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Comment Re:HP Envy x360 15 (Score 1) 284

I won't buy a laptop *without* a number pad.

How often do you actually use the keypad, and is it worth the annoyance of having the entire keyboard shifted to the left? You can also forget about anything with a 13- or 14-inch screen if you insist on a built-in keypad.

For the few occasions where I might need to enter lots of numeric data, there are USB keypads.

Comment Re:same as it ever was (Score 1) 284

To be fair the machines with soldered on RAM are often that way because they already have the maximum that the chipset supports.

The thinnest notebooks out there use soldered-on RAM more than likely because sockets would make them thicker. It's not just Apple that's following this approach, either; I have a Dell Latitude 7370 that's fixed at 8 GB RAM. I wouldn't be surprised if a fair number of other "ultrabook" models took the same approach.

(Apparently the entire bottom panel is still removable with some screws, and the SSD is an M.2 (?) unit that can be replaced with something of larger capacity. Nobody's figured out a sufficiently low-profile method for accomodating RAM upgrades, though.)

Comment Re:Libre (Score 1) 322

>Trisquel gives you what you are looking for, but when you can't use your hooble-dooble because the company is a bunch of apes that never made a FOSS driver, you'll be angry at the company, and a little angry that you didn't bend for just that one thing.

I guess. I run a headless server, device drivers aren't much of a concern for me. My main concern is minimizing the amount of work I have to do maintaining the server, including security patches and updates to the latest version of source code. I hate wasting my time.

>The fact that Debian doesn't meet Stallman's standards is a problem with Stallman's standards.

I think there's a certain amount of truth to that, but at the same time he makes some pretty good points and so I try to use free software everywhere in my business efforts. I'm not a purist, but I always choose a free (or freer) alternative over a non-free one.

Hence my question if Devuan makes it easy to install free-only software.

Comment Libre (Score 1) 322

Is there an option to install it with all non-free repositories disabled by default? As my man RMS says, Debian is better than Ubuntu because it at least segregates packages into free and non-free repositories, but still enables both by default. If the non-free repositories were disabled by default, GNU might finally have a modern distribution it could throw its weight behind.

My goal in running a GNU/Linux box is to not run a GNU/Linux box, and Debian and Ubuntu are really nice at that, but I'd like more confidence I'm running only free software than what I have now.

Comment Re:Not Just The Middle (Score 1) 468

>We've reached a point where AI in medical diagnosis is more accurate then human doctors

I've gone to a talk on this subject at UCSF.

For some tests, yes, but not overall. Watson, hype excluded, cannot replace a human doctor.

There's certainly benefit to it, but in the short-mid term, doctors are in no danger of losing their jobs.

Comment Re:teeny little screens (Score 2) 105

The point on a mobile device is pretty dubious, actually. Who in the world would like to watch a move on the tiny little screen?

When it's hanging off the seat in front of you, the average cellphone or tablet screen is big enough. Pop it into an Airhook and it'll just about be at eyeball height. I caught up on a couple of shows that way flying home this past weekend.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 88

>No, it's that it should be something a child is actually drawn to, not an activity forced down their throat to perform in lock-step with thirty other classmates.

Why single out computer science here? Why mandate English, math, science, etc. for students?

Because the sad reality is that a student has to apply for a major in college *prior to taking classes at that college*. So they need to be exposed to every subject they might be interested in in the K-12 system, and maybe they don't know that they'll like or dislike a subject until they actually take it.

Most people who become biology majors like biology in high school. Most physics majors took physics in high school and thought it was something they could do.

Most computer science freshmen go into CS because they like video games.

Comment Re:Clicks are all that matter (Score 1) 158

>You are experiencing false nostalgia. There was never a golden age of "real" journalists.

The media has always been biased in favor of the establishment in America. (Which cuts deeper than the left-wing bias, really.)

That said, in the 80s there was a distinction between News and Opinion on TV. News reporters would make at least a token effort of presenting both sides (equal treatment principle + fairness doctrine), and opinion pieces were often not found at all in news programs. Newspapers separated out the News section from the Editorial section (and would often run pro- or con- columns on whatever was the pressing issue of the day).

Now we have news "personalities" getting choked up on live television when Trump wins, and the New York Times completely taking its mask off and just running "FUCK YOU, AMERICA! I THOUGHT WE WERE BETTER THAN THIS! I HATE YOU TRUMP, WARRRGHGHGHBBLBLBLE" headlines all over the front page. I took screenshots. The schadenfreude was delicious, despite my boy GJ not winning.

Now they're pushing the narrative of "fake news" being the reason Trump won, because, naturally, self-reflection would be too painful.

Comment Re:Nice to see we'll be in better hands (Score 1) 314

>Opinions that all turn out to be true


Did Bush actually turn out to be Hitler in disguise? Because that was their main bit with him.

Democrats only have three possible responses to any Republican in the world:
1) He's Hitler.
2) He's racist.
3) He's a fool.

(Replace He with She for any female Republican, such as Sarah Palin - guess which one they picked for her?)

The American electorate woke up to this fact a while back, and aren't buying it any more. Bill Maher said (about a week before the election) that maybe it was a mistake to call every Republican candidate Hitler, because *now this time he's really Hitler*. Lol.

Comment Re:Nice to see we'll be in better hands (Score 2) 314

> That's great! And now we'll even see the US media bring back investigative journalism after an 8 year hiatus.

Wolf Blitzer is suddenly going to discover what a SCIF is, and all the rules and regulations that go along with it.

Anderson Cooper is going to run a story on why it is important to safeguard classified information, and why network security is paramount.

Rachel Maddow will wax poetic about not allowing unsecured devices anywhere near any form of classified data.

The media will run an uninterrupted series of negative opinion pieces disguised as news for the next 4 years.

Comment Re:Here's a thought (Score 1) 161

Where do you live and for what are you shopping that the average new car costs $33k? The midsize crossover I'm driving now was $27k four years ago, and I think the only options it doesn't have are AWD and leather (and it doesn't have those because we didn't want them). That's the most I've ever spent on a car, and my wife and I were making about $120k-ish between us at the time.

Comment Re:Yep, the dems screwed the pooch on this one (Score 1) 5

Hell really has frozen over. Cubs vs. Indians in World Series, now you and I agree on something.

You want in on a secret?

Despite being 100% opposed to what Bernie Sanders stood for... I would have voted for him over Donald Trump.

Why? Because at least Sanders was HONEST about what he wanted to do and how he wanted to do it. Even though I don't want Sanders' vision, I can at least respect the man willing to have a reasonable conversation about it.

Honestly, I didn't vote *for* Donald Trump, but I sure as hell voted *against* the un-indicted felon Hillary Clinton.

Comment Re:you think it won't get worse? (Score 3, Insightful) 79

>Well I think it swings both ways, it's more and more obvious that you don't really control any closed source operating system, you pretty much must have security patches and everything else comes along for the ride and increasingly it can't be configured or disabled. That's the way of iOS, Android, Win10, they're trying to push that model on Win7/8, I'm not sure about OS X but they're probably not far behind. If you want control, you want Linux (or some other open source OS). That said, most people don't felt they were in control at all. By making Apple/Google/Microsoft the gatekeeper, they trust just one source instead of any random exe from the Internet. Same way most people want the CA system instead of messing with peer-to-peer trust. Because when they don't understand - and they won't understand, no matter how much you try to teach them - they end up trusting something or someone.

True. But there's no connection between getting signed patches from Apple/Microsoft/Google and it being FOSS. You can have both. The only reason to lock down a platform so that users can't mess with it *if they want to* is control and money. Taking control away from users and putting it in the hands of A/M/G instead. On cell phones this was justified by the subsidies that cell phone carriers would pay - a carrier wouldn't want someone to buy a subsidized cell phone from them and then switch carriers (notwithstanding that this could just be enforced by ETFs and the like), so cell phones were locked down to remove root access to them. And because cell phones were, tablets have followed along, since tablets are just cell phones with larger screens.

Google does the minimum to be compliant to the GPL, and Apple and Microsoft barely even pretend. Windows 10 is a disaster for many reasons, but the biggest one to me is that it has finally removed the notion that the owner of a computer is, you know, the owner. Who can modify it to fit his needs as he wishes. Now you're just a user, and even with administrative privileges there are things you will not be allowed to do inside the OS. It's the biggest piece of shit move from the FOSS perspective that the world has ever seen.

The saddest thing that can ever be said is that Stallman was right again.

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