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Comment Thank god (Score 1) 302

It was time for a refresh, and hearing the rumors of the batshittery they were likely to do with the keyboard, and the inane OLED strip of softkeys, and I made the decision to just jump into a well configured 13" MBPr. Now that is looking like a prescient decision. I like the two thunderbolt ports, the two USB3 ports, and the SD card port. It is plenty thin enough, and I get a good 9 hours of normal usage out of it.

I get the lifecycle, and the staleness of the current MBP line, and their stretching refresh cycles, but I am glad I jumped when I did.

It is still better than the Lenovo T450 I just got for work (what a f'd up trackpad, and absolutely the worst laptop keyboard I have had in a long long time.

Comment Re:will this be compared to MAC BOOK Touchpad? (Score 4, Insightful) 183

A million times this. I just started a new job, and got a Lenovo Thinkpad, and the touchpad is awful. I can turn off some of the worst features, but it just plain sucks.

I have tried the touchpoint, but I just can't get it. I know a lot of people love it, but I just can't use it effectively. And my last Windows laptop, a horrid HP, was truly awful. Both this lenovo and the HP had advanced "touch gestures" but they don't work well.

My Macbook Pro and Macbook Air are a joy to use, I don't get that "thumb" weirdness while typing, and the gestures are second nature.

I have a logitech mouse that I carry everywhere for this Win10 laptop, just so I can get any work done at all.

Comment Re:East Texas patent troll capitol of america .. (Score 4, Informative) 134

Okay, serious now. Why this particular district is so popular for patent trolls? Easy to bought corrupt judges? Or too stupid judge to realize the malicious intent of the troll? Both?

I can answer this, having been through the wringer wrought by a patent troll.

  • It has the appropriate US district court presence. This is pretty important, as patent infringement cases are brought to a US district court.
  • It is an area that has a mediocre pool of jurors. Not highly educated, not too ignorant, but enough to be dangerous.
  • It is really really hard to get to. You fly into College Station and drive hours east, or into Louisiana and drive hours west. Yes, this is part of the patent troll modus operandi. Make it super inconvenient for the players to get to. Look it up in google maps, and see.
  • Back to the jurors, the pool is made of people who are at the bottom of the middle class or close to poverty. They view big companies as deceitful, and the bad guys. The patent trolls' lawyers play on this David vs. Goliath, and the jurors love having the power to put the hurt on.

Almost all the major patent toll companies have a small presence in the county, so as to be able to file and force the suit to go through Marshall Texas.

The 12 hours I was deposed was probably the worst 12 hours of my life, and the 30 days of rigorous prep I had to do beforehand was just awful.

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