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Comment only 32MB? (Score 1) 298

So, now they make their systems non-memory-expandable, and just as desktop chipsets increase RAM capacity to 64GB, they decide to offer 32GB of soldered-on chips. Very nice.
Yes, I did RTFA, and their reasoning is largely bullshit. It's more of "Buy what you need now, and if your needs change in a few months, don't worry about upgrading; we'll happily sell you a new shiny with more RAM! Just chuck your old shiny in the landfill."

Comment Re:Phones. (Score 1) 79

THIS:

> But I can't buy a phone that doesn't have expandable non-cloud storage. I use cloud storage TOO but that's not what I want when I get on a plane and want to watch movies, play games, and read books.

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> I also wouldn't touch one without a headphone socket. That's just stupid and somehow the fad infected the industry.

The "somehow the fad infected the industry" = "And of course, you will want these convenient $130 wireless, easy-to-use, inferior-sounding, needing-to-rechage-every-few-hours earbuds. Would you like them in black or white? We also have rose gold, for a mere $20 more."

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> Boy, do I want the "modular phone" idea to take out. Gimme a base phone with 20 module ports on it for anything from Bluetooth, GPS, IR, headphones or whatever and I'd spend twice as much on modules as the actual phone itself.

Every few years, a few laptop makers get together and propose modular, upgradeable platforms... but no products EVER come out of it because they decide the upgradable model is bad for business rather than building ewaste. ewaste is far more profitable.

Comment GOOD. (Score 1) 79

I just recently upgraded to Sennheiser headphones. I wanted the best sound I could get with good noise isolation but NOT active noise cancelling, but cheap enough (~$130 on sale, IIRC) that I don't care too much if they get trashed.

Also, two of my cars don't have bluetooth. One is a 1991 ZR-1 Corvette. To go the bluetooth route, I'd have to install a 3rd-party head unit and gut the interior to run signal cables, amplifiers, and build custom speaker enclosures to fit where the BOSE amp+speaker assemblies are. So... 3.5mm-to-cassette adapter (or just listen to CDs) for that car. I'm not terribly worried about originality any more since a tree fell on the car... but I rather LIKE the stock appearance so when I restore it, I'm hoping to keep the stock head unit. I'll probably do a stealth install of speakers and amps at that point though, sacrificing the rear storage compartments - and possibly ABS since I used to disable ABS in that car anyhow.

The other is a Saab 9-3 that didn't come with bluetooth, so I use an AUX jack. I'd upgrade the head unit in a heartbeat, if it wouldn't result in a loss of functionality (car system alerts and sounds - everything including door and light alerts, turn indicators, etc. run through the stereo system). if a CAN bus interface which preserves these features is released I'd go for it... but since SAAB is long dead as an entity and there will never be any more Saabs built, the probability of such a device being released is near zero.

And, I use 3.5mm to RCA/phono jacks for playing content via my home stereo receiver. If you think I'm going to accept further degradation of the sound via bluetooth, you're nuts. It would be a waste of Klipsch speakers. I may have well stuck with the crappy JBLs I had previously (they were almost as bad as BOSE - no highs... although the JBLs produced decent lows, unlike BOSE.. why BOSE thinks their shit smells like a rose, no one knows...).

So, yeah... I use the headphone jack... a lot!

I also use bluetooth: in the Lesbaru (which DOES have bluetooth... and a surprisingly decent sound system!), and for hands-free phone calls in the above-mentioned vehicles.

Comment Re:Systemd, WTF? (Score 1) 167

> You're expecting a religious systemd opponent to read a manual. Don't do that, it only angers them.

They're probably angry because they're naturally assuming, based on their past experience, that like most F/OSS projects that its official documentation sucks... and that assumption isn't wrong. However lots of third party documentation projects (including various distros' documentation sites) resolve that shortcoming.

Comment Re:Why isn't Linux a viable desktop OS? (Score 1) 167

What keeps me on Windows:

Adobe CC (Lightroom and Photoshop primarily, although CS2 would run fine under crossover, or WINE with tweaking, for when I need Illustrator)
Embroidery software
Games (more and more games are available on Steam, but many are not)
Label printer software
PowerDVD and any games that work with 3D Vision (will 3D Vision ever get ported to Linux? Doubtful.. NVIDIA hasn't shifted focus away from 3D, unfortunately, just like everyone else has just as the tech matured to the point where 3D is not just usable, but actually enjoyable)

I work with Linux all day long and on my laptops I dual boot Windows 7 and Linux (OpenSUSE on one, Ubuntu 16,04 LTS on the other) but rarely boot the laptops to Windows.

My desktop PC has Windows 7 installed on the host; I run Linux guests (RHEL, Ubuntu) under Virtualbox on my desktop.

The second I can get Adobe CC, software for my embroidery machine, label printer software, and 3D Vision support (with 3D video players for my Blu-Ray collection) on Linux, I'll wipe my desktop and install a Linux distro.

Comment Re: Systemd, WTF? (Score 1) 167

From RedHat (SystemD) to what - CentOS (RHEL clone built from RHEL sources, more recently with support from RHEL itself)? Ubuntu LTS (SystemD)? SLES (SystemD)? Oracle Linux (another RHEL clone, SystemD of course)? Mandriva (first, bwahahaha! second: also SystemD)? ClearOS (Based on CentOS, also SystemD)? Arch (SystemD)?

All the distros that matter, and even the ones that don't (Mandriva), have gone or are going the SystemD route. Learn to love it, because for enterprise you're stuck with it as you migrate off older releases.

I suppose you could choose Slackware (no dependency resolution, great for hacking, shitty for a maintainable system - it is THE distro for luddites and masochists)?

So, I suppose the answer to the question is no one would rationally abandon RHEL due to SystemD; they'll just resist upgrading until they NEED an updated framework they cannot get off the epel or ius repositories, or until PCI or HIPAA compliance requirements forces them to move out of the stone age.

Comment Entitlement (Score 1) 336

The wealthy have an interesting sense of entitlement; they accuse the poor of having an "entitlemernt" mentality but they are projecting upon the poor.

Apple is a good example of this.
So are the music and film industries.

How?

Apple's revenue decreased slightly, but is still close to a quarter of a trillion dollars, eclipsing the revenue of its closest competitors combined. And yet, they're still achieving astounding numbers in a supersaturated market with intense competition. They've beating everyone else by a wide margin, and the board isn't happy with that. They aren't happy that Apple is maintaining its lead and tremendously profitable numbers, and they're punishing Cook for results that anyone else can only dream of.

That is entitlement right there; when obscene profits aren't enough, or they consider a slight decline in sales while maintaining leadership and near-record-breaking profits to be a loss.

Comment Re:Do greenhouses create their own heat? (Score 1) 502

Where did GP claim that mankind is the only source of burning fossil fuels?
Yes, we are aware of coal pits that a burning as result of lightning strikes or other natural phenomena.

But, the CO2 released is miniscule compared to how we're willfully fucking up the only known habitable planet.

Comment Re: You are much more sure than SCO is (Score 1) 115

> so, the poors that can only use Linux because they can't afford PCs or macs now have a vested interest in Linux succeeding because a) they want the free ride to continue and b) they can claim some level of expertise for a nice computer janitor job

For a "janitor job" it pays extremely well - certainly better than your mop janitor job. ;)

> now you get to SCO vs IBM. If IBM wins, AIX becomes the standard Unix instead of smelly hippie free "as in beer and speech!!!!" Linux

Linux != UNIX. It never was, and was never intended to be. It was intended to work just like Linux, but free of UNIX licensing constraints. It is a UNIX clone. That it usurped UNIX's throne everywhere from appliances to big iron, from lowly tablets to the largest supercomputers only serves as a testimony to its relative stability and extensibility. Is it the perfect UNIX-like OS? Certainly not... but it is a very solidly competent jack of all trades.

Regarding your use of the term "the poors": I'm assuming you're a white trash Trump supporter living in a red state who benefits from the wealthy blue states' paying more taxes.

  American politics are truly fucked up: the blue states pay the highest taxes because they are the wealthiest. The blue states basically vote to tax themselves more so the red states can get more assistance.. and the red states are voting against it... and based on your post, I'm assuming you're one of those idiots voting against their own best interest.

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