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Comment Re:Oh Look... (Score 1) 144

Indeed, race is not a problem.

people shouldn't make generalizations about a whole country based on the actions of a few people

Unfortunately, when the amount of people committing an infraction is above 1%, this kind of judgment becomes hard to avoid. It's why women think men catcall and sexually harass them. (Some do! A small sample giving all of us men a bad name.) It's why a lot of Hong Kongers dislike Chinese people (racially identical): some few Chinese people (perhaps also 1%) do a lot of nasty, uncivilized stuff. The perception won't go away until the percent adds a few zeros. When 0.001% of Chinese people steal toilet paper from bathrooms or smoke in restaurants or let their babies defecate on the street instead of buying diapers, that reputation will go away.

Comment Re:Oh Look... (Score 1) 144

But, you know, it's totally racist to say that there is a culture of dishonesty in China, and if you don't trust products of China to be what they say they are, you're a big bad racist.

China isn't all bad, but there is a huge culture of doing whatever you can get away with in China. That includes cutting in line, throwing parties in the Ikea showroom, noise pollution, abusing every type of product promotion, over-hunting for food (including non-game animals and even pets), pissing in the street, salespeople cheating their clients, stores lying about the products they sell, etc.

Personally, having known a ton of Chinese people, I think the problem isn't lack of integrity but rather, the habitual division of society into one's "clan" versus everyone else. And it's hard to hold anyone accountable, because their bosses and friends most likely ALSO divide the world into "us" and "them". Sometimes the police even do this--don't expect justice because the other guy's brother's wife's son is friends with the cop. As for what it's like within the "clan" group, the friends I've had in HK and China haven't seemed any different than American friends--they're not liars or cheats. Now, the dynamic of "face" and honesty/lies is a whole 'nother issue, which I won't touch here. Suffice to say that the issue of reviewer fraud is not related to face (embarrassment).

This is my armchair analysis, subject to biases and lack of large numbers.

Comment Re:Haha (Score 1) 65

Indeed, I didn't purchase it. I used the Macbooks at work. I like the OS and love the touchpads. The apps I use are heavier than what you've described--in particular, Unity3D, Firefox with a million tabs, and Chrome with a million tabs. (I also use Xcode, but I've found it's not resource intensive except when compiling.) Even Skype seemed to demand unreasonably high resources at times.

My new computer, a solidly middle of the line MSI (obviously I mean quality rather than specs), doesn't even turn the fan on full power during normal usage. This computer isn't throttling unless the drivers were specifically written to pretend it's not hot. And when I max out the CPU, the fan runs on high and blasts out a ton of hot air. The cooling system appears to be solid. It's certainly possible that it throttles during extended periods of 100% CPU usage, but if so, I guarantee Macbooks will perform even worse: either they cannot dissipate this amount of heat, due to not having a powerful cooling system (and so they will throttle), or they will dissipate the heat directly into my lap/hands/wrists, since I AM THE HEAT SINK connected to the computer's aluminum body. Either way, it's a pretty bad result.

I have a Thinkpad that's even older than the MBP. It gets just as hot, but it has much higher specs relative to its age (excellent CPU and GPU at the time it was bought), and it has its own bells and whistles, like the fact that it can survive liquid being spilled on the keyboard. And I can easily take it apart to clean the heat sink and keyboard. So as you can see, I have more experience with good laptops brands/lines than bad ones, and when comparing only the good products (for example, not Dell, not Ideapads, nothing from a "budget" line), the Macbooks still cost twice as much to get similar specs and features. (Again, I'm comparing laptops to laptops, not ultra-portables.)

Comment Re:Haha (Score 1) 65

What an ignorant comment. Like typical spec-whores, you don't look at the quality of the product, just the immediate specs. For example, Apple's MacBooks/Pro don't throttle the CPU even at high workloads because they properly designed the chassis (using aluminium, an excellent thermal conductor) and cooling system to handle the heat. Virtually every competing laptop which is cheaper but uses a 45W Core i7 will throttle since the plastic chassis, can't dissipate the heat as well. Its one of the reasons Dell's XPS 15" has problems with capacitor whine.

Look at the price Microsoft sells its 13.3" Surface Book and then compare it to the 2016 15" MacBook Pro. On price, they're almost the same, but the MBP has double the processor (4-core 45W/6MB L3 vs 2-core 15W/4MB L3). Also, the MBP has 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports all directly connected to the CPU (which means you get the full 40Gb/s bandwidth unlike any other laptop with TB3 which goes through the PCH and thus suffers 'overhead').

What a jerk.

The Macbook Pro I used got hot enough to be uncomfortable, like standing next to a heater. I don't care how well it dissipates heat when it's being dissipated into my lap. Its PC replacement doesn't get hot. It has a powerful fan and huge vents, so if you think it's throttling, the burden of proof is on you. Since I have no interest in anything other than a traditional laptop, I'm not going to analyze the Microsoft Surface. As for the Thunderbolt, connections that exceed the speed of the connected media don't add value. Are you connecting RAM via Thunderbolt?

Your attitude doesn't make your answer more factual or relevant. I have certain requirements for specs. I have a budget. Does that make me a spec whore? Perhaps it looks that way to a person that uses their computer for web browsing and sending e-mails.

Comment Haha (Score 0) 65

Haha. I wonder if people are starting to realize a high-spec laptop costs 3x as much from Apple as the competition? (Though I admit Apple only costs 2x as much as mid- to high-end laptops. (Note that "high-end" refers to build quality and hardware/drivers, irrespective of specs.))

Apple may realize they need to sweeten the deal to keep their customers. However, if you have a budget and a firm list of requirements, these applications are going to make little difference.

Comment Re:Which is why bars serve peanuts pretzels and ch (Score 1) 78

For three thousand years, everyone "knew" that the only places to play go pieces in the early game was on columns 3 and 4.

Then A.I. played on column 5 in the shoulder position on move 37 and it payed off enormously with control of the middle of the board later in the game... which it won.

This is a tangent, but you got me curious and I had to go find it. For anyone looking to see what Maxo-Texas means, the game can be viewed here (scroll down):

Comment Great, because more tipping is what we need. (Score 3, Insightful) 140

Great, more tipping. New York can soon have:

- more sexual discrimination
- more beauty discrimination
- more racial discrimination
- more age-based discrimination
- more obsequious in-your-business workers

Tipping sucks. It isn't statistically tied to anything good, particularly better service. To read/listen to more about the negative effects (and correlations) of tipping, the Freakonomics podcast has got you covered:

Comment Re:I only use 'cash back' credit cards (Score 1) 135

As if miles weren't the equivalent of cash back...

It's just simple math. Miles are worth real money, even for those with fear of flying, as you can convert them to pay for hotel rooms, wine, rental cars, and what not.

That's nuts. None of that other stuff is going to have good value for the dollar (purchased through deals your credit card company instead of the free market), and it has nearly zero value if you don't desire hotels/wine/cars at that moment. Hotels vouchers are not fungible with cash unless you can sell them.

If I could trade airline miles for power tools or single malt whisky, it would be another matter entirely.

Comment And what about the other three? (Score 5, Insightful) 366

Do care more for this guy than the others because he worked for a tech company? The other three had hobbies, relationships, careers (except the eleven year-old).

I get that this is a tech news site, but the fact that he worked for a company we've heard of (or that he made a lot of money) does not seem like sufficient cause to care about his death so much more than the other victims.

Comment Re:More US warmongering (Score 3, Insightful) 755

it's not about money, it's about sending a message. Because I wouldn't be surprised if using those weapons set back the US more than it did the side owning the targets.

In the short run, maybe so. In the long run, what's the value of deterring use of chemical weapons? How the value of US credibility when we make threats? That's surely worth something, particularly if the US wants to continue being the international police man. (Maybe the US isn't the best international police man, but we've done better than any other country that's held the post. Certainly better than Russia or China would do, if you value any type of freedom.)

Comment Re:This is why BLOBs are a bad idea (Score 1) 154

If they don't use BLOBs, wouldn't that just mean the vulnerabilities are baked into silicon? I thought BLOBs were just a way of abstracting logic from hardware to software. Is the problem that a BLOB is actually being overwritten in a way that isn't possible for logic baked into hardware?

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