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Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 298

I have a 2013 Mac Pro and a new 2016 MacBook Pro 13".
Whilst multi-thread performance is a different matter altogether, single core performance is pretty much on par (with a slight edge to the laptop) when comparing the two machines. The vast majority of software I run is single threaded, as I don't do video editing, 3D or gaming.

This is a Intel Xeon E5-1620 quad-core versus an i7-6567U


Power consumption is 130W to the Xeon versus 28W to the i7.

Comment A possible solution? (Score 4, Interesting) 221

A possible solution is to not ban sales to bots per-se, but instead verify that the identity of the person redeeming the ticket at the door is the same as the person who purchased the ticket (via verifying CC details, or even something as basic as their name).

If tickets have conditions on them that prevent their usage by anyone other than the person who originally bought them, then there can be no market for resold tickets. Let the scalpers buy as many tickets as they want, but eliminate the market for them to be resold.

Ticket Australia now state as part of their conditions of sale "This ticket may not, without the prior written consent of Ticketek or the Seller, be resold at a premium or used for advertising, promotion or other commercial purposes (including competitions and trade promotions) or to enhance the demand for other goods or services. If a ticket is sold or used in breach of this condition, the bearer of the ticket will be refused admission."

If you knowingly purchase a scalped ticket, you're taking a huge risk that you won't get in to the event.

Comment Re:How does this work? (Score 2) 368

With my car, once it's been locked with the button on the key fob, after a certain amount of time, it deadlocks the doors - they can not be opened from the inside or outside without being unlocked. The unlock button on the driver's door will no longer function either after the car has been locked from the fob.

This means I could, if I wanted to, lock the car with the windows partially down and after a minute or so the car would be deadlocked - even if someone reached in to open the door, they would be unable to.

Comment Apple are doing what they have done every year... (Score 2) 142

Apple are doing what they have done every single year - retiring old models from their supported lineup. Film at 11.

Every year, a range of Macs pass through the range of support status from "Supported" to "Vintage" to "Obsolete"

Vintage products are those that have not been manufactured for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago. Apple has generally discontinued hardware service for vintage products in most regions other than the state of California and Turkey.
Obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than 7 years ago. Apple has discontinued all hardware service for obsolete products with no exceptions. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products through Apple.


Comment Re:Not putting a spin on things (Score 1) 69

Consider tidal locking in a system with an M-dwarf star, a "hot Jupiter" and our Planet of Interest (PoI). If in orbit around either the hot Jupiter or the star, the PoI might become locked. But with the three in relatively close interaction, the PoI could be disturbed between locking to one, or the other, or alternating, or spinning irregularly. Feel free to use a planet with an irregular - literally chaotic, even - rotation in an SF scenario of your choice.

So that explains the irregular seasons in the Game of Thrones universe... Winter is coming.

Comment Re:Getting SAMBA (Score 1) 176

It's trivial to install Samba on OS X.
Step 1. Install Xcode
Step 2. Install MacPorts
Step 3. sudo port install samba3 or sudo port install samba4

Apple can't include Samba out of the box with OS X due to issues linking to GPL v3 libraries and issues due to foregoing patent lawsuits if using GPL v3 code, but there's nothing stopping you from adding it yourself.

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