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Comment Re:Purism? (Score 1) 219

Neat. Expensive. Last-gen. Backordered until next year, next spring, or maybe-someday-we'll-built-some pre-order-only sleek tablet-convertible thing (depending on model).

Of the two models that actually will exist again, the smaller one has fewer USB ports and includes an Ethernet port, and the larger one has more ports (and no Ethernet).

Max RAM is 16GB and 32GB, respectively.

This is incongruous as all hell.

Is there an advantage to buying one of these over the cash I dumped on Black Friday at Nothing about them seems impressive, except for the high price and lack of availability.

Comment Re:Stay away from Skylake (Score 1) 219

Have new Skylake desktop, with persnickity Radeon RX 460 video card, with Ubuntu 16.04.

It is running drivers from both AMD and Intel's websites, and I'm using both the IGP and RX 460 to drive monitors. Works fine. I hotplug monitors with it, and they just work with the default Unity.

It was an unrepentant pain in the dick to actually download those drivers (since neither website is navigable using links or lynx): It is literally impossible to install AMD's drivers for this card on a new installation of Ubuntu without outside assistance. (I wound up using a thumb drive and another computer.)

But once the drivers were installed, I've had no problems. (OK, some problems: I get some video tearing on, but I don't find it distracting in that context. Youtube and other video sites work fine. Haven't done anything with local media and a real media player, but I expect it to be fine.)

Monitors sleep fine, everything runs cool and damn-near silent with no effort on my part -- power consumption must be low. Zero hangs, but it's only been a week of solid use. Who knows.

Anyhow, by all accounts I should have a ridiculously unstable, hard-to-configure system, and while the latter is true the former is not: Again, it's fine. I'm impressed by how well it works.

A laptop with Skylake's IGP should be exactly the same except perhaps for suspend/resume: After all, the functional difference (as software is concerned) between a laptop and a desktop, both with Skylake and IGP, is almost nil. This stuff is rather completely homogenized.

Comment Re:Stay away from Skylake (Score 1) 219

Go to their (any manufacturer's) website, look for laptops that are for business. And then look for the expensive lines to see what names they have in common.

For Dell, this is Latitude and Precision (and kinda XPS). For HP, it seems that Elitebook is the proper nomenclature.

HP's consumer notebooks are absolutely the worst I've ever had to fix. HP's good notebooks are fine.

My old, stripped-down Dell Precision has a magnesium bottom panel that comes off with one screw, and has been a joy to use: I wanted a budget computer with plenty of I/O for the work that I do, that was easy to work on, and I got it used for less than $200. (Runs Linux fine, of course, including bells and whistles. Slackware currently.)

A cheap consumerish Dell, though? I worked on one a couple of years ago that was unstable. Through troubleshooting, the next move was to simply re-seat the RAM.

The RAM was on the bottom of the motherboard as is commonly the case. But the chassis had no access panel there. The entire bloody thing had to be disassembled, and the motherboard removed, to re-seat the RAM. This did solve the problem, but holy fuck it was a PITA to fix this (amazingly common, anywhere) glitch.

Comment Re:LOL (Score 1) 76

Yeah, because that is exactly what I said.

Let me ask you a simple question, does any regulation state its goals, and if it doesn't (or no longer) reach those goals, is it repealed?

I don't know of ANY regulation that has a repeal clause in it if it doesn't meet its goals.

I don't know of ANY regulation that has a cost benefit analysis requirement before being employed.

I don't know ANY regulation that self monitors for effectiveness.

I don't know ANY regulation that was revoked when it was found to be ... ineffectual. Just more regulations to fix the broken bits of the previous (and bad) regulation.

So, yeah, "No" regulation is an option. AND not all regulations need to apply everywhere in a "one size fits all" over the top method.

I'll give a really good example of bad regulations that can be completely avoided by changing the term of the problem, CableTV (and Internet) franchise agreements. The whole "Net Neutrality" is a top down draconian implementation of regulations that is completely avoidable if you change where the problem exists; the last mile. Fix the last mile problem (monopolistic franchise agreements) AND you don't need a whole bunch of Government red tape on how Internet traffic is handled.

Freedom is expensive, and tyranny comes with a costly price tag. So, yes, I err on the side of Liberty.

Comment Re:Own your vote (Score 1) 1042

I have two words for anyone who denies Trump's racism: "Gonzalo Curiel." Recent. Clear-cut. Racism.

While Trump shouldn't have said that, I should point out that every time some SJW says that a "A white jury or judge can't judge a black person" or "A woman has to be in charge of this" or "A white person can't be the head of this dept" or the accusation of racism every time a cop shoots a minority, or any other time liberals say that this job can't be done by a certain race or sex, that's the same thing. Yes, it's wrong, but if you are going to call it out on Trump, you need to call it out everywhere else as well.

Comment Re:Still a need for what he was origally doing (Score 4, Insightful) 73

There is a strong vision in something like CyanogenMod, and that can be leveraged into "profits" given the right view.

I personally thought the original vision of Cyanogen Inc was towards the right track. However, once they kicked OnePlus to the curb for "more" (India) they lost almost all credibility they had in going that route. No real Handset Maker would ever do business with them after that.

The rest of whatever credibility they had left over , was gone the moment they were "bought" by Microsoft and started to Bing up the joint.

I don't care what the reasons were for either of those two "missteps", they killed Cyanogen Inc.

There are two valid moves Steve can make at this point, both I've seen mentioned elsewhere. First is take CM, and put it under a 501.c.3 Umbrella, and crowd source development. The other option is to "restart" the Company, but without a douchebag running it, and focus on taking lagging older handsets and getting them patched and updated, with (preferably) the blessings of the maker (good PR for both) or without.

IMHO these are not mutually exclusive either. The latter is going to take some time to get trust rebuilt, but it would pay huge if he found someone who knew the vision and could keep the focus tight (I volunteer, but I rather doubt anyone would take me up on it). There is still a need for custom/slim ROMs out there that aren't branded Nexus/Pixel/Chrome/Whatever

Comment Re:Go ahead. (Score 1) 1042

Also, crying wolf ("racism") randomly regardless of whether or (usually) not there is a wolf, tends to desensitize people to the point when there is an actual wolf ("racist") present, nobody is listening.

The problem is that nobody is listening (except in the echo chambers) to the cries of "racism". A black man with a gun, shot by a black cop is now considered "white racism". And they all wonder why they aren't getting any real traction.

Comment Re:Twitter, aka @Jack, doesn't care about hate spe (Score 0) 1042

Well, if you listen to the SJW types, there can be no racism against "whites" or sexism against "males" or whatever, because those people have "power". Ask them to define what that is, and they will all cry about "privileged". Ask them to define their solution to "Privilege" and it is to enslave everyone at the lowest common denominator of social status, rather than trying to elevate everyone not yet there.

So the whole thing is nothing short of Reverse racism tied with white elitist guilt.

Comment Re:Oppression (Score 1) 1042

I am a US Citizen because I was born here. I didn't ask to be born nor did I ask to be a citizen.

And people are afforded the "privilege" of being able to leave, freely, of their own accord, anytime they'd like. Yeah, that sounds a lot like "oppression" and "abuse" by our government to me.

The real abuse of our government is done by the increasing bureaucracy, unelected, unaccountable and otherwise out of control of the people it is supposed to serve.

Comment Re:"Hate speech" is protected by the 1st Amendment (Score 1) 1042

Free Speech is being suppressed by who? Alt-Right "racists" or Left-wing "loons"? IMHO the greatest threat to "free speech" isn't the anti-flag burners like Trump, it is the pseudo elites proffering up "safe zone" echo chambers for the people so without a single decent logical thought can hide from opinions that hurt the poor snowflake's opinions.

You know what constitutes REAL racism in my opinion, is the low expectations white liberals have of all the various ethnic and cultural subgroups. "Blacks can't get ID because they don't know where the DMV is". The problem is, they think they are "helping" the poor oppressed black people, when it is their own views that are the real oppression ... "Black people can't..."

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