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  • New energy regulations prompt Dell to stop sales of high-performance PCs in six states

    Are these regulations just looking at power consumption? Or are they looking at efficiency? You can have lots of very inefficient computers that use lower levels of power. Yet there are many more of these computers than high end gaming machines. Overall it’s a stupid concept. Especially if you can bypass the regulations by purchasing a custom configured system. And what of the academics who use high end computers, even off the shelf systems, for research? Do I not have the freedom to choose PC gaming as a leisure activity? Somehow that’s being viewed as evil. Next thing you know Governor Newsom will be at my door demanding I get vaccinated and taking away my “inefficient” gaming computer. Freedoms lost. Tyranny is next.
  • Microsoft detailing 'next generation of Windows' on June 24

    The UI changes are nice user experience improvements but it’s still putting lipstick on a pig. Given all of the hacking/ransomeware issues that are out in the wild, Microsoft needs to implement some significant architectural updates that protects the Windows core/environment from hackers. Improved sandboxing would be a start. You can’t stop users from opening infected emails but you can certainly sandbox them and do a better job of inspecting attachments or links. The hacker threat and impact is incredibly high and Windows needs to be a more capable threat detector/preventer. Get that done then work on the artsy front end redesign.
  • Expedia chairman attacks Apple's 'disgusting' 30% commission fee

    The majority of comments here re: Expedia are missing the point that there are numerous alternatives/competitors to Expedia. With Apple there are no competitors other than Android based platforms. Not really a choice if you see benefits to owning an iPhone. Also the 30% commissions are paid for by the app customers, not really the developers. Tim Cook’s testimony about being concerned about the end user and their safety and experience rings shallow because they are the ones paying the 30% commission through developers such as Epic. It boils down to Apple’s absolute control if not monopoly power over the App Store.
  • Apple Silicon M1 24-inch iMac review: Computing power for the masses

    I have a new strategy for Mac purchases: I’m buying a Mac mini M1 and a nice monitor. I’ll buy a low end Mini which makes it affordable and easy to upgrade by replacing it. This way I can have the benefits of new compute technology every 2-3 years without having to pay for the cost of the monitor.
  • Craig Federighi blasts Mac security to prop up iOS App Store

    All of this talk about security misses the point that Epic’s desire is to save having to pay Apple a commission on in-app purchases. The security of of IOS App Store prevents Epic from supporting external purchases. This is all about money and commissions. Should Apple be entitled to commissions on in-app purchases? I would argue they aren’t.