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Comment Re:Could someone ELI5 how Macbooks retain value? (Score 1) 433

Granted everyone has different expectations and patience when it comes to computers and OSes, but this hasn't been my experience at all. I keep around a Dell Latitude D620 (released 2006, I think) for some uses where I need a real serial port that handled Windows 8 just fine, and still runs 10 pretty well. Bootup takes a little longer than might be ideal on its crappy slow hard drive, but it's completely usable and faster than 8 in most things. I also ran 7 and 8 on a Compaq Presario C700 laptop (was my previous laptop, released 2007) though I've stolen some parts from it so I haven't upgraded it to 10. Then I have a relatively new Thinkpad T430 as my "real" laptop, and it runs 10 brilliantly (i5, 16gb of RAM).

Yeah, I know, anecdotes, opinion, etc, but I have no complaints. I also generally have no reason to try to resell computers, so resale value isn't a concern to me. In general, Windows has gone faster and improved performance for each version past Vista for me, on the same hardware usually.

Comment Re:coolpad, ten bucks (Score 1) 141

You're looking at carrier-subsidized prices. The "free" phone you get for signing up for accounts still costs some amount, often a non-trivial amount. I picked up a $10 Coolpad Arise myself for testing some things, and even though there's technically no contract involved it's still been subsidized by the carrier expecting you to then pay them for service. The $50 smartphone is $50 retail, out the door, full cost nothing added or removed, direct from the vendor.

This is a bigger deal for developing countries who don't have carrier subsidization, old phone clearances, etc.

Comment Re:Advice for youth (Score 1) 585

I can't disagree with this more. Once you reach a certain point, being unemployed for long is very rare. I've experienced this first-hand - I was working for a company who discovered the CFO had been cooking the books very, very badly. It wasn't quite illegal; there weren't criminal charges involved, but it led to about 15 people (including me) losing our jobs, and the remaining 20 employees taking a serious pay cut with a questionable future for the company. While I (and the others) getting let go were still in the meeting where they'd informed us of what happened, some of the other higher-ups were talking with us about possible business ideas that could turn the business back around and lead to us being rehired, and they mentioned approaching the now-ex CFO guy for investment (but *only* investment, no controlling interest, just to be clear). So we have a case where a guy has just cost 15 people their jobs through blatant chicanery, had just been fired from the company for it, and the other higher ups are still interested in dealing with him for funding. Money talks, and once you have a certain amount of it you'll have a hard time staying down for long unless you've committed some crime serious enough for jail time.

Comment Re:Question (Score 1) 127

This gets into the arms race thing again. Right now some sites/ad networks are doing things like setting cookies, parameters, checking logs, etc to make sure that you've hit the ad server. Alternatively, sometimes they'll use annoying NOSCRIPT code (or just rely on ad scripts to do something to the main page content) to blow up the website somehow if the ad scripts aren't loaded. There are any number of ways to detect whether adblockers are running or not.

Right now, most websites are still feeling like bad press and lost market share generated by turning away visitors with adblockers aren't worth it, so you'll usually see something fairly unobtrusive asking to unblock the site. At some point, especially if adblocking reaches a tipping point, more and more sites might actually start blocking content if ads are blocked. If this happens, adblockers will have to come up with a way to convince the networks that the ads are loaded, even when they aren't. Sadly this might require going back to the way adblocking used to be done whereby the whole page was loaded, and then ads were removed. This will hurt the bandwidth savings since all that will have to be downloaded anyway, and may also open up some attack vectors since scripts will have to execute somewhere.

Just the nature of the arms race. Probably the best-case scenario is that most mainstream websites will never want to risk alienating visitors and completely wall off their content to adblockers. We may start seeing more paywalls and microtransaction requirements though.

Comment Re:Won't catch on. (Score 1) 98

A way around this might be to have "spectator goggles" that would allow people watching to flip among the racers. That might increase the appeal a bit. Or maybe a few TVs displaying the view. I expect that'd be somewhat more exciting than just watching them from the outside. I don't disagree though, it'll be a hard thing to gain a lot of spectators unless people start racing drones big enough to see well in stadiums or something. I've never been able to enjoy esports too much myself.

+1 also to the dogfights. We've done some "wrestling" with drones here at the office that just sort of involve trying to knock them out of the sky either physically or using the downwash, and it's been interesting. Actual weapons would be cool.

Comment Re:Dell, HP, Panasonic (Score 1) 417

Depends on what level of x86 you're wanting to emulate. I have a copy of RealPC Classic (or maybe it's SoftPC Classic? I can never keep it straight), which emulates a 8088-level PC on a Macintosh Classic. I've successfully run Windows 3.0 in real mode on it, for certain values of run. There are also versions of SoftWindows that run on 68k; I'm pretty sure I got Windows 3.1 going on one once but can't remember. It's been a long time.

Probably the craziest thing I've done recently is get Mac OS X running on a 68k Mac via PearPC running in 68k Linux. Took literally days to boot.

Comment Re:Dell, HP, Panasonic (Score 1) 417

Plenty of boxes and retail stores still use "PC" to mean Windows. I haven't paid attention in-store lately to check, but if you go to Walmart's website they do. Plenty of game boxes still say "PC CDROM" or "PC DVD" on them as well. Even fairly new stuff like SimCity. Many of them also specifically say "WIN" or "MAC" though. Might just have to pay more attention next time you're out ;)

I'm not arguing the other posters' points that strictly speaking, PC means "Personal Computer" and should be generic, but "PC Compatible" has been an industry term for decades at this point and trying to argue otherwise is pedantic, and somewhat more recently it also implies Windows. I'm old enough to remember when it implied DOS, too.

Comment Re:I'm a little baffled (Score 1) 121

I stumbled across some of these myself recently, while googling on a random obscure Windows dll I thought was broken on a box - I found a bunch of Windows installations backed up on these. I suspect it may have something to do with upnp or port triggering. These Western Digital backup devices seem to have FTP access, but they also allow setting it up completely open. I have to assume people are enabling this option to allow internal usage and backing up without realizing it's making it public. I really doubt it's their actual intent. I suppose it's also possible they have one of the newer routers with a USB port for a mass storage device to allow similar functions.

This isn't really anything new. I remember when I was a teenager in the late 90s and early 2000s doing netbios scans and having no problems finding dozens of public, open Windows shares and printers. Technology has changed but it still makes it easy to screw up permissions if you don't understand it.

Comment Re:Curated Collection (Score 2) 139

It's a little difficult to prove direct correlation, as is the usual case with Apple product releases, but if you recall the original announcements for iPhone specifically called for it to run only Web 2.0 applications through Safari. For example. It wasn't until after the first jailbreaks and unofficial third party apps that the App Store came along after weathering objections from Jobs. It's hard to conclusively say whether it was directly in response to jailbreakers or not, but it's likely it sped up their plans.

Comment Also Windows and OS/2 (Score 5, Interesting) 61

Fun Fact: Susan Kare also designed many of the icons used in early versions of OS/2, as well as Windows 3.0. Basically the entirety of popular early GUI computing was designed by her.

So also did the graphic design of Solitaire that was included with Windows through XP (though I think XP redesigned the card backs), so her work might be the most seen graphic design in computing history.

Comment Re:not the point (Score 2) 375

Windows has had the ctrl-alt-del to log in/unlock since literally the first version of Windows NT, 3.1, in 1993. That's a long time to have feature envy, though I suppose it's possible. I generally wonder if the average user is clever enough to understand the implication anyway - if you put up a fake login dialog on Windows just past the ctrl-alt-del, I bet most users would just fill it out and go with it rather than think they're under attack.

Comment Re:Wait for the fallout (Score 1) 128

It depends on the part and the popularity of the model. For things like Mustangs, Camaros, Firebirds, etc there's lots of aftermarket options for all sorts of things. Fenders, door panels, door skins, bumper covers... you could probably build a whole vintage Mustang from the frame up with non-Ford-OEM parts. Likewise with parts that are widely shared across models and are generally considered consumable - brake pads, clutches, alternators, etc. Readily available third party. On the other hand, if you need something random like a bit of interior molding or a random knob or door panel for, say, a 1991 Toyota MR2 you're going to have a harder time avoiding dealer parts or a couple expensive specialist makers. Body parts will almost certainly be OEM if they're even available at all, outside of something like custom carbon fiber. There's been some experimentation done in the MR2 community to 3D print a replacement for a little plastic slider that often breaks, leaving the climate control temperature slider hard to use or inoperative all together. Durability and tolerances have been problems so far, but it's the perfect example of the kind of little thing that 3D printing could open up for very cheap that would otherwise require a $100+ entire new climate control head unit.

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