I've heard of lazy, but this takes the cake. Or maybe, in your case, has the cake delivered, not to your front door, but to your sofa.
This is HP through and through. They acquire a business then ruin it. We used to use a (very expensive) piece of software from a company that HP bought, immediately when HP bought the company (for a hugely overinflated amount too) the customer service turned so awful that we dropped them along with many other customers.
An 'unboxing' is only half of the modern way of reporting on new hardware. The more interesting question in this case is "will it blend?"
As an antidote to that anecdote, in the UK during the same period the completely open Sinclair ZX Spectrum had one of its best game years, along with the completely open Commodore 64. Titles for both machines kept selling well right through the 1980s. Shops stocked games. It may have also been that a full price C64 or Spectrum game was half the price of a full price cartridge game.
In theory it's usually good when bad things happen to congress for exactly that reason, but the violation here is "we've been spying on you and know all your dirty little secrets"
Well we can all sleep safely knowing that at least baseball players will be smacked down for daring to lie to Congress.
I work in his factory.
Oh stop being a paranoid dipshit. HEPA filters are well understood, aren't made by this guy, and have been being tested by hospitals for fourty years.
"OMFG he claims a hepa filter does what hepa filters do??!!?!? WHY SHOULD WE BELIEVE IT"
Because it's pretty obviously a sensible claim. Duh. Go to Target, spend the $20 it would take to try it yourself, and please grow up a little bit.
I mean seriously, what kind of person thinks putting an air filter in front of a fan doesn't actually filter air? Seriously.
Is it "Formal Specification" or "Specification Formal"? Will the process take the form of "PHP to Formal Specification" or will it be "Formal Specification from PHP"? How about "php2spec"?
Once it got to the point that you could buy a decent (read: non-gaming) machine for about the same as the parts would cost, I quit building. The last one I built was an AMD K6-2/450 for close to $1,000 and the first one I bought was a refurbished 1 GHz PIII HP Pavilion for I think $850, to which I added an ATI TV-Wonder video capture card and a 32 MB video card with DVI to drive a used 18.1" IBM flat panel that I picked up for a song. (I think $800 at the time.) It came with Windows ME and I "upgraded" to 98 SE the day I got it (boot time dropped from about 90 seconds to about 45); later I put on Windows 2000 and that thing ran like a swiss watch for years.
Great intentions. Let's maybe try and get you promoted on BoingBoing.net? You could even write Corey.
Tell him one of the old DJ's from "Nickie's Haight St. Barbecue" recommended you... or maybe not...
SEVEN DOLLARS!?! Remember Ballentine and Ace? 75 or 95 cents... Hey, they went to 1.25 and 1.50... that was expensive, so you could go to a used bookshop and get for
To the highest bidder!
Hey! This is just the market, finding another solution. To the problem of life itself...
You can do computer science just with paper and pen. That is entirely feasible and totally common in any computer science curriculum at any halfway decent university. Oh, you thought that computer science = programming. Well, yeah, no... it isn't and technically you can program without a computer too. You just can't run your programs.