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Comment: Re:apple profits from every product, MS doesn't (Score 1) 269 269

This is a good point. People are quick to confuse Apple with a company that actually innovates and pushes boundaries and stuff, when in fact, they just release highly-polished (and sometimes very well-timed) products that are often 5 or 10 years old.

For example...?

Comment: Be wary... (Score 4, Interesting) 397 397

I bought a Samsung Chronos Notebook a year ago, and it was a horrible experience.

The touchpad broke twice.
The headphone socket produced a buzz every time the laptop was plugged into the mains.
The WiFi kept disconnecting
Out of date drivers that have never been updated.
No support for Windows 8.
Terrible support staff who were either incompetent, lazy, or bored.
Badly written system software: it takes a full 20 seconds to enable/disable the WiFi, no support for non-administrators, it's intrusive and yet it's also required for full system functionality.

Even if all the hardware on this new model is up to scratch, nothing else has changed, and this deal will leave you sour. Basically, don't expect any real after-sales support in the way you probably expect it from most other laptop manufacturers. If you think of it as an appliance (like a TV) and never upgrade it, you *may* be fine.

Comment: Oh really?!? (Score 0, Flamebait) 1176 1176

Change gears down. It's called engine braking. Change to a lower gear and your engine will either explode, or it will slow down. Either way, you'll stop.
Or how about the handbrake? You may skid, yes, but you will also slow down.
Got an ignition switch? Turn it off.
Got keys in the ignition? Take them out.

ProTip! if you're keen for a joy-ride, call the police first and pretend your car's gone crazy. Not only do you get to legitimately drive faster than you've ever driven before, but the police will also clear the roads for you.

Result!

Comment: Tiny hard disk, limited RAM (Score 1) 513 513

A 256GB HD, 4GB RAM, and a low resolution display just doesn't cut it for brand new hardware these days. It's rare (and expensive!) to find Ultrabooks with better specs than this.

Ultrabooks look nice - but if they're less powerful than my current hardware, why would I want to change?

Comment: 'Fair Use' is not sufficiently well defined (Score 4, Insightful) 194 194

We have repeated cases of people going to court to dispute 'fair use', which shows that it is not well defined enough for humans to get right, let alone automated bots.

Lay down specific rules for 'fair use' and then you can write an algorithm to respect those rules.

(Just don't let RIAA/MPAA dictate the rules.)

Comment: Re:Great plan (Score 4, Insightful) 310 310

I consider it a protest against bad security......

And will you still be supporting their actions when you find your own personal bank details on that list?

Seriously - this just causes hassle for *everyone*, and is not a good way to drum up support for your ill-defined and unfocussed protest.

Comment: Also watch this film... (Score 5, Informative) 394 394

"Into Eternity" (http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/nov/11/into-eternity-film-review), which documents the staggering engineering requirements of creating a nuclear bunker designed to last a million times longer than any man made object ever created.

The scale of the work involved is almost beyond comprehension. And a hard disk is just a fraction of that work.

It will blow your mind.
Government

+ - San Francisco to stop buying Apple Macs->

djnanite writes: "Following on from the story that Apple has exited the "Green Hardware" certification program (http://apple.slashdot.org/story/12/07/07/2140231/apple-exits-green-hardware-certification-program), the BBC reports that City officials in San Francisco plan to block local government agencies from buying new Apple Macintosh computers. Will they be the first of many, or will cheaper products override peoples' conscience?"
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