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StrangeDays said:JWSC said:
No matter what your political stripes, this is an absolute good. But corporate behavior will only change when internal incentives change. If salary increases and bonuses continue to be tied to stock performance this statement means nothing. Follow through is everything.
What it really is is a barrier to entry to new competitors. Established wealthy corporations can do this. Newer ons get strangled by the associated frameworks and reporting processes set up to the advantage of the established corporations with large corporate and PR departments. At the very least, if a young start up didn’t report how it complies, say only because it can’t employ an army of compliance officers, the “curated” media (by the established corporate giants) will eat them alive.
macplusplus said:JokingJ said:Inexpensive is relative, but... This it ain't it.
As nice and insular as Apple-land can be, the rest of the personal computing world deserves some consideration when talking about value, and Apple missed the mark big time here.
Consider that for $1299 USD you can get a Razer Blade Stealth 13 with a 256gb SSD, 16gb RAM, 8th Gen quad-core i7, and with dedicated Nvidia MX150 (not to mention niceties like, you know, other ports or a reliable keyboard). That's a premium laptop from a reputable company that even has Applecare-esque service options available.
Value doesn't exist in a vacuum, and it's exactly this sort of nonsense that's been pushing would-be "pros" in the Apple space to consider a switch. This underwhelming and over-priced base model isn't changing that, however comparatively "inexpensive" it may be.
Actually, the MBP is better value.
In AUD, a 256GB MBP RRPs at $2299 including 10% GST.
At my work, the HP Is the elitebook 1030 G3 which is AUD$2530 inc GST on sale at the HP website. It’s specs are:
- Intel® Core™ i5-8250U Processor with Intel® UHD Graphics 620 (1.6 GHz base frequency, up to 3.4 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 6 MB cache, 4 cores)
- Windows 10 Pro 64
- 13.3" diagonal FHD IPS eDP BrightView WLED-backlit touch screen (1920 x 1080)
- 8 GB LPDDR3-2133 SDRAM (onboard)
- 256 GB PCIe® NVMe™ SSD
The work Dell is comparable, similar specs to the HP but is an ugly black latitude 5300, is currently AUD$2148 inc GST on the dell website ($400 off on sale).
I would get the faster MBP with a much brighter and better screen, and a superior, easy to use trackpad. Let’s face it, touch screens are as underused as the touchbar, people really only use them for scrolling.
Edit2: the razor blade stealth above is currently on sale at Computer Alliance, for AUD$2499 ($300 off). It isn’t a work machine. The MBP upgraded to an i7 and 256gB SSD is $2799 but it won’t have the discrete GPU, although it’s battery will last much closer to that claimed by the Razer than the Razer actually will.
Ecky-Thump said:How dare France try to level the playing field.
Tax-dodging multinationals have an unfair advantage over small local companies who can’t base their operations in tax havens.