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  • Microsoft blocks Windows 10 update over Boot Camp driver issue

    Note that Microsoft supports Macs for longer than Apple does. The only reason why Apple does not support their computers for longer is because they want to force users to upgrade to their latest hardware even if it is slower than the computer they currently own (compare the latest Mac Mini to a top of the line 2011 iMac).
    There are things like 32 vs 64 bit in various components, features of the GPU (Metal support being the biggest thing to cause older models to drop off supported list), wifi, bluetooth and more.

    Why not compare the top of the line 2019 iMac to the Top of the Line 2011 iMac? or 2018 Mac mini vs the 2011 Mac mini?  They are very different class computers

    The 2018 Mac mini will out perform the top i7 2011 iMac's in most specs except GPU probably - 
    using GeekBench as an example 2018 Mac mini with i7 gets around around 5700 single core, and 24000 multi-core
    the 2011 iMac top-end i7 gets around a 3400-3600 single, with the top scores showing 11000-12000
    Disk performance is many times faster in the 2018 Mac mini - high-end SSD in new vs traditional HDD - or a much older model SSD was still SATA speed limited , as is wifi & bluetooth performance better on the new hardware.
    in GPU performance it looks like the Radeon HD 6970M is about 34% faster on average than the Intel Integrated 630 video - I'm honestly surprised it's that close - but there are GPU elements that the Intel 630 is faster at, so it's not a complete win for the 2011 iMac, and throw a cheap RX 580 in an eGPU case can get much faster performance (something I will actually be doing some app tests today or tomorrow with)
    cgWerks
  • Editorial: No Bill Gates, Windows was not iPhone's 'natural' nemesis

    blastdoor said:
    If you want to argue over what is or is not "natural," I think there's a case to be made that things like monopolists, dictators, oppression, and violence are more "natural" than free markets, democracy, cooperation, and peace. In nature, it's a brutish battle to the death for survival. It has only been through human civilization that these other ideas (free markets, democracy, etc) have come into being. I certainly prefer the artificial human construct of peace than the natural state of conflict. 
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    Says someone who has never studied nature, or even read many articles.
    Many/most animals and insects cooperate - some even between species - scarcity of resource leads to conflict for sure, but so many operate as packs, herds, pods and more.  (There was relatively recent documented cases of humpback whales defending many other species from Orcas, even calling in reinforcements and extended standoffs, while reading about the recent ones it's mentioned that such things have been noticed for decades)


    "Current management at Microsoft has mostly corrected course"  - what? they have abandoned phones and most mobile devices other than 2-in-1 devices like the Surface.  They have refocused on server & cloud more than anything.  I guess the cloud part could be the corrected course - the rest is just defending monopolies.
    hydrogenStrangeDayscharlesgresradarthekatwatto_cobra
  • A new iPod Touch is coming soon, if the rumor mills are correct

    iPod touches are also used in some businesses and museums for portable information device with accessibility without the high cost of the phones.
    williamlondon
  • A custom screw was the bottleneck in US Mac Pro production

    Notsofast said:
    Enough of the TDS, please.
    what the heck is TDS? I don't see anything that references that acronym in the story or comments.
    randominternetpersonwatto_cobra
  • Does Apple have any premium buyers left for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max?

    Some of us only update once every 3-4 years - in my case I've been on a 4 year path - iPhone 4 to iPhone 6 to having ordered the iPhone XS (hopefully .5 to 1.5 weeks to arrive now after pre-ordering it last Friday morning)
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