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Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 298

Well, fair enough. On the point about ports, I'm sitting here with docks to provide me with mini DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 2, some USB3 stuff, and a pair of eSATA ports, plus an adapter for FireWire2.

So OK, me talking about VGA+DVI isn't a good example, but it is the same point. As for HDMI being ubiquitous, it isn't here. Today I'll be pulling out an ancient projector because the main one is booked out. It has VGA (barely). Is that an edge case? Well, everyone has their edge cases. Our "newer" projector is also HDMI-less.

I'm not a fan of the move to USB-C/TB3, and making them the only ports on the new MBPs, but it is what it is. But consider this, also, that it is a Pro laptop, or meant to be, and so there's going to be a load of stuff hanging off it (my own gripe is that I wanted 32GB RAM) but as a Pro, how many cables do you want to have to plug/unplug every time? And if like me the laptop is being carried around all the time, and I don't have a car, then the weight does matter too.

What I do find a little horrific is that the MacBook only has one port. And that adapters are so expensive. But I'm perfectly agreeable that many people will need and prefer say, a Lenovo P50.

But Apple does, for good or bad, remove stuff, like how we just lost MagSafe and other stuff before that. These are compromises. I sat down this morning and pugged in one TB3 cable (to one of two docks), and my desk stuff is all connected. That's nice in some ways.

Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 3, Interesting) 298

And dongles don't constantly lose themselves -- people lose dongles, if not careful. And needing a whole "pile of dongles" just shows that there's always some connection or other which can't be included. I mean, do I really want a laptop which has VGA + HDMI + DVI + DP ports? Well, who wants to carry any dongles, right?!

So I'm looking at a MacBook Pro and how it needs a dock sitting on the desk. But I also see this one tiny USB-C/TB3 cable and it is doing a multitude of things. And then I recall the SCSI cables we used to have to use, just for drives and scanners.

And how this one machine, when plugged into a USB-C cable, becomes a desktop, and when I unplug it, it becomes a laptop. And all my stuff is on it. Simple. Thing I like most about the MBP is that it has *four* TB3 ports. It has more connectivity than the Mac Pro tower it replaced.

Comment Re:The earth is (Score 2) 436

There's a notion that a reason it is so hard to get rid of ISIS, and survivalists, and well, any kind of "nutter", is that nature keeps her options open. If for some reason life was set back to say, the 14th century, then you'd need the mindset of warlordism, in order to reestablish some kind of organised life, in those earlier harsher conditions.

Which is also why it is a bit sad to see the last of the hunter gatherers disappear -- but then, there's always a few people fascinated with the skills for running down a large animal over marathon distances. People today keep running marathons for, well, no reason ;-)

It is sort of an evolutionary paradigm: nobody knows the way forward, or what might happen, so nature keeps as many different experiments running at the same time. As humans, we just don't know whether something is a good idea until a long time after it has been put into practice. And I think one can say this about everything from communism to agriculture.

You know, if the Precautionary Principle had seriously been used (and if it had any real worth), we'd never have invented agriculture. I mean, if you'd been back there 12,000 years ago, you'd really wonder who are these nutters who want to stay in one place all the time and ruin their teeth trying to eat ground grains, not to mention the all the hard work which only might pay off several months later. Totally nuts if you think about it.

Comment Re:This is a surprise? (Score 5, Insightful) 483

If you paid for an undergrad degree at a research institution, and didn't understand that you should have been working in some famous professor's lab to actually get your education, you're going to be pretty upset when you get out.

And didn't understand... because someone should have taught you that when you were 14, so this basically blames the schools for not properly educating kids about the ways of the world. Fair enough.

I'd suggest it goes a little further though. The left has a bias or belief that problems are the fault of society, whereas the right tends to bias to the belief that problems are the fault of the individual. Now, the problem is that, the left tends to be more associated with education (because if society and its institutions are the problem, then those are the institutions which need to be improved, and education needs to be improved). So the left is more idealistic about the role of education. See it is implicit. But what you're saying is, from more of a right wing point of view, hey nobody should be an idiot, or ignorant, to the fact that the world is competitive and selfish place, and that individuals have to learn to handle this, mostly via self control and character building and smarts (so don't come crying when you become a victim).

And that, I think, is fair enough, as there is no real difference between the "individual" and "society", as ideological categories, because we are always both, we are all individuals and we all live in society and are part of social institutions. Individuals have agency. Groups have communion. And we always act and function in both. So the problems are often found in both places. (A way forward for politics is to become both left and right wing).

So I would just add that, I agree in the sense that, our society needs to spend more time acclimatising kids to "how the world works", as by nature, humans are both competitive and cooperative. And we need to be educated to understand when and where each one is the dominant driver. So I do agree, it is right to tell people that they need to wise up about American universities. But I wouldn't blame kids for not knowing that already, if they haven't been taught.

Comment Re:Most people don't care this much about thinness (Score 2) 167

the dream is over, and the company is on the verge of decline, like it was in the end of the 80s.

Computers are becoming ever more ubiquitous, and Apple has laptops, desktops, tablets, watches, and a music service, cloud services, some presence in the living room, a bit of AI, and a long history of OS development, plus has a track record of approaching new form factors with a humanist perspective on design, and a presence in many shopping malls, with stores often very busy, and lots of money, for now.

Yes, everyone else can do a part or parts of that better, like, maybe I'd rather have a Lenovo P50, if I was an architect, or you must have a phablet, because your company is based on Google Docs, but for a lot of people, buying into a system is more like a marriage, you get what you can and stick with it, knowing it won't be the best at everything, because change is a pain and perfection a mirage.

Apple would have to screw up a lot of things at this point, to enter real decline. Doesn't mean you have to go anywhere near them with a bargepole, but saying they or their dream is over, is a bit silly. There isn't a heck of a lot new you can do with a laptop, and someone has to decide the balance of features, and they won't suit everyone.

Maybe in 10 years, when AI has gotten somewhere, we can ask if Apple is over.

Comment Re:Mass Bribery? [Re:So...] (Score 1) 338

Do you actually believe that more than 90% of climatologists have somehow been bribed to lie?

Just to take this in a different direction, it may not be lies. It may simply be that other sciences can get in a lab and test a thing to death, whereas you can't do that with "the planet". So there is an over-reliance on models, which are sort of predictions/scenarios but not really real (again, not tested to death), and like other areas of science where it is hard to get concrete data without lots of confounding factors, like nutrition, a wrong bunch of findings can hang on for a very long time. Like how they've said for decades that fat is very bad for you and gives you heart attacks and now they are starting to say, oh, wait, that's completely wrong.

And that's before we get to the politics. For once an issue becomes political, most reason goes out the window and it is all about winning power and obliterating the competition and doing deals and so on. Big oil has its counterparts in big wind, big solar, big gas, and big nuclear. We use so much energy that all of it is big business, whether it comes from renewables or not. 100m tall turbines aren't assembled by little old ladies in the village. It is all big bucks.

So if it is wrong, there's lots of reasons why very smart people could in consensus have been wrong for so long, and there's lots of political and money reasons why climate change policies would be backed just as much as the old oil industry would back the opposite. And I think everyone knows this, which is why climate change advocacy so often goes on about "the ever increasing weight of overwhelming evidence" and "ever growing consensus" and all that, which is mostly spin. Of course consensus can be wrong. If history teaches anything it is that expert consensus can often be entirely wrong, because reality and truth are hard.

Comment Re:laptops sell more (Score 1) 230

I've seen some real desire for the thin MacBook. Ports and keyboard didn't come up as concerns. It was all about the weight and look.

Meanwhile, the mini is a staple like your daily bread. In cramped offices doing desk work, they're just about ideal. I can't imagine Apple dropping the mini. But now that SATA drives are irrelevant, there's no need for the flat box shape and I actually use most of them on their side, so they could do a lot with a new form factor.

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