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Comment only 32MB? (Score 1) 298

So, now they make their systems non-memory-expandable, and just as desktop chipsets increase RAM capacity to 64GB, they decide to offer 32GB of soldered-on chips. Very nice.
Yes, I did RTFA, and their reasoning is largely bullshit. It's more of "Buy what you need now, and if your needs change in a few months, don't worry about upgrading; we'll happily sell you a new shiny with more RAM! Just chuck your old shiny in the landfill."

Comment Re:Phones. (Score 1) 79


> But I can't buy a phone that doesn't have expandable non-cloud storage. I use cloud storage TOO but that's not what I want when I get on a plane and want to watch movies, play games, and read books.


> I also wouldn't touch one without a headphone socket. That's just stupid and somehow the fad infected the industry.

The "somehow the fad infected the industry" = "And of course, you will want these convenient $130 wireless, easy-to-use, inferior-sounding, needing-to-rechage-every-few-hours earbuds. Would you like them in black or white? We also have rose gold, for a mere $20 more."


> Boy, do I want the "modular phone" idea to take out. Gimme a base phone with 20 module ports on it for anything from Bluetooth, GPS, IR, headphones or whatever and I'd spend twice as much on modules as the actual phone itself.

Every few years, a few laptop makers get together and propose modular, upgradeable platforms... but no products EVER come out of it because they decide the upgradable model is bad for business rather than building ewaste. ewaste is far more profitable.

Comment GOOD. (Score 1) 79

I just recently upgraded to Sennheiser headphones. I wanted the best sound I could get with good noise isolation but NOT active noise cancelling, but cheap enough (~$130 on sale, IIRC) that I don't care too much if they get trashed.

Also, two of my cars don't have bluetooth. One is a 1991 ZR-1 Corvette. To go the bluetooth route, I'd have to install a 3rd-party head unit and gut the interior to run signal cables, amplifiers, and build custom speaker enclosures to fit where the BOSE amp+speaker assemblies are. So... 3.5mm-to-cassette adapter (or just listen to CDs) for that car. I'm not terribly worried about originality any more since a tree fell on the car... but I rather LIKE the stock appearance so when I restore it, I'm hoping to keep the stock head unit. I'll probably do a stealth install of speakers and amps at that point though, sacrificing the rear storage compartments - and possibly ABS since I used to disable ABS in that car anyhow.

The other is a Saab 9-3 that didn't come with bluetooth, so I use an AUX jack. I'd upgrade the head unit in a heartbeat, if it wouldn't result in a loss of functionality (car system alerts and sounds - everything including door and light alerts, turn indicators, etc. run through the stereo system). if a CAN bus interface which preserves these features is released I'd go for it... but since SAAB is long dead as an entity and there will never be any more Saabs built, the probability of such a device being released is near zero.

And, I use 3.5mm to RCA/phono jacks for playing content via my home stereo receiver. If you think I'm going to accept further degradation of the sound via bluetooth, you're nuts. It would be a waste of Klipsch speakers. I may have well stuck with the crappy JBLs I had previously (they were almost as bad as BOSE - no highs... although the JBLs produced decent lows, unlike BOSE.. why BOSE thinks their shit smells like a rose, no one knows...).

So, yeah... I use the headphone jack... a lot!

I also use bluetooth: in the Lesbaru (which DOES have bluetooth... and a surprisingly decent sound system!), and for hands-free phone calls in the above-mentioned vehicles.

Comment Re:Slashdot "experts" who were wrong. (Score 2) 164

I don't think scores need to be changed, but it is definitely annoying when idiots get to vote in numbers and "win" in ways that contradict provable facts just because there are more loud idiots than quiet smart people.* I lost a point (from +2 to +1) for taking the radical position of "[If] the results are inconsistent and non-repeatable... they should be tossed out until the root problem is discovered, regardless of if the fault is theirs or Apple's."

But no, CR would rather have CLICKSCLICKSCLICKSRIGHTNOW than calmly wait and post the truth once -- FIRST -- after all the facts are known. Sad. They used to be above that.

* Luckily, that is not a problem ANYWHERE outside of this site. :-/

Comment Re:*facepalm* (Score 1) 130

Tim Cook, 2014: Hardware sales are going well, but OBVIOUSLY they won't continue to climb FOREVER. We should think of some other things so we can keep making money once THE INEVITABLE happens. Maybe we can get into content. People will ALWAYS need content. And it takes time. You can't just build a substantial amount overnight. We'd better start thinking about this now.
The Market, 2016: Hardware sales slump.
The Internet, 2017: Shits itself writing about how Apple is doomed.

Comment Re:LOLgasm (Score 1) 564

Bah. Meant to fix a couple points above -- the report is about the "holiday season 2016" and some of my other numbers are for whole years. Still, we're in the ballpark. Assuming sales went UP -- drastically -- during the holidays, we're probably looking at 20k sales in the year. More likely something like 15k. If they're uninfluenced by the holidays and it was a typical quarter, that's still ~50k in the year. Still a ways to go to 250 billion. Hell, that's still less than 1/5th of 274,000.

Comment LOLgasm (Score 1) 564

O M F G. I clicked through to the report (warning: PDF) (more dire warnings: crappy infographic style; pages are portrait orientation) and it's even more hysterical than I thought. "Booming", you say?

There were 11,489 cassettes purchased during the Holiday Season (an increase of 140% over 2015).

Compare that to

AUDIO STREAMS reached a new record high of 250.7 BILLION, up 82.6% over 2015.

To an ant, a firecracker looks like an atomic bomb. There were TWENTY-TWO MILLION times more streams than cassettes sold. Even if you call 1 stream = 1 song and figure a cassette has 10 songs, that's still TWO MILLION to ONE.

Two words: statistically insignificant.

From Wikipedia: "Sales of pre-recorded music cassettes in the U.S. dropped from 442 million in 1990 to 274,000 by 2007." So 2016 saw ONE TWENTY-FOURTH of what was sold in disamal 2007, which was 1/1613 the size of the market in 1990. "Booming", indeed.

Fucking A. The numbers are fine but the "story" is BULLSHIT. What a complete waste of (virtual) ink.

In a related story, my sex life is booming -- there was a 100% increase from 2015 to 2016. (Got some twice last year, versus once the year before.)

Comment Re: I don't see why they would change (Score 1) 268

Fuck you, and fuck whoever modded me down. Idiots, all.

"We learned that when testing battery life on Mac notebooks, Consumer Reports uses a hidden Safari setting for developing web sites which turns off the browser cache. This is not a setting used by customers and does not reflect real-world usage. Their use of this developer setting also triggered an obscure and intermittent bug reloading icons which created inconsistent results in their lab. After we asked Consumer Reports to run the same test using normal user settings, they told us their MacBook Pro systems consistently delivered the expected battery life."

Comment WTF?!? (Score 1) 165

Every $399-and-up iPhone at the Apple store is held in place with a cable. And these crazy-expensive prototype laptops weren't because...?

If it were my prototype laptop, I"d've specced it with not just one but two Kensington slots. And it'd go into a substantial locking box after hours, or into the hotel room of a trusted rep.

Comment Re:Systemd, WTF? (Score 1) 167

> You're expecting a religious systemd opponent to read a manual. Don't do that, it only angers them.

They're probably angry because they're naturally assuming, based on their past experience, that like most F/OSS projects that its official documentation sucks... and that assumption isn't wrong. However lots of third party documentation projects (including various distros' documentation sites) resolve that shortcoming.

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