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Comment: Re:New OS X is free* (Score 1) 130

by damn_registrars (#46825107) Attached to: You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

One, as best I can tell I still cannot purchase a license for OS X to install on a hackintosh. Hence any installation as such is violation of the terms (and likely of copyright as well) for OS X.

If you are willing to do without support, what does that matter?

Because I am not opposed to paying for good software. I am perfectly willing to pay for software if it works well, but they won't sell it to me. I haven't pirated software in well over a decade and don't plan to do it again. Hell, I don't even care about whether or not I can get support from them, I just want a legitimate license.

Two, the notion of being able to get OS X "for free" does not adequately describe the situation. it is only "free" for people who have already paid for it by purchasing an apple computer.

And you got free OS updates when you buy a Dell, HP, Lenovo PCs?

That is not without precedent, actually, Lenovo in particular has more than once in recent memory offered free windows updates to customers who purchased within a certain time window of a new version. They have also offered free "downgrades" for people who want to run older versions.

If you built your own PCs, you didn't even get the OS free with the hardware.

Well, that depends on what OS you want to run. I mostly run Linux which is, of course, free for most distros. That said, if you want to run windows you can go and purchase a legitimate license for whatever version you want. I can't do that with Mac OS X.

Comment: Re:New OS X is free* (Score 1) 130

by damn_registrars (#46824633) Attached to: You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

I am one of those who would be willing to purchase an OS X license to install on a non-Apple PC. Yet they don't even give the option to do so.

If you want to install OS X on a Hackintosh, you still can. This does not change that aspect at all.

Two things here:

One, as best I can tell I still cannot purchase a license for OS X to install on a hackintosh. Hence any installation as such is violation of the terms (and likely of copyright as well) for OS X.

Two, the notion of being able to get OS X "for free" does not adequately describe the situation. it is only "free" for people who have already paid for it by purchasing an apple computer.

Comment: Re:New OS X is free* (Score 1) 130

by damn_registrars (#46824327) Attached to: You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

If you think about buying a Mac today, you know that you will get at least two or three OS updates for free, which costs Apple nothing but increases the value of the Mac compared to a PC.

I'm one of those who does not run windows on his PCs - and hence gets my OS and updates for free anyways - so this logic doesn't really apply to me. Indeed, it might matter to some other buyers although I'm not sure how many people are able to keep their computers running long enough for such an update actually exist - for example most Vista users managed to render their system completely unable at least once before 7 came out. I'm not sure that OS X, in the hands of an average user, is really that much better in terms of longevity.

Comment: Re:New OS X is free* (Score 3, Informative) 130

by damn_registrars (#46824287) Attached to: You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

I bought a bike at Walmart for $200 yesterday. Middle of the road price for a Walmart bike. I had someone take it down and look at it for me before I left, he acknowledged that whoever put it together must have been a total idiot because the seat was loose. He adjusted it...

Next thing I know, I'm in the local bike shop looking at $600-1300 bikes while I wait and paying $10 for an adjustment because the seat is still loose, the front brake is rubbing, and the rear brake doesn't stop, dealing with some guy who doesn't want to deal with me because I paid 1) not enough, to 2) someone else, for 3) probably a decent bike if it wasn't put together by total idiots.

I used to work in a bike shop likely not too different from the one you describe. I can tell you, there is a huge difference between the components on the BSO (bike-shaped object) that you purchased at WalMart and the bikes you had in front of you at the bike shop. There is a reason why the WalMart bike was $200 and the ones at the shop were more, and it has to do with the quality of every component on the bike. This isn't a comparison between VW and Audi, this is a comparison between Porsche and a cheap skateboard. The components on the BSO are all Chinese made and lack not only the mechanical precision but also the ability to make adjustments that the better bike shop quality components have. I have seen BSOs from WalMart and others come in with brakes that could not be safely adjusted because they were of such poor manufacture.

And that isn't even getting to the frames. The BSOs are almost without exception made to only one size per model, which is seldom an appropriate size for the buyer (particularly an adult buyer). The frames themselves are poorly made as well of inferior alloys - both in terms of weight and durability - when compared to even the least expensive bike you can get at a bike shop.

Seriously, no adult should ever buy a bike for themselves at a big box (Target, WalMart, KMart, Toys R Us) retailer. If you wanted to stick to a $200 budget you would have been vastly better served by searching your local craigslist where you could have easily purchased a quality bike, in the correct size for you, for that amount of money. You could have checked ebay as well and come out better there, too.

If you just purchased that BSO yesterday my advice to you is go return it tonight and find a bike elsewhere. You won't get your bike shop fees back but you'll still be way better off.

Comment: Re:New OS X is free* (Score 1) 130

by damn_registrars (#46823621) Attached to: You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

Oh, you want to install-it onto a uncool PC ? You dirty, double crossing, good for nothing, two timing software pirate hacker ...

I am one of those who would be willing to purchase an OS X license to install on a non-Apple PC. Yet they don't even give the option to do so. I have heard the explanation that they don't want to be on the hook for support on the matter, and I'm fine with that - just let us buy a license with no support and be done with it.

Apple

You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free 130

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the debian-did-it-better dept.
redletterdave (2493036) writes "Apple on Tuesday announced the OS X Beta Seed Program, which allows anyone to download and install pre-release Mac software for the sake of testing and submitting feedback before the public launch. Until Tuesday, Apple charged users $99 a year to test out new OS X software—doing so required a paid-up developer account. (Testing new iPhone software still requires a separate developer account for another $99 a year.) Now, much the same way new OS X software is now totally free to download, it's also free to try out. All you need is an Apple ID to sign up."

Comment: Re:Austin, great but not my kind of town... (Score 1) 173

by Grishnakh (#46822227) Attached to: Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again

I'm no expert on the teaching profession, but my understanding is that the salaries are highly variable by state, and that some states/districts are strong recruiters, going out-of-state to recruit good teachers. Obviously, this doesn't work out for someone who refuses to leave their hometown, but for someone who doesn't mind relocating, it can be quite lucrative. Also, job stability is something that teaching is usually well-known for, so California is probably an anomaly that way. Maybe she should look at relocating to a better state where the pay is higher and the stability much better.

Lay-offs in engineering are a fact of life, BTW. At least there, you can usually expect to get another job pretty quickly, depending on where you live, but if you think engineers enjoy highly stable jobs, you're sadly misinformed. As an engineer, you need to be able to relocate every 2-5 years, unless you stick to a very high cost-of-living metro area like Silicon Valley where your particular skills are in high demand and where there's lots of jobs in that area.

Cellphones

Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones 114

Posted by Soulskill
from the without-the-liquid-cooling-i-hope dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Now that Google's modular phone effort, Project Ara, looks a bit less like vaporware, people are starting to figure out its implications for the future of cellphones. One fascinating possibility is that it could transform the cellphone purchasing process into something resembling desktop computer purchasing. Enthusiasts could search out the individual parts they like the best and assemble them into cellphone Voltron. People who just want a decent phone with no hassle could look at pre-built offerings — and not just from Apple, Samsung, and the like. It could open up a whole new group of phone 'manufacturers.' Of course, this comes with drawbacks, too — if you think fragmentation is bad now, imagine trying to support thousands of different hardware combinations."

Comment: Re:a total non-story (Score 1) 173

by Grishnakh (#46818117) Attached to: Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again

Commuting to NYC (Manhattan) is cheap. They have trains running to NJ, CT, and NY (north of the city); you can get monthly passes and it's pretty cheap, certainly much cheaper than gas + car maintenance + insurance. Of course, the trick is living near a train station, or having someone who can drive you to one. The stations have parking lots/garages, but these have reserved spaces and are quite pricey, so if you don't live close enough to walk/bike (and biking in this area isn't really safe, plus the weather sucks for part of the year), and you don't have someone who can drive you, that's going to change the equation greatly. You can also take a bus to the train station, but that adds a lot of time usually because the two don't coordinate well. You can also take buses directly to Manhattan from many places, but these are slower than trains and much less comfortable.

The thing that really affects what you need for salary, commuting to NYC, is housing costs. While obviously not as astronomical as Manhattan, the areas around it are still very expensive, at least on par with Silicon Valley prices from what I've seen, at least if you're renting. On top of that, property taxes are the highest in the country. Expect to pay over $10k/year on a $400k house (which is a pretty modest house, maybe 1500sf). We have school superintendents in every municipality who all need to get $250k, and every little high school needs a brand-new football field with artificial turf, and cops and firefighters all need to be able to retire at 55 with a full pension, so that money's gotta come from somewhere.

Comment: Re:Contractors skew that number... (Score 1) 173

by Grishnakh (#46818053) Attached to: Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again

- Moving is good. Staying the same place, career-wise, is generally considered to be bad.

That depends on who you talk to. Here in the Northeast, it seems to be a huge negative on your resume if you haven't stayed in your previous jobs for 5+ years.

Also, the quality of work seems to suck in contracting; you mainly just work at crappy defense contractors or large companies like Qualcomm doing BS busywork. The really interesting jobs all seem to be permanent-only. Again, this may be a regional thing.

Comment: Re:Austin, great but not my kind of town... (Score 0) 173

by Grishnakh (#46818029) Attached to: Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again

AFAICT, the "equal pay for women" thing is basically a BS political issue; they already DO get equal pay. The reason women make 77 cents to every dollar a man earns (or whatever the ratio is, I think that's close to the latest soundbite) is because women take lower-paying jobs than men, on average. This article is about tech people making 6 figures; how many female software developers have you met? A few perhaps, but they're a tiny minority. How many male schoolteachers have you met? While teaching is obviously important to society, K-12 teachers aren't paid 6 figures. Women can't expect equal pay for unequal jobs, and any laws to address this "problem" are going to be ineffectual since, just like any other discrimination, it's really hard to prove in court. Most people don't openly advertise their salaries, except for government employees (who have known pay grades).

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