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Comment Re:planned breakage (Score 1) 365

There was a series of Dell Inspiron laptops (8400? 8500? maybe 5000 series) that had the most ridiculous power connector. It was this big beefy cylinder, with a big beefy cable, where the receptacle on the motherboard was soldered on by three tiny tiny pins. Not even a big thick ground shield solder connection to help handle the physical stress. After a few months the connector would physically come off of the board requiring an RMA to Dell. A friend had three laptops go bad (once I resoldered the connector for him, worked like a charm till it came loose again) before Dell said they wouldn't replace the motherboard anymore. He eventually got them to send him a newer model with the same specs, even took the same power connector, and the problem disappeared.

Comment OpenCL != OpenGL (Score 5, Informative) 770

FTA: and OpenCL a new open graphics standard

Not quite.
...a framework for writing programs that execute across heterogeneous platforms consisting of CPUs, GPUs, and other processors.

OpenCL is like CUDA, but supposed to be more open along the lines of OpenGL, hence the name. The same guys who manage OpenGL (Khronos) manage OpenCL as well. You could probably use it to do graphics, but that would be stupid.

Comment Re:I had this happen to me at Microcenter (Score 1) 492

How is this fraud? He told Discover exactly what happened, and they took care of it. Assuming the GP didn't lie (either to us or to the Discover people), this is a perfectly valid method of dealing with being screwed over. Although, the little snide comment about the manager's orientation was uncalled for, and probably got him his flamebait mod.

Personally, I would have called the central office and had them take care of it. Had to do this once with a hotel where we found a used hypodermic under a bed in our room on the second night of our stay (wasn't there the first night, so someone shot up in our room during our occupancy). We only found it because my friend's fiancee was making sure we didn't leave anything as we packed, reached under the bed, and brushed it with her hand. Had the needle been pointing outward, she would have gotten a tasty dose of someone else's drugs and bodily fluids. Manager only wanted to refund the cleaning fee, I stated this wasn't acceptable, left, and called the central office. 5 minutes after calling the head office, the manager called me back, apologized, and refunded my entire stay.

Comment Re:Convenience costs money (Score 1) 492

It would probably be cheaper to give each new employee an allowance for a new computer and have them make the purchase directly.

But then everyone has a different machine from a different vendor, so a lot of your IT tips and tricks (standard images for all the machines, hot spares, emergency parts, etc.) go out the window, which means your support costs go up. If you're a small business, it's no big, but once you start getting into multiple hundreds of machines that need administered, shit can get nasty if each machine is just different enough to be a pain.

Comment Re:Apple prices (Score 2, Informative) 479

Dude, those ARE the FB-DIMM prices. FB-DIMM long ago stopped being more than a few dollars off from the normal DDR2 option.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134688
Kingston 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 FB-DIMM ECC Fully Buffered DDR2 800 - $33.49 each, $66.98 total; GP quoted $67.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134862
Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR2 FB-DIMM ECC Fully Buffered DDR2 800 - $156.99 each, $627.96 total; GP quoted $604.

FB-DIMM memory does not invalidate his argument in any way.

Windows

Submission + - Microsoft Postpones Windows 7 Public Beta Release (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "Microsoft has postponed the roll-out of the Windows 7 public beta today, citing 'very heavy traffic' on its Web site. The company did not offer a new schedule for delivering the beta of its newest operating system. 'Due to very heavy traffic we're seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to Microsoft.com properties before we post the public Beta today,' a spokeswoman said in an instant message reply to earlier questions about Microsoft.com's performance. "We want to ensure customers have the best possible experience when downloading the Beta.""

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