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Comment Re:Terrible Power Cables (Score 2) 127

I find the worst point with all of them is near the end of the cable where it hits the connector.

If I think a given cable will get used regularly, I now just grab a pack of Sugru and add my own strain relief at that point. I find it helps a lot, but on one cable (and I forget which of the 28934774 cables I own it was...) it just moved the fray point from where it would naturally occur near the connector to the point where the Sugru tapered off.

I think the only other thing a person could do is both add their own silicone strain relief and maybe dunk the cable a few times in dip-it vinyl coating to armor the cable further.

It would be nice if someone would figure out that high-quality cables were desirable and make USB versions of welding cable with thick, high-flex EPDM jackets. I could definitely use a couple of Ethernet cables like this.

Comment Re:Were the users randomized? (Score 1) 337

Macs don't need any endusers or tech staff to figure out what is wrong and fix it.
Your idea how stuff works is bollocks.
You configure them once and then they run, just like any ither unix box does.
So your idea bout costs is just bollocks, too.

The only stuff I need google for to 'fix' something on my Mac is when an AppleScript does not work as expected.

Comment Seems pretty arrogant to assume "bugs" (Score 1) 120

But the things you listed aren't features of intelligence, they're bugs in our brains

Maybe they are the way an optimal system works, which is lots easier to believe than thinking they are some kind of "mistake" or de-emphization.

You remind me of guys whose first answer to seeing a complex system is always to refactor it...

Comment None of that makes sense (Score 1) 133

What, do you work for Samsung or something?

I guess we can assume you work for a company that makes external batteries since you are advocating that position...

1. Removable batteries have significant armor as they may spend time out of the device

Which means they have less battery and your phone will not last as long.

This armor would have protected the battery from localized temperature spikes.

From EXTERNAL temperature spikes, which you (and Samsung) have no idea if they are the source of the issue.

2. Removable batteries contain internal thermal and current protection, and often fusible links.

I think it's funny you imagine internal batteries do not have those features also.

The connectors cannot be tightly spaced because they must allow for movement.

Why would it matter if the connectors are close? It doesn't seem to matter to ANY OTHER PHONE MAKER.

Even if a battery short were somehow possible, the battery would have protected itself rather than igniting.

And you know that how again???

3. If there are problems with the battery, it can be returned and exchanged without the device.

Which may or may not be TOTALLY IRRELEVANT to the issues that Samsung has, the only known case where lots of people had to turn back in devices.

4. If it turns out the device is defective, it can be easily shipped without the battery and the battery saved or recycled separately.

SO stupid and pointless I can't even.

Comment In reality, hours... (Score 1) 336

Five minutes to put in a card.

One hour plus to decide which card to buy that will work best with your system and/or local network (and by one hour, I really mean "an entire evening of reading technical reviews" if I'm being realistic).

One to five hours to fix stupid driver issues that arise because of said new card that took only five minutes to put in... for every major OS update.

Sorry man but you can't get that kind of lie past me, I used to upgrade Windows systems also. I got off that damn train so that I could live life, and spend time doing things WITH computers instead of TO them.

And as for the $500 logic board upgrade - that's after three years, otherwise it's free. Or they might just give you a new system instead.

You keep popping cards in there and rooting through your OS though like some kind of animal, if you enjoy it more power to you.

Comment Re:B*llshit (Score 1) 337

Fanbois usually don't know much about computers.
Hence this term was coined by the /. crowed.
It really surprises me that so many Windows users can not accept that *n*x is less hassle. Regardless what you substitute for the stars.
Mac or Linux or Solaris users don't have problems a typical Windows user has ...

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 337

Actually 40% sounds like a relatively low number.
Regarding your argument 'they are doing something wrong', obvioulsy that was ocer the course if a year. So it is completely reasonable that over the course of a year 40 of 100 windows users have issues that require tech support.
I actually allways have a windows issue when I come into a new company and only have a windows machine, so that can add up to 4 - 10 times a year.
No idea why windwos simply does not work ... none of the unixes I work with ever had any issues unless I did a mistake myself, which I usually can fix myself.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 337

We can get pretty much whatever we want where we work... provided whatever we want runs the software we're required to run. In other words, really not much choice in a lot of cases, and most people with Mac laptops run Windows on them anyway (and thus require just as much support as everyone else).

Comment Re:easily made up in peripherals. (Score 1) 337

if things ever get too hairy for a dell, your restore process is entirely automated in windows or linux. restoring a mac is nothing short of corporate witchcraft.

To backup: buy a Synology NAS. Enable the Time Machine service. Configure your Macs to back up to it. Voila, done.

To restore from scratch: hold down Command-R when booting a Mac. Tell it to restore from Time Machine. Wait an hour. Voila, done.

Comment Whole point of Mac Pro is better heat dissipation (Score 1) 336

As the other responder noted, the Mac Pro specifically does not use hard drives, it's all SSD (as are most other modern macs, with the exception of some iMac models).

But even if it did have hard drives, the Mac Pro design is the way it is to ditch as much heat as possible. It's a vastly better design than a box with a few holes and a fan.

Comment Re:There is something to that... (Score 1) 337

because Mac is like 10 percent of the worlds PC sales, and the viruses usually dont survive that far when the percentage of ownership is that low

That has zero to do with the relative dearth of malware on Macs. (Pausing for a moment for a pedant to point out the one or two Mac bugs they've read about. Yes, we know. It's still proportionally much less than Mac's market share so move along.) Macs are initially more expensive, but that also means there owners tend to have more money and therefore the machines are more valuable targets. There are also still tens of millions of Macs out there in the wild. Even if there are more PCs, there are still a hell of a lot of Macs to be owned for anyone interested and capable. The fact that they're not is an indicator that building a nice interface on top of a solid Unix platform is a good way to end up with a stable, secure desktop.

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