To be honest, most of the politics tab trolls (GaryPDX, HellBentForLeather, Bevets) have up and left or been banned and a lot of the former right-wing true believers with a shred of integrity (Weaver95, HubieStewart) of now have pinned some form of "I'm not a republican, I'm a libertarian" badge on in its place. Fark's Politics tab is mostly moderates and left-of-center types condemning republican talking points and making fun of the obvious trolls. That MIGHT change as we move closer to election season, but I think those with truly opposing viewpoints have scuttled off to Reddit or Freeperland.
You might be able to find a Geforce 750 for $125 or so. They're adequate but definitely not ideal for 1920x1080 in most PC games. They're also ridiculously efficient; they don't even need an extra PCIe power connection.
If anyone tells me they want to game on a PC and don't immediately mention a game with a more serious demand, that's the hardware I use.
I generally prefer ATI hardware because I think nVidia's stock cooling kills graphics cards and I'd rather deal with crappy drivers, but the current ATI hardware is a complete non-starter. There's really no level at all where it can be justified.
Apple's touchpad is possibly one of the most aggravating components I've found on a recent-vintage shipping notebook and moreover, the Surface Pro doesn't have to be used with its keyboard or trackpad, what with the touchscreen and all.
Surface Pro 3s are basically superior in every way when compared to shipping MacBook Air systems. They run Windows, but nothing stops you from running whatever you want in a VM.
They wanna roll Blackberry's well-regarded but proprietary secure messaging system into Samsung's home-grown mobile security application. Duh.
I say this in all seriousness: Who cares? If you're in Apple's world, you take what Apple gives you. If you don't like Apple's offerings, you can either invest the energy in getting a Hackintosh running or buy the thing Apple consents to sell you.
For what it's worth, Intel NUCs make pretty good Hackintoshes.
Intel was still making some Atom CPUs with only 32 bit support as recently as IIRC 2012. An Atom is generally a pretty good choice for a FreeNAS box, since just about the only thing that will even touch multithreaded operation is the NFS server (or Plex, if you've hacked that in).
So... people who play Everquest or own off-brand prosumer content creation software?
I've said this before on Slashdot, but now is the time that I will say it again: I consider the fact that I have ascended a wishless Tourist more of an accomplishment than my bachelor's degree.
AMD is completely out of the game and the thrust of their current design work seems to have entirely ceded low power x86 to Intel in favor of better performing hybrid CPU/GPU products.
Just the fact that I can have hassle free ad blocking on Android makes it worthy of consideration.
I live 40 miles southeast of Chicago. My community has access to high speed internet, but going much farther south or east, the options for faster-than-dialup services evaporate. Huge parts of the US aren't even served by 3G cell service or DSL lines, let alone cable internet. Let's solve that problem. It's far more important in the big picture than getting enough bandwidth to stream a dozen 4k streams for some theoretical 5% of the USA that has been gifted with fiber-based connectivity.
The Note 2 and Note 3 are, based on my observation, good for a couple days without charging. Like the iphone 6+, this probably has more to do with the form factor than anything else.
I can get about a day and a half out of my S4, but I'm an atypical user since I don't use any messaging aside from E-mail (SMS is stupid and I hope it dies soon).
It's somewhat silly to try to define "using a smartphone as a smartphone" since that's really the ultimate movable goalpost. I use mine primarily to read things on the web while I'm away from a bigger computer and I listen to locally-stored music. I don't really launch other apps, maintain social connections, play games, make calls or look at pornography while on the toilet, all of which might be part of someone else's definition of justifiable smartphone-ing.
Some Android devices and Windows RT support resizable windows. Everyone wants to hate on Windows RT, but it's actually pretty nice for productivity. It just sucks at doing things that are fun.
NX support was actually added between Windows 8 and 8.1, but you're right that there have been minor adjustments to hardware requirements over time. Since NX has to be supported by both CPU and motherboard, it's actually quite a hole. A lot of my company's Core2 systems wouldn't be compatible with Windows 8 or 10 because the standard motherboard is an older one.