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Comment Re:They did it to themselves (Score 1) 236

I had a user break a screen on a Lenovo T540p laptop. It was 2 months out of warranty, so I asked Lenovo for a quote for repair.

They came back with 600$. We bought the laptop NEW for less than 900$.

The cost of the screen from the manufacturer was 70$. There are 10 screws in total that hold both the plastic case, and LCD in place. Without a manual, and on the first try it took me less than 15 minutes is dissemble the display enough that I could replace it.

Why didn't you use the manual? You DO know Thinkpad is the one old school professional laptop that still comes with repair manuals right?

Well, they don't ship them physically anymore, but you can download them online. Complete with step by step instructions on how to replace everything from the RAM, over CPU and even the screen. They also sell spare parts.

Comment Re:Doubt it (Score 2) 63

Alphabet's just upset that they've been messing around with self-driving cars for the better part of a decade and it still doesn't look any closer to a product, and Uber has stolen a march on them by actually _using_ them. If you can't make your product succeed, tearing down the competition is almost as good.

Uber aren't using them, they are talking about using them, but all their "tests" are just PR at this point since we are still a couple of generations of self-driving cars away from them being able to do last mile point-to-point driving.

Comment Re:FINALLY! (Score 1) 280

People with highly-multithreaded workloads should look at the Skylake 6900k and 6850k, and the Ryzen 1800X and 1700X.

The 6900k and 6850k are not Skylakes, they are Broadwells. Yes, I know they have 6xxx numbers, but Intel adds one to the first number for CPUs with more than 4 cores.. Or something, maybe they give out numbers and brands by dice rolls, who knows..

Comment Re:Echo (Score 1) 142

The theory about Echo and such is that those are not disguised eavesdropping devices.

Which, of course, is only partially true, as 99.99% of all adults will not have the slightest clue (or ability to verify) when Echo records something, and whether or not that recording goes to some remote 3rd-party.

Well, they wouldn't in Europe since reselling collected personal data is illegal. Amazon can use it themselves, but they can't send it on or resell it.

Comment Re:Finally (Score 1) 359

He may be honest, but he's also wrong. Yes, of course "real work" needs to be done to turn ideas into reality, but those ideas are at least as important as the work themselves. "Real work" in service of bad ideas is entirely wasted, and there are plenty of Silicon Valley companies turning out useless apps and software products that won't go anywhere that talented people have spent a lot of time making.

No, ideas are a dime a dozen. You probably come up with a dozen ideas every hour, from the mundane to fantasy.

Execution is key. An idea is just that, abstract. It doesn't mean anything, and millions of individuals will have that same idea.

Not only that. Even a suboptimal idea or even bad ones, can and will win if executed better than a good idea. They really don't matter 99% of the time. We celebrate them because once in a while ideas come that are so powerful they change the balance, but what most people don't realise is that those ideas are celebrated for being exceptionally rare. Most ideas good or bad, doesn't fucking matter. Execution is key.

Comment Re:Finally (Score 1) 359

Seems to me lately only weird guys with personality disorders like Jobs, Musk, Bezos, and Zuckerberg can both raise the money

I don't think it is their wierdness that made them succesful It is that they were BORN rich. They went from being very rich to being super rich. Being born rich is the key qualifier for success.

Comment Re:How are these sandboxes different (Score 1) 104

substantially, as a patentable idea that is, than java applet sandboxes of 1995 vintage?

It is sandboxing a "web browser process", that is what the patent is for. Sandboxing ... a ... Web Browser (Process).

The process at the end is just added to make it sound more technical, and make lawyers and 80 year old judges think it is complicated tech stuff.

Comment Re:Knowledge about the age of the rainforest is kn (Score 1) 147

Just for reference, population estimates for all of Europe (where it hasn't been inflated by agendas) at the dawn of the bronze age was about 100,000. Estimates of 10s of millions of natives living in the Americas is simply politicised nonsense. The land couldn't support that many people at their technology level.

Which bronze age? Antique Europe had millions of people, and while antiquity was iron age at its height, it started in the bronze age and "only" spanned a couple of hundred years.

Comment Re: Translation... (Score 1) 78

Aren't there more improvements like more lanes and other shit like that. Buss speed? Fuck, other shit beside 'ghz'.

People tend to focus on single, simplistic things. Kinda show a very shallow understanding of the subject matter. Like the new MacBook.

Maybe, but that is more in the integrated chipset. It was the only thing upgraded in Kaby Lake, so they will probably upgrade it in minor ways again.

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