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Comment Optimized storage (Score 1) 200

Please tell me "optimized storage" can be turned off wholesale. If there is one thing I definitely don't need it's a "whole bunch" more of background processes uploading random files to the remote server and deleting them from my local drive. I will manage what I store and where, thank you very much.

I guess I am sounding like an old fart I am, but MacOS is going too far in dumbing it down.

Comment Do editors even bother anymore? (Score 5, Informative) 629

Do slashdot editors even bother checking sources? Or have this site finally found found its place among tabloids? LMGTFY - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_of_American_Physicians_and_Surgeons ("The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a politically conservative non-profit association founded in 1943 to "fight socialized medicine and to fight the government takeover of medicine."[1][2] The group was reported to have approximately 4,000 members in 2005, and 5,000 in 2014....The association is generally recognized as politically conservative or ultra-conservative, and its publication advocates a range of scientifically discredited theories, including the belief that HIV does not cause AIDS, that being gay reduces life expectancy, that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer, and that there are links between autism and vaccinations."

I do find it interesting that even these shills were only able to muster 250 out of 5000 members to sign this crap. I guess even in that group 95% are not willing to completely disavow their responsibility as doctors. In that they are already better humans than whatever slashdot editor that posted this.

Comment No issue with copy protection (Score 1) 385

I am sort-of in the camp of "leave the audio jack alone", but either way - don't see any issue with copy protection. Ok, so there is DRM on the data and on the radio (Bluetooth or whatever) link to the external headphone/speaker/whatever. But that external device still has to play analog over the air sound for human analog ears? So, perhaps with exception of more loss of quality due to sub-par compression, we still have the same "analog gap" and the same ability to record/save/backup/whatever?
Am I missing anything here? Did Apple invent direct to brain wave interface?

Comment Re:Apples-Oranges (Score 1) 760

If you read the proposal (or its summary) you would notice that drug tests are required to receive additional benefits (specific tax deductions). If they don't want to be tested, they don't need to apply for these additional deductions, and can use standard deduction on their taxes (as the proposal clearly explains).

Sounds plenty fair to me.

Comment Disable? (Score 1) 368

So, how do I turn the damn thing off? (I suspect the answer to be "can not", but anyone that knows otherwise - let me know)
I do, however, notice that there are no open listening ports on my current Intel computer, when scanned externally. Is this thing always on? What conditions enable it (so that I'd know to avoid those)?

Comment Voyeurism is getting old (Score 4, Insightful) 57

I think the self-exposure trend is running its course. Even my more narcissistic FB contacts are posting fewer selfies in exotic locations and strange and unusual foods. FB is trying to keep it going, but nature takes its course and every fad will eventually go away.

I wonder what's next? Hopefully something less obnoxious.

Comment Re:Tips turn it into a regular old taxi (Score 1) 83

No tips on any of my Uber trips. I think tip is added in locations where Uber actually calls a taxi through their uberTAXI service.

In any case, if "tip" is a fixed predefined amount that does not require haggling, then it's simply a cost of a trip and I wouldn't care. It's not the price (I can count) - it's the process of having to pay an unknown amount more, and doing so outside the clear and well defined channel of "meter->display amount->charge CC".

Comment Tips turn it into a regular old taxi (Score 2) 83

The reason I like Uber is that transaction is predictable, "off line" and does not require complicated social ritual of tipping. If Uber drivers begin to expect tips, we are left with a regular taxi service, except that cars are smaller and not standardized. In which case, personally, I'll opt for a taxi again.

Comment This is US (Score 2) 400

People don't use buses in US because there are no buses. Outside New York, there is scarcely any usable public transportation in even largest metropolitan areas. Washington DC (with the second largest metro in US, which is also something like 50th world-wide) has what would be considered a "well developed" bus system for US. The buses in many areas run only during rush hour, and even then - 1-2 an hour. Outside rush hour (and immediate city center) buses run once an hour or not at all. The routes are designed to bring suburban commuters to metro stations or city center. There are virtually no usable routes that could take a person shopping, to school, much less from one non-central area to another. Making these buses faster won't change the fact that they are not very practical and few and far between.

Public transportation requires commitment of public funds and desire to develop and support a system. No city in US seems to have the will.

Comment Hope they are around that long (Score 1) 53

FB should worry about becoming irrelevant in that timeframe. Younger generation does not find their offering compelling (and decidedly stays out). Average user age on FB keeps going up.
In the meantime, the ex-timeline is less and less useful. Without intervention mine tends to bring up the least interesting, most annoying posts (though perhaps FB is trying to keep my interest by an equivalent of automated trolling?). It takes a daily effort to keep pruning out posts I don't want to see and explicitly visit pages/posts I am interested in.

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