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Comment: Re:Chrome OS is a joke (Score 1) 72

There are plenty of good options for a small laptop there. Personally I have a desktop computer that can do all the great things I want it to. For a laptop I wanted something small and light that I wouldn't have to worry about. A 13in Chromebook worked perfectly for that. I never use it for gaming or image development, usually just web browsing and email. Occasionally I'll do some development by SSHing into a Linux box, and if I really want to do something more intensive, I can remote desktop to my machine at home. It takes 6 seconds to boot, updates also take 6 seconds (and my windows are opened after), and it doesn't get loaded down with crapware. Worst case I can do a factory reset.

Now I realize some people want a mobile primary computer and this isn't the machine for them. Judging by the tablet market, people are quite happy to get machines that do one thing, so maybe it would be better if you saw this as a cheap tablet with a keyboard and USB ports.

Comment: Re:Check their work or check the summary? (Score 1) 484

by Ksevio (#49337431) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory
The experiment is a little strange. In both cases, they're trying to write a string to a file. In one case they're doing terrible concats as you guessed, then writing to the file. In the other case, they're just writing to the file. Shockingly performing the extra step takes extra time.

They even used a class called "BufferedWriter" to write to the file stream in Java - what did they think that might be doing?

Don't worry though, they did throw a flush() in there right before the close()

Comment: Re:I'm polite so... (Score 3, Interesting) 136

by Ksevio (#49291409) Attached to: The Pirate Party Now the Biggest Party In Iceland
The Snowden bill seems more fitting to a Pirate Party than the EU citizenship. The Pirate Party has been around on a global scale for quite a while now, even getting some members in the EU parliment. They typically take a stance for Internet freedom, against heavy intellectual property laws, and for privacy.

Comment: Re:So why buy it? (Score 2) 322

by Ksevio (#49284111) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades
I think the key is that most people aren't going to upgrade their OS so they're basically lost sales anyways. The few people that build their computer and know how to stick an old Windows on it to get the free upgrade aren't worth the effort. This has pretty much always been the case when "upgrade" versions just required a few Windows files on the disk before they would be able to be installed.

The vast majority buy a computer with the OS already on it and won't buy an upgraded OS for that, so Microsoft is basically just getting everyone used to their latest ecosystem (keeps them from looking at alternatives).

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