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* Posts by oregonensis

30 posts • joined 19 Mar 2012

Apple's skinny new iMac line: Farewell, optical drives

oregonensis
Linux

Surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet with all the shiny/design fetishisation going on but has no one considered how UGLY it is to have an external drive plugged in? (Or on a laptop, having adapters to plug in a wired network or a monitor?) It's ugly.

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Cloud 'destroys time' and fracking is great innovation

oregonensis

No, just working... at work.

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oregonensis
Stop

Under 30. Hate Macs. Spend 0% of my working day on The Facebook.

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Doctor Who to unwrap new sidekick in Christmas TV special

oregonensis
Unhappy

Please no more Christmas specials

A heartwarming Christmas story now and again is alright, but the most recent one had no discernible plot line. Jolly, jolly, jolly. When can the Doctor be a grumpy old bastard and when can he have more of a mental workout by solving his problems some way other than with the sonic screwdriver. It just does screws! My theory as to why the Doctor has become so stupid is that the brain damage he suffered at the end of Planet of the Spiders never fully healed. As Baker the Greater it was a loveable goofiness but by the time Baker the Lesser rolled around it was horrible clowning around. Or is all the trouble with present day Who that Moffat is emotionally stunted and/or writing for 7-year-old audiences?

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1,000 Foxconn iPad workers trash dorms in riot against guards

oregonensis
Stop

"Foxconn rebranders"

It's unfair to label Apple as a "just-slap-an-Apple-sticker-on-it giant." Surely the Foxconn workers will put the stickers on, too.

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US military gives NASA two better-than-Hubble telescopes

oregonensis

Re: "perennially underfunded"

What would you call the Mars rovers' (or any probe's, for that matter) extended life cycles? Or salvaging Skylab from Apollo leftovers? Even before the budget body blow of the mid-70s, the plan was not to build new craft to go to Venus, but to reuse Apollo parts. They do a lot of good work on a lot less than most US agencies. Let's not forget that most people still see space exploration as a waste. Part of NASA's inefficiency stems from its being underfunded in the first place. If budget cuts force them to scrap the hugely expensive design work on Constellation, how is starting over going to help make things more efficient? Another huge blow to NASA is our changing military needs. Without the arms race, there could have been no space race, not least of all because of rocket tech's dependance on ICBM tech, but also because military contractors built the craft and because of nationalist feelings. If my nationalist drives are satiated by driving a big car with a flag hanging out the window, who cares about Mars? NASA engineers are quite creative about what to do with their limited resources, and if they had even enough money to follow through on those ideas, I think you would find it could do quite well for itself.

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Oz sysadmin says Windows 8 not ready for business

oregonensis
Linux

2013

Year of Desktop Linux

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China turns on the sprinklers with ambitious rain-making plans

oregonensis

Re: Actually, I can see countries going to war over this.

There's actually a UN treaty concerning this. Check out the "Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques"

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oregonensis

What's this about China being behind the weather modification leaders? I thought no one else with the financial and technological means (except Abu Dhabi) was doing it.

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Mars rover Opportunity spots WALL-E in crater ramble

oregonensis
Black Helicopters

Re: Not a Disney/Pixar design!

PIXAR FOLKS ARE DISNEY FOLKS

YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED

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oregonensis
Thumb Up

Thankful no one has posted the XkCd yet. Pretending the reply below yours doesn't exist.

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Top Facebook exec begs students: 'Click on an ad or two'

oregonensis
Mushroom

If I begged for clicks, that would be fraud, and I'd never see a dime from my Web adverts.

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Boffins cram binary data into living cells' DNA

oregonensis
Alien

How many years will it be til we we can encode a cheesy movie for our far flung descendants in their DNA? How many more til we have a way of seeding the rest of the galaxy with this cheesy movie?

"The Chase"

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Google unleashes Chrome 19, flattens 20 bugs

oregonensis
Linux

Re: "Expand Comment" still doesn't work on Linux...

Works for me on Linux with Firefox.

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BOFH: Siri, why do users lie?

oregonensis
Unhappy

It would be PINTSQR number. Honestly.

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oregonensis
Trollface

¿What happened to ¡Bong!?

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oregonensis
Headmaster

The appropriate pic for this is "Won't someone think of the children!"

What is pedantry coming to, indeed.

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Dell puts Sputnik open-source laptop on launch pad

oregonensis
Linux

Re: Why play with penguins...

Here's one Linux fanboi (and free software purist) who has upvoted this post. These are exactly the sort of charges I level against friends' and neighbors' proprietary systems. My 5 year old laptop runs rings around their year old machines "with one core behind its back."

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iTunes fanbois outraged by Apple's sex-life quiz probe

oregonensis
WTF?

Blah blah complaining fanbois blah blah

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Apple claims Aussie 3G is so good it's 4G

oregonensis

Re: Ill buy that

I agree with you, but on the other hand, why should Apple try to please the Chinese market when there seems to be such a strong desire for Apple products in China that young people are willing to sell their organs and their virginity for them?

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CompSci boffins tout file encryption for Google Docs

oregonensis

Re: Courts requiring a someone to turn over their encryption keys

The US courts are moving away from allowing right to silence in the face of self-incrimination to apply to handing over encryption keys. The EFF & co are fighting it, but they are losing, sadly.

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Windows XP support ends two years from now

oregonensis
Trollface

Re: @Mage - No Problem

Didn't you read the article? 2014 will be the year of Linux on the desktop.

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Google shows off Project Glass augmented reality specs

oregonensis
Go

Re: Processing power?

Yes, Siri shifts much of the work off your handheld and onto Apple, but let's not forget that even so the present Jesus mobe has a secondary processor just for cleaning up and compressing your voice and that Apple can't supply enough power on the server side to give you proper answers. So we're still going to need significant power in your eyeglasses.

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China purges coup rumours from social media

oregonensis

This is interesting. Are the rumors of a coup substantial, or is this the eastern equivalent of "RIP [celebrity of the day]"? I know Bo Xilai was really shaking things up -- sometimes for the better, sometimes in ways frighteningly reminiscent of Mao's days -- and I also know that the outgoing Chinese premier made some cryptic pro-reform remarks after the closing of the congress earlier this year. Also, the I believe it was the vice-president (or someone equally high up) who replaced Mr Bo as Chongqing's mayor after he was sacked. Strange times.

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100 EARTH-LIKE PLANETS orbit stars WITHIN 30 LIGHT-YEARS!

oregonensis
Stop

Decades??

Much as I would like it to be otherwise, the most optimistic estimates for the VASIMR engine's speed have a probe getting to the NEAREST star in something like 11,000 years. How are we going to send a probe out 30 ly in decades? And is your sci-fi probe sending its data back on subspace?

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Dr Who scores new companion from Emmerdale

oregonensis

You're right that it isn't helpful in getting the job. It shouldn't be either. Some of the better actors on uber-fan series have come to the role without knowing much if anything about their larger fictional universes, and most of the Who geeks I know would make for horrible actors. My complaint isn't that she's wrong about who the best Doctor and companion are, it's that if she thinks the current series is just fine, she'll uncritically accept scripts as bad as the ones that are on now. To be clear, I've been OK with Matt Smith from the start. He fits the role quite well, but the stories and dialogue he has to work with generally are no good, and he likes the current state of things, so no one's saying, "are you serious?" to the showrunners.

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oregonensis
Childcatcher

Fine-- pick Liz or Sarah Jane or even another Doctor. That's not really what's at stake, even if my tastes are a bit trite. My point was just that she's picked easily one of the worst eras in Doctor Who. The most hopeful reading sees this as just sucking up to the boss, but I know there are plenty of people out there who genuinely like the current state of fandom-as-canon. I'm disappointed that someone can accept and even praise a decline from Holmes's intended audience of mature adolescents to the current emotionally-stunted [age of Moffat's kid] year-olds.

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oregonensis
FAIL

Ugh. After watching a YouTube interview with her, I have drawn the conclusion that Rebecca Black has been cast in this role. She did "excitement, excitement" ("we so excited") and also "fun" ("fun fun fun"). I question her judgment in saying that the current cast is her favorite as well -- obviously the best Doctor/companion duo was Pertwee with Jo Grant -- but more importantly, she *likes* the snivel fest that Moffat has dumped on us? At least Karen Gillan is my type, but really a good companion should hold an advanced degree in science and/or (believable) ass-kicking.

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Apple announces dividends, share buy-back

oregonensis

Re: meh

Even at Foxconn?

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

oregonensis
Unhappy

Inception

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