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Comment Re:False premise (Score 5, Interesting) 487

+1000

With the exception of the video card and a relatively cheap 512GB SSD, I also haven't seen the need to buy a new PC until it outright fails. It's still humming along on the i7-2600K processor and 16GB of RAM that it came with 5 years ago. While I'm sure there are workloads that can benefit from the latest and greatest, for most people there just isn't any compelling reason to upgrade. We're starting to see the same phenomenon in the cell phone ecosystem as well.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 5, Insightful) 538

True. They are pretty much indentured servants. If they move to another company, the new company has to be willing to go through all the legal BS to continue their H1-B and potentially their green card paperwork. So there is a lot of incentive to not bounce around.

The whole H1-B program is mostly a sham. Go to any Fortune X company and do a skill assessment of their foreign contractors. The number that turn out to be "exceptional talents" with hard to find degrees or special training/experience is actually rather small. The consulting companies barely go through the motions to hide that so the expectation of getting caught seems to be pretty low.

Comment Re:Now if they... (Score 1) 112

If you had a car with no battery, I would agree with you. If you had enough battery to store sufficient juice for your typical drive then the solar roof could simply be charging that battery during the day when you are not driving. Seems like that would be plenty, especially for someone who uses the car infrequently (so long as it is parked in a sunny spot).

Comment Eye of the Beholder (Score 4, Insightful) 224

These types of lists are always biased in a "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" kind of way. I've been using linux for 20 years now and don't really agree with most of their choices. These lists might get someone new started with Linux, but people eventually gravitate towards what works for them once they get their sea legs.

Comment D-Link doesn't learn or doesn't care (or both) (Score 4, Informative) 72

They have a history of sluggish or non-existent responses to vulnerabilities going back for many years. About 10 years ago they also had that high profile incident where they were randomly abusing NTP servers belonging to other organizations and they shrugged it off for a long time until there was a big public stink. I don't know why anyone buys that crap or trusts them with any of their data.

Comment Re: Bubble, idiot (Score 3, Insightful) 232

Microsoft is attempting to live off that hackneyed old model of parachuting in consultants to enterprises who they feel are too stupid to "get" cloud on their own. They'll sell them expensive services to help those dinosaurs forklift ancient applications onto the cloud until those enterprises mature (or simply die) and figure out that they can get what they actually need (and at a significantly more reasonable cost) with AWS and Google.

Comment Re:Maybe electric cars are no good for China at th (Score 2, Interesting) 28

This isn't material to the decision making in China. What IS material is that there are either explicit (not likely) or hidden (likely) ownership interests by people in the government who stand to benefit. They will benefit if it's a scam or a bona fide export engine and will quietly squirrel the proceeds out of the country. The only people worried about dirty air in China are the impacted citizens and they don't have a shred of political power to influence the outcome.

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