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(Slashdot)   HP sued for price fixing...er...sorry...sues   (slashdot.org) divider line 10
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2013-10-28 09:10:13 PM
I don't really understand why so many laptops still ship with DVD drives. I hardly ever use them anymore, and they are just adding weight and taking up space that could better be used for making the batteries bigger or the laptop slimmer.
 
2013-10-28 09:17:21 PM
"The lawsuit claims the conspiracy to drive up prices took place from at least Jan. 1, 2004 through Jan. 1, 2010..."

Ah, back when HP was somewhat relevant to the consumer electronics industry.
 
2013-10-28 09:27:11 PM

Mad_Radhu: I don't really understand why so many laptops still ship with DVD drives. I hardly ever use them anymore, and they are just adding weight and taking up space that could better be used for making the batteries bigger or the laptop slimmer.


I remember when the macbook air showed up I chuckled about how it didn't have an optical drive, these days though about the only thing I tend to use optical media for is installing an OS, but even then its not rocket surgery to make an install stick, even less to just keep a USB optical drive around for those increasingly rare needs.
 
2013-10-28 09:28:57 PM

valkore: "The lawsuit claims the conspiracy to drive up prices took place from at least Jan. 1, 2004 through Jan. 1, 2010..."

Ah, back when HP was somewhat relevant to the consumer electronics industry.


Well not only that. If you click on the computerworld link (that subby should have used but fark is so hard up for money to feed the squirrels it was likey rejected) you can find this...

HP cited a plea agreement that arose from a criminal case brought by the U.S. government against a joint venture involving Hitachi and LG Electronics (HLDS). In that agreement, signed Nov. 8, 2011, HLDS admitted that it had engaged in "felonious price-fixing conduct with co-conspirators," between November 2005 and March 2009.
 
2013-10-28 09:53:45 PM
I always thought Blu-Ray was expensive due to lack of demand. But for my 60 year old eye, I'm fine with my upscaler DVD players. Near High definition quality, use the same old DVDs and my eye wouldn't know the difference between this and true hi def anyway.
 
2013-10-28 10:56:23 PM

BumpInTheNight: Mad_Radhu: I don't really understand why so many laptops still ship with DVD drives. I hardly ever use them anymore, and they are just adding weight and taking up space that could better be used for making the batteries bigger or the laptop slimmer.

I remember when the macbook air showed up I chuckled about how it didn't have an optical drive, these days though about the only thing I tend to use optical media for is installing an OS, but even then its not rocket surgery to make an install stick, even less to just keep a USB optical drive around for those increasingly rare needs.


The problem with the MacBook air isnt the lack of an optical media drive. Its that you need special adapters to get a wired connection, external monitor hookup, etc. Its expensive enough without the $300 in adapters and replacement adapters you spend just to make it not an ipad.
 
2013-10-28 11:25:36 PM
I hear their settlement demand is one bottle of printer ink.
 
2013-10-29 12:29:29 PM

Dust: I hear their settlement demand is one bottle of printer ink.


...and HP will throw in a free 3-in-1 wireless/bluetooth printer.
 
2013-10-29 12:29:55 PM

baorao: BumpInTheNight: Mad_Radhu: I don't really understand why so many laptops still ship with DVD drives. I hardly ever use them anymore, and they are just adding weight and taking up space that could better be used for making the batteries bigger or the laptop slimmer.

I remember when the macbook air showed up I chuckled about how it didn't have an optical drive, these days though about the only thing I tend to use optical media for is installing an OS, but even then its not rocket surgery to make an install stick, even less to just keep a USB optical drive around for those increasingly rare needs.

The problem with the MacBook air isnt the lack of an optical media drive. Its that you need special adapters to get a wired connection, external monitor hookup, etc. Its expensive enough without the $300 in adapters and replacement adapters you spend just to make it not an ipad.


I know, right?  Three hundred bucks in Monster adapters just to get to your AOL.  Stupid Apple.

/or you could spend like $20 on Amazon
 
2013-10-29 02:39:05 PM
baorao:
The problem with the MacBook air isnt the lack of an optical media drive. Its that you need special adapters to get a wired connection, external monitor hookup, etc. Its expensive enough without the $300 in adapters and replacement adapters you spend just to make it not an ipad.

Nonsense.  Both the gigabit and hdmi connections use the thunderbolt port, which contributes to the small form factor.  The adapters for these functions are dirt cheap if you stay out of the Apple store.
 
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