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Comment Re:Not the first problem with bootcamp (Score 1) 116

P.S. Dust accumulation leads to poor cooling, in all notebook designs. Try to carefully blow some compressed air in the ventilation slits, or remove the back cover and blow everything over. You'd be surprised how much dust and lint flies out. This practically has to be done every year in most notebooks, to keep them performing properly. Be careful not to apply too much air pressure and not break the fan blades. MacBook Pro fans are quite strong, but I have seen fans in other cheaper notebooks broken apart by blowing on them.

Comment Re:Not the first problem with bootcamp (Score 1) 116

Totally disagree. Ventilation and fans are absolutely the best engineered aspect of MacBook Pro Windows notebooks! It is one of the main reasons to buy this hardware. It runs inaudibly with most normal light uses (browsing, document editing, watching full-screen movies). The fans only start being audible when there's something heavy to do.

Bettery life under Windows in 4 h (light use), 3.5 h (medium-load work like Photoshop editing). That's not as long as MacOS but plenty good enough for me. Heavy gaming can speed up the fans to maximum and run the battery down in 1.5 h, but that's not normal work.

I must note however that the fans are apparently managed by the OS. When I tried to run compressed disk image backup in some linux distro (pigz using all 8 cores), the machine simply overheated and powered down. That never happens in Windows, though.

Comment Not the first problem with bootcamp (Score 1) 116

Obviously Apple has put a limited effort into bootcamp. I'm running Windows 7 (natively booted) on late 2013 model. Gripes:

- I've remapped some keys using Windows built-in functionality, and the reaction time on these remapped keys is slower. It misses normal duration keystrokes, so I have to be extra slow for these keypresses to register.
- After waking up from sleep it clings onto the last active wifi network for tens of seconds, sometimes minutes, before realising the machine has just woken up in a different location and it's time to connect to another wifi. (Manually disconnecting from network helps but why the hell won't it do this pronto authomatically like my last Asus?)
- After connecting to different wifi networks a few times, it stops recognising any and requires a reboot.
- After disabling the wifi device (e.g., in an airplane), 30% chance it won't reenable and will require a reboot.
- I could never get Windows to recognise the built-in SD reader.
- It does not remember the keyboard backlight setting on reboot. Resets it to default.

Comment Quiet ventilation + 2 TB SSD + 15" IPS (Score 1) 315

I think I have no alternative. Prove me wrong. I want a notebook that

- does not overheat when placed atop a bed / pillow (i.e., NO ventilation holes at the bottom, which instantly rules out 95%+ of the notebook market)
- runs inaudibly quiet with perfect low-speed fans, most of the time
- has 2 TB SSD
- 15" or larger IPS hi-res screen
- can be powered from airliner power socket; I see some high-ends that consume crazy 200-240 W and make turbine fan noise when running, while the fuse in airplanes trips at 80-90 W.

I think MacBook Pro 15" is the only one that nails all these requirement. Too bad Apple does not make 17" model; I would buy that no matter the price.

Comment Re:Apple is a software company (Score 1) 299

As someone happily usung MBP with Windows only, I disagree. The hardware is best. It is not perfect, but no competitor pays that much attention to detail and overall ergonomic package.

I am disappointed too by the lack of hardware versatility (expensive to repair, proprietary SSD, latest snafu with ports), but I understand the tradeoffs.

Comment Re:Bye, MagSafe (Score 1) 191

If you ask me, good riddance of this annoyance that gets disconnected every time I twitch the machine on my lap. BUT I have no less than eight magsafe 90 W power supplies installed: 5 in different rooms of my house, 1 in office and 2 in the lab at work. The moment I upgrade to the new Mac all that goes to trash, and in case of the lab will have to be duplicated (as several of my students use older Macs).

Now, it has 2 TB SDD which I want, but no word if the SDD is sold separately and is backwards-compatible with the previous models.

I kind of getting the point of my colleagues that Macs are inflexible and overpriced. I am beginning to doubt my next notebook will be Mac.

Comment Re:We need a 21st century crash axe (Score 1) 266

All commercial aircraft should have a strengthened, heat-sinked, airtight metal pouch that can be used to snuff out burning mobile devices when lithium batteries go rogue.

Exactly a thing not to do. Watch the fire fighting instructions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?... https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment Re:One of those sounds potentially useful.... (Score 1) 37

The participants were students of the University of Waterloo who took the questionnary for course credit. The following quote from the original paper has given me good laughs. How would this not invalidate the study?

Participants were also given an attention check. For this, participants were shown a list of activities (e.g., biking, reading) directly below the following instructions: “Below is a list of leisure activities. If you are reading this, please choose the “other” box below and type in ‘I read the instructions’”. This attention check proved rather difficult with 35.4% of the sample failing (N = 99). However, the results were similar if these participants were excluded. We therefore retained the full data set.

Comment Re:Canadian Border Guards... (Score 2) 276

The first line of Canadian border guards is trained to ask unexpected and misleading questions. The first few times I went through without a problem, as I naturally engaged in the conversation and, probably, showed expected surprised reactions to the probing. That would be like the grandparent poster explaining how'd he find his friend.

After a couple years I got tired of the game and answered, but shortly. Like: - What are you doing in Canada? - I live here. - Where do you live? - Waterloo. - What do you do in Canada? - See my residence permit, it says I'm a spouse of a student. That's it. - Do you work? - My residence permit does not require me to work, sir. - (starts getting annoyed) Are you working? - Yes. - What do you do? - I'm a university professor. - What do you teach? - My contract does not require me to lecture. I do research. (I later learned to skip this one. Professors teach, everyone knows that.) - What do you research? - Physics. - Where are you coming from? - (name of the country I've been on the flight from). - What did you do there? - It was a business trip, sir. - What business? - University business, sir. - Are you bringing any goods with you? - No sir, just as I have stated in my declaration. - Why? - It was a business trip sir, I did not have time to buy.

After the above, I usually ended up in the immigration office, then a full customs search of my bags. The immigration office would admit me, sometimes with a farewell statement "You are not (sounding) frendly. But that's okay".

Eventually I decided to find out what was triggering the searches, and whether I was at a real risk of not being admitted home after one of my numerous business trips. I requested at the first check to be routed to the immigration, and had a long conversation with the immigration officer. I asked to clarify things. The Canadian officer asked me lots of questions, explained the law permitted them to deny me entry (because I didn't have permanent residency) but they saw no reason to do that, and stamped my passport. Then the female officer switched language and told me in clear Russian, which I translate here: "When a weird-looking bloke in a t-shirt with long hair and discheveled beard says he's a professor, we have to investigate". Well, these reasons are not something I can fix :).

This is the only country where I'm regularly interrogated at the border. In Europe and the rest of the world, the guards either silently look at my visas and ask nothing, or ask 1-2 quick questions about the duration and purpose of the trip. Customs have never been interested in searching my usual luggage. To me, Canada is a stark contrast to the rest of the world.

Comment Re:Paying ransoms should be outlawed (Score 1) 87

Nope, there likely isn't any expensive data locked. That would be a minor inconvenience to lots of faculty and staff, likely an embarrassment and some deadlines missed, and next time they will remember to back up properly themselves and give proper heat to the IT staff to do their job. If someone lost any significant amount of work, that is well-deserved and a necessary educational experience. I am actually a professor at another Canadian university (Waterloo). I have a dozen of computers and servers in my research group that hold all sorts of expensive data, and I think it should be that way. No ransoms.

Besides, there are other non-economical reasons why ransoms should not be paid.

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