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  • I predict the new Macbook 12" will sell a lot ... if

    , Ray7 wrote


    I think the point of a laptop is whatever you intend to use it for. A location film editor wouldn't have much use for this, but for web surfing or writing on the train? Ideal. 

    That's what SSH is for! Anyway, even in the window where you can do something on a laptop (1) that doesn't need a cluster but (2) requires something better then what is already very decent specs of the Macbook - I still would take the 2x less computational performance over lugging around my heavy Macbook Pro. I never liked the Air though, because of the screen. Screen resolution is not something you can SSH into. The Macbook has a Retina display!

    I mean did you ever play with this thing? It makes 10 inch Chromebooks look like heavy/bloated bricks in comparison. It has a very nice design too, feels really sturdy.

  • I predict the new Macbook 12" will sell a lot ... if

    I like how small and light they are, seem like a perfect travel laptop (which IMO is the point of a laptop).

  • Windows 8 is finally paying off for Microsoft!

    , NoelCarboni wrote

    Experienced people have wisdom.  I'm not more stupid than when I was a bright eyed 20 year old working on mainframes, dreaming of the computer power we'd some day have.  I've written thousands of lines of code this week.

    Computing, however, is getting a whole lot more stupid than it was then.  It was struggling to get better.  Now it's not.  This is a recent phenomenon, and not an inevitable product of a "generation gap".

    When Engineers (geeks) are in charge, things get better.  When Marketing people (jocks) are in charge, we suffer.  It has always been and it will always be.  Scott Adams has it right.


    So back in the 80s pretty much all PCs came with BASIC included. Even the cheap/crappy ones. And some popular programs in the 90s had integrated scripting. This lowered the barrier to entry to becoming a developer. These appliance-like devices that are popular these days put harsh restrictions on programs that can be used to create other programs, so it's not even that programming is less accessible, it's becoming prohibited completely.

    This could sound great in the sense that less people doing development = more demand for development, supply/demand, good for developers. But, at the same time computer science is such a new field and there so much left to do, as you mentioned, to create the "Star Trek" future. We all actually suffer if people are discouraged from getting into computer science. Plus, there are entire fields that probably aren't investigated as much as they should be, with less scientists and technologists in general, society as a whole will tend to increase economic priorities on software that does not progress the human condition, to the point that even such an idea, as you observed, becomes niche.

  • how recent is adblocker?

    People would share /etc/hosts files with ad agencies domains back in the 90s. I think ad blocking as probably about as old as ads.

  • Windows 8 is finally paying off for Microsoft!

    , evildictait​or wrote


    Then stop watching trash. There's plenty of good stuff out there if you reach for the remote. Hell, you could even turn it off and read a book.

    I sometimes have concern for things that don't directly effect me. I'm commenting on how the quality of TV programming has declined, not that I can't avoid it.

  • Windows 8 is finally paying off for Microsoft!

    , NoelCarboni wrote

    When I was younger I played a few first person shooters (Doom, Duke Nukem 3D), but that was a waste of time and, frankly, I found it got old.  Recently I played Plants vs. Zombies for a while on our iPad.  Cute, but again a real waste of time.

    I use computer systems to do engineering.  THAT is what I find rewarding and fun.

    Now I see Microsoft is turning toward gaming being a more significant part of the Windows experience...  And turning away from Windows being the heart of a serious general purpose computing system.  I find that troublesome.

    I realize that gaming finances a lot of development (look at what it's done for GPUs), and it's great that people have fun with their computers - more power to them - but does it have to DOMINATE?  Does the inclusion of fun and games (hey, past versions came with Solitaire, etc.) have to eclipse the real work aspects?

    Call me a boring business user, or whatever.  Windows just isn't going very quickly toward the bright high tech "Star Trek" future we could foresee some decades ago, in which high tech facilitates our being smarter and able to do more and more with information.  All it seems to be able to do today is distract us.

    It seems to be just turning into all commercials without the TV program.


    I think the world is just getting intellectually disturbed. Not just video gaming but reality TV, pop stars, celebs, whatever. It seems so much of the masses is obsessed with the most petty and pointless distractions, and maybe I'm getting older but it feels like this "culture" is getting more prominent. I mean it was possible to find like actual history on the History Channel and TLC standed for the Learning Channel and not the HoneyBooBoo channel at one point. Video games were always a distraction and a vice, don't get me wrong. But they've also feel like they've been increasingly idiot'ifed too if you know what I mean. Except for a few gems like Kerbal Space Program of course. Microsoft if would bundle KSP with Windows, I assure you the response to something like that would be extremely positive.

  • Windows 8 is finally paying off for Microsoft!

    If you are wondering why King is so adment of promoting this free game (even spamming commericials on TV, etc.), King designed Candy Crush Saga with significant help from psychologists to short circuit people's inherent reward response. Basically, Candy Crush is a PHYOPS tool designed for the explict purpose of fleeing people vulnernable to a certain kind of suggestion. Some freeminum games have resulted in people spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars (and in some cases, tens of thousands) on these so called "microtransactions".

    If someone assaults you on the street that's clearly a crime. I contend that human mind can also be assaulted, and the business model of freminum relies on this. But modern culture is based on the false theorem that the mind is a temple that acts unimpeded relative to its inputs.

  • Stop the madness mark 2.

    Well it is technically Windows OS X.

  • The most important Windows 10 news of the day

    Interesting in the sense that this might remove the strong coupling between node and V8.

  • Window container support on client

    , evildictait​or wrote


    Used to work very closely with the Google Chrome team in Zurich and MTV. It's a cool team.

    I really wish you didn't answer this way. How would we know you aren't embellishing facts or just making stuff up? Even if you aren't, Google tends to publish through official channels. I personally read lots of their published papers, because they are often extremely groundbreaking. But by no means do they publish everything about how their business or technology operates. I wouldn't be so sure Google is cool with you publishing various additional tidbits about their internal datacenter operations that apparently have not been cleared for wider dissemination.

    But here are facts anyone can verify: Google developed cgroups, the foundation for containers on Linux. Google also developed Kubernetes, a way to manage a dataceneter as a logical set of Linux containers. If Google isn't currently or doesn't intend to use container-based cloud themselves while at the same time publishing massive amounts of code to enable that use case, that's an awful waste of effort on their part.