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Comment Re:Processor speeds stuck at 3.5 GHz (Score 1) 217

Well, Apple has been more than fair with my wifes mid-2010 27” iMac. It still has support from the latest macOS and it has upgradeable RAM. Maximum is 32GB, which is what we have. It’s the unofficial maximum, but it works.

One day, they will drop support, but the i7 870 it sports is no slouch so I’ll surely find something else to do with it.

Comment *Cackle*, *cackle*, *cackle*, ... (Score 4, Informative) 393

This whole diversity/gender debate thing is getting and more into an absurd territory of epic proportions. It's quite some time ago that I've been able to take larger parts of mainstream contributions to this debate seriously.

To me a very welcome addition of reason and level-headedness was the open letter of ~100 women of influence and fame in France speaking out against #MeToo, it's totalitarianism and a false pretense of feminism published two days ago in Le Monde (basically the French nyt) that went largely unnoticed/uncovered by mainstream media. These ladies deserve a medal or something and they deserve to be heard, despite mainstream media trying to ignore them.

Comment This is so obvious. (Score 1) 215

This is technology that basically has been around since the steam age. In terms of "feasible and mature" it's way off the carts compared to anything else. I remember building battery-less radio receivers as an 8 year old. Adding radio receivers to modern smartphones is trivial and I personally wouldn't mind if lawmakers made it mandatory for vendors to do this. For people in distress and desaster zones we can only hope that vendors come to some sort of gentleman's agreement to build radios in by default. That would be cool.

My 2 eurocents.

Comment It is *NOT* bricking! (Score 5, Insightful) 233

Bricking is the equivalent of applying a killpoke. A software action that makes the hardware henceforth unusable.

This just screws up the kernel and requires you to set up a fresh one, perhaps reinstalling the core system. On Linux this is usually nothing more than a minor annoyance.

Again: it's not bricking. Bricking is when a software update or piece of code renders my smartphone not more useful than a brick and irreversibly so.

Stop using the word just because it's new and describes something significant. It doesn't make your news more interesting, it makes your news false.

Thank you.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 231

Well, it highly depends on where you live, doesn't it? For example: there is probably no laptop you could use on a table in a bistrot in Paris. Allotted space is tiny: One barely has place to move between the tables. Fortunately, I don't live in Paris and most places I go give ample space.

It just confirms that different people are in different situations and as such have different needs. My needs are covered in my situation with an X220. Yours are not. It just means you will have to make different trade-offs than me.

Comment Well, ... it depends. Some ideas: (Score 1) 231

The EEE is way underpowered for todays standards, no doubt. However, IIRC, you can replace it's battery which is a feature todays handheld/ultraportable computers don't have.

Look into Microsofts Surface Line of products and look at the Windows Tablets Samsung has to offer. One current Windows Notebook I find intrigueing is the Huawei Matebook. Very neat device. Like a rippoff of the MacBook but built around Windows. Definitely check that one out.

Comment Cheap Chinese (Score 1) 231

I got myself a Chuwi Hi10 Plus. Wait until you get a "sale" that suits you. (On Gearbest, everything is always on sale... you just need to wait until the "sale" matches your desires. Also, read very carefully whether the keyboard is included or not.) I got mine for 154.20€, including the keyboard.

It is basically a Surface knock-off for cheap. Is it as good as a Surface? Hell fuck no! However, for that price, I'm not going to complain. Cherry Trail Atom quad core, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC storage, 1920x1280 touchscreen and a valid Windows 10 license. It's no speed demon, but for casual surfing, the occasional text editing, it suffices. For that price, I'm not going to complain.

I don't really like the keyboard, but as an alternative there is the Chuwi Hi10 Pro. I don't have one, but the keyboard definitely looks better, and it seems identical except for being a bit smaller and having only "1920x1200".

Again, for the price, these 2 in 1 tablets are great. Keep in mind: this being a Cherry Trail Atom, you're not going to run Linux on it. I only found out about that after buying it.

Comment Yes. Totally. This is an uncharted market. (Score 1) 194

12" - 13" ARM Linux Laptop, thin, made of direct recycled plastic.

Point in case: I have a cheapo 11" Chromebook based on ARM. It has the smallest and shittiest battery you can imagine but still runs approx. 6 hours on a single charge. I'd love to have a decent portable rasberry pi style laptop with 30+hrs runtime. I'd prefer that over some overpowered Apple thingie. Especially for us programmers the prospect of a lightweight 30+ hour linux laptop is particularly enticing.

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