1783 posts • joined Monday 26th January 2009 18:23 GMT
The tyrant is gratuitous
You don't need the walled garden nonsense. Your false sense of security is equally attainable with Apple's computer products and they don't enforce any fascist platform restrictions. It's only the crapulence of Microsoft that makes the walled garden seem reasonable.
...and that's only if you forget all of those "I'm a Mac" ads.
Re: Software isn't dead...
Outlook is not a choice, it's something imposed upon you because it does more than just the little bits that involve real standards. The rest is highly proprietary just like the rest of msoffice is.
Outlook is the perfect example of taking an open standard and perverting it with vendor lock.
It's more of the same Microsoft proprietary lock-you-in-to-our products racket. iTunes functions in the same way.
Re: old fart remembers how it was
I've paid $300 for a 750G drive before and I have no interest in repeating that if I can avoid it.
Fortunately, tech moves on. I can avoid it, so I will.
I don't need to be stuck in the past just because I can remember when I spent $400 on a 1G hard drive.
Re: Ahem.. ATI anyone?
Optimus isn't a "driver problem". It's a bleeding edge Windows dependency problem.
If it doesn't work on Linux it's because the Windows hack being used is just a little too new at this point.
The scope of this particular "problem" is just a tad wider in scope than nvidia's blob.
> Whilst the Tea Party itself doesn't concern itself so much with social issues, it's supporters do.
Like the GOP itself from which the Tea Party sprang, an organization is ultimately nothing more than the sum of it's membership.
By all means point us to good examples of these alleged fiscal conservatives not acting like the sort of stereotypical fundie busybodies described in "media misinformation".
A link to a Tea Party webpage would be an obvious example.
If there are any such mythical "fiscal conservatives" that are also not Puritan culture warriors, then such an example should be easy to provide. It even could have been included in your original response.
Yes, the role of government should be the minimal necessary. That includes my bedroom too.
Re: "I'm also not sure that RedHat are too concerned over NVidia drivers."
Nobody needs Red Hat for "general purpose application servers".
It's the interesting stuff like GPU compute servers that require the kind of buy in that makes a company like Red Hat a more obvious choice. Otherwise, people just go with Debian. OTOH, if Red Hat is willing to leave money on the table companies like Microway will gladly take it from them. They have been providing higher performance Linux machines since the 90s. (It was Alpha then)
Re: Ahem.. ATI anyone?
The best you can come up with this Optimus crap.
If I have an nvidia GPU, why in the H*LL would I want to put up with Intel crap EVER? Saving a few seconds of battery time just isn't a compelling enough reason.
The Lemming troll has found his corner case but who else cares really?
Intel GPUs are a pile of fail under any OS.
Re: Great now we have a child
This isn't about the "high end gaming market" and hasn't been for a long time.
That's why there's a very respectable Linux blob to begin with.
The Lemming gamers here are classic narcissists.
Re: Silly hipsters.
> Therefore, as the OP said, it makes sense to use very fast USB3 or Thunderbolt drives containing more capable storage media.
...which just gets you back to the problem of the performance of your actual storage media.
Attaching a fancy over priced external storage bus is not going to make a disk any faster. It's just going to make the thing less portable and more bother to deal with. It might even create an extra bottleneck. An obvious way to get around all of that is to ditch external wires entirely and include really spendy drives if that's really necessary.
Although I suspect you have no clue how fast any of these devices actually are or how expensive.
Of course different people have different ideas of what the tradeoffs should be. That's why it's absolutely essential to have a meaningful array of options and it's rather useful for a device to be user serviceable.
> Yeah, yeah, yeah, stick a USB3 or Thunderbold drive on it, you sniveling ponces.
> What are you going to do, run Win7 or Ubuntu?
That kind of defeats the whole point of the "laptop" thing now doesn't it.
Although I think the whole concept is ridiculous. Who does video editing on a laptop? That's what something like a Mac Pro is for.
Sadly though I will probably have thunderbolt running under Linux before it's on the Mac Pro.
Re: TomTom iPhone/iPad app
> Iphone 3GS is getting iOS 6
PhoneOS updates on older iPhones are actually a dubious prospect. Those of us that don't restrict ourselves to some sort of single vendor are able to observe this for ourselves.
So your crowing is less impressive than you think.
Re: "the most up-to-date". Really?
I dunno. I think you need to treat any mapping service with some degree of skepticism. Examples of every service screwing up abound. The criticisms that Tom Tom tries to lay on OSM are true for ANY mapping service. You just have to keep your wits generally and know better than to blindly trust the computer.
YMMV. Seek out the best option for your particular circumstances. Don't be afraid to dump you chosen option if need be.
Re: Lies, Damn Lies, and Bad Benchmarks
> that everybody with a grain of understanding would by now know that sequential I/O tests are meaningless
So you never copy stuff? I find that hard to believe.
Not every one's access patterns resemble an OLTP database.
If I decide to move 500G of stuff around, I want to know how long to expect to wait for it to finish. Sometimes this is also known as backup and recovery.
You conflated it until it exploded.
Tape isn't random access. So your little bit of conflation falls apart.
It's been over 10 years and SSD still seems more like an overpriced boutique items for serious users that have revenue generating business that would benefit from a costly speed upgrade.
Re: From next year's headlines
Corporate servers managed under a change control regime likely already fall under this description.
According to your rationale, we should already being such headlines. Probably should have seen such headlines years ago.
Re: The so-called future.
That's a monstrous array that probably has a few hidden gotchas in terms of cost and it's still twice as expensive. 4TB drives aren't even cheap and plentiful yet. Who knows when larger drives will finally hit the market.
Re: Now that's asking for it...getting a Star Trek fact wrong...
All it takes is one missing comma to turn Churchill and Stalin into strippers.
Not everyone fixates on the shiny logo.
I dumped my Intel because I was tired of it running hot despite a fair amount of effort expended to prevent that.
While AMD doesn't deliver the best high end performance, it still does very well in terms of heat, efficiency, and price. Also, it's not just the CPU but it's also the motherboard. So the combination of CPU+mobo might fare better than just CPU comparisons alone.
Not everyone confuses their PC with their what's in their pants.
Beyond gamers and video pack rats, most people already have trouble taking advantage of what they have.
Re: Bring on the clones!
They could call it the Raspberry or Rasp for short.
There would be no explicit mention of it being a Hackintosh. It would just be a poorly kept secret.
Rasp 520 looks suspiciously like a Mac Mini.
Rasp 1024 looks suspiciously like an iMac.
Rasp 1000 looks suspicously like a MBA.
Rasp 2000 looks suspicously like a MBP.
Rasp 3000 looks suspiciously like bargain Mac Pro.
Rasp 4000 looks suspicously like a non-bargain Mac Pro.
Some models could even fit niches unfilled by Apple and include better device support ahead of apple. Using USB3. Using new TB based motherboards. Putting in better GPUs, more memory, more storage and whatnot.
Of course they would be price competitive PCs too... (nice side effect)
Venus is a harsh mistress
Never forget #42
...although there is always #451.
Re: Doesn't help that drives are increasingly unreliable
The "sweet spot' seem to be about 3 years ago. That's when a certain brand of drive went to crap. Their newer kit doesn't seem to be nearly as bad though.
Re: Main market not freetards ... ?
...so you are basically arguing that much of the demand for bare drives is relatively inelastic.
Businesses are probably have much less flexibility when it comes to avoiding overpriced kit. While they could certainly try to avoid new acquisitions, their purchases are more driven by "need" versus "mere want". So the petrol analogy fits pretty well for the business segment.
It doesn't for the consumer segment. It's a luxury good. If you price to too high people say "why bother" or "I think I will wait a bit".
Thus the the differences in prices.
Although, if my array fills up and I can't afford an upgrade then I stop buying DVDs.
How is the industry's most limited remote control going to help that?
Most modern TVs have a simple menu system that Apple is unlikely to improve upon with the possible exception of making it look prettier.
So the input menu will have a sense of Apple aesthetics but not much else changed.
Re: There is indeed a lot of competition in the TV market
The only thing that Apple can offer is an Apple-only product.
Anything else suffers from the fact that you aren't limited to one device made by one vendor. That leads to a lot of integration problems as you are basically herding cats. The fact that Apple could get around all of this by ignoring the rest of the industry really isn't terribly interesting.
You could get the same effect by buying any other Smart TV out there.
Ignore sound quality and you don't have to worry about a separate AV remote. Ignore 3rd party devices, and you don't have to worry about those remotes. Ignore cable and you don't have to worry about those remotes either.
Apple just brings more hype and mindless fanboys to the part than Sony or Samsung does.
Re: awesome quote from Horan.
Chances are that any direct competitor to IBM has precisely the same failings.
Re: Brand not product
As an overpriced but still accessible consumer product, Apple is in a very good position to exploit hype. Other similarly over hyped brands aren't. Some out of work Spaniard can manage to buy and hold onto an iPhone. You can't say the same for a Ferrari. No matter how much "love" they get, their revenue is capped by the population size of suitably wealthy customers.
The same goes for Mercedes or BMW but to a lesser to degree. Apple computing products similarly fall into that category.
That's why the iThing part of Apple's business does so well while their original core business still continues to lag behind the rest of the industry.
Plus phones and media players are much closer to commodity items.
Re: 'Toyoto' brand valued more than 'Mercedes Benz' ???
> Spoken like someone who's never driven a Mercedes
The need to buy things (or pretend to buy things) in order to please others is not a universal affliction.
If you want efficient, there are better and cheaper fast food options.
Or you could skip the restaurant markup entirely. I bet that never occured to you.
Why pay for an absurd markup for something I can do better myself?
Re: Microsoft is the McDonalds of the tech world
> it can unarguably be said to be of higher quality than almost all other types of fast food.
You are simply on crack.
McD's is no less greasy or any less likely to be staffed by illegals.
Re: 'Toyoto' brand valued more than 'Mercedes Benz' ???
Mercedes is overpriced proprietary nonsense much like Apple.
Whereas Toyota is basic, reliable, cost effective and really does benefit from being boring.
Not everyone buys stuff to impress the neighbors.
Re: Microsoft is the McDonalds of the tech world
McDonald's makes the cheap crap that is served to billions and is despised by anyone with taste.
It's a very apt comparison and one that many of us have been making for decades already.
Although I find it hilarious that IBM is considered a valuable brand.
Re: Can't fault their stance
Yeah, but the Apple criticisms are usually in response to ludicrous fanboy claims that even Apple Corp itself wouldn't be willing to take ownership of.
Re: Samsung Fanbois
It's no longer the 80s. Perhaps it is time to let up on them a little bit.
Their kit seems to have gotten better.
Besides, some of that stuff ends up in "magical" iDevices. You can't really trash Samsung without invoking some degree of crapulence inheritance.
I don't think it's really a copyright issue. Otherwise, a lot of cable providers would already be in trouble. Cable operators quite routinely overwrite the commercials coming from the original feed. One cable company I had even managed to eat into the actual shows. It was terribly annoying.
I don't see this as any different than what cable operators have already been doing.
Since Dish is forced to pay for these channels, they should be able to do what they like with the commercials. I don't think broadcasters should be able to have it both ways. If the commercials are valuable enough that they can be protected by law, then they should not have any right to demand payment for retransmission.
Re: No, no, no...
> I shouldn't have to add my photos to a 'do not steal' database to stop people stealing them
Sounds like old school copyright really.
Having a default of "this is not owned" really was a far less anti-social setup.
Re: The 'mercans seem to be doing OK with feet, inches and funny sizes gallons.
> Seems strange that multiples of inches are 12 to the foot, but fractions are 'thou' thousandths of an inch...
Nope. The traditional measurements are base 2 fractions. Half. Quarter. 8ths. 16ths. 32nds.
Lab geeks vs. carpenters.
People versus Lab Rats
Metric is great for the lab, kind of nonsense outside the lab.
The "modern" mindset likes to believe that any thing new is automatically good and anything old is automatically bad without stopping to consider things. The fact that traditional measurements evolved to suit the needs of people in an organic fashion is not necessarily a bad thing.
Things based on 2 and 3 are great for sub dividing and eye-balling.
More "modern" measures also demand more "modern" measuring implements to be at all usable.
Re: This could bite them in the arse
Sounds a lot like the Romans during the middle ages. There was some glory day some point in the past but it's all moot because the religious zealots took over and anyone that gets out of line gets burned at the stake.
Islam doesn't give us the scientific method any more than the Catholic church gave us the Renaissance.
Re: This could bite them in the arse
That's all ancient history.
That is also the secular side of ancient Islamic empires.
...and "Arabic" numerals are Indian numerals.
Except we aren't exactly talking about enterprise or telecom grade kit here are we?
We are in fact talking about the same consumer grade crap but with a more expensive price tag and perhaps a service plan. You're in the wrong place to trying and presume the rest of us are ignorant about IT practices.
For the most part, this is probably small office stuff that doesn't need the kind of jacked up price that you would get from the likes of Sun or IBM.
IT Avengers Assemble!
Everyone has their own skill set and something they bring to the table. Not everyone needs to be Tony Stark. It's really much better if everyone isn't Tony Stark.
Re: What comparable Intel chip?
Stuff like Flash is a matter of raw CPU power. It doesn't have anything to do with the GPU.
THAT is the big problem with Flash.
ION won't help. ION won't even help under Windows. You need an overpowered CPU to deal with Flash regardless of what platform you are using. There is no escape.
Re: AMD Catalyst is "open source"?
Open versus Closed has squat to do with it.
The nvidia blob driver is great. It is everything that the ATI drivers should be but never have been. They have been like that for years going back to the 6x00's and before. They even had support for partial video decode acceleration back in those days.
With ATI, you're lucky to get the basic details right.
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