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Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 110

you obviously don't do anything processor intensive, while on the face of it the clock speeds haven't changed much the actual raw performance change from a sandy bridge to a haswell is massive, it is close to a 50% step up.

There is none. Go to www.cpuboss.com. The newer cpus are about 5% slower than the ones a few years ago. Massive my ass

Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 110

Ah so you have a load with more cores? I was about to reply on your previous comment that benchmarks show little to slower performance to older haswells. But unless you have a parallel load which admit that is about 3% of PC users that won't make a difference which is why your CPU cost $500 more.

I wonder though how much of Mac power users have GPU vs CPU limited workloads?

Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 110

Come on man if he does professional video work there are no replacements for Adobe products PERIOD! Not to mention color calibration and fonts SUCK on Xorg compared to MacOSX and Windows. Linux is a geek server OS.

Sure you can run Firefox and pretend to be important but that is about it unless you are a system administrator. The OS should support you, not the other way around. Only time you need to support the OS is because you need a million bizaare things tinkered like the size of the sectors on the hard disk for a raid on a NFS share (yes some unix geeks quiz on the right amount of blocks on the disk per sector)

Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 110

You know Apple got into this in the 1980's after Jobs was fired. They stopped innovating and stayed expensive and got slower and less powerful at the same time as the PC began to really take off and accelerate and improve.

It looks like Apple died again with Jobs passing.

However, I do recall a similar problem 10 years ago with the PowerPC CPU's. I had Mac heads swear to me WON"T OWN XP NADA! Then I should what a Pentium IV with Adobe Premiere can do and how slow their G4's were. They sighed and built their own XP rigs with top end monitors and gave up on Apple.

This was a problem before Jobs really take over as their whole freaking stack was tied to PowerPC and x86 was very risky. It took years and Jobs wanted iPOD sales to soar before taking the jump.

Go build a new Windows 10 box with AMD Ryzen and you can get thunderbolt aka USB type-C, m.2 raid 0 SSD, 64 gigs of ram, a far superior GPU with CUDA acceleration, and a high end 4K monitor for a fraction of the cost of Apple. Adobe might even sell you an upgrade license. Yes it is Windows bawawa cry me a river though your apps run on that platform.

Comment Re:Not an alternative to Linux, an alternative to (Score 1) 270

Whatever hardware you use, the best host OS for your virtual machines is probably Linux, and the fastest-performing PC you can run it upon is never an Apple, not even if we're talking only about pure turnkey machines that you can just order on the internet for a set price.

I admire their case design, and their ability to use it as a prybar which separates people from money. Their OS is pretty nice, although it offers too little configurability to make me happy even when coupled with third party tools.

Comment Needed environment for me is 7, 7pro, 8, 8.1 only (Score 1) 402

Meanwhile Win 3.11... Is still running fine on test equipment. The manufacturer says do not upgrade to any other version of Windows.

I have a gang-programming-and-testing production tool from one of the top three (or so) manufacturers of BLE systems-on-a-chip. Our startup needs this (or a suitable alternative) to go into volume production of our initial products.

It comes with an application - in source in a build environment. This allows it to be customized, to add tests for the peripherals added to make the final assembly, and to integrate into production processes and databases.

But the build environment is only supported in Windows 7, 7 Pro, 8, and 8.1, using Visual Studio 2012. The executables and DLLs produced run only on those or XP.

The executable/DLLs use .NET, too, and the way they use it breaks the GUI under wine, even with genuine Microsoft .NET installed. They run correctly, but the status display is corrupted in a way that makes it unusable. So at the production site it needs to run on genuine Windows at one of those levels. B-b

As of the last time I checked (a couple months ago), the manufacturer is unwilling to port to another OS or version - even though all of them (except maybe 7 Pro) have been end-of-lifed by Microsoft.

Comment Re:Are they counting in the cost of windows update (Score 1) 402

I agree.

MS was finally on the right track with Windows 7 and released a fine quality OS that was stable. Then they fired the QA team and Windows 10 while has cool features it is a bugfest. If you do not do what grandma does who upgrades from 7 and just does basic things your use case NEVER GETS TESTED. If you do a fresh install of WIndows 10 BAM bugs (finally fixed last summer) as grandma doesn't install the OS. Hyper-V? Crashes for me as grandma or Joe six pack doesn't run it so no bug reports filed etc.

I hope later this or early 2018 MS hires them back before EOL for Windows 7. At least Windows 7 was more stable and reliable than XP was when XP was EOL and businesses still complained and freaked out.

Comment Re:People agree that Windows 10 has better tech (Score 1) 402

I own a Surface Pro 3. Windows 10 is buggy, but the touch support is quite nice and so are apps like Netflix when on the road.

I am stuck with Windows 8.1 on my desktop as Gigybyte won't update the EFI to work better with 10 and Hyper-V without BSOD that appear randomnly. I like the Netfix but guess I can load it on Chrome.

Also Windows 8 and better have far better battery support if you run a laptop. This is 2017. All the new cool laptops are tablets and hybrids. I think a lot of those who complain about the tiles do not like change and this is part of aging. A tile on a start menu is not a dealbreaker at all. However, the Windows 8.0 metro was pretty awful.

Comment Re:User convenience is what is being asked for (Score 1) 466

The first Pc's were easy compared to the competition.

The Mac was expensive and you had to meet quality approved by Apple and had to buy the SDK which was limited and very expensive. Unix ... yeah kids today you have idea how much a Unix workstation cost. Guess what? You needed an exotic $$$$ CPU from a proprietary vendor. It was the opposite of today.

Adjusted for inflation Unix would cost $50,000 for the hardware and c/c++ compilers. No GNU was not an option as the internet did not exist for mere mortals. No one know what it was outside of academia. So that meant ording from a computer shopper magazine or Byte.

All the hardware was accessible via assembly and Borland Turbo C or MS C was relatively cheap

Comment Re:False premise (Score 1) 466

It most certainly is.

The mainframe IS NOT DYING! was also a common 1990's mantra because someone still uses one therefore people are not ditching their green screen terminals just yet.

I own a surface Pro 3. It is a tablet that does Windows. All the new sexy high end laptops are hybrids at Bestbuy and are tabletized. Moms and poor people now use phones for Facebook not PCs.

This is a pro PC fanboy website but just because YOU use a PC doesn't mean everyone does. In the end what is starting too is VDI over the cloud. In 2027 you may still have a last of breed PC in your home office but at work you will be using Android tablets with a Citrix or Amazon E3 for your legacy win32 apps.

Comment Re:Indiscriminate antibiotic use in farm animals.. (Score 1) 287

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.

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