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Comment IBM PC - DOS 1.1 (Score 1) 857

IBM PC with IBM DOS 1.1 - Upgraded memory (I think to 64kb), 2 Floppy Drives, a dot matrix printer, CGA graphics card with Electrohome CGA Monitor - no support for hard drives at this point, directory structure only had root (no subdirectory).

Retail Price: $8,400 CAD (with a 20% discount - $6,800).

Year -- 1981 I think.
I used TRS-80s at school - but this was the first computer at home.

Comment Not a dumb terminal - Linux with locked down UI (Score 1) 131

Chromebooks are Linux with a very locked down UI that is cloud based with a little local storage -- as such they are actually a "personal computer".

I will personally stick with macOS computers -- but for tracking purposes .... There should probably be more categories so that the data summary is more useful to see the computing trends.

Comment Re:The thing that really grinds my gears (Score 1) 102

They would have that right if they were employees, but they are not they are individual contractors.... and as such many of these drivers work for both Lyft and Uber at the same time.... in fact some will encourage you to book the next trip through Lyft because they feel Lyft treats them better. As an individual contractor they work piece meal, and I don't know how any municipal ordinate can change their employment status.... regardless.

Comment Re:MacBook had bug is the real issue (Score 0) 246

All software has bugs.

Was there a bug? Yes. Was this a bug that would affect a normal user - which is what supposedly Consumer Reports was suppose to be simulating? No.

The only reason why a lot of sites are bearable are because of the cache, without it the web performance would be pretty crappy.... What they were testing is not a real life situation, and therefore Consumer Reports tests were invalid for what they were trying to do. I don't know why the decision was made, it was a really stupid one.

It might have an affect on a web developer working on a web application in Safari only (unrealistic) if they disabled the cache, but then if I need to reload I have never done this myself... I just clear the cache while testing a fix.

Comment Re:Motherboard design issue. (Score 1) 133

Brick = break; make unusable even when a working operating system is then installed on it. Incompatible = usually a driver problem (unless it won't run on all motherboards) defective OS = the OS won't run even though the drivers work fine.

If an OS can "break" the hardware, then your hardware is defective or badly designed. I like linux, but whenever it came to bleeding edge hardware there was always something that did not work.... which is why my desktop/laptop operating system runs "OS X" (though I have Fedora Linux installed in a VM for a copy of Oracle RDMS). I am and will be continue to be interested in having Linux (multiple distributions) a reasonable option, and Ubuntu generally gets points for being a relatively friendly distribution (Fedora is sort of bleeding edge).

Comment Spin: Misrepresentation of what is really happenin (Score 1) 337

As far as I can tell what they are saying is that during the transition period to new technologies there will be a situation where new technologies will not improve and will fall back a little in the area of performance.... which is to be expected. As that new technology improves it will again march reverse and performance will improve. In other words - if power consumption is important to you you will make the leap to the new technology first. If performance is important you will stay with existing technology in the interim. Performance improvements for existing technology is reaching its max, so there will be a stall or slowing down of improvements. That of course was not as interesting so they just spun it to get more readership.

Comment Just click-bait... listed as Facebook as a winner. (Score 1) 428

I read the report and it gave examples of places that are beating out Apple for talent - Google and Facebook. I can understand Google being competitive but Facebook? I remember reading many times how Facebook was not a place to work if you wanted a challenging and interesting work experience... Sorry, but I don't believe Facebook has better tech challenges than Apple.

Comment Re:can they try that in court? make the defender p (Score 1) 186

That is different, the defender's legal team would get access to unredacted footage....

All material has to be handed over to the defense team so -- no there would be no cost.

The TV station is just doing a fishing exercise if they are asking for 190 hours of footage and I don't see why the public should be on the hook to make sure that no-ones privacy is being violated. You have to have someone (possibly more than one person)actually watch 190 hours - select out outtakes that should not be released and then go through some sort of official review before the redacted footage is release. It is no small task.

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