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Comment Re:Really, Microsoft? (Score 1) 320

Most people never expand their hardware, they buy a machine, use it as-is for a few years then throw it out and replace it with a newer one...

Apparently the poster does, since they mentioned this. Personally, I'm really fond of upgrading RAM myself, replacing the hard drive when it fails (or I need more storage, which is probably more likely with SSDs), or the battery when it inevitability loses its ability to hold a charge.

Well what updates would you like it to have? There's been nothing really compelling added for years to any os...

I'd be happy if Apple would stop breaking things that developers need. valgrind has been broken for two major OS X (err, sorry, "macOS") releases now, for example. Apple's major innovations on Mac appear to be pointless rebranding, grafting a tiny, pointless iPad to the top of the keyboard, and selling outdated hardware at premium prices.

I do like the TouchID system though, that's great for security.

I can't wait for the new MacBook Pro that'll just be an iPad Pro connected to an iPad (for the keyboard) by an expensive hinge.

Comment Re:1366x768? What is that, the Playmobil Edition? (Score 2) 128

I really wish PC laptop makers would stop with these ridiculous low-resolution screens. Especially up here in Canada, it's difficult to find laptops with reasonable resolutions... so many 15+" 1366x768 and 17" 1600x900 displays, both labelled "HD" or something to trick stupid people.

Either stop making these horrible things, or let me easily search for models based on actual screen resolution rather than just size.

Comment Re:Stateful Encryption Solutions (Score 1) 89

Obviously we feel the same way. :-)

Governments and financial institutions are definitely interested, but it's probably a 5-7 year project for big orgs, similar to the Y2K problem but without a definite goal post. Current best guesses are thinking we'll see a "useful" quantum computer by 2026, but that can't take into account any breakthroughs that might happen.

Comment Re:Stateful Encryption Solutions (Score 1) 89

Some people are already working on cryptosystems that won't be vulnerable to attacks by quantum computers; my company is one of them.

If you're interested, look into hash-based signature schemes, lattice-based cryptography, error-correcting-code-based cryptography, isogenies, and multivariate cryptography.

Comment Re:Works for me (Score 1) 212

Other nice things about being on Mac are that you're not distracted by popular video games anymore, and you don't have to worry about new hardware making your laptop obsolete, since Apple seems to have completely abandoned their computer business a few years ago...

Comment Re:Standards (Score 1) 55

On the third hand, it's really freakin' annoying that I don't use any of the apps you've listed, and yet I've got three messenger apps open at all times (BBM, Hangouts, Slack), with Signal on there as well (although texts are rare for me).

At least I can run Hangouts and Slack on my laptop too, but man, I miss the days of being able to communicate with "everyone" using one app, even if it needed several connections.

Laptop's got Adium running for IRC and XMPP as well. At least those are the open standards, but it's still at least three messenger apps going.

Get off my lawn, etc. but I remember how irritating this was the first time around with MSN, GTalk, AIM, and all the others.

Comment Re:Goes to show you (Score 1) 141

This is exactly why I keep using the 'Desktop' version of Wunderlist, and why I bailed on Win 10's Mail app after a couple of hours.

Open my laptop, and suddenly part of the UI for the running UWP doesn't work anymore... just a white strip along the left-hand side. That never goes away.

Exactly the same symptom in both cases, so I'm thinking it's the UWP side-bar of useless icons part of the UI. Very irritating.

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