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Comment Do the math, figure it out for yourself. (Score 1) 247

I'm going to break from the majority here and say it could possibly go either way.

For a higher-end system, I wouldn't bother with any builder who won't tell you the exact parts they're using. I don't know what the situation is with Alienware these days in the Dell era, but if they don't say or use custom parts in key places I say skip 'em.

Something like a custom but still ATX standard case is fine, but a proprietary motherboard or GPU is no good IMO.

From there, just do the math. Look up what the same or an equivalent machine would cost you to build, then figure out how you value a central source for warranty support and the time you'd take to build it yourself.

I've only seen this on the low end rather than the high, but its certainly possible that the volume OEM gets better prices on parts than you do to a point that they can sell you a prebuilt that's either cheaper than you could build on your own or a better value due to the warranty and personal time issues.

All that said, I personally enjoy the process and the ability to select exactly the parts I want to a point that I doubt I'd ever buy a prebuilt for my own use outside of a few appliance-type machines where I can't easily replicate it.

Comment Re:Security isn't a product (Score 1) 291

From their homepage: "Only two remote holes in the default install, in a heck of a long time!" Granted the default install can't do much, but the code was gone over in a massive audit. Everything is still checked for correctness.

Not saying Linux sucks, but I sleep better at night knowing OpenBSD powers much of what I am responsible for.

Comment Security isn't a product (Score 1) 291

Security in Linux has been looked at as something you bolt-on after the fact. It was not designed from the ground-up with security in mind. Look at OpenBSD as an example: rock solid security and when a rare remote exploit is found, it's usually news on sites like /.

Comment Re:The One True Model (Score 2, Insightful) 143

"The problem" started when people began to question His writings and opted to not circumcise their sons.

Science is a great thing, but God trickles out knowledge to us bit by bit to help us grow as his children. Unfortunately some people think Science is the be-all-end-all and ignore Him. That is why we have earthquakes, AIDS, and terrorists.

Comment Re:Easiest technical solution for this (Score 1) 138

I know every Android device I've used has either had non-existent support or barely functional implementations that were obviously set up and then forgotten about.

Quit using shitty devices that have been bastardized by the carrier and/or a fuckhead OEM that thinks they need to be a special snowflake.

My phone runs a pretty much pure build of the Android Open Source Project and all three forms of tethering work great. It even supports USB tethering to WiFi, which I've used to get my desktop online when my switch failed.

If it's broken on the devices you've used its because someone went out of their way to change it from the stock Android solution and either didn't care to test or intentionally wanted to break tethering.

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