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Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 125

Do average users want to, and are they capable of, properly administering an OS like Windows?

Yes. Turn it on. Done. Administered.

Microsoft has dumbed it down to that point for us. Updates? It'll work itself out. Viruses? Just hit the refresh button if it goes tits up and windows defender can't fix it. Backups? You mean your files weren't on Onedrive?

Seriously if you're "administering" a windows machine without being paid a salary to do so then you're doing it very wrong.

We'll have to agree with disagree. My non-technical Windows-using and macOS-using friends get themselves into trouble all the time because taking care of their Windows and macOS systems is far too hard for non-technical users.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 125

why does it have to be windows?

I didn't say it had to be Windows. That's why I said an OS like Windows. For what it's worth, I don't think your average user is even remotely capable of safely and effectively administering Windows, OS X, or desktop Linux.

what is wrong with Linux or chrome if you don't like windows?

I didn't say anything was wrong with ChromeOS. In fact, I think Chromebooks are probably the ideal solution for 95% of average users.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 125

I mean seriously at this point a laptop with similar levels of performance as your phone is a fraction of the price. If you are going to carry around a laptop shell you may as well make it a real laptop that won't have the shit ton of limitations that this is going to have.

Do average users want to, and are they capable of, properly administering an OS like Windows?

Comment Re:What do you gain from this? (Score 1) 125

The only problem with that is my laptop that is around 7 years old is still massively more powerful than the best modern smartphone, hell even my 10 year old one would be preferrable. why would I want such restrictive performance of a phone without the form factor benefits?

How much power does the average user need for their web browsing, email, music, and videos? Is your typical smartphone fast enough for that use case?

Comment Re:how enforcable (Score 1) 637

That's kind of the point though. an old tractor that is in good shape is not cheap. The farms that are still around now tend to be the ones that have good accounting practices, and work to avoid taking on bad debt. (bad meaning debt where the terms are not a good deal)

I grew up in an area where a lot of the farms are gone now, a lot of them went bust in the 80's. Too much debt. Many of them still live on houses attached to the same farm properties, but their farms are owned by big companies now. Some ended up working for the corporations, others gave up farming entirely. Sometimes progress is sad.

Comment Re:how enforcable (Score 1) 637

Having a corp to manage the financial risk of operating a farm is a huge advantage to most farmers. Ultimately farmers want to have a stable reliable income for their family, which was not something that was really that possible with the older family owned farms. I'd much rather drive a corp owned combine and have them deal with the financing than have to raise capital to buy a new one every time it needs to be replaced.

Comment Re:Missing Info (Score 1) 637

There is already precedent set for that. Nobody gets sued because the circumvention is at fault. Someone would have to prove that the machine was unsafe even with the sensor, or that there was a manufacturing defect that caused a problem with some other unrelated failsafe.
There is some line between where the manufacturer has responsibility and the operator has responsibility. And while you can open a civil case over nearly anything in the US, winning is another matter.

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