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Comment: Re:*shrug* (Score 1) 386

by leptons (#49758807) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0
The adoption of Windows by corporations had little to do with price, or performance. The main reason Windows was adopted so widely in business is because of control - Windows had much more in the way of file sharing and networking with more control over user access. This is something important in business, which the Amiga and Macintosh lacked.

Comment: Re: *shrug* (Score 1) 386

by leptons (#49758771) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0
You're full of shit. Get off your Amiga bashing horse already. Do you think Intel documents "the internals" of their chips beyond providing the same information Amiga provided about their chips?

You're just a troll.
The Amiga chipset did scale, there were multiple iterations, each far better than the previous, so I'm not sure where you get the crack that you're obviously smoking. Motorolo 680x0 architecture also did scale, there were multiple iterations and bumps in MHz and 16bit to 32-bit architecture. Macintosh computers of the day also used the same CPU, but were still stuck with black-and-white displays, while Amiga had thousands of colors.

The failure of the Amiga was clearly not based on the technical aspects of the hardware or software, nor the "scalability". Saying that is just completely ignorant.

Comment: Re: *shrug* (Score 1) 386

by leptons (#49758743) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0
While true that Amiga wasn't the only platform using "proper multitasking", it was by far the most widespread at the time. A/UX, Xenix, OS/2?? None were as widely adopted as the Amiga platform. The low cost of the Amiga hardware and the previous success of the Commodore 64 were major factors in the widespread adoption of the Amiga. The hardware was also far more advanced than the PCs and Macintosh of the day.

Comment: Re:Easy as 1-2-3 (Score 1, Informative) 269

by leptons (#49336165) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple
Apple is more robust? Tell that to the 100s of thousands of people with 2011 macbooks which overheat and die, even after multiple motherboard replacements. It has reached class-action status because Apple is unwilling to acknowledge any defect.

We have a 2011 macbook here that has had the motherboard replaced 4 times, and is now out of warranty and Apple wants $1200 to replace it again. Fortunately we found a place that will "re-ball" the chips that keep separating from the motherboard, for $250 a pop. Still quite horrible for a laptop that cost too damn much to begin with.

Apple is notorious for removing cooling to make their product more "beautiful". That is quite the opposite of "robust". Their latest macbooks have no fans at all, and I doubt that will go well for them in the long-run based on past experience. But, their laptops have to be "beautiful" or people won't buy them.

Comment: Re:Windows Piracy Increases 4000% in China. (Score 1) 322

by leptons (#49284047) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades
> And the NSA gets to pwn you for free.

This is exactly what I'm thinking too.. they seem to be falling over themselves trying to get people to install the new windows - for free, even for all the pirates.

In light of all the NSA abuses, computers are becoming less interesting to me. About all I use them for now is to write software to make money. Beyond that, I don't trust them at all, thanks to the creepy NSA, facebook, and others who want to know too damned much about everyone.

Comment: Re:Yet another Ted Cruz bashing article ! (Score 1) 416

by leptons (#49276839) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science
> You'll never break through the smugness and self-righteousness.

You've just described the right-wing attitude about anything they think is un-american or against christian ideals.

Trickle down economics is a disaster, banning abortion is a disaster, climate change denial is a disaster, starting un-funded wars is a desaster, lax gun regulation is a disaster - I'm not sure how anyone could promote any of those ideas, you really have to be out of your mind or unwilling to listen to reason when it comes to some of the republican agenda.

I'm all find with fiscal conservatism, if that is what the republicans actually stood for, but they have proven again and again that they simply are not interested in that.

Comment: Re:wait what? (Score 1) 416

by leptons (#49276143) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science
Guess where the earth is located - IN SPACE, YOU MORON. You sound like you think the earth is sitting on some mantle in god's office or something. We're on a rock floating around "outer space" with lots of other rocks. This is enough reason for NASA to be studying the earth as much as it wants/needs to.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 3, Insightful) 327

by leptons (#48398309) Attached to: Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

and last twice as long as alternative PC laptop manufacturers

This simply is not true. There is a new class action lawsuit against Apple for all the defective 2011 macbooks out there. We've had to replace the motherboard 4 times already in one of our macbooks, and now that it's out of warranty Apple wants $1200 to replace the motherboard again, with the same defective crap. 2008 Macbooks and iMacs have similar problems.

The problem comes down to heat dissipation - there is no room for proper cooling inside these computers that Apple designs, because they believe in form-over-function. Cooling it properly might require a slightly thicker macbook and that is unacceptable to Apple.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 327

by leptons (#48398271) Attached to: Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

and requires weekly reboots to keep it running

This is so much FUD. A modern WIndows 7 or 8 machine can run quite a long time, months or even years. The only things that require reboots would be some system upgrades (not all of them), and even OSX/Linux often require reboots for those.

You're living in the 90's if you think Windows has to be rebooted just to keep it running.

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