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Comment Re:Dramatic contemporary issues (Score 1) 164

It is not that I do not understand Star Trek's reflection on society, but if the writers are going to really lean in on contemporary issues are we going to have a safe space instead of a rec room? Are we going to have Star Fleet vessels issuing trigger warning as a hostile craft swoops in for the attack? The times we live in are absolutely whackadoodle I could see this happening as unintentional SJW propaganda.

I'm getting modded troll on my original post, and will probably get knocked down here to, but I don't really care. Let's see where my statements are in a year. If you reply to this please keep in mind that words hurt and can even qualify as physical assault. If you are going to say something mean please post a trigger warning first so I can get to my safe room.

Comment I have Cortana on my Android. (Score 1) 94

I have Cortana on my Android (it's on the Play Store), I can say that it is legit. I also have Alexa which is not, at least currently or as implemented, not terribly useful. I of course have Alexa on my Kindle Fire 8, it's mostly just good for handling media (actually really good) and regurgitating internet search results. So anyway, I am not going to sit here and review Cortana on Android. Take a few seconds to download it and give it a spin.

Comment Not a crazy idea (Score 1, Insightful) 140

Lets go back a few short years...

This whole idea that all electric cars are ever going to be practical or affordable is a pipe dream. I can see hydrogen powered cars being practical in a few decades though. And self-driving? Won't we have to repave all the roads with sensors and put sensors all along the shoulder? That's just dumb, that's just dumb because you can't make a car smart enough to navigate daily traffic with all onboard sensors. What's next, first stage rockets that can fall back from space and land vertically? Right... let's throw in an autonomous electric powered flying bus while we are at it.

Comment No and no (Score 4, Insightful) 498

First, enterprise and industry are wholly dependent on Open Source. This kind of snuck up over time, and with big corporation supporting the Open Source software they need. So if all the programmers go because we can't teach elementary kids to "code" because they have no "real computer" to "code" on. First off, the desktop and laptop class computers *will* still be there. Second, the kids still won't learn programming in a classroom led by a teacher with no programming experience and who is regurgitating material from a book and doesn't have the foggiest notion of how to handle something that goes wrong.

Open Source is not taught, it is encountered and embraced. Open Source programming is community. Those people who have oh so specialized cognitive abilities will naturally gravitate into the Open Source world. Not everyone belongs there and the idea of introducing this into curriculum is a waste of time when they should be learning something else. Of the Open Source programmers I know and have otherwise met, not a single one of them were taught about it in school. However, many got started in programming at a pre-teen age.

You can cite figures of slumping PC sales for sure. But what about the balancing figure that shows people aren't buying new desktops because the one they bought five-years ago is still blazing fast. Right now I am writing this on a Windows 10 tablet. It's a great device but the quad-core Cherry Trail and four gigs of ram are nothing to write home about... oh, a Bluetooth keyboard and I can code away on this tablet. Next room over I have the desktop I built when I need serious horsepower for something or need my nerd fix. It is 6-core AMD machine with 16 gigs of ram, a 120 gigabyte SSD and, integrated video. That is straight of 2011 and I call that my fast machine.

I could get back into carrying on about Open Source, but this statement:

Fewer people have the opportunity to write code and share it.

Reveals the depth to which you have no clue whatsoever what you are talking about. There are plenty of people around here who might take the time to write a small book about it for you, but I am not one of them.

Comment Re:Systemd, WTF? (Score 2, Insightful) 167

I use Linux extensively and have since 1996. I started off on the "boo systemD" bandwagon myself. It was all based on hearsay and my own purity out of zealotry. Eventually, I took plunge. At a point, there was little choice. I am the type of person who pushes systems and clusters of systems to the limit. I have not experienced any of the problems you cite. Perhaps you are holding your computer wrong? And don't even get started about binary log files. You can still use all your favorite utilities: sed, grep, awk, etc... I am not buying your story. You are talking out of your ass hoping to get modded up. Meanwhile, I am calling you out expecting to get modded down.

Comment I had an S2 for awhile (Score 1) 232

I had an S2 smartwatch for while. I kept trying to justify it. I kept telling myself it was justified. After a couple of months I conceded that, overwhelmingly, that the most used feature I got out of it was the flashlight function. I could carry on with my critique, but what's the point. It was nothing but a status symbol, and an ugly one at that. I am currently using one of these and am very happy with it:

All the features you are listing off are in you pocket right now, it even makes phone calls. They can be secured, and they have a better interface. I will leave it to the reader to examine the "tech specs."

Comment This quarters unlimited plan (Score 2) 88

The most frustrating thing about T-Mobile is that you never know how they are going to redefine "unlimited" from quarter to quarter. $70 a month for SD video and... 512k of hotspot? That should not count as high speed. But regulations and lack thereof and so on. 512k is damn near useless as a hotspot. Even when super slow DSL came around in 1997 or so, you might be stuck with 512k up, but you could at least get 1 - 1.5 down. I would rather be capped at a higher speed.

So what they are really doing is selling a service that at $70 will cause you to go so absolutely bonkers with it's limitations that you will eventually have a meltdown and pay for their real unlimited high speed. Well played T-Mobile. Let's see what new high speed re-arrangement you cook up for the next financial quarter.

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