Pre-Haswell Core i7 dual core laptop chips run roughly 4 times as fast as a 3.8GHz P4 single core -- per thread. And that is without overclocking. Haswell cores are even faster, and the desktop chips run at much higher clock rates than the laptop chips, so I've no doubt you could see 5-6 times the performance on a current generation CPU.
Yeah, you're #1 for waste, but how do you do on housing prices? A detached average home in Toronto or Vancouver now runs more than $1,000,000 CDN (which is somewhere around $820,000 USD.)
Fanbois downvoting, eh?
Have you ever bothered to read the notes on Windows 7 updates? You'd be disgusted to realize how many of them "may require a system restart". Over half. WAY over half.
Same here, and that's on an *ancient* NVidia card (fanless 8600 IIRC) and a P4 3.8GHz with only 800 MHz memory.
Raw Debian had some issues with tearing prior to their latest driver updates from NVidia, but I've no doubt those issues have been addressed with their latest stable release (which has newer drivers.) Most of the tearing was with Flash playback, though -- VLC did a pretty good job with upscaled 720p videos.
The basis of your premise is wrong.
iCrap isn't any more popular than Android despite your whining.
> When there's a new version of Windows, I get it the day it's released.
This is just unwise.
> When there's a new version of Ubuntu, I get it the day it's released.
This is really unecessary.
The idea of cramming a new OS on old hardware automatically and without any care for the process has always been stupid. This idea is primarily an artifact of a particular company that lowered everyone's expectations.
Shoving new IOS on an old router doesn't even automatically makes sense.
This company is not worth that much. This is some derivatives market magic accounting.
Don't ever expect any help from your carrier anyway. All your shit belongs to them. Check your contract, chances are they have your consent to do what they want.
I'm not saying we have it now, but in the 50s, all the way up to the 70s, before security theater, it could be trivially done. Up until just a few years ago we could cross the Atlantic in 3 hours. We even had the ability to travel to the moon and back, but in the words of the famous inspector, "Not anymore"
Some people actually believe that, yes, though they will evade and obfuscate to no end. An open market with equal access is an anathema to their ideals, and though they claim to be all for 'freedom' and stuff, what they really want is an privilege/entitlement system, a caste system, with indentured servitude. They dream of personal aristocracy. Some will even tell you that only property owners should be allowed to vote. To these people, a collective's investments and consensus and self defense are socialism, communism, terrorism, the cause of all their personal failures.
How about building a transit system that lets me get from new york to california in under EIGHT HOURS!
We've had that since the 50s...
Because, getting back to your original question, it is 'bad' when the collective (you and me, and everybody else) works together and does it, as opposed to merely allowing itself to be subjugated by the private businessman, who, if he does it, then it is 'good'. The act itself is almost irrelevant. Perception is everything. According to one person's book here, each man is an island, and is on his own.
Still, I have to point out that this amount of research could have been done by a motorized human in half a day. For a rough estimate, look at the path the rover traveled in these 4000 days:
I still think that parking a fucking huge electromagnet right outside the evidence room is the way to go...