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Comment Mac sales lead to other sales (Score 4, Insightful) 230

I don't think I'm a typical tech consumer, but I think consumers like me are pretty important to Apple's success in the last decade.

I've had pretty much Apple everything for a little over a decade. My Macs are always bought infrequently. I've had four iPhones, three Apple TVs, and two iPads in the time I'm on one Cinema Display. I've had three iPhones in the time I've had my current MacBook Pro. Ten percent of sales, sure.

But here's the deal: I'm about to buy a laptop that isn't a Mac. When I do, I'll probably stop updating all my other Apple products too. I had a Mac first, and even today, I buy all those other things because of how nicely they integrate with a Mac. The Mac anchors all my other Apple products, and frankly, I anchor the tech purchasing decisions of a lot of my friends and family.

Comment Re:Lessig is such a tool (Score 1) 1430

As a lawyer, he probably also knows that not all states have such laws. As something of a constitutional authority, he probably also knows that no such laws have ever been enforced, and that if any state ever tries, they will likely be struck down as unconstitutional. has some info.

Comment "closely matched" specs (Score 5, Informative) 535

I can't believe this is on the front page. This is the oldest Apple flamewar ever.

I agree, the new MBP is . . . terrible. But the idea that this Oryx "closely matches" the MBP is ridiculous beyond the CPU. They're wildly different. Apologies, but . . . apples and oranges.

The Oryx:

- is made of plastic
- weighs about 40% more
- has a much lower resolution screen
- lacks that touch bar and expensive ARM hardware (which granted, pretty much no one, including me, wants)
- lacks any thunderbolt, let alone two separate thunderbolt 3 controllers (the big "pro" feature in the new MBP)
- has a smaller battery and way more power hungry components
- an SSD that I'm pretty sure is nowhere near as fast
- doesn't run OS X

These are the things that jack up the price of the MBP. Whether or not they're a sensible cost proposition is very different from "see, practically the same." Apple screwed up and inflated the price with things people don't want.

It's cool that System76 is getting a lot more attention. I think I'm about to buy a laptop, the disappointing new MBP put me over. But come on, they are not the same. One might make a lot more sense to a lot of people, but the "see I built the same thing for way less money" victory dance is just tired, and embarrassing for the front page of a site that's supposed to have editors.

Comment Re:And nothng of value was lost. (Score 4, Interesting) 108

I disagree. I'm typing this on a Fedora desktop attached to an Apple Cinema Display. I've had this 27 inch cinema display since whenever they came out six or seven years ago. It's still going strong. If you wanted a large monitor you'll use for a long time, it was a great option. Mine still has great picture, awfully good speakers, a web cam, useful ports, the best laptop connectivity around, and a metal and glass frame that's really nice. It cost around $1000 but considering how long it's lasted and probably will last yet, I have no regrets.

I figure that's the real reason they're getting out. Few people buy them, and they last forever. I think I'm on my fourth iPhone in the time I've owned this monitor, and it will probably outlast my current one..

Comment Ridiculous (Score 1) 537

This is the most vacuous rhetoric I've ever seen here.

With no definition of what would satisfy making the world better and how tech isn't doing it, these words are basically meaningless. I could just as easily ask why aren't the medical, financial, media, or any other field not making the world a better place. Seriously, consider:

"I don't feel that doctors, nurses, administrators, even policy wonks focus on the problems that we need to solve to have a healthy functioning society. It seems like it's mostly about short-term gain and not much about making the world better. That may be just the way the market works.

Is it that there's no profit to be made in solving the most important problems? I'm puzzled by that as I would think that a good solution to an important problem could find some funding from somewhere but maybe government, for example, won't take investment risks in that way?"

Now, medical professionals everywhere, defend yourselves from . . . completely hollow rhetoric.

Comment Re:Evidence, or it didn't happen? (Score 1) 412

I'm not sure if it's evidence exactly, but I'm not sure evidence is required. Requiring evidence of someone's intention is almost always impossible. Listening to the opinions and warnings of industry experts is a worthwhile thing to do even if they can't prove someone else's intentions.

The article gives some details as to what got him going here:

"Microsoft has launched new PC Windows features exclusively in UWP, and is effectively telling developers you can use these Windows features only if you submit to the control of our locked-down UWP ecosystem," he wrote in the Guardian at the time. "They're curtailing users' freedom to install full-featured PC software, and subverting the rights of developers and publishers to maintain a direct relationship with their customers."

Comment Re:Monopolistic abuse (Score 1) 412

If you want PC gaming to survive, make sure you only buy games that have Linux/macOS support.

Maybe I'm being pedantic, but I'm fairly certain it's equally or more important that you actually play them on Mac and Linux?

Valve shares the actual download and usage statistics with publishers, don't they? They need to see users actually playing them on these platforms if we want them to think these platforms are actually contributing to their success.

Comment Market share doesn't equal size (Score 1) 75

Setting aside the accuracy/sample bias of a survey like this, they seem to fundamentally misunderstand the business.

How much infrastructure does the average customer on each one actually use? I mean if it's 30 and 31 percent, but the average customer on AWS is using five times the resources, Azure is still much, much, much smaller.

Comment Battery life (Score 1) 595

"6. No one is asking for this

Raise your hand if the thing you wanted most from your next phone was either fewer ports or more dongles.

I didn’t think so. You wanted better battery life, didn’t you? Everyone just wants better battery life."

As the article says, what everyone really wants is more battery life in their phone. Is the best way to increase battery life something other than just making the battery bigger?

As a percentage of the size of the battery, I'd imagine all the empty space taken up by the 3.5 mm jack is quite a lot. Seriously, is there any better way to increase the size of the battery? I'll trade a dongle on my headphones for 15% more battery.

Comment Ads on Slashdot (Score 1) 260

I admit this is sort of off topic, but this story just made me consider: why do I suddenly have ads on /.?

For many years now, I've had no ads with a little message explaining that since I've had a story on the front page, I could browse Slashdot ad free. Did this go away with the last regime change?

Comment Re:we're all scientists (Score 1) 634

The thing is, whether he's a scientist or not, doesn't even matter. It's (at least as far as I can tell from the article) just a straw man she's created to answer a question no one's asked.

It would be like if someone makes a claim, say that smoking causes lung cancer. The person making the claim, we'll call him Dr. Smith, is an MD, but not an oncologist. If I say "Dr. Smith isn't an oncologist, he's no more an oncologist than I am, so you shouldn't believe him" then well, I'd be a goddamn idiot. Dr. Smith is still way more qualified than I am, and Bill Nye is way more qualified than Palin, and it still isn't even really the issue.

Comment Definition of "cuckoldry rate" (Score 1) 282

The various links seem to define cuckoldry as a father raising a child that isn't his, but the study is measuring children who have a father that don't have the expected father. Common sense tells me that's not the "cuckoldry rate." Fathers can have more than one child, but children can't have more than one father. I mean if 1 in 100 children have this unexpected paternity, if a father has three children, wouldn't it seem likely that he has about a 3% chance of being a cuckold? Maybe the false paternity tends to cluster together such that if one kid isn't biologically the father's, it's likely the siblings are too, but I see no reason to think that.

The measure would be better called a false paternity rate or something similar, not a cuckold rate. Or am I missing something obvious?

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