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Comment test run (Score 1) 129

Which manufacturing capacity does ISIS have left? Which engineers have not yet run away from the sinking ship?

Someone is using ISIS as a test run for their latest toy, and it's not the Russians (they would test by themselves). Expect the US or some of its allies to use weaponized small drones in the next war against the next terrorists, the result of "years of military research".

Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 134

you obviously don't do anything processor intensive, while on the face of it the clock speeds haven't changed much the actual raw performance change from a sandy bridge to a haswell is massive, it is close to a 50% step up.

There is none. Go to www.cpuboss.com. The newer cpus are about 5% slower than the ones a few years ago. Massive my ass

Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 134

Ah so you have a load with more cores? I was about to reply on your previous comment that benchmarks show little to slower performance to older haswells. But unless you have a parallel load which admit that is about 3% of PC users that won't make a difference which is why your CPU cost $500 more.

I wonder though how much of Mac power users have GPU vs CPU limited workloads?

Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 134

Come on man if he does professional video work there are no replacements for Adobe products PERIOD! Not to mention color calibration and fonts SUCK on Xorg compared to MacOSX and Windows. Linux is a geek server OS.

Sure you can run Firefox and pretend to be important but that is about it unless you are a system administrator. The OS should support you, not the other way around. Only time you need to support the OS is because you need a million bizaare things tinkered like the size of the sectors on the hard disk for a raid on a NFS share (yes some unix geeks quiz on the right amount of blocks on the disk per sector)

Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 134

You know Apple got into this in the 1980's after Jobs was fired. They stopped innovating and stayed expensive and got slower and less powerful at the same time as the PC began to really take off and accelerate and improve.

It looks like Apple died again with Jobs passing.

However, I do recall a similar problem 10 years ago with the PowerPC CPU's. I had Mac heads swear to me WON"T OWN XP NADA! Then I should what a Pentium IV with Adobe Premiere can do and how slow their G4's were. They sighed and built their own XP rigs with top end monitors and gave up on Apple.

This was a problem before Jobs really take over as their whole freaking stack was tied to PowerPC and x86 was very risky. It took years and Jobs wanted iPOD sales to soar before taking the jump.

Go build a new Windows 10 box with AMD Ryzen and you can get thunderbolt aka USB type-C, m.2 raid 0 SSD, 64 gigs of ram, a far superior GPU with CUDA acceleration, and a high end 4K monitor for a fraction of the cost of Apple. Adobe might even sell you an upgrade license. Yes it is Windows bawawa cry me a river though your apps run on that platform.

Comment Re: Why is that useful? (Score 1) 181

There will not be a year of the Linux Desktop, but not because people do not want it, but because people do not care.

Of course they don't care, before Apple came along and popularized smartphones nobody really cared what cell phone they had either so even when they had to make a choice they just chose the incumbent. Given the choice of Windows or Linux they'd probably still choose Windows. That will be the case until Linux comes up with some disruptive, innovative feature that users just have to have. At the moment it's just another OS that doesn't run as many programs, if you really don't want Windows then OSX is a better choice than Linux.

People buy an android phone and an iPad and a Win10 Portable. Because people do not care. And Microsoft is well aware of that.

This has been the case with smartphones and tablets too, the incumbent tablet is the iPad and the choice in smartphones comes down to Android or iOS. There have been plenty of other options like Windows Phone, webOS, Meego, etc but why would anybody want them when they do the same thing? People don't want to express individuality through choice of electronic devices, it's just a tool to do a job.

Have Linux pre-installed on a machine and people will buy it.

No, they won't. Even Best Buy had them on shelves and nobody wanted them.

I mean in the store with no option of selecting anything else. Not just one store, all of the stores and if they want Windows, they need to download and install it themselves.

So the only way to get Linux used is to effectively force it on people.

Comment Re:Are they counting in the cost of windows update (Score 1) 423

I agree.

MS was finally on the right track with Windows 7 and released a fine quality OS that was stable. Then they fired the QA team and Windows 10 while has cool features it is a bugfest. If you do not do what grandma does who upgrades from 7 and just does basic things your use case NEVER GETS TESTED. If you do a fresh install of WIndows 10 BAM bugs (finally fixed last summer) as grandma doesn't install the OS. Hyper-V? Crashes for me as grandma or Joe six pack doesn't run it so no bug reports filed etc.

I hope later this or early 2018 MS hires them back before EOL for Windows 7. At least Windows 7 was more stable and reliable than XP was when XP was EOL and businesses still complained and freaked out.

Comment Re:People agree that Windows 10 has better tech (Score 1) 423

I own a Surface Pro 3. Windows 10 is buggy, but the touch support is quite nice and so are apps like Netflix when on the road.

I am stuck with Windows 8.1 on my desktop as Gigybyte won't update the EFI to work better with 10 and Hyper-V without BSOD that appear randomnly. I like the Netfix but guess I can load it on Chrome.

Also Windows 8 and better have far better battery support if you run a laptop. This is 2017. All the new cool laptops are tablets and hybrids. I think a lot of those who complain about the tiles do not like change and this is part of aging. A tile on a start menu is not a dealbreaker at all. However, the Windows 8.0 metro was pretty awful.

Microsoft

Microsoft: Windows 7 Does Not Meet the Demands of Modern Technology; Recommends Windows 10 (neowin.net) 423

In a blog post, Microsoft says that continued usage of Windows 7 increases maintenance and operating costs for businesses. Furthermore, time is needlessly wasted on combating malware attacks that could have been avoided by upgrading to Windows 10. A report on Neowin adds: Microsoft also says that many hardware manufacturers do not provide drivers for Windows 7 any longer, and many developers and companies refrain from releasing programs on the outdated operating system. Markus Nitschke, Head of Windows at Microsoft Germany, had the following to say about Windows 7: "Today, it [Windows 7] does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high security requirements of IT departments. As early as in Windows XP, we saw that companies should take early steps to avoid future risks or costs. With Windows 10, we offer our customers the highest level of security and functionality at the cutting edge.

Comment Re:User convenience is what is being asked for (Score 1) 470

The first Pc's were easy compared to the competition.

The Mac was expensive and you had to meet quality approved by Apple and had to buy the SDK which was limited and very expensive. Unix ... yeah kids today you have idea how much a Unix workstation cost. Guess what? You needed an exotic $$$$ CPU from a proprietary vendor. It was the opposite of today.

Adjusted for inflation Unix would cost $50,000 for the hardware and c/c++ compilers. No GNU was not an option as the internet did not exist for mere mortals. No one know what it was outside of academia. So that meant ording from a computer shopper magazine or Byte.

All the hardware was accessible via assembly and Borland Turbo C or MS C was relatively cheap

Comment Re:False premise (Score 1) 470

It most certainly is.

The mainframe IS NOT DYING! was also a common 1990's mantra because someone still uses one therefore people are not ditching their green screen terminals just yet.

I own a surface Pro 3. It is a tablet that does Windows. All the new sexy high end laptops are hybrids at Bestbuy and are tabletized. Moms and poor people now use phones for Facebook not PCs.

This is a pro PC fanboy website but just because YOU use a PC doesn't mean everyone does. In the end what is starting too is VDI over the cloud. In 2027 you may still have a last of breed PC in your home office but at work you will be using Android tablets with a Citrix or Amazon E3 for your legacy win32 apps.

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