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Comment Re:How much of that is entirely Microsoft's fault (Score 2) 482

Macbook pros have been using the latest released CPUs and are ahead on SSDs. Their screens are also incredible. I'm sure that by now Dell et al have managed to come close. The XPS-15 with QHD+ screen and SSD comes in around $2100, which is very similar to the 15" retina MBP. If you add the Apple Care Service and the closest you can get from Dell, the XPS-15 actually costs more than the MBP. Since you can drop Linux on one of these, IIRC, we won't discuss software. I've owned and worked on a number of laptops from Dell, IBM (now Lenovo), Toshiba, and HP (work and family - gotta love being the family tech). Absolutely none hold a candle to the MBP in build nor component quality, and haven't for the past 10 years.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 482

Because IT doesn't push out patches automatically. They test them in their environment first. It also gives them the ability to not push non-security updates, driver updates, etc.

You haven't seen the Win 10 license then. When it was announced is when IBM started going Apple. I can't imagine why.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 482

Generally, OSX doesn't push out features in their patches, only fixes. The core also happens to be relatively tight and properly layered.

Conversely, MS pushes everything and the kitchen sink into an originally monolithic minimally layered system, so it's no surprise to anyone that deals with systems programming that this latter approach causes all sorts of headaches.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 482

reportedly wouldn't hire Stanford CS graduate students

Having interviewed a couple of hundred recent CS grads (both BS and graduate) over the past few years myself, I wouldn't hire them either, Stanford or elsewhere. I don't know what happened to CS education, but the last 15 years or so the "graduates" might as well have played video games for whatever time they spent in school. They might know more.

Comment Re:How much of that is entirely Microsoft's fault (Score 1) 482

You have to spend a LOT on other stupid things to just begin to catch up with the cost of an Apple product.

It depends upon what you're comparing. For a while, a Mac Air was the cheapest ultra light notebook you could buy by a long shot. MacBooks and MacBook pro's are pretty cost competitive just on initial purchase, much less the rest for comparable hardware. Can you buy cheaper windows hardware? Yes. Is it less capable? Yes.

Comment Re:Correlating LinkedIn data with my PC (Score 1) 48

With Microsoft using Windows 10 to harvest data from my PC (emails, web browsing, etc), and Microsoft owning LinkedIn's data ... well, I've already have started to drastically reduce what I have on LinkedIn.

You're too late - LinkedIn is similar to a public billboard. You shouldn't have anything on it you wouldn't post on a billboard facing a major interstate in a downtown metropolis.

Comment Re:Break them up, then (Score 3, Informative) 86

Originally the Communications Act of 1934 which created the FCC also created a set of rules that prevented ownership issues. The FCC under the Bush Administration worked hard to repeal these restrictions, and now we have our wonderful mass media oligarchs that dictate what we like and what we watch. Something else we can pin on W.

Comment Re:The FCC claims mobile is common carrier and not (Score 1) 86

Of course FCC regulates common carriers. In the last few years, under Wheeler, the FCC has said:

mobile voice, but not data, is common carrier and subject to FCC regulation.
mobile voice AND data are common carrier and subject to FCC regulation.
Neither mobile voice nor data are common carrier and subject to FCC regulation.

It may be clear to YOU which is common carrier and which isn't, but Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC, can't seem to decide.

I think your sequence may not be date based.

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