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Comment Re:I don't get it... but maybe I'm not supposed to (Score 1) 98

The Super NES was good, but crippled by the fact that MODE 7 could only scale and rotate backgrounds, not sprites.

In the same generation, Genesis needed the Sega CD peripheral to rotate anything, and though Neo Geo could scale, it couldn't rotate and was too expensive for most players.

Comment Re: False premise (Score 1) 478

If there isn't enough demand for low end computers they'll just disappear

Exactly my point. The market will have locked down appliances at the low end and high end general purpose computers at the high end. This spells trouble for anybody who wants to make the transition from tasks that can be done on a locked down appliance to tasks that require a general purpose computer.

Comment Re:Provided you're using it for business (Score 1) 478

My only cheap computers are an old Netbook I didn't have the heart to get rid of, and a Chromebook I take to breakfast. Those are cheap and I don't care if they are lost or get stolen.

With 10.1" netbooks becoming harder to find as manufacturers make 11.6" their smallest size, I do care if mine gets stolen.

Comment Affording both cable and cell Internet (Score 1) 478

That said, why would you cancel your cable Internet for this?

A lot of people have to choose one or the other because they can't afford both $60/mo cable Internet and $60/mo cellular Internet. See the previous Slashdot story "Americans Abandoning Wired Home Internet, Shows Study".

if you imagine the development server being as locked down as a Chromebook or iDevice

By this, do you mean incapable of running programs in any language other than JavaScript?

an era when leaving Firefox open for a day with 20 or so tabs open seems to result in it eating 4+Gb of memory

Do you have privacy.trackingprotection.enabled turned on? It turns off scripts that track the user from one site to another, which tend to be big RAM hogs in my experience.

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