Re: Tell your friends
Forget Dabsy, get Ms Bee back!
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Late 80's here. I went into a quasi UK government department where people were using Macs, and found that every person had their own Apple LaserWriter IINTX (about £5,000 then) sat by their desks. As a Mac consultant I gently wondered aloud why this setup had come about as Apple printers were net-workable with Apple's LocalTalk cabling or Ethernet adapters,
The answer was that they had recently moved over from a printing hell caused by MS-DOS computers and the nightmare of getting networked printers to work, and it was thus department policy to provide printers to all staff.
I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall of the sales meeting of the Apple Dealer who got THAT gig! "THIRTY-FIVE LaserWriter II's!!!, Here's my youngest daughter, bring her back in moderate condition tomorrow!!"
And that pre-supposes that everyone is getting along.
What if they split into factions like the Bounty mutineers on Pitcairn did?
Putting some in an airlock without a spacesuit like Heinlein wrote in 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress' would be pretty feasible.
When you look at WD's history, with macOS 10.9 Mavericks wiping WD drives because WD had not modified their drivers for year despite strong warnings from Apple, then two or possibly three attempts to flog unsuitable 'NAS' drives that could lose massive amounts of data in the last 5-6 years, I think my trust in them is almost totally gone.
I got me three of them in quick succession.
First the absolute travesty of a GP who couldn't tell the difference between the symptoms of Asthma (which I knew more about than her) and a genuine heart attack! Cue wasting months getting tested for Asthma despite my protestations.
Then the 'highly qualified' surgeon who went in to give me one stent and caused so much damage I needed three. No change in symptoms afterwards re lack of breath, pains in chest, tiredness etc.
THEN the 'highly qualified' surgeon and 'a colleague' give me four more stents in a different part of my heart because they'd missed the problems there.
Symptoms still here, no change.
Early 90's a client had 40 macs stolen from their 5th floor office by thieves using the 3rd floor flat roof of a disused college in north London, connected (get this) by four ladders roped together to cross the 10m gap between the buildings.
I have to admit, I still admire the organisation and sheer brass balls of the thieves.
I had to replace all 40 computes, which made for a very busy but very profitable week.
Back in the late 80's I got a call from a client who'd just had 10 Macintosh IIci's delivered and installed by me and my assistant a few days before.
TOM: 'Can you tell me why two of your guys picked up all the new computers just as the studio was starting up this morning?'
ME: 'Tom, you know me and David (assistant), and we don't have any other staff, so it wasn't us!'
TOM: 'They were wearing white coats and seemed to know what they were doing!'
ME: 'I bet they did!'
I've been dealing with BT at clients sites for 35 years. Bunch of badly trained apes for the most part. The introduction of ISDN and the (in)famous inch-thick invoices every month because you got charged for a full minute when the second 64kbps line kicked in when required, which might happen happen several times a minute or even several times a second.
This went on for years and BT claimed it was the customers equipment that was faulty.
Top spec MacBook Pro Apple M2 Max with 12‑core CPU, 38‑core GPU and 16‑core Neural Engine, 96GB unified memory + 8TB SSD storage is £5,624.17 + VAT/USD $6,848.83 (no tax added).
Unless you have other, much more accurate pricing information of course, which I'd be happy to examine.
Here's a link to a very recent comparison between a just released Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Ultra with RTX 4050 GPU vs the lowest spec 16" MacBook Pro (with the smallest drive so 1/2 the speed of the next size up). https://youtu.be/lgyx1adRGp8
The MacBook handily wipes the clock of the Samsung in most of the tests. Then they unplugged the PC from the mains and the laughing really started here in Snapper Towers.
I run a refurb iPhone 8 (2017) and my wife has the same. Before that i had an iPhone 6s for four years until I dropped it off a roof.
My daughter changes her Samsung phone every couple of years because there is always something going wrong with it after that time.
Some phones are better made and last longer than new shiny toys like Samsung.
(and no, I'm not buying a Mac Mini)
Why not? You've just described a highly customised ARM processor that is optimised for the software running on it. Games will come as the games companies realise, if they don't already, the advantages of optimised coding for iOS, iPadOS and MacOS. Technical and supply issues have held up the 3nm versions of the Apple Silicon SoC but it's still streets ahead of Intel in temperature and power efficiency,
Had a client not install adequate ventilation in the small server room, so the only solution they would go for (money-wise) was to take the sides and front off the cabinet and direct a large floor-mounted fan at it. They also insisted that the 'server' room could be used for storage of anything they desired, so one of the team leaders bought his bike in.
There was a server outage of course. The silly billy came in soaking wet one day and hung his dripping lycra up to dry on the convenient cabinet.
Some people should not be allowed computers etc.
Oh noes, the Mac guys are just opening the bags of pop-corn!
Go on, is this the year of Linux on the doorstep then?
Fuck me, when are you guys going to grow a pair and recognise Windows as a self-defeating construct!
Or do you just keep making money at 'supporting' it and sneering at everything else?
'In this case the user wants to aim their rifle without raising their head into a position where it could be shot by their adversary. A little unsporting perhaps, but perfectly understandable.'
Then the rifle will have to be completely redesigned as well. To shoot even mildly accurately is a skill, usually taught over a period of training and then requiring constant practice.
Good shooting occurs when the body is supporting the rifle as an extension of the arms and body, that's why it's generally taught that the prone body, with the rifle supported by both arms which have elbows resting on the ground and with the stock pressed firmly into the shoulder so that recoil is transmitted and absorbed through the shoulders, torso and legs in a straight line, is the best way of hitting what you are carefully aiming at.
Any other system will have to take this requirement into account, and as the Mk 1 human body, both M and F variants, doesn't have 50cm high shoulders I foresee a slight issue.