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Dell readies Linux Ultrabook for autumn release

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Trolling nonsense...

> Sure, you could buy any laptop and spend 3 weeks downloading different Linux distros

I started using Ubuntu after a 6.x release worked flawlessly with a company issued Dell laptop.

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McDonalds staff 'rough up' prof with home-made techno-spectacles

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Re: Funnily enough...

Quite. It's a hamburger stand with indoor seating.

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Re: Kids

> Read the original blog piece. He was there with his kids. You going to take your kids for steak tartare? Frog legs, oysters or escargots?

I've been all around the world with Jedi 2.0 and we've never once resorted to an American fast food franchise.

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Been there, done that.

While you may not need to avoid the French food in Paris, you can certainly find a better place to eat on the Champs-Elyse than Icky Micky. The Lowenbrau Beer Hall being an obvious place. Dunno if it's a chain. Dunno if it's still even there. Clearly there are better options than Icky Micky.

H*ll. A NYC hot dog pushcart is a better option than Icky Micky. Find yourself a crepe stand or something.

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Valve to raise Steam for Ubuntu

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Re: 'iTunes for PC games' ???

> I think you'll find that actually iTunes is Steam for music...

...except programs actually have a reason to be associated with a single quasi-monopoly vendor. Music does not. Programs by their very nature have to be associated with a particular platform or vendor.

Music is an industry standard that got turned into a single-vendor proprietary standard by Apple.

The proprietary and DRM aspect of games only reflects the status quo that has existed since the dawn of computing.

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Re: Platform meaningless without games

Steam on Linux will very likely be very much like steam on MacOS.

To some degree this will just be a marketplace for games that already exist (mainly indies). That's not a bad thing. I am not sure that Canonical is up to running an app store. A 3rd party game oriented one is not a bad thing. It will probably hit most of the likely need for a commercial app store for desktop Linux.

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Re: Other distros

> un-reconcileable dependency differences

Nonsense. I have had both new and ancient software co-existing on Linux for pretty much as long as it has existed. Some things are as trivial as tricking the old software into thinking your new library is the old library. Alternatively, you can just have the old libraries.

I find your lack of examples disturbing.

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Early verdict on Intel Ultrabook™ push: FAIL

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Re: Netbook

I would rather be able to ditch the docking station and have access to 100MB/s file transfers over GigE without having a lot of extra stuff to carry or without the need to turn my laptop into a desktop.

If you have to argue that you can transform your portable device into something better with lots of OTHER gear, then you've missed the point entirely.

Dongles are for 80s 8-bit computers.

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Re: wow

You mean people are cheapskates? Otherwise there would not be a lot of free ad-ware in the Apple store.

You can BS us about Macs. For phones it's a little harder. They are more widespread and they are subsidized. It's far more likely that one of us will know better and see through your nonsense.

No. What I desire less with Android is not apps (or paid apps), it's jailbreaking. There is less reason to jailbreak and Android phone.

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Crap keyboard

I've tried to use the MBA as well as other current Apple products.

Anything with an Apple keyboard attached simply sucks great big donkey balls.

I've had durable and reliable laptops from PC vendors before. I realize that they aren't some myth. I also realize that Apple hardware breaks too. I've seen it for myself. Usability and capability would come first, then followed by the things that Apple users value.

So it is little surprise that what might go over well in the Apple enclave might not work so well for the rest of the market.

We've already done that netbook thing already.

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Seize your moment, Microsoft: iPad is RUBBISH for enterprise

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Re: iPads in the enterprise

Quite. Effective use of tablets for "serious work" seem to center about their media consumption capabilities. If you have a business task that can be described in those Quicktime-esque terms then you're good. Beyond that, you should not drink the kool-aid so much.

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Re: Really? I would never have guessed!

If you can really fend for yourself, then that's all well and good. Except you can't. You will inevitably get to the point where you need to be bailed out by the exact same people who's advice you decided to ignore.

Those of us with a clue will have to clean up after you like a nanny chasing a toddler.

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It's the form factor, not the CPU.

The problem is not the processor. It's the form factor. The "mouse-only" approach only gets you so far. So does the fact that this virtual mouse is also embedded into the display and the fact that the display itself is pretty small.

There are many things to criticize there. A different tablet might also be more useful just as all old school graphics terminals aren't all created equal. I would hiss at a '94 era PC setup just as loudly as I would an iPad.

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WD: HDD prices won't fall to pre-flood levels until 2013

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Re: @Dazed and Confused

No. It's not the same as with an HDD. A HDD with an error is still mostly usable. You can at least do data recovery against it. A bad SSD is just a brick.

Seriously. It's enough of a difference that some of us have to worry about destroying spinny disks when disposing of old ones.

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Re: They won't fall to that ever.

That's funny.

Not only is SSD gravely more expensive, but there simply aren't any SSD drives to match the larger spinny disks.

It's hard to eviscerate your rivals when you don't even offer any sort of replacement product.

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Dell seeks Linux fans to try cut-price Ubuntu Ultrabook

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Lame and Lamer.

> Intel drivers are not good enough even to play Super Meat Boy.

Intel GPUs are not good enough to even play "Super Meat Boy". The quality of the driver doesn't matter so much.

It's AMD is where good kit goes wrong with bad drivers (on Linux).

Nvidia GPUs of various kinds and price points are very respectable on Linux.

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Propellerheads...

Just got to System76 or your local version of same.

No need to bother with any more of Dell's empty promises. Go to a proper Linux vendor.

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Seagate fscks up: Disk drive sales fall short by $500m

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Re: Idiot managers should cut prices and release huge disks now!

Drive capacities have stagnated. That's a fact. They could drive new sales by pushing the boundaries a bit. They could finally release their 4TB drives in retail packaging and push the upper bound a little higher.

Wouldn't hurt to improve sequential r/w performance either.

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Re: Seagate Schmeegate

Their winter of crapulence was like 3 years ago. Seagate had their time and took their knocks. Now it's time to move on and stop living in the past and actually make comments based on recent information.

Seagate's aren't so bad now. What worries me now are SSDs that die suddenly with no warning.

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Re: Still A Tasty Profit Margin

Intel? Are you kidding? They aren't just the poster-boy for cartels. They're the poster-boy for monpolies.

Software has a marginal production cost of ZERO. So that's a bad example too.

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Numbers don't lie: Apple's ascent eviscerates Microsoft

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The proof is in the pudding

Clearly, if the peanut gallery only sees iThings being used as oversized iPods then they are obviously justified in calling iThings as overpriced toys for suburbanites with money to burn and a need to show off to the neighbors.

You don't get to depend on wishful thinking regarding your particular brand fetish.

It has to prove itself yet and that simply not happened yet.

PhoneOS "sales" are irrelevant when compared to Windows. Lumping them in with MacOS sales to give yourself some sort of ego boost is simply out of touch with reality.

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Re: MS.....

I tried to give a Mac to the missus. The "oddness" of it still put her off. She ended up going back to Windows because of obscure Windows-only apps that none of you've ever heard of.

She was less bothered by Linux but Apple doesn't play nice with it (iPhone).

It's not the big brand names that are a problem. It's the obscure stuff for industries you may never even have heard of that will be the big problem.

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Re: If only a quality, user friendly Linux distro was available...

> User friendliness - or lack thereof - in whatever

> Linux distro be your preference is probably the

> biggest contributing factor that Windows

> managed to get as entrenched in the nineties

Idiot. WinDOS was already entrenched in the 80s. The die was already cast. Linux was a reaction to Microsoft already being a dominanting and stiffling force in the industry.

DOS made VMS look easy. No one cared about easy. Otherwise they would run Macs. They were all worried about Lotus123 or AutoCAD or the latest version of Civ.

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Re: If only a quality, user friendly Linux distro was available...

...you mean people would just ignore the gadjillion apps that only exist for Windows?

"User friendly" was never the problem. Apple proved that.

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Re: Apple treated differently than Microsoft.

A lot more Linux machines didn't even notice the whole Leap second thing.

No one in my shop thought to even be concerned about it until the net.rumours started coming in.

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Re: if we hate both Apple and Microsoft

> Still be thankfull their technology and competition result

> in the fact that you can buy such advanced hardware for

> such reasonable price today to run your penguin thingy on it.

What competition? There's only x86. There used to be things like PPC and Alpha and 68K that wiped the floor with Intel crap. Getting my first PC was actually a step down as x86 is a primitive kludge in some ways. It was an archaic design when it was created and it accumulated more cruft over the years.

I'm glad to see another microprocessor option for a change.

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Re: Eviscerated?

That's funny because my older Macs are doorstops.

Whereas my older PCs are better supported by commercial developers and can be upgraded. I can use a cruddy old Compaq to replace a shiny and new Mac simply because the cruddy old Compaq has a video slot.

Stop swimming in the kool-aid. There are a few of us with enough money to know better and call you out on it.

Macs are just PCs with the same spare parts built in the same Foxconn factories. If anything, Apple designs are more problematic because they are prone to cook themselves. Being tiny and having no fan doesn't come for free.

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Re: Eviscerated?

A Windows terminal really isn't that far removed from an X Terminal or even a real VT-220.

All of those are much more alike than any of them are to a "nothing but a mouse" kind of interface that tablets are.

Sooner or later, you will need to type something.

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Re: Eviscerated?

> I often do and I'm a DBA.

I seriously doubt it.

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Re: @AC: "Linux kernel Retro"

Your example is meaningless.

Linux is modular and very configurable.

You don't need to be limited to Ubuntu's build options.

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Shuttleworth: Why Windows 8 made us ditch GPL Linux loader

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Trying to fail...

All I've ever done is boot the MacOS installer disk to reset the boot options and partition types and just go happily on my way. Having a PC style boot menu and config screen would be nice but isn't strictly necessary.

It's a little bothersome but you don't have to actually 'crack" anything.

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Re: @boltar:

You're the idiot talking straight out of your nether regions.

ALL of those systems allowed for full control of the hardware and for you to boot any OS of your choosing. You are trying to conflate the ownership of the BIOS code with a regime that prevents the end user from running any OS you like.

There have always been alternate operating systems. The field for PC based operating systems used to be actually rather competitive. There have also been complete or partial replacements for the system software in systems like the Amiga or Atari ST.

The first Linux user I ever encountered ran it on a Falcon.

You're either stupid or a shameless liar.

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Re: But

ARM is just another microprocessor like PPC or 68k or Sparc or Alpha.

ARM doesn't mean Tivo.

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Review: Samsung Chromebox

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Re: I already have a virus-free up-to-date OS

Android has some Trojans. Compared to Windows, that's still pretty virus free.

The key here is always what's your viral infection vector if any? It's not the virus, it's the gaping security hole that it sneaks through.

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Re: The GPU is where it's at and Intel GPUs are crap

> and all Intel CPUs (as of HD3000) handle blu-ray and other 1080p content perfectly.

I've heard empty promises like that before. It's like the year of Desktop Linux.

So my argument is hardly nonsensical.

Some of us actually use this stuff rather than just talk about it.

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Re: replace the intel part with AMD ...

The CPU is not the important part in an HTPC. The GPU is where it's at and Intel GPUs are crap.

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Re: Was Chrome, as an OS still born?

Yes. There's nothing like a product only being available on Ebay to inspire confidence.

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Microsoft: Don't overclock Windows 8 unless you like our new BSOD

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Re: Hold on...

If you don't think the overpriced Unix machines don't have their own single points of failure, you've simply not had enough experience in this industry.

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Re: Sooo...

Nonsense.

This is just an attempt to discourage consumers from buying from companies that aren't under Microsoft's thumb. White box vendor means someone that's not afraid of losing bulk discounts on Windows licenses.

Overclocking is an entirely separate issue.

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Leap second bug cripples Linux servers at airlines, Reddit, LinkedIn

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Re: Not just java...

Yeah. What problem?

My two multi-core machines that run mysql were not effected.

Also, none of the machines at the office were impacted.

If not for these hysterics in the press it would never have occurred to me that leap seconds are anything to worry about at all.

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Viviane Reding says imitate US and form FEDERAL EUROPE

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Re: 'Far too many religious nutjobs' indeed

Allowing Gays to marry is nothing more than "equality under the law", "the right of contract", and "separation of Church and State".

Add in a little "mind your own business" for good measure.

All of these are core American values even if Washington or Adams might be horrified by the idea of two guys getting married. They would probably be equally horrified at a Catholic and an Anglican getting married.

Religion and Liberty are orthogonal. Following your conscience and imposing it on others are two entirely different things. One does not require the other unless you are a theocrat.

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No real panacea...

When I first heard about this idea, there was also this little detail about the various countries in the EU being treated like children and being forced to run their budgets through the federal government.

That is not quite like how the US runs things. States are autonomous and run their own affairs. There's even supposed to be limits on what the Federal Government can do. Basically, it's supposed to be there for things of an "international" nature.

Mapping the US structure to Europe would not stop the Greeks or the Spanish from doing things their own way. If you tried this "the feds must approve your budget" idea in the US, you would likely get a 2nd Civil War.

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Ultrabook demand soars Stateside

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Re: The PC market will disappear in a few years

The graphic is just silly. It's like when fanboys brag about how they own the "over $1000" market. Of course they do because the vast majority of the market is at lower price points. An Ultrabook is like a netbook but with a bigger price tag. Ditch the minaturization and you can get a lot more bang for your buck.

So there is a lot less need to pay that much for your laptop unless you are trying to press the light and thin aspect to the exclusion of all else.

$700? I am not sure I would pay that much for a PC laptop. Just like a $1000 PC.

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Microsoft says tablets will trump PCs in 2013

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Re: And therein lies the problem...

Microsoft was trying to sell $2000 laptops and $50,000 tables.

They simply weren't targeting the consumer in an environment where normal PCs are already DIRT CHEAP. A useful and usable PC can still be had for as little as $300. It's hard for a $2000 tablet or hybrid to compete in that kind of environment.

Although once you need to actually "compute" something, both these $300 PCs and $600 tablets are woefully inadequate.

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Apple wins US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Fanboy silliness.

An Aston Martin design "protected"?

You really don't know squat about cars.

The only part on an Aston Martin that is protected are the trademarks. That's how it should be.

I saw a Bentley this morning that had a very forgettable design.

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Real work versus nonsense.

Well, actual engineering requires that you can build something that actually works. You have to deal with the laws of physics, and the constraint of costs, and of current technology while also dealing with what clueless people will have to use it. You have to consider things like it might fall apart or catch fire.

Doodling something on a napkin is beyond trivial in comparison.

"Design" does not take as much effort.

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Re: @Zodd

The PhoneOS GUI is basically the Windows 3.1 GUI.

A grid of icons. Some menus. How "innovative".

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Re: A ban based on a design patent??

There was a similar tablet in 1994.

The design also showed up in a movie in 1969.

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Re: Tab2

Are you seriously trying to imply that people buy this thing without knowing what it is?

Even if that is the case, they can still RETURN IT.

What everyone is really saying here is that Apple doesn't have any thing that distinguishes itself. The best it can do is compete on looks. There are no real substantive differences. There's no real reason for someone to buy an Apple product.

Otherwise, the fact that the Samsung device is a copy cat is meaningless.

Either the Apple product is good enough to compete on it's own merits or not. If it's good enough, the legal dirty tricks are simply unnecessary. Although they quite nicely demonstrate just what kind of scum Apple is. Just in case anyone had been duped into believing otherwise.

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Chess algorithm written by Alan Turing goes up against Kasparov

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Re: Miek...

Sounds rather like a homework assignment from the class that teaches you about Turing Machines.

People tend to forget that this stuff exists in the total absence of any hardware.

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