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Comment Whole point of Mac Pro is better heat dissipation (Score 1) 204

As the other responder noted, the Mac Pro specifically does not use hard drives, it's all SSD (as are most other modern macs, with the exception of some iMac models).

But even if it did have hard drives, the Mac Pro design is the way it is to ditch as much heat as possible. It's a vastly better design than a box with a few holes and a fan.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 204

Not sure why you think there is any distinction between patches Windows downloads automatically and the updates IT pushes out automatically.

In past experience, both have broken systems I was trying to use for work.

Basically Windows updates are just not always well behaved to the system; it matters little how they arrive.

Comment Why? (Score 4, Insightful) 204

Why call bullshit? Macs generally require less user intervention to run, and don't have automatic updates to screw things up at inopportune times. Program installation and removal is generally much simpler.

The hardware is also of much better quality than most "enterprise" computer builds, so it would last a lot longer and not have glitches...

The only people who doubt this story are those that have never used both Windows and Mac computers extensively.

Comment Re:Google is evidence that the internet failed (Score 1) 80

You aren't tracking why it caught on. I obviously have more familiarity with the situation in the mid-1990s than you do. There were ample commercial alternatives to the internet which died on the vine precisely on the issue of corporate control and cost. If the government had attempted to closely control the network post-1994, none of this would have happened.

Comment Google is evidence that the internet failed (Score 2) 80

The whole goddamned point was an online network not controlled by a big telco or the government. And here we are - controlled by monopolistic entities and/or governments. I'm so relieved it isn't a big national telecom monopoly (not).

Through the combined efforts of criminal activity, rogue states and a failure to just fragment the network, large monopolistic entities now control communications in a way they hadn't since the advent of public internet access. You can't run your own servers, at least if you don't want to play whack-a-mole with constant threats, paramount being the DDoS that you have no power to resist yourself. The common protocols have been one by one exposed to be insecure. The price of sufficent infrastructure to provide an emulation of those protocols has risen to the point that individuals can't afford it. If you still are, you just haven't been attacked vigorously enough yet, or you're already compromised and don't know it.

The problem is the money. None of this would be happening if it weren't possible to steal money or commit fraud over the network.

Disconnecting entirely sounds better and better every day. It's just going to get worse.

Comment Re: Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 1) 297

This is not technically true. The same protection is offered to all products in all industries via the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. The difference here is that some vehicle companies tried to do an end run around it and were slammed by the FTC for doing so.

I wonder if Tesla will try to claim that they do the maintenance for free and are therefore exempt. But I think (and hope) there will be a quick and considerable backlash against them, both from consumers and the courts.

Comment Re:So...FUD propaganda then? (Score 1) 83

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, not that extraordinary proof is required to dismiss them. I can "prove" that corals have existed for hundreds of millions of years. During this span, the world has suffered long-duration changes AS WELL AS extremely catastrophic short-duration changes - supervolcanoes, meteorite impacts, etc - that changed the climate for decades.

Coral survived.

Look at the historical temp record - there's a 'pulse' of temp and CO2 every 120k-140k years. Just like we're experiencing now. And the last one was about 120k-140k years ago (so this would be right on time).

Corals survived.

So...there you go.

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