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Comment: Re:What does it come with (Score 1) 214

by MBGMorden (#47707621) Attached to: New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Admittedly I don't like Microsoft's "cloud" as much as Google, but with Windows 8 they're pretty much there too. Web versions of Office are available with an Outlook.com account (which is actually what gets tied to your computer login). All the save dialogs (Microsoft's at least) are linked to your OneDrive (cloud) account.

Don't get me wrong Metro and the Start Screen are steaming piles of shit, but they're actually coming around ok on the cloud storage and integration front.

Comment: Already there (Score 1) 214

by MBGMorden (#47707601) Attached to: New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Tiny Chromebook-sized Windows laptops are already about there. Acer's E3 series has basically Chromebook specs (Celeron Dual-core and 2GB RAM) and a 320GB hard drive and can be had quite easily for $250. I just recently picked one up from Best Buy for $199 (may have been a sale - not sure).

I may eventually put Linux on it (I run Mint on my desktop), but for my needs something like this works great. I use my laptop maybe 10 times per year while traveling. I just need something functional with a keyboard, screen, and internet connection.

Comment: Re:1 or 1 million (Score 1) 274

by MBGMorden (#47549697) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

Nobody is really arguing for infinity here. I think the point is that their trigger number is 4.7GB, which is a pretty paltry amount of data.

If an "all you can eat" buffet kicks someone out after their 25th plate of food I'm not going to be very sympathetic. If they claim all you can eat though and then force someone to leave after their 4th chicken wing due to "fair use policies" then I"m going to cry foul.

Comment: Re:She didnt relapse, it came back (Score 1) 126

by MBGMorden (#47431363) Attached to: Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

It's like how animals don't "evolve", rather then ones who DONT change simply die.

Untrue - some (many) mutations are bad, and the ones that change are the ones that die.

Evolution occurs when a mutation is a) beneficial and b) significant enough that it allows an animal to survive longer than those without that mutation. Being alive longer means they breed more. Breeding generally passes on the mutation.

It really is quite random, and there is no guarantee that the animals that change are better. Indeed for an animal that's particularly well suited to an environment that hasn't changed in a long time there could be very little room for evolution to occur. Certain types of fish (like gar and bowfin) for example have survived for tens of millions of years with relatively minor evolutionary changes.

Comment: Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (Score 1) 1330

by MBGMorden (#47356579) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

I don't even think this ruling applies to generic birth control pills.

IIRC, this ruling doesn't get them out of paying for any and all birth control - simply birth control methods that they equate to being non-preventative and hence more like an abortion (ie, "the morning after pill").

Comment: Re:The difference is obvious (Score 1) 431

by MBGMorden (#47255961) Attached to: Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

It's not without exceptions (ie, the link you provided), but it does work as a general rule of thumb.

Not all Chinese stuff is bad. Not all American made stuff is good. But ON AVERAGE, most stuff made in the US tends to be of higher quality. Most stuff made in Western Europe also tends to be of better quality - depending on the country better than the US. Even though I love "Made in the USA" goods anything from Switzerland or Germany still tends to be of even better quality - again, as a rule of thumb.

And before I'm accused of being racist there, not all Asian countries produce bad stuff. Japanese goods tend to be of VERY good quality. South Korean stuff isn't that bad either - better than Chinese IMHO. For the most part it seems that the average quality of life of the people in a given country translates into better quality goods. Not only are they happier which produces a better product, but if they have enough money to actually be buying and using the goods they're making then they will take a certain sense of pride in its manufacture.

Comment: Re:In civilized countries... (Score 1) 169

by MBGMorden (#47249011) Attached to: Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

In socialist canada, education for residents is subsidized, and student loans have reasonable terms. No free ride unless you get a scholarship.

That's not really any different than in the US. Public universities are subsidized - that's why they cost so much less than private ones (usually 25% to 50% as much). Government student loans seem pretty reasonable to me. No interest accrues so long as you're in school, repayment doesn't begin until 6 months after you graduate, and most of them have repayment terms of 10 years or so.

I went to a major public university, got my BS, and after grants/other financial aid had around $24,000 in debt to pay off after graduation. Payments were less than $200 per month and I finished up on payments about 18 months ago.

BTW my dad is a construction worker who dropped out of school in the 8th grade. My mom is a receptionist who graduated high school. Growing up poor is no excuse for not getting an education. If you want it all you have to do is work for it.

Comment: Re:And hippies will protest it (Score 4, Insightful) 396

by MBGMorden (#47246553) Attached to: "Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

Food like many things tends to follow the "2 out of 3" rule:

Healthy, Tastes Good, Cheap

You can pick two. For the poor the "Cheap" option is already mandated, so essentially it comes down to Healthy or Tastes Good. Unfortunately most tend to go with better tasting food over the healthier food.

Comment: Re:AMD Wins For Open-Source (Score 4, Interesting) 185

Too bad that for a majority of users, Linux isn't an OS that they should be using to begin with...

Nonsense. The vast majority of users these days just need a working browser. My mom, dad, and sister all run Linux. Only my sister seems to even be aware that it's not Windows. Simple fact is they know to click on the Chrome logo (same one a Windows user uses) to bring up the browser and they're off. I don't have to worry about fixing any malware that does crop up, and in the event that they DO have a problem I can easily SSH into the machine and tunnel through to a VNC server to look at things remotely.

As a matter of fact its the mid-range skillset users who seem to have the most trouble with Linux. For basic users it covers all of their use cases. For the geeky power users they don't mind getting their hands dirty and getting creative to make things work. The mid-range users though want to do semi-complex things but get frustrated when it doesn't work exactly the same way in Linux.

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