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Comment Don't confuse intelligence with monkey learning (Score 1) 394

I was on a project where I was one of the highest paid non-managers and I had to get a secretary to show me how to use windows.

I was hired for my mainframe expertise. I'd only used dumb terminals for five years, and before that in college I'd mainly used Domestos & Hackypucks.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 394

Macs generally require less user intervention to run

What's that got to do with anything? According to TFS, it's "Because of Fewer Tech Support Expense".

Now whether that putrid blister on Shakespeare's tongue is due to mansishDavidmashesHD or IBM is, sadly, too close to call.

Comment Seems pretty arrogant to assume "bugs" (Score 1) 162

But the things you listed aren't features of intelligence, they're bugs in our brains

Maybe they are the way an optimal system works, which is lots easier to believe than thinking they are some kind of "mistake" or de-emphization.

You remind me of guys whose first answer to seeing a complex system is always to refactor it...

Comment None of that makes sense (Score 1) 133

What, do you work for Samsung or something?

I guess we can assume you work for a company that makes external batteries since you are advocating that position...

1. Removable batteries have significant armor as they may spend time out of the device

Which means they have less battery and your phone will not last as long.

This armor would have protected the battery from localized temperature spikes.

From EXTERNAL temperature spikes, which you (and Samsung) have no idea if they are the source of the issue.

2. Removable batteries contain internal thermal and current protection, and often fusible links.

I think it's funny you imagine internal batteries do not have those features also.

The connectors cannot be tightly spaced because they must allow for movement.

Why would it matter if the connectors are close? It doesn't seem to matter to ANY OTHER PHONE MAKER.

Even if a battery short were somehow possible, the battery would have protected itself rather than igniting.

And you know that how again???

3. If there are problems with the battery, it can be returned and exchanged without the device.

Which may or may not be TOTALLY IRRELEVANT to the issues that Samsung has, the only known case where lots of people had to turn back in devices.

4. If it turns out the device is defective, it can be easily shipped without the battery and the battery saved or recycled separately.

SO stupid and pointless I can't even.

Comment In reality, hours... (Score 2) 394

Five minutes to put in a card.

One hour plus to decide which card to buy that will work best with your system and/or local network (and by one hour, I really mean "an entire evening of reading technical reviews" if I'm being realistic).

One to five hours to fix stupid driver issues that arise because of said new card that took only five minutes to put in... for every major OS update.

Sorry man but you can't get that kind of lie past me, I used to upgrade Windows systems also. I got off that damn train so that I could live life, and spend time doing things WITH computers instead of TO them.

And as for the $500 logic board upgrade - that's after three years, otherwise it's free. Or they might just give you a new system instead.

You keep popping cards in there and rooting through your OS though like some kind of animal, if you enjoy it more power to you.

Comment Whole point of Mac Pro is better heat dissipation (Score 1) 394

As the other responder noted, the Mac Pro specifically does not use hard drives, it's all SSD (as are most other modern macs, with the exception of some iMac models).

But even if it did have hard drives, the Mac Pro design is the way it is to ditch as much heat as possible. It's a vastly better design than a box with a few holes and a fan.

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UK Government Proposes Minimum 10Mbps Broadband For Poor (thestack.com) 69

An anonymous reader writes: The UK's Local Government Association (LGA) is proposing a social tariff to ensure that minimum broadband access of at least 10 Mbps is available to all UK citizens at an affordable price. Last November, Parliament announced that it would begin work on a Universal Service Obligation (USO), which would grant all citizens the right to request broadband service with a minimum 10Mbps. At the time, Prime Minister David Cameron said, "Access to the Internet shouldn't be a luxury; it should be a right -- absolutely fundamental to life in 21st century Britain." Research by Ofcom in 2014 showed "marked relationships between socio-economic deprivation and [poor] broadband availability in cities". Similar results have been found in rural areas, which means that the demand for increasing broadband service to a minimum level may be high among people with lower incomes.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 394

Not sure why you think there is any distinction between patches Windows downloads automatically and the updates IT pushes out automatically.

In past experience, both have broken systems I was trying to use for work.

Basically Windows updates are just not always well behaved to the system; it matters little how they arrive.

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