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Comment Replace laptop when it stops working (Score 1) 186

It's like, when toasters first came out, everyone had to have one, and growth was steep. But now, everyone already has a toaster, and we only replace them when they stop working.

But in this market, even replacements can often be hard to find. I have a 10 inch Dell laptop running Xubuntu that I use to work on hobby coding projects while riding public transit to and from my day job. But since December 2012, it's hard to find a 10 inch laptop. With what should I replace it once it stops working? I looked around, and unfortunately, the 10 inch 2-in-1s such as ASUS Transformer Book don't seem to work well with any X11/Linux distribution that I'm aware of.

Comment But on which side are college students? (Score 1) 186

content creators and content consumers

The use of the loaded terms "content", "consumer", and "creator" is slightly confusing. I prefer "users who create works" ("authors") for short and "users who view works created by others" ("viewers" for short). But terminology aside:

So these two [author and viewer] camps want very different things, and we're seeing the start of a market split into those camps. It is inevitable that when the PC market falls down below a point, economies of scale won't be there and the prices will rise

At first, I sort of agreed with your core sentiment that the economies of scale for devices for creating works may evaporate as walled garden mobile devices continue to gain popularity among pure viewers. But there will still be a need for devices on which university students can prepare homework, and a locked-down walled-garden device such as an iPad isn't quite ideal for a freshman computer science course. On the one hand, this means that at least university students will form a market for PCs. On the other hand, it could justify overcharging for PCs the way publishers overcharge for textbooks.

Slashdot users' opinion on this issue appears split. Some users, such as betterunixthanunix and one Anonymous Coward, think children will be harmed by lack of access to devices designed for creating works. Others, such as geekoid and another Anonymous Coward, think used laptops and Raspberry Pi single-board computers ought to be enough for anyone.

Comment Visual Studio RT? No. (Score 1) 139

And Microsoft has an ARM version of the NT Kernel. The problem is never the OS, its the fact that the software for x86 can't run on ARM

And apparently nobody has ever ported a compiler to the ARM platform?

It appears that it's harder than it looks. Even Microsoft never got around to porting Visual Studio to Windows RT, an operating system based on NT for ARM architecture. And the legacy APIs on which free compilers such as MinGW (GCC for Windows) rely are restricted on Windows RT. There isn't even a concept of "current working directory", for cricket's sake.

Comment Not all of these are in one's control (Score 0) 192

Never spend more than what you can earn.

So what should somebody who is temporarily disabled or laid off do?

Never lose your job while indebted.

What steps ought one to take to guarantee this, especially before being in the workforce long enough to build enough net worth to self-insure for unemployment?

How about looking for an apprenticeship?

I did, but I had already graduated before I learned that apprenticeships/internships in my area were intended for current undergraduate college students. What's the next step for someone in my position?

If you're not ready to have children, you're not ready to have sex.

What steps ought one to take to guarantee that one will not be forcibly raped? Or is it common for rape victims to sue rapists in civil court for child support, win, and collect? A convicted rapist serving a prison sentence for rape can't pay child support, as far as I can tell.

Comment Secure Boot vs. Restricted Boot (Score 1) 186

virtually ALL mobile devices using UEFI-SecureBoot WITH NO option to support legacy BIOS

Secure Boot is a UEFI feature that requires bootloaders to be digitally signed with a certificate stored in the PC's firmware. But there are two ways to implement it: normal or forced. With normal Secure Boot, the owner of a PC can replace the certificate or turn off the feature entirely. Forced Secure Boot, sometimes called Restricted Boot, cannot be disabled, much as in iOS devices and major video game consoles. In the Windows 8 (x86 and x86-64) era, Microsoft required normal Secure Boot for logo certification; it forbade Restricted Boot. As of Windows 10 (x86 and x86-64), Microsoft has changed the policy to allow either normal or forced Secure Boot. In theory, PC buyers could just avoid PCs with Restricted Boot, so long as they don't greatly outnumber PCs with normal Secure Boot. Have x86-64 PC manufacturers actually started to implement Restricted Boot widely?

Comment Game mods? (Score 2) 186

Even the laptops are giving way to tablets

If you want to type anything longer than a paragraph, you need to add a keyboard, which turns your tablet right back into (yes) a laptop.

Gaming has moved from the desktop to the laptop or game console. And at some point, it will be in the domain of the tablet/console.

Let me know when tablet or console games have (legit) mod support nearly as thorough as that in PC games. If your answer is Super Mario Maker, let me know when it has tools to create new block types or new enemy types.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.