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Comment Re:Luddite here (Score 1) 144

Most things last longer if they aren't ever powered on. Stuff wears out.

Assuming an SSD has any sort of normal workload and isn't being thrashed by an enterprise database or chain-running disk benchmarks, they will be very obsolete by the time wearing out from writes might be an issue. The SSDs I've seen can even report how worn out they are so they can be replaced and retired.

Comment Re: Just take it in (Score 2) 479

I've heard the arguments for renting cars and houses.

If you're buying a new car every 3-4 years and selling the old one, it can be cheaper to lease instead. If you're buying a car that's a few years old and keeping it until it's worn out, it's much cheaper to buy outright. You pay it off and spend a number of years with a car and no car payment.

Houses, you don't pay off in just a year or two. When you first take out a loan and buy a house, most of your house payment is just keeping up with the interest with a small portion going towards actually paying down the loan. If you're going to sell the house in 5 years and move, fees and taxes can easily eat up any value that you actually have in the house. So if you're going to be moving semi-frequently, renting isn't much different financially and you don't have to deal with buying, selling, the associated fees and taxes, and the issues of home ownership.

That's the reasoning, anyway. The point is, you have to do the math and figure out what makes sense for you.

Comment Re:does streaming porn count? (Score 2) 580

What? That's not stupid at all. Microsoft is focused on licenses and piracy when it's their shit and don't care about anyone else's. That's perfectly logical. Same as the musicians you hear about illegally copying graphic art.

It makes them hypocrites, not stupid.

Comment Re:not so fast (Score 3, Insightful) 128

'Imply' means something different in formal logic. You can use this line instead: "Just because two things happen at almost the same time doesn't prove that the first one caused the second."

The guy who got shot in the brain could have had a heart attack seconds earlier. You still need to do the autopsy to prove that the shot was the cause of death. Yeah, it probably was, but 'probably' isn't proof.

Comment Re:Thankfully those will be patched right in a jif (Score 1) 127

It's more like you install a 17 gig OS on a 17 gig disk, and then they release a free service pack that adds a ton of stuff. From Face Unlock to data usage limits to VPNs to support for new screen dimensions. And it needs more space for all the extra code. And then they offer security updates that assume you have the free service pack. They didn't release security fixes for Windows XP SP3 and also backport the fixes to SP2 and SP1.

Comment Re:Thankfully those will be patched right in a jif (Score 2) 127

The Nexus One was abandoned because Google said the hardware was too old. And they have a point - you have to jump through some major hoops to get a modern ROM onto it.

The N1 has 512 MB internal flash, and the way it was partitioned meant Android 4.0 was larger than the N1's system partition. Its partitioning scheme dates from the days when apps couldn't be moved to the SD card, so the system partition is only barely big enough to hold Android 2.3 to allow the maximum possible space for apps. Sure, you can plug it into a PC, repartition and format, load a new system image onto the phone from the PC, use a hack so all apps get silently redirected to an SD card, etc... but there was no way to do an OTA update.

In short: the Nexus One has a critical hardware issue in that it only barely has enough internal space to store its own OS.

Comment Re:Same here (Score 5, Insightful) 125

The thing that bothers me the most about Windows 8 is that Microsoft didn't include the Metro UI because they thought it was better than the old UI.

Everyone can point at an OS which changed its UI in a way they don't like. The thing is, those changes usually happen because the developers genuinely believe that the new UI is better than the old one. Sometimes the developers are right, sometimes they're not. They might make a mistake, but they're trying to improve their product.

Windows 8's Metro UI, on the other hand, isn't there because anyone at Microsoft thought Windows 8 users would like it. That's what bugs me. It's there to build familiarity with that UI, in the hopes that people will go out and buy Windows phones. That's why you can't just turn it off - Microsoft management wants Metro in your face so you'll then go and buy a phone or tablet with that familiar UI that you already know how to use.

It's about using dominance over one market to elbow their way into a different market.

Comment Re:USB DACs (Score 2) 502

USB ports these days have to cope with charging smartphones. There's a port on my motherboard that can put out almost 1.5 amps if it's in charging mode.

Unpowered USB hubs still split the power they get from the system between attached devices, of course. They can't give more power than they get.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 139

Google is sure enough that it'll come to market to announce a release date. A vague one, true, but it's now an upcoming product rather than a research project that may or may not go somewhere.

They've released a Module Developer's Kit and held a developer's conference. They have prototype hardware and a version of Android that supports it due mid-May.

I'm not sure what else they can do besides actually sell you the finished product.

Comment Re:"There's zero benefit a consumer gets from that (Score 1) 47

The biggest is that it's not going to be long before smartphones and tablets have > 3 GiB RAM.

That was my thought. Chips that are being announced now are still going to be on the market when 3 or 4 gigs of RAM is normal, so not having 64-bit support is starting to be a problem.

Comment Re: Faster is not necessarily better: Quality matt (Score 5, Insightful) 101

I haven't seen dropped frames in video in longer than that... on my desktop. My AMD E-350 based netbook, on the other hand... when it runs into something incompatible and can't do hardware decoding, it gets bad.

Besides, even if you have a decently powerful laptop, each second your CPU spends in higher performance states costs you battery runtime. Faster code gives you less heat and longer battery life for free.

It's not hard to admit errors that are [only] cosmetically wrong. -- J.K. Galbraith