Apple markup may be the fattest in the industry but if anyone can kick the bottom out of medical device pricing while still making an enormous profit, they're the company to do it.
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This would be why I snort derisively at rapture-like interpretations of The Singularity - evolution is an endless process of optimization, not a directed A to B to C progression. Animals that haven't evolved in millennia - sharks, for example - aren't "Evolutionary dead ends," they are in fact optimized for survival in their habitats.
Actually, Apple did it first with Sherlock, the search replacement in OS 9.
I've worn a watch once in the last four years.
While my phone was being serviced!
CALL THE ENCLAVE
1. Best overall - Menage a 3.
2. Funniest - Sam and Fuzzy.
3. Best art - Massively subjective, I'll go with Supernormal Step.
4. Most relevant to me - Why, my own of course! Among The Chosen. Finished two chapters of Dead City Radio, produced a prequel, and got series production heading forward again after four years going back and sideways.
Time isn't the issue for me. The issue for me is the fact that video "tutorials" feature voices that frequently grate on my nerves. Worse, the video tutorial cannot be quickly searched for the relevant information.
Seriously. I can find out if a text tutorial is relevant to the issue at hand in seconds. With video tutorials, I've typically closed the tab before the "host" finishes talking about how great he is, how great the software is, and what the tutorial is going to cover.
Size-wise, you're right - it's definitely not in the same category as CMP. From google street view it seems more like the Toonseum.
I'll definitely have to check it out!
Garfield isn't exactly gentrified - in the 4900 block of Penn Avenue this place is a good distance from the Carnegie Science Center (north shore) or Natural History / Museum of Art in Oakland.
Out of the way of casual tourism, a couple of blocks from Garfield Artworks and two doors down from a really good Vietnamese restaurant.
Have you actually gone through the military procurement system? They probably ordered these when the Newton was announced.
Way late to answer, but you'll probably be notified.
Typical consumer drives are intended for relatively low-heat, low-vibration environments. The firmware on the drives is typically optimized for desktop access patterns, and will automatically slow or stop the motor to save power. The drive assembly itself is quite a bit different -- lower quality bearings, less isolation on the heads (protection from vibration). Datacenters are hot, noisy, and vibrate badly. Consumer drives fail in that environment at a lot higher rate.
Firmware is typically optimized very differently, for different access patterns, power usage, etc.
The same model consumer drive, over different revisions, may have different capacities. In a RAID-1 config, if the replacement drive, or the drive you buy to create the mirror, is a few hundred sectors smaller, there's no joy and no mirror. If I remember correctly, some consumer-targeted RAID controllers actually reserve a bit of the disk and don't present it to try to protect against that particular problem. I ran in to that a lot in the past, not as much recently, but it still happens. Hell, back in the mid-90s I had that happen with enterprise SCSI drives that weren't vetted through a vendor that pushed it -- same model of the Barracuda from a random cheap-ass vendor (Dirt Cheap Drives, if I remember correctly), different capacities. Ruined my bloody weekend.
Going outside the facts, and moving to the artificial reality of vendor contracts, HP or Oracle may well respond that they won't support something until you pull the consumer-grade shit out of the machine.
Now, after all of that -- I do use consumer drives in servers when it's worth it, and when I can afford the risk. My backup media servers (Netbackup) are Sun x4500s with 48 internal disks -- those disks have been swapped with cheap-ass WD 2TBs and have close to 100TB of available space. The disk is managed by ZFS with single-parity RAIDZ and is used for staging backups before pushing to tape to move offsite (weekly/monthly), and duplicated storage of short-term backups (daily).
I'll use it for scratch space, and I'll use it when I can afford to lose it (or at least lose access until I rebuild and restore). If there's data I care about on there, it's typically using ZFS so that block-level checksums are done and I'll at least know that the data is bad without silent corruption.
I've got shit to work with for budget (public higher education), and the cheapest reasonable "enterprise-like" disk I can get runs us about $400/TB usable -- Dell MD3200 SAS-connected array with dual controllers (four hosts redundant, 8 non-redundant, and it's really an OEM LSI Engenio (sp)). Best I can do for disk on the SAN is more like $600 (Nexsan, Dell/LSI MD32xx), and those prices aren't for a single TB purchase. Most SAN-connected disk is still in the $1000/TB range and higher. I'm counting these prices including support (NBD response, usually) for three years or so. The other constraint is that I want the vendor to exist in a few years and have some track record, and I need to be able to get it past purchasing, which usually means state-or-U-level contract -- I've had to support some random shit bought from HPC vendors, usually OEM'd Infortrend or similar, and don't want to deal with that shit ever again.
It's all about the application and level of risk that's acceptable for that app/system. I'll never stick shit disk on a SAN to use with a VMware cluster, but I will happily throw a pair of cheap disks in a standalone ESX server that's running developer VMs or testing. Prod systems need to be expensive shit, sadly, to avoid giving the vendor an excuse (I'm looking at you, Oracle).
The speed increase matters once in a great while too -- more RAM is usually more effective, and cheaper.
The fact I can troubleshoot classic MacOS 7.6.1 up through 9.2.2 and a number of old-world PPC related hardware issues over the phone without being anywhere near the machine in question is hardly Buzzword Compliant in this day and age.
The fact that I learned basic troubleshooting out of self defense in that environment, however, gave me a great baseline for dealing with hardware and basic software issues in the general sense. While any classic MacOS-related "certifications" may be long useless, the fact that I got that knowledge in the field with plenty of practice instead of out of a book or classroom lecture provided long-term benefits that no class or HR-friendly tickybox ever could.
The fact that hard-won knowledgebase went from being Current to Niche to Hobbyist over the course of a couple of years is one of the major reasons I've stopped giving a shit about staying "current" on hardware and software. It's a moving target, and I have much better things to do with my time - namely using the production software everything else is there to support.
First off Apple still offers anti-glare displays as an option on ALL their MacBook Pros. So the rant about not offering matte displays is completely off base. In fact, I'm writing this post on a later model Macbook Pro with an antiglare screen and a quick glance at the store shows this option still available.
Not on the 13", and not as an "option." The 15" with AG is almost a thousand dollars more expensive than the baseline 15". You can't mix and match - it's that machine or All Glare All The Time.
It's fall when the wardrobe shifts from shorts to pants. It's winter when the wardrobe shifts from hoody to heavy jacket.
The official dates don't seem to have much to do with the weather.