1993 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
> 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.
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.
...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?
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.
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.
> 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?
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.
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.
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.
Re: Look everyone
> We've redesigned the desktop. Again. Applications? Nah someone else will do those...
> 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.
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.
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.
Re: How to fix a MacBook
> Why do I give a crap how hard it is to do anything inside the case?
Blithering Fanboy nonsense
> The services and requirements of all technology users, be they conglomerates or the domestic housewife simply cant be compared between then and now.
Sure they can. Your hardware requires 3rd party software. It doesn't matter if it's a PC from 1984 or a game console from 2013. The same principles apply today. We just give these things different names. You use terms like "ecosystem" but it's really the same thing.
Anything that can turn Apple into a minority player again will threaten it's "ecosystem".
Although Apple benefits from being an established player. Although they could be relegated to niche status again just like they were in the 90s.
That's why all of the Microsoft attempts at non-x86 platforms have been pants: no "ecosystem".
Re: Yes yes...
> The problem appears to be that analysts only understand one business model, the one where you have the most "market share".
If they are selling computing devices that depend on mind share with 3rd party software developers, then that's the right model to fixate on. Without 3rd party content producers, your platform will go nowhere. Microsoft is currently experiencing this problem.
When it comes to platforms built on vendor lock based on an "ecosystem", then market share matters.
Re: @ Wibble - iPads are expensive?
I bought a "cheapo" tablet on a whim because it was cheap enough to be an impulse buy.
The local iPad fan promptly DUMPED that iPad and her iPhone soon after.
Re: Object stores are the future
> Scientists and engineers care about their DATA.
Engineers have enough sense to let IT types do their thing.
> They do not care a jot about IT types rattling on about LUNs and SANs and choice of RAID levels
They will when their DATA goes bye bye.
Scientists are arrogant gits that treat non-scientists like sh*t. They will be the ones to whine when their data becomes a casualty of ignoring "irrelevant technical details".
It wasn't a lie, it was salesmanship.
The problem is that you have to define "reasonable". I am sure that there are plenty of companies that don't want to pay what everyone else has. Trying to take advantage and get away with something is kind of how these people naturally operate. So corporations whining about unfairness need to be taken with a grain of salt.
Re: Sad Situation
> Spoken like a person who has NEVER built a company from the ground up.
99% of CEOs are no different really. They are all just a bunch of MBAs acting as caretaker's for someone else's creation. Most of the time they can't even get that right. The lot of them probably couldn't build a successful lemonade stand on their own.
Don't confuse executive equivalent of janitors with real capitalists.
Re: Just want big dumb panels
> Perhaps your experience "I tried it once" is no longer reflective
Considering that to try ANY of these devices in any meaningful way, you are going to have to spend THOUSANDS in order do it, that should not be terribly surprising. If anything that just highlights the essential stupidity of the entire concept of a "smart tv".
Interesting features are tied to the manufacturer of your TV. They may or may not be able to deliver. Chances are that experiences will vary widely. Thus a consistent experience will require creating a sort of walled garden.
It makes much more sense to plug in a cheap disposable puck that can be easily and cheaply updated as needed and represent an easy way to enforce a common interface without locking yourself to a single display manufacturer.
This "enforce a consistent experience" idea is one of the main reasons I started using HTPCs.
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