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Comment Re:32gb ram = $300 upgrade vs $200 for it alone (Score 1) 298

Anything with room for a standard HDD is not in this class. I also didn't mean that every laptop is this way, but the particular class that Apple is targeting -- thin and light -- is built this way no matter where it comes from. The RAM is fixed, and the storage often is as well.

You can yell at Apple for insisting that its MBP fall into the thin-and-light category rather than a Business Laptop. But once that choice has been made, these are the corners that are being cut by everyone playing in that field.

Comment Re:32gb ram = $300 upgrade vs $200 for it alone (Score 3, Informative) 298

All "thin and light" laptops are like this. The RAM is soldered directly to the motherboard and is not upgradable unless you have a reflow oven. Apple is nowhere near alone on this point. I think the last machine I've seen that was field-upgradable in RAM is the Acer C710 or V5 (same time frame, just Chromebook vs. Windows). The next couple generations still had mSATA or M.2 slots, but even those are going away in favor of permanently attached eMMC. I think the upgrade to my C720 will be... a Core i3 motherboard to replace the Celeron that I have now. (They're about $100.) And maybe the touchscreen to convert it into a C720P. But the base unit is one I expect to have for a few years because everything since (save for the C740) has been shittier and non-upgradable.

So don't single out Apple. Everyone is shipping non-serviceable laptops now.

Comment Re:What about Scheme? (Score 1) 205

That's how it got into Apple, but it continued to be promoted by Apple mainly in the interest of developer lock-in.

Or maybe the people developing the tools were the same people who did it at Next, and so it was the expedient thing to do? Apple was nearly broke that the time. They were in no position to "lock in" anyone.
Of course Apple, like any large large business, would prefer that their customers were locked in. But this is not an example nor evidence of it.

Comment stealing isn't right and is not the right word (Score 1) 84

Court of Appeals will "again send a powerful signal that stealing isn't right." steal (v). take (another person's property) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it. I do not think that there was any intention to permanently deprive Apple of anything so there was no theft. I would expect the Court of Appeals to understand the legal definition and not pander to the latest propaganda.

Comment Re:Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 1) 382

Two completely separate issues. I do respect him for the stand he took and that he did what was right and fought extremely bravely for his country. His delusions regarding his gender are a different matter. He is entitled to dress as a woman if he want but he is delusional to think he is one. He does need real help and he will not get it where he is.

Comment Re: Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 2) 382

"Not a question of being a hypocrite - unlike you, I don't think there's anything wrong with being insecure if there are reasons for it. I've listed plenty. However, your insistence on pushing your POV wrt gender on others (which is what you're doing whether you admit it or not, by belittling others) rather than just going "okay, no big deal, whatever" shows that it's an issue for you." More than a little bit of hypocrisy in there.

Comment Re:Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 1, Insightful) 382

There is no such person as Chelsea Manning. It is just a delusion of Bradley Manning. He does need help with his delusions and because of that he should be in an institution where he can get the help he needs rather than in a military prison. If he had a delusion that he was a tree he would get help and everyone would praise the doctors that helped him come to terms with reality but because he has a delusion that he is a woman the loony left are fighting for his right to be a tree, sorry woman.

Comment Solar panels in Nevada? (Score 3, Informative) 112

Solar panels in Nevada? A Heliostat would work as well and would not require such an unecological production process. Solar panels may be better than old tech power production but the chemicals used are pollutants. They are not as green as claimed but heliostat towers are far more green and in a area like Nevada. Why does a country like Morocco end up leading the world? https://www.revolvesolar.com/w...

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