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Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

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Re: She has options

...yes her choices are "anal probing" or "being cast out".

Great list of so-called "choices" there.

According to you it's all good. Doesn't matter if it's someone like Stalin or Hitler in charge. They always have the choice to go live in the ghetto or get themselves a nice farm in Lancaster county.

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Microsoft said to be building Apple TV adversary

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Re: Yeah, but...

The problem with streamers is content. You have to fight with legacy monpolies that have no interest in seeing you succeed. That includes both the content and the delivery mechanism (network). While the mechanics are pretty simple, you can be starved for content.

Any device that can be a cheap PVR client for Tivo or MCE or MythTV quickly has a leg up on any device that doesn't. The same goes for playing "legacy" content the user my have on hand.

However the price point the market will actually bear seems to be about $100. So there's not a lot for companies to work with. Although Sage was already there a long time ago.

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HDMI hitch hounds Mac Mini holders

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Re: Isn't choice grand

Some of us actually expect our overpriced luxury branded goods to actually work as advertised.

Apple fanboys make excuses for nonsense that they would eviscerate Linux or Windows over.

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Re: Isn't choice grand

Your window of opportunity for getting a refund on a Mac is very small. Beyond that you will be forced to deal with their warranty replacement system and even that will only last as long as the warranty does.

For a company that is often compared to BMW, they really don't stand behind their product.

Whether or not they are on par with Dell here isn't the point. They aren't supposed to be "just another Dell".

Furthermore, you won't get an "immediate fix". It will "stay in the shop" for awhile.

Been there. Done that. That's why I recommend putting a Mac through it's paces as soon as you can. Make sure it's not a lemon as soon as you can. Otherwise the "refund" option may simply disappear.

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Republicans deny Hollywood pressure to pull copyright proposal

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More like a communist party purge...

There is another perspective to consider here. The Republicans are really big on "party discipline". The current state of the party is such that it's starting to look like the communists under Stalin. Members are expected to vote with the collective. The GOP is much better at enforcing this in practice than the Democrats are. Anyone that deviates (including Presidential candidates) gets collectively walloped by all of the relevant media talking heads.

This may have been just far too much academic freedom for the party leadership to handle.

It simply could have been a matter of Darth Vader choking an upstart General Tagge.

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Design guru: Windows 8 is 'a monster' and 'a tortured soul'

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Re: OMG!!

I'm not sure I even know what you are on about.

Although I am sure I can find the relevant features by using the mouse to poke around whatever interface you happen to be talking about.

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Ten four-bay NAS boxes

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Re: @ZFS Fanboys:

> the arcane spells that need to be typed into the shell, and so on.

Like what RAID level you want? Yeah, I could see how that could be a bit of a burden. Then again, that crowd probably isn't even aware of NAS appliances at all.

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Re: not enough bays

Intel parts aren't nearly as power hungry as they used to be. Power management is a lot better across the board. So there are fewer and fewer reasons to shell out the cash for an appliance.

...and while there are more "robust" appliances, those are even more rediculously overpriced than the small ones that are the subject at hand.

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Re: @Matt

>> "Why does Oracle Linux use OCFS2?"

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> Because ZFS' license is not compatible with the Linux kernel's GPL one,

Huh? Oracle OWNS ZFS. They own it along with everything else that was part of Sun Microsystems.

If they really wanted to use it then licensing it would not be a problem. They own it. They aren't some random 3rd party.

The fact that ZFS is not a clustered filesystem is likely why Oracle uses OCFS2 instead.

It's kind of like comparing apples and potatoes.

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Re: not enough bays

Putting an array together is 5 minutes of work. You Google it once and you are set for the next 5 years or however long your setup manages to meet your requirements.

Just knowing "what buttons to push" on an appliance is going to put you way beyond the skill or comfort level of most people. The shiny happy interface (or lack of one) really isn't the biggest problem here.

4 disks just isn't enough. Not enough bays to handle redundancy or parity and hot spares and such.

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Re: I don't get NAS boxes...

A n00b is going to have a problem with fixing any NAS. This goes for appliances as well as Windows boxes. There is simply no magic in Windows (or even MacOS) that hides the complexity of this stuff. "Normal people" just have trouble with the idea that they can create a shared drive under Window and use it on another machine.

Never mind anything that's really interesting.

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Re: HP Proliant Micrpserver

With what I save on not using overpriced appliances, I can have a completely redundant array.

That nullfies much of the typical marketing bullet points associated with NAS appliances.

Plus you've got a whole other copy of everything.

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Woz: Microsoft's innovation lead 'worries me greatly'

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Re: Why?!?

Why? Because he's actually built something. He has demonstrated an understanding of technology. He's shown that he has a clue.

Plus he wasn't a jerk about it. He didn't engage in artistic megalomania.

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Dead Steve Jobs was dead wrong on Flash, bellows ColdFusion man

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Apple makes even Microsoft look good.

> Sorry, I'm missing the bit where Flash, a closed propriatary format, helps the open web.

That closed proprietary platform is cross platform. That's more than you can say for some phone app.

It may not be perfect. It may be far from perfect. It's still better than what the Mr. Flash-Killer wants to offer you.

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OMG! Aaaah! Apple TV! Yes! No ... Probably! Sometime!

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Re: XBMC not as scalable

> I backed up some of my DVD collection to an iTunes, spent $99 on an Apple TV box, turned it on and *it just worked* and I knew that any serious attempt to deploy XBMC in a similar fashion would not be as trivial in my time

Bullsh*t.

iTunes does squat in terms of media management. It doesn't just do BAD media management. It does NO media management.

It does not "just work".

The experience of what you are describing is nowhere near as "polished" as XBMC.

You might have better luck making up bogus nonsense about a $800 or $2400 product. AppleTV's are just too cheap. Plenty of the rest of us can run them for lulz and see how they really perform.

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Belize PM: McAfee boss is 'bonkers', should 'man up and talk to cops'

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The painfully obvious...

Of course the guy is paranoid. He's in the security business. He wouldn't be doing what he does if he weren't paranoid. A little nuttiness probably goes along with the territory too.

Paranoid security guy? Imagine that...

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Industry in 'denial' as demand for pricey PCs plunges

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Re: HD video? Good enough for me

> Except it makes cheap ION gear look seriously overpriced for the performance you get.

Both the CPU and GPU in an ION run circles around a PI.

It has better video decoding support and enough CPU power to do a lot of decoding in software. If your GPU doesn't support something, you're not completely out of luck.

Atoms only look pathetic next to real x86 CPUs.

Wishful thinking any stinginess only gets you so far.

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Re: HD video? Good enough for me

A Raspberry PI may or may not be able to handle whatever HD video I have on hand.

What it can handle, it will only be able to handle because it's got special purpose silicon for the task.

If I need to do anything else computational, I will be just plain out of luck.

It's just like cheap ION gear.

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Apple 'less innovative' at laptops than Lenovo

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Lifestyle choices are not innovation...

Making the machine less maintainable so that it can be prettier is not "innovation". It's a lifestyle choice and being a slave to fashion.

Apple just makes more noise about doing it. They are great at marketing and they have a willing cabal of astroturfers.

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Re: Right click

Using two fingers is nothing like using just one finger.

Talk about obscure.

At least the bit about "secret corners" on the trackpad has some possibility of being something the user has seen before and can relate too. It's less of a "secret handshake".

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35 US states petition for secession – on White House website

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Re: Say no to magic underwear

I thought this whole election was a riot. Romney was basically a closet case. It all reminded me of when I was forced to go to church when I was younger. It was an evangelical congregation and they did things like propagate anti-Mormon propaganda videos.

....really made me think about Beghazi. Wondered if Romney would ever have the balls for a "I know how you guys feel, really" kind of moment.

Magic underwear is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Re: @White v Hispanic and Black

> because they wouldn't be expecting the Mexican invasion

Are you kidding? It's Texas. The Drug Lords would be outgunned just by the Boffins.

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Intel plans Core i7 bare bones mini-PCs

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Not just that....

...but you would have a mounting bracket ready to go in the box. Just bolt it onto an old monitor and you've got your dirt cheap iMac knockoff.

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The GPL self-destruct mechanism that is killing Linux

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Re: Hurding Cats

MacOS is going nowhere.

PhoneOS is being marginalized.

The academically objectionable approach is still doing very well both in terms of pure performance and it's ability to drive sales. Linux continues to thrive in the server room and on mobile devices and in embedded applications.

The main problem with a Mach kernel running on a Mac is not the kernel the hardware is running but the fact that you've got very narrow limitations when it comes to that hardware and what kind of system design tradeoffs you can make.

You are better off running MacOS in a VM on a cheaper and much more powerful Linux machine.

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Re: @Pete : Divide and conquer

> Some very intelligent people indeed, who just happen to not be IT people, don't even understand the concept of a repository,

They understand App Stores and GUIs.

That's all that's necessary for a suitably complete distribution.

The entire situation is an artificial legal issue that has squat to do with the underlying usability of Linux.

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Re: @Pete : Divide and conquer

> through the frustration of trying to install libdvdcss2

Are you kidding? That's a hack to get around the DMCA. It's an extreme legal grey area only made difficult by a highly corrupt American copyright law. It's relevance to just about anything else is nil.

If that's really the best you can do then you just proved the other guys point.

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Re: more buy in

Linux was the first x86 Unix that supported my hardware. That's really all there is to it.

You can make all of the excuses you like but I think the fact that Linux was a populist Unix early on contributed to it's popularity quite a bit. At the time, I would have been willing to shell out the coin necessary for Solaris x86 or OpenStep if only either of those actually supported MY hardware.

On a long trajectory, a very small angular deviation can account for a very big difference where you end up.

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Re: You've talked the point under.

This is just sour grapes nonsense. The BSD folks are just mad that it's Linux that became popular and successful. On the one hand, the license on the source just doesn't matter for most people and even most companies. Most people simply don't have a 4 year old notion of property. (what's mine is your and what's yours is mine) So the whole drama of BSDL vs GPL is entirely irrelevant for them.

On the other hand, contributors might object at being free labor for IBM or Oracle or Apple or Microsoft.

THIS is why the GPL was created. It wasn't some subversive political agenda on the part of RMS. His contributors were p*ssed over exactly the kind of corporate proprietary assimilation that the BSL allows for.

You gotta keep the talent happy.

Noisy BSD fans are like the Trench Coat Mafia fantasizing about revenge on the popular crowd.

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HP warns consumers: Don't downgrade Win8 PCs to Win7

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Re: Why downgrade from Win 8 ? Upgrade from Win 8!

> There are plenty of linux distributions out there that can't recognise wireless cards, etc.

You only need one that works.

Given that there's more than one, you have a far better chance of finding something suitable.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in Android tablet review

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Re: I have to say I think this review came at the device from the wrong angle...

I would expect to be able to install Netflix and Angry Birds on any Android tablet.

These are the relevant analogs to kdenlive or GIMP.

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Re: Think the reviewer has missed the point a little

> some people just want colour and backlighting and ease of use, and don't want more technical stuff.

Pretending that a wider selection of apps and services is "more technical" won't magically make it so.

Taking a regular tablet and making it an Amazon walled garden just doesn't make much sense. There is no real advantage. There is no extra "ease of use". It's just a crippled Android.

It's not like buying an Amazon-centric device with an alternate display tech like the e-ink Kindles.

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Re: Buy cheap...

My local iFan defected after using a 7 inch Galaxy Tab 2.

Replaced her phone.

Stopped using her iPad.

Asked for a Kindle too.

> i do like driod but not having 1 stable ecosystem is killing it.

There is nothing wrong with the Android "ecosystem". This is just Lemming 2.0 fear mongering.

The great thing about Android is that you aren't stuck with the ONE AND ONLY ONE choice that ONE AND ONLY ONE company offers.

So it doesn't really matter if Amazon Brand sucks. There are plenty more to choose from.

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Re: It's much more useful...

...or you could just buy a less restricted Android to begin with.

That's the key advantage of "fragmentation". There's a fragment for everyone.

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Judge denies move to ban ad-skipping DVR

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Hopper versus a "normal" DVR

This tech is a pretty obvious extension of the DVR itself. That's why one of the first DVRs had it (ReplayTV) and why MythTV also has it. Once you have the video, you can do anything you want with it (including marking the commercial breaks).

It was only litigation that slowed down Replay during the dawn of the DVR.

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Re: Might be good for the viewing experience, but what does it do to the business model?

Programs are already funded. Dish PAYS to carry these channels.

That should give them the rights to do anything with the ads they like. Some terrestrial cable systems like to put their own ads on top of the ones in the original broadcast stream. What Dish is doing is really no difference.

Fox is just mad because it can't "double dip" any more. They sell ads and then they force companies to pay for the priveledge of giving those ads a wider audience.

It should be one or the other but not both.

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Re: Note to broadcasters - stop it NOW!

Embedded ads are annoying even if you have pre-recorded the show.

Popups are especially annoying because they quite often obscure part of the action.

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Meh...

If that adpocalypse comes then just buy a Roku.

If streaming services aren't available, then just buy some DVDs from Amazon and install yourself a copy of Plex.

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What made us human? Being ARMED with lethal ranged weapons

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Re: human-v-Neanderthal struggle

This whole thing reminded me of old educational movies from the 60 that were big on this "Man as hunter" sort of thing. I almost wonder if Ted Nugent didn't lead the research team here.

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Apple's poisonous Touch silently kills the GNOMEs of Linux Forest

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Re: desktop environment?

> if you can refrain from twisting my words for a moment - the average computer user has existing expectations of how their should work and what it should do

Two words: Ribbon and Metro.

Microsoft have always screwed around the "average computer user". Their tendency to play "Where's Waldo" with seldom used but important admin screens is a pain point even for skilled power users.

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Re: When will developers learn?

Windows is crap and Macs are overpriced and inflexible.

It's sad when "wanting something else" or wanting something better makes you some sort extremist or zealot.

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Apple tries to add Galaxy Note, Jelly Bean to patent slapfest

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Re: Pathetic..

> Too many people assume it's ok for others to come along and copy Apple stuff

That's the way the world works. If not for this being the case in the 80's, you would likely never see any sort of affordable mass market personal computer of any variety (Mac clone or DOS clone).

People like you should be forced to use the kind of computing tech that your corporoate shilling nonsense implies you should have access to.

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Apple engineers 'pay no attention to anyone's patents', court told

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Corrupted until it's unrecognizable

The whole point of patents is to improve the state of the arts. The body of patents should be the first thing that practicioners go to to find resuable solutions to hard problems. Instead, the current regime encourages patents to be ignored and to be written in such a way that they are worthless. Patents are supposed to be documentation for other engineers like peer reviewed journals or text books.

Of course they are nothing of the sort anymore. They have been corrupted to the point where they are completely unrecognizable.

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Nvidia heralds Steam for Linux debut with 'double-speed' drivers

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Re: Here's how to think of frame rates

> No one has a Yugo

Anyone that's stuck with an Intel GPU has the gaming equivalent of a Yugo.

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Re: The statement seems to imply the drivers were previously hobbled

Valve just became the QA department for Nvidia. They are pushing those drivers harder than anyone has ever pushed them and they probably can submit very useful bug reports.

Yeah, there were probable a few bugs to squash in the nvidia BLOB driver for Linux.

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So you want an office of Apple Macs - here's a survival guide

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Re: hmm not yet

Most of that I could easily sort out with something like Kickstart or a private Debian repository and some scripts. Once you have an environment that is script and CLI friendly, it becomes pretty easy to automate things and doing 50 of something is no harder than doing 1 of something.

"cannot be bolted down"?

If MacOS is half as Unixy as fanboys like to claim, then it not being boltable is rather absurd.

People have been managing large Unix networks since before Microsoft products had any sort of networking.

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Android: Google's baby ate 75% of smartphones in just 4 years

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Re: 15%

No. Your silly overpriced consumer gadget is not a surrogate for a car that everyone here knows you will NEVER be able to afford. It's simply not something you can lord over the rest of us.

Plus, we're just not ignorant enough here.

We realize that it's just a Ford with a different nameplate on the outside.

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Empty arguments from Fanboys

We should have a top 10 list and a drinking game for lame fanboy arguments.

Put the whole "build quality" argument at #3 perhaps.

BTW, "Android" doesn't produce anything. Hardware vendors produce things. It's kind of like PCs. You're showing your total lack of technical understanding or even familiarity with Android devices here.

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Where are all the open-source mobile projects?

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Re: Closed bootloaders - fragmented hardware

What you just describe would be a showstopper for ANY platform.

Since this is clearly not a problem for Android, it clearly isn't a problem for Linux either.

Something else must be the roadblock. Free Software projects can use the same APIs as commercial vendors do. This is not unlike how Free Software works on MacOS or Windows.

The OS is there to take care of the nitty gritty hardware details and leave a nice programming interface for the coders.

As far as PhoneOS goes, Free Software is simply BANNED. It's hard to get past that.

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Re: "Open source used to be about copycatting popular proprietary products"

> then certainly Open Office, MySQL and so forth are copying proprietary software

ANY office suite is "copying proprietary software", big brand names in included. It's pretty old and basic stuff that Microsoft has no monopoly in. It's this mindless sort of brand fixated mentality that make running the monopoly platform far less useful. Some of us might want to use an "alternative". Licenses aren't even the big issue there.

...and SQL? That's an open standard. Whining about MySQL is like trying to call ANY image editor a Photoshop knockoff.

Both are good examples of stuff that's OLD enough that it should be commodity and dirt cheap by now.

There's no good reason for either class of software to be the exclusive domain of some monopoly vendor that has mastered the art of forcing everyone to buy pointless upgrades.

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A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 1

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Re: Seriously?

Historical revisionism is bound to upset those of us that actually lived through this stuff.

In my mind, the Apple 2 line will always be associated with Apple's tendencies to gouge it's fans. Apple was gouging people for 8-bit machines well into the 68K era to the point where you could get an Amiga or Atari ST for less than an Apple 2.

That sort of thing tends to put a damper on the spread of technology.

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