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Comment Re:While I don't totally disagree (Score 3, Interesting) 293

In the early aughts, around os 10.2, Apple was all about designing and supporting hardware and software for high end producers. G4 and G5 Mac desktops were unbelievably awesome machines, OS X was super stable with all the functionality of Unix available, final cut pro, logic and aperture were state of the art and fun to use.

And the tiBook, while not the fastest, was surely the awesomest laptop a person could own.

Later, the 12" powerbook.

The fail seemed to set in about five years ago. It's a good example of what happens when you don't have good competition, cf Windows Vista.

Comment Re: They have six hundred billion dollars (Score 1) 293

An iPhone can be a rational choice. It depends on the consumer's values. Apple limits customization, perhaps, and might "lose" on some raw specs, but it wins on style for many people, also many people value the status which iPhone confers, as well as arguably more security.

If you are concerned that valuing style and status are irrational, you may be right, but your time among humans will probably be unpleasant.

Comment Re:how often are Mac Pro's upgraded? (Score 1) 293

To add to your sentiment, the high end of the curve brings in more than just the revenue for its sales, and Apple should be smart enough to calculate this.

Plus, the people developing apps for their other, big revenue generating products need computers worth using for development.

Comment Re:Picking up the slack (Score 1) 432

You are not calculating the benefit of being the one in command of the military as a result of paying for it. Having US bases around the world does protect the countries where they are located, but it protects the US *even more.* It also helps ensure that US contractors are the ones providing the gear.

Comment Re: Phill Schill (Score 0) 675

Well, the ethernet port has been missing from all but the legacy 13" Pro since like, 2012?

And in most cases, devices simply need a different cable, as these ports support all kinds of protocols and versions thereof. Marginally inconvenient, perhaps, but not a disaster.

Apple has always been about having the nicest stuff, and right now, usb-c port is the nicest.

And while I'm bitching about the bitchers, I want my laptop to be as small and, more importantly, as light as it can be and still meet my needs.

Comment Re: Law of unintended consequences, also frosty (Score 2, Informative) 470

If it weren't /., I wouldn't get technical, but "deet" does not kill or even "repel" mosquitos. It does a so-so job of masking your sweet scent to them. IDK if various species are evolving to detect your scent through deep woods off better (I doubt it), but they are not developing a "resistance."

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