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Comment Re:The 6th gen was a spike above the normal trend (Score 1) 225

Opposite here. I was skeptical about buying a 6+, but I wanted a replacement for my iPad Mini that I could easily read while my commuter bus was bouncing along the freeway. It felt HUGE for about a week until it became the new normal. Now I can barely type on an SE because it feels like I'm jabbing at a tiny little Barbie phone. Now that I've acclimated to the Plus's form factor, I'd hate going back.

Comment Re:Another obvious defense against this (Score 4, Interesting) 430

I want a "panic" finger such that it displays a "could not read fingerprint - try again" message and then immediate sets "allow_unlocking_with_fingerprint=False" internally so that a password is required. Make it indistinguishable from the usual unlock failure message so that it's impossible to tell that it was triggered (even by examining the on-device logs, if that's possible).

Comment Re:easily made up in peripherals. (Score 1) 524

Your suggestion, in a thread about relative costs of systems, is to buy a custom piece of hardware, from a vendor who's website doesn't actually list a price.

Y'all got Amazon where you live? Or access to any of the vendors they list on their website?

But it's not like Windows can backup to thin air. You have to have something on the other end of that CAT-5, so it's probably a wash hardware-wise.

Do you know what I think when I see a website selling a product but not listing a unit price.

"Huh, I wonder if Amazon has them?" would have been my first thought, but apparently it wasn't yours.

Comment Re:easily made up in peripherals. (Score 3, Informative) 524

if things ever get too hairy for a dell, your restore process is entirely automated in windows or linux. restoring a mac is nothing short of corporate witchcraft.

To backup: buy a Synology NAS. Enable the Time Machine service. Configure your Macs to back up to it. Voila, done.

To restore from scratch: hold down Command-R when booting a Mac. Tell it to restore from Time Machine. Wait an hour. Voila, done.

Comment Re:There is something to that... (Score 1) 524

because Mac is like 10 percent of the worlds PC sales, and the viruses usually dont survive that far when the percentage of ownership is that low

That has zero to do with the relative dearth of malware on Macs. (Pausing for a moment for a pedant to point out the one or two Mac bugs they've read about. Yes, we know. It's still proportionally much less than Mac's market share so move along.) Macs are initially more expensive, but that also means there owners tend to have more money and therefore the machines are more valuable targets. There are also still tens of millions of Macs out there in the wild. Even if there are more PCs, there are still a hell of a lot of Macs to be owned for anyone interested and capable. The fact that they're not is an indicator that building a nice interface on top of a solid Unix platform is a good way to end up with a stable, secure desktop.

Comment Re:blackouts, lack of channel choice, forced hardw (Score 1) 200

sports blackouts

OMG yes. I bought my wife an MLB.tv season pass because she loves watching baseball. What do you get for $109.99? Every game on TV except the ones in your home market. You can watch the Twins suck any time you want, so long as you don't live in Minnesota. Oh, and no postseason: that's a separate subscription.

Who the fuck came up with those ideas? I'll be damned if MLB ever gets another penny from us.

Comment Re:While this is a very tacky response... (Score 1) 813

Well I could meet one of my Senators very easily and do nearly every year. She and my wife have something in common, having both lost loved ones to opiate pain addiction and so we attend the same charity event each year. $100 donation and wait for the event window and you easily can get 20 minutes of one-on-one time with a Senator. She also tends to bring the mayor of my city with as a guest because they're longtime friends, so I can get a 2-for-1.

That said, if I tried calling her office I'd never get past the intern.

Comment Re:She's 1/2 of the Valley's home senate team (Score 2) 813

She's also shown to be completely uninformed on technology, sponsored CISA and pushing a bill that makes encryption illegal

I really can't see how Silicon Valley would ever have voted her in, but if I recall correctly, she's been in office practically forever, so maybe being the perennial incumbent means change never happens. Probably also easily wins Hollywood voters since many studios are run by Jews like her (might be favoritism based on shared religion is all I mean).

Comment Re:H-1B abuse and Trump (Score 2) 813

Saying you're against depreciation doesn't mean much on its own - let me explain depreciating assets and then why. Say I buy a refrigerator for the office for $2000. The IRS has an enormous multi-volume set of books (and a smaller 2 volume one that covers most cases - and yes, they still print them, but there are software versions) that lists pretty much anything you can buy in its depreciation schedule. For the sake of simplicity, let's say the refrigerator was a 5 year depreciating asset (I think it's actually 7). We need to divide the value of the object by the depreciation schedule and you can take that much off on taxes each year, so in this case $400 for the next 5 years.

Now think about saying you're against depreciating assets - does that mean you shouldn't be able to deduct anything or do you mean the entire asset should be written off the year it is bought? As someone that owns a privately held business, the former I'd be completely against and the latter I'd love. The reason big public companies like it is because purchases result in a big dip in profitability followed by big gains (the depreciation schedule spreads it out). Since I don't answer to shareholders, I don't give a shit.

Comment URLs (Score 5, Informative) 87

Comment Re:Might as well break the ice (Score 1) 342

For me, a lot of it comes down to time. If I decide I want to watch a movie, I don't really want to plan it out as an activity. I want to sit on my couch in something comfortable with a snack and take it in. What I don't want to do is: figure out when / where there is a showing that fits into my schedule; clothe myself appropriately for going out in public; transport myself to that location / find somewhere to park; stand in a line to be herded into a theatre; watch a half-hour worth of commercials (or try to show up after all the ads but risk not getting a good seat). As a side note, theatres should consider doing away with the front three or four rows: it's impossible to see the whole screen, it's uncomfortable to crane your neck in a manner that lets you even try to take in the whole thing, and forget about reading subtitles from that range. They'll happily take the same money from you as they would for any other ticked to sell you this horribly sub-standard "experience".

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