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Comment Re:CLI's Are Not Walled? (Score 1) 383

But the idea that GUIs are inherently superior to CLIs for all purposes has always seemed very odd to me.
I don't think I've ever seen anyone make the argument that GUIs are inherently superior.

I've seen plenty of UNIX Nerds argue all you need is a CLI, though. I expect I'll even see a few more as I scroll down this page.

Comment Re: sata is slower than thunderblot 2 (Score 1) 234

and pay for cost over head TB to get the same speed of sata?
Yes. No-one using a Mac Pro for work purposes would even think twice about spending a hundred or two on a Thunderbolt to eSATA dock.

(Assuming they actually had any clients who used eSATA drives, of course, which is highly questionable to start with.)

Comment Re:Who takes apart their laptop? (Score 1) 234

I understand light and thin quite well. That's why I have thin and light devices.

I don't understand why someone would choose to watch a video on a smaller screen when a larger one was available, all else being equal. I've watched people (who I know have 13" laptops with them) sit on planes holding an iPhone up (or bending over it on their lap) for hours watching a movie (often a movie that that was also available in the AVOD).

I simply don't get it. Or maybe I just have too much sympathy for my poor old back, neck and eyes.

Comment Re:No respect for employee privacy (Score 1) 229

They don't know what other companies are offering, who I've already interviewed with, whether I have any backup offers (or brothers-in-law in high places, or whatever), and any of 500 other potentially relevant factors.
Yes they do. Perhaps not specific data pertaining to you as an individual, but certainly aggregate data that is representative of you as an applicant or employee.

Your employer knows how much people working the same job as you earn. They know how much other employers are offering new employees. They know how much recruiters are baiting applicants with. They know how much they've offered other applications. They have access to a vast array of salary data that "salary surveys" accessible to normal people are but a tiny, heavily sanitised sliver of.

An employee wants to be paid a dollar less than too much for the employer. An employer wants to pay a dollar more than too little for the employee. The employer generally has access to data that gives them a pretty good idea what those numbers are. The employee generally does not.

Comment Re:It's more like a stunt to me (Score 1) 229

As soon as the rest of the world rebuilt, well, we had the 1970s ...
And the subsequent spoils going almost entirely to the top few (being generous) percent of the population.

So if you were rich, then the disappearance of unions was great.

If you were anyone else, it was disastrous.

Comment Re:It's more like a stunt to me (Score 1) 229

The government may not be run like a business, but when you're talking in micro terms of coworkers knowing the salaries of the people they work with, it's very similar.
It's not even remotely similar.

Businesses typically go out of their way to ensure workers do not know each others salaries. Indeed, in several places I have worked, the employment contract had clauses explicitly stating employees were not allowed to discuss salaries with anyone except HR (including their boss - most bosses below Chief-whatever did not know, and were not allowed to know, what their immediate reports earned).

Coupled with the typical person's natural reluctance to discuss what they earn, and you have a system where hardly anyone who isn't running the business knows what anyone else earns.

Most businesses aim to be the complete opposite of transparent when it comes to salaries. That sort of information would, after all, lend a tiny bit of power to employees.

Comment Re:Seems like result would be higher price (Score 1) 85

Most manufacturers of expensive, premium products offer a longer than mandatory warranty. 8 years on a car, 5 years on my Panasonic TV, 3 years on my NEC laptop. One year says "we don't think it will even last the legal minimum 2 years" to me.
Actually I have found the complete opposite to be true. Generally speaking, the more "premium" the product, the shorter the warranty.

Exhibit A: Swiss watches.

Fundamentally, however, this has nothing to do with "warranty" - at least not in a country with proper consumer protection laws - this is about having a formal means to pursue companies that sell faulty goods without having to go through the cost and hassle of an individual legal action.

Comment Re:Hard to believe (Score 1) 804

But building a comparable Windows machine with parts available on the market through your favorite sources (ex. newegg) is not possible at any price. You can integrate components with equal or greater functionality, but how much system test is there? Who is going to root cause every blue screen? Trust me, more of those blue screens are hardware related than I would have believed years ago. Who is making sure the PSU can deliver the needed power for the various application loads, and that it is performing with margin? Who is doing thermal measurements, checking airflow and ensuring parts are being kept safely in their operating region? This is what Apple is doing that "justifies" the price. The double quotes are there because no other system's company out there is holding to any quality standard except Apple, and as long as that's the case, Apple can charge whatever it likes.
All the major name manufacturers do the same in their enterprise-class workstation PCs (HP Z Series, Dell Precision, etc). The cases might not be as pretty, but they're doing the same level of QA.

Comment Re:Something something online sorting (Score 1) 241

Hell, even the hard drives are gaming, or are making their way there. SCSI was the only way to go, even though SATA overtook the performance long ago.
Even old U320 SCSI drives have seek times ca. 2/3 those (and consequently higher IOPS) of the fastest SATA drives.

Then they started putting 2.5" SAS drives in, which are laptop SATA drives with a bigger pricetag.
You are utterly clueless.

You've only got to hold an enterprise SAS drive and a consumer SATA laptop drive in each hand to know they have to be manufactured differently. Then again, you've probably never actually seen an enterprise SAS drive, let alone held one.

This is before even starting to look at the different specifications - where can I buy a 15k RPM laptop SATA drive ? How am I going to get multiple paths and multiple controllers accessing the disk when SATA doesn't support such a thing ?

The rest of your post is equally misinformed rubbish. I don't know who you build "servers" for, but I pity them. There's a difference between being able to assemble decent server-grade hardware on a budget that precludes big-name vendors, and not understanding what server-grade hardware (or the philosophy behind it) actually is, and you are clearly the latter.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 236

I root for the team that provides sustainable wealth creation and jobs.
Then you shouldn't be rooting for team corporatism, which has for the last 30-odd years been creating a system of completely unsustainable wealth creation and jobs.

The period of most "sustainable wealth creation and jobs" in human history, was the few decades post-WW2, up until the late '70s when the neoliberals took over the western world.

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