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Comment Re:You have to wonder at some point (Score 2) 342

Airlines make all their profit from a tiny sliver of their customer-base who decide to be brand loyal.

The airlines themselves are always going bankrupt because it's nearly perfect competition.  Most people just buy the cheapest ticket from A to B, with no second thoughts.  These programs help create a small number of customers who fly a specific airline or alliance, which gives them a slight edge.

I won't take an extra trip because I'm Premier 1K, but it does make me more likely to book on United than US Airways, since in the one case I'm likely to get upgraded and in the other case I'm not.

Comment Re:Nothing new here (Score 1) 657

You can Frankenstein your laptop too... I bought a Dell and replaced the motherboard, processor and heatsink, memory, hard disk, wireless card, and part of the case. I have a replacement video card and keyboard waiting to be installed. But admittedly you cannot simply build a laptop from scratch.

Comment Re:Bad News for Repair Shops (Score 1) 1009

Oh give me a break.  You're in a dying business and you're blaming others for the fact that your services aren't as valuable as they used to be.

Desktop PCs used to be quite expensive, now they're not.  Now they're so cheap that most people wouldn't even think about repair.

The shift to cloud services adds pressure to this.  If your QuickBooks computer died, you had a huge problem.  But if your QuickbooksOnline.Intuit.Com computer dies, you just get another web browser.

The shift to lightweight/mobile adds pressure to this as well.  Desktops are now the exception, not the rule.  The rule is now phones, laptops, and tablets in that order.  Devices that are hard to service because making them serviceable would add weight and cost to every unit sold.

You need a new business model.  That happens.  Stop blaming Intel for the fact that it's not 1995 anymore.

Comment Re:Still no Retina support for OS X (Score 1) 137

Can't you just zoom in the website with Ctrl-+ and get the same effect? That's what I do on Windows with a 3840x2400 display. Admittedly some websites specify fixed pixel sizes for things so they appear scrunched into the top left corner, or in a thin dribble down the middle, but I don't see how you can fix that without violating web standards. Does the 'Retina' mode render something that says 100 pixels as 200 pixels instead?

Comment Re:That doesn't really show anything. (Score 1) 317

I don't believe those airlines are subsidized directly by their respective governments. Certainly BA is a private company and is no longer particularly British (it merged with the also-privatized Iberia). It's true that national airlines or 'flag carriers' have often enjoyed special privileges, but those are usually of the kind which tend to *increase* ticket prices, not reduce them.

Comment Re:While you're at it... (Score 1) 661

Also, you should know that your claims about driving 3840x2160 are a bit misleading. You may be able to do it over a single HDMI link, but you're not getting full 60 Hz progressive refresh. HDMI doesn't have enough bandwidth to support that. You're probably dropping down to ~30 or even ~15 Hz refresh.

That's what I suspected too. Usually there is an on-screen display which shows you the refresh rate you're using.

Comment Re:While you're at it... (Score 1) 661

I wonder, Wikipedia isn't usually wrong on this stuff (and with T221 monitors the DVI bandwidth restrictions are all too real) but you have a clear counterexample. But if there is no problem driving 2560x1440 over plain DVI, why was dual link DVI invented? Hardware manufacturers wouldn't spend the money to provide the extra pins if they didn't do anything. There must be something we are missing.

Comment Re:While you're at it... (Score 1) 661

Cool. I have monitors with a similar resolution but only 22 inches - so I have to set the font size to extra large in every application. I imagine that you can keep fonts at 'normal' size and just have a super huge desktop. Here's a photo of my setup: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7145/6851350945_e582af1ed5_o.jpg (it's a big image but I guess you will have no problem displaying it!) Do you have a photo of yours?

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