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Comment Re: A couple things about TFA (Score 0) 396

I can think of lots of other reasons why they would also be upset. But the non-Muslim reason is primary and not something you can wave away, even if you fix the other things.

Some people you literally cannot please - so why try if it makes no sense? They are also offended at our allowing gay marriage, perhaps instead the nation should stop placating the gay population and stone or execute them instead? Is that really want you want? I would instead say, we ignore what people we cannot be pleased think.

Comment Defense in depth (Score 1) 396

The current strategy of the U.S. in regards to infrastructure defense is simple - defense in depth.

By spending very little on road maintenance, it's highly likely terrorists will either get a flat tire on the way to attack a power station, or the guns will cook off a few rounds when a bump is hit likely harming the car or terrorists.

As a last ditch defense, the federally required signs not to pee on high-voltage transformers will be removed, thereby cooking the terrorists when they get there as they are sure to do such a stupid thing with no warnings posted.

Comment Re: A couple things about TFA (Score -1, Troll) 396

They hate us for usually-pretty-valid reasons

All islamic terrorists - therefore pretty much all of the violent ones - hate us for not being Muslim, full stop.

How is that a "pretty valid reason"?

Any other reason they claim to hate us for doesn't ever stop the hate when we address it.

Comment Re:Potential problem not obvious in video (Score 1) 59

Sure, but often the device twists in such a way that the various legs are nearly combined.

Also I have had rocks turn over on splayed tripod legs, so the middle of the segments laying over rocky areas may not be safe.

I'm just saying real-life rocks are a lot trickier and more treacherous than the Tron Cubes they have pitted it against thus far.

Comment Apple should be the one wary of this (Score 1) 564

Currently people don't seem very keen on buying touch-screen laptops. But lots of laptop makers also bundling Android means suddenly there's a kind of compelling case to get one, where at least there is a selection of software you could run.

Either one apart is not selling that well, but perhaps together they can combine into a Voltron like force to take on Apple.

It will be very interesting to see how these devices end up managing the division.

Comment Why? Developer Developers Developers. And Games. (Score 5, Insightful) 564

Sure, Windows sucks but why would cramming a shitty OEM version of Android make things better?

Because there are a LOT of Android developers now, who would be very tempted to write for this...

But also from the user side, presumably you could play Android games, buying them at Android prices instead of Windows prices (or playing them for free, the dark unfortunate secret of Android).

Comment Big pile 'o Nope (Score 3, Insightful) 235

the fact that they are moving
OSX towards a mandatory App store

All they did, a few versions ago, is allow developers to sign apps, and distribute through the app store - they have made ZERO moves since then towards a "mandatory" app store.

If you think allowing developers to sign applications and having the OS ask before running anything unsigned (note that does NOT mean from the app store) is bad then you have not seen the average person's computer.

and their totally over the top pricing.

You mean like pricing a Mac Pro $2k less than you can buy the individual parts for it?

I'm typing on my
last macbook air here ever... and it's a $1200 value that sold for $2200

And how much do you think a PC is worth after a year?

Good luck with the switch but the grass is pretty much DEAD on the other side of the lawn.

Comment Re:How about no? (Score 0) 235

Competition is good. Copying is not. That's why copyright (and to a certain extent patents) exist.

Otherwise if you spend $10 million developing something, and anyone can steal it in an hour - no-one is going to spend $10 million to develop something again.

Also, selling something that looks almost exactly someone else's product hurts everyone, because it confuses consumers.

Comment No, it means an hour or so down (Score 2, Informative) 804

With a vendor built, a component failure means a 2 week minimum turnaround where you're out of a machine

Not with Apple, and AppleCare. If they have the same system in an Apple store often they'll just swap it out if something is really wrong...

But the way the Mac Pro is built, it would be pretty easy to swap in replacement storage or GPU or memory to fix one of those items going bad. Or two switch all your custom cards into a set of cores they had stored in the back for replacements.

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