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Comment Re:Stop using OS X and their 10 year old computers (Score 1) 472

My daily PC is a Hackintosh, and I've yet to have a kernel panic, unexplained crashing and freezing, or anything like that since I built it over Christmas break. My experience has been that it just works. Everything works as it should... sound, sleep, LAN, Bluetooth, etc. I had some of the stuff already, and some I bought used on eBay. Put it together for under $900 out of pocket. I'm running....

Intel Core i5-4590 (6M Cache, 3.3 GHz)
Gigabyte H97 Extreme Multi Graphics Support UEFI DualBIOS Micro ATX DDR3 1600 LGA 1150 Motherboard
Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800)
EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SC GAMING, Silent Cooling Graphics Card
Samsung 850 EVO 5000GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD Boot drive
Thermaltake CORE V21 Black Extreme Micro ATX Cube Chassis
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler
OSXWIFI Combo WiFi and Bluetooth PCIe Card
Corsair 750 watt Power Supply
4x 2TB WD Red drives in software raid for a storage volume
24" ASUS 1080p Monitor

OS X El Capitan – Latest version, updates via app store have not been an issue (even though the combo updater is recommended)
        UniBeast – Free (Registration required)
        MultiBeast – Free (Registration required)

Installed with the iMac 14,2 profile

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 1) 347

A lot of times, "knockoffs" aren't even that. If you take a knock-off to be a close approximation in appearance to a known brand, in some cases you'd be wrong. In some cases they don't even have to design or reverse engineer the product. "Second Shifting" is a thing too. A chinese contractor that has an order for 20,000 widgets already has the tooling setup and the materials at hand. It's no problem for the night shift to keep the machines running for their own private production run of an identical product (but often using cheaper then specified materials) and just sell the result on the gray market. No approximation or development needed.

Comment Re:You just argued for AirBNB case (Score 1) 242

I'm sure Uber could be fined if they let a known unapproved vehicle on their network and let a customer take a ride in an uninspected vehicle too. No different. The difference here is that Uber doesn't allow non-approved drivers on the road, whereas Air BnB has no problem listing and renting out unapproved rooms on their platform.

Comment Re:There are some good reasons for this (Score 1) 242

If Uber and Lyft can do it, ABnB can do it. In Minneapolis/Saint Paul, all TNC drivers are required to present their car for inspection annually to a city designated inspector and pass the same automotive inspection that the taxis and limos go through. It's $50. It's an analog piece of paper with no on-line process available. You get the form, you physically take it to an inspector, have your car inspected, and you pay the fee. You must carry it and have it in your glovebox anytime a police officer asks for it. It's not a big deal. Air BnB should have no problem with this either.

Comment Re:What's it going to take to get Netflix and Amaz (Score 1) 114

I too am running an El Capitan Hackintosh. I followed the guide and parts list on 9to5mac by Jenn Benjamin, except I used the OSXWIFI card which is natively supported instead of the wifi and bluetooth dongle he recommended. Everything, I mean, everything works as it should. From continuity, handoff, sleep, sound, wake on lan, everything. I bought some parts used on eBay (cpu, ram, cpu cooler) and made out for under $900

Comment Re:Mod parent up (Score 1) 767

It probably varies by street and maybe even county, but in St Paul MN we were assessed for road repaving of our street, new l.e.d streetlamps, and sidewalk widening. $17k added to our own property tax, to be paid out over the next 20 years. No HOA, Not a gated community. Just a simple 900sq ft starter house in the city.

Comment Re: Half arsed (Score 1) 921

There was an interesting guest on Planet Money a few weeks back. They studied the whole notion of "retraining" and education when jobs go away (mining jobs, buggy whip jobs, whatever). Turns out people aren't as flexible as a "rational person" economics theroy would have you believe. Generally the real person - even with retraining - never finds equally paying employment for the rest of their life, and has financial obligtions in line with the old lifestyle which almost always results in spending the rest of your life struggling or entering bankruptcy.

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