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Comment Isn't this "more regulation"? (Score 1) 266

This "more regulation" will not going to fly with the current administration. They will either need to "remove two regulations" to make face, or not do it at all.

That being said, we were able to vote with our dollars until very recently when there was real competition in the airline industry. Now there are only a few major airlines, and everything seems to be going downwards, at the passengers' expense. Wouldn't it be better to break them up again for better competition? This way we don't need to wait for the house to pass laws to get better service.

Comment Equal opportunity (Score 1) 388

We can all say it is still possible to find jobs, and by working smart and learning new skills you can always make yourself useful, hence get a job.

In reality, there will be huge gaps for people. If someone over 40, with little learning capacity (not everyone has 160 IQ), is out of a job, he or she will have difficulty in finding a new one. We know from IT industry that it is even difficult for us. Yes I know, we can advance our career, start own consulting business. But there will still be many without the required (people) skills unable to find employment.

I cannot go so far to claim it is the responsibility of the company to feed us for the entirety of our lives. And I might have less sympathy to people who actually have capability to improve themselves, but did not so due to laziness. Nevertheless it is a burden on us, as the society, to be able to keep as many people productive as possible.

If we cannot find a replacement job to a later career person, or unable to provide adequate education to young people, it is and will be our problem.

Comment Nope, this is not a new port (Score 3, Informative) 153

"Apple’s “new” UAC port wasn’t made by Apple, and it isn’t new"

https://arstechnica.com/apple/...

This is a connector used in some digital cameras, and accessories. They are usually compatible with USB micro cables, but has additional pins for the original cable carrying video or other signals.

Apple is just allowing manufacturers to use this port on one end of their cables. i.e.: it will now be possible to connect your Sony camera to a lightning port directly.

Comment Nope. I have the chip at home (Score 1) 59

Intel C2000 series was a dream come true for low power servers. I have a 8 core C2758 atom server at home (from SuperMicro), and it is really a beast given working at less than 10W total system power at idle or low utilization (excluding HDDs, of course but with the MB, CPU and RAM).

But they have dropped the ball, now in two ways:

- There was no update to the Atom server line in the last two years. They probably do not want to cannibalize their other offerings (8 core CPU with AES and VT extensions is more than enough to host several VMs). But they also left the market empty (there is still no competition).
- Now we learn that the chips are faulty. Without any replacement option (the chip is soldered on a particularly expensive motherboard), I'll just wait for the time it will fail.

Given they did not provide any useful performance increase in the last two generations, heck make it three, I'm really disappointed with Intel at the moment. No more mobile chips, no more low power server chips, and three year old i7 4790K can easily compete against a recent 7700K with only 10% drop in performance.

Comment Re:Over/under: Invasion of sovereign nation or tru (Score 2) 821

As much as I did not want Trump to win, it became obvious that it was Hillary who actually lost. The democrats need to clean their act first before blaming republicans. There was major indication for favoring a candidate during preliminaries, and possible leaking of debate questions to that particular candidate. It did not help that Hillary camp did not have any concrete policies and promises during the campaign. They were like an abstract vapour.

Comment Re:Amazon could easily be profitable (Score 1) 70

That's two of the three benefits for owning a stock in the company. The other one is actual ownership stake in a business. In theory you have a say in the board meeting (albeit very small), and steer the company in the long term, including asking the board to issue dividends in the future.

Of course this requires buying a lot of the stock to have any real say in the company, and be really active. But still it's possible in theory.

Comment Time to become suspicous (Score 1) 234

When LastPass was bought out by LogMeIn, I was worried that they would discontinue the service, however this seems even worse. Because in general if you're not the customer, you're the product. And in this case you're the product with all passwords stored on the cloud.

It might be time to move on to KeePass. Then again the mobile versions are not 100% from the source. So even that is a tough decision.

Comment Re:Highlights a couple real problems with Amazon (Score 1) 253

There goes my mod points.

Amazon has two different ways the 3rd party inventory is stored in prime warehouse: with original UPC, or with seller specific code.

If the item is brand new, and has only one listing per that UPC, the seller has the option not to include a second bar code, and use the product's own UPC. (This would include most flash drives that you've mentioned). However I'm not sure Amazon will have an exact way to distinguish inventory between sellers when this is done. But even then the mixups should be very rare.

On the other hand, if the item is used, refurbished, or has multiple sellers, or the seller chooses to do so, they will use a second bar code, specific to that seller, and they should not be easily mixed.

Yes, you'll have better inventory control if you're buying used from Amazon.

Comment "Wrong" updates (Score 1) 524

I'm writing this from my Macbook Pro, and it is one of the best machines in my home for lightweight work, remote terminal, and web browsing. The keyboard was not perfect, but the trackpad is years ahead of competition. The screen resolution was nice, and it hooked up to my desktop display for longer work session. I was expecting a new refresh with a better processor, larger SSD, and keeping everything else the same. But Apple seems to forget the good parts, and tries to bring in unnecessary "improvements".

It looks like I'm no longer the target customer for the new device. If rumors are true, it will remove full size USB ports, along with the headset jack, replace the physical keyboard with a touch abomination, and turn it into a "not so tablet" experience. If I wanted to use a tablet, we also have a Surface Pro, and it works well. However writing code, editing documents require a simple device, which happened to be my current MBP.

Comment Re:Why can't I bring shampoo on an airplane? (Score 1) 99

We are fortunate that most bad guys are real idiots. (Otherwise they would not be bad guys anyways). However I would not say this to their face, in case they become even more stubborn and dangerous.

The nearest attempt to what you've said was some guys tried to sneak explosives in toner packages sent to random overseas destinations. They were idiots. First they could not even seal the packages. But even more awesome was the fact that they expect random packages to go thru customs, and also believe people would be opening them. Again they are fortunately idiots.

Comment Re:All "consumer" PCs and printers are garbage (Score 1) 387

There are premium consumer products, and naturally you need to pay a "premium" to buy them as well.

For example, Epson has an "ink tank" based inkjet printer. It costs much more for the hardware, but saves a lot on the ink price on the long term. It's available at my local Staples store. Also Canon's and Epson's "pro" lines are usually good at ink cost for the quality you get (especially for photos).

For laptops, Apple has MacBook pro, and Microsoft has Surface Pro series. They both come with very high quality components (for example the SSD in SP4 is a Samsung and has 600+MB/s write speed). They have excellent warranty, and of course it is very difficult to find them with even a $200 discount, even with student offers.

Similarly there are many other high quality products on the market. Just make sure there are no "50% off" offers for the product (even for refurbished). Then you're just paying a "premium" for an expensive, but regular product.

Comment BUILD your own NAS (Score 4, Informative) 98

It is not difficult to setup http://www.freenas.org/ on a small server machine, and benefit from FreeBSD security with no (known) backdoor accounts. If you're really serious get a proper NAS motherboard with ECC RAM (if you're not using ECC RAM, then it means you're not very serious with your data anyways), which won't cost you more than $500 with the case and the PSU.

Of course if you're unable or unwilling to secure your box, accept that anything on the Internet is wide open, and buy (rent) online storage from Amazon, Box, or somewhere similar. Amazon gives free unlimited backup account with prime (which is around $99)

Comment Re:Better Programs (Score 1) 630

The economy is not always a zero sum game. If you can get more people build useful stuff, you'll have more to distribute. However once you've run out of ideas, then you start extracting from productive people (usually middle class), and the total pie gets smaller.

This can even be seen in companies. You can invent, or develop new stuff, or you can downsize and optimize your operations. One of them lowers short term analyst numbers, the other makes you seem doing a great job on wall street. (Try to guess which one is which :)

Of course, having replaced need for human workers with automation, there needs to be something given to people who can no longer work. This could be UBI, or some other mechanism. However if this new method will be sourced by extracting the income of dwindling productive population, then it will just cause larger gap between income ranges, by pushing people outside the middle class. Some of course will be pushed up, but many will be pushed down.

Comment Re:Professional organization and trade guild FTW (Score 1) 338

No please no.

There are many good "software engineers" with no engineering degree (or they have a degree from an unrelated field). Let their merits talk, not a piece of paper. (Not that I have the piece of paper, but I have friends who moved to computers from other degrees). If you're in the software business, make sure to hire a manager who actually wrote some code, and get the "programming interviews" book. It takes less than 15 minutes to figure out if somebody can code or not.

I would agree on the IT certification though. They need specialized skills for the systems they are managing, (let it be Linux, Windows, AIX or whatever), and having a paper here might help. I think we might improve the existing certification exam system to make it more useful in this area.

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