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Comment Re:Edge (Score 4, Insightful) 160

I was seriously considering moving to a Windows 10 environment with my next hardware change. Seeing the Edge tooltips popup over the Chrome icon in my Windows 10 VM has changed that. I'll now change professions and pick grapes in France rather than continue in this field. Apple have killed the Mac as a serious platform by not releasing pro level hardware since 2010-2011, MS made leaps with Windows 10 and then killed it, and there is still little viable software for *professional* collaboration with non nerds on Linux (yes, I mean the Photoshop / Office / UML / yadda yadda stuff - sure, it works at a basic level but ultimately you need the real thing in a Windows or OSX VM to be compatible at a level that doesn't annoy everyone). Apple used to almost fill the "I need a Unix workstation with compatibility with the big commercial apps" space with OSX and the Macbook Pro and Mac Pro lines, but there's nothing now - Windows and docker/vagrant seems to be the way forward, and with more and more native Unixy support on Windows I suspect things are likely to change yet again. Lesson: don't invest in any particular platform in any significant depth - learn to read properly.

Comment X11 vs the world (Score 2, Interesting) 160

One of these browsers, given it's history, is most likely optimised for X over other screen rendering platforms. Sure, the benchmarks concentrate on JavaScript, but ultimately this is going to result in manipulation of the DOM in any real world test and therefore re-rendering... Does this therefore boil down to how well these browsers optimise their performance on X, as opposed to anything else? Given the changing landscape (Wayland and alternatives) does this have much relevance?

Comment Re:Keyboards? (Score 1) 332

Nah, clearly owning and using (daily) a 30 year old keyboard is something every geek should be aiming to achieve. Just think - it will probably become sentient in a few more years and eclipse whatever supposedly 'ground breaking' AI project the owner is working on. Perhaps someone should come up with a better solution than those HP washable things - a great idea in principle but no geek is going to use it because it isn't built like a tank and doesn't deafen everyone around them, and let's face it, only geeks are going to go for something like that as everyone else wants whatever the latest keys are, then wireless, then bluetooth, so will never keep hold of it for any length of time. Sad times. The planet is doomed.

Comment Re:MOAR BUFFERS isn't always the solution (Score 1) 391

No, neither is acceptable in those cases, but the topic is audio playback in an audiophile environment, so data on a gigabyte network doesn't have to travel at 48kbit/sec - it can fully saturate the buffer almost instantly if necessary before playback starts as the whole listening experience was probably started only after several hours of procrastination and cleaning of equipment took place. The system would have enough time to transfer the whole FLAC 192kbs album before playback needed to start! For a video game and many applications, sure, the latency is usually acceptable (I'm a semi-pro musician and make use of soft synths, so I'm fully aware of the effects that even 30ms of latency vs 10ms can have, let alone the 500ms or so that pipe organs can sometimes exhibit).

Comment Re:The guy is full of himself (Score 1) 147

Does anyone remember how a Power Mac used to be a power house of computing? Now it resembles something like a vase for flowers.

The PowerMac line ended in 2006, almost a decade ago. The fact you could use one as a flower vase proves the superior design - there aren't many computers that can be reused in such a way once they become obsolete!

Comment Re:20 Years (Score 0) 382

On a $2000 laptop for a $800+ device - both of which need to be regularly refreshed too (and you probably need to own multiple devices for testing the different form factors). The $99 subscription pails into insignificance on just those things, let alone everything else associated with development (server hosting, SSL certificates, business taxes, coffee, expensive german cars, etc)

Comment Re:Buggy whip makers said automobiles aren't... (Score 1) 451

OK, I was a little off according to this study - http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/v... - 1.1 to 1.2 seconds is the average there, but there are other studies that had higher times, and other sources quote much longer, eg http://copradar.com/redlight/f.... Presumably it takes most people significant time to realise what's happening, not panic, then move your right foot from the accelerator to the brake and the left onto the clutch and press down hard.

Comment Re:Dell (Score 4, Informative) 385

If you want to use a Dell, I would advise to pick one from the "Business" line of products (Lattitude), instead of the "End-User" line (Precision).

Vostro, Latitude and Precision are the business line laptops (in increasing order of build quality / reliability). Inspiron, XPS and Alienware are the end-user / domestic lines (again in increasing order of build quality).

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