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Comment Re:irresponsible (Score 1) 236

Yes, you'll see a few people arguing for MS doing this by saying "Windows 7 is out of *ahem* mainstream support! You shouldn't expect it to work with new processors!" Even if leave aside that extended support certainly has never behaved that way in the past (XP will happily download and install updates on my FM2 machine) they remain silent about Windows 8.1 also disabling the updates that is STILL IN mainstream support.

Microsoft support guidelines simply do not mean anything. They can change at any time in any way you can imagine.

Comment Re:Oh well (Score 2) 236

Nvidia drivers (guest drivers) for consumer grade cards have methods that detect if the card is installed in a VM which then disable the drivers (code 43) to prevent them from running. KVM has options to workaround these methods so you can still run the cards, but IIRC nvidia has changed the method in the past and we're on the second or third workaround so there's a worry they'll eventually change to yet another method of detection and break things intentional again. This cat and mouse game is not desirable which is the main reason a lot of people recommend AMD cards for passthrough configuration.

Comment Re:Why I wait before buying.. (Score 1) 113

That theory works great until Really Good Quality Boot company decides to juice up its quarterly profits by outsourcing production to dumpy boot company, effectively selling their reputation for short term profit. And then after you spend $100 on two pairs of Not actually Really Good Quality Boot Company boots before figuring it out you move to Really Good Boot Comapny's closest competitor. Only they instituted the same changes to compete and suck just as bad.

End Result is you've spent $150 for 3 pairs of $10 boots and since reputations don't seem to mean anything anymore you just start buying $10 boots because while they're crap at least they're cheap.

Comment Re:piece of shit machines (Score 1) 243

I have no-name cheap baytrail tablet with Win8.1 I bought for $5AR new during the height of the product dumping. Total impulse buy, no real use for the thing. AMD was forced out of the low end of the market where their APUs might have found a niche, can't compete with $0 you're just bleeding yourself out.

ARM companies just held on until Intel got tired of trying to fill a black hole with dump trucks full of cash. Then last year Intel fired the whole Atom team and shut it all down, admitting defeat.

Comment Re:piece of shit machines (Score 1) 243

Let's also not forget the 1366x768 resolution limit. Which ended up not really being much of a limitation anyway since low end craptop screens seemed to all regress down to that even if they are 15" units around the same time anyway.

Actually, I wonder if starter edition resolution limit didn't actually boost demand for that terrible resolution.

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