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Comment Re:Price point creeping up (Score 2, Informative) 638

The RAM is user upgradeable, the warranty is for a year, not a month, and there’s nothing that prevents you from using a ten-year old USB keyboard/mouse. Don’t know why you wasted your money paying for all that... I’m sure most slashdotters have a few keyboards and mice lying around, I know I do.

Comment Re:Nothing New (Score 1) 20

I'll see your anecdote and raise you another. My university (a private institution in Texas) offered three sections of pre-calculus this semester (about 20 students in each section). However, they filled *eight* sections of Calc 1. Pre-calc is required for admission and the class is only for those who were admitted to the university but failed the mathematics placement test. Calculus is required and this is a *liberal arts* school. Most students are not science or engineering majors. I don't know why your university had such low standards. Maybe they need to tighten up their admissions requirements (or you should've transferred to a more rigorous school).

Comment Re:This leaves them alone (Score 1) 883

Just because a BP station has a BP sign doesn't many there is *any* guarantee you're pumping BP gas. Most stations in the US are franchises, not owned by the oil companies.

Most of these franchises are free to pump *whomevers gas is cheapest.* They buy on the wholesale market.

What you *are* guaranteed is that the gas you pump will include that companies add-pack. The most famous of these is Chevron's Techron add-pack.

IOW, that BP station could have BP, Shell, ConocoPhilips, Exxon or even Citgo gas coming out of its pumps.

(Also, the gas stations don't care about this. They don't make their money here, they make it selling you a $3 soda)

Comment Do you have a credit card? (Score 1) 319

AFAIK, Apple will allow you to purchase from the US store if you have credit card with a US or APO billing address. That's how they check.

Also, I'm pretty sure the ToS for the store has had this rule ever since it was opened up to other countries. Each country has its own store due to licensing restrictions from the labels.

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money. -- Kim Hubbard