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Comment: Re:The moan of sour grapes (Score 1) 450

by DeathElk (#49229529) Attached to: Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch

For me, Swiss watches represent the pinnacle of hand crafted micro engineering. I also own a quartz watch that keeps better time and runs for years on a single battery for a micro-fraction of the cost (and requires no expensive servicing). So what? I find it refreshing to use an entirely mechanical device with amazing latent complexity. It serves a single purpose simply and elegantly yet almost perfectly.

Comment: Re:Overstatement (Score 1) 286

by DeathElk (#49076487) Attached to: 1950s Toy That Included Actual Uranium Ore Goes On Display At Museum

Frankly, I find video games and other sedentary screen based activities to be the most dangerous pastime for children. Childhood obesity is deadly and is a direct result of a) parents restricting their kids activities away from bikes, exploring, football and other normal activities and b) the impact of junk food marketing aimed directly at kids.

Comment: Probably the power supply (Score 1) 840

*Always* check the voltage rails first. Schematics may help but aren't always necessary. Look for swollen capacitors or black legs/PCB on or near the switching transistors(they're probably mounted to a heatsink). There is no reason a $2.00 part should bring down a $2000 television set.

Comment: Re:Customer as Quality Control (Score 2) 167

by DeathElk (#47979689) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

So put your name to your comment, AC. My experience with Dell has been less than 2% failure over 1000's of Optiplex, Latitude and Vostro units. The main cause of warranty claim has been DIMM at > 80%, PSU at ~18%, MB at ~2%.

A lot of folks whinge about Dell, I suspect that's because these folks would rather roll their own PC. That's fine, until you have to roll 1000 in a week.

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.