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Haswell micro: Intel’s Next Unit of Computing desktop PC

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Re: Far too expensive

In general, all machines like this are a bit silly as general purpose machines. They represent a set of engineering tradeoffs that are pretty much the opposite of what people at large value.

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Google and Apple in DRAG RACE: It's fanboi Mercs VS fandroid Audis

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Re: Don't panic

> The idea is that the dashboard will provide visual information such as mapping like you find already in plenty of inbuilt vehicle satnav systems.

Ha Ha!

I recently had the displeasure of using the built in SatNav system in an upscale BMW. It was the single worst nav system I have ever used in my life. It had data that was 8 years out of date. Sure the HUD was flashy but the data behind it was pure crap. And that was a NEW car.

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Meh. Meh I say.

The nature of these corporate behemoths means that they are always behind the curve. Your cheap truck with an aftermarket head unit will likely run circles around this stuff and cost a lot less. It really doesn't pay to embed this kind of rapidly moving tech in a car with a much longer useful lifespan.

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Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat

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Re: I don't get it

> Also if you need something that needs for example color management,

Are you posting from a the other side of a wormhole that leads to the 80s? That kind of thing hasn't been a compelling argument for the adoption of Macs for a very long time.

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Re: So if we award all desktops to Microsoft then I make it...

I have a very respectable broadband connection but I still don't want my desktop to depend on it. I don't even like my video streamers being entirely dependent on their connection to the mothership. I understand the limits of current tech and networks too well.

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Re: I don't get it

Most people simply don't buy into the hype. It doesn't help that they have been fed the "must be DOS compatbable" line for 30 years. This tends to put a damper on any alternative platform that looks anything like a PC.

As just another PC, the marginal value improvement of an Apple product is grossly overrated.

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Ubuntu desktop is so 2013... All hail 2014 Ubuntu mobile

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Re: Nothing new here move along

Whatever "lack of polish" you see in the Linux desktop isn't the problem. It never was. The market was won by the crudest command line interface available that subjected you to manual memory management.

"Quality" has nothing to do with this.

It's all about the apps and legacy interfaces that date back decades.

Something like Steam or Oracle or AutoCAD is far more important than KDE vs GNOME.

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Re: "Linux UI"

> Linux doesn't have a UI, unless you count printk.

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> The rest is actually completely unrelated to Linux,

Yes. But all of that stuff can be built for Android just as the Mac desktop could be built for PhoneOS. There's no reason that a phone couldn't run a conventional desktop if the right inputs are attached. If the device is fully in your control, that becomes a lot easier.

People already jailbreak their devices or install SSH servers on them in order to treat them more like old school Unix servers.

Running conventional desktop software is just the next logical step.

An X server is perhaps the wrong thing for an Android device. However, X libraries would allow any other X server to connect to your Android phone and login to it graphically from across the network.

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Ubuntu unleashes dual boot tool for Android mobes'n'slabs

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Re: Interesting concept.

This could be useful for old devices that you would otherwise send into the landfill. Boot it into a new OS and give it a new lease on life. I really can't see putting this on one my current devices though.

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

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Re: I thought I'd seen it all...

> I don't think you are Apple's target customer.

This is supposed to be a workstation for professionals, not a consumer toy to demonstrate how much money you can waste.

Some mindless conspicuous consumer is hardly the target market for this kind of device. Although the Apple faithful seem to think that's who is likely to buy a Mac Pro. Pro users of any sort are much more like the "geeks" you are always trying to denigrate and marginalize.

If you are willing to declare that power users are no longer welcome in the Cult of Apple then I would not disagree with you.

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Re: I thought I'd seen it all... - @Psymon

> Where do you get this "cannot be upgraded" crap from?

You will need to get yourself an extra desk to accomodate the sprawl and rats nest of cables that you will need to pull all of that off. That 's just the thing you need when you are working in one of the planet's most expensive cities (SFO, NYC, London).

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Re: I thought I'd seen it all...

> Usually when something doesn't suit you, just leave it.

Easier said than done when you have bought into a single vendor proprietary solution.

Although at least some of the old Mac Pro gear (hardware) is standard enough to move over. Anything spent on software would be money just p*ssed away.

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.3: the Apple G4 Cube

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Re: The *other* G4 Cube feature

> True, but then I didn't see any standards organisations, or consortia of companies, even trying to create something similar.

Perhaps because it really is a stupid idea that is best avoided.

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Re: Not just beautiful, quiet too

I can't help but think that this fetish for aesthetics and silent operation will just lead to poor performance of the cooling system and a machine that just cooks itself (like my nv9400 Mini did).

Cute and silent is a nice goal but the system needs to be able to maintain a sane operating temperature. The design and parts need to allow for that even if it would be deemed suboptimal in terms of appearances.

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Re: Time they bought it back

There is nothing to solve. PC vendors have been successfully building machines in this form factor for years.

Just approach the problem with a little bit of pragmatism.

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Why storage needs Quality of Service

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Re: Why not just use SSD or flash

Again we are dealing with the issue of unacceptable latency that I have complained about before. Pretending that you can throw together wildly different use cases and call it done won't necessarily make it so.

I may not be "in charge of any serious storage" but I am a victim of those that are.

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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Re: Britain has led the way

What Apple usually does is to add that last 1% of what a device needs in order to appeal to the mainstream and then couple that with lots of visible marketing.

If some bit of computing tech has reached the consumer then it has probably been cooking in academia and research labs or non-consumer computing for a long time beforehand.

Britain didn't invent the tea chest sized Walkman this time. Microsoft did.

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Re: The assumption here

> Did you ever play with the PocketPCs (CPQ iPaqs etc - note the name carefully) and HandheldPCs (HP Jornada 720 etc) starting in the late 1990s

These would be devices running hardware on par with an Mac Plus?

They only supported relatively primitive UIs that you had to be a really dedicated geek to tolerate.

They are a fine example of a type of device not yet being ready for the masses due to tech not being sufficiently advanced yet.

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Developer CEO 'liable for copyright infringement' over unlawful tool

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A little too open for Germany perhaps...

The seem to have had very lax commit policies for their source repository and include the results of that in their nightly bleeding edge package builds. This appears to be their community or "cooker" environment rather than their commercial product which is vetted more thoroughly.

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Re: Exclusive rights

You aren't necessarily "stealing" when you use an unaproved media decoder either.

On the other hand, speeding is related to actual occurences of real grave bodily harm and property damage.

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Re: Exclsive rights

So is the enforcement of penalties. The offending party should have the opportunity to resolve the situation in the quickest and least disruptive manner possible. Something like a C&D letter or a DMCA takedown request should have been an option.

They don't need to be that fascist.

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If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

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Re: The first hurdle....

> HR (the automated systems that are used for recruitment nowadays) always ask for an official transcript before appointing.

Must be a European thing then. I've worked in all sorts of companies over the years including the kind that subject you to a month's worth of red tape before hire, and I doubt if one of them ever verified my credentials. I would know if they tried.

References are another matter though...

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Android tablets to outsell laptops by 2017: IDC

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More crap for the landfill...

How many discarded tablets will you have thrown away by 2017? ARM based appliances don't have a very long shelf life. It's like PCs in the 90s. Every year's performance improvements are drastic enough that you want to buy a new device even if you can't quite afford it.

My current PCs will probably still be perfectly useful in 2017.

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Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

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Re: Low power PC

> Frankly, my life has become personally too valuable to spend time on tech.

You are trying far too hard to perpetuate a false dichotomy that's bogus anyways.

If you even know what a NAS is to begin with, the "time" issue really is irrelevant. In general, my devices don't require a lot of babysitting. What little upfront setup is done and forgotten about very quickly.

If that's all you got then Synology products are a total waste of money.

More open solutions are cheaper, more flexible, and don't require more special proprietary hardware if something goes wrong. Being cheaper also helps enable better redundancy in case something goes wrong. That redundancy moots many of the more relevant bells and whistles of this kind of "turnkey" device.

Plus the performance of this thing is just crap. Nevermind all the other stuff.

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Apple prepping 4K resolution 12.9-inch MaxiPad – report

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Re: The ipad's big fail

> You could more productively have spent that half hour installing e.g. FileBrowser

Why would it take half an hour to install an iPhone app? Is this some kind of Plex or AirVideo nonsense where you need a special proprietary app running on the PC on the other end? The Android version of this just browses common CIFS shares with no extra special configuration required beyond the app install on the tablet.

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PC market staging a RECOVERY. (Only joking, it's through the floor)

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Re: Hard for hardware manufacturers - not so for the rest of us

It's just bubble economics mentality. We've reached the point where no one is satisfied unless we are in some kind of bubble. All corporate growth has to be constant and unsustainable or people think we are in some kind of recession.

Anything that isn't explosive growth is seen as a tragedy.

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Re: How many are waiting for Windows 8 to be "retired"? @Steve Knox

> I think that modern PCs are used for more than those from 1981.

Fine. Then move the goalpost to 2003 or even 2001.

I have Atom gear that's comparable to my laptop from 2001 but with a better GPU. This thing is a cheap trailing edge product but still runs circles around any ARM device when it comes to either pure computation or media decoding.

I have 3 generations of ARM streamer that have yet to catch up to that crufty old stuff. That's 3 cycles of "need to buy something new" with no end in sight really. Meanwhile the sad little Atoms chug along in the corner picking up the slack for the ARM devices.

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Re: And for 2015 I predict

This will be like HTPCs and servers. The rubes will flee for tablets leaving only the serious power users with PCs. That will cause a mass exodus of Windows users. Linux will gain more prominence in the PC market that remains.

You could call it the Disraeli Effect.

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Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

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Re: To me its an obvious flaw...

> 1) As a sysadmin, i don't give a shit about its look, it has not tools to incentivies me to switch.

That "look" is the default user shell. It's not just window dressing. It actually does matter.

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Re: I tried Linux

Anyone that's got enough of a clue to even think about doing RAID on Windows should have no real problem with Linux. It's like that one competent NT admin in your company that sits for a Unix cert just for giggles.

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Re: if you had to migrate your business from Windows XP

> If you had to migrate from your outdated windows to a newer version would you upgrade to the newest or the the next one down?

As someone that actually does business computing, I would say whatever actually supports my applications. Despite the usual Lemming propaganda spouted here, it's not a forgone conclusion that the latest and greatest will even support your bespoke or 3rd party apps.

If it's really about those apps that aren't available for any other platform, then it really is all about the apps.

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Re: Not pleasant reading for Redmond

> What distribution offers 10+ years of support at a price lower than Windows?

You only need that support because you would be like a bound and gagged gimp left alone in the bad part of town otherwise.

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Wintel must welcome Androitel and Chromtel into cosy menage – Intel

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Re: Wintel irrelevance == x86 irrelevance

WinDOS legacy software allowed x86 to outlast all of it's other rivals. While it sucks when compared to Alpha or PPC, it really isn't that bad when compared to SPARC and that was the leader of the alternatives. Sun was like the Microsoft of the Unix world. They were the big player but they were mediocre themselves.

Now we're down to ARM vs x86 and ARM just doesn't have the horspower. It's nice for low power appliances but still kind of sucks for computation.

I'd much rather see a revial of SPARC then people try to shoehorn ARM into a compute bound server role.

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You THINK you're watching your LG smart TV - but IT's WATCHING YOU, baby

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Re: Clenches jaw, takes deep breath . . .

Actual streamer appliances may need to keep track of what you are doing in order to tell you what you've already watched to to suggest something new. However, collecting this information in the course and scope of actually presenting you with content to watch is entirely different than what this LG TV is doing.

LG is engaging in pre-emptive data snooping not related to any end user requirement.

LG and anyone else that does this crap should be nailed to the wall by their family jewels.

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Schiller: 'Almost everyone' at Apple works on iPhones - not Macs or anything

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Re: And yet... @bob

> And since when has the average teenager been able to afford apple products anyway?

The idea that Android phones are "just the cheap option" is something that butthurt Apple fanboys tell themselves in order to sleep at night.

Android phones aren't any cheaper and Apple phones have the same kinds of subsidies where that kind of thing is relevant.

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Linux backdoor squirts code into SSH to keep its badness buried

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Re: Should've used *BSD

> Doesn't matter where OpenSSH originated, it's the OS that's the problem.

Until the exploit vector is identified, you can't claim that.

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Classic telly FX tech: How the Tardis flew before the CGI era

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Faking CGI

In Escape from New York, the computer display of Plisken's combat glider was faked by putting glow-in-the-dark tape on their model of Manhattan and filming over it.

That sequence holds up a lot better than other contemporary attempts to do genuine computer graphics.

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

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Re: So fix it!

I still use scripting tools reminiscent of BASIC in order to write simple programs to do things that aren't already pre-packaged for me in some higher level language with a nice shiny happy GUI. I also automate non-GUI tools in order to deal with tasks more effectively than I would be able to in a GUI.

In some ways, the allegedly new and better suffers from the same old problems. Except now there's shiny graphics to distract you from the problem. We try to convince ourselves that things a "different and better" when quite often they are mostly just prettier.

Also, GUIs are often not recognized as such just because they aren't pretty enough.

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Apple will FAIL in corporate land 'because IT managers hate iPads'

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Re: Dropbox?

> Just like you need a Google account to use Android or a Microsoft account to use Skydrive.

No. I can side load an Android. It's very trivial actually.

I can also acquire applications from someone besides Google. I don't even have to jailbreak the device.

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Re: IT Managers (in a windows world) dream of

The problem with large IT environments is that they are filled with idiots. You get companies to scale up by employing a bunch of trained monkeys who follow a processes designed for trained monkeys. This leads to an office full of trained monkeys that you simply can't trust with root.

I despise what Fortune 500 IT policies do to a desktop machine. I can also kind of relate to why it's done that way.

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HELIUM-FILLED disks lift off: You can't keep these 6TB BEASTS down

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...another completely inexperienced poster.

> Why fool with mechanical drives? SSD's are 1000 times faster.

What's 1000x 150MB/s? What SSD has that kind of performance? What bus does? How many of those do you have to string together to get 4TB?

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Dead PC market? In the UK? NEVER

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Re: PCs now quite good

> My wife has a much newer Macbook Air and as much as I'd like it* I have not noticed it being much snappier.

A MBA is a latter day netbook. It's no surprise that it doesn't seem any faster than your older Macbook. It's simply not a performance machine. That's not what it's sold for.

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Re: Just pray you are not in Blighty

> I would hate to think what your leccy bill

It's not 2003 anymore. Powerful desktop CPUs aren't nearly as bad as they used to be when it comes to power management. The marginal improvement represented by a PI is probably not nearly as good as you think.

Not that the electrical bill would be that bad anyways.

Plus you can actually do some computing on your CPU rather than needing some other real PC shoved away somewhere to help you get over the lameness of ARM.

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Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

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pppppffffffft

> hooked up to my Linux server using CUPS software. Now that was clunky.

Yet I have a strange time relating to any of these rants. Even before CUPS, printing in Unix didn't seem to be nearly as bad as all of these horror stories seem to imply. Is this just a Windows thing or something. Is this all just Windows users venting? Or are there some Mac users that want to cry in their beer too?

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'Tablet' no longer means 'iPad': Apple share PLUMMETS below 30%

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Re: And still Apple owns 70-80% of the whole market profits...

The fact that your favorite corporation can thrive while abusing you more is really nothing to brag about.

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You're more likely to get a job if you study 'social' sciences, say fuzzy-studies profs

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Re: Psychology is a nice, easy subject

> Is that really what most psychology graduates do? Most of the ones I knew at college seem to work in HR now.

And would they actually achieve anything if they were actual therapist or would they just suck the life out of your bank account for a result you could have gotten from a hooker or a priest?

Pretending you're helping the client and actually helping the client are two entirely different things.

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Re: Social work

Social workers get paid crap. Clearly this one feels like a chump and needs to make up some nonsense to make himself feel better about it. The whole enterprise was carried out in a manner that tends to confirm everyone's biases against the social sciences.

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Cinnamon Desktop: Breaks with GNOME, finds beefed-up Nemo

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Re: Look everyone

> We've redesigned the desktop. Again. Applications? Nah someone else will do those...

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> This is why Linux has never and will never catch on for the desktop.

You think you're really witty but you're just an idiot. This is EXACTLY the same kind of nonsense that Microsoft is subjecting people to with the interface that's no longer called Metro. The Ribbon was the same thing too.

So the idea that only Linux subjects you to UI churn is highly bogus nonsense.

And truly, if anything MATE and Cinnamon are LEGACY interfaces. They are a refuge from the people that don't want to be subjected to Unity or Metro. They are actually an example of good HID principles in action.

They're interfaces consistent with what you already know.

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Re: CUT to the CHASE - leave "ubu" join MINT

That last version of Mint I tried clearly seemed to be still an Ubuntu derivative. So it hardly seems to be a compelling refuge from Ubuntu. Seems like you have to go clear back to Debian for that.

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Post-PC era? Post-MAC era! OS X Mavericks 'upgrade' ruins iWorks

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Raise the other boats, don't sink them.

If you want to have compatibility across a broad range of hardware, then the solution is to make the inferior platforms less inferior rather than gutting the ones that are better. The idea that MacOS must be gutted to accomodate tablets is precisely the kind of nonsense that non-rube users worry about.

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