9 posts • joined 7 Jan 2013
I have a macbook air that I've run linux on for the past 2.5 years. Prior to that I was a regular purchaser of thinkpads becuase of their ruggedness, but around 2008 their quality dropped into the toilet. Lenovo support for faulty hardware proved to be non-existent.
My macbook, on the other hand, has proved to be rock solid. Also Apple really stand behind their products (unlike Lenovo). If there is a problem, they will fix it quickly, cheerfully and at their expense if there is a shade of a chance that it is their fault.
Consequently, I have bought macbooks for my whole family. A nice side effect is that I now no longer spend any time doing technical support. When my father had a windows box, I would lose days every time I visited him getting the accursed thing working properly again.
I think the dip in Apple sales has more to do with their product release cycle than an underlying trend. A lot of people are waiting for the new broadwell based macbook air retina. In the meantime, their existing macs are working just fine thank you.
Re: Existing Solutions
The problem with intoxicated passengers on public transport is not the alcohol. There are plenty of tipsy people on the trains in Japan and very few problems. On the other hand, your typical bogan Aussie downs a VB or three and turns into an idiot looking for a fight. Sigh. It really is embarressing to be Australian sometimes.
Why should China be a deal breaker?
I'm going to encrypt everything I store remotely anyway. If they can break AES cheaply, they probably have all my data by now anyway. 10TB for free sounds like an awesome deal.
Bigger isn't always better
I'd suggest using AES 128 in preference to the article's recommendation of AES 256. There was a related key attack on the latter, first published back in 2009. That doesn't mean that AES 256 is "broken" in a practical sense, but it does raise flags.
Cryptography is hard. Please seek advice from experts (amongst whom I am not numbered).
Mine's the one with the encrypted thumbdrive in the pocket.
IBM made great kit. I used to buy their Thinkpads all the time. Lenovo inherited this tradition of quality and slowly chipped away at it until I ceased to be a loyal customer. That was about 18 months ago; I have no idea if they have pulled out of their tailspin and no inclination to ever spend my money with them again. Big spending on Hollywood actors to tout their tat is simply indicative of their decline.
OK for cheese...
I only bought a 3D set because it was substantially cheaper than the 2D equivalent from the same manufacturer. Shows how desperate they must have been to seed the marketplace at the time...
That being said, I quite enjoy watching the odd 3D bluray, especially if it is some kind of cheesy SF or horror flick. In fact, the stereoscopic effect enhances the cheese, as it were.
But regular television? First you have to find the glasses, then they are not charged, and then when you are channel flipping the transition from 2D to 3D to 2D is just bloody annoying. We don't watch the tele the same way that we do movies. The fact that it took the BBC so long to work this out is simply amazing.
Mine's the one with the 3D glasses in one of the pockets.
Fool me once, shame on me...
It's nice that they have a new version, but ALL the previous chats protected by ECC keys are compromised. That can't be fixed by a software patch.
It's pretty clear that the developers are still climbing the crypto learning curve. This stuff is complicated, non-intuitive and even the smallest error can have large consequences. Worse still, the mistakes they made were absolutely basic, like using way too short keys. Only a fool would trust their software going forward.
Re: The debate
"Why are there so few voices of reason in climate debate?"
Because it is a mass debate.
Thinkpads used to be the best of the best, and I wouldn't buy anything else. Over the last few years, however, Lenovo quality and service appears to have gone into freefall. My recent experiences with them have convinced me to spend my money elsewhere. It's a shame to see such a great brand brought low by short sighted management, but everything has a lifespan.
The fact that Lenovo management are claiming they lead the industry when they are no longer even in the top 100 list of brands shows how out of touch they are.
If you are looking for high build quality that the manufacturer will stand behind, Macbooks are great. If Lenovo thinks they are competing with Apple, they are in for a terrible shock. They should focus on their true competitors; no-name, shoddily built laptops with no meaningful warrantee.
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