Linked by David Adams on Sun 24th Oct 2010 23:06 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Apple Being the brains behind Microsoft has made Bill Gates the wealthiest guy in the world. So he can pretty much afford to buy his kids any gadgets they want. However, Apple devices are banned in the Gates’ house. This is surprisingly not a rule set by Bill Gates. Melinda Gates has made it very clear in an interview with The New York Times that she does not allow Apple hardware in the house. If the kids want an iPod they’ll have to settle for a Zune instead.
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RE[3]: Wise Move
by kaiwai on Mon 25th Oct 2010 05:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Wise Move"
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I have over 300GB of music (15% or so in FLAC), that is why I would like to use archos.
Admittedly, they are too expensive and too buggy, so I would not buy one, which leaves the media player market completely empty in my eyes.

I have a similar situation with my music, 200GB of music and the largest available is a 160GB from Apple which is more reliable than the Archos I bought and died within 2 days of owning it (I bought it via Amazon through a re-mailer so it cost a fortune). Been there, done that and have already experienced the 'pleasure' of owning an Archos thank you very much. Add to the fact that they lock down their devices so you can upgrade the hard disk, to some how put *THEM* up as an 'open alternative' is a load of crap. You shouldn't spend time over a the Archos forum to hear the chorus of complaints about it.

Don't get me started on the lack of availability in New Zealand - come on, get with the fucking programme. This isn't 1900 for Christ sake, it is 2010 and there is no reason why something should not be available globally on day one other than the company being run by a pack of dickheads unable to work their head around this idea that the internet is a global phenomenon thus there is no reason why you can't serve people globally.

iPods lack capacity, although with the installation of rockbox to allow FLAC playback and drag+drop, they do become handy.
Not good enough for me to overcome my loathing of the draconic fruit company, though.
This leaves me with chucking the largest microSD I can into my android, and using that with music converted to .ogg.

Which is well outside where the majority of end users sit - the majority of users throw in their CD, rip it, sync with their device then head off to do what they want to do.

They do not have their act together?
I love foobar2000 and Android, I use them every day.
Same goes for Windows, VLC and Firefox.
Ubuntu is rapidly getting there, and would be my default OS if it played all the games windows can, just as Opera will become my default browser when their extensions become diverse enough.

I like having OPTIONS.
Apple products "just work", but loathe being customised in the slightest.

Well, good for you - but just because you find something great doesn't make it a universal. I don't run Linux for the same reason many people want; we run the operating system that gives us the greatest access to the applications we like and support the hardware we already own. We choose our operating systems not to 'stick it to the man' but to get things done. Until Linux advocates drop this conspiratorial crap about Microsoft and accept that they need to fix up Linux then the Linux world is going no where fast - they'll be like the scene out of 'Life of Brian' where the liberation groups are more concerned with fighting each other and holding meetings than actually delivering something to the end user.

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RE[4]: Wise Move
by TheGZeus on Mon 25th Oct 2010 15:44 in reply to "RE[3]: Wise Move"
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By "fix up" do you mean "make like windows"? Because that's not going to happen.
Anyone who calls for the death of the command line is laughed at by anyone who's ever actually used it well.

Linux doesn't need any more users, really. It needs more developers, because it's moving too fast and the code can't keep up with demand.

Don't like the UI? Change it.
Hardware not supported? Get a pre-6XXX ATI video card and/or install proprietary drivers for video. There. Now all your hardware is supported.
Want your favourite applications to run? Pay Adobe a few million dollars and I'm sure they'll get started on porting CS5... or learn a bit of programming and help with GIMP and Inkscape.

We don't give a shit about people that aren't using Linux. In fact, Debian doesn't care about Arch users. Arch doesn't care about Gentoo users, and Gentoo doesn't care about Ubuntu users.
They might have strong opinions on the other distro's _developers_, but the users? At best they're looked down upon as misguided, much as Windows users are.
Ubuntu cares about Windows users, because Ubugtu is awful, and does everything else wrong, too.

"K, bye."
The 'evangelistic' (not putting words in your mouth, just a bit of hyperbole) people are equally misguided. Yes, buying proprietary software is feeding the beast, but you can't feed a dinosaur that's trapped in a desert forever. Eventually it will do enough damage to its surrounding environment that it will run out of food source, and die.
Some of us don't even care if MS/Apple stays around. I think it's always a good laugh to watch them huff and puff about things.

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