Re: Dear fragile and wonderful academics...
Anarchy is where there's no rules, so those with money/resources stomp all over everyone else's freedoms.
362 posts • joined 15 May 2016
Must admit that I agree. After reading:
>UK authorities should not be granted access to data held by American companies because British laws don't meet human rights obligations, nine nonprofits have said.<
My initial thought was "So what? US laws don't meet them either!"
It's actually a great idea. The problem is I want it to have a backend on a server I control. Probably in the basement next to the NAS. If it's just yet another pile of crap tied into google, notsomuch.
If it could be easily hacked and turned into a local control for local systems, without phoning the mothership? They'd almost start becoming interesting and viable!
Gnome's direction and quality explains why Mate is such a hit. And rightfully so, it's at the sweet spot of usability and customizibility for the vast majority of use cases.
When it isnt, there's a whole medley of other choices. And that is one of the best parts of linux on the desktop!
>If you know anything about watches you would also realise that Rolex are actually a top notch manufacturer, their service is first class and they produce watches using top quality materials, many of which are in house made, including their usage of their own perfected steel.. It's anything but tat.<
Their bracelets sure are crap, though. Compare a Submariner's bracelet against a Seamaster and you'll wonder why people buy Rolex.
(The watch heads themselves are absolutely lovely, though.)
So long as I have the ability to turn it BACK ON.
Sorry, Chrome's lack of customization is one of the major reasons that I can't stand using it. Yes, privacy, tracking, etc.... but trying to monetize my information by selling ads that I'll never see (blocked at the network level via PiHole, blocked again with Ublock, and killed violently if they get past that!) is one thing, but making decisions for me is entirely another!
>The stone cold reality is you don't really know what that software does and that could include a wide variety of things of which Facebook bots are merely one.<
Frankly, the mining software is less of a concern to me than the actual OS itself (from certain vendors--desktop and mobile). If you're untrusting at the level of worrying about the mining code, step back and look at most of the black boxes that you have running on a given device.
There's exceptions, but I'd wager that the mining software is less of a sketchy enterprise than the OS, for the majority of users.
>Every time I see 'Apple like' or.....<
I don't want to see "Apple like" when talking about a new, high power laptop. What I'd really like to see from Lenovo is "Thinkpad like"! Bring back the days of slightly chunky, easily upgraded, powerful, durable laptops that the branding came on in the first place! There's no reason to copy anyone else when you already have a winning concept, just stick with what worked in the first place!
I think I'm on the same page as everyone else as far as price, though I don't think we have to see absolute parity between the two styles--perhaps a 10% premium against the middle of the pricing band would be acceptable to most.
But what I'm waiting for is a SSD that actually can replace my NAS's drives. In that instance, I'm looking for price and longevity mostly. Speed isn't particularly important as the dozen drives can saturate a gigabit link without working terribly hard. So why hasn't a manufacturer come out with a medium format (3.5" rather than 2.5" or 5.25) SSD that can be stuffed chock to the gills with chips from the previous generation--where the fab is paid for and failure rates are low, so easy to make reliable profits on--and designed NAS drives? Start showing me 2-4Tb units in a larger case with good endurance within 10% of the price of something like a WD Red, and I suspect there's a vast amount of money to be made.
Nevermind that that same drive could be jammed into a normal desktop by an OEM for significantly cheaper than a 'fast' SSD of the more current designs, and allow the OEM to put a big sticker boasting about it having "not just an SSD but a bigger one than the competition" on the box, and I suspect they'd be onto a winner.
But then I'm the cheapskate that's still using a dozen used rusty 2Tb drives in my NAS because that was the sweet spot for cost:space, and let ZFS pick up the reliability (which honestly, has been excellent). Makes you wonder just how fat the profit margins are, and how much that's pushing for bragging rights in the speed arena. That said, I just also put a fancy M.2 into my main gaming rig, and the speed is really noticable, but the pricing makes it dumb for storing ...uh... cat videos.
I do not need my car going online. Period. This crap needs to be optional at the time of purchase, and easily disabled or modified after purchase.
I love driving tremendously, but absolutely am not looking forward to buying my next car. I'd cheerfully trade all the electro-tinsel for a decent chassis that delivers what I ask of it.
Can't edit on mobile, so apologies for self-relplying here.
VCDS runs on XP, much faster booting and lighter in a VM, which you'll probably not allow online other than for updates (which aren't necessary for VCDS unless you are trying to work on a new car not in your database.... in which case, just download the latest version and copy it locally to the VM instead of letting it go online itself).
The other piece of software that I'd like to try in v-box is Eurodyne Maestro, but I haven't needed to go that route just yet (already using APR's software in the ECU, so major hardware changes are needed to justify the change).
VCDS works on virtualbox. Ross-tech just won't support it officially. At least with the HEX-CAN interface, I have no experience with the wireless versions.
I do recall that there was a trick involved, but couldn't tell you what that was even about. If you're comfortable with virtualbox, give it a shot!
"My Watch saved my life back at the end of May, by notifying me of a very elevated heart rate, and stating that I should seek immediate medical attention. I went to the emergency room, and ended up in the hospital for 2.5 weeks. If it weren’t for that, I could be dead. So is this trivial? No, it’s not. It’s worth every penny. Your smartphone can’t do that."
So they save lives?
Arguably, a cheap plastic band around everyone in the world's arm that said "Don't smoke, and don't drive drunk" would save more lives by a bajillion percent. Your needs are not the needs of the market, when talking about absolute mass-market products, rather than niche ones.
(I would of course have the geek version--a mobius strip.)
"The unique feature a watch provides is the time and date. Instantly. Fusslessly."
Arguably, a mobile phone's unique feature was the ability to make telephone calls remotely. Instantly. Fusslessly is debateable.
The big killer app was ...er... the app, actually. Suddenly the smartphone became something that the cell phone was not. Calling a smartphone a phone is almost ludicrous, as they're pocket computers more than anything else.
The reason why everyone in manufacturing jumped onto the watch platform is because they didn't want to miss out on the prize if it became as important as the smartphone did. It didn't, mind you, so they all have dropped back out again. There's still a bunch of niches available, from sports-tracking devices, handy GPS reference for golfers who want to know exactly how far they hit/need to keep hitting, diving computers, and so forth. What we're all waiting for is something that takes the smartwatch out of the category of niche and blows it into "basically everyone on the planet will want one" like smartphones did.
Hasn't happened yet. If I knew the answer, I'd probably be a very rich man--or more likely, complaining and irritable when someone with more means gets the same idea and gets there first. But then, manufacturers can't do basic things like include reasonable pockets in women's jeans despite demand, so maybe there's hope yet.
>Don't go to Venus. It's horrible.<
But physics calculations give us an idea of what flight there would be like. The upshot is: Your plane would fly pretty well, except it would be on fire the whole time, and then it would stop flying, and then stop being a plane.
Venus is a terrible place.
--Randall Munroe, XKCD's What-if "Interplanetary Cessna"
You can't say "[all] journalists do [x,y,z]" and follow that with "the media is not a coherent whole".
More importantly, real journalism is being crowded out by movements (directed or undirected) found on various social media. Which means that non-journalists are having more say that winds up in the media--the media is not just what journalists write/say anymore.
Seems like most of the time, the proper media winds up just reporting on the actions of people online, anymore. For example, this article.
>In the same way that you don't just walk into a Yamaha dealer and buy a Kawasaki Ninja H2R without...<
Wouldn't you go to a Kawasaki dealer instead? Also, the H2R was limited production and not street-legal (at least here). But any 1000cc sportbike should comfortably clear 150mph, so the rest stands up nicely.
I wish there was an easier way to do a new-install configuration. Install these extensions, disable this that and the other, and change the UI in the following ways.
It seems like the more configuring I have to manually do after installing a product, the less I wind up liking it. When I first installed Mint with MATE, I think I made three whole changes.... contrast with spending longer doing config changes on XP than the install and patching process took! (Until I discovered nlite and made a really good install image, anyhow... but that's now years ago.)
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