the first place ( and to a degree they're right ) as opposed to techs already skilled in the processes involved in the repair work., In reality what a lot of people such as myself and Louis Rossmann (who'll be there speaking in favour of the bill) would like to have is the ability to obtain the information required directly from the manufacturer, even at a fair-and-reasonable price.

In the old days (80's~90's) you could call up the service dept of most equipment manufacturers and for $15~$20 they would mail you the documents you wanted. These days you have to hope someone leaks it out to the internet. The businesses claim "trade secrets" but in reality there's nothing secret in those schematics, almost every section is pretty much a lift from the 'suggested/example layouts' from the part/chip manufacturer in the first place.

Ultimately it's all about preventing people from holding off buying a new product, but rebuffed under the guise of "safety" or "secrets".

Comment Apple is far from the worst (Score 1) 310

I fix laptops and phones a lot (component level), and I have to say, at least with Apple most of their gear is still at least able to be serviced once you get a hold of the "not permitted" schematics and boardview files ( and watching a lot of Louis Rossmann helps too ).

PC laptops and worse, desktop motherboards, are like hens teeth at the best of times for locating usable schematics / boardviews. Now the market is starting to spit out "Repair guides" which are 75dpi screen shots squashed to a new aspect ratio and barely legible fonts writing over the top of pixelated chunks that include 3 or 4 pins many times. It can *seem* like there's a lot of available schems/boardviews for PC gear, but it's proportionally far lacking compared to what you can source for the Apple gear.

Truly, if you're despising Apple over this, you're going to really want to in to overdrive over the PC side of things.

Hoping that Louis Rossmann and iPadRehab give it a good shot, and if nothing else get an opening to negotiate with manufacturers to make it legal to purchase/acquire schems/boardviews. Likely won't happen, for every laptop saved today that's one less being purchased tomorrow.

Comment No great surprise. (Score 2) 399

It's no great surprise 3D TV died, while it was arguably better than the older red/blue system it still was a long shot at best; still at least it probably helped push along other developments during the cash splurge.

What however is looking to stick around and become more popular is the '360 degree' vision videos.

Perhaps if 3D rises again, they might just go straight for the neural implant - we'll see in another 25~30 years I suppose.

Comment Re:Does it really matter? (Score 2) 286

C for modern microcontrollers is a good mix. Easy to access bit-level operations (port control, bit bashing etc) but providing structured programming framework with easier debugging (libraries, function calls, interrupts, even portability to other architectures).

I code ASM for quite a few when needed (ie things like the Attiny5/10 due to stack limitations ) but realistically doing it in C makes the end-to-end development process a lot smoother.

The compiler will out optimise the human in almost all cases, and if you have a specific block that you absolutely have to code in ASM then you can simply inline it within the C. If you need to ilk out that last few bytes in the flash then it's often cheaper to bump to the next uC size than pay someone to stuff around for days trying to out optimise (most optimisations will tend to be through algorithmic / process changes), not to mention dealing with the inevitable quirks/pains when someone tries to modify it.

Comment Does it really matter? (Score 1) 286

C isn't really used / chosen any more to participate in the international dick-waving contest. I hope in many ways C is falling out of favour with people just trying to "be cool" or using it for tasks that it's ill suited for.

Regardless of C falling in popularity (if legitimate) it's unlikely to be buried any time in the next 50 years given its use in the core of everything from OSs to 1K microcontroller firmware.

Comment Perfect for driving my Moller sky car on. (Score 1) 277

Sounds like someone got a good bucket sized serving from the gravy trough here to have this happen. The outcome is most likely going to be poor on efficiency and higher than "anticipated" on maintenance ( which will be no shock ), and the next bucket sized serving of gravy will be served up to "research" the issues further and facilitate someone's lifestyle.

Comment Re:It is an engineering defect. (Score 1) 176

Initially we were thinking it was a ball/pad issue, but we've found even with the jobs redone and bracing on the chassis to stiffen up the area, there's still a non-insignificant number of units coming back with the same issue (across multiple shops, not just one). Starting to look a bit more like an issue with either the actual chip itself or the PCB, not to say it definitely isn't a ball issue but it's not clear cut.

Either way, it's good to see Apple now admit the issue, though the $149 cost is still a bit of a cop-out ( no worries, people who have made a good income with the replacements will continue to do so for a while then ).

Comment Re:Ancient single use port (Score 3, Insightful) 761

AFAIK, the controller/management chip in the plug portion will not let full power through until it's confirmed the connection itself, part of the orientation smarts.

Similar to their magsafe as well (Macbook has to validate things before charger is told to deliver full power ).

*** I could be completely wrong *** ;)

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