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Apple Updates MacBooks and Mac Pro Desktop With Haswell, "Unified Thermal Core"

phalse phace From 1.8GHz i5 to 1.3 GHz i5 (464 comments)

I'm really curious to see the benchmark comparisons between the previous MacBook Air with the 1.8GHz dual core i5-3427U (Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz) and the new MBA with a 1.3GHz dual core i5-4250U (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz).

about a year and a half ago

Apple Bans Sale of Comic Book On All iOS Apps Over Gay Sex Images - Update

phalse phace Re:in other news (299 comments)

who would have thought something could be too gay for apple?

Could explain why the original rainbow-colored Apple stickers were redesigned and are now solid white.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Mulling Smaller Windows 8 Tablets

phalse phace Re:resolution!! (145 comments)

I came up short.

That's what she said.

about a year and a half ago

Retail Chains To Strike Back Against Online Vendors

phalse phace Re:So just like the old Sears crap? (532 comments)

When my oldest needed a laptop right that minute for class after the old Dell gave up the ghost he went to two local stores, the Staples and Best buy. The Staples were doing nothing but bait and switch, every model he would look at on the floor was magically out of stock but they could get him 'something similar' for a $300 markup

I doubt Staples was trying to pull a bait and switch. This is probably what happened. Your "oldest" was only going to buy the laptop and nothing else, right? Well, since the profit margin on PCs is so slim, Staples has a program in place where each store is expected to average at least $200 in attachment sales with each PC sold otherwise the store gets in trouble with the district manager. They call this attachment sale total their "Market Basket" and it can consist of anything sold in the store (e.g. MS Office, antivirus software, extended warranty, laptop bag, printer, printer ink, paper, a pen, a candy bar, a soda,... etc.).

If the sales person sees that the customer isn't going to buy anything else with the PC (called a "dry sale"), then it's not uncommon for them to pretend that they don't have the PC (or other similarly priced PCs) in stock, especially if it's going to drop their weekly "Market Basket" average below $200 or drop their warranty sales percentage below 6 percent.

To avoid making the customer suspicious of anything, they'll sometimes tell the customer that a higher priced model (usually something not on sale) is available, but it's also a model that is more than what the customer is willing or planning to spend. The customer will then leave and go somewhere else. Yes, they lose a sale, but they also save their "Market Basket" and warranty sales numbers which can sometimes be more important if they don't want to get in trouble with the district or regional manager.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Nets 350K Textbook Downloads In 3 Days

phalse phace Can I resell them? (376 comments)

What I want to know is if I can resell the digital textbook once I'm done with it like with a paper-based textbook. It's one way to help offset the price of the next textbook I might buy, but knowing Apple probably not.

more than 2 years ago

What Happens To Your Files When a Cloud Service Shuts Down?

phalse phace What happens to all the files? (592 comments)

What happens to all the files that were stored on the servers? If you don't have a backup yourself, then you're SOL.

That's one reason why I refused to depend on cloud storage and keep a NAS. I keep telling friends who use their smartphones as their main PC, digital camera, etc to back the stuff up and not just to the cloud. If you don't, you might find yourself F'ed one day. But do they listen? Nope.

more than 2 years ago

UK Consumers To Pay For Online Piracy

phalse phace tax? (300 comments)

So if I pay this "tax," then that means that I'm free to download to my heart's content, right?

more than 4 years ago

Mininova Starts Filtering Torrents

phalse phace Re:Isn't that a bit like... (267 comments)

Maybe they can download the video of him hiding the body from Mininova???

more than 5 years ago

Trojan Hides In Pirated Copies of Apple iWork '09

phalse phace Re:Why not download directly from Apple? (431 comments)

I don't steal software, ever,....

I don't "steal" software either. I just d/l it from the Pirate Bay.

more than 5 years ago

Trojan Found At Torrent Sites Insists "Downloading Is Wrong"

phalse phace Trojan.JS.Agent.js (345 comments)

Kaspersky detected this yesterday:

detected: Trojan program Trojan.JS.Agent.ja

URL: http://savelocity.com/form43810aas.html

and all I did was type in Gran Torino into the search field on the Bay. Crazy.

more than 5 years ago

Which Computer Books For Prisoners?

phalse phace How about the Crayola books? (257 comments)

You know...

- International Unix Environments
- Computer security criteria, DOD standards
- The Pink Shirt Book, Guide to IBM PCs
- The Devil book a.k.a. The Unix Bible
- The Dragon book, a.k.a. Compiler design
- The Red Book a.k.a. NSA Trusted Networks


more than 6 years ago

Guitar Hero World Tour Equipment Problems, Subscription Possibilities?

phalse phace Unfortunately (146 comments)

the drum tuning application provided by Activision, which requires a 20 character code to install, only came with 19 characters.

Activision did, however, suggest a work-around. "To do this, simply enter your existing code, and then for the last character, try the letters A-Z, and then the numbers 0-9. You should eventually get the right combination, and be able to install the applicatin."

more than 6 years ago



phalse phace phalse phace writes  |  more than 7 years ago

phalse phace (454635) writes "With so many consumers still asking for Windows XP to be loaded on Dell's consumer level PCs, the PC maker has finally decided to make that as an option. 'Like most computer makers, Dell switched nearly entirely to Vista-based systems following Microsoft's mainstream launch of the operating system in January. However, the company said its customers have been asking for XP as part of its IdeaStorm project, which asks customers to help the company come up with product ideas. Starting immediately, Dell said, it is adding XP Home and Professional as options on four Inspiron laptop models and two Dimension desktops.' The Dell models with the Windows XP option are: Dell Inspiron 1405, 1705, 1505, and 1501; and Dell Dimension E520 and E521."


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