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Comment Cost vs. Benefits (Score 2) 477

I like having a slim laptop (mine's a non-Apple ultrabook, but same build tradeoffs). The specs are adequate, it's fairly cheap, and failure rates are acceptably low.

I'm not firmly against the end of upgradability/repairability for laptops. It was always kinda spotty anyway.

Comment Re:You know.. (Score 3, Insightful) 400

Less sweepingly, I propose that all traffic fines be pooled on a state level and distributed by population proportion - this will be easier to get passed, but will prevent shitty little townships from funding themselves entirely through farming their nearby interstate highway for tickets.

The fact that enforcing traffic law is wildly profitable means that the system is naturally and automatically corrupt and attracts corrupt people to run it. When you uncouple the action from the reward, bad behaviour tends to stop.

Comment Re:Raspberry or Pork? Raspberry (Score 2) 159

The idea that all corporate money eventually winds up being spent by a tax-paying consumer somewhere breaks down under these circumstances:

- The corporation just sits on the cash
- The corporation sends the money overseas to a tax haven somewhere
- The corporation outsources jobs.

It seems fair - if a corporation wants to have free speech like a person, have rights like a person, and own assets like a person, it should pay taxes like a person. Otherwise, people would be forming communal corporations ("financial guilds", if you will), and running all of their income through them in order to reduce their tax rate to zero.

Comment Re:What happened? (Score 1) 114

and they don't seem any worse or better than any other big brand OEM call center.

This is not the yardstick of customer support. IBM Thinkpad support used to be miles ahead of everyone else.

In general, the customer support in the PC industry is stupendously bad. Now Lenovo's support is also horrible.

Comment A thing about reviews (Score 4, Interesting) 627

I'm no Mac fanboy. I'd probably attract criticism for being a Mac hater. In any case, I think some negatives are just unfair.

TFS says that Light Peak doesn't have peripherals yet, and paints this as a negative on the MacBook Pro. Why do all reviewers feel a compulsion to make up shit if they can't think of anything negative? That's like some video game reviews I've seen, where they can' t find anything to complain about, so they take a star off because they just don't like the genre. That's a good reason to fire a reviewer, in my opinion.

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