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Comment Re:default judgment (Score 1) 235

it would be entirely reasonable to wipe it to eliminate any possibility of using it to access work materials illegally.

MAYBE. But their former employee is still under the obligation to deliver all their company security credentials and information; passwords, etc, in their brain or in their possession, required for their operation to continue after the employee is released. And acting to destroy any of the above would clearly be malicious justifying charges against their former employee.

Also MAYBE. But there are a lot of otherwise "entirely reasonable" courses of action which are Illegal.

I mean if you don't have as much $$$ as you want, then it's "perfectly reasonable" to go take somebody else's $$$, But that's why this country has Laws.... and that's defined to be Theft, and it's strongly discouraged.

The burden on not accessing work materials illegally is on the former employee; that doesn't permit them to destroy work data or work computers' operating system installs in doing so.

Comment Re:Assange lacks integrity. (Score 1) 443

That's no excuse for writing a promise and then breaking it. Twitter allows more than enough characters to include the words "Full pardon" or "release immediately"

If Twitter doesn't give you enough words, then Either don't post it, or post a link. No excuses.

Comment Assange lacks integrity. (Score 2, Insightful) 443

Assange posted he'd turn himself in IF Manning was granted clemency.
The words "Immediate release" are not in the Tweet.

Obama could have signed a Pardon to reduce the 35 sentence to 34 years,
And that would still be clemency requiring Assange to turn himself in.

Assange broke his promise and proves he can't be trusted.

Now that Assange is playing dirty, the US probably just needs to play dirty and send some thugs out in the dark at night to sneak into the embassy and capture assange to extradite, whatever the risks.....

Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 2) 293

video and photographic professionals who legitimately have needs for that memory it really was a strange move.

Even the latest iMacs and Mac Minis have no 32GB of RAM option.

Of all the products Apple sells.... only the Mac Pro is configurable up to 64GB.

And the hardware's still all a generation behind PC hardware.

Comment Re:PC is NOT dead and not even dying (Score 1) 484

The only thing that can kill the PC is a better product, with a more reliable operating system, and I see nothing on the horizon that prohibits that evolutional step.

You could say the same thing about the Automobile or the personal car or boat. Nothing on the horizon prohibits that evolutional step.

Nothing on the horizon shows that evolutional step will happen, either.

The demand for PCs will still exist, Until such time as a superior replacement can meet all the demand. An open platform for software development, running software, and creating things, are some of the things PCs are demanded for that nothing else provides.

  Even if PCs become a niche market whose buyers are only computer scientists, engineers, makers, and other tinkerers, they still exist.

Comment PC is NOT dead and not dying (Score 2) 484

Just because the exponential growth of sales has ended, thus the PC is now in structural decline....
does not mean the PC is dead.

All it means is that New people who never owned computers before are no longer getting in at a fast rate.
There's a huge population now who have purchased desktops more than 4 years ago, but less than 8 years ago,
who already have all the Laptops and Desktops they will need for years to come. We're largely still running Windows XP and
Windows 7, if we can, or perhaps Linux, and we don't like changes Microsoft made in Windows 8 and Windows 10.
New operating systems are no longer a reason to upgrade hardware.

Our personal computers are lasting longer between upgrade cycles, and we need new ones less often.

This is a good thing for consumers, and a terrible thing for the hardware and software industry.

Industry in decline, or no longer exponentially growing does NOT mean the product is dead, it means a thing called
Market saturation was reached, new growth will not be possible, since everyone who would demand it has already
has bought it, and does not mean there is no future demand for PCs. They are rather ubiquitous in fact.....

Comment Dishonest statement (Score 1) 495

Whites still earn dramatically more than Blacks and Latinos, reflecting the legacy of discrimination for jobs, education and housing.

No argument or data is given for this claim.
This is one of the things that we mean, when we say the media is biased.
Somebody's irrelevent personal opinion is given as the supposed cause for a thing.

As if it's proven or self-evident that discrimination is still rampant today and the reason for a purported wage difference.

Comment Re:Why "I" shouldn't trust Geek Squad? (Score 1) 389

If you know how to do any of that, you're not taking your computer to Best Buy to be fixed.

Why? You're implying anyone with the software knowledge is able to do something better for every situation?

It's all hypothetical, because there's no Best Buy in less than a couple hour's drive away.

I might have someone bring them a Laptop that won't power on, because I don't want to fool with it.
It would have to be almost brand new, but out of warranty for some reason..
(I don't currently own a laptop that's new enough and expensive enough to justify the inevitable costs, but imagine I went out
and bought a $3000 laptop, and then 1 year later, one day after the warranty expired, the hardware stopped working -- maybe the vendor slipped a component in set to self-destruct in the Motherboard.)

You need to take out like 50 screws if you just want to just catch a glimpse of the CPU --- replacing a component on the motherboard, or the whole board itself is definitely something you pay somebody to do, in order to save 30 hours or more of headache.

Best buy is one of the few companies left you can pay to take a look at it; if you have one in your area, anyways.

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