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Comment Intended Market? (Score 1) 80

For any mass-produced product, this will likely be significantly more expensive than including an ARM processor on a single logic board that controls the other functions of the product, e.g. a TV. People want cheap electronics that look cool, not upgradable ones. Apple understands this, although I personally hate it. I just don't see much potential for this, although it's cool.

Comment Re:DTS:X and Atmos already out. (Score 1) 192

Not sure what the article is referring to, we've had DTS:X and Atmos enabled Blu-rays and receivers for quite a while already...

That's likely just a bit stream which has no meaning per the spec. I think the spec is allowing for a higher-level way of sending that sort of audio, such that you could decode Atmos into some number of PCM streams placed in 3D space vs an Atmos bit stream. Not really sure how that helps anyone.

I know my AppleTV decodes surround sound into straight PCM surround which it sends to my receiver. I guess this would be similar, but with N spatial channels.

Comment Re:Interesting side effect: No pardon for Hillary (Score 1) 534

It's a well known open secret in Washington that the Obamas don't like the Clintons and particular Hillary.

Obama's legacies are for the most part going to be washed away. Obamacare, the TPP, and other policy initiatives will be undone the second Trump comes into office. It would be an insult to Obama's memory for him to pardon Hillary and even Barack knows this.

I don't expect him to let her off of the hook.

Seems people either are 100% in love with the Clintons or 100% hating them.

I don't really understand Obama's strategy with his presidency. He came in with such grand promises. The first thing he does is to shove ACA down everyone's throats without even letting the Republicans add a single amendment or really even debate it. That torpedoed any credibility he had to work across the isle and made the Republicans only want to seek revenge. Granted the entirety of his 8 year term they did nothing useful as a result and looked like fools. So Ohama then decided to do everything through executive orders, which will now be all wiped away. Leaving his legacy as what?

Even the ACA as written left most of the actually policy up to the discretion of the executive branch. Trump can't overturn the law without Congress, but he sure can sink it in a single day by rewriting the implementation details that Congress abdicated. That whole thing is a train wreck form the beginning.

Comment Re:Interesting side effect: No pardon for Hillary (Score 2) 534

I am thinking in this case Obama is getting a twofer : that is to say, he not only gets to not pardon Snowden (who has embarrassed Obama) but also gets to signal to Hillary that she is not getting.a pardon either without explicitly saying so, without making it look like there is strife within the Democratic Party.

That would be pretty savvy on his part if that's how it plays out. I never believed he'd pardon Snowden, and his statements in Germany were misleading at best, but a subtle signal to Hillary via this interview would be pretty genius.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 239

We generally do better on time than you. Here's my experience:

FedEx: delivers in front of the garage door. Lies and said they put it by the front door. You leave in a hurry and run over it. I've got a number of free things as a result. Packages are often squashed.

Amazon Delivery: late about 15% of the time. They give you nothing for being late. Their tracking indicates it took 12 hours to go 8 miles in south Jersey. Traffic isn't that bad. For home delivery, they sure to deliver late. I've had them come at 8pm.

USPS: generally decent, unless it's via that idiotically pathetic Smart Post which almost guarantees you will have problems.

UPS: generally on time and delivered in good shape.

Comment My first prime (Score 1) 129

This was the first year I was prime and could take advantage of prime day. I was very disappointed. The few things I wanted sold out in minutes or even seconds. Gift cards, in particular, sell out in less than one second. I think I bought one kitchen thermometer that wasn't really even that cheap, but I needed one and it was reasonable.

Most of the stuff seemed to be crap that they wanted to get rid of. I browsed several categories, and it was just such random crap that I'd never buy. Why don't they just call it "prime clearance" since that's mostly what it is, plus a few decent items that sell out in short order.

I actually had several things I wanted to get (bed sheets, some electronic devices, household goods, etc.), but couldn't get any on prime day. Either nothing on sale or they sold out too fast. Pretty lame.

Comment Re:Not Invented Here Syndrome? (Score 1) 295

I would assume the reasons were more technical. Apple was fully capable of working out a deal if they thought it would be of value. The problem with ZFS is that it consumes more hardware resources. This is fine for a server because with additional hardware it performs quite well. People buying a server generally do not care about a couple gigs of RAM. But considering that Apple was selling laptops outfitted with 512MB - it was not a good fit. Any filesystem supported by Apple would also have to operate well over USB. If FreeBSD support for ZFS over USB is any indication, it is a bad idea (as I experienced with FreeNAS.)

That's probably one reason. Apple stated that APFS will run on the Apple Watch on up to the Mac Pro. Their cloning functions seem taylor designed for their Time Machine backup. It's also optimized for flash and SSD storage, and supports flexible encryption. I heard no mention of volume concatenation or redundancy features like many modern file systems offer, but most Mac users would never need that.

Comment Re:Why only the top 3? What about other top 10 cms (Score 1) 222

I've used both Concrete 5 and Drupal. Concrete 5 isn't as powerful, but is easier to use for normal users. I'll set up a web site for coworkers and but I definitely don't want to be involved every time they want a new page. Granted it's been a few years since I've used Drupal, but it was a confusing mess of crap before. I used Jooma as well, and while it looked nice, it was rather convoluted. Concrete 5 seems easier for newer users and is very easy to maintain. Concrete 5 isn't perfect, but neither are the others.

But honestly, picking from any of those three would be a decent choice. I'd stay clear of wordpress since it's just too basic for doing anything but a blog. Anything I wanted to do required some skanky plugin. And being a top target, you really have to stay on top of security updates.

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