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Comment Re:I never understand the point of that (Score 1) 453 453

I understand the point with sun hats, I sometimes wear one myself. But besides the extreme weather, I hate wearing hats and hoodies. Most people here seem to favour comfort over businesslike style, and I understand that to mean something relatively loose and light. A baseball cap just doesn't fit into that kind of equation for comfort. Besides, a cap that doesn't cover your ears is useless for some of the basic things a hat should provide, i.e. protection from the sun and staying warm in the winter.

Comment Re:The. ignorance is strong in this one. (Score 2) 294 294

Bitcoin may not be the perfect solution for everything, but if you want a cashless payment technology with the anonymity of cash (i.e. not perfect, but much better than the alternatives), then Bitcoin is already here, been for a few years and spreading in adoption quite nicely. You can keep waiting for your perfect solution, or you can start using Bitcoin now.

Comment Re:I don't get the weight thing (Score 1) 79 79

A sibling post already explains one key issue. When you're carrying something, it usually puts an asymmetric load on you, causing all kinds of strain over time. It's very different from lifting weights, which is more controlled and dynamic, and usually done for a limited amount of time, not all day. I presume you don't have that much experience carrying laptops (along with all other crap you might need with you).

Also, lifting weights is a very different setting overall from a business day. Small weights might not make you sweat all that much at the gym, where you're probably wearing something light, and you take a shower soon afterwards. But if you carry those weights all day wearing something businesslike and trying to look fresh, good luck.

Lifting weights will probably help you endure that static, asymmetric strain of carrying a little better. But it won't take away the energy expenditure with its associated heat and perspiration.

Of course, the whole premise is kind of wrong -- this is not the kind of business laptop you'd generally carry around for presentations.

Comment Re:Almost perfect but the keyboard is off center (Score 1) 79 79

While the sibling post should explain the off-center issue, I should probably elaborate on the "better, not more keys" idea. I'm used to traditional navigation keys such as Home/End/PgUp/PgDn and the arrow keys. I also use the function keys a lot, and I appreciate the traditional grouping into 4s for quick access in near-dark conditions (such as DJing and theatre sound tech). My current Thinkpad does this pretty well for a laptop, they actually put some thought into grouping the keys nicely in a tight space.

Conversely, in Macbook-style keyboards which are often found in non-Apple computers likewise, there's barely anything besides the main qwerty of letters and numbers. It's obviously not due to space constraints, as most such machines have plenty of empty real estate around the keyboard.

Besides the Macbook style, the other major laptop keyboard style today fills the extra space with a numeric keypad. This doesn't exactly help the issues with the function keys etc., especially when many people don't have any use for the numeric keypad. It just looks like they needed to slap something on the side without thinking actual needs and ergonomics.

The idea behind Macbook keyboards is probably those who do a lot of things with a mouse/touchpad, so the extra navigation keys aren't necessary any more, and that's a fine decision per se. However, if you put the keys back for those of us who like to use them, then please give it some thought, instead of this alphabet soup vomit.

Comment Re:Almost perfect but the keyboard is off center (Score 1) 79 79

This. Laptop keyboards are already full of compromises, so the extra space should be used for better keys, not just more keys. To me, a good keyboard was one of the key reasons for getting a Thinkpad, but I wouldn't pay for this crap.

Comment Re:It wouldn't. (Score 1) 111 111

they completely missed the boat when it came to smart phones.

Nokia was developing tablets with a cloud ecosystem over 10 years ago, and their first tablet came out in 2005, the precursor to N900 and N9 GNU/Linux phones. I guess they were too early for the world that was waiting for Apple to invent tablets and apps and the current idea of "smart"phones, as opposed to real computers in your pocket. Also, the Linux team faced internal competition from the old mainline of Symbian phones and the newer Windows phones.

Comment Re:Sigh. 28nm... (Score 1) 77 77

It's not a notebook GPU. It is a desktop GPU. Why would you be worrying about power consumption and heat? This is marketed toward PCs.


Well, the noise issue is mostly solved with aftermarket coolers, but that still leaves power consumption and heat. I guess none of this matters for the occasional gamer, but if you do productive work on GPUs 24/7, and (gasp) pay for your electricity, then these things matter.

(I've been building silent, often fanless computers since about 2003, since I simply don't want any extra noise where I live. Besides, I've never understood why it's OK to waste energy willy-nilly just because it's plugged in. Most of my computers have "laptop" parts in "desktop" cases for the best combination of low power consumption and cooling.)

If graphics hackers are so smart, why can't they get the bugs out of fresh paint?