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Comment Re:futurist (Score 1) 522

"It's not any different then the "we're going to run out of oil/gas/etc in 10 years." That has been repeated since the 1970's."

Gas was slowly getting more expensive till the saudi's dumped dumped all the oil on the market a few years ago. This collapsed the alberta economy as well as Venezuelas.

No one knows how much oil they have in saudi arabia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

And fracking will really end a portion of humanity so that doesnt make us survive longer either.

Comment Re:How is this different from a mechanic? (Score 1) 161

"I'ts crazy that computer repair houses are still a thing."

I dont disagree with the gist of your post, but this is silly. Having a slightly older teen, I would say that neither he nor any of his friends disassembles PCs in any way. (They may be able to remove the cover and stare at it if it makes a weird noise, as most adults could too). I have obviously taught my son how to do it, but I think what a lot of people forget, is that we, the people who were there at the dawn of the computer age, had to fix everything ourselves. You pretty much couldn't own a computer without knowing how the damn thing worked and how to fix it when you broke it.

I really think that is missing from my sons life. He has the skills, I taught him. But he has no passion for the art of repair at all. His friends just never learned. So I think really its great that your son likes to do that and maybe i should have tried harder to get my son into it while he was still younger, but not everyone who had a mechanic as a dad grows up to be a mechanic.

Personally I think it skips a generation with some combination of genes and experience. My grandfather could build anything, but my dad takes his car to the dealership every single time.

But yeah, the good techs get picked up by a corporation sooner or later, or are the ones running their own businesses. I think actual computer stores would do better than an office supply store all around though. Repairs definitely lead to purchases in that situation. Its like taking your car to canadian tire as opposed to a real mechanic

Comment um specs? (Score 5, Insightful) 259

I actually went to read the article and expected a proper comparison with actual benchmarks. Instead, find a one liner as quoted in the summary. Come here and everyone says the obvious thing i missed with all the abbreviations: Final Cut Pro is a mac application.

Fuck this apple fanboi and his trolling!

shame on you slashdot for bothering to link it in the first place! *newsflash!* know-nothing nobody SAYS SOMETHING! stop the presses!

Comment SImple reason its not firefox: group policy (Score 3, Insightful) 113

I would love to make firefox the default browser in my company. However mozilla has zero interest in that. While chrome provides MSI's and group policy templates to tie the whole thing together, enforce custom settings, etc.

Firefox how to deploy faq: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Deplo... (note the two most important links are broken and defunct)

google how to deploy faq: https://support.google.com/chr... (and many other webpages, but you dont even need instructions because its teh same as every other well designed software package from a major corporation)

Its been like this for literally years. Mozilla simply does not care about centralized policy management or deployment.

Firefox is the best web browser by far and much more stable, and less ram hungry than chrome, so its sad for me. Until i can push out adblock and firefox with a customized home page in 30 minutes to 200 workstations its not going to be standard on my network.

Comment Re:In all honesty... (Score 1) 246

Do you remember george w bush?

Face it, america the world is watching you. Don't fuck it up. Clinton isn't that great, but trump is both stupider and more violent than george w bush ever was. It was extremely hard to get rid of that asshole. Trump may just end it all.

So your damn right people should ignore some stupid BS about some stupid clasified documents and someone stupid fucking insecure MAILSERVER! Do you know how many hosts on the internet are insecure? like fuck who cares!

TRUMP is going to nuke the fucking world man. You americans are like the densest fucks ever. This is exactly the bullshit that got george bush elected. People were apathetic about gore, i remember it, and then bush snuck right in. No one thought he actually had a shot either.


"So you only like the truth leaked when it's about people you don't like? If there's damning evidence that's being hidden about people you agree with, you would want it hidden?"

If it involves prevention of the literal end times, then yes. At least until the damn american election is over! I'd rather she was impeached after getting into office than trump gets anywhere near that kind of power!

Comment Re:Apple makes stupid hardware decisions (Score 1) 239

" Someone will invent gigabit wireless."

Dell has been shipping "wigig" docks since at least 2013

I used one last week with a new dell laptop. They have a range of only a few feet, but they do work and can share screens and network and all that over it. In fact the one i was using is second generation. Its an intel technology.


Comment Re:Not enough affordable housing? (Score 1) 271

"The better solution is don't "take" the money, just let developers choose how many units they want to invest in and they will remedy the problem, profitably, without stealing anyone's money."

Oh i guess you haven't been to vancouver and surrounding suburbs where the developers are in the pockets of the government and love to choose towers full of one bedroom and bachelor condos.

Letting the developers choose what to build has ruined this city for families. 2 bedroom condos are 400k in the suburbs (more like 1mil in the city) and there simply are no 3 bedroom condos in most developments.

The developers know that selling a 2 bedroom condo for 1 million is not as valuable as selling 3 bachelors for 550k each, but both take up the same amount of space.

Developers maximize profit - that's it. The city makes a deal with the devil for the tax revenue and land sales. Up until recently they did not care at all about what was built. Now you get 5 token 3 bedroom units in a tower of hundreds. its a joke.

But dont believe me, see for yourself:

thats what they build if you give the developer carte blanche. Luxury condos.

Comment Re:Whoopty Doo (Score 1) 843

Really? Were you here in 2000? and then the next 8 fucking years when bushes policies were defended up until and after the very end of his presidency?

Slashdot isn't as homogeneous as you make it out to be and i'm glad of that. Let americans elect someone stupider than bush and reagan. Serves them right for what they get - again and again. The dollar is too strong against my currency anyway and I would like to buy cheap goods from the US again (and elsewhere since every country prices in USD on the internet..) Have you priced out servers or software contracts in a non american currency lately? USD is way too strong!

Vote trump! Make the american dollar weak again!

Comment The engineers lament (Score 1) 184

Ford chose death and destruction over the lives of customers.

To this day I won't own Ford.

Get ready to change your mind! Hear from the engineer who caused the pinto not to be recalled:

But does a rear-positioned gas tank qualify as traceable cause? Traceable cause suggests a deviation from the norm. It turns out, however, that most compacts of that era had fuel tanks behind the rear axle. A former head of the N.H.T.S.A. testified on Ford's behalf, stating that in his opinion the Pinto's design was no more or less safe than that of any other car in its class, like the Chevrolet Vega or the A.M.C. Gremlin. Under cross-examination, one of the chief witnesses for the prosecutionâ"an automobile-safety consultant named Byron Blochâ"conceded the point.


"Yet, from an engineer's standpoint, the same information is much more ambiguous. Every car on the road is differentâ"safer in some ways and less safe in others. So does the one area where the Pinto is worseâ"by two miles per hour in an infrequent subset of a rare kind of fatal crashâ"mean that the car is defective? A radically redesigned Pinto would not have saved the Ulrich girls. In the trial, the defense successfully argued that Duggar was driving at close to fifty miles per hour, and nothing short of a Sherman tank could have survived the impact of a four-thousand-pound van at full speed."

That is, these were people who cared about the problems they thought were problems. The entire time that Gioia was working on the Pinto case, he drove a Pinto. "Look, the facts of the matter are that in normal use this car is perfectly fine," he said, shrugging. Later, he sold his Pinto to his sister, for six hundred dollars. At the time, the Pinto was being tried in court for the murder of three teen-age girls. But it should be remembered that, in the end, Ford won the Ulrich case. The engineers got the chance to present their evidence, and their testimony carried the day.

I cant possibly quote the whole article but its really quite good: You can believe your simplistic version of events, or you can read the truth as illustrated in a way only malcom gladwell could do.

Comment Re:Just compare the prices of other utilites (Score 1) 219

"The term "natural" implies being OK, renewable, then good to use."

Uh you can redefine words all you want, but don't act like your hipster defintion is correct.

NATURAL: (1) existing in or formed by nature (opposed to artificial)

This is what happens when you listen to too much marketing, and let the advertisers change language for you. But i bet you think "organic" means something other than "characteristic of, pertaining to, or derived from living organisms".

Face it, you've been duped, but please don't advise other people on "correct' language use referencing your silly newspeak.

Besides "natural gas" is a noun. Its not implying anything (adjective). Its hardly a propagandists twist like "clean coal". People have been using the noun "natural gas" for hundreds of years.

Comment Re:VIP (Score 2) 612

To me that's the number one reason it seems completely faked. Who talks like that, as if somehow that means you will get a better quality of help?

Hes either a retard tech or its manufactured somehow. I am not a donal trump fan, but if someone were to find similar posts on technet then i might be more inclined to believe this. However the timing is just too convenient for trump.

There is a lot at stake here for the entire world to base solely on reddit "evidence".

Someone could have known his handle before hand, created the account back in the day and posted that because they knew about Benghazi and emails being requested. Or whatever, i am not following it that closely, but the "very very VIP" line strikes as a clear planted statement. No one talks that way, certainly not personal information about their clients when posting on tech forums.

If hes a retard though, then all bets are off. Someone will subpeona reddits logs, i know they have given logs out in the past.

Comment He aint going home, no way (Score 1) 387

Why does he want to go back that much? I've been to the USA, its not that great. Russia is no picnic either but I think he could try for a more sympathetic country than america.

There is the possibility that he has been turned by the russians. Why else would he want to go back so badly? it makes no sense. I suppose he thinks hes the most american of any of any american, but its far too soon for history to have been the judge. Maybe he just loves america so much? Plenty of people leave shit countries for a better life, doesn't mean they still don't love where they grew up. But times change and you don't always end up where you thought you would be. Ask any refugee. I have some that live in my building now. They spent 20 years of savings just to escape syria and now have nothing and have to start all over again. In their mid 40s, with 3 kids.

He is a true patriot for the USA (and there aren't many), but he shouldn't expect to go back ever. Hes lucky hes not dead and should embrace that while its still true. There are worse things than not going home again. Blend into the background for 20 years. Become a cook, and marry a nice russian girl. That's my advice if you troll slasldot mr snowden.
Thank you for your service to the world. Even if obama pardons you, trump will execute you the day you set foot back, so I would just forget about it.

Comment Re:I don't get the fuss (Score 1) 311

"After endless frustration and annoyance at having to deal with tangled cords and accidental yanking on the cord (leading to dropped devices, damaged headphones, or earbuds ripped out of my ears), I bought a pair of Jaybirds a long, long time ago"

Are these common problems for people? No offense, but perhaps you are just a klutz.

Your argument is the logical one of a future facing apple fanboi, however 3.5mm jacks are ubiquitous. If you brought your device to a friends house, or an entertainment venue (wedding, party, workplace), i am willing to bet they have an analog way to convert that sound to 1/4inch, XLR, RCA or any other connector going back 50 or more years of technology. Plus you can easily make and fix the cables yourself for pennies.

The counter point is that there is no good reason to remove them. If you find that headphones get in the way, well then you can buy bluetooth headphones as you have done and nothing changes for you. This is all about forcing design over function, and why I would never buy any apple product of any kind because that is all they have ever really cared about. That, and money. Sweet sweet $35 cable money. (or in this case, 100s of % more profit for lack there of)

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