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Comment: Re:Make computers harder to use. (Score 1) 166

by Bing Tsher E (#46823485) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

We can get you a lab coat to wear. There can be a half-door for people to come to to submit jobs and get back printouts. Congrats, IT fuck, you're back in charge. When does my fucking job get done?

No. Nice try, though. Now go put paper in the LJet in finance. Chop chop now.

Comment: Re:So when I drop my phone... (Score 2) 131

On your new Apple phone, you'll have a little pile of fragments of sapphire to sweep up.

What makes you think the case design on these things will be as bad as Apple's case design on the Newton? (one of Apple's last ventures into customer-openable moble-device case devices)

The things will hold up to ordinary use and droppage, or they won't make it onto the market.

Comment: Re:Wrong application (Score 1) 131

Many ./er's aren't old enough to remember when computers were monolithic pieces of silicon like phones are today, a single assembly with everything soldered in and not replaceable.

WTF? What alternative reality do you come from? Are you talking about low-end chunk-of-plastic computers like the C-64? (which, incidentally, had the full schematic diagram printed in the back of the owner's manual)

Because every IBM-PC sold back when they were sold by big monolithic IBM had plug in ISA cards. The video, drive controller, serial communication controllers were all plugin modules with what rapidly became an industry standard plugin footprint.

It sounds like you might be hearkening back to some middle period when Compaq and Dell were selling 'compatibles.' I remember Panasonic, Radio Shack, and AT&T computers that sported 8086/8 processors, that couldn't run stock MS-DOS and so had their own customized variants rebranded from Microsoft. But that wasn't what we were building. We bought 'PC Clone' hardware where the motherboard had a common footprint and dropped into whatever commodity case you chose. Just like today.

Or maybe you really are talking about 'the olden times' when you had to pay a very high-cost Customer Engineer to come out with an oscilloscope and a wirewrap gun if your PDP-8 went on the blink.

Comment: Re:It could actually make sense for Apple... (Score 1) 131

Back in the day, there was probably a point when Apple sold more Macs than Compaq sold the equivalent over-priced high-end PCs, too.

That wasn't the computer that The Rest Of Us were using, though.

It's fascinating how Apple has managed to position themselves as facing a 'chief enemy' competitor in the cellphone market that is the equivalent of enemy 'IBM' back in the days of the early Mac. Apple needs a competitor that can be shape by their marketing gurus into a Emmanuel Goldstein-like being, so they can conduct little five minute hates.

That's when they're not pretending they produce the Mercedes of the cellphone market. In reality they make the Buick in a market of Chevys.

Pepsi versus Coke? It's a shame that Apple is reduced to a marketing hype operation, hawking overpriced sugarwater in the end. What would Scully say to Jobs now?

Intel

Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector 150

Posted by Soulskill
from the bring-on-the-4k dept.
Details have leaked about the next iteration of Intel's Thunderbolt connector. The good news: bandwidth will double, going up to about 40Gbps from its current 20. Power usage will drop by half, and it'll support PCI-e 3.0. The bad news: it uses a redesigned connector, and will rely on adapters for backward compatibility. From the article: "Doubling the available bandwidth will enable next-generation Thunderbolt controllers to drive two 4K displays simultaneously, where current controllers can only drive one. The new controllers will allegedly be compatible with a variety of other protocols as well, including DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.0, and HDMI 2.0. Intel will offer two different versions of the controller—a version that uses four PCI Express lanes to drive two Thunderbolt ports and an "LP" (presumably "Low Power") version that uses two PCI Express lanes to drive one port."

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