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Comment Re:As much as possible (Score 1) 350

Like-for-like, a comparable Dell comes in at around 60-80% of a new MBP

That is if you start with an MBP. If you start with Dell - cheapest 16 GB business Dell Laptop (i5558-8574SLV) sells for $859 on Newegg. NOW try to get MBP that matches it - cheapest MBP with 16 GB RAM is $1799 on Apple's website ($1889 on Newegg so ignoring that).

Dell ends up costing 47% of MBP, in other words, less than half.

Chose memory for two reasons -
1. /. story is about memory.
2. Increasing tendency of Apple to solder memory.

Comment Re:Why not start now..and take if further? (Score 1) 373

For example, do you include clothing weight? If so, expect passengers to start stripping when they are on the borderline of a cheaper weight bracket. Like boxers do.

If they intend to carry along the stripped clothes, it counts as luggage and the charge should be almost[1] the same as if it were on their bodies.

If they don't intend to carry along the clothes, airport might charge them for waste disposal if it is a huge tonnage of clothing but otherwise not a problem.

As far as naked people making others uncomfortable, this problem pops up even without charging people for weight, so neither surprising nor insoluble nor unheard of in the service industries.

[1] Luggage can be slightly cheaper than live human bodies because it is easier to tie down and distribute. Luggage also doesn't shout when it is separated from its "friends and family" to adjust center of mass of the aircraft.

Comment Re:Why not start now..and take if further? (Score 1) 373

Charging for weight may not be discrimination. Most restaurants already charge extra for people who eat more. The others, the all-you-can-eat buffets, "discriminate" against anorexics by charging same for any amount of food eaten. Hell, hospitals charge ONLY the people who get sick - no hospital ever charged me for being healthy, but many of them charged me for being unhealthy.

It is even less likely to be considered discrimination if the price is fixed price + (weight in pounds)*(few cents).

Currently airlines are afraid to charge for weight because then wider people will start demanding their full quota of space. Charge for weight would justify their girth, at least in their own opinions. Separate charge for width is complicated to explain to users, and aircraft seating configuration is not easy to change for a single flight.

Comment airlines (Score 1) 394

After some major disasters, airline disaster begged the governments to regulate them so that users could trust them again. Otherwise in "free market" there is no way new airlines can be blocked from taking some risks with users' safety for saving a few bucks and thus scare users into avoiding ALL airlines.

Advertisers know there are bad apples in the lot, their own brethren. They don't do anything to protect the user. So they are distrusted. So Adblock.

If they want to get back into users' trust, it is their job to figure out how. But taking a leaf out of airlines' book would at least be considered an attempt to win back trust.

Before you dismiss these as dissimilar cases, think this.
Use of a typical advertisement poses a lot less risk than an airline - chance of computer infection vs dying in a fireball. Discontinuation of the use of an advertisement is also a lot easier than that of an airline - installing adblock once vs travelling 5-10 times slower. The ratio of "ease of avoidance" vs "value" is not very different between airlines and advertisements.

Comment Re:Nails are death knell 2015 (Score 1) 250

Ya know what is sad? Its the fact nobody can even talk about fucking DESKTOPS here without some FOSSies trying to move the goalposts

Actually people can talk about fucking DESKTOPS, if they fucking make it clear they are talking about fucking DESKTOPS. If you see the your post which you thought was talking about fucking DESKTOPS, it didn't fucking mention fucking DESKTOPS. Its parent didn't, nor grandparent. Grandparent's grandparent mentioned

Linux on all supercomputers, here on slashdot, Google, Amazon, The International Space Station, world governments, Android (eys, it's Linux) on the best phones, etc

- the only post in the ancestry of your post to define any context at all.

TFS and TFA also don't limit themselves to desktops. So it was you who fucking moved the fucking goalposts.

Comment Re:No it is not (Score 4, Interesting) 351

Without looking at it, how can you figure out it is an advertisement or a caution / direction sign / legal announcement / public service announcement? You cannot.

Once you do look at it and it turns out to be an advertisement, you can continue your earlier thought process but your attention has been stolen from you, however little you value it.

God doesn't play dice. -- Albert Einstein