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Re: Everyone should learn how to write code because ...
> By the same logic everyone should learn how to perform neuro-surgery because everyone has a drill and a knife at home, and one can always buy a magnifying glass at the store.
Self-reliant types have been teaching themselves First-Aid for this very reason for over 100 years now.
Of course self-reliance is very much out of style these days.
Just try to have something resembling a clue.
Lay tile just once.
You won't look at a floor the same way ever again. You will be able to appreciate fine craftsmanship and recognize the work of a worthless schmuck. As a consumer of the product of genuine experts, your small bit of dabbling will be of immense value. You will actually have some clue of what you are buying and be able to judge people's work.
Re: @AC101 @stu4
Instruction in ANY foreign language changes how you perceive your own as the approach is generally different. That alone is useful. Doesn't matter if it's a dead language or something new and trendy.
Re: Everyone should learn how to design internal combustion engines
> Before a person turns 16 and can get a driver's licence, the person must be able to display a good knowledge of thermodynamics, mechanics and the chemistry of hydrocarbon combustion. Then they should also learn how to weld and spraypaint.
> Sounds a bit stupid doesn't it?
It only sounds stupid because you're building a false strawman. None of what you are blithering on about is on topic when it comes to cars. On the other hand, studying the basics of the technology or putting together a plastic model of an engine or just becoming familiar with basic maintenance tasks all are on point.
Knowing enough to grok the difference between Petrol and Diesel engines does not require a PhD in physics. Although a Cub Scout might be able to assist you.
> There is no point teaching everybody to do the same thing. Its pointless because its self destructive.
"Mommy. The teacher is being mean to me. She's making me do something that's hard."
In a sufficiently diverse curriculum, EVERY ONE will say that at least once.
Not everyone is going to be Newton or Dickens or Picasso. That doesn't mean that you don't expose them to stuff and at least try to teach them things.
Re: Apparel Solution
"Sorry. I don't do Windows."
Re: Before the knee-jerk "PC gone mad" comments start in earnest...
> IT has a problem with fair treatment of women, we know this
No. IT has an image problem because the frat boys in the news media want to verbally beat up on nerds. They especially want to tear down the more talented types in Silicon Valley. These are the ones that really make your average journalist look like an uneducated idiot.
That said. A wise geek might want to avoid an easily predictable situation.
Re: He is giving a talk about mavern
Then get ready to really start foaming at the mouth.
Not only is my wife hot, she's also smarter than you and makes more money than you do.
Re: What a load of left wing crap
> But it took a whole lot of energy and hydrocarbons to make and transport....
7 years ago. Today it just sits until I want to use it.
Re: All well and fine, but...
> Every streaming service I've tried do NOT provide subtitling for the featur
Check your decoder. Quite often this comes down to whatever streaming appliance you happen to be using. The feature may be there but your hardware doesn't support it.
Welcome to the dark side of streamers.
Re: This isn't a like for like comparison?
> until the streaming services let me download the full 4.7GB DVD, you can't compare them.
Never mind a 4G DVD. Try a 9G one or a 35G BluRay.
Same argument applies though. Streaming services can't compare to physical media for quality and clarity. Half the time the picture is pants because your network pipe got suddenly constricted.
Re: If there wasn't DRM...
> And Blu Rays are protected by even more DRM + all recent Blu Ray players are infected with a DRM virus called Cinavia that stop copies playing correctly. LOL @ "DRM Free".
That's why you acquire better ripping software and a PC bluray reader. The initial overhead is bothersome but the end result is much more satisfying.
Re: There is NO tablet ... that can come close to competing with my high-end laptop
> Hardly anybody, even in enterprise, needs a high-end laptop.
Even for "secretary terminal" work, there is a noticeable difference between using cheap underpowered hardware and decent kit. The fact that many people have meager requirements still doesn't negate the overhead of the OS or the problem of parts that are just crappy (like Intel GPUs).
If you are the least bit creative, you will find something to do with extra capacity.
Voice recognition is an obvious one. This common use case is one for which ARM devices need to "outsource" computation.
Re: Personally I think
> Using this logic, my house alarm that was fitted 10 years ago would need to be replaced for free due to the progress made in electronic hacking systems
Nope. This isn't about "progress". This is about suitability and fitness for purpose.
This isn't about "new features". This is about security patches.
Re: Dare I say differentiation
> Exactly - all I want to do is go into the wilderness
In many places, that's called suburbia.
I am sure that even England isn't one long stretch of high rises from one coast to the other like Tokyo or something out of Judge Dredd.
Re: What purpose does a tablet serve?
> Today tablets like the Surface are very close to your laptop specs
Not my laptop. Then again, I use my machine for more than playing Candy Crush.
Contrary to popular opinion, work machines still need to have some computational muscle. You can't just throw some anemic junk in a thin-and-pretty form factor and declare things done. Many people need more power than that.
Doesn't matter if it's an Ultrabook or a tablet.
Re: Nonsense and crap
My son is the age that Lucas was supposed to be pandering too with the prequel movies but that seems to have ended in total failure.
My son loves the Clone Wars cartoon series and he likes the original movies but he simply has no interest in the prequel movies.
Pandering doesn't always work. If the basis of your success is not pandering, then perhaps you should avoid that approach.
Re: Amen to That
> The Federation as a totalitarian government was very hip and modern but again - did we need this change of direction?
Trek taking on current events and embedding them in the middle of the plot.
That's pure TOS. Just go watch the original episodes.
If you don't like that kind of direction then that has some deep and significant meaning that you might want to contemplate further.
Re: @Youngdog If not JJ Abrams, then who else?
Yes. There was a very distinct divide in the old west between the townies who tended to be northerners and the cowboys who tended to be ex-Confederates. This is not something acknowledged in most conventional westerns.
Re: A little pedantic imo
Forbidden Planet is like Star Trek version 0.1. It's much better as a movie despite of it's obviously cerebral underpinnings. It doesn't seem to be trying to make itself painful like opera. 2001 comes off like it was trying to be opera. It's something you watch because you are culturally superior not because you actually like the thing.
Still. The design of pretty much all sci-fi before Star Wars favored the "shiny and new" approach and outfits that looked like they were trying too hard to be futuristic. The rustic design approach of Star Wars was a different direction.
Re: Kahhhnnnttt Cut It
Montalban's Khan was a cartoon villain. He had no intellect what so ever. He was the 60's expectation of a leading man. That's not something terribly intelligent. That sort of thing boils down to machismo mostly (which Montalban had plenty of).
Any incarnation of The Master is a better interpretation of what Khan should have been and Cumberbatch was closer to that than Montalban ever was.
People defending Montalban are just doing it based on nostalgia.
Re: "You could at least be sure that Han shot first with Quentin at the helm."
Quentin is also not squeamish about violence and flawed characters.
I wouldn't be surprised if Quentin has actually fired a real gun and can relate to having one pointed at him. There is nothing remotely sinister about defending yourself in that situation.
>> 'Open source USED to be about replacing big, bad, commercial vendors'
> No it didn't.
Red Hat has always been about devaluing the market. That means taking the thunder out of the likes of Sun and Oracle.
Re: 64Gb drive is my friend
> Oh, YOUR digital belongings, is it?! Methink you didn't read the LICENCE when your purchased the right to play back OUR digital belongings.
What license? If it was a physical copy of something, there was no license. Just standard copyright law applies.
Re: I wonder if the real problem
> is people looking at their 'data' collection and realising they can never afford enough tissues with balm or even just the time to watch the videos they've collected.
That equates to terabytes of data and we aren't quite there yet either in terms of thumb drives or micro SD cards. Video (or even photos) is big and it doesn't take that much stuff to fill up the smaller devices.
> USA is a big place, this might be nice to have in the car....
My 500G Archos is still king of the hill in this respect.
A wireless hard drive is a nice idea... for geeks. For anyone else it's probably raising complexity a bit much.
Re: I've missed something here
> Why not? What's so special about an ATM, or a voting machine?
It's something we actually care about. It doesn't really fit well into the typical corporate mentality of cutting corners until you are left with a circle.
Software development for those devices should look nothing like the usual nonsense that goes on with consumer products and business systems.
Re: Incorrect Icon used
>> "Pick up a women's magazine and look at the adverts inside, they are full of good looking women, often scantily clad. Pick up a men's magazine, they are full of good looking women, often scantily clad."
> Why use the Anonymous icon when it's an obvious but very poor and juvenile troll?
The posting of an invonvenient fact is hardly a troll.
People have forgotten what that word really means and just throw it around mindlessly when they don't agree with someone. It's little wonder that meaningful discussion no longer occurs in public venues in meatspace. Probably deadly for democracy that.
People love to whine about tech but they've got nothing on Cosmo or Vogue. Even the ads in Family Circle would probably offend the Womyns Studies types assuming they even acknowledge this stuff.
Re: Hard hats required!
Some work sites are hard hat required, not exceptions. If you get caught, you get thrown off the site. It may make no sense at all. Although it's likely driven by government safety regulations which themselves likely make no sense at all.
You can either ignore this stuff or be a statistic... much like cycling without a helmet.
Re: Now that's what I call programming 16
This reminds me a lot of the Law & Order collection of shows. The female legal talent is all portrayed like supermodels. On the one hand it seems "sexist". On the other hand, that's the same ideal that women push on each other. So if you are going to appeal to the female demographic, then it's the "Cosmo" approach you're going to have to take.
Lo and behold... after a few years of this wildly successful show that "objectifyies women" you see a glut of lawyers that look very much like their Hollywood counterparts.
This is not a "brogrammer" problem. Geeks just get trashed because the media (probably full of jocks and frat boys) probably want to perpetuate the same tired old "Revenge of the Nerds" narrative.
Bleeding hearts might want to whine about this kind of nonsense but the tech sector is just the very tail end of the problem.
Re: Mean time to failure
> It's not the mean time to failure that's the problem - it's rebuild time after a failure.
...which turns out to not be a problem really. If you're really paranoid, then have a 2nd parity drive.
Tempest in a teacup
It's usually that other OS that trashes your boot loader. This is so common and has gone on for so long that no one should be the least bit shocked or bothered by this kind of situation. The only real difference here is the identity of the culprit.
Disappointing real world results...
Those "real world" test results are actually rather disappointing. They are not unlike what I see from spinning rust or even between machines on a GigE LAN.
Re: Isn't it funny...
No. It's all about budgets. NASA always gets the short end of the stick. They are lucky if they can keep the lights on. This is in stark contrast to the military that has an entire political party near dedicated to the prospect of giving the Pentagon anything it wants.
The armed services can fund a rocket program with the spare change from the couch.
NASA is lucky to have a couch.
Re: Organic vs non.
> Fact is, GMO foods have many benefits over non-GMO
No, not really.
The only advantage that Megacorp GMO crops have is an enhanced resistance to farm chemicals. They have rather obvious names like "Roundup Ready". Industrial GMO seeds are bred to tolerate more herbicide. They aren't bred to be "better" in any other way.
Don't conflate the goals of some megacorp that would grind you into crackers with some monk or university professor.
Re: misses the point
> a) I can't imagine vegetables being sufficiently contaminated
Find someone with a better than average sense of smell and start juicing vegetables. The contaminants can be readily detectable to them. We found this out when we tried the latest iteration of the juicing fad. The bionic nose could tell.
That was just "normal" stuff though. We don't go out of our way to buy organic unless it is the bulk packaging from the local warehouse store. Then that's just a matter of buying what the warehouse sells because it's cheap either way.
Re: In other news...
> Have you tried tofu fried in bacon fat, though?
It doesn't matter what it tastes like. I'm not Japanese. So I don't have a Japanese tolerance to glutamates. So if I go whole hog with the Asian cookery, I will end up with an itchy reaction.
My aversion to the stuff (tofu) is probably instinctive. Just like they wouldn't eat dairy cheese.
Re: Agenda here?
Omnivores "attacking" vegans? Really? We couldn't care less actually.
It only comes up when vegans and the somewhat less extreme types are obnoxious in their declarations. Why would someone who is not a food zealot care one way or the other really? It makes zero sense.
On the other hand, it makes a lot of sense that a Zealot would tend to be obnoxious.
Re: One flaw in the analysis
A larger land line cable company has more power to abuse upstream service providers and streaming based alternatives. They can influence the market for everyone much in the way that Walmart does. THAT is the problem with consolidation of local land line monopolies.
>> "Previously the windows would show a yellow box indicating its size as you dragged, but it didn't re-draw itself in real time."
> Risc OS 3 achieved this feat in 1991. Have I misread today's date?
In case you haven't been paying attention lately, Ubuntu has been deploy a "less is more" approach to the GUI. The things that Unity can't/won't do cannot be generalized to Linux interfaces in general.
Re: Head to head
>> "What's the migration cost of moving from XP to Windows 8?"
> A lot less than Windows to Linux as you're not going to have to change all your applications.
Nope. The migration from XP to Win8 will also create a lot of application level churn and might even cause MORE disruption than a migration to Linux.
That's Microsoft's dirty little secret.
Re: Head to head
> What's the migration cost of moving from XP to Windows 8?
It's the costs associated with lots of hardware being thrown against the nearest wall as end users rebel in frustration.
Re: Head to head
Windows in it's current form has long time Windows users wanting to use something ELSE.
Oddly enough, it's precisely because of the same kind of nonsense that Ubuntu is pushing here.
Metro and Unity are birds of a feather.
> But how long before someone comes along with a little application to add these easily?
It's been too long already. On the other hand, this is something that should be in the base product. The fact that it isn't is just blatant disrespect for the actual users. It's a big fat FU from the developers to the rest of us.
It's little wonder that no one has chose to "showcase" this.
Re: re: minors cant sign contracts
> It's California. The law of England and Wales doesn't apply.
Except at one point the were the same law. Chances are that the relevant principles have not changed since that time.
Yes Virginia, there are legal precedents taught in American law schools that predate Columbus or any American jurisdiction. That's a nice feature of our joint legal heritage (the precedent).
Now France vs. California is an entirely different kettle of fish.
Re: Read the T&Cs of the web site
No. The problem with a TOS is the fact that no minor is able to consent to a contract.
No legal consent can be given. So the whole "but you signed a contract" argument goes up in a puff of smoke. The judge should know better.
> "276 TB is small in the database world."
> I'd wager that more than 99.9% of databases in existence are smaller than 276 TB
That just means there's been a proliferation of a lot of small databases as the technology has become cheaper to use. The big jobs continue to get bigger all the time and people aren't terribly impressed when you start throwing around non-trivial numbers.
Re: sounds like
I also found the remark about the 100K result set limit quite odd.
Re: "because the iPhone was so far ahead of its early competitors"
> Are you one of those people who think that the success of the iPhone was due to "Apple marketing lies" and "stupid consumers"?
Based on the iPod and it's competitors, that's not such a big stretch really.
Apple has it's own perfect example of how the better product doesn't necessarily win the market.
Re: Last thing you want to do...
Either you're into it or not. In the Soviet Union, there was no economic value to being an engineer. You were actually shat on pretty hard really. So you didn't enter that profession unless you were really into it and simply didn't want to another sort of (manual labor) job.
IT today in the West is the same way. It's something you do because you are into it and that will make up for the crap you have to take.
Try to work against this and people will just flee the profession as soon as they realize they've been conned.
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