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Comment Re:This would level the playing ground (Score 1) 352

Several of my coworkers here in the Ventura, CA area have horses (the hills around here are great for riding), and both of my neighbors own boats (20 to 30 foot boats).

Now you're really being disingenuous. It's not "horses and boats". The tax law is very specific about how horses and boats can be used as tax writeoffs. It's racehorces and dressage horses. And it's not just "boats", it's "yachts that can be used for charter".

Middle and working class people do not own racehorses, dressage horses or yachts big enough to have a crew that can be chartered out.

You wanna go for "private jets" too? You've got a lot of neighbors in Ventura, CA that have private jets?

Comment Re:"Reset to factory settings" button (Score 1) 108

This. Especially for consumer devices.

The only reasons NOT to have a user-accessible "factory reset" button is if the customer specifically doesn't want one (such as for anti-theft firmware where the customer does not want the thief disabling it without entering a code or possessing a hardware "key") or where there is a legal requirement to not allow the person in possession of the device to reset it (such as an ankle-monitor used by some people on parole, probation, or out on bond awaiting criminal trial).

Except for "so cheap they are disposable" devices and perhaps devices where there are national-security or very-strong-legal implications or where the end user specifically does not want one, there should always be a "reset switch" that is accessible to factory-authorized repair shops and, ideally, legal protection against price-gouging if an end user has to take the device into a factory-authorized shop to have it "reset" due to bricking.

Comment Re:I'll believe it when I see it (Score 1) 41

And yet for all your misdirected Windows whining DirectX for Windows is the only area that AMD cards perform well. Their Linux drivers blow, as noted by other posts here, and that is because AMD can't write OpenGL drivers to save their life.

nVidia, on the other hand, has extremely fast and solid drivers for Linux.

Comment Re:This would level the playing ground (Score 1) 352

Really? What deductions are allowed for high income people and are not allowed for middle/working class people?

I suppose that deductions for dressage horses and yachts are technically available to middle/working class people, except middle/working class people don't own dressage horses and yachts. So, it's fair to say that these deductions have been designed and implemented to benefit the rich.

I think you're just being disingenuous now. You're dismissed.

Comment Re:release notes should have informed users (Score 3, Interesting) 233

That's not really a low end desktop, not even today. Most desktops are still being sold with 4Gb of RAM, and when it comes to tablets, the situation is even worse.

My tests are on a Thinkpad X100e which originally came with Windows 7 and ran it fine, with 4Gb, and a HP Stream 8 which originally came with Windows 8.1. Both have, independently, had large numbers of BSoDs since the Fall Update. Responsiveness on both is pretty bad, though has improved with the FU, but still, more often than not, trying to bring up the Start menu takes more than 10 seconds (and sometimes more than a minute) on the X100e, and is a frequent occurrence on the tablet. The notifications bar usually takes so long to come up on both I usually give up on it.

(Want to see smooth and responsive? Try Windows 8.1 on a tablet. Made me never want to use an Android tablet again.)

For obvious reasons, I've not accepted by employer's offer to switch to Windows 10, nor have I upgraded my main PC. This is terrible. Yeah, I get people saying "Well, on my low end bargain basement $10,000 desktop, an 12GHz 16 core Intel i9 with 32Gb of RAM (I mean, who uses anything less these days, right?!" (I kid, but not by much...) "it works fine!" but when you have two devices in front of you that really suck thanks to the Windows 10 update, you tend to believe your own eyes.

Honestly, I still think Microsoft should have released Windows 8.11 (8.1 with a start menu) and then spent a year polishing Windows 10 until it was ready. It shows potential, but in its current form it's garbage.

Comment Well of course, because Linux is OpenGL (Score 1) 41

And AMD can't handle OpenGL. I don't know why, I'm not sure what's so hard, I'm not sure if there's a monster that guards the OpenGL specs in the AMD office or something, but they have sucked at GL for over a decade, and show no signs of getting any better. They can't claim it is because of an API limitation either. For whatever you want to say about the mess that is OpenGL, nVidia makes their GL drivers dead even with their DX drivers. You can use either rendering path and can't tell the difference in features or speed.

That is also why I'm real skeptical that Vulkan is going to do anything for AMD. While they are heavily involved in the development, they are involved with OpenGL's development too (ATi was a voting member on the ARB and is a promoter with Khronos Group). Given that Vulkan is heavily GL based, originally being named glNext, I worry that AMD will suck at performance with it as well.

Comment Re:W.C. Fields Does Politics (Score 1) 3

The more I've seen, the more I've become convinced it's a scorched earth attempt to get the Presidency. I don't think it's an attempt to split the Republican base, and I suspect you'll find he's fairly formidable against Clinton because he'll be combining the anti-immigration nonsense he is now with policies that many on the left would find appealing.

Add to this the fact that Clinton is really, really, unpopular, and...

We live in interesting times.

Comment I'll believe it when I see it (Score 3, Insightful) 41

Not the driver, that's out, but that they are going to change how they do drivers. They've said that numerous times before, and always the situation is the same. They are very slow at getting actual release drivers out (they are forever beta versions) and their OpenGL performance and support is garbage (to the point that HFSS would fail to run on systems with AMD cards).

So AMD: Less talk, more good drivers. I want to support you, I really do, but I've been burned too many times.

Comment Re:release notes should have informed users (Score 1) 233

This is another thing that's really pissing me off about Windows 10 - quite honestly, if it wasn't for the fact Windows 10 is slow and bug ridden (Fall update helped a little with the first, but made the latter much, much, worse), I'd have turned off updates completely by now. How does Microsoft expect us to trust them with automatic updates if they're not going to tell us what those updates are supposed to do?

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