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Comment Re:Provided you're using it for business (Score 1) 421

My only cheap computers are an old Netbook I didn't have the heart to get rid of, and a Chromebook I take to breakfast. Those are cheap and I don't care if they are lost or get stolen.

With 10.1" netbooks becoming harder to find as manufacturers make 11.6" their smallest size, I do care if mine gets stolen.

Comment Re:Indiscriminate antibiotic use in farm animals.. (Score 1) 278

Or that the instant coffee that I drink for free at work isn't brown-colored urine.

It might as well be.

Either go full blown paranoid or stop complaining about things just because you don't personally agree with them and pretending you have some other reason.

The apparently paranoid part there is really not central to the main topic here, I just threw it in for fun. It's true, but let's put that aside for now. The main issue is that overuse of antibiotics is a problem already. Solving problems with drugs instead of actually addressing root causes only causes other problems.

Comment Affording both cable and cell Internet (Score 1) 421

That said, why would you cancel your cable Internet for this?

A lot of people have to choose one or the other because they can't afford both $60/mo cable Internet and $60/mo cellular Internet. See the previous Slashdot story "Americans Abandoning Wired Home Internet, Shows Study".

if you imagine the development server being as locked down as a Chromebook or iDevice

By this, do you mean incapable of running programs in any language other than JavaScript?

an era when leaving Firefox open for a day with 20 or so tabs open seems to result in it eating 4+Gb of memory

Do you have privacy.trackingprotection.enabled turned on? It turns off scripts that track the user from one site to another, which tend to be big RAM hogs in my experience.

Comment Re:I kind of like them as they are (Score 1) 44

Most roofing materials don't catch fire that easily.

It just so happens that I have samples of roofing tiles and bad LiPos handy, but I hesitate to create a toxic fire even for science. Too bad I never picked up a sandblasting cabinet, that might be a good place to execute a controlled experiment. I wonder what would be an effective filter for the exhaust.

Comment Re:What about what Apple stole? (Score 1) 67

Yeah, it has nothing to do with your claims being wrong. Facts be damned.

I've used Apples since the ][+. Still have two macs here now, just to fiddle with them. I think I've probably owned a dozen or so Apples, if I think about it. The longer I think, the more I remember. ][+, Mac Plus, SE, IIci, Centris 650, Powerbook 280c, B&W G3 Revision 1, original B&W iMac, iBook G3, iMac G4 are the ones I can think of right now. I thought about building a Hackintosh, but then I came to my senses and refreshed my Linux install. I've also run NeXTStep in vmware, and used a Turbo slab a few times. Point to a claim I've made about Apple which is wrong. I know my Apple bullshit from personal experience.

Comment Re:I kind of like them as they are (Score 1) 44

What's more satisfying than a model airplane that crashes AND bursts into flames?

This is how we know that real terrists are vanishingly rare. A $120 drone with some mechanism added to cause the battery to combust, let's call it $20 or less, is a serious threat to modern civilization. Well, not a drone, but multiples of them. Since we still haven't learned not to make flammable roofs, even though it is idiotic and we have alternatives, you could cause major chaos with such toys. Yet, nobody is doing this, thankfully.

Comment Re:I get this... (Score 1) 306

that's not really a good endorsement. I'll pass.

I don't know how many hotels you've stayed in, but even supposedly nice ones often get these things wrong, and they are the most important things (after not having bedbugs) for a hotel to get right. Notably, the hotels on the strip often get these things wrong.

Another problem you won't have in a business hotel off the strip that you will have in a hotel on the strip is garbage infrastructure. A lot of the big hotels have very poor water systems, for example. Getting a consistent hot shower is a problem in some of them.

Comment Re:Not an alternative to Linux, an alternative to (Score 4, Insightful) 204

WHen running multiple VMs, and IDEs on Windows on Macbook Pro hardware -- it simply outclasses the same setup on alternatives.

[citation needed]

Apples are made out of the same chipsets as everyone else's PCs. There's no reason why they would be better at anything, especially since they are usually made with last year's hardware.

Comment Re:Not an alternative to Linux, an alternative to (Score 1) 204

Microsoft wants those developers using Windows PCs. Putting WSL/Bash on Windows so that it's a credible alternative to the 'nix tools available on OSX gives those developers one less reason to avoid using a Windows based OS.

Except it isn't a credible alternative, because microsoft does stuff like breaking break. Why would you use that garbage over cygwin if what you're trying to get is development tools?

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 517

It's unfortunate that the program has been abused to replace American workers. (Which is in direct violation of how the program is supposed to work.

You mean, it's the opposite of the stated intent. Don't go getting confused about the purpose of the H1B program. It's there to export jobs for short-term profit, period the end.

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