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Comment: Re:Smaller vs. thinner (Score 1) 149 149

Yeah I'm kind of miffed at this. I love macs. I have my PC for games and when I need to do windows or linux coding work, but my main tool is my macbook. I'm still on the 2011 macbook pro however, because I can service it, replace most of its parts, upgrade it and what not, and frankly she's still a pretty snappy laptop. If I get a newer macbook pro, I cant update the memory, I cant update the hard drive, I cant even replace the battery. If I get drunk and spill beer in it I cant repair it at all. As a result, I'm not going to upgrade until apple starts making expandable laptops again. Which might never happen :(

Comment: Re:Forget Esports (Score 1) 46 46

Some suckers still believe that Half-Life 3 will eventually be released?

If HL3 is released, and its anygood, theres a billon dollars worth of sales for possibly the most hyped vaporware of all time. Duke Nukem forever flopped, because it was terrible, but Valve doesn't do bad games.

Its absurd they'd leave that money on the table. Its there for the taking and it makes no business sense not to.

Comment: Re:Something to hide? (Score 2) 203 203

I wouldn't say he was in the closet. He didn't make any announcements, but it was widely known around Apple and nobody cared.

I imagine he likely however would have taken his time before letting his folks know, which is usually a big reason people stay in the closet. Many "in the closet" folks are out to their friends and workmates, but hide it from their parents , who might be religious or bigoted or whatever. Whatever the case is privacy is *very* important to people who are gay or transgendered or whatever.

Comment: Re:This isn't surprising (Score 1, Insightful) 156 156

Don't be so eager to chant for AMDs downfall. Competition from AMD (Both to intel in processors and Nvidia in GFX cards) keeps intel and nvidia honest. Without competiton they'd have no incentive to innovate and keep prices down. The browser wars prior to firefoxes rise showed what happens when a market is without competition, it stagates, and thats bad for everyone.

Comment: Re:All they really need as a compelling feature is (Score 1) 244 244

I don't think you can get 4K projectors yet.
Also, my long long room with peaked roof wouldn't be ideal for the projector.
Otherwise I'd be interested.
Yes you can. In fact its been around longer as projectors than its been a thing for TV screens. However traditionally thats beause they where used for movie cinemas.

There are however now domestic models.

Comment: Re:Cuz Minix Dude Was A Old Guy (Score 5, Informative) 469 469

No it wasn't that. Andrew Tannenbaum had no intention of using Minux as a general purpose OS kernel like people wanted it to be. He wanted it to be a teaching kernel and thats all. He didn't accept patches for the most part because he wanted it to remain simple enough for an undergrad student to completely understand (I know that because my WANG hard drive patch couldnt be accepted because of that very reason). Even patches to add networking where rejected.

Comment: Re:Dressed for success? (Score 3, Informative) 62 62

Fat load of good it did her. She got sexually assaulted by a drunk studio exec (And refused to ever name him. She didnt want to cause trouble and only revealed what happened later on). However Nimoy was aware of what happened and becamse a staunch defender of her. So whilst Kirks good graces where of doubtful providence, Spock was certainly on her side.

Comment: Re:This sh*t again? (Score 1) 247 247

Thats a trickier one. The reason Microsoft was held to be anti-competitive was because by tying it to windows , it *leveraged* windows near monopoly to artificially create a an IE monopoly over Netscape Navigator. Chromes desktop dominance seems to be based on consumer preference which is perfectly legal.

Now as to mobile phones, THAT is a completely different kettle of fish and one that might just get it in hot water.

Comment: Re:This sh*t again? (Score 5, Insightful) 247 247

Antitrust isn't really about consumers (although arguable it is ultimately) but about making sure the free market is both a market and free.

When the entire industry is subject to a single companies whim, then its a bad thing. Microsofts anticompetitive practices in the 90s and early 2000s held the IT industry back years, because web browsers stop being competitive and for the web industry that meant we where stuck with a bloody awful lowest common denominator (ie6) for nearly a decade. At least until EU sanctions gave firefox a fighting chance, and web browsers had to compete again and we saw real innovation finally.

Wheres the innovation in searching, when the only engine one needs to care about is google. Wheres the innovation in content, when the only rule in web presence is "does googles algorithm like it". One company holds millions of IT workers fates in their hands, and thats not safe and its not a free market, just a market.

You can do this in a number of ways. IBM chose to do all of them. Why do you find that funny? -- D. Taylor, Computer Science 350