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Comment Pulling a Lazarus (Score 1) 348

Hey, Google, if your real motive here is truly to "save the (form) data", why not buy or license the use of the Lazarus extension's codebase and simply incorporate that into Chrome? Then you could leave our fucking backspace key mapped the way it's always been since 1995. The Lazarus extension for Firefox has been effectively negating that disaster for years now.

Comment Re:James Dyson is not Clive Sinclair (Score 1) 228

I hope you never need to use that gods-damned accordion hose at any distance past one foot. You'll acquire a very unwanted groupie. I also hope you don't have a bed or other furniture with a low undercarriage that demands cleaning underneath with an actual motorized brush-head... and by "low" I mean anything that the huge ball and frame of these vacuums can't fit under. I don't even have a ball model and there is NO furniture under which I can vacuum for cat fur with it. The "turbo" suction-driven attachment allegedly designed for pets is a joke.

Comment James Dyson is not Clive Sinclair (Score 3, Insightful) 228

Dyson's designs are only revolutionary from the manufacturer's point of view. I own one of his designs from the core vacuum product line; from a user standpoint it's VERY ineffective and irritating to use. Never again, for me. From the manufacturer's POV, however, the modular construction is both cheaper to produce and also cheaper to maintain and service.

Dyson's revolutionary designs benefit Dyson. Period. Don't be fooled by the marketing hype that turns design flaws from the user perspective into false benefits. That ability to portray a sow's ear as a silk purse is Dyson's real revolutionary accomplishment.

Comment Minimum wage -- universal wage (Score 0, Flamebait) 940

Fine, if the greedy One Percent wants to react once again by threatening to cut the jobs of their dependent serfs, then perhaps this time the serfs will convincingly threaten to revolt unless they get a universal wage in return for not being wage slaves and being only and merely consumers of the mass production lines' output.

This, BTW, is the same dynamic that happens during every so-called recession: the 99 Percent somehow gains a transactional upper hand over the One Percent and reduces their profit margins, to which the One Percent promptly retaliates by cutting jobs and other tactics to preserve their profits and make those who would dare challenge them suffer. The recession begins with a minor victory by the 99 percent, and ends with the One Percent's return to complete dominance. A recession is a failed revolt. It's real life imitating the art of Bilbo Baggins trying to plunder a single trinket from Smaug's mountainous horde and Smaug reacting by burning the whole village.

Comment Re:So API don't matter (Score 1) 125

I haven't tried it but once, and that was early on when it was buggy, then Nexus Mod Manager got a controversial upgrade and it destroyed my game completely. I haven't had a chance to test it since. Now that I have the new graphics card I'm planning on starting over. The Tamriel Online co-op mod will demand revisiting because I'm married now and my wife also plays (she got me into it).

Comment Re:So API don't matter (Score 1) 125

The era of Bethesda updates to the game are probably over, don't you think? :-) The game code is static and Skyrim modding is as hot as ever right now; check out the activity at NexusMods. There's even a mod to add client-server co-op play to the game... imagine playing the game in the same worldspace as your girlfriend! I just bought a new 4GB graphics card to allow a new level of texture-happy modded gameplay, and I have about 1000 mods to consider and whittle down to the allowed 255....

Comment Re:Traditional backup could become irrelevant (Score 1) 64

i find it frustrating that the only cost effective way to backup a current hard disk is via another hard disk.

That at least hints at the problem. RATE MATTERS. If one has a 20TB media server at home, how long does it take to simply make a non-incremental disk-to-disk backup? Don't count on solid state storage to be the messiah, either: we now have a 15TB capacity SSD that again provides a disproportionately smaller increment in rate. Rate will never catch up to capacity. That is the problem. If the chasm gets much larger, backups will play a much smaller role.

Comment Re:Traditional backup could become irrelevant (Score 1) 64

Then put in safeguards against careless foolhardy use. What part of the chasm between capacity and rate didn't you grasp? Don't count on solid state storage to be the messiah, either: we now have a 15TB capacity SSD that again provides a disproportionately smaller increment in rate. Rate will never catch up to capacity.

Comment Traditional backup could become irrelevant (Score 1) 64

Since data capacity has outpaced data rate by many orders of magnitude, anyone trying to maintain terabytes of data can find himself in an awkward situation where the time to create a backup exceeds a desired backup interval. Real-time mirroring or other fault tolerance scheme might become the only reasonable solution to data assurance. If very large numbers of files are involved and an ongoing change log isn't maintained by the file system, then even incremental or differential backups become a time-consuming headache as the backup app needlessly looks at every single file to assess changes.

Comment Does nothing to replace guzzlers in use, eh? (Score 1) 297

Unless this new standard has a provision to require manufacturers to recall and replace all the hundreds of millions of wart guzzlers already in the field, this won't be very newsworthy for at least a decade. Are citizens expected to run out and spend more money to replace the inefficient ones originally sold to them by manufacturers for decades? Why not make the manufacturers culpable for the consequences of their greed? They already knew how to make them more efficient, but didn't bother to do so to boost profits.

A better way to accomplish the same goal more effectively would be to eliminate the need for wall warts in the first place. We know how to do that, too: replace the increasingly obsolete AC distribution grid with a DC one. It's not as if that hasn't already been proposed.

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