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Re: The Problem with Apple

Unread postby commodorejohn » Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:39 pm

4k on a laptop is the computer equivalent of the 48"+ TV - there is no conceivable use case in which it's good for anything other than a dick-measuring contest. Unless you just have some kind of childhood trauma resulting in a clinical phobia of visible pixels or something.
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Re: The Problem with Apple

Unread postby guardian452 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:19 am

Enjoy your 11" amber (or green... preferably green) CRT then. Who needs 80 columns of text when 40 will do?

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Re: The Problem with Apple

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:44 am

I said that for years!
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Re: The Problem with Apple

Unread postby itsvince725 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:07 am

I wish I had an amber CRT, amber displays are awesome!
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Re: The Problem with Apple

Unread postby Trippynet » Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:23 am

guardian452 wrote:The largest reasonable laptop SSD is 2TB. The largest reasonable laptop HDD is 3 or 4 TB. Stop peddling this shit that SSDs are tiny and useless. My MBP has 1TB ssd, I'm sure apple will offer a larger one in the future. Yes, they are more expensive than HDD.


You are correct, however the larger SSDs quickly get very expensive. A 1TB NVMe SSD is around £300, which is quite a lot considering you can get 3TB hard drives for under £100. Personally I think a lot depends on what type of data you want to store. On my PC, a fast SSD is great for the OS, games and other regularly used apps, but it's a waste for music and videos, which is why a PC with both fast storage and a lot of storage is much cheaper than with laptops where you're often restricted to one drive.

But then don't forget that the latest MBPs have soldered SSDs, so you're stuck with the capacity that you buy. And of course, there's the Apple tax if you want a larger one. To go from a 256GB SSD to a 1TB one in a new Macbook Pro will add over £500 to the price.
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Re: The Problem with Apple

Unread postby commodorejohn » Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:32 am

itsvince725 wrote:I wish I had an amber CRT, amber displays are awesome!

I miss my old amber MDA monitor. So easy on the eyes.
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Re: The Problem with Apple

Unread postby guardian452 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:16 am

I have an amdek amber video screen.. use it with apple 1 and 2e on occasion. Great picture, horrible high pitched whine. Some day I'll tune it up but it runs for hours without problem.

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Re: The Problem with Apple

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:01 pm

I had a few 1084S monitors in my Amiga days, I also had a monochrome amber monitor and my uncle has a Solbourne with that orange plasma display. I want it. So bad. But he wants to give it to my cousin - not a big deal since my cousin would probably give it to me as he doesn't appreciate stuff like that.
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Re: The Problem with Apple

Unread postby commodorejohn » Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:37 pm

The 1084s is a damn fine display, for sure. I'm never selling mine. The Philips CM8833 is another one I quite like - takes just about anything you can throw at it short of later high-resolution display standards without complaint.
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Re: The Problem with Apple

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:51 pm

As I said, want to get one of the later Sony CRT projectors myself. And some more PVMs
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Re: The Problem with Apple

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:44 am

commodorejohn wrote:The 1084s is a damn fine display, for sure. I'm never selling mine.


With the exception of the execrable CM-141 and its relative the 1802, Commodore did manage to pick great monitors to rebadge. Besides the 1084, I am a big, big fan of the 1702.
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Re: The Problem with Apple

Unread postby Y888099 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:04 am

The problem with Apple ? The worst thing about the MacBook/Pro is: the insufficient cooling

Yesterday my brother's MacBook/Pro fried again and we are supposed to carry it to AppleCare: forget it, it's the third time it happens and now this machine is going to be sold as problem definitely solved.

Seriously, even forcing the fans to their maximum speed isn't enough to prevent the CPUs from burning in hell in less than a minute of full load, e.g. typically 1% of your FEM analysis, and Apple uses tamper resistant screws, therefore you can neither check nor reapply the thermal paste without special tools and without voiding the warranty.

WTF?!? Seriously.
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Re: The Problem with Apple

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:22 pm

Guardian452 did make a point a while ago on comparing Apple products serviceability to how cars have advanced. I thought on it some, and I have a video from Louis Rossmann to drive home some points.



Watch this while I talk explanations. Cars do have diagnostic software and have for decades. But beyond the required OBD2, ABS and now ESC/TCS systems, there's no major standards for vehicle diagnosis. Some luxury brands like BMW, Mercedes, etc. have extensions that require their own in-house tools to diagnose and fix, but one major difference is that they're not allowed to withhold diagnostics tools like these from independent shops. Apple does. As Louis explains, on some older Macs you can get an INTERNAL only hardware test which can provide verbose information to fix various component or sub-component level issues. But this is/was internal. And on newer macs, you can't do it at all. You get a self-test system, but that's about it, and all of the codes it provides simply point to going to Apple. Apple holds a monopoly and wastefulness on the computing market.

By comparison, imagine O2 sensor replacements required replacement of your exhaust headers, or your catalytic converter. Or spark plug gaskets requiring a new valve cover, or valve adjustments being impossible and thus a whole new head has to be fitted, along with headgasket, head bolts etc. Or anytime your steering system springs a leak, they have to replace the entire rack, pump, resevoir etc. It's retarded. And that's what gluing batteries to palm rests, making computers non-serviceable and more actually do.
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Re: The Problem with Apple

Unread postby guardian452 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:11 am

Can't watch the video, but...

The difference being with cars if you can't afford IDS/Tech2/WiTech you can get a cheap scanner from mahle or snap on for under 10 grand that will do almost everything a factory scanner will do (the issue being they tend to not work with the newest models).

Apple has really great diagnostic tools. When I brought my iphone in for service once they ran all of the diagnostics while it was still in my pocket at the apple store and printed up the report before my appointment started. But... you have to go to the apple store.

I'm sorry but look at some of the shit that john deere is doing. I just don't understand why people get excited over cheap consumer apple stuff, I guess they're worried about the precedent it will set?

And still, the machines are modified. To quote a famous line from Jurassic Park, "Nature finds a way".

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/arti ... n-firmware
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I have bought a lot of cars in my time and I've never had to sign a license agreement. AFAIK no manufacturer does this. My day job is writing embedded software for vehicles so I'd like to think I have at least an inkling of what is going on in this area.

Off-road equipment is different. Almost everything on highway vehicles is controlled by SAE standards (j1939 etc) down to message IDs and dbc files. The only real exceptions come in with standards like chademo (which is only a couple thousand, and it's also pretty simple to reverse engineer) and anything from tesla.

So you would do better complaining to tesla and nissan-renault. BMW and Mercedes (which you call out by name) are pretty easy to work with. GM is far worse.


The *real* problem with apple, with a headline that would not be out of place in The Onion:
AOL invented "snap forward" years earlier, but Apple innovated by snapping backwards.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/201 ... all-tweak/

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Re: The Problem with Apple

Unread postby guardian452 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:54 pm

So I was in the neighborhood today (actually at a customer site in Pryor OK) and I stopped to visit my friend Scott Weaver at Superior Auto Electric in Tulsa.

For the record not only is he a damn fine auto electrician he is also credited with many of the wiring diagrams in the Haynes manuals (he's currently working on some vw manual... and a RAM pickup in the shop with a strange HVAC problem) also a columnist, cartoonist, author, etc.

Anyways, had a bit of discussion about "right to repair" and I would like to set up perhaps a remarkable results or maybe a tool talk about the subject. It is a huge deal right now in the aftermarket business. If it happens, I will of course share it here.


By comparison, imagine O2 sensor replacements required replacement of your exhaust headers, or your catalytic converter. Or spark plug gaskets requiring a new valve cover, or valve adjustments being impossible and thus a whole new head has to be fitted, along with headgasket, head bolts etc. Or anytime your steering system springs a leak, they have to replace the entire rack, pump, resevoir etc.
Erm, No. We already do things like that all the time. Those are pretty common repair procedures. Although I haven't seen a hydraulic steering rack on a new car in years I'm sure they still exist on bargain-basement vehicles.

I'm talking more like all data lines completely encrypted, replacement parts that are serial# locked and must be "authorized" before the vehicle will function, vehicles being disabled at any signs of reverse-engineering, etc. We are already at that point with BCM, ORC, ECU, IPC, etc on some cars. The difference being, is there was always a "good reason" for doing so in the past. Whether to support a dizzying array of options or preventing a gimmicked odometer or crash recorder.

http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1328081
"What consumer would choose not to have their vehicle secured against nefarious and potentially life threatening cyberattack?"

What consumer would demand needless connectivity which would mandate security against cyberattacks? No thanks.


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