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    So I'm reading my school's student paper today and run across what is probably the worst technical article I've ever seen.
    Boot Camp Crashes and Burns.
    A huge collection of incorrect information and misconceptions, I'm rather amazed no one managed to catch this junk before it got to the printers. Thought you fellas might enjoy a good laugh, certainly made my day.

    Except:
    I honestly don't know where to begin. The enormous media coverage of Apple's new Boot Camp software is so pro-Apple that it obscures the massive amount of problems associated with using it.
    ...
    Macs operate at a lower CPU temperature than PCs. When a Mac starts to emulate a Windows platform completely, the computer must provide additional voltage to provide the computing power. The heat generated from over-clocking the hardware results in faster hardware degradation. If you get enough excess heat, you can start cooking your computer and maybe even dinner while you're at it.

    Ninja Edit: I've noticed as of late a rather large number of bad articles written about Boot Camp. What is it about this thing that attracts the idiot section of tech writer brains?
    Last edited by pr0zac0x2a; April 13, 2006, 18:23.
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  • #2
    I wouldn't call them bad articles, just alot of them leave out the fact that Boot Camp is still beta software, and most people either aren't aware of this, or they don't care.

    Trust me, I have seen plenty of bad articles...
    Nonnumquam cupido magnas partes Interretis vincendi me corripit

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    • #3
      Extreme tech had a pretty bad Windows Vista overview article. Some pieces of it were just terrible. Not as bad as that Aggies paper, but on the other hand, Extremetech tries to be a tech site.

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      • #4
        Dvorak has published some assrapingly retarded articles, namely:

        How to Kill Linux: Dvorak's brilliant idea is to "cut the driver layer out of Windows" and somehow merge it into Linux, then rebuild all of Win32 on top of Linux. Fucking brilliant, as usual... although I'm left to wonder if this is less practical because of technical issues or licensing issues.

        Apple to Adopt Windows?: Dvorak speculates that Apple will throw away OS X and just start selling Wintel boxes. Yay.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by bascule
          Dvorak has published some assrapingly retarded articles, namely:

          How to Kill Linux: Dvorak's brilliant idea is to "cut the driver layer out of Windows" and somehow merge it into Linux, then rebuild all of Win32 on top of Linux. Fucking brilliant, as usual... although I'm left to wonder if this is less practical because of technical issues or licensing issues.

          Apple to Adopt Windows?: Dvorak speculates that Apple will throw away OS X and just start selling Wintel boxes. Yay.

          Wow. Its like he has a total lack of understanding of both the technical and business sides of the computer industry. Are all his articles this bad?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by pr0zac0x2a
            Are all his articles this bad?
            not all of them. he wrote a somewhat decent piece about the MythTV project entitled "The Secret TV Revolution"...

            While you have surely read about HP Media Centers and new DVRs from cable providers, the real action is underground: a slow and steady invasion of incredible products created by slick young coders who are sick of products designed not to make life easier but to appease a Hollywood preoccupied with digital rights management. The leader in this effort is MythTV, perhaps the most powerful DVR yet devised.

            ...

            Everyone I know who has ever seen or played with MythTV wants it, but it's a do-it-yourself project and not for the timid. Eventually that will change as packagers appear and bundle prebuilt systems together.

            There are other implications of all this. In a changing universe, technologists will refuse to be hemmed in by artificial roadblocks created for the purpose of maintaining the status quo. Microsoft and Hollywood and whoever else can create all the DRM schemes they want; they can sue college kids for trading songs, block trading networks, shut down BitTorrent systems-but it won't do them any good. The forces of "We want it our way" will overpower them again and again, because that's the way technology works.

            And this will all be shared. In a networked, computer-based world, the sense of community breeds a socialistic desire to share, not covet. This mentality is at the root of all the open-source activity and cannot be ignored or denied. I want my MythTV.
            "I'll admit I had an OiNK account and frequented it quite often… What made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world's greatest record store… iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don't feel cool when I go there. I'm tired of seeing John Mayer's face pop up. I feel like I'm being hustled when I visit there, and I don't think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc... OiNK it existed because it filled a void of what people want."
            - Trent Reznor

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            • #7
              I especially enjoyed the use of "back in the day" and the idea that if you put stickers on your computer you have some kind of computer savvy.

              What in the world are the requirements to get a philosophy degree from Cal-Davis?
              jur1st, esq.

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              • #8
                Sorry about the double post...wireless seems to be cutting in and out.
                jur1st, esq.

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                • #9
                  This week Dvorak said Apple should open source OSX so they can fight Linux.

                  (Of course, large portions of OSX are already open sourced)


                  Most people regard his writings to be trash. He usually doesn't get too technical when he writes.

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                  • #10
                    And yet people still read this trash--kinda adds to the problem doesn't it?

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                    • #11
                      On the Colbert Report, they said David Blaine does these crazy stunts to prove that people will watch anything.

                      Maybe Dvorak froths at the keyboard to prove that people will read anything.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by xwred1
                        On the Colbert Report, they said David Blaine does these crazy stunts to prove that people will watch anything.
                        Speaking of which, did anyone watch that? How did it go? I was watching Pardon The Interruption and they brought up an interesting point: He is attempting to break the record with a time of 9 minutes..and the show is a TWO HOUR special. What was going on for the rest of the time?
                        Answering easy questions since 1987
                        Si Dieu est pour moi, qui peut être contre moi?

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                        • #13
                          He didn't even last 9 minutes, he broke around 7.

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                          • #14
                            I really liked this (parody):

                            Linux and Windows Compared: The Facts



                            A Linux user's view of the world. Hallucinations from excessive use of Linux might be similar to those of LSD or pot.

                            Also don't forget to check out the first article: Linux: A European threat to our computers

                            Like most things that are worth owning, Computers are an American invention. Look at any modern computer and you will see that the whole thing is the product of American brilliance.
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                            • #15
                              Explain that Linux is a genuine threat and that by using it they may be opening their computer to Chinese hackers.
                              The best line I think...because we all know Chinese hackers are the worst kinds of hackers.
                              Answering easy questions since 1987
                              Si Dieu est pour moi, qui peut être contre moi?

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