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Mac Tax, Dell Tax, HP Tax

GarfBond Re:Rehash... (858 comments)

Dell XPS M1730:
Weight: Starting at 10.6 lbs10 (4.81 kg)
Width: 16.0" (406 mm)
Height: 2.00" (50.7 mm)
Depth: 11.9" (302.6 mm)

17" MacBook Pro
        0.98 inch (2.50 cm)
        15.47 inches (39.3 cm)
        10.51 inches (26.7 cm)
        6.6 pounds (2.99 kg)1

Note how the 17" MBP is smaller in every single dimension. In your comparison, you made a huge compromise, and that was on the laptop's size. You can argue whether that's worth $1200, but it probably isn't worth $0.

more than 5 years ago

Photog Rob Galbraith Rates MacBook Pro Display "Not Acceptable"

GarfBond Hello Captain Obvious (504 comments)

Par for the course on Slashdot, but basically the entire basis of his gripe is the glossy screen, hence the complaint about viewing angles.

Then there's this gem:

It's important to remember that, even though the late-2008 MacBook Pro 15 inch doesn't keep up in either colour accuracy or viewing angle with laptops from IBM/Lenovo, its display is still quite good and still falls on the right side of the line of acceptable display quality for field use by a working photographer, at least in ambient light that discourages reflections.

From earlier:

Sum it up, and what you have is a very good 15.4 inch (diagonal), 1440 x 900 pixel screen. Good, that is, for a laptop. Its characteristics are very similar to the MacBook Pro 15 inch we wrote about in July 2007, and others we've set up since. The display has some colour quirks that put it one or two steps below a good desktop display, and it's important to maintain a consistent, front-and-centre viewing angle, but as with the previous generation of this Apple laptop, display quality is absolutely acceptable and usable for image assessment and simple Photoshop edits in the field, as long as you're aware of the display's particular blend of strengths and weaknesses.

Basically, if you hate glossy screens, and it would appear these individuals do, the glossy can be a deal-breaker. Which anyone with half a brain could have told you without the trollish tone

FWIW, the 17-inch MBP comes with a matte-screen option. Time will tell if such an option trickles back down to the 15".

more than 5 years ago

Vital Parts of Games As DLC?

GarfBond Re:They're insane. (446 comments)

Really? Your only option to something you don't like is "pirate often?" How about not getting the game?

They don't owe you the game. You don't owe them your money. If you truly believed in voting with your dollars, free market etc., then you wouldn't even give them the satisfaction of a +1 piracy statistic.

Taking a very principled stand and then proceeding to just pirate the game because you want it that badly is just cowardice and selfishness. Remember, video games are not a need and you don't *have* to have it.

more than 6 years ago

Internet Co-inventor Vint Cerf Endorses Obama

GarfBond Re:Obama (713 comments)

I don't know if anyone actually *made* women pay for rape kits, but the fact remains that the chief of police in Wasilla pushed heavily against it, and was the only town in Alaska to do so. There's no evidence that indicates Palin had any direct involvement in that discussion, but it's hard to believe that someone like the mayor of a town isn't completely aware of a high-profile stance like this by the police chief.


more than 6 years ago


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