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Comment Re:DO NOT WANT (Score 1) 54

Uhhh not trivial? I'll just leave this here then but will note he is taking his time, I've seen a basic unit thrown together no problem in under 20 minutes flat, hell it takes longer for Windows to update than it does to throw together a PC now!

BTW it took me under an hour from putting the parts on the table to Windows install, and I had FOUR hard drives, TWO Optical drives, and an R9 280 GPU. I guess you haven't seen a PC case lately, everything but the really cheap shit is tool-less, just pop out slider, put in drive, slide back in, and the backplate even has really big letters indicating where to put the motherboard, m for microATX and A for ATX. I mean good lord my wife put together her own PC and she still has trouble figuring out the microwave, the only thing I had to show her was how to use a cable tie to clean up the cable runs, that was it.

If you haven't put together a PC lately? Its insane how easy it is now, there really is nothing to it anymore. I remember the old days when it was easy to get things to go in the wrong way but it just isn't like that anymore, its all pictures and slider drive cages and you don't even have to know what hardware you have or find drivers anymore as Windows does that FOR you, its crazy stupid easy bud.

Comment Re:Corporate deployments? (Score 1) 143

We were talking about the mass market, IE consumers. Now if you ask me about corporate adoption of Chromebooks?...Yeah I could see that, once upon a time I used to admin thin clients like the Sun Ray and these would be just an update of the thin client in an easier to setup package. It would be a great corporate fit if they can tie it into their own servers and bypass Google completely (wouldn't want to try dealing with SOX or HIPPA with a Google controlled Chromebook) but if you can pull that off? Its a cheap thin client laptop, and in corporate environments having a full OS not only really isn't required but is more of a risk. So could ARM Chromebooks become a hit in corporate? I would argue that the performance hit that ARM takes over X86 would make it a hard sell but corporate Chromebooks? Wouldn't be a hard sell at all.

But home users? They don't know what an OS is (the closest I have ever gotten from a customer that wasn't a geek when I asked what OS they were running was "Windows Something", most don't even know that, some have even said Dell or Intel), they don't understand that programs are written for specific OSes (to them there is really only one desktop and laptop, and that is Windows. Anything else is "broken") or there is different CPUs that limit what you can run, or that Android is anything but "something that runs on cellphones". So in that critical high dollar market? Yeah...nooo. Best you could hope for was a quick fad followed by a huge drop, see how many sites are selling BOGOF deals on the low end tablets because they can't move them anymore, too many are gathering dust in sock drawers, or if these cost more than $100? They'll be a mound at the return desk.

Again I've been dealing with customers for...damn has it really been 30 years? And if you don't understand the market you are screwed, and when it comes to PCs its all about the programs and GUI, and the users expect everything they run now (which is all Windows programs, I have yet to see somebody come in that didn't have SOME Windows programs they require the PC to run) to run on any new unit, when it doesn't? They are NOT happy and they will quickly come for a refund.

Comment Replace laptop when it stops working (Score 1) 192

It's like, when toasters first came out, everyone had to have one, and growth was steep. But now, everyone already has a toaster, and we only replace them when they stop working.

But in this market, even replacements can often be hard to find. I have a 10 inch Dell laptop running Xubuntu that I use to work on hobby coding projects while riding public transit to and from my day job. But since December 2012, it's hard to find a 10 inch laptop. With what should I replace it once it stops working? I looked around, and unfortunately, the 10 inch 2-in-1s such as ASUS Transformer Book don't seem to work well with any X11/Linux distribution that I'm aware of.

Comment But on which side are college students? (Score 1) 192

content creators and content consumers

The use of the loaded terms "content", "consumer", and "creator" is slightly confusing. I prefer "users who create works" ("authors") for short and "users who view works created by others" ("viewers" for short). But terminology aside:

So these two [author and viewer] camps want very different things, and we're seeing the start of a market split into those camps. It is inevitable that when the PC market falls down below a point, economies of scale won't be there and the prices will rise

At first, I sort of agreed with your core sentiment that the economies of scale for devices for creating works may evaporate as walled garden mobile devices continue to gain popularity among pure viewers. But there will still be a need for devices on which university students can prepare homework, and a locked-down walled-garden device such as an iPad isn't quite ideal for a freshman computer science course. On the one hand, this means that at least university students will form a market for PCs. On the other hand, it could justify overcharging for PCs the way publishers overcharge for textbooks.

Slashdot users' opinion on this issue appears split. Some users, such as betterunixthanunix and one Anonymous Coward, think children will be harmed by lack of access to devices designed for creating works. Others, such as geekoid and another Anonymous Coward, think used laptops and Raspberry Pi single-board computers ought to be enough for anyone.

Comment Who are these people? (Score 1, Insightful) 241

I really got to wonder who these people are who wield the power to write these laws. Not the congressmen, the head of these mega corporations that own the congressmen who pass laws on their behalf, while blatantly shitting down the throats of the rest of us. I mean, I got to know if they honestly have an argument for why they think this is a good thing, even in the face of overwhelming unpopularity. Or, do they just not give a fuck? Are they delusional or nihilist? [whynotboth.jpg]

Comment Visual Studio RT? No. (Score 1) 143

And Microsoft has an ARM version of the NT Kernel. The problem is never the OS, its the fact that the software for x86 can't run on ARM

And apparently nobody has ever ported a compiler to the ARM platform?

It appears that it's harder than it looks. Even Microsoft never got around to porting Visual Studio to Windows RT, an operating system based on NT for ARM architecture. And the legacy APIs on which free compilers such as MinGW (GCC for Windows) rely are restricted on Windows RT. There isn't even a concept of "current working directory", for cricket's sake.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 1) 143

1.- Its a laptop as far as users are concerned, in fact I never sold a single one at the shop where anybody called them anything but laptops. If you think users will "cut you a break" because its ARM? News Flash they don't know a CPU from a HDD, they WILL expect it to do every.single.thing. your average laptop in Walmart does? When it don't? Hello return desk.

2.- Go look on your local CL under Chromebooks, News Flash they are already being dumped en masse because to steal a line from a former POTUS "Its the programs stupid!". People see a Chromebook, and again I cannot stress this enough users have no fucking clue what an OS is and all they know is "I use Google at home, it says it is from Google, so I can do everything I can do at home" and after a couple of weeks of finding out that is NOT the case? Hello Craigslist. I just looked on mine, they have a pile of 'em in the $70 range and most have been there awhile, know what that tells me? The users are treating them just as they treated those cheap tablets, they use it a few weeks, find it wanting, and get rid of it.

3.-...Sigh, how hard is it to understand? YOU know what an OS is, know who don't? THE VAST MAJORITY OF CONSUMERS that is who! They aren't gonna know WTF an "Android" is because, and I bet my last fucking dollar damned near everyone of them will say "that is for cellphones" and is that a cellphone? Nope its a laptop and therefor should do what laptops should do which according to Joe and Jane is RUN WINDOWS PROGRAMS, when it don't? Hi return desk, I'd like to return this?

4.-GPUs...Will these GPUs run all those Winhdows programs that Joe and Jane WILL expect it to run, because that IS what runs on the laptops at Walmart? No? Then nobody will have a single fuck to give, next!

5.-Windows 10? Yeah that is why you are extra fucked as again Joe and Jane have not a single fuck to give about rumors of spying, data collection, all that shit means nothing, for fucks sake they blab their sex lives on FB! What they DO care about very much is Windows 10 LOOKS like Windows 7, and all their programs run on it just fine. Ya know what I do to Windows 8 PCs brought into the shop with users demanding I "fix it"? I slap in classic shell, voila! That'll be $50 and they hand it over with a big happy smile on their face because all they care about is the GUI and form factor and if its a laptop that LOOKS like Windows 7? Well they are just happy campers and Win 10? Looks like Windows 7.

All of these points you are bringing up? Yeah its pretty damned obvious that you have NEVER worked retail or you would know that Joe user? He don't even know WTF those words even mean! An Operating System? CPU? GPU? What are those? If its a cellphone it should act like a cellphone, a laptop should act like a laptop, which means it should look and act like Windows. Mark my words, feel free to bookmark this post, when these flop I'll sure as hell be dropping links to this as a big giant TOLD YA SO because I have been working retail since the Shat sold Vic 20s with TJ Hooker hair and I KNOW how consumers think, and this? Ain't gonna work.

Comment Not all of these are in one's control (Score 0) 198

Never spend more than what you can earn.

So what should somebody who is temporarily disabled or laid off do?

Never lose your job while indebted.

What steps ought one to take to guarantee this, especially before being in the workforce long enough to build enough net worth to self-insure for unemployment?

How about looking for an apprenticeship?

I did, but I had already graduated before I learned that apprenticeships/internships in my area were intended for current undergraduate college students. What's the next step for someone in my position?

If you're not ready to have children, you're not ready to have sex.

What steps ought one to take to guarantee that one will not be forcibly raped? Or is it common for rape victims to sue rapists in civil court for child support, win, and collect? A convicted rapist serving a prison sentence for rape can't pay child support, as far as I can tell.

Comment Secure Boot vs. Restricted Boot (Score 1) 192

virtually ALL mobile devices using UEFI-SecureBoot WITH NO option to support legacy BIOS

Secure Boot is a UEFI feature that requires bootloaders to be digitally signed with a certificate stored in the PC's firmware. But there are two ways to implement it: normal or forced. With normal Secure Boot, the owner of a PC can replace the certificate or turn off the feature entirely. Forced Secure Boot, sometimes called Restricted Boot, cannot be disabled, much as in iOS devices and major video game consoles. In the Windows 8 (x86 and x86-64) era, Microsoft required normal Secure Boot for logo certification; it forbade Restricted Boot. As of Windows 10 (x86 and x86-64), Microsoft has changed the policy to allow either normal or forced Secure Boot. In theory, PC buyers could just avoid PCs with Restricted Boot, so long as they don't greatly outnumber PCs with normal Secure Boot. Have x86-64 PC manufacturers actually started to implement Restricted Boot widely?

Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine