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Comment: Re:"although not with bug-free results" (Score 1) 152

by BlackHawk-666 (#49568249) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet

Which means it's now on the long slow slide into obsolescence. I figure it's good for software updates for maybe another 12 months, after that it's just a matter of time until some software I need / want requires an OS version the tablet can't support.

The tablet has an earlier version in 2012, and a refresh in 2013 which was a major update in terms of the hardware. It's basically being retired after only 2-3 years, which is a shame, since it's quite a decent little tablet - the 2013 refresh at least is.

I expect it will still give me a couple more years of happy service in any case, and since that meets my "five year lifetime" criteria for buying, I'm still relatively happy.

Comment: Re:Dell, HP, Panasonic (Score 0) 417

by BlackHawk-666 (#49544127) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

I'm not insisting any such thing. All I stated was the i7 line of processors is now 7 years old; people interpreted what they wanted to hear from there. I know full well the laptop will be using a modern version of a chip from that line.

The only thing this laptop has that's reasonably new and interesting is the 4k display, but that's completely wasted on the 15inch display. It would only be useful when hooked up to a large external 4K monitor where you can actually visually see the extra resolution it provides.

While 16GB RAM, and room for 2 hard drives is an ok feature, it's hardly anything worth talking about. Not in this decade, maybe in the last.

Haswell is well suited for use in laptops, so it's not really surprising that manufacturers are shipping devices using Haswell.

The model he mentioned does at least seem to have a nod in the right direction for video cards, instead of the usual garbage most laptops have installed - but then, for a starting price of $2355 I guess you'd expect something decent.

Comment: Re:Dell, HP, Panasonic (Score -1, Troll) 417

by BlackHawk-666 (#49540967) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

So wait, it supports a processor that was introduced 7 years ago in November 2008, has room for the minimum about of RAM I'd expect on a modern PC, and well under half what I could have installed on my desktop 3 years ago, only room for two hard drives, and a 4k screen? it really doesn't sound that great.

Oh, did I mention Linux compatibility? Ubuntu is officially supported. (My fave distro, Fedora runs without issue - literally load and forget)

Like pretty much every other piece of hardware on the planet?

Comment: Two Important Reasons. (Score 5, Funny) 186

by BlackHawk-666 (#49484695) Attached to: How Many Hoaxes Are On Wikipedia? No One Knows

In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Wikipedia has already supplanted the great Encyclopedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects.

First, it is slightly cheaper; and secondly it has the words Don't Panic inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.

Comment: Re:Not my type of show either.... (Score 4, Interesting) 148

by BlackHawk-666 (#49463849) Attached to: Nearly Half of <em>Game of Thrones</em> Season 5 Leaks Online

Let me help you over the bridge. Science fiction is often just fantasy, but with lasers and pod racers instead of swords and horses. Star Wars itself would lose little if it happened in a medieval setting (storywise, special effects would have suffered, and sadly that was 80% of the cool factor for me). I mean they already have a princess who keeps getting captured and needs rescuing by a knight...uh, I mean jedi knight. Lucky the old master is there to train the young apprentice in the way of the sword...er...force! He struggles to become strong enough to take on the black knight...um, Lord Vader. But only once the old master is defeated can the new apprentice rise above his master and defeat the black knight...fuck it, I mean Vader.

There's an old saying, if it's fantasy the women are dressed in fur bikinis. If it's science fiction, they are wearing metallic bikinis.

So, just take any science fiction story, and if the storyline itself could play out just as well in medieval Europe, Middle Earth or some spell casting land (swap guns and gadgets for wands, staves and magic items) then it's really just fantasy.

"Ada is PL/I trying to be Smalltalk. -- Codoso diBlini