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Comment as always, depends what you need (Score 1) 350

I've got a Dell Vostro that's pushing 5 years old. I paid $440 (Canadian) for it. It does everything I need it to, because it's main purpose in life is web browsing, email, word processing, and exporting streaming video via HDMI to my home theater.

For that purpose any of the Mac lineup would be overkill.

So sure, *at comparable specs* the Mac pricing is competetive. But many people just don't need those specs, and for those people a Mac is simply overpriced.

Comment nope (Score 5, Informative) 751

It's a replacement for welfare, employment insurance, social assistance, old age security, etc.... Some fiscal conservatives are in favour of it because if nothing else it minimizes administrative overhead by combining everything into a single program.

Also, it's usually set up so that there is always a benefit to working more. Claw-backs start at 50% and go down as income goes up. (As opposed to silly current welfare that initially doesn't let people keep any of the incremental additional money they make, leading people to not even bother trying.)

Comment didn't happen in Manitoba (Score 5, Informative) 751

Guaranteed minimum income was tried as a multi-year experiment in Dauphin, Manitoba (Canada) in the 1970s. From the wikipedia page for "mincome":

"...only new mothers and teenagers worked substantially less. Mothers with newborns stopped working because they wanted to stay at home longer with their babies, and teenagers worked less because they weren't under as much pressure to support their families, which resulted in more teenagers graduating. In addition, those who continued to work were given more opportunities to choose what type of work they did. Forget found that in the period that Mincome was administered, hospital visits dropped 8.5 percent, with fewer incidents of work-related injuries, and fewer emergency room visits from car accidents and domestic abuse.[7] Additionally, the period saw a reduction in rates of psychiatric hospitalization, and in the number of mental illness-related consultations with health professionals.[8]"

Comment if you don't know your needs up front... (Score 1) 64

then cloud computing is pretty much aimed at you. (At least if your need is likely to be variable.)

The whole point of the cloud is that you only pay for what you use. If your needs are wildly variable from one month (or day) to the next, it might make sense to rent time/storage/throughput via the cloud.

If your needs generally only increase, and increase at a predictable pace, then it probably makes more sense to buy your own hardware.

Comment cut back on net carbs (Score 2) 663

Seriously. I went on Atkins about 10 years ago, *severely* cut back on bread/sugar/rice/pasta/cereal, and lost 50 lbs over a year or so with relatively little fuss. I ate lots of vegetables, with meat/cheese/eggs/cream/butter, etc. It tasted good, I wasn't hungry, and I satisfied sweets cravings with stuff sweetened with sucralose/stevia/sugar alcohols/etc.

Comment still disagree (Score 1) 88

Arguably, "inject" generally implies a hollow tube through which the material is forced. This also means that a larger dose of the material can be forced into the wound since the material is under pressure. So syringe, snake fangs, mosquito proboscis, spider fangs, etc. are all hollow and "inject" would be appropriate.

On the other hand, contact poisons (even on a barb or spin) would generally not be considered an "injection".

If I coat a knife with poison and stab you with it, I'm not "injecting" the poison into you, you're basically absorbing the poison off the surface of the knife.

Comment virtualization (Score 1) 105

Cloud computing tied to networking leads to the need to reconfigure the network very flexibly and potentially frequently. This is where SDN comes in.

Suppose you have a big beefy virtualization host. You run a bunch of VMs on it, some of which might themselves be acting as full-fledged routers pushing gigabits/sec of packets. (Yes, this is possible right now.) You want to have strict control over which VMs can talk to which other VMs, you want to control which virtual networks can connect to which physical networks (or possibly which vlans/vxlans on which physical networks). Now combine this with SR-IOV or PCI passthrough where a given physical ethernet device can be logically switched between different customers depending on which VM it's attached to at any given time.

Comment you might, actually (Score 1) 698

Consider the following cases:
1) You want to hot-swap your keyboards and have the adjustment carry over between keyboards.
2) You want to switching between host terminals and virtual machines and have the adjustment carry over into the various VMs.
3) You want the adjustment to affect the BIOS as well.
4) Your keyboard is on a KVM switch and you want the change to affect multiple computers that may be running different OS's.

In the above cases, it would be handy to have a physical "bump in the cable" adapter.

Comment a bit too harsh (Score 1) 184

Bugs happen. If you've got code that seems to work and then you investigate and it doesn't work on one particular brand of drive, it would be a reasonable suspicion that there is something funny with those drives.

Given the fact that multiple Samsung drive models were failing but multiple Intel drive models were *not* failing under the same test (from the linked article), the developers could be forgiven in suspecting there was something wonky going on with the Samsung drives.

Comment fairly common to blacklist devices (Score 1) 184

hardware firmware is commonly buggy. Device drivers often have to work around buggy hardware, so blacklisting devices for various functionality is not at all unusual.

If the code seems to work with other devices and breaks with a new device, then the first instinct is going to be to assume the new device is doing something wrong.

Help! I'm trapped in a PDP 11/70!