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Comment In No Particular Order (Score 1) 259

"Ready Player One", by Ernest Cline (should come out in theaters sometime later this year).

"Armada", also by Cline.

"His Share of Glory", The Complete Short Science Fiction of C.M. Kornbluth

"Quarry", by Max Allen Collins

"Arkwright", by Allen M. Steele

"Laravel Up and Running", by Matt Stauffer

Others, but they were so six books ago...

Comment Quite The Reverse (Score 1) 145

I'd always thought sleep was for helping to retain memories, not erase them.

During sleep, we are not recording nearly as much data as when awake, giving the brain the opportunity to prioritize which earlier experiences need to be retained in long-term storage.

Many theorize that during REM sleep, while dreaming, we are actually re-living various experiences gathered throughout the day. By re-examining these experiences, they have a better chance of being retained long-term.

Remembering a pretty sunset years down the road may be pleasurable, but will not help you stay alive in the physical sense.

On the other hand, remembering to immediately jump into the tree when catching scent of a predator you haven't run across in quite some time, just might save your life.

It's this latter form of experience, getting put into long-term storage partially by initial experience, partially be repetition via dreams, that helps us to enjoy more sunsets.

The former will fade, leaving just a shell of its presence, if any.

Comment What Goes Up... (Score 1) 535

My '09 MPB is still going ... after replacing the superdrive and logic board, and upgrading to a SSD drive and the max of 8GB memory.

Apple seems to forget that their premier laptop, while a portable, is also a pretty powerful computer used by loads of people worldwide.

While it's nice to have portability as an option, in practice mine is usually plugged in, with an external monitor.

Probably the real reason they won't go beyond 16GB isn't energy as they say, rather nobody's going to shell out for their hideously overpriced, soldered-to-the-board memory.

I'm never buying another Apple product I can't work on, and upgrade myself. Unfortunately, Adobe still has no path to running on Linux, so it would have to be a VM of either M$ or Apple's own OS. Either way they're not getting any new hardware sales from me until they realize that while the walled garden might be fine for tech-clueless cell phone users, folks that know what they're doing don't like being held prisoner to their machines.

Comment Negative Feedback (Score 1) 364

This is precisely why I'm still running on a seven year old MBP.

Though with only a core-2 duo CPU it's quite a bit slower than current models, you can actually upgrade memory and repair it all by yourself!

Hopefully Fake Tim Jobs will wake up one day and realize that by making the hardware impossible to work on, Apple is alienating the very tech savy people who came to love said machines in the first place.

Am never buying another Mac until they dump the glue and soldered memory.

Comment With a little code (Score 1) 637

For awhile, used Steve Gibson's Perfect Passwords page -

Then decided to go in-house - eavesdropping on an SSL connection? That's possible? ;)

Started with this script:

Changed it up a little so I could pass a number (otherwise it defaults to 63 chars), removed the limitation of zero vs upper-O, number one vs lower-L, etc. (didn't make sense as I'd just be pasting anyway), and put an alias in my bash init so I could call it without typing .php every time.

Decided never, ever to use a password on more than one site.

Of course, if I lose the password file, I'm screwed.. ;)

Use a variation of it to generate alpha-numeric folder names (say, for a Laravel code folder, or many other uses).

Comment Downward Facing Spiral (Score 1) 238

Let's see...

Soldered, nearly-impossible-to-upgrade memory. Check.
Non-standard difficult-to-upgrade SSD drive. Check.
Deep-six the other cooling fan. Check.
Deep-six the ethernet port. Check.
As hard to otherwise repair as their gluey, gluey phones. Check.

Over time, my '09 15" MBP has had most of its innards replaced. Even the logic board was pretty easy to swap out.

Until Apple goes back to making machines that can actually be serviced and upgraded by their owners, I wouldn't consider buying one. I'd switch to *nix if Adobe would run on it. Haven't touched 'doze except to fix someone else's machine in some years now, or when (under duress) doing something in VirtualBox.

They really need to remove the "B" off their supposedly "Professional" portables until they get their act together and remember why they were so "Insanely Great" to start with...

Comment Re:Tim Cook doesn't know why anyone would buy a PC (Score 1) 337

The question isn't why *anyone* would buy a PC, but why *Tim Cook* would.

PC's are Personal Computers, not just an M$-only device.

Mr. Cook used to travel with a PC - a MacBook Pro - but stopped as he doesn't need to. He doesn't develop content

Just try doing any actual work on a tablet. Oh, sure, you say, you can add a bluetooth keyboard if you really need to type.

Then it's not a tablet anymore. It's a PC with a bluetooth keyboard.

Comment Oops (Score 1) 383

You're known for being very opinionated and sure of yourself, quick to criticize mistakes made by others.

To the average Joe, this produces an aura of seeming infallibility.

It's good to be right, but statistically one has to be wrong every so often.

Programming-wise, what's the dumbest thing you've ever done?

Comment Safety In Numbers (Score 1) 385

Someone on the radio yesterday suggested having three people in the cockpit at all times.

That's not going to work in all situations, but what could work is drawing three people from a pool of available onboard staff (taken from pilots, air marshals when they exist, and flight attendants).

In a situation such as the tragedy that happened to Germanwings, any two of the three would be able to override the door lock, and hopefully regain control of the plane before things became dire.

Pilots and air marshals (when available) would always be part of the pool. Flight attendants would be picked randomly per flight, if necessary (due to current level of airline/government paranoia) being informed of their additional "duty" from the tower just before takeoff.

Comment Hit The Little Guy (Score 1) 385

And just how many legitimate small businesses run vpn over the open internet to connect their offices?

This is, alas the "guns don't kill people" argument all over again. The weapon (or in this case, technology) is in and of itself not the problem. It's the way it gets used by a small subset of those who employ it.

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