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Comment Re: Hopefully It's The UI Design and Privacy Teams (Score 1) 70

Never, it just doesn't get corrupted anyhow. And if it ever did, you don't have to reinstall the system, just reconfigure. You see, the reason why you windows users fail at using other OSes is that you expect everything to work like microsoft has told you.

There you have it! From cancelling installs when they see a warning, to trying to install off the internet to trying to impose Windows on a Unixy machine, Windows users tend to make their own problems when trying to use Linux.

Comment Re:The death spiral is continuing. (Score 1) 70

At the same time, efforts to diversify into other areas have not been, to put it charitably, as successful as they would have liked.

I'll agree that they're still critical and relevant, but at the same time, they're the least critical and most irrelevant than any other time in the history of the PC.

Relevant quote:

‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'

Because for some strange reason, humans need to believe that what is, is always how it will be.

Microsoft is on most business computers (with some very notable and important exceptions) so Microsoft will always be number one, world without end, amen.

But that isn't how it works, no matter how much some of us demand stasis.

I don't have a dog in this pissing contest, as I use and enjoy OSX (now MacOS) Linux, iOS, Android, ChromeOS and Windows. I mainly enjoy pointing out that the belief that because it was Microsoft uber alles, that it shall be Microsoft uber alles, forever. Even the National Football League, once considered firmly cemented as the king of sports forever, is doing a bit of a decline. Trying to look at it with a non-prejudiced eye - with a disclaimer that my least favorite OS is Windows, if I google "Microsoft moving to subscription OS", we get a lot of NO THEY ARE NOT! and a couple announcements that say "oh, we are", as Enterprise and Surface serve as the test bed.

IOW, the faithful will in the not too distant future will be able to prove their loyalty with their wallets, forever and ever, world without end, amen. We'll see how that works out. It won't take all that long until you have paid much more for your Windows machine than that stupid hipster and his "overpriced" Mac.

Comment Re:Just a guess.. (Score 1) 180

Oh I see. How amazing! Any idea what the composition of the solder or contact point was? I've never worked on anything remotely like that.

They wanted us to use a solder with 3 percent silver. Sn62Pb36Ag2 The silver was to help against dissolution of the silver from the contact, and had a little bit lower of a melting point.

The process to make the strips was probably similar to that used for plated through holes. There must have been some reason that they used silver instead of copper however, I suspect it is mechanical, since the plated area isn't annular, and the stresses will be different. To my surprise - silver ceramic terminals are still manufactured and sold! http://www.partsconnexion.com/... .

I had a little experience with plated through hole construction, but we used copper and solder plating. So anyone knowing about the silver process is welcome to chime in.

Comment Re:It's a start! (Score 1) 176

2) Force employers to pay a 10% tax on that salary

Isn't this the part where all the "free market" believers tell us that "companies never pay taxes, they just pass them on to their customers"?

So far, we've got Trump proposing a 35% tax on US companies that build products overseas and Slashdot fools telling us that raising taxes on companies will lead to greater employment.

Did something change with the Trump inauguration that's suddenly made believers in "economic liberty and small government" love taxes?

Comment Re:There are fatter phones out there, buy one. (Score 1) 81

those are your choices with pretty much every single product in the world.

No. There are more smartphones than cars in the world, but I can buy a Ford with an automatic transmission, a manual transmission, a big trunk, a small trunk, hatchback, truck bed or 20" rims that spin backward when I drive.

So where is my 2017 Samsung or Apple with a replaceable battery?

Comment Re:Does this help? (Score 1) 176

The goal is to hurt consulting companies like Infosys who import H1B programmers wholesale then underpay them by a ridiculous amount, and generally treat them badly. This will ruin their normal recruiting methods.

Also, there's been a lot of propaganda recently about how we train people in universities, and then kick them out. The logic is that we might as well keep their expertise in the country, since we've given it to them.

Comment Re:Not impulsive at all (Score 1) 1340

No, watch what he does (if you can stomach listening to him for that long). While he was campaigning, he would usually try out some of his lines in front of smaller audiences. If they worked, he would try them in front of bigger audiences. If they didn't, he dropped them. There's a very clear pattern to what he does.

Don't expect him to stop saying things that are outrageous as long as that works.

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