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Comment It's all about efficient setup... (Score 1) 149

I do it from time to time. I'm running MacOS Sierra at the moment on my notebook. I'm not the average user but I'm nicely set up to be able to clone off my systems quickly (Win and Mac) to try out betas. If the beta experience turns out to be a disaster I simply restore an image and put my profile back. With SSDs it's a 15-20 minute process. If you're going to beta test something, you're not going to get a good test in unless it's your primary system. You'll know pretty fast if you need to switch back or not. It's all about having a backup plan and a fast one at that. It's really not a big deal for a good tech head but if backup and restore.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 415

The president of Foxconn was asked about this in 2010; why not manufacture in the US using automation? He said, "I worry America has too many lawyers. I don’t want to spend time having people sue me every day.” Labor costs aren't the only concern; the US is a regulatory and political mine field filled with lavishly funded pressure groups that impose huge costs on industrial investment.

Of the 382 comments posted so far, this is the best. You nailed it.

Comment Re:that is not always true (Score 2) 228

Miele Vacuums in Germany are power hogs and need 2200W ... It's easy to be powerful, if you don't mind wasting a lot of power ... the EU smartened up to this game and passed new regulations, limiting vacuums to 1600W. All of a sudden, Miele vacuums don't look all that great any more.

I don't know where you're getting your specs but you should check the Miele website . All their large vacuums range between 800W and 1300W. Dyson doesn't even post their power consumption. If it's such a low power device, why wouldn't they at least mention it?


Mitsubishi Motors Pulls a Volkswagen; Shares Drop (reuters.com) 61

Reader Zane C. writes: The president of Japan's sixth largest auto corporation has admitted to manipulating test data on fuel economy (mileage test data) for 625,000 total eK Wagon and eK Space models, as well as the Dayz and Dayz Roox models produced for Nissan Motors. The tests overstated fuel efficiency by 5 percent to 10 percent. The offending models have been taken off the market until the problem is fixed, and foreign markets are being investigated for similar violations. Upon the announcement of the manipulations, Mitsubishi's stock dropped 15% and it lost 1.2 billion dollars in market value. The company apologized for the deception and said that it is investigating the employees involved. According to Mitsubishi, it was Nissan's in-house testers that discovered the discrepancy between the cars' published fuel efficiency data, and their real-life results. The affected models are sold exclusively in Japan.

Comment Re:You tell your carrier about your new phone? (Score 1) 187

Exactly. I've purchased (outright) about 5 phones now for users on our company plan, swapped the sims and voila, done. Here in Canada the phones the carriers sell are locked, even if you buy them outright. They charge $50 to have your brand new, fully paid-for phone unlocked (Rogers). Why would I do that when I can get the exact same unlocked phone from Apple for the same price?

Comment Re:Actual benefit in regular use vs. SATA3 SSD? (Score 1) 117

So they post the specs and the first thing people talk about is how specs don't mean anything. Is shaving off boot time really your higher priority? Most people don't boot more than once a day, if not once a week. So what if it takes 2 more seconds to boot compared to a SATA3 drive. Most people's usage would never see the difference between a SATA1 and SATA3 SSD and for the ones that really do need serious read/write like video editors or music composers with huge sample libraries, the 2.4GB/s speed is massive. Playing a few 4k video streams flawlessly is no small task and not having raid a few SATA SSDs is a cost worthy convenience. It will be welcomed by the people who actually can use it.

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