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Comment Re:Keyboards? (Score 1) 332

Nah, clearly owning and using (daily) a 30 year old keyboard is something every geek should be aiming to achieve. Just think - it will probably become sentient in a few more years and eclipse whatever supposedly 'ground breaking' AI project the owner is working on. Perhaps someone should come up with a better solution than those HP washable things - a great idea in principle but no geek is going to use it because it isn't built like a tank and doesn't deafen everyone around them, and let's face it, only geeks are going to go for something like that as everyone else wants whatever the latest keys are, then wireless, then bluetooth, so will never keep hold of it for any length of time. Sad times. The planet is doomed.

Comment Re:MOAR BUFFERS isn't always the solution (Score 1) 391

No, neither is acceptable in those cases, but the topic is audio playback in an audiophile environment, so data on a gigabyte network doesn't have to travel at 48kbit/sec - it can fully saturate the buffer almost instantly if necessary before playback starts as the whole listening experience was probably started only after several hours of procrastination and cleaning of equipment took place. The system would have enough time to transfer the whole FLAC 192kbs album before playback needed to start! For a video game and many applications, sure, the latency is usually acceptable (I'm a semi-pro musician and make use of soft synths, so I'm fully aware of the effects that even 30ms of latency vs 10ms can have, let alone the 500ms or so that pipe organs can sometimes exhibit).

Comment Re:The guy is full of himself (Score 1) 147

Does anyone remember how a Power Mac used to be a power house of computing? Now it resembles something like a vase for flowers.

The PowerMac line ended in 2006, almost a decade ago. The fact you could use one as a flower vase proves the superior design - there aren't many computers that can be reused in such a way once they become obsolete!

Comment Re:20 Years (Score 0) 382

On a $2000 laptop for a $800+ device - both of which need to be regularly refreshed too (and you probably need to own multiple devices for testing the different form factors). The $99 subscription pails into insignificance on just those things, let alone everything else associated with development (server hosting, SSL certificates, business taxes, coffee, expensive german cars, etc)

Comment Re:Buggy whip makers said automobiles aren't... (Score 1) 451

OK, I was a little off according to this study - - 1.1 to 1.2 seconds is the average there, but there are other studies that had higher times, and other sources quote much longer, eg Presumably it takes most people significant time to realise what's happening, not panic, then move your right foot from the accelerator to the brake and the left onto the clutch and press down hard.

Comment Re:Dell (Score 4, Informative) 385

If you want to use a Dell, I would advise to pick one from the "Business" line of products (Lattitude), instead of the "End-User" line (Precision).

Vostro, Latitude and Precision are the business line laptops (in increasing order of build quality / reliability). Inspiron, XPS and Alienware are the end-user / domestic lines (again in increasing order of build quality).

Comment Re:How big a fuss is it, really? (Score 1) 415

Assuming a decent cable then my Nexus5 will do that when switched off, and almost as quickly in airplane mode. With a crap cable my Nexus5 will take 6 hours when switched off. Apple seem to have better control over how they charge, and the cables, as my previous iPhone5 would nearly always recharge in that time no matter what. I much prefer the Nexus though (and I'm generally an Apple-first guy... prize my Macbook Pro off me at your peril...)

Comment Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (Score 1) 555

I suppose turning a Mac on with Command+Option+R pressed down is a little quirky. Not sure of many other machines that will let you reinstall the the OS completely from the Internet even after a hard drive replacement so easily though. And 'update all' on a Linux distro typically updates far more than the operating system - stuff breaks all the time when updating applications on any platform.

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