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Rare diamond? (5, Insightful)

dkoulomzin (320266) | about 7 years ago | (#18491847)

I'm not that impressed when we talk about how expensive a laptop is on account of its rare diamond!

Re:Rare diamond? (5, Funny)

Itninja (937614) | about 7 years ago | (#18491901)

Indeed. Why not take a $4K Thinkpad and dip in to gold, and then take that and dip it in platinum, and then take the whole thing and roll in spotted-owl feathers?

Better yet, just tape a check for $996,000 to it?

should have spent R&D on a better webserver (5, Funny)

Brigadier (12956) | about 7 years ago | (#18492073)

Sorry, we're currently experiencing heavy server loads. Please try again in a few minutes.
should have spent the $996,000 for a better web server

Re:Rare diamond? (1)

kabocox (199019) | about 7 years ago | (#18492103)

Indeed. Why not take a $4K Thinkpad and dip in to gold, and then take that and dip it in platinum, and then take the whole thing and roll in spotted-owl feathers?
Better yet, just tape a check for $996,000 to it?

Better yet, take one of the One Laptop per Child laptops and sell it for $4 million (Only change a sticker that says "I paid $4 million for this!" on it.)

Re:Rare diamond? (1)

maynard (3337) | about 7 years ago | (#18492277)

I wuz mocking with ya until the quip about dipping that laptop into a vat of spotted owl feathers. I gotta say, were I rich I'd want to buy that. I mean, nothing says 'I've got more money than you' like covering your overpriced depreciating asset in material from the death of an endangered species.

I say we need to add elephant tusk too!

Re:Rare diamond? (1)

FunkyELF (609131) | about 7 years ago | (#18492323)

I'll save a link to this and visit it in 10 years and laugh at it.

They could have made a million dollar laptop 10 years ago too.

Or in the early 90's a million dollar Zach Moris Saved by the Bell-type cell phone that is laughable a couple of years later.

Re:Rare diamond? (2, Informative)

WasteOfAmmo (526018) | about 7 years ago | (#18492175)

Actually, from TFA it looks like they at least tried to avoid the $996000 diamond + $4000 laptop image. Since it is /.'ed and taking the chance of being rated a karma whore, here is part of the article that drew my attention:

Luvaglio CEO Rohan Sinclair Luvaglio told Gizmag earlier today: "Unlike many of the highly priced products being released, we took our time to develop something out of the ordinary with real attention to detail. "

"I didn't want us to simply re-house a laptop into a diamond studded casing, or diamond encrust the entire thing simply to make it expensive. We've put thought in from the keyboard down to the power charger. There is an integrated screen cleaning device and a very rare coloured diamond piece of jewellery that doubles up as the power button when placed into the laptop and also acts as security identification. We have used diamonds elsewhere but have given them purpose."

According to Luvaglio, "the brand is committed to re-defining luxury in a few sectors, technology being one of them.

"Many claim to produce luxury goods but we believe that the true element of luxury is having something that says "YOU", that money can't buy.

"At present and from our previous luxury work, our initial clients will be chosen from this selection as we have already established trust.

"The range to be released shortly would allow the owner to become the creator and visit our showroom at two or three well known upmarket stores we are in discussion with, whereby our selection of materials, finishes and accessories will be available to view and a choice selected.

"The choice will be based on our selection but of course other colours and finishes can be done on request. We have access to diamonds that are simply rare and near impossible to get hold of, so are able to offer a very embodied choice.

"The presentation boxes are of course supplied and finished in the choice that is selected by the client. Exact figures I am unable to provide at present due to negotiations but will certainly be more obtainable then our master piece."

The first such masterpiece will sell for more than US$1,000,000.

But... (1, Interesting)

CommunistHamster (949406) | about 7 years ago | (#18491851)

But does it run Linux?

Re:But... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 7 years ago | (#18491879)

Actually, I could see it running Linux, if only because Linux is so much more customizable than Windows etc. If you were showing off your laptop, would it be more impressive with Vista, or with Linux (or whatever) with Beryl, using truglass or some other engine that gives effects that are dramatically more sexy than, well, any other common GUI? I think we all know the answer...

I hate communists and I hate hamsters (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18492191)

While my dislike of hamsters is irrational, I find communists and leftists in general to be societal parasites who's only desire is to spread their physical and political diseases to the rest of the population. You strongly believe in your limited knowledge and understanding of things, but you strive to impose your values onto others.

I hope that one day, once and for all, we will take care of your kind in one big swoop. The evolution of humanity is threatened by the existence of left-wingers and religious extremists. It cannot go on until the problem that concerns your type is fully addressed.

Notice how the civilized world is now sliding to the right. In the US, even the democrats are becoming more conservative. That time may come.

Re:But... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18492245)

I think "Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these!" would be the more relevant line here...

(Posted AC, as drinkypoo's comment has made *me* conscious of how much self-indulgent nonsense I post, even if he himself is still oblivious.)

Re:But... (1, Funny)

swehack (975617) | about 7 years ago | (#18492365)

For one million dollars i would expect that it comes with Vista. You would pretty much cut it's value in half by installing Linux.

Re:But... (-1)

Malc (1751) | about 7 years ago | (#18492421)

More importantly: does it run Windows? You'd think at that price it won't crash.

Oh dear. Now I'm playing up to the /. stereotype. Better mod me down.

Creating it is only half the battle (5, Funny)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | about 7 years ago | (#18491853)

Now if we could just figure out how to provide one of these for each undernourished, undereducated child in Africa.

Re:Creating it is only half the battle (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18492001)

Not a problem since the cost is related to the diamond...which is mined in Africa by said poor child

Forcasting the Future (1)

moore.dustin (942289) | about 7 years ago | (#18491867)

So in other words, the fastest depreciating piece of hardware ever has been produced and is now available for you to waste money on.

Re:Forcasting the Future (1)

yada21 (1042762) | about 7 years ago | (#18492203)

It will not depreciate, because diamends have nearly as much intrinsic value (95.3%) as gold, which always goes up. It's a good investment, I might buy a second one for my other trailer.

Detachable rare diamond (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18491875)

Sounds like a formula for an unbootable laptop.

Slashdotted (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18491927)

"Sorry, we're currently experiencing heavy server loads. Please try again in a few minutes."

Maybe they should trade in a few of those diamonds for some bandwidth.

The servers are running Linux (1)

The_Abortionist (930834) | about 7 years ago | (#18492261)

It's down. Coincidence? I think not.

Linux licenses are usually quite expensive when paying for service. And it's usually terrible service.

Depending on the number of sales they are losing right now by being down, one might say that that particular Linux TCO is quite high at $1M per sale missed!

Only one problem... (1)

AtariDatacenter (31657) | about 7 years ago | (#18491929)

There is only one problem with a million dollar laptop:

Re:Only one problem... (2, Interesting)

Rude Turnip (49495) | about 7 years ago | (#18492027)

That's the benefit of such a thing...it's advertised as a laptop with an attached diamond instead of a rare diamond that comes with a laptop. This whole thing is probably an accounting scam to let you buy an expensive diamond, but reap depreciation benefits (ie tax benefits) because in a technical sense you bought a "$1MM laptop." This idea is as flawed as that diamond probably isn't :-)

Re:Only one problem...DEPRECIATION (5, Funny)

thewils (463314) | about 7 years ago | (#18492327)


It loses 50% of it's value the moment you get Windows up and running on it.

Yeah, but is it as good as this? (1)

KingEomer (795285) | about 7 years ago | (#18491931)

Does it have 4TB Drive, 4TB RAM, 6.8G Processor? Only then will I consider its purchase (Atomchip ftw).

Re:Yeah, but is it as good as this? (1)

brunascle (994197) | about 7 years ago | (#18492035)

no, but you can purchase quite a few by selling it.

seriously, who cares? i can glue diamonds to a Corvair and call it a million dollar car, but it's still a POS.

Give it a few years (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | about 7 years ago | (#18491933)

It'll be sad when a few years from now it will end up in some rich guy's basement next to his dusty TI-99 and 5.25" drive.

Re:Give it a few years (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | about 7 years ago | (#18492229)

it will end up in some rich guy's basement next to his dusty TI-99 and 5.25" drive.

Of course that's serial number 001 on the TI. After all, the purchaser of this is a serious Early Adopter.

Hmmm... (1)

Firefly1 (251590) | about 7 years ago | (#18491969)

...and a detachable rare diamond that acts like a power button and a security key.

Does this ring any bells? Here's a hint:

"The world's greatest cash card."
"It had better not be rejected."

Re:Hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18492173)


It would suck to have to carry a diamond in your wallet.... what if you sat wrong?

power diamond (1)

niloroth (462586) | about 7 years ago | (#18491975)

i actually like that idea, kinda wish it was a standard feature. Well without the diamond at least. Maybe get 2 of them with your laptop just like when you buy a new car. I know you can do the same with USB sticks, but something non standard for and with an encrypted key could be very usefull for high security laptops.

128 GB of storage (4, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | about 7 years ago | (#18491979)

128 GB of solid-state storage isn't that expensive. All you have to do is get a bunch of 1 GB microSD chips and put them in a big fat RAID, totaling under $2,000. So what's the practical use of this product, apart from conspicuous consumption?

Re:128 GB of storage (2, Funny)

darjen (879890) | about 7 years ago | (#18492085)

All you have to do is get a bunch of 1 GB microSD chips and put them in a big fat RAID, totaling under $2,000.
How in the hell are you gonna get that to fit in a small enough form factor though?

Re:128 GB of storage (0)

solevita (967690) | about 7 years ago | (#18492313)

Exactly. And what happens when you turn the power off? You lose everything on the disk.

If I wanted to install an entire operating system every time I wanted a laptop to work, I'd use Windows!

Re:128 GB of storage (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18492099)

Holy shit! You really, really want to destroy your data, don't you?

Can you imagine.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18491997)

A Beowulf cluster of these?

- Thank you

I'd be really impressed .... (1, Interesting)

mikael (484) | about 7 years ago | (#18491999)

... if they had an extremely rare diamond that was used as a battery.

Re:I'd be really impressed .... (1)

Lorkki (863577) | about 7 years ago | (#18492335)

But then you'd just spend every new episode of your life looking for a new one because you overloaded the last specimen.

(Que in the rest of the Star Trek jokes.)

makes sense (1)

Wootzor von Leetenha (938602) | about 7 years ago | (#18492003)

those who can afford the McLaren's and mansions need something along those lines in a computer. It'll still go obsolete in a year though, no matter how much it costs.

Lappy with diamonds: $1,000,000 (1)

ReidMaynard (161608) | about 7 years ago | (#18492009)

Internet server from dumpster: FREE!

Seeing your chance at success disappear by having your product linked to slashdot, slashdotted: Priceless!

128GB Solid State is not a big deal (5, Informative)

rolfwind (528248) | about 7 years ago | (#18492011)

Pricewatch.com lists 8gb for around $80 and 16GB for about $160.

So lets double the prices for whatever, and we are talking about $2500 of flash. Yes, too expensive to be a component on a notebook today, but really, the prices on this stuff is sinking.

They should use it to run the website (4, Interesting)

roman_mir (125474) | about 7 years ago | (#18492013)

the website referenced in the story is /.ed Maybe they should invest in a million dollar laptop to run the site from.

Anyway, this is Hedonism for the richest. There is no reason to have a million dollar laptop today, when the most expensive laptops don't go over 10K. The fact that there are dimonds on this thing just show that this is not about a laptop, this is about another pointless status symbol, like an adopted kid from Africa for some US celebrities.

But does it have sharks with frickin laser beams? (1)

Dachannien (617929) | about 7 years ago | (#18492015)

Why make billion-dollar laptops, when we can make... million dollar laptops?

BSOD (3, Funny)

phasm42 (588479) | about 7 years ago | (#18492023)

I bet the owner will really feel special when their million dollar laptop bluescreens.

Re:BSOD (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | about 7 years ago | (#18492297)

I bet the owner will really feel special when their million dollar laptop bluescreens.

Actually it's a turquoise screen, or maybe lapis lazuli, now.

AWESOME!!111!!1 (3, Funny)

noewun (591275) | about 7 years ago | (#18492031)

I've been looking for something to complement by gold-plated Hummer.

Re:AWESOME!!111!!1 (1)

blindd0t (855876) | about 7 years ago | (#18492341)

With that solid state drive, I could use it as an mp3 player in a Bugatti and not worry about loosing all those mp3's when I crash the car. ^_^

Re:AWESOME!!111!!1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18492363)

and diamond studded swimming pools
these things don't grow on trees!

Better pics? (1)

Bwana Geek (1033040) | about 7 years ago | (#18492045)

Are there any pictures of this thing actually open? "Million dollar laptop created... here are some pictures of a nondescript rectangular thing."

This was on Digg days ago... (0, Offtopic)

Mex (191941) | about 7 years ago | (#18492051)

Come on Slashdot... Pick up the pace.

Re:This was on Digg days ago... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18492201)

Who cares what is on Digg? I don't care unless it is on Slashdot (/.) :P

link to OLPC (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18492053)

Is this some kind of OLPB One Laptop per Billionare program?

What I would do with One-million dollars (3, Funny)

Enrique1218 (603187) | about 7 years ago | (#18492059)

Buy enough servers to handle the load when story of a one single laptop being sold for 1,000,000 dollars broke on Slashdot.

1 Million dollars is not new (2, Funny)

jdigriz (676802) | about 7 years ago | (#18492063)

Computers used to cost millions of dollars routinely in the bad old days. What's new is that this is the first time that a million dollar computer comes in a form factor that's easy to steal.

If there's one thing that shows what's... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18492075)

...wrong with this world, this is it. Some people control enough resources that they can WASTE a million on one laptop, while others could build 10000 laptops with that money. Don't get me wrong: The rich should lead comfortable, even luxurious lives, but this is just wasteful. Its only value is in showing the ridiculous amount of resources that are at the buyers disposal, by wasting them on something that will be out-of-date in at most a year.

Priceless... (4, Funny)

xtracto (837672) | about 7 years ago | (#18492089)

Kick ass laptop to be the envy of your friends .... $1,000,000
Coffee to show off your laptop in the cafeteria ... $ 100
"Sorry, we're currently experiencing heavy
server loads. Please try again in a few minutes."... priceless

Re:Priceless... (2, Interesting)

necro81 (917438) | about 7 years ago | (#18492443)

Actually, it is gizmag's server that can't take it. Luvaglio's [luvaglio.com] site is probably quite a light load on a webserver, considering that it consists of just two pages - a homepage that says "By Appointment Only," and a page with contact info. No pics, no specs, not even a product announcement. Are we supposed to take these people seriously?

What a complete waste. (1)

Randseed (132501) | about 7 years ago | (#18492091)

What a waste. For a million dollars, I'd at least want the thing to have a big freakin' laser on its freakin' lid.

More seriously, I'd rather have a bad-ass server controlled by a laptop, and which uses the laptop as its terminal interface, perhaps with a OpenMOSIX-like distributed system.


ettlz (639203) | about 7 years ago | (#18492123)

It better be fucking bulletproof at that price, too. The "one million dollar laptop" — what does it do, go "nanah-nanah-nanah" when you lift the lid?


voice_of_all_reason (926702) | about 7 years ago | (#18492251)

It better be fucking bulletproof at that price, too

Fortunately, I think we're all aware that diamond is one of, if not THE hardest metal known to man,

OLPB (4, Funny)

IchBinEinPenguin (589252) | about 7 years ago | (#18492141)

one laptop per billionaire

Re:OLPB (1)

RealGrouchy (943109) | about 7 years ago | (#18492293)

Mod parent up! With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, and from Bill Clinton's foundation, we can garner enough government support to purchase enough million-dollar laptops for the many uneducated, starving anorexic supermodels in L.A.!

- RG>

But the server running the site... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18492145)

Obviously isn't worth $1,000,000 because after the article is up for twenty minutes the site is already slashdotted.


Stupidity? (1)

id3as (1067224) | about 7 years ago | (#18492151)

It's 1000000$ stupidity or what? 10000 100$ laptops would certainly outperform it many times.

Re:Stupidity? (1)

spydum (828400) | about 7 years ago | (#18492249)

If you can manage to fit 10,000 laptops into your bag, I applaud you sir.

Re:Stupidity? (1)

id3as (1067224) | about 7 years ago | (#18492403)

Yep, try to imagining me developing something similar to Google to serve my good purposes, and controlling it remotely.

Re:Stupidity? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18492385)

It's 1000000$ stupidity or what? 10000 100$ laptops would certainly outperform it many times.

Nah, this is just to pick up the market of folks who are growing dissatisfied paying only $350 for an MP3 player [apple.com]

But it will it run Vista? (5, Insightful)

splatterboy (815820) | about 7 years ago | (#18492213)

I hate to use cars as an analogy but TFA doesn't mention OS, and if its just a windows box - that would make it the computing version of a Ferrari chassis and body with a Chevy/Ford/VW engine... For a cool million I would think it should have Linux/Mac/MS running virtual with a Jeff Han/perceptive pixel gui... Seriously - if the craftsmanship and precious materials are the only metric here - its just a case-mod. Who made the mobo and cpu?

Re:But it will it run Vista? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18492397)

Pft, for a mil it should have a decent OS, like BSD or Solaris.

I know how they calculated Million Dollars (0)

itz2000 (1027660) | about 7 years ago | (#18492225)

Lets see :
Computer, HD, Blu-Ray, Screen, Battery, ... = 1000$
Windows VISTA price, which none of us actually pays (I'm not a pirate, I'm with the good side, Linux) is : 990,000$

1000$+999,000$ = 1,000,000$

Easy MATH.

Microsoft Humor: (2, Funny)

davidwr (791652) | about 7 years ago | (#18492291)

Overheard in a Microsoft executive washroom:

J Allard: Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these babies.
Bill Gates: What do you mean, "imagine?"

Oblig. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18492301)

And Vista is still too expensive.

for one million dollars... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18492377)

It better include 24/7 in person tech support by something more ~attractive then the geek squad.

One million? (1)

HomelessInLaJolla (1026842) | about 7 years ago | (#18492389)

While the novelty of a one million dollar laptop might be appreciated the only thing that impresses me about it is the 128 GB of solid state storage.

Colored diamonds, big deal. Just a case mod. (4, Informative)

Animats (122034) | about 7 years ago | (#18492391)

Colored diamonds, probably from the factory in Sarasota, Florida. [gemesis.com]

The diamond industry is coming unglued. They're not that rare, they're not that hard to make, multiple companies are cranking out diamonds, and de Beers lost an antitrust suit [usdoj.gov], so the monopoly is coming apart.

The resale value of diamonds is about 40% of list price. If that. (The phrase "dump value" is used in the industry.) Look on eBay for even cheaper ones. If you want real diamonds on your computer's LEDs, it won't cost you much.

This is just another case mod project, one with delusions of grandeur.

Benchmarks, anyone? (1)

Weaselmancer (533834) | about 7 years ago | (#18492433)

With 128GB of solid state disk space

How does that compare with traditional hard drives? I'd love to see some benchmarks on that. What does it do to boot time? Application start? Fun stuff like that.

Yeah, I know it's good to have because it should be more drop-proof than a traditional mechanical hard drive. But something tells me that you're not going to treat a million dollar laptop like a football anyway, so what does this do for the buyer?

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