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Comment Re:Loses credibility (Score 1) 161

Blowing away the moderations I have done in this thread because everyone is missing something REALLY important here: How do we know that Apple did not simply modify the non-caching mode to ignore the directive and use the cache anyways?

Granted, they probably did just fix a bug... but maybe they didn't. Maybe they just use the cache now even when caching is turned off.

The reason why I am piggy-backing on your comment is because it was deeply insightful and along the same lines.

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 1) 562

The hiss. The tape becoming damaged now and then resulting in parts of your songs being screwed up. The poor speed regulation on many tape decks. The felt pad under the tape becoming damaged or falling out and having to replace it, hoping not to damage the tape in the process. The tape getting "eaten" by the deck. The fact that almost all prerecorded tapes were made with the lowest quality tape possible (low bias, non-metal), so you didn't even get the best quality tape could provided from your music purchases.

All true. So very very true. You did forget one thing but I do not blame you for it since almost nobody but me ever did it: Tracking.

If the head was not aligned properly, you would lose lows and highs.

I completely agree. I see no reason for tapes at all. As a matter of fact, just the other day I was remembering all of the hassles associated with tape then in relation to digital files now. No matter what, a digital file ALWAYS sounds the same. It does not fade, there is no concern with tracking, etc etc.

Comment Re:And the next food craze starts (Score 1) 176

And in between all that we have various other food crazes from low-carb to neanderthal diet.

I recently had to cut carbs from my diet. I have lost 5 belt notches worth of weight in the past 4 months. It may be a craze, it may not be. I would highly recommend it though.

FYSA, I did not cut carbs to adhere to that particular diet, I cut carbs to manage blood sugar levels. It is amazing, in retrospect, at how bad carbs are. They are quite tasty though... pastries, pasta, pizza, all gone. :(

On the bright side, I love steak, eggs, and cheeses so I get to eat as much as I want! It is weird how the weight just evaporates despite eating more than I usually do. WTF is up with carbs? Is it the sawdust and other fillers? I don't know. Carbs in modern society (processed foods) are pure poison.

Oops. Off topic. What were we supposed to be talking about again?

Comment Re:Systemd, WTF? (Score 2) 165

I started out with Linux about 97-98 time frame. I was also a SystemD naysayer... unfortunately, I still am.

SystemD is brittle. any part that break appears to break the whole. I am used to Linux being quite robust and getting past many errors to a console and being able to fix the "box". That does not and can not happen with SystemD.

SystemD keeps the EFI partition open and appears to either constantly write to the partition or just trashes the partition hard when a hard reboot is necessary (again, due to poor decisions by software developers). Example, was playing DOTA2 and the system hard-locked on me for some reason (thermal?). The system would not even try to boot even after leaving the power off for a minute. Became really worried that something terrible had happened and tried to boot off USB. Booted no problem and rebuilt the EFI partition from scratch because it was no longer even recognizable as an EFI partition. Fuck YOU SystemD. That is very very naughty of you.

I could go on but there is no point. The supporters mostly seem to be religious zealots who think that the average case is always applicable when in reality, it is the exceptions that define whether or not your software is good.

Comment Re:I agree (Score 1) 433

I saw Rogue One in 3D, then in 2D. I preferred the 2D presentation primarily because it was brighter... the 3D did not add much value at all to me.

Good example. Rogue One was filmed with all the standard 2D tricks. The most jarring of those tricks, when seen in 3D, was probably the partial focus scenes: Scenes where there were grand backgrounds but the director wanted you to focus on an actor so a majority of the scene is out of focus. When seen in 3D, it just messes with your eyes and mind.

Long story short, the content creators appear to only know the tricks for 2D filming and use those tricks in 3D films... which is just terrible for everyone. Headaches and eye strain are some of the more obvious indicators. My eyes hurt very badly after seeing both of the most recent Star Wars movies in 3D. Those are 2D creations. In no way should they have been forced into a 3D format.

And this applies to the rest of the supposedly 3D content.

Not quite a side note, but I would like to point out why Avatar succeeded so dramatically whereas the rest of the 3D films flopped HARD.

Avatar did not generally shove things out of the screen at you. There are two notable exceptions and they both worked very well: The "writing" on the computer displays stuck out and the floating AIWA (SP?) representatives floated out. Essentially, Avatar appeared like you were looking inside of a box and could see the 3D aspects of the things inside that box. It was very easy on the eyes and the mind. No translations needed to be performed (except when stuff stuck out, which as I said, was sparingly used).

Comment Re:Edge..What Edge? (Score 1) 202

I wonder why they included Edge. I have never seen anyone use it. Is it that popular? I don't think so and the numbers show.
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You are conflating launching with being popular... as intended.

Edge gets launched by default when you click on a link in another application. You can set this, but it gets reset intermittently. Edge is also the default PDF reader. Since I only use Windows for work and I read PDFs, I get stuck using Edge for that. Every aspect of Microsoft Office appears hardcoded to launch Edge for even the flimsiest of excuses. This tells me that it will be a very important vector for attacks. (I do security).

TL;DR, Edge may be getting launched a lot but that does not imply that it is being used a lot.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 449

I hear people middle aged or older (like myself) pining for a lost past, it's often clear to me that what they're mourning is the loss of their youth.

I disagree with your assertion. Partially. It has truth to it but it ignores the elephant in the room. Control.

The stuff I did when I was younger was insanely fun because I was discovering new stuff. Everything nowadays seeks to take control from you. This sucks the sense of exploration/discovery out of whatever it is you want to do.

Examples are like shooting fish in a barrel:

All Microsoft products. Very few useful error messages. No included compilers/interpreters (powershell is the only counterexample). Unable to control the behavior of the operating system except in the most superficial of ways.

DRM and Anticheating. You can not modify lots of software and expect to use it. If the CRC/MD5 whatever does not match, it refuses to run or the server you are connecting to refuses honor your connection. (There is some legitimacy to these things but they also ruin the fun by removing control.)

Meh. The summary is that lack of control if what makes modern computing less fun than it used to be. How can you get the spirit of discovery going when you have someone saying "no" all the damned time?

Comment Re:WHEN STUPID? (Score 1) 821

Let me get this straight. Bringing transparency to what is going on behinds the scenes is an attack on our Republic.

Um... of course it is? Citizens are too stupid to control the massively complex machine that is government. Giving citizens insight into how things are done will merely cause inefficiency in the various professional groups trying to run this country for the citizens. You really do have to trust that whatever decisions those fine, upstanding professionals make will be better for you. Indirectly of course. I mean, they can't do something just for YOU. There are millions of you out there. No, they will run the country as efficiently as possible and you will benefit indirectly by the country you are in becoming stronger and more powerful. There will be casualties and YOU may be one of them. This is the only way.

Wait. Is this a dictatorship?

Comment Re:had to buy a smart tv, but don't have to IP it (Score 1) 295

Vizio has this fun new trick. You literally can't configure the TV without their smartphone app and a wifi connection.

Thank you for informing us of this hostile feature. I do have to ask you... why did you buy it?

Of course, you did not know when you bought it, so then the question becomes, "why didn't you return it?".

Regardless, thank you for your warning. Now we all know what buying a Vizio brand TV implies. If they double down on this tactic, they will be gone from the market soonish.

Comment Re:Arms and Armies (Score 1) 98

I believe that it is only consistent, that if one wishes to argue the Founders' perspective on the second amendment, that if they argue in favor of an individual right to bear arms, they must also argue against the United States maintaining a standing army in peacetime.

Oddly, you say that in an incredulous manner, but surprise! We should NOT be maintaining a standing army in peacetime.

Furthermore, the Founders would probably not have considered our police forces as anything other than a standing army targeted against the People; certainly no such thing existed during their lifetimes.

I am unsure wtf you are on about with the police forces. Policemen have been a fixture of society since prehistoric times. You gotta stop smoking that wacky tobaccy if you wish to be coherent. To be fair, the current state of police forces is more like an occupying army... but your discussion concerning police is still incoherent. Perhaps you should have saved that little gem for another topic...

I am sure your mental gyrations will be fascinating to watch.

What is even weirder is that your mental gyrations will be even more extreme because you are not expecting anyone to actually argue against a standing army. I am arguing against it. Let your mental gyrations begin. :)

Comment Re:Well duh. (Score 1) 115

a photon and anti-photon are the same thing!

Not that I expect you to have an answer... But why are a photon and an antiphoton the same thing but an electron and an anti-electron (positron) NOT the same thing. In theory, they are both electromagnetic waves. In reality, photons have no mass and electrons do have mass. Which is why, I guess, they call it anti MATTER.

But then, how could there even be an anti photon?

Comment Re:If they really want to fight child exploitation (Score 1) 351

... Of those, 74 percent were in the care of social services when they went missing."

Holy shit! Social Services must be quite the hellish place if these numbers are accurate. Reality again triumphs over world view. They (social services) assume they are helping the children but in reality putting them through a hell that is as bad as the sex trafficking to begin with. Why else run from people who are supposedly trying to help you?

Somebody tell me again how #pizzagate is fake news...

Your logical abilities are severely wanting.

Allegations are made against a pizza parlor owner. Children are missing in the same region the pizza parlor exists; therefore the allegations must be true... Air tight logic there sir. Well done.

(I have mod points but there is no mod for -1 batshit crazy)

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