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Comment: Re:Apple may outlive Acer - But will they make PCs (Score 1) 417

by Harlequin80 (#49541423) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

Yes but that doesn't mean they have to build the hardware.

As for your comment about phones I think we are already there. A huge number of people are still using their Samsung S2s and are quite happy. The difference though is life is pretty hard for a phone and you can always tell whose phone is long in the tooth just by the bumps and scrapes. I think this means for most people the 2 year cycle will continue because their phone is battered rather than obsolete.

Comment: Re:ASUS (Score 1) 417

by Harlequin80 (#49541401) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

Except I hate crap keyboards, crap track pads and small screens. It doesn't matter how good a laptop keyboard is it still sucks next to a decent discrete keyboard.

Yes you can plug external everything into a laptop but then it becomes an expensive version of a desktop. The only exceptions to this are where the laptop comes with a decent docking stations - ala Dell Latitudes. In that instance you still get the advantages of mobility with the ability to have a work place setup.

But even if you do run a docking station desktops are WAY cheaper than laptops. It doesn't matter that laptops are getting better because desktops are getting better too.

You say you are wasting money on a laptop, but if you never move around with your pc you are the one wasting the money. Why pay for a form factor you don't want / need and sacrifice the components inside?

Comment: Re:Apple may outlive Acer - But will they make PCs (Score 1) 417

by Harlequin80 (#49540949) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

Apple doesn't need to build Mac hardware to use or to do the development. It needs OSX. There is absolutely nothing stopping them from selling their hardware manufacturing arm to someone like ACER and then releasing OSX to the market. Potentially releasing it as a free item in order to increase market penetration. In fact there would be an argument to be made for combining iTunes and OSX into the same package and releasing that to the market.

Comment: Apple may outlive Acer - But will they make PCs? (Score 5, Insightful) 417

by Harlequin80 (#49540539) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

I could easily see Apple abandoning the PC market. As a business they make most of the money on mobile devices & iStore. They continue to make good hardware in their laptops but it would be easy to see them decide it wasn't worth it if the pc market deteriorated further in the future.

Comment: Re:I'm a bit conflicted (Score 2) 607

by Harlequin80 (#49533577) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

The problem with allowing people the right to refuse vaccinations is that it impacts the wider community. Anti-vaccination has become an issue in Australia and the herd immunisation rates are falling. As a result of this there have been outbreaks of measles and whooping cough, the latest whooping cough outbreak being responsible for the death of an infant.

As for profit incentives and things like that. There is almost no profit in vaccines. It is the reason why governments around the world had to pool money in order to fund their research and manufacture. There is far more money in a margin cancer drug or a fat burning pill.

In the end we live in societies and being in those societies cost us some personal freedoms for the greater good. We pay taxes for services, we have laws that we must abide by, all of these are in effect giving up personal freedoms and power in return for societies advantages. Having infectious disease vaccines is something that you should do for yourself but also for society.

The particular vaccine you identified as having issues is a flu vaccine and flu vaccines by their nature are a higher risk vaccine. They have to be developed on short time scales based on which ever flu variant is in existence at that time. There were issues with a flu jab a couple of years ago in Australia that saw a young child die. As a result there is no push for flu vaccines to be mandatory or recommended for younger people. The MMR, Polio, Smallpox, HPV etc vaccines however are long tested, mature and safe. They should not be put into the same category as the flu vaccine.

Comment: Re:I'm a bit conflicted (Score 1) 607

by Harlequin80 (#49533523) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

In Australia your child's vaccinations are tracked by Medicare our centralised medical care provider. There was an error in the paperwork for my youngest which meant they thought she had missed one of her jabs. We were contact via mail and phone to check that this was the case and to see if there was a reason why. The person who called was obviously prepared to shoot down anti-vax arguments, but in our case our daughter had had them, it was an error in reporting by our local GP.

Comment: Re:I'm a bit conflicted (Score 4, Informative) 607

by Harlequin80 (#49531951) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

Australia has just instituted a policy that if you child is unvaxinated you lose any and all child support and wellfare. Dependent on your income this can be as much as $15k per child per year. This has happened as a response to whooping cough and measles outbreaks because of stupid anti-vax people.

Comment: Re:$100 billion for 150 miles? (Score 1) 189

by Harlequin80 (#49531861) Attached to: Maglev Train Exceeds 600km/h For World Record

One of my favourite places to visit is Yamagata and near to it Yamadera. There is an amazing shrine / temple complex at Yamadera that no tourists seem to ever go there. When we went there the owner of the cafe we stopped at was so excited to give us his english menu as it was the first time he had used it since he made it 5 years earlier.

Comment: Re:I took a high speed train recently... (Score 1) 189

by Harlequin80 (#49531725) Attached to: Maglev Train Exceeds 600km/h For World Record

Noise I can understand. As for the waiting for a train for first responders - I take it the train isn't elevated (I know nothing at all about the proposed design) but surely for a highspeed train you wouldn't want cars driving over the track, potentially getting stuck, dropping things.... I would have thought, perhaps wrongly, you would want either over or under passes for any road / rail crossings..... Christ the shinkansen is continuously welded rail because the joints were considered a risk, having a train doing 300+ and potentially hitting a stuck cement truck is insane!

Comment: Re:$100 billion for 150 miles? (Score 1) 189

by Harlequin80 (#49524837) Attached to: Maglev Train Exceeds 600km/h For World Record

Have fun! I did Tokyo, Nagano, Takiyama and Kyoto this time (4th visit to Japan). The snow monkeys near Nagano were very cool. The closest I have come to Onomichi and Fukayama is passing through them on the Shinkansen on the way to Hiroshima. One day we have the dream of owning a holiday house in Hiroshima we loved it that much.

Comment: Re:I took a high speed train recently... (Score 1) 189

by Harlequin80 (#49524797) Attached to: Maglev Train Exceeds 600km/h For World Record

Building the extra track is by far the more sensible option. It is also far less than double the cost. You already have all the machinery in place and people working on the design and build. The actual physical track cost is relatively small (compared to the total build cost). It would however still increase the cost, particularly of tunnels as they tend to be round so a small increase in size is multiplied massively.

Breakdowns will screw the entire system anyway. Whether or not it is a local or express setup. As for running late you are able to do pretty accurate modelling of how much trains will be delayed by high volumes of passengers. If you take the 95% percentile of station delay time and double that in your scheduling it will only be major cockups which impact the expresses.

Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 1) 339

by Harlequin80 (#49523855) Attached to: Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

Yeah I'm the same. I have these heated wars break out in my facebook feed.

Even more fun though is we have a friend who is expecting her second child in about 3 months and a person in the same friend group who is an anti-vaxer. Because there has been an outbreak of whooping cough (due to anti-vaxers) the expectant mum has said she wont be anywhere near the other mum or their child until her child has all the jabs.

That said the current government has just introduced new legislation that says if your kids haven't had their jabs you lose all child related wellfare. Dependent on your income that could be as much as $15k a year per child.

Comment: Re:$100 billion for 150 miles? (Score 1) 189

by Harlequin80 (#49523731) Attached to: Maglev Train Exceeds 600km/h For World Record

Thanks. I was under the impression they had connected a local line to all the Shinkansen stations. They have in Shin-Karashiki but from what I can see Shin-Onomichi doesn't have a connection to the local lines.

Of-course you do have to change platforms at a minimum and in some of Japan's stations that can mean a hell of a walk, they are that huge.

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