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Comment Re:Apple support is unacceptable (Score 1) 202

the OS in question was 10.6.8, and the version they sold me to "fix" it was 10.7, just one version later.

Wait, there's something I don't get. This is the list of all Mac Mini models.

The first three use a PowerPC G4. The next three use either Intel Core Solo or Core Duo, which are 32 bit processors and therefore only upgradeable up to 10.6.8. You are clearly not talking about these, and you specifically mention that it was a Core 2 Duo.

Starting from the Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.0 (Early 2009) (P7350), all the Mac Minis are upgradable all the way up to El Capitan. So you didn't have one of those.

That leaves us with only two possibilities: the Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 1.83 (T5600) and the Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.0 (T7200). And indeed those two computers are upgradable to 10.7.5. You just need to read the fine print under the asterisk:

*This system can run the last version of OS X 10.7 "Lion" if upgraded to at least 2 GB of RAM.

So there you have it. You just needed to add a little more RAM and everything would have worked. I agree that you were mis-informed by ignorant Apple Support people, but the essence of what the company told you is still true.

(That, or you are mixing up the Core Duo and the Core 2 Duo processors.)

Comment Re:Year of the Linux desktop! (Score 1) 200

Car analogy: If I build a car that uses your transmission and your steering wheel, I haven't built my car on top of yours.

It's more like you built a car that uses our chassis, our motor, our transmission, our fuel injection system, and our braking system. You added your own internal space, complete with spiffy modern seats, dashboard, and a very cool navigation system. You also changed any internal and external cosmetic element of he car. The steering wheel is actually yours also.

So your car is clearly not our car. But you have indeed built your car on top of ours.

Comment Re:I have tried installing it on 5 computers so fa (Score 1) 171

Now I'm advising everyone who really wants Windows 10 to either wait a year as usual until it becomes usable, or get a Mac, install VMWare, and set up a Windows image.

To be fair, they could also install VMWare on their current Windows 7 (or 8?) machine and set up the Windows 10 VM in it.

Comment cause Alaska's huge in resources, not in populatio (Score 4, Informative) 284

In 2014, the net income of the fund was $6.8 billion dollars and the dividend doled out $1,884 to 640,000 citizens, despite a decline in oil revenues that year.

Cute. The 640,000 citizens received in total $1.2 billion dollars.

If this had happened in Texas (another state that produces a lot of oil, though in general doesn't have all the natural resources Alaska has), those $1.2 billion would amount to... less than $45 for each of it's 27 million inhabitants.

Now it doesn't look as cool, does it?

Comment Not really new (Score 1) 103

This isn't really new. There is for example Future Foot, which is available for purchase now, although it is still quite expensive. It supposedly travels up to 7 to 12 mph (depending on your weight and the terrain), and its range is 10 to 12 miles on a full charge. Supposedly. I haven't tried it, but there are plenty of videos of it on YouTube.

Comment Re:Instead of building thin bendable phones... (Score 1) 152

Just a question: Why do you need a GPS to drive to a pool to which you have driven several times before?

I agree that there are several scenarios where people would want to have their GPS on for several hours a day, but that doesn't seem to be one of them. (And in fact, any scenario in which you are driving your car for several hours is better served by a car charger for your phone, regardless of the phone's brand).

Comment Re:Apple fan (Score 1) 152

Doesn't work. Now you are dealing with two devices and a cable. Too cumbersome on a trail.

Some power packs connect directly to the phone, no need for a cable. Some are integrated to a case, so in practice it's like a single device. (Yes, I know your friend doesn't like the extra thickness, but this is something that he would use in those rare occasions when he really needs the extra power, like when goes on a long hiking trip with his son.)

Personally I spend a lot of time sitting at the side of a swimming pool these days for swim meets and I don't want to deal with two devices there either.

And yet you are willing to carry around "in your pocket" "as many rechargeable batteries as you need". Carrying and dealing with removable batteries is just as cumbersome as carrying and dealing with directly-connected power packs.

Comment Re:sigh (Score 1) 830

Second: there's no "automatic" value inherent in the metric system. It's a SHIT TON easier to use with computers and calculators, certainly, as it's all decimal. But otherwise its less wieldy in daily use as 10 doesn't divide neatly by 3 or 4.

I don't understand why supporters of the imperial system use this argument when it rarely holds for them. Yes, 12 inches in a foot and 5280 feet in a mile have that property. But 1760 yards in a mile doesn't, and neither does the 8 little divisions in an inch on a ruler (yeah, I know they are called eight-of-an-inch).

It doesn't hold for weights: 16 oz in a pound, 14 pounds in a stone, 32,000 pounds in a short (US) ton. None of those are divisible by 3.

It mostly doesn't hold for volumes: 4 quarts or 8 pints or 16 cups in a US gallon. 16 tablespoons in a cup. None of them are divisible by 3. Only when you introduce the teaspoon you get divisibility by 3.

And the other unit of volume used frequently, the cubic foot, doesn't play nicely with anyone, unlike the liter which is 1000 cm^3. So a 1 mL = 1 cm^3, 1 microLiter = 1 mm^3, 1000 liters = 1 m^3. (By the way, for water the most important substance for us, those volumes correspond to 1 kg, 1 g, 1 mg, and 1 metric ton respectively, showing the beauty of the metric system.)

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