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Comment Re:easily made up in peripherals. (Score 1) 446

Your suggestion, in a thread about relative costs of systems, is to buy a custom piece of hardware, from a vendor who's website doesn't actually list a price.

Y'all got Amazon where you live? Or access to any of the vendors they list on their website?

But it's not like Windows can backup to thin air. You have to have something on the other end of that CAT-5, so it's probably a wash hardware-wise.

Do you know what I think when I see a website selling a product but not listing a unit price.

"Huh, I wonder if Amazon has them?" would have been my first thought, but apparently it wasn't yours.

Comment Re:easily made up in peripherals. (Score 3, Informative) 446

if things ever get too hairy for a dell, your restore process is entirely automated in windows or linux. restoring a mac is nothing short of corporate witchcraft.

To backup: buy a Synology NAS. Enable the Time Machine service. Configure your Macs to back up to it. Voila, done.

To restore from scratch: hold down Command-R when booting a Mac. Tell it to restore from Time Machine. Wait an hour. Voila, done.

Comment Re:There is something to that... (Score 1) 446

because Mac is like 10 percent of the worlds PC sales, and the viruses usually dont survive that far when the percentage of ownership is that low

That has zero to do with the relative dearth of malware on Macs. (Pausing for a moment for a pedant to point out the one or two Mac bugs they've read about. Yes, we know. It's still proportionally much less than Mac's market share so move along.) Macs are initially more expensive, but that also means there owners tend to have more money and therefore the machines are more valuable targets. There are also still tens of millions of Macs out there in the wild. Even if there are more PCs, there are still a hell of a lot of Macs to be owned for anyone interested and capable. The fact that they're not is an indicator that building a nice interface on top of a solid Unix platform is a good way to end up with a stable, secure desktop.

Comment Re:blackouts, lack of channel choice, forced hardw (Score 1) 194

sports blackouts

OMG yes. I bought my wife an season pass because she loves watching baseball. What do you get for $109.99? Every game on TV except the ones in your home market. You can watch the Twins suck any time you want, so long as you don't live in Minnesota. Oh, and no postseason: that's a separate subscription.

Who the fuck came up with those ideas? I'll be damned if MLB ever gets another penny from us.

Comment Re:I'm here too early! (Score 1) 113

Then how about the summary being incorrect? Clicking on the link did not give the attackers access, going to a fake site and giving them the current password did. If this was Gmail, how did the users not get all sorts of alerts about a new machine being logged into their account?

If the attackers did it one time, they'd only have access to past email messages. If was a recurring thing, then they'd have to access it all the time, leaving more clues that someone else was in the victim's ( chump's?) email.

If nothing else this points out the risk of having email accounts that are not professionally managed when the users are technologically clueless. Otherwise things like 2 factor authentication and enforced password security could have helped protect them from themselves.

Comment Re:Language (Score 1) 34

For a long while now it's been Slashdot: News from India, stuff the Americans.

The purpose of a summary is to communicate information. The article summary failed at its primary (and only) mission by including, without explanation, non-English words in an English language summary.

Sorry, Indians. Article summary is a FAIL. Maybe "do the needful" and learn that there's a difference between knowing a language and mimicking a language.

Comment Re:Prediction (Score 2) 81

As a macbook pro user let me say that I will probably not like what Apple shows.
1. I want an m.2 slot for SSDs. They are getting bigger and cheaper and I want the option to upgrade my SSD as they improve.
2. I want memory slots just like my MacBook Pro has. I want the option of adding ram to my notebook like I did with with my MacBook Pro.
3. I want more than one USB ports. A Pro should also have Thunderbolt ports.
4. Keep the audio jack. You do not need to drop it.

Comment Re:Smart Phones (Score 1) 58

Yes, there is a certain large segment of Chinese men who will carry pink phones. Anything that makes them seem more "western" than their perceived domestic competition.

What I'd like to know is if there's a way for Slashdot's submitters and editors to bring us stories like this one with out the condescending anti-US attitude. I've read that /. is outsourcing a lot of its editorial duties, but that shouldn't lead to alienating the site's majority audience.

Comment Re: Good (Score -1, Troll) 183

It's typical Silicon Valley misogyny that makes it acceptable to call the pointing device a "clit" or a "nipple."

Turnabout is fair play, so that means it's a penis. A tiny tiny penis. Like the ones sported by those who like to relate it to a portion of the female anatomy.

Not so funny now, is it?

Comment What's the reason for reason? (Score 2) 76

Since when has reason had anything to do with navigating the London tube system?

And why do so many cities use nautical themes for their stored payment cards?
London: Oyster
Hong Kong: Octopus
Seattle: Orca
Montreal: Opus
San Francisco: Clipper
Bolton: Squid
Merseyside: Walrus
Wellington: Snapper

Comment Re:Why is this here? (Score 1) 380

I don't trust Snopes to debunk anything, but it's not for any political reason whatsoever. They have an article about Marilyn Monroe having six toes. To be clear, I think the whole idea is silly and I don't think (or particularly care whether) she did. However, they quote as evidence:

There is no record of Marilyn's having had an operation at that point in her life, and no contemporary references to anyone's noticing her walking with a bandaged foot or a limp for a period of time. (One doesn't simply get up and start trotting around after having a toe removed — the missing digit affects one's balance, and it takes some time to adjust to the change and "relearn" how to walk.)

My wife is a podiatrist. I asked her about this reasoning and she said it's BS. She amputates toes from time to time as part of her practice and says that patients usually bounce back and are walking perfectly fine in no time, even when she has to remove the big toe. Lopping off an extra little vestigial toe wouldn't have any noticeable effect once the wound healed, and the patient certainly wouldn't have to '"relearn" how to walk'. I wrote to Snopes with that information and got back a response basically blowing me off and arguing that the sixth toe story is a fake and my facts are wrong because "there should be no reason why a person with a painfully infected toe would walk with a limp. But they do.". Yeah, I get that. I never said otherwise. But I do claim that this one piece of evidence is completely wrong, does not accurately contribute to their conclusion (which I agree with), and I have a subject matter expert's testimony to that effect.

Since then, I've been a bit loathe to trust Snopes about anything. I mean, they're probably right about most things, but I have firsthand experience with them completely ignoring evidence that doesn't fit their narrative. I haven't paid enough attention to their articles to know what their political slant is, but the point is moot for me already anyway.

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