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Comment Chromebooks (Score 2) 269

I can not guarantee that this is the best fit for the original poster, as I did not personally try running a VM on those. But in general Chromebooks are great Linux laptops for those who value battery life/form factor/versatility over raw power. ChromeOS is great for web browsing, movie watching and, these days, Android apps/games. Then for everything else, you can run Crouton or dual boot Linux from USB. All in all, that's a lot of different uses from a single unit of hardware.

Comment Immigration policy is not hate speech (Score 5, Insightful) 1046

Being welcomed to a country you are not citizen of is not a human right. We can consider pros and cons to ourselves vs humanitarian benefits of admitting a particular immigrant of from a particular country where terrorism and other crime is more common than in US.

Refusing to have a rational discussion on this subject without accusations of hate and racism is how we got Trump.

Comment Cry me a river (Score 1) 304

Uber drivers undercut and killed Taxis with rock bottom rates, now they want more money? Sorry, but you are stuck with what no longer regulated market will bear. If Uber, which is not making much profit, raises driver pay, they will have to raise fares and then customers will take Lyft or drive.

The only alternative is to offer more premium product like fancier cars, better certified drivers, snack and beverage service etc.

Comment User error (Score 1) 117

I don't know, what would you call a bundle of Microsoft Excel templates so that interested users can possibly find it? Fraud seems to be too sensationalist, the real problem is that actual office is not available and less relevant results thus bubble up to top. An informational message from Apple would easily solve the problem. Of course an actual deal with Microsoft to resell Office would be even better.

Comment Absolute or asymptotic? (Score 1) 260

If you are waiting for businesses to not use even a single shred of paper, the answer is probably never, and there is no good reason to. There are still people riding horses and in some cases, like mounted police, it makes practical sense compared to cars or motorcycles. If nothing else, we can't cleanse our behinds with LCD screens.

If the question is using huge amounts of paper for everyday business collaboration, that's out for at least the last decade. The holdouts are either bureaucratic government agencies or businesses where record keeping is such a tiny part of the whole operation that it's not worth worrying how it is done.

Comment Macbook Pro already runs Windows (Score 1) 315

Just run Bootcamp and shrink MacOSX partition to almost nothing. No need to wonder if you like this specific hardware and can accept the price point. On the other hand Windows land has many more form factors and features to choose from, though I am not sure if there is an exact combination like Macbook Pro.

Comment I do not know how people tolerate Windows anyway (Score 3, Insightful) 123

I grudgingly suffer through login screen, "working on updates" and various nag popups like trying Office 365 to run Steam games not available elsewhere. But who would want that just to do web browsing and basic productivity tasks? My "desktop" is $265 Intel Compute Stick running Ubuntu connected to $500 45 inch 4K TV. I can walk away for two weeks and come back to find things exactly as I left them, without any nag screens. My laptop is a Chromebook Flip that again does not aggregate me and that runs a decent selection of Android games and Ubuntu for when I need it.

Microsoft also used to sell drama-free operating systems that ran a large selection of apps. Windows 2000 was about the pinnacle, though XP is Ok if you forget about activation issues. Windows 7 is decent from UI point of view, but quicky chews up globs of disk space in mysterious directories like WinSXS. Everything afterwards is just obnoxious.

Comment Get a frigging case (Score 3, Interesting) 478

Something that snaps to the bottom of the laptops and adds extra battery, storage and a boatload of ports. Then when you need ultimate portability take the laptop out and live without movies or whatever you were storing on the extra hard drive for a little while. People are overthinking such things, solutions have been there forever for smartphones.

Comment Lack of common sense (Score 1) 497

All of the other problems can be solved with redundancy, fault isolation, defense in depth, argument and result verification, approximate solutions, backups and so on. Threading problems even in most naive code are rare in practice. You are probably running something in a thread because it's quite slow, and the probability it will finish and try to update a shared data structure just when you are using it is low. The trick is to avoid writing corrupted data to database if it does happen.

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