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Comment Stupid comparison (Score 2) 729

Apple reduces friction to the point where even my mom could upgrade the RAM on her iMac, and it can do this because it controls everything that goes in that box.

Yes, but you can *only* replace the RAM in an iMac. If you want to replace the SSD/hard disk or CPU, as a true "gamer" might want to do, then you're going to have all sorts of fun pulling it apart (a specialist pizza cutter to remove the adhesive behind that pretty glass screen, specialist screw drivers to un/refasten everything inside, depending on the model a specialist temperature sensor/SATA dongle to stick on the new SSD/hard disk, and new adhesive strips to stick everything together). And you'll never be able to upgrade the "video card" it's integrated into the motherboard!

Now try to game with your shiny new and upgraded iMac, whose warranty you've just invalidated... most games on Steam are Windows-only, especially AAA games, and of those that are "OSX compatible" many don't perform well on high resolution Retina displays.

Just buy an Alienware gaming machine if you're too delicate to build one from scratch.

Comment Do not want (Score 1) 136

Thank goodness it's optional. I'll stick with the existing 2-factor authentication via SMS, thanks:
  • Existing 2-factor authentication can work with any old dumb phone
  • New 2-factor authentication requires a tablet or smartphone with a data connection *and* it requires you to install the Google Search app (which will no doubt be reporting back to Googs on your every action.

Comment How do I turn off Optimized Storage? (Score 1) 249

The last thing I want is OS X trying to upload terrabytes of audio/video clips to iCloud because it thinks they're "old files".

iCloud storage must be great when you don't have 300ms latency and expensive ISP-imposed bandwidth caps to deal with, but the rest of the world doesn't actually want it.

Comment Yes it should be legal (Score 1) 380

But I skirt the whole issue because I only buy physical copies of things: books, music on CDs, TV/movies on DVD, games on DVD/Bluray/whatever.

The problem with buying e-media, particularly when DRM is involved, is that you're never actually buying it - you're only renting it. The content providers retain ownership and they can remove access to your bits on a whim, especially when they claim bankruptcy and close up shop.

Comment The RAZR was the worst phone I ever owned (Score 1) 135

The RAZR had a terrible habit of crashing the radio software stack while otherwise appearing to be working fine. If you hadn't received any calls or messages for a day or so restarting the phone would bring in a flood of messages and missed call notifications. My RAZR went through the crusher after missing too many important calls, then I bought a Palm Trëo 650 which was probably the best phone I've ever owned.

Comment Re:Really? This was a design decision, not a bug? (Score 1) 348

Firefox will ask you whether you want to leave a page before going back if there's data entered on the page.

I call bullshit. I have lost many FogBugz responses over the years because Firefox inexplicably decided that a Backspace keystroke in a case edit should be interpreted as a 'Previous page' command instead of deleting the previous character. When dealing with longer responses we now tend to write them in Atom, Notepad, etc. and copy-paste the final output into FogBugz so as to avoid the pain.

Comment Re:Simple question (Score 1) 500

Why isn't there more mainstream backlash against Windows 10?

It's gonna have to wait at least until Windows 10 kills somebody (say, by shutting down their hospital life support to install updates) for that to happen, and probably not even then.

Luckily that's never going to happen. Most computer-based hospital equipment is either running Windows XP or, heaven forbid, Windows CE. Neither of those OSes qualify for the free upgrade.

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