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Comment Way cooler. Like a drop of water to an ocean! (Score 1) 449

Are you kidding. Things are way cooler now!!!!!!!!!

Programming Languages: Way faster-to-code languages like C#, Java.
Programming Frameworks: So much more boilerplate code is already written for you so you can build bigger stuff.
Art: Photoshop, etc. Paint.Net, Gimp can create photorealistic images and they are free.
3d and Animation: Unity3d, Daz3d, Poser, Maya, etc.
Virtual Reality: Samsung Gear VR, Microsoft Hololens, Oculus Rift, etc.
The internet: Web, Cloud
Voice Assistants: Alexa, Google, Siri, Cortana
Virtual Machines/Environments: VMWare, Hyper-V, VirtualBox, Docker
Operating Systems: Windows/Linux (10,000 distros)/Mac&BSD
Mobile Market: Smart Phones/Tablets/Hybrids
Small computing: Rasberry PI and competitors.
Medical: Internal Medical Devices
Wearable: Phones as watches, finally! Glasses, which still need serious work and smaller physical footprint. So much more to come.
IoT: Smart Homes, and so much more.
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Gaming Systems, blogs, forums, etc.

Need I go on.

The world of computing is so much more awesome than it was when my family got our first Adam computer in 1980-something that ran on casset tapes.

Comment I am pro vid-angel and pro 1st amendment (Score 1) 163

Look, movie makers have the right to put whatever they want into a movie.
Viewers have the right to only allow certain portions of a movie into their home.
Vid Angel is providing a service that joins those two features.
It allows personal choice censorship, as opposed to government mandated censorship.
It increases sales of content that some groups otherwise would not purchase.
The movie companies make great movies.

My preference is that Vid Angel shouldn't have to exist.

The DVD/Stream technology exists to provide a movie in such a way that each DVD/Stream could have a PG, PG-13, or R option, or even far more granular options. In fact, it is freaking easy to develop.

It is time for Movie companies to meet the demand themselves and start doing this.
If the Movie companies don't meet this demand, then they can shut-up and get out of the way of the companies who do.

Comment Great desktops are coming... (Score 1) 307

Tim Cook steps up to the platform and announces: Great desktops are coming," he crosses his fingers behind his back and thinks, "They are called the Microsoft Surface Pro and clones of such. Oh, you meant great Mac desktops. Well . . . Apple's OS X can't even support touch input yet, so, uh, we are trying to decide whether to
1) move forward with IOS as our new desktop OS, in which case it will be six to ten years before our desktop/laptop OS reaches stability for applications as opposed to apps
2) invest two to four years in implementing touch events into our OS X operating system, at which point phones and tablets can run full blown desktop OSes so we will be left to wonder why we have two operating systems, then release a great desktop;
3) just focus on mobile and hope mobile kills the desktop/laptop.

Let's go with 3, but I better give lip service to Mac lovers for a few years.

He tells a few more lies. Then Tim Cook leaves the platform and wonders how long it will take before everyone realizes he is doing nothing for Apple and has been floundering since the death of Steve Jobs.

Comment Yes and No (Score 1) 432

I think that the medications are great for those who need it. For them the meds are great and sometimes life changing.

However, I think there is a large portion who are prescribed such medicine that really need to be prescribed nothing more than a healthier diet and at least 10 minutes of sun a day or try to get more than 4 hours a sleep a night. Try 8 hours for a few weeks.. Or perhaps need to be simply told that five 64oz soft drinks a day is not good for you. DUH!

And don't get me started on giving kids drugs simply because a kid has a lot of energy . . .

Comment It will come, but more infrastructure is needed (Score 1) 274

Remember when the Palm was going to revolutionize the worlds. Then it didn't. Except it did, just not as a Palm device, but as the Smart Phone which is a Palm + Phone + Touch Screen + Wifi.

There was not 3g/4g when Palm came out. There weren't great touch screens. Processors sucked. How Palm failed to be the first Smart Phone baffles me to this day.

Similarly, MakerBot and Dremmel and others are around. You can print stuff. The database is growing. But the big money savers are in parts and for parts you need companies to buy in. They need to start manufacturing using 3D printers so they can export their parts in 3D. You buy the model instead of the part.
#1. Appliance companies
#2. Car companies - For plastic Car parts

Next, you need to decrease printing time. 16 hours for a descent print isn't fast enough.

Also, we need printers that don't only use plastic.

Where is the metal printer that can print me a new car part that is metal?
Where is the printer that can print me custom chrome wheels?
Where is the printer that can just consume dirt (earth, silica, etc), and print bricks I can build a house with? So I can build house structures with less material cost.
Where is the printer that can print glass? Then I can print homes for the homeless. I can print glass green house in the Sahara desert and plant food there protected from the sand storms. I can also print homes and green houses on the Moon and Mars without sending people up there.

3D printing *is* revolutionary technology. Now that we *can* do it, we need get to where we can do it usefully.

Comment "illegal search and seizure" (Score 1) 203

This seems like an "illegal search and seizure" to me. You need evidence an individual has done wrong to get that individuals history.

If you have no evidence of wrong doing be an individual or the company, you should not get a warrant for the company's data on that individual.

This is equivalent to saying: We found evidence of murder in two poeple's homes, so we are requesting all the homes in this city to be opened up for search.

This judge should be fired and fined for failure to follow the constitution.

Comment Cause many developers have to run windows anyways (Score 1) 403

This isn't such a bad solution for some developers. It is basically the same thing WINE attempted to do. Run Linux but still run Windows, only in reverse.

Imagine you work for a company that provides you a Windows machine, and you have to be the one to switch it to Linux all the time. You mostly code on Linux and the business systems run on Linux. However, you constantly have to load up that Windows VM for all the Windows-required functionality your company has. This is real and common. Examples: 1) legacy system only works on Windows. 2) you have a Power Point that looks terrible in open/libre office so you have to open it in actual Power Point. 3) Your VPN solution only works on Windows (according to IT) and you have to hack together a solution on Linux and every time they change a settings, you have to spend hours debugging your VPN cause IT doesn't support VPN from Linux. 4. There are thousands of windows only applications that business run. Some of the main ones are going away but more Windows only business apps are written every day.

So if you have to run Windows and Linux already, and Windows 10 now has a Linux subsystem, I could see the benefit of using one OS.

But there are non-technical reasons Linux users won't run Linux.
1. Religious-like zeal for Linux
2. Hate, spite, lack of trust, for all things Microsoft (a lot of which has been duly earned)
3. Privacy concerns, both real and imagined
4. Security concerns, both real and imagined and/or less targeted
5. etc...

Comment Not sure if this is good or bad (Score 1) 978

I live in the US.

On the one hand, I am against hate speech.
On the other hand, I am for freedom of speech.

Does fighting hate speech warrant a limitation to one's freedom of speech? No, it does not.

Fortunately, this is Twitter, not the US Government. While free speech is in the first amendment, there is nothing that I know of in the US Constitution or derivitvie laws that says that a social media business has to allow free speech on its platform. Blocking someone from Twitter does not block them from speaking out in other ways: verbally, self-publish their own web site or book, etc...

Also, while there is freedom of speech, there is not freedom from the social consequences of speech.

Comment Yes (Score 1) 430


Look, most Presidents have very little to do with the economy and how America is doing. For example, the PC boom in the early 90s and Internet boom throughout the 90s made President Bill Clinton look good. The economy was humming, so he got to spend his time "doing" other things.

The DotCom crash happened in 1999. The economy was hit but would have survived if not for the second crash that occurred after 9/11. Clinton was a terrible president who gets all the accolades of a great economy that are undeserved. If anything, he was too busy dealing with his extramarital sex life to have any clue what was happening with the DotCom world.

Bush Jr. was also a terrible President but he looks way worse than Clinton because both 9/11 and the housing bubble happened during his years in office. Neither were his fault. But hey, he was in office, so blame him.

In reality, Trump has to work with the balance of powers. Usually a president can't do too much damage.

Similarly, Obama came after the housing crash and there was nowhere to go but up and he was just in time to catch the mobile market and the Cloud markets that are booming and driving the booming economy. He passed Obamacare, which had a very low approval rating. Forcing a bill down the people throat when the majority vote against it is not a good thing. However, trying to help everyone have health care is a good thing. So who knows if we good or bad. Usually, it is hard to tell if a President was good or bad until about 20 years after they leave office.

Trump could be in for a shock if the mobile and cloud tech bubbles pop. The economy could tank and there is nothing he or anyone else can do about it.

When it comes to the economy, the President has less power, than Apple, Microsoft, Walmart, NetFlix, etc...

Comment Wrong Market (Score 1) 209


That is a huge problem. The Mac Book Pro is supposed to compete in the Hybrid market. Unfortunately is doesn't compete, at all. Not that Microsoft cares. Apple is just another hardware vendor that requires an Windows license, even it is run in a VM.

Every MAC users in most businesses has to have a Windows VM. There are rare cases where some people don't have a Windows license running in a VM on their MAC, but those are rare cases.

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