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Comment Re:A big ball of dust (Score 1) 128

I believe that most asteroids are just a huge dust ball held together by gravity, no big rocks, just lots and lots of small particles gathering around a small core. With that view of an asteroid, an explosion in the atmosphere would be expected, and almost no solids would reach the ground.

And the evidence that supports this belief, and doesn't also support other beliefs, is?

Comment Re:And where have they put the power button on the (Score 1) 464

Sometimes it's really convenient to just reboot and get to work, instead of launching an extra environment. Yes, virtualisation works, but unless one has to multitask between os-dependant applications,

And some do. (I do development on cross-platform software, and it's Way Cool to be able to try stuff on various non-OS X OSes without having to reboot and not have my regular development/Web access/e-mail/etc. environment handy and without having to have other machine on which to do it. The downside is that, given that I want multiple versions of those OSes, about 1/3 of my "disk" is filled up with VMs....)

Comment Re:What the hell? (Score 1) 464

RAID is dead Thunderbolt reigns supreme. You heard it here first folks.

In other news, various pieces of hardware simultaneously vanished from the earth as, given that "RAID is dead" and that "Thunderbolt reigns supreme", it was logically impossible for a Thunderbolt-attached RAID device to exist.

Comment Re:And where have they put the power button on the (Score 1) 464

My wife is an architect and she likes the mac desktop, but she needs to run windows only cad software.

And, presumably, can't do so in VMware Fusion or Parallels Workstation (which avoid the reboot and the "can't run your OS X apps and your Windows apps at the same time") or doesn't want to spend the money for them. (Yes, I can imagine that there are apps that don't work well enough in a simulated Windows box, for whatever reason.)

Comment Re:The power button is on the back of existing mac (Score 1) 464

Why is the power button needed?

For forcible power-cycling, but if you're doing that a lot, you have bigger problems (or are doing development, especially kernel-mode code development).

(And if you want to power the machine down, rather than reboot, the "Shut Down..." menu option handles that.)

I believe the power button is on the back of the Mac mini and iMacs.

Correct for the iMac, as I remember; I'm not sure about the Mac mini, but I could easily believe it to be the case.

Comment Re:tabs in the Finder window? (Score 1) 607

I could certainly imagine the first of those being true (the stuff above UNIX has been known to implicitly assume that file system operations are cheap, when they might not be cheap for remote file systems).

Some of the stuff above UNIX was significantly redone in Snow Leopard or Lion or both to provide new APIs that do fewer system calls to get file system information, and I think the Finder was changed to use that, so things may have improved somewhat.

There were also VFS-layer changes in Lion to allow system calls to make file system requests that bundle multiple operations into one, so that an open/create could be done in a single VFS-layer call, allowing a single over-the-wire call to be made.

The cited discussion stated with a post from somebody running Snow Leopard (10.6.1); I don't remember whether the stuff above UNIX was changed in Snow Leopard or not (yes, I know, Snow Leopard was mainly a performance release, but that doesn't mean no significant performance changes were made after that), but the VFS-layer changes were in Lion, so there could have been some improvements post-Snow Leopard.

Comment Re:tabs in the Finder window? (Score 1) 607

Lots of threads on the internet like this:

Which says:

Finder is slow at listing the directory content of the shares The problem only occurs in Apple Finder. When I do "ls" from Terminal the directory listing displays in the same moment I hit enter.

so either the Finder is assuming some file system operations are always going to be fast when they're not fast over SMB, or smbfs needs to figure out how to make whatever the Finder's doing faster, or some combination of the two. I could certainly imagine the first of those being true (the stuff above UNIX has been known to implicitly assume that file system operations are cheap, when they might not be cheap for remote file systems).

Comment Re:There will never be a "year of desktop Linux" (Score 1) 1215

OS X *is* UNIX, the Open Group says so.

And it behaves like it, modulo the sort of quirks that every UN\*X (whether it's UNIX(R) or not) has, and modulo a case-insensitive-by-default file system (which has only bitten me in a few cases, e.g. a CVS tree with source to CVS in it, so its CVS directory conflicted with the "cvs" source directory, and some renames of files in a remote SVN repository that only changed the case of the name).

Comment Re:because desktop linux is a toy and novelty (Score 1) 1215

Unless I'm mistaken, you are talking about Economy. The thing is, although it does crunch a huge amount of numbers, Economy is NOT science!

If by "Economy" you mean "economics", you may well be mistaken. "I work in the analytical division of well-recognized company. Most of our vendors design instrumentation to work with Windows." sounds more like some form of laboratory science (biology or chemistry) than like economics. Do NOT become confused by the fact that they mentioned Reinhart-Rogoff; they also spoke of "Baggerly and Coombes" and "the Duke scandal", which was biomedicine, not economics.

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