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davelevy
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You should vote anyway, but if you're not voting you can't really complain about the other guy.
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By clicking anywhere, scrolling, or closing this notification, you agree to be legally bound by the witch Sycorax within a cloven pine.
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davelevy
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The truth is out there.... in the depths of the policy.
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Spoiler: Movie Theaters Are Dying Because They Mostly Suck

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Spoiler: Movie Theaters Are Dying Because They Mostly Suck

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davelevy
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Lot of comments that say not my theater but the points are valied:
1) the experience of going to the movies is in decline. From the "traditional" sticky floors to the improper placement of chairs
2) There are some theaters that have taken steps to fix with loungers, "adult" seating and showings that focus on those who need separation
3) The movie going public is changing - more people don't care about what's on the screen because they are used to ignoring what's in front of them at home or office and aren't focusing on what's in front of them but instead looking at their phone or other device because of FOMO
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Mac Innovation vis-à-vis Microsoft’s Surface Line

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David Gewirtz, in a ZDNet piece headlined “Maybe It’s Time for Apple to Spin Off the Mac as a Separate Company”:

All that brings us back to the idea of spinning out the Macintosh business. I know, I know. There are lots of structural reasons why this might not be possible for Apple. The company has merged development groups, macOS and iOS are growing ever closer, yada, yada, yada. Let’s set all that aside and just brainstorm the idea for a few minutes.

Ask yourself a few questions. Would a stand-alone company on the verge of market dominance ever let its flagship top-end machine languish for five years? What about its most versatile (the Mac mini)? Would it let that machine languish, without even a processor bump, for three years? Apple went two years without updating the iMac, and that’s a top-seller.

The answer to these questions is “of course not.” Think about the Apple of the past, the one fully-focused on the Mac. Would it have allowed Microsoft to gain such innovation ground with the Surface Studio and Surface Book products? Would it have gone years without even processor-bumping its models?

The whole notion of spinning off the Mac into a separate company is so dumb it isn’t worth addressing. But the last paragraph quoted above is. I’ve seen this argument made multiple times recently — that Microsoft’s innovative and deservedly well-regarded Surface lineup was only enabled by Apple taking its collective eye off the ball in the PC space. I don’t buy that at all.

There are two Macs that have languished in recent years: the Mac Pro and Mac Mini. Microsoft’s Surface lineup doesn’t have an entry in either of those categories. The Surface lineup is composed of laptops and the iMac-esque Surface Studio.

Apple’s MacBook and iMac lineup lacks touchscreens not because Apple hasn’t paid attention to them but because Apple genuinely doesn’t think these machines should have touchscreens. Maybe Apple is wrong. Maybe Microsoft is onto the future of these form factors and Apple will have to play catch up. I don’t think so, but time will tell. But Apple has invested significant time and resources into the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, and now iMac Pro as they are.

If Microsoft’s Surface lineup has taken advantage of complacency, it’s on the part of existing Windows PC makers, not Apple.

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davelevy
312 days ago
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I think Apple was right when touchscreens first came out. Adding to laptops would muddy the interface and smudge the screens. I think they were just waiting until it became natural to figure out what the use cases for a laptop touchscreen would be (natural scrolling of windows, screen control when in a tablet mode) so their entry will not break paradigms, but merge seamlessly.

The Surface is what MS wants from laptops the same way that the pixel is what Google wants chromebooks to look like.
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jhamill
312 days ago
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Apple shills gonna shill for Apple.

Touch screen laptops are the future of laptops. You can't get a generation of users who grew up touching screens to not touch the screen. So, either the Mac will get touch screens or the Mac won't exist and it will be iPads, iPhones and Watches everywhere.

Investing in devices "as they are now" is the definition of complacency to my mind; until they are updated which because Apple is top secret cause business no one knows if it will actually happen.

Also, this is an argument for user upgrade ability. Would anyone be arguing that Apple isn't innovating if they made it possible for people to upgrade their own CPU, GPU, RAM in *desktop* computers?
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Quantum Weirdness

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Click here to go see the bonus panel!

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Weinersmith spent Christmas accusing God of things, as was his wont.

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Virtual Assistant

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If you ask it to please turn off that feature, it apologizes a whole bunch and promises to try to be quieter, then switches to a slightly lower-volume version of the clip with "sorry!" after the louder sounds.
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davelevy
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I want this but with a Canadian accent for the "Sorry" from the alt text
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