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Comment Re:DO NOT WANT (Score 1) 54

Uhhh not trivial? I'll just leave this here then but will note he is taking his time, I've seen a basic unit thrown together no problem in under 20 minutes flat, hell it takes longer for Windows to update than it does to throw together a PC now!

BTW it took me under an hour from putting the parts on the table to Windows install, and I had FOUR hard drives, TWO Optical drives, and an R9 280 GPU. I guess you haven't seen a PC case lately, everything but the really cheap shit is tool-less, just pop out slider, put in drive, slide back in, and the backplate even has really big letters indicating where to put the motherboard, m for microATX and A for ATX. I mean good lord my wife put together her own PC and she still has trouble figuring out the microwave, the only thing I had to show her was how to use a cable tie to clean up the cable runs, that was it.

If you haven't put together a PC lately? Its insane how easy it is now, there really is nothing to it anymore. I remember the old days when it was easy to get things to go in the wrong way but it just isn't like that anymore, its all pictures and slider drive cages and you don't even have to know what hardware you have or find drivers anymore as Windows does that FOR you, its crazy stupid easy bud.

Comment Re:Corporate deployments? (Score 1) 140

We were talking about the mass market, IE consumers. Now if you ask me about corporate adoption of Chromebooks?...Yeah I could see that, once upon a time I used to admin thin clients like the Sun Ray and these would be just an update of the thin client in an easier to setup package. It would be a great corporate fit if they can tie it into their own servers and bypass Google completely (wouldn't want to try dealing with SOX or HIPPA with a Google controlled Chromebook) but if you can pull that off? Its a cheap thin client laptop, and in corporate environments having a full OS not only really isn't required but is more of a risk. So could ARM Chromebooks become a hit in corporate? I would argue that the performance hit that ARM takes over X86 would make it a hard sell but corporate Chromebooks? Wouldn't be a hard sell at all.

But home users? They don't know what an OS is (the closest I have ever gotten from a customer that wasn't a geek when I asked what OS they were running was "Windows Something", most don't even know that, some have even said Dell or Intel), they don't understand that programs are written for specific OSes (to them there is really only one desktop and laptop, and that is Windows. Anything else is "broken") or there is different CPUs that limit what you can run, or that Android is anything but "something that runs on cellphones". So in that critical high dollar market? Yeah...nooo. Best you could hope for was a quick fad followed by a huge drop, see how many sites are selling BOGOF deals on the low end tablets because they can't move them anymore, too many are gathering dust in sock drawers, or if these cost more than $100? They'll be a mound at the return desk.

Again I've been dealing with customers for...damn has it really been 30 years? And if you don't understand the market you are screwed, and when it comes to PCs its all about the programs and GUI, and the users expect everything they run now (which is all Windows programs, I have yet to see somebody come in that didn't have SOME Windows programs they require the PC to run) to run on any new unit, when it doesn't? They are NOT happy and they will quickly come for a refund.

Comment Re:Your laws ignore my rights (Score 1) 207

What's that got to do with it?

But yes, immigrants will consider laws against immigration unjust and hence break them. Whether I consider them good or not does not matter simply because they don't really apply to me. It's like abortion laws, how I perceive them should be irrelevant considering that they do not apply to me.

Comment Re:Who are these people? (Score 3, Insightful) 207

Robert Reich is certainly right on about the demise of capitalism. Corporations stack the deck so much in their favor that capitalism as we used to have it, as it used to benefit average people, and lift them out of poverty, is pretty much dead. Any attempts to reform the system cause them to scream "socialist wealth redistribution."

I used to think those that picketed at G7 meetings against globalization were luddites. Now I completely understand. Globalization is more and more just bullying on a national scale.

Hopefully in Canada we can get the Conservatives out, though I'm not hopeful. Harper wants Canada to be just like the US in all the bad ways. However a conservative minority government is probably the worst case scenario up here--Harper would be absolutely dictatorial in such a government knowing that the electorate are going to punish anyone who brings the government down and brings on another round of elections. Both opposition parties say they won't even bother reading the TPP in the house (which is honestly a lie, but at least they say they oppose it). I dunno. Plus Trudeau is being an idiot refusing to even talk about a coalition with the NDP. But I digress.

Comment Re:Teensy 3.1 (Score 1) 56

You just put the whole teensy on your breadboard, just like the way you would normally get an Arduino on a breadboard; you get an Arduino Nano. You can get them from China for less than $4, if you don't mind getting a knockoff.

Comment Your laws ignore my rights (Score 5, Insightful) 207

I consider it well inside my rights to ignore your laws.

In less martial words, issuing laws that contravene the consensus of the population is dangerous. Laws are upheld mostly because people consider them good, not because they are being enforce. Look around you and ponder which laws are upheld (in general) and which one are flauntingly broken. Do you see people go on murdering sprees, bank robberies or even do some minor shit like pushing grannies out of the way? No. Why? Not because they're forbidden, but because they go against the "general moral consensus", for a lack of a better term. People in general consider this "wrong". Yes, they are also illegal, but that doesn't matter too much.

On the other hand, people of all times have broken laws without remorse if those laws were considered unjust. From speeding to copyright to drugs, all covered by laws with fines and punishment that are in no remotely sensibly proportion to the crime involved, laws being ignored and broken routinely by people you would otherwise consider upstanding, moral and law abiding.

The actual danger here is in the view people get on laws in general.

If you need an example for this, look no further than the former Communist Bloc. People in there quickly noticed that the laws are not there to protect them from "bad people", but to protect the state against them. Which in turn led to a corruption without parallel, because the average citizen's attitude was "why bother giving a shit about the state if it doesn't give one about me?".

And we can have that too. If we insist in installing more and more laws that work against our population. People already don't ask what "they can do for their country" anymore. Oppression and trying to enforce even more ridiculously anti-population laws will only increase resistance to them, to the point where people will actually resent and oppose the state as much as people in the former East Bloc did resent and oppose their state.

Ok, we cannot flee to a west. There is none.

But there's always necks to be severed.

Comment Aps might eventually do it in the long run (Score 1) 187

Apps for Window Phone and Windows 8+ will take a long time for a adoption. But once some good ones are out there, people will like Windows for its ability to run apps without getting a virus. If Microsoft designed Windows98 from the ground up for the Internet, they could have made it so .exes could have been run safely without getting a virus. I'm surprised they waited 15 years before making the apps that are run unable to give the computer a virus. It should catch on eventually, but adoption is slow.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 1) 140

1.- Its a laptop as far as users are concerned, in fact I never sold a single one at the shop where anybody called them anything but laptops. If you think users will "cut you a break" because its ARM? News Flash they don't know a CPU from a HDD, they WILL expect it to do every.single.thing. your average laptop in Walmart does? When it don't? Hello return desk.

2.- Go look on your local CL under Chromebooks, News Flash they are already being dumped en masse because to steal a line from a former POTUS "Its the programs stupid!". People see a Chromebook, and again I cannot stress this enough users have no fucking clue what an OS is and all they know is "I use Google at home, it says it is from Google, so I can do everything I can do at home" and after a couple of weeks of finding out that is NOT the case? Hello Craigslist. I just looked on mine, they have a pile of 'em in the $70 range and most have been there awhile, know what that tells me? The users are treating them just as they treated those cheap tablets, they use it a few weeks, find it wanting, and get rid of it.

3.-...Sigh, how hard is it to understand? YOU know what an OS is, know who don't? THE VAST MAJORITY OF CONSUMERS that is who! They aren't gonna know WTF an "Android" is because, and I bet my last fucking dollar damned near everyone of them will say "that is for cellphones" and is that a cellphone? Nope its a laptop and therefor should do what laptops should do which according to Joe and Jane is RUN WINDOWS PROGRAMS, when it don't? Hi return desk, I'd like to return this?

4.-GPUs...Will these GPUs run all those Winhdows programs that Joe and Jane WILL expect it to run, because that IS what runs on the laptops at Walmart? No? Then nobody will have a single fuck to give, next!

5.-Windows 10? Yeah that is why you are extra fucked as again Joe and Jane have not a single fuck to give about rumors of spying, data collection, all that shit means nothing, for fucks sake they blab their sex lives on FB! What they DO care about very much is Windows 10 LOOKS like Windows 7, and all their programs run on it just fine. Ya know what I do to Windows 8 PCs brought into the shop with users demanding I "fix it"? I slap in classic shell, voila! That'll be $50 and they hand it over with a big happy smile on their face because all they care about is the GUI and form factor and if its a laptop that LOOKS like Windows 7? Well they are just happy campers and Win 10? Looks like Windows 7.

All of these points you are bringing up? Yeah its pretty damned obvious that you have NEVER worked retail or you would know that Joe user? He don't even know WTF those words even mean! An Operating System? CPU? GPU? What are those? If its a cellphone it should act like a cellphone, a laptop should act like a laptop, which means it should look and act like Windows. Mark my words, feel free to bookmark this post, when these flop I'll sure as hell be dropping links to this as a big giant TOLD YA SO because I have been working retail since the Shat sold Vic 20s with TJ Hooker hair and I KNOW how consumers think, and this? Ain't gonna work.

Comment Re:Don't be too cocky!!! (Score 1) 182

When exactly did Red Hat make this mistake and how did they make it? I have been using Red Hat (later Fedora) since Red Hat 5.0 (original RH linux, circa 1997), so it must have been long before then. I cannot recall any such near disaster. RH has initiated many potentially disruptive changes and came out doing just great. The one that was the hardest was the switch to glibc from the old libc. That broke a lot of things initially, and caused a lot of pain for users and developers. But they worked it out. Of course RH was an extremely small company back then, probably still working out of a garage.

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