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Comment Re: Hilarious (Score 4, Informative) 186

When you have a tablet, you can do things like punch in what defense the other team just used to provide statistical analysis of what the next best play is, or what kind of defense to run if your opponent is doing X often.

None of this should be done on the sidelines. This should be done in the team's viewing booth where weather is kept outside. A good connection can be provided for the team's cadre of wonky strategists to use up in the booth, and they can confer without the distractions on the sidelines. Much of this can also be done half a continent away at the team's headquarters. The sidelines are not the place for a data entry team and a data analysis team to do their work.

Weather is also a complication. For much of the American football season, the weather will be a major factor in trying to use touch screen based technology.

One of Belichick's complaints, in particular, was that they could not get the series of overhead photographs of the previous play down to the sidelines quick enough via the tablets. A few years ago someone would print them up in the viewing booth and a runner would take copies of the photographs and deliver them to the sidelines. Sometimes a printer would be set up near the sidelines. The older methods were faster than the tablets, probably due to poor connectivity on the field.

Besides the speed of delivery, the tablets introduced a slew of usability issues that physical photographs did not have. The photographs would be viewable in bright sun, rain and in snow. It was also easier for multiple people on the sideline to view the same set of photos at once (no darkness when looking from acute angles). It was also easier to view multiple photographs at once, as opposed to one at a time using the tablet.

The tablets are a solution to a problem that did not exist and are acting like an anchor instead of a sail.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 285

Its not a knock against Windows in any way. Microsoft designed it that way for a specific reason. Why should MS pay good money to hire a bunch of people to write drivers for a bunch of obscure manufacturers.

Microsoft creates and publishes a stable set of API's for hardware interface, and all of those myriad of manufacturers take the cost and responsibility of producing good drivers. It makes perfect sense. Microsoft Windows has the market share. All of the hardware manufacturers that want substantial sales will support Windows.

It doesn't work exactly the same in Linux. Yes, many of the hardware manufacturers do write drivers for Linux, but they get included in Linux. The Windows drivers do not ship with Windows. Saying 'Windows supports all of this hardware' is backwards. The hardware supports Windows.

Just try it. Buy a piece of hardware and plug it in to a Windows machine.

  1. Do not let Windows download a driver from the internet.
  2. Do not install the driver that shipped with the hardware manually..

Then try to use the hardware. It won't work because Windows does not have the driver software needed to support the hardware unless someone installs it.

The hardware manufacturer supports Windows.

Try the same thing with almost any major Linux distro, and the hardware will most likely just work. And it is often volunteers who write the support into Linux, not the manufacturer. The manufacturers are often way too slow.

This is not a knock against Windows, it is a design choice by Microsoft that is pure genius and saves them tons of money and effort.

Comment Re:You keep using that word (Score 1) 285

Oh god, I forgot about those monstrosities! Do they still make them?

I would suggest that Windows users never buy a cheap 'Win-Printer' either. Why slowdown your computer doing all the rendering and layout computation on your main CPU when a relatively cheap completely functioning printer could do it faster?

Win Printer!

Comment Re:You keep using that word (Score 4, Insightful) 285

Windows supports very little hardware.

Go buy a printer and set it up. Then connect it to your windows machine. Do not allow windows to search for a driver on the internet and do not load the drivers that shipped with the printer.

Try to configure the printer and print. Windows won't be able to. Windows does not support the hardware.

The truth is pretty much the exact opposite.The hardware manufacturer supports Windows. The hardware manufacturers write software drivers that allow Windows to use their hardware. The cost of the support is paid for by the hardware manufacturers. The distribution of the support software is paid for by the hardware manufacturers.

Microsoft supports almost no hardware, hardware supports Microsoft.

Try the same printer with any major Linux distribution. You will probably just have to plug the printer in and configure it. You won't have to download anything. Linux will already have support for the printer built in. This is true of almost all hardware for Linux. You usually don't even have to do any configuring in most hardware, just plug and play.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 5, Insightful) 285

I don't quite follow the point you are trying to make. How much software is written for a platform, or how much hardware the OS supports seems to not be related to how open the OS is. It is kind of like relating how the vast amount of shag carpeting in the Atlanta suburbs in the 1970's is related to the juiciness of peaches shipped from Georgia. Atlanta is in Georgia, but the subjects of the statements are unrelated. Your comment just doesn't really make much sense to me.

I would also disagree with the hardware support statement. Whenever I plug a new device into a windows machine, windows goes and searches for a driver somewhere on the internet. If it doesn't find one, it asks me to load one. Windows seems to have almost no support for hardware built in and must rely completely on manufacturer's drivers. Windows isn't supporting the printer, the printer manufacturer is writing software (called drivers) that let Windows use the printer. That is hardware manufacturers supporting Windows, not Windows supporting hardware.

Linux supports a vast amount of hardware right out of the box, and almost never requires a manufacturer's driver.

It often surprises me at how little hardware Windows supports, out of the box, because the install footprint of Windows is measured in Gigabytes. Most Linux installs take up a few hundred Megabytes and yet include the drivers for tens of thousands of software devices. Just what is Microsoft doing with all that extra code, if Windows can't utilize most hardware until a driver is found, installed and configured?

In Linux, plug most hardware in and it just works. having to find a driver is a rare event. Yes I know, people are going to comment that they have a 'Lucky Panda collective # 5' (put name of obscure hardware here) touch pad that needed a driver, or that the latest version of some nVidia graphics card that only has beta-drivers for Windows is not supported. But those are the odd occurrences.

I just re-built a Windows 7 machine for my uncle a few months ago. To get his HP all-in-one printer working I ended up with a download from HP that was over 300 MB! I know the drivers for the printer/scanner/fax/copier were probably just a few thousand kB at most, and that most of the other crap was wasted on HP software that he'll never use. Just for fun I connected my Linux laptop to the printer via the wifi network and my laptop recognized the printer and I could print and scan without loading any additional software. Windows had no support without installing additional driver software. The printer was a brick to Windows without third party drivers, and yet Linux needed absolutely nothing else to use the printer, just plug and play. The printer was fully supported by Linux right out of the box.

The amount of software developed for Windows is due to the fact that Windows is the dominant OS in the PC market place today. Nothing comes close. Mac has 5%, maybe 6 or 7 % on a good day. Of course developers are going to write for the dominant platform in the marketplace, but that has nothing whatsoever to do with 'openness'. It's like juiciness and shag carpeting again, just completely unrelated.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 2) 78

The options are A) Spend $600 million to upgrade the infrastructure so there is enough bandwidth.

I think the fact that the telcos are making so much money off of 'overages' proves that the bandwidth is already there and no infrastructure improvement is needed. If the customers were trying to go over the artificial limits imposed by their contracts and were unable to do so because the network infrastructure was so poor that their connections would never have the bandwidth to allow customers to exceed the limits, then we would need infrastructure improvement.

Instead, we see that it is trivially easy for customers to exceed the artificial limits set by the phone providers. The network is more than able to serve up many more gigabytes of data. As things advance, we go beyond 4G networks and 4k video becomes a 'low-res' option, infrastructure will become more taxed and will need updating. For now I think most phone owners could hit their data limits very quickly if they tried. In much of the world the networks have bandwidth to spare.

Comment Project Mogul (Score 2) 205

This is an especially worthless leak because the documents dealing with the thing that crashed in Roswell in 1947 were already declassified back in the mid 1990's.

My freshman physics teacher, and undergraduate college advisor, worked on project mogul. He was part of the team that built the craft that crashed in Roswell in 1947. I learned college physics from one of the beings that built the craft that crashed in Roswell and started a UFO 'craze'! (He was a human being, but that is still a being.) New Mexico Tech was an amazing school. Professors like Charlie Moore, Sterling Colgate, and Bernie Vonnegut (Kurt's brother) made it a pretty exciting place.

I don't really understand the purpose of the 'leak' unless it is to show that some people who work with Hillary Clinton have some pretty wacky beliefs. Has anyone been paying attention to politics for the last few decades? This is not startling in any way. Finding evidence of a rational person, without wacky beliefs, involved in politics would be a world shattering revelation.

Comment Re:No, she's not fine (Score 4, Insightful) 523

Don't throw your vote away by voting for a Democrat or a Republican. They will simply ignore the voters and do whatever it is the sources of their largest campaign donors ask. Voting for a Democrat or a Republican is a wasted vote.

Vote for third party candidates, or write in the name of a qualified person, or even a personal friend when a third party candidate is not running for a given office.

Comment Informative ++ (Score 5, Informative) 689

Mod-point sis1j informative!

You are not throwing your vote away if you vote third party. You are voting for a third party if you vote third party. It is just as legitimate a vote as any other vote.

It actually seems more like you are throwing your vote away if you vote Republican or Democrat. Neither of the two major parties seem to do what they promise, and neither of them seem to care about their voters, just their donors.

Vote third party so you don't throw your vote away.

Comment Re:Oh, Democracy... (Score 2) 332

Not the OP, but here is a citation.

However, I would say the jury is still out as this is a small effect and is one study. It looks like they reduce head on and head to side crashes that are caused when a car runs a red light, but they increase or do not effect rear end crashes when a lead car stops, but a following car does not stop. The head on and head to side crashes are deadlier than the rear end crashes (insert pinto, corsair and Kardashian jokes here).

You can also find studies, on the sites of red-light camera suppliers, that say red light cameras reduce accidents and that tax payers should support the red light camera industry with unlimited funding. Think of the children.

Comment Re:systemd (Score 3, Informative) 95

systemd is a pile of horse shit that was thrown into a fan so it sprayed everywhere, touched everything and contaminated what it touched.

sysvinit is a pile of cow shit, in a field somewhere, touching only the ground it rests on. Don't go to that field and step in that pile and it won't bother you.

If there are bugs in sysvinit, they affect sysvinit. If there are bugs in systemd, its everyone else's fault and everyone else should re-write their software to handle the bugs in systemd because the systemd developers are way too important to waste their incredible talent fixing their own bugs.

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