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Comment Re: Sure you can. (Score 1) 439 439

Yup. 200 billion in cash and most of the industry's profits.

Most of the cell phone and tablet business profits... While Macs make money, by themselves Apple wouldn't be a very interesting company, it is all iOS devices.

The Mac could vanish tomorrow and Apple would still be one of the most valueable companies on Earth. Without the iOS devices, it is just another computer company.


My point was simply that if ANYTHING was going to give Windows a run for its money, it would be Mac and OS X, not Linux. I didn't say Apple SHOULD do this, I said they COULD do it. :)

The irony is that the iPad is actually really decently priced, all things considered. For $500 you get a REALLY thin tablet, good triple core CPU, enough RAM to be interesting... a very nice screen, and a very nice OS that is responsive. The one short aspect is storage, which at 16GB is no longer enough, 64GB should be the base these days.

You can get cheaper tablets, but not ones nearly as nice.

The iPhone is massively overpriced, but everyone knows that. :)

Comment Re:RTFA? (Score 1) 439 439

So why are you trying to discredit the very person that changed the whole world of spying "on us?"

Nope, not at all... I'm just pointing out that for all his "revelations", nothing has changed. The NSA is still doing its thing, the public has moved on and largely doesn't care.

Why did he bother if the public largely doesn't care?

Comment Re: Sure you can. (Score 1) 439 439

I can remember much the same being said about Internet Explorer, which went from well over 90% usage share to more like 20% over the last 10-15 years (with much of the decline happening before mobile became an important factor).

Changing your web browser doesn't change your computer.

You can have 5 web browsers installed side by side, it doesn't break anything else.

Changing your OS isn't the same thing. Installing Chrome or FireFox doesn't break TurboTax.

Comment Re:wft ever dude! (Score 1) 191 191

Consider for a minute that you could just assign every man, woman, and child on Earth a /64.

That would give each person 18 quntillion addresses to pick from, and you'd have enough /64 address space to cover the likely population of Earth for the rest of its entire existence.

Yes, I'm aware that some bits are reserved and that it isn't really as clear cut as that. But it doesn't matter...

You can cut huge numbers out and it still becomes a stupid big number.

And every doesn't need 18 quntillion addresses, that too is silly.

The whole space is huge and unless we're complete morons, we're done with IP address space for the rest of human history.


As a side note, this is similar to 256 bit encryption being enough forever. No computer will ever be powerful enough to brute force it. Unless there is a flaw in the program of course, but you can't try all possible keys in a 256-bit encrypted file. There isn't enough energy in the universe to flip the bits.

Comment Re:wft ever dude! (Score 1) 191 191

Oh, I'm sure there are indeed billions and billions of things that could use their own IP address...

The jump from 32 bit to 128 bit is so large however that it should cover us forever. You could assign an IP address to every atom on the surface of the Earth and have used less than 1% of the IPv6 address space.

Comment Re:Win10 is worse than Win8 (Score 2) 439 439

Yeah, but Windows isn't free unless you're a member of their beta testing program. Windows 10 is a "free" upgrade, but that means you don't have to pay an additional fee for the update from your current version, not that you don't have to buy Windows to begin with.

True, but you're missing the viewpoint of Joe Consumer.

Windows didn't cost anything, it came with the computer, much like a radio and wheels came with his car.

This is more like a car dealership offering a free upgraded radio or free tires 2 years after you purchase the car. You had to buy the car in the first place, but most people see such offers as "free" since they already bought the car.

If you buy a new car, it also comes with a radio and tires. No, they aren't really free, but the consumer sees them as just part of it. How much the car marker paid for them is not the concern of Joe Consumer.

How much Dell paid for Windows is ALSO not the concern of Joe Consumer.

Frankly, I expect that sooner or later, Windows will become free for home/consumer use, it will have a small licence cost for businesses, and manufactures will have a small "preinstall' cost to put it on new machines.

This would all but remove any incentive from consumers to ever look at anything else.

I don't want any functionality that was present in Windows 7 to be ad-burdened in 10, even if it is just Freecell.

Fair enough, I can respect that. However, I think you've already lost that battle, if you care that much, stay on Windows 7 until 2020, then you have to decide what to do at that point.

Maybe you'll go to Linux, maybe Mac, maybe you already have... but the vast majority of people just don't care.

My wife plays a social media version of Scrabble on her phone with her friends. There are ads on the bottom of the screen, you can pay like $5 to remove them forever. I asked her if she wanted me to do that and she said, "why, I just ignore them, that seems a waste of money".

She is a Jane Consumer, not a techie (she is a doctor by profession). She just wants it to work, how much each part cost, what each part does, etc. she couldn't care less about.

Comment Re:wft ever dude! (Score 1) 191 191

There is a thing called privacy

Sure, but I believe that you think you're more private than you really are.

If anyone really cared about you, all the privacy settings in the world wouldn't amount to anything.

another more specific called VPN or Tor.

Those aren't as private as you think, since you're using a computer that you don't REALLY control, on a connection to an Internet that you DON'T control, all within a county that has a government that is fine to spy on its own citizens, who appear to not care.

All trying to be private does is make you stand out, if a three letter agency cared about you, none of those things will help you when you're sending it all over government sanctioned internet connections. Encryption works, so long as you have no gaps in there, but few people are that good and you only have to mess up once. Plus, if you were of serious interest, they would simply infect your machine directly and bypass the encryption completely.

If they can infect air gaped computers in Iran, you would pose no challenge to them.

Comment Re: Sure you can. (Score 1) 439 439

Seldom have I seen a response that so completely and utterly missed my point.

The irony is that I didn't miss your point... Your point was wrong...

You said they are the same, icons and programs and a desktop. My point is that they AREN'T the same, if they were, Linux wouldn't be at 1.5% and Windows at 94% marketshare.

The fact that Linux has essentially no share of the market indicates that they are in fact not the same, and that your point was incorrect.

Comment Re:wft ever dude! (Score 1) 191 191

Interestingly enough, I have the reverse problem... Mine starts out at 100meg or so and slowly ramps up in speed...

That being said, very little outside the Texas area gets above 500meg no matter how big the file and some stuff within 50 miles is still not that fast. Downloading Steam games for example, the server is within 50 miles of me, but it is rare to get more than 300 meg from them. I've seen bursts higher, but 35 megabytes per second is about as good as it gets.

I've seen nearly 100 megabytes per second, once, from Amazon's servers, but it seems that either the servers aren't designed to handle the speed or I don't have enough open connections, or perhaps the backbone is busy.

Or perhaps the local connection AT&T is providing to the final mile isn't enough. That seems odd, since this has only been online for about two weeks, I doubt I'm sharing it with very many people yet.

Bandwidth isn't everything, ping, jitter, and loss are also important. Jitter typically indicates congestion and so does loss. I can reach every major datacenter in the world with under a 250ms RTT.

Likewise, I've tested those with pingtest and the connection is very good just about everywhere. The bandwidth for large files has just been disappointing. I honestly feel that I could downgrade to 300 megabit and wouldn't notice any difference.

Comment Re:wft ever dude! (Score 1) 191 191

This is a weak retort to a sticking argument. From grandparents to teens, people have quickly learned that you need to:

        - use VPNs to access sports channels that are blocked in your region

        - use VPNs and common sense to access social media that is blocked in your country

        - use strong encryption to protect discussion of drugs that aren't legal yet

        - block ads / use incognito mode to avoid letting websites you visit learning your sexual orientation or other potential secrets

Wow, that is really out there... I'm not even sure what to say to all that, other than I think you're way, way out on the fringe.

What you describe is not normal, not common, and not a concern of the vast majority of people. It verges on the tinfoil hat arena...

Comment Re:wft ever dude! (Score 1) 191 191

Now you have all these SJWs pushing for pretty much anything they find personally offensive (oh I forgot "trigger warning") to be labeled as "hate speech"

That is not a technology problem, that is a socity problem. If we don't fix that, nothing we do with technology will matter.

We're doomed as a race if we don't figure out how to stop fighting each other.

If you are gonna keep that position I hope you are VERY careful with what you say, what you write, and watch, because all it will take is someone with a tiny bit of power deciding they do not like you.

But that is already the situation, it has been for awhile, and nothing I do is going to change it.

I personally don't have nearly as much faith in the government and cartels as you do, so I'll pass for as long as I can and buy a VPN to idoncareistan when I no longer can, thanks anyway.

I don't have faith in them either, but I think you're kidding yourself if you think a VPN is going to help you. You're wired into the government approved Internet, using devices you don't really control, on connections that you don't either, paid for with electronic money that you don't control.

Bin Laden survived for a long time only because he was TOTALLY off the grid, and had a lot of people around him protecting and covering for him. You, living in the US? No chance.

Your idea of "security" is an illusion in my opinion, you aren't nearly as "hidden" as you think you are.

Comment Re: Sure you can. (Score 1) 439 439

You would think, and then Apple decides to solder the RAM onto the Mac Mini and the Mini I can buy today configured as close to identical to my buddy's Mac Mini from several years ago (quad core i7, SSD, upgraded to 16 GB) costs half a grand CAD more today than it did then.

I hear you. I hear you.

I honestly think that if Tim Cook can get over Steve Job's desire to only play in the niche market, Apple could have a winner on its hands.

While they won't remove Windows from the market, if they can get their market share to 20% or so, then companies would start having to come out with Mac versions more often, it become self sustaining at that point.

The fact that the Mac Mini is so "fixed" in terms of what you can do with it makes it nothing but a toy. The iMac as well, it is just a laptop that you can't move around.

The only Mac towers are insanely expensive, beyond reason.

For $600 I can get a very nice Core i5 Windows 10 box that has 8GB of RAM, but can be expanded to 32GB if needed. I can put my own SSD in, my own video card in, my own upgraded power supply, etc.

Apple isn't even close, which is why their market share is in the sub 5% range.

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