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Comment Re:easily made up in peripherals. (Score 1) 444

Speaking as an admin, the number of mac users that request elegant peripherals is not trivial.

No doubt, but a business is allowed to say 'no' to those requests, if it feels it's not worth the money to buy the elegant peripherals.

I imagine a lot of businesses probably don't care though, since compared to their ongoing salary costs, the cost of an occasional frou-frou trackpad is rounding error. If a one-time $80 purchase makes a $3000/week employee happier and/or more productive, why not?

Comment Re:Were the users randomized? (Score 1) 444

Tried that. It didn't work because the technically inept parent still had just as much problem with the Apple product. It turns out that you can't idiot proof something.

Sometimes you gotta up the dose. If a Mac isn't simple enough, switch them to an iPad. If they can't handle the iPad, then there's no hope, you'll need to migrate them back to pen-and-paper.

Comment Re:Were the users randomized? (Score 1) 444

it's a hidden cost that is virtually impossible to tally on a spreadsheet: your productivity is lost while you fix that problem. Did it take you an hour, where a tech might have taken 10 minutes?

Not really an issue at my employer, where the IT department will always take at least 48 hours to respond, followed by an additional 8 hours to diagnose, only to conclude that my Mac "must have come down with a virus" and recommend that I reinstall Windows on it.

(only mostly kidding)

Comment Re: Ignores the issue (Score 1) 113

Why would the Clinton campaign risk doing anything now, when they're already cruising towards a landslide victory? Trump did a fantastic job of disqualifying himself at the debates; now all they have to do is run out he clock. To try some "October surprise" at this point would gain them very little, but if it went wrong somehow it could hurt them greatly.

Comment Under what circumstances would a user notice? (Score 2) 155

Are there situations where a user would notice a slower flash write speed on their cell phone?

The only time I can think of where a phone would need to write massive amounts to flash is during an OS upgrade (which is hopefully a rare thing) -- even during an app install, the user is likely to be bounded by their network's download speed, not by the speed of writing to flash. Similarly, while recording live video, the phone only needs to write at the bandwidth of the video stream, no faster.

Is there some use case I'm missing?

Comment Re:Whatever it is, it's out and not "Linux" (Score 1) 163

No, sorry, you misunderstand.

Cygwin is GNU for Windows. It compiles and puts the GNU system on Windows.

"Windows Subsystem for Linux" is not GNU for Windows. It is subsystem for executing compiled-for-Linux ELF binaries on Windows. It's a Linux subsytem/ABI on Windows much like Wine is a Windows subsystem/ABI on Linux. You can run GNU software compiled for Linux on it, because it implements the Linux system calls on Windows, but it is not a port of GNU software to the Windows kernel.

Comment Re:Maybe it's about saving lives, not money? (Score 1) 108

Actually, no, the source I'm using for that nuclear death estimate number explicitly includes deaths from accidents in making material for nuclear weapons, waste handling, uranium mining (both accidents and radiation exposure), no-linear-threshold analysis of radiation exposure, the maximal estimates of Chernobyl and Fukushima deaths (including the deaths from evacuation-related stress in Fukushima), and so on.

It's the sources that don't do that that come up with stupid things like "Zero civilian nuclear deaths in the US", which I agree are nonsense.

I mean, yes, it's possible that there are a bunch of incidents in Russia and China that have been kept quiet, but they would have to cumulatively be on the same order of magnitude as Chernobyl in order to move the needle enough to bring the nuclear death rate up to wind (which is mostly falls by maintenance workers, divided by the rather low amount of wind power generated) . Getting the numbers up to global hydro (which is dominated by a few really big dam failures, mostly in places like China) requires some truly ludicrous numbers of unknown nuclear deaths.

Comment Re:Maybe it's about saving lives, not money? (Score 1) 108

Yeah, see, I'm not ESR, the guy who's been editing the Jargon File since the late 1980s, and who added entries like "Fisking". I'm just an archivist, of every version I've been able to lay my hands on. The only agenda involved in the Jargon File Text Archive is making as much of the File's history as available as possible to everyone; I've got versions, from before and after ESR started editing, that were previously not collected anywhere else.

Comment Re:$$$ Workstations (Score 1) 310

Er, no. The Hz race has not been stalled for a decade because every player in the industry suddenly changed their priorities all at once.

IBM, which you cite for its lab work, would be perfectly happy to be able to deploy substantially faster POWER chips to increase its market share at the expense of x86. But POWER's stagnated on frequency since 2006, too. Similarly, the "rest of the industry" that you say wants to replace x86 with ARM would quite gladly ship 10 GHz ARM parts if they could figure out how; after all, that would greatly help in stealing market share from x86.

No, we're stuck where we are because nobody can yet figure out how to actually move any technique for increasing speed from the lab to an actual mass-manufactured part, even though every single player in the desktop and server spaces has a massive incentive to be the first to do so.

Comment Re: BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN (Score 1) 348

Yeah, everybody remembers he ended the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Of course, the better lesson is that he caused the Cuban Missile Crisis. There wasn't any inherent reason the US couldn't have tried to privately negotiate their removal first, with the trade of removing US missiles in Turkey and Italy that actually happened anyway, rather than making a big public crisis and sending out the navy to confront the Russians and whatnot.

But, then, that's a sober analysis leaning on the fact that the missiles in Cuba didn't seriously increase the threat level to the US as a whole anyway; long-range Soviet missiles and Soviet missile subs already existed, after all. The real issue with the missiles in Cuba was that they combined short flight-times with reasonable accuracy, so that existing plans to evacuate the Top Men from DC in case of a nuclear war were no longer reliable. So the Top Men in DC panicked now that their safety was in danger, and they acted completely irrationally.

The correct response to the CMC would have been for the American public to form a mob and take Kennedy and his NSC and hang them from lampposts for almost starting a nuclear war in a panic. Instead, Kennedy gets all sorts of hosannas because when he pushed us to the brink by performing acts of war against the Soviets and Cubans, Khrushchev was calm and sober enough not to push us over. Khrushchev paid for that world-saving statesmanship, of course; it made the Soviets look weak, which was a major reason he was removed from power a couple years later.

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