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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

spoot Re:It helps to actually use the thing. (296 comments)

Not a development tool, but give me a desktop environment that works like this on Linux, and I'll drop OS X

about a month ago

How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

spoot Re: It helps to actually use the thing. (296 comments)

Things that make apple kit "worth" it.

Multi Touch Trackpad (no one else even comes close)
(maybe) nice industrial design (looks)

I think that's about it. Does that make it worth the soldered ram, non-standard ssde, etc... up to you.

about a month ago

How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

spoot Re:Where's the premium? (296 comments)

I agree with everything you said, except for the applecare. I think you are better off not plunking down applecare dough, you much better off just sending it in for a depot repair if your ram goes south. It's a roll of the dice. Of course, unless you spill your drink in the machine. If that's the case depot is too damn expensive and applecare won't cover it anyway.

about a month ago

Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

spoot Re:5K display (and computer) for $2500 (355 comments)

All iMacs can act as an external display for another machine. I'm using two of them for that at the moment. A quick keyboard shortcut switches it from displaying it's own video to displaying the external video. It's called Target Display Mode if you want to google it.

If my memory serves me correct, target display mode only works on thunderbolt models.

about a month ago

Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

spoot Re:Maybe a Mini (355 comments)

The newer unibody models don't need a paint scraper/spatula. The chassis slides out. There is a "special" apple tool for service providers to slide it out, but it can be done by mere mortals. And there is a second hard drive kit available.


about a month ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

spoot Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (789 comments)

"I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations. This is a reality, not just words."

"Our words are backed by nuclear weapons!"

Pottie's been playing too much Civ.

about 3 months ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

spoot speech to text (544 comments)

don't know why more people don't use it. hell of a lot easier than touch screen keyboard. On my Nexus 4 works at about 90-95 percent accuracy.

about 4 months ago

Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

spoot Re:I think the conversation here is missing the po (1116 comments)

This was free speech WORKING. This was a whole bunch of people speaking out and saying that it's no more acceptable for CEOs to hold this kind of opinion on equal marriage as it would be for them to hold a similar opinion on interracial marriage.

let me consider that statement...

Free speech works by "a whole bunch of people" saying someone else's (ceo or otherwise) opinion (speech) is unacceptable "free" speech. My brain hurts!

about 8 months ago

Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

spoot Re:It sad really (1116 comments)

where's my damn mod points when I need them! Mod this up! The most sane post in this thread!

about 8 months ago

Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

spoot Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (298 comments)

I'm old enough to remember we've been down this road before with the boondoggle of the multi-one-plane-to-rule-them-all before. I'm not dissing the f-35, it's just that we've been through this before with similar results:


about 8 months ago

SnapChat Turns Down $3 Billion Offer From Facebook

spoot Re:How's that tech bubble working out for you? (188 comments)

Jaron Lanier: “Funding a civilization through advertising is like trying to get nutrition by connecting a tube from one’s anus to one’s mouth.”

1 year,13 days

Lockheed Martin Developing Successor To the SR-71 Blackbird

spoot this possibly means one of two things.. (160 comments)

the sr72 already exists or lockheed martin wants the press and public buzz for funding.

1 year,22 days

Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

spoot the votes are in... everyone hates it (1191 comments)

looks like every other news site. i will visit less. will have to scroll 3x as much to scan the posts. used to love the old school slashcode because it loaded fast and i could scan quick. that will be gone now. will visit the register more because let's face it, their writing is funnier anyway. but then again, i hate everything

about a year ago

Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt

spoot We Won! (604 comments)

THIS! Two guys with pressure cookers shut down a major american city, innocent American's were deprived of their 4th Amendment rights (just as one example, stripped naked guy) Endless pictures of paramilitary police and armored personell carriers roaming the streets of Boston Door to door searches by police that essentially are indistinguishable from military without search warrants brandishing firearms ... You tell me who won? It certainly isn't the American citizen.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Patent Hints at Net-Booting Cloud Strategy

spoot yes, and it will be called (156 comments)

FruitBoot. Boot your Mac direct from backend by the Bay. Or, diskless from the data center North Carolina, this is the Toothless FruitBoot. Not as attractive of an experience, but a more streamlined boot.

more than 3 years ago

Senate Panel Approves Website Shut-Down Bill

spoot What about my IP? (390 comments)

I was talking about this bill with my sharp-kneed girlfriend yesterday. Yea, about that, here's the insightful/non-geek response I got from her via email. I hope she doesn't sue me for copyright infringement for posting this:

It is infuriating that the govt. wants to protect us from illegally obtaining copyrighted info on line, but offers no real protection against our own personal information being collected and used by business.

Can I copyright my personal information: name, address, phone, IP, screen names, contacts, list of sites I visits, and all the other info numerous companies collect about me through my computer? I think not. Our personal information is everywhere, including that being stored by the govt., but if we want to read a book or copy a file containing copyrighted content we are criminals.

Can't it just be considered a fair trade? Business collects info about me, I collect copyrighted info owned by businesses. It's all a bit of collateral damage that is worth enduring for the sake of being able to use the internet. If we have to just accept the fact that use of the internet means giving up our privacy, why can't business just have to accept that there will be leakage of some copyrighted info?

Such bullshit. This issue is so important to every American's freedoms now and for the shaping of our future, but what are Americans hearing about as a hot topic today? Caffeinated alcoholic beverages making kids who are drinking them illegally sick, and too much salt in the soup.


about 4 years ago

Microsoft Feared Mac Vs. Vista In '05

spoot Microsoft Created Much of the Comparison (652 comments)

I'm sure many will remember the comparisons of the screen shots and betas for Vista vs. OS X. It was remarkable how much Vista looked like OS X. In both feature (bloat) and GUI. Microsoft is as much, if not more, to blame for the feature comparison. Redmond continued to flaunt using Cupertino as their proxy R&D. When Microsoft finally shipped the goods, the comparisons it seems, were only skin deep.

about 6 years ago



Microsoft Proves Six Degrees of Separation Theory

spoot spoot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

spoot writes "Microsoft Proves Six Degrees of Separation Theory, Still Can't Get Customers to Separate Themselves from Their Wallet to Buy Vista. Researchers at the Microsoft mother-ship in Redmond say they have some pretty hard-core data that proves theory that everyone on Earth is indeed just six degrees away from everyone else."
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