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Comment: Re:Here's why (Score 5, Informative) 814

by Astadar (#29660715) Attached to: Most Mac Owners Also Own a Windows PC, But Not Vice Versa

I spec'ed out the xoticpc as closely as I could to the MBP 17" stock model at $2499. It came to $1218.

However, it has a 1400x900 display (vs 1920x1200), no wireless-n option, no GeForce 9400M/9600M GT graphics, no information about weight and, possibly most importantly, no information about battery life.

While it does come in significantly less expensive, I don't think that you can argue that they are equivalent.

Comment: Re:Why so few contenders? (Score 2, Insightful) 214

by Astadar (#28535297) Attached to: SoftMaker Office 2008 vs. 3.1

It's not hard to write a better one. It's hard to write one that's still compatible with the a) unpublished, b) quirkily implemented, c) voluminous spec that is MS word. At least sufficiently well enough to be a modest replacement.

I'm sure the folks at OO.o have been trying VERY hard to match Word behavior, but it's obviously not that simple.

I've run into several issues where OO.o doesn't render word docs properly and many more where an OO.o saved doc doesn't render properly at all in Word.

A shame, really. But that's the reason that we still have MS Office in the house. My wife and I use it for work just often enough that we can't afford not to have it.

Comment: ANOTHER new product tied to Windows?!? (Score 1) 249

by Astadar (#26751605) Attached to: Microsoft Caves, Will Change UAC In Windows 7

When _I_ read the headline, I thought it was an announcement of a new product called "Microsoft Caves", which would change security in Windows 7.

I figured that in order to improve security, they would put you in your own "cave" (figuratively or, perhaps, literally). Seemed like a terrible concept, but from the makers of "Bob", who knows...

"User switching now called 'visiting another person's cave'!"... uh... wait... maybe not.

Comment: Re:With Circuit City and CompUSA all but gone... (Score 2, Funny) 587

by Astadar (#26490467) Attached to: Circuit City Closes Its Doors For Good

Maybe Wal-Mart customers aren't so bad where you live, but here in Arizona, going to a Wal-Mart is not a fun experience, unless you like tripping over countless undisciplined children running amok and throngs of non-English speaking customers who walk very slowly and always insist on taking up the entire aisle, instead of staying to one side so you can get by.

There's a reason I'll only shop at Wal-Mart after 11pm.

Isn't that when all the parents take their kids there?

My Walmart horror story:
I have a vivid memory of going to pick up baby formula (something that couldn't wait) at 0730 on a Sunday morning and passing a streetwalker near the food section who'd apparently just gotten off her shift.

I'm hoping she was a working girl, given the scariest leopard print dress and tallest heels I've ever seen.

Scary, scary stuff, that early on a Sunday.

</trauma>... <please /trauma?>

Comment: Re:Corporations must show responsibility as well: (Score 3, Interesting) 520

by Astadar (#26473379) Attached to: Breathalyzer Source Code Ruling Upheld

Uh... they do. They have the same sort of records for the breathalyzers. I was "fortunate" enough to be chosen for a DWI jury in Texas and we were offered testimony and evidence of exactly that.

Sadly, we had a hung jury because two jurors thought he "didn't look that drunk", even though he was clearly not behaving the way a sane, sober person would act in a situation with that much on the line and he blew more than twice the legal limit (while under age, no less).

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