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The 419ers/ Barnum* quote.
*I know he didn't say it; true nonetheless.
@ frank ly -
Some synergic effect together with this, maybe?
Paris, because, well - - - coughcoughcough, erm . . .
@ Johyn Tserkezis -
Surely a potato, a NE555 and a few passive bits aren't that hard to get?
@ skelband - Re: Hawink trolling again.
I interpret that the other way around:
"How did we appear in this universe, in this form and in the way that we are?"
"The universe is as it is, therefore we're here to perceive it as it is. If it would be different, we would also be different, but still perceive this different universe as it is."
More Philosophy than Physics.
Or just waffle.
Also consider the 5th commandment of the Discordian Pentabarf.
@ Ketlan - Re: Oh, dear...
You beat me to it.
If Apple would run out of batteries,
the shares would rise.
Because, you know, high demand.
Oh well . . .
@ jnemesh - Re: Only foolish buyers need apply...
The Hated Desktop
@ eSeM - Re: Another bug fix ....
That isn't very good
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You're kidding, right?
I'm, have it known, not an Apple fan. Not at all. But that doesn't stop me from applauding a company for listening to customer complaints and doing something about it.
How can that be wrong?
They were a lot faster than Microsoft, who took quite a while to give people their start button back when the complaints about Modern/ Metro/ THD* started rolling in.
And Canonical doesn't listen to their customers at all, as it seems. Lucky for me, as I happen to like Unity, but a bother to a lot of other users who left and got all Minty and such. But then, they don't ask for your money, so let's cut some slack there and just get something else if you don't like it.
So, dissing Apple for fixes and changes that users want? No, no and no. You should praise them for it!
And that's from an almost fanatic non-fanboi.
@ AC 1159h GMT - Re: I still have a hickups every time
It will mess with MS? No.
The long one:
It will mess with MS? In which way? People downloading OSX for their homebuild Gaming rig? Companies not upgrading from Win XP to Win 8, but installing OSX on their office Dells? Production computers, still using NT4 now, will be running their proprietary controller software on Apple's OS?
Well, I'd say no.
The reason OSX is so nice and stable is that it has not to deal with anything other than approved Apple hardware. It's more like a Games console software, like Nintendo 64. You would not expect an N64 to run Mario Kart if you replaced the inbuilt OS with, let's say, a Playstation1 software, would you? Do you think that your Panasonic DVD player would work if you put an LG Software on it?
Apple's software is tailored to exactly work with Apple hardware. That made it "Just works". If you look at it like this, it's a medium miracle that non-tied software like Windows or Linux distros work at all. The multitude of different hardware configurations that these OSs have to cope with exceeds anything that OSX would ever have to or can. OSX is an integral part of the Apple computer that you buy, it's got no value whatsoever on it's own. A bit like an upgrade for a Virginmedia cable router. It would not make your ADSL box suddenly understand DOCSIS, it would almost always not work, and if you could install it at all, it would brick anything but the right machine.
The next time your Freeview receiver get an OTA update, you should cheer and exclaim that, as it was free, this will be the end of SKY TV!
@ Voland's right hand - Re: Not just creepy
The middie-fish or the MP?
While Mr. Icahn is surely successful,
I doubt that the colour of his nose is cause by toffee. He appears to be quite far up his own backside which might have a similar browning effect.
@ Sir Runcible Spoon - Re: Sir
I propose to introduce these fish to the Thames, at the level of the Houses of Parliament.
It seems to me that the noise of these fish does not make any less sense than the noise generated by the occupants of said Houses of Parliament, albeit at a much lower cost. Thus considerable savings could be achieved.
Andreas Koch (not even Esquire, sadly.)
I still have a hickups every time
I read: free Mavericks upgrade.
I haven't paid for an upgrade in decades*; and ,I think, neither should anyone else if it's tied to the hardware.
Apple stuff runs on Apple stuff which needs Apple stuff to run. They actually expect their users to pay for the packed software each iteration again. And they get away with it.
*Not tied to anything. Linux.
@ AC 0729h GMT - Re: @ David Given - @ Gunnar Wolf - At loss understanding Ubuntu
You just proved that you actually never tried Unity, There's a launchbar (on by default) that does exactly what you want,
I give up. Everyone, just use something else. CDE on Solaris, maybe or RiscOS.
@ Wibble - Re: iPads are expensive?
But who needs a "retina" screen to launch malformed birds at equally malformed pigs?
Oh, yes, there are some people who use tablets to create something, but most tablets are for cheap, nasty entertainment.
Of 7-year-olds. In the back of the car. A cheapo tablet is fine for that.
I've got it.
IBM's Tom Watson was right. There's a need for 5* computers worldwide. The rest are very happy having CCDs (Content Consumption Devices).
Half the "users" have a computer because . . . , well, because. Others are gamers. And then there's some that actually have an advantage using one instead of the way it was done before.
But some of the uses are only there because the computer is there. Like my kid's old school, which switched to iPads to register the kids. Lots of times the teachers had to make notes on paper to hack it in later because something didn't work. The old book would have done just as well.
*OKOKOK, it's more than 5, but he was part right; it's not the gazillion computing devices we have in use now.
Re: Whatever . . .
All the downvoters use iMessage now because they found out during the London Riots that BBMessenger wasn't all that secure and that JD Sports suddenly wanted those Nikes back.
Won't be different with Apple. Be careful!
@ Jerky Jerk face -
DVLA bound by policies, why shouldn't Facebook be?
Because the RSPCA isn't either. They can request your data on a whim and do whatever they like with it, because they're not a government agent. Even though they call their people 'Officers' and just assume executive rights.
Proper evil lot.
A modest proposal
I propose that Children under the age of 25 are kept in a eunuch-supervised-CCTV-clad Faraday's cage in the dark, wearing sheet-metal burqas, welding gloves, non-removable earplugs and feed-through gags.
This might ensure their purity.
Hitting on Facebook for this policy is like pissing in an ocean of piss. There's 1000's of other sites with no policies at all.
@ ERradicate all BB entrants - Re: I don't care about .....
I'm pretty confident that Ms. Kardashian's "Social Media Update Team", whose members type her Facebook, Twitter and whateverelsewebsite posts, has more staff than a medium sized hospital.
edit: The initialism was initially unintentional.
Whatever . . .
it's iMessage. Where's the need for HQ encryption? To make sure that Tracy doesn't find out that Sharon has told Lauren that she's given Trevor Clamydia and that she should go and pick up another dose of Doxycycline for herself and her other boyfriends [imagine randomly intersecting Venn diagramm here]?
Her older sister will spread the news to her mates in year 8 in school anyway . . .
@ PaulR79 - Re: Bemused
Look at this.
Explains how reasonable the USPTO is, regardless of pay.
@ AC 1219h GMT -
How's your bridge? Nice and dry under there?
A lot of people here seem to think that it won't work. And it probably won't; not in the way it's being looked into right now.
But then, what ever is? This is an engineering concept, somebodies idea that must have appeared sound enough to qualify a bit of testing. If it would be completely ridiculous, either economically or technically, it wouldn't even have made an article. Furthermore, most concepts don't see the showroom in the way they were first trialled and presented: BMW's GINA will never be for sale, and we will surely be spared the view of a Ford SYNus on the road.
Concepts are there to try out ideas, and to sift the grain from the chaff. What will be kept from this intriguing approach is to be seen.
No good going "Are we there yet?" already.
@ Dave 126 - Re: good
@ bazza - Re: No surprise
It's all part of a well understood behaviour:
@ David Given . . .
Wouldn't that be a little like trying to buy a train ticket to a place you don't know the name, location or properties of?
Still, I just pretended that I don't remember the name of the program 'gimp'. So I typed 'photo editor'. Gimp was the first result, other results offered were shotwell and darktable, LibreOffice Writer, gedit and the dconf editor.
If I don't know what to click on, I can't click it in a menu either, I'd think . . .
Try it. It's like typing 'this song that goes dadaaadadaadaa tshugga bam bam dadaa' into google and get the right youtube video.
@ dmartin - Re: Only in the EU
I think you have a very valid point there. To my shame* I must confess that I am a mega-fan of the MagSafe connector. Slap it on any old way and it works. Rip it off and no damage has been done. That would be it.
Unfortunately it's patented by a sometimes uncooperative company. This should be FRAND and they could skim 5 cents/pence off every charger. It would be a better world.
*Shame. Yup. I don't like Apple, for various reasons: the nannying, the 'you're to dumb for controls'- attitude, the snobness and many more.
But a few Apple things are just so close to perfect. Like the MagSafe.
And it's not below my station to admit it: I envy you Apple users when I look at your MacBook chargers.
Re: @ David Given - @ Gunnar Wolf - At loss understanding Ubuntu
Oh, focus-follows-mouse. You got me there. You'd have to install Unity Tweak Tool for that. For whatever reason some settings were regarded as 'too geek' maybe?
You're right, the option should be there by default.
But then, Windows XP only made me happy after installing the 'XP Power Toys'. Why they weren't standard, I never understood either.
@ David Given - Re: @ Gunnar Wolf - At loss understanding Ubuntu
Looking for the 'applications menu' is exactly what I meant with 'leaning on the angle grinder'. I don't actually need an 'applications menu'.
'Classic' menu driven
Start button (or similar) --> point --> click
All programs --> point --> click
Tools --> point --> click
File managers --> point --> click
Midnight Commander --> point --> click
Another example, using gimp:
Filters --> point --> click
Photo --> point --> click
Masks --> point --> click
Apply first visible channel as layer mask --> point --> click
ap f <ENTER>
Give it a chance, it's different, but not in a bad way, I think. YMMV, of course, but I'm willing to break a lance for the interface.
BTW: <SUPER> a <down><ENTER> gives you all installed applications.
I also just tried <SUPER>xt<ENTER>. Each repetition of that opens a new Xterminal. After the first time, you can skip the 't' as well. I'm OK with that. ;-)
While I like the unified charger idea
I must confess that even 500mA already frightens me a bit when I look at the contact size of micro USB.
A bit like M4 screws for everything. PCs, watches, lawnmovers, glasses, tractor wheels . . .
@ JDX -
He's right handed. The bracelet is worn on the left.
That confused him. ;-)
@ Gunnar Wolf - Re: At loss understanding Ubuntu
> . . .
I have been puzzled by Ubuntu machines lately. I can (grudgingly) find my way around modern KDE or GNOME desktops, but Unity continues to baffle me.
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You're trying too hard. Relax. Using Unity is meant to let the OS do the stuff. It's like using an angle grinder: just leaning on it doesn't make it cut faster, it'll make it stall and jam.
Get used to a few key sequences and it 'Just works*'.
*Sorry, really sorry about that.
@ Evgo7311 - Re: No surprise
I'm totally aware of the formerly Nokia-based Vertu. And I must admit that I stole the 'assistant-button' idea from said vendor . . .
Nevertheless, the Vertu is too expensive for the mass market. It's price is above the just-tolerable-if-I-drop-the-next-2-rent-payments line and will therefore be a real luxury item for really rich people and not for the wannabes that we all love to rip off.
Sorry Claire, I usually reserve this icon for you, but it's been quiet lately.
Bob - Re: @ Bob Vistakin - No surprise
No need to call anyone a terminal part of your digestive system.
This is economics, not primary school.
With the drawback that the cat can swipe the cars off the track, your older brother, oops, stepping on one, the track foil not laying flat enough after the first rushed tidy-up, and so on.
While the idea sounds like a winner, I don't think that any of these will survive new year's eve. About 25% can easily be scheduled for being returned after the holidays, because grandma bought it for the kiddies, without knowing that their iPhone is not compatible (or an actual Apple iPhone at all).
There's also the thing with the charge: running out in the middle of a race (Waaahh, I was winning!! [9-year-old throws expensive iPhone at racemat, damaging both]) can be rather frustrating for a kiddie and puts them off quite quickly, see history of any chargeable toy.
I can see more trouble than it'd be worth. Sure, it's a very clever christmas gift marketing idea, but I doubt that it'll be around in 2015, after ending in the bargain basket next year.
A bit of a hit-and-run sell. (Nothing wrong with that from an economic point of view, but I wouldn't buy any shares. It ain't LEGO.)
@ Bob Vistakin - Re: No surprise
Android? IOS7? What's that good for? Is it a kind of part of this trinket? Does it need to be there? I shall ask my butler to instruct the head mechanic to send someone to enquire about this . . .
Do you know how many turns the mainspring of an Omega Constellation has? How many teeth are on the date wheel of a Rolex Oyster Perpetual?
Who cares? It's a thing that people take care of for me if I pay for a luxury item. I trust that it will be of suitable quality.
That's how it goes, Bob.
> . . .
"Don't bite the hand that feeds you," resident Carol Baker told the council at a public meeting before the vote.
"If we don't honor Apple with this building, they'll leave. There's no reason for them to stay here and be loyal to a community that doesn't support them. But if they left, it would be a disaster for the city."
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What a <airquote including actual caramelldansen-style curtsy>reasonable</airquote including actual caramelldansen-style curtsy> attitude.
Next step: If we don't honor Apple with new roads, they'll leave. That'd be bad.
Next step: If we don't honor Apple with free services, they'll leave. That'd be bad.
Next step: If we don't honor Apple with newborn babies for their canteen, they'll leave. That'd be bad.
Coughcough. Religion kicking in.
@ wowfood - Re: @ Dan 55 - No problem
> . . .
But if they can't sue everybody outside of the USA how will they make any money?
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If we had the proposed wall, who'd care?
Re: No surprise
This is where everybody seems to think of it as a tech item. To most iPhone buyers it isn't.
It is as much about technology as a Rolex watch. The watch is a nice piece of engineering, but it doesn't keep the time better than a £ 7.99 plastic one from the ASDA budget basket. If you now case a Rolex in plastic, would anyone think that it'd sell? I don't think so. It's a 'Veblen Good'.
So, my strategy (if I was responsible for Apple's sales) would be to go the other way: make it more expensive!
The next iteration of iPhones would have an iPhone 6S and an iPhone 6E. The 6S could house a new processor, a new camera, more RAM, better display and sell for £700 unsubsidised. The 6E (xclusive) would be a repackaged 5S in a Titanium alloy shell, would come with an exclusively shaped, J.Ive- autographed charger and a lambskin sleeve designed by Vivienne Westwood. It would have an extra 'Assistant' button that, if you press it, connects you to an actual Apple Genius who solves your problem (charged for through your phone bill). It would cost £ 1200.
@ Mephistro - Re: If the church (@ andreas koch)
It seems that you took my 500 years as a typo. It wasn't.
I was referring to the period around 1500 -1700, where people who knew anything about any effects of whatever were hunted down by the church for doing witchcraft.
Holy water or licking a finger-bone from a saint (some of them must have had up to 26 hands . . .) was the only acceptable way of treating any illness.
This precedes drug stores, Aspirin and Valium by some years.
Spain has lost even more knowledge in those 'religious cleansing' times: Due to the Moorish influences Al-Andalus, and Cordoba especially, held large collections of medical knowledge which was, of course, evil in the catholic churches eye.
You might know this better than I do, I'm not in Spain . . .
So, no, I didn't mean recent history as in 20th century. I think we lost a lot more knowledge 500 (or, in Spain, more like 1000, when the Caliphate declined) years ago already.
I'm not saying that Islam is superior to Christianity, I don't think too much of any religion. But the attitude to learning in the late middle ages was definitely better in Muslim influenced areas.
@ Dan 55 - Re: No problem
Very true from my point of view. Also:
> . . .
pursuing an ITC case related to the use some of its standards-essential 3G patents in Nokia products
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If it's standards-essential, why is there a case at all? Either Nokia had to pay for the use, in a FRAND way, and they did: End of story. If they didn't, they should have. Send a bill. Solved.
Maybe it would be best to make a 40km high wall around the United States of America to stop all bad things from going into it. That would keep the Americans safe and the rest of the world could just get on with it's anarchistic methods of trading and manufacturing.
If the church
hadn't conducted all the witch hunting in the past, the outcome of this research would probably have been common knowledge for 500 years already.
I wonder what could be found in toadstools, Peyote or Salvia divinorum . . .
My bad, sorry
@ James Hughes 1 - Re: Charging.....
No personal criticism intended, John, but if I look at the size of a micro (or even a full size) USB plug and socket, the idea of running 5A through that makes me feel queasy. I's like wiring an electric oven with 0.4mm2 bell wire.
And then I see the same people using 4mm2 OFC loudspeaker cables for their 2x 50W PMPO music box to have less loss . . .
@ Charlie Clark - Re: Who had the idea anyway
> . . .
But I do wish the industry would come up with a USB+ standard which would support higher current draw for this kind of thing.
You didn't get my grudge against this: I'll make it clearer.
It's Universal Serial Bus, not Unlimited Sower Bupply.
Has anyone ever wanted to run a HiFi of a RCA socket? Does an antenna plug provide the power for your radio*? Do you expect your router to get it's power from the ADSL line? You wouldn't expect your smart TV to run off power-over-ethernet, would you?
It's a data connection, albeit with a bit, a little bit, of supply for a flash drive or so.
Not a power outlet.
* Yes, I know; crystal sets and the like. Different thing.
Who had the idea anyway
that USB is a power supply? Per specification it provides 500mA @5V.
And then people use a 7-port passive hub in the office, because they charge their mobile with that and plug in their USB-powered desk fan and their USB-powered speakers and their USB-powered moodlight and their USB-powered webcam and their USB-powered cupwarmer and their USB-powered WiFi stick. And then ring and ask you why their camera, mobile/cellphone, cigarette lighter (oh, yes) doesn't work.
I'm waiting for the day that someone asks for an USB-powered jump starter for a diesel Range Rover.
I'll tell them that they're all Bluetooth now.
@ David Pollard - Re: Remember Douglas Evans?
Adams. Douglas Adams.
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