Honestly, Slashdot isn't the right place to post BSD stuff anymore. It's too full of immature posts and uninformed nonsense.
Agreed - The BSD section used to be somewhat lively. There's an awful lot of hostility towards the BSDs as they're not Linux. People feel really threatened when there is an alternative to their favorite OS. I also have to laugh at posts about BSD fragmentation. How many Linux distros are there now? Oh, but they're all related! Of course, the BSDs share ancestors, so they're related, too.
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It's probably not too surprising as Microsoft reduced the available seats a couple of times. They also state that there was "no single factor in the decision to retire the TechNet Subscriptions service.""
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Although I'm not a violinist, what I've been told by classical violinists who've had the opportunity to play a strad: it's hard to make a bad sound on the instrument - tone production is easier.
Believe it or not, a lower quality instrument (violin or otherwise) may not suitable for playing certain pieces. Violins and pianos are great examples of this. I overheard a couple of violinists playing the opening page of the Scherzo from Schumann's second symphony (recording and sheet music ). Both violinists played it on a $30k violin and $40k violin. Neither was able to get the passage clear (at full tempo) on the $30k violin, but both could play it easily on the $40k violin. Both violinists were conservatory trained and about equal skill level. That's not to say that instruments are all priced perfectly, but there is something to higher quality instruments being easier to play. Who knows about the luthiers of today? I certainly hope some are producing the strads of tomorrow, but it might not be clear for a century or two.
Given the choice, do you think the average developer would rather work on a netbook or a high end laptop? Both could probably get the job done, but compiling would take longer and everything else would likely take longer.
Anyway, my point is, no one updates device software forever - but most people here on macdot.org are making that assertion. Saying, "Apple updates the old devices... but, that device is too old" is not the same thing as "Apple updates all the old devices continually."
It would seem that many people aren't keeping a phone even two years now. I've known quite a few people to upgrade their phone as often as possible, (including iPhone 4 to 4s) so this all may be irrelevant. I'm 100% sure that Apple, Samsung, Motorola, and friends wouldn't mind selling a new phone once a year.
I can't believe there are so many people on slashdot who actually believe keeping one hand continuously pressed against ones face is perfectly fine when driving. Sure, you can use the hand holding the cell to do things, but I never really see drivers doing that.
It's definitely not as safe to take a hard turn with one hand... one slip and you'll lose control - especially if you're holding a big cell phone in your hand. You can do it, but you can't say that it's just as safe as using 2 hands. But, it is slashdot, where people make a point assuming their viewpoint is always correct. It's cool - like junior high.
I find it hilarious that no one here understands the problem with the conclusion, "there is no difference between using a hands free device and continuously holding a cell phone to your head." Sure, you can drop the phone and then your hand will be free, but I really doubt everyone would do that.
I forget, though - this is slashdot; everyone has to argue everything from the perspective of "I never have that problem - I don't know what you are talking about. No one else's argument is worth thinking about." Oh well, at least it's not another article about something Apple related.
What if you need to honk at someone who's moving into your lane? Sure, you can drop your cell phone or use your hand with the cell phone in it, but I doubt most people do that.