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> Regardless of who 'helped design' USB can you name a mainstream manufacturer who was installing USB as standard on their shipping products before Apple launched the iMac? Go on - name one.
Intel was bundling USB ports on motherboards before fanboys thanked St. Steve for giving them no option except for a technology that had not fully matured yet. SCSI and ADB were perfectly fine. There was really no reason to discard them and force the issue.
Fanboys love to conflate "strip everything else out" with "being the first to offer".
The AIX admin from the alternate universe.
I wish AIX was like this. Really I do. That would mean that the AIX machines that I have been forced to use in the past would have been much more robust than they turned out in practice. Your description of AIX sounds like something out of an IBM ad rather than actual field experience.
The problem with "UNIX" is primarily that it is expensive and largely uneccessary.
The added expense of the hardware you're describing (above and beyond the mere garden variety Unix RISC servers) is why clustering has become popular in certain applications in recent years.
Linux, Sun & Oracle
Sun was the reference platform for Oracle for the longest time. Then it became Linux. The idea that you can't run your "mission critical" database on Linux is silly. So is the idea that corporations generally don't do this. It's the top Oracle platform for crying out loud.
Linux isn't just for appliances and hasn't been for quite a long time now.
Although companies are adverse to change. This is especially true of large companies. Although even these are and have been moving to Linux for "real work". The whole shenanigan with Sun and Oracle has probably even accelerated this. Then there's this whole nonsense with Itanium.
Silly fanboy excuses.
Yes. For many things I can and do notice the difference in network speed.
It's really easy to do if you bother to push the technology and try to get the most out of it.
Wireless is slow, unreliable, and insecure. With the exception of a marginal bit of convenience, it is clearly inferior to wired networking in every way.
Not everyone has a 80s approach to computing.
When would you not take advantage of the better option?
> How often do people even use Ethernet these days anyway?
When ever it's available.
If your device is not lame and intentionally crippled, why not take advantage of a Gigabit connection? You would have to be some sort of stupid fundie type person not to.
Using the best technology available and the highest quality components. Imagine that?
Gold plated latinum cables
Yeah, thunderbolt sounds impressive and all except for the $50 cables.
A usb NIC dongle?
Besides being just plain ugly and not terribly portable, it's just plain slow.
A proper GigE card is one of the better interfaces for moving around lots of bulk. If you've got disks that are screamers, then you need interfaces to match. eSATA would also be handy.
USB anything holds out the slimmest prospects for keeping up with a really speedy SSD.
Except it is not really more. It's more about hype and conspicuous consumption more than anything else. You just want to show the world you've got money to burn.
I don't care about first year depreciation on computers or cars because I expect to keep and use both for long enough that neither has any "trade in value".
That's one thing that you can do when you "buy quality". You spend less over the long haul and the fact that you throw less stuff into landfills is just a nice hippie bonus.
The right price...
At least as far as movies go, the prices continue to decline. BluRay disks can now be found in the same $5 bargain bins that have been full of DVDs for years.
> Yes, DRM is evil and I avoid it like the plague. The alternative
...is the last physical media format. It is both digital while being DRM free.
It also includes a physical token to establish and transfer ownership rights.
Vast majority of developers...
There is nvidia specific kit in the highend desktop computation market. These are expensive machines with multiple special purpose GPU cards. They utilize a proprietary nvidia API. However they are by no means general purpose machines. They are very specialized, much like a computing cluster.
This is a small niche. Seems to do well for particular problems. Not at all general purpose.
AMD seems to be trying to take that approach onto the desktop. Dunno if will really matter there though. Between Doom and XBMC, most people seem to be pretty well set with the current kit.
As long as it decodes blurays and flash video, I couldn't give a toss.
Just get out the lab goggles, some cleaning gloves, and a meat cleaver.
As someone else said... go "lord of the flies" on these things.
It's as if the authorities don't realize that there are plenty of household chemicals that can irritate your skin or blind you if you're not careful.
Playing the race card
> Would it be ok to charge black people more for car insurance because they were statistically a higher risk?
Using your postal code against you will cover that well enough.
No signatures with sprouts.
This is why all of my Spinach is now buttered London pub style now...
MS style English hijacking silliness.
No. It's MacOS. It's MacOS version 10.x.
...don't understand tech well enough to pick it apart.
>> You do realize that 10 years ago, you barely had USB support in Windows, you definately didn't support TRIM, SATA 2/3, PCIe, effective multi-cpu computing (no, most programs were, and some still are, single threaded), and Windows 2000 had a nasty 128GB(ish) hard drive limitation requiring <<
...it's funny that you mention these sorts of things since it's Macs mostly that are limited in this manner now. TRIM and SATA are both things that you can either take or leave. So is any form of internal expansion bus (esp. for a Mac). And "multi-cpu" computing only really requires a good OS level scheduler in order to get some benefit from. A lot of what you are whining about is really nothing to be fixated on. Certainly not worth limiting yourself in terms of upgrades.
I created my first fanboy style ugly cable octopus with such a machine.
...and I had a ~ 10 year old PC laptop that I put a 100G hard drive into. Was very effective thing for helping to improve the longevity of the thing (along with the memory upgrade). That machine is not far off of a modern netbook or macbook air really.
Whining about stuff that Apple does poorly anyway...
As far as the 128G limit goes, this is a silly thing to whine about since most Macs have rather meagre laptop drives anyways. This means that Macs always have a smaller hard drive than whatever is typical for any sort of PC. Been this way since the 68k days. Once you've booted the system, the BIOS likely doesn't matter so much anymore.
Hiding your gold...
Hiding your gold really doesn't really take much. Gold is something that goes for hundreds of dollars/pounds for a single OUNCE. You can have a volume of coins equal to the spare change in your pocket being worth the total life savings of a lot of people.
You can buy a rather respectable car for what a pound of gold is worth.
Metal coinage does include a premium however. Might not matter so much over the long term though.
Since Gold is a real thing, you don't have to entrust it to anyone else. You don't have to trust that the same financial institutions that have been running amok lately will properly look after your stuff.
> Property. Have you tried to sell anything for what it is supposed to be worth recently?
You don't sell it. You collect the rents.
Need tenants able to pay though...
Land and gold can both be held onto for as long as you like. At least land can generate passive income.
An inconvenient truth...
Of course there is something wrong with the Kindle.
The content is encumbered with DRM. It is tied to the device. An durable open standard that has endured for centuries is reduced to a fleeting single vendor standard.
It's the same problem as any content from iTunes that isn't music.
> Hey, actors that are just chunks of dead plastic. Finally we have something that gives Mark Hamill a benchmark to compete against.
Cue the hysterical Mozart laugh...
> with all due respect, this is not monopoly behaviour.
Sure it is. It's the same process that allowed Microsoft to be bully OEM into doing it's bidding.
The main difference here is that is just a single company rather than a collection of them. In that respect it is WORSE because presents a smaller surface area for attack for any potential rival.
It also reduces choice in a more drastic and obvious way.
In that regard the whole "single vendro" thign may be less sustainable and ultimately better for the rest of us.
How many apps do you have on your phone really? How many of those are payware? What's the average price of them?
It might add up to one Windows game or a single boxed set of a season of something from the BBC.
No. The kicker is all of your media files that previously came in industry standard formats that were not limited to a single hardware vendor. THAT is the stuff that ends up being an expensive pile of stuff that you don't want to buy again.
"Apps" are a distraction. They are probably an INTENTIONAL distraction.
Having a large library of single-vendor media content is a much bigger problem and one that certain people don't want the proles to wise up about.
unless you can find a converter program to convert them to mp3s
How about something that strips off the DRM like AnyDVD does for BluRay disks and mplayer does for DVDs?
Don't try to lie if you do it really badly.
> It's just the DRM protected TV episodes which don't.
Yes. In other words, anything meaningful in terms of content that is on iTunes that is not music is scrambled. Don't try to BS us. We can try this stuff out for ourselves you know.
It's a really incompetent lie you are trying to perpetrate.
Yeah... it's only the TV shows, or the movies, or the eBooks, or the audio books.
> Resurrecting the old DRM myth of iTunes lock-in in your
> title is just further nonsense. Apple clearly stated
Yes. This would be much like Steve Jobs complaining that a bunch of Playmates forced themselves on him when he visited the Playboy Mansion.
"I'm virtuous, really I am"
Jobs is about as virtuous as a Borgia pope.
Routing around censorship.
You don't need a "market" to sideload an app on Android. You can just use the development kit for that. Depending on what phone you have, that might just be the easiest approach anyways.
...a trolling we will go.
> But the truth is that a patent holder doesn't always know their patent is worthless until they test it in court.
I think you are giving the average patent troll far too much credit.
Yeah how about that Media Player...
> "How about a video player capable of MKV and FLV?"
My phone plays FLV with no problems with the stock player.
Dunno about MKVs as I don't have any.
Even without a special hand holding API, it should not be a big deal to have a better player that can separate video streams from normally unsupported containers and feed that into whatever hardware acceleration layer is available.
It's not the "media player framework", it's having suitably low level APIs that expose the available hardware acceleration.
This was Adobe's big problem on MacOS. When Apple did finally release a suitable API it still didn't support everything the hardware is capable of.
> A great many people want the Iphone but just cant afford it.
At least over here, the iPhone is subsidize EXACTLY the same way that Android is. It's also a similar price if you can't get the subsidized price for some reason. There really is ZERO reason to avoid buying an iPhone based on price.
The idea that anyone would buy an Android because they are cheap or because it is cheap is just nonsense.
This is just another iteration of the "Mac == BMW" nonsense.
... but you have to jump through hoops to find them!
My Android phone has a task manager that's easy to find in the Applications folder.
No "jumping through hoops" required.
It also has a services applet too. Although that's a little harder to find.
However, a simple "tidy things up" button would be generally more useful and usable. Even those of us that can jailbreak an iPhone and create a shell script to manipulate the SMS sqlite database would rather have a simple relevant utility preferably launched from a button rather than requiring one to open up a terminal shell.
bash on a smart phone just doesn't work that well.
More muddling and confusion.
...again with lumping all of the sons of Abraham together.
Judiasm and Xianity are very different in how they approach things in general and scripture in particular. A lot of criticisms you might rightfully level at the New Testament cannot be applied at all to the Torah. The Jews are just a lot less mindless in general.
Although it is quite true that Xians love to pick and choose what parts of the Torah they will treat as valid.
Time for a bacon cheeseburger with lobster sauce!
The Xian Gospels show a clear evolution of the story to suit changing times.
In other words: You can't really trust it. Clearly from early on the Church was re-writting history to suit the current political climate. From an outside observer it almost looks like they were intentionally trying to make it obvious that you can't trust the rest of it.
They make a lot of sense when taken in historical context.
More of that martyr complex
The prince of darkness is a smooth talking con man. Blind faith makes you very vulnerable to being misled by a false prophet. It is not "anti-Christian" to be a scientist, or a skeptic, or to not suffer fools and liars lightly.
No one here is being anti-Christian unless you want to claim that The 700 Club has a monopoly on being Christian.
Anyone can ruin a good thing.
> but certainly not any Abrahamic faith or anything remotely like it.
Don't lump Jews in with the Xian fundies.
They will happily argue with you about this and not even threaten to stone you.
Work that martyr complex...
> Practicing christian believers are less than 2% of your total population
Don Wilmon? Is that you?
...a certain irony.
There's a certain irony in people posting on a website in a country where there are buildings that date back to the Romans whining about a few centuries being so far removed that it doesn't matter any more.
It really hasn't been that long since people were burned at the stake for heresy or witchcraft on either side of the pond. You don't have to go nearly as far back as the crusades. This is mainly limited to the power that religions are able to directly exercise more than anything else.
Let clerics have any real power and they will abuse it. Secular governments will exploit that power for their own benefit.
Just love being rude and confrontational?
> Just love being rude and confrontational?
Of course! Why else would anyone be here?
2nd TV in 2011?
This article is just silly.
Who has a $600 tablet as a second TV? If you are well off then a tablet is going to be your 4th or 5th TV. If you are not well off then you are not going to be blowing $600 on a tablet.
No. You will end up with the 80s working class equivalent: an old hand-me-down portable Black & White TV. Either that or you will have real TVs in the house and no interest in "slumming it".
Can't see the Osbournes using an iPad as a second TV. I wouldn't for the same reasons.
"Fragmentation" is just one reason that someone might not have updated.
Needing to "jailbreak" your phone is another.
Although "updates" are less relevant in an article about applications that the user has chosen to download and run.
I've seen plenty of corporate systems that are out of support. Some part of the system has been de-supported long ago whether its the hardware, OS, or the app. How this goes over in large corporations is a mystery to me.
The length of support issue is a universal one. It is not something where Unix has a magical advantage. Enterprise Unix vendors will gladly screw you over in that respect just as Microsoft or Apple would. It's not just a "small systems" or "PC thing".
Your apps will be "obsolete" far quicker than your OS or hardware.
There's plenty of extra hype everywhere.
AIX has it's own warts. This includes it's "virtualization" technology and even it's "always up" hardware design. It's not all just a bed of roses.
Don't get out the bagpipes just yet...
Migration away from proprietary RISC Unix hardware has been going on for a long time. A lot of this has been due to lackluster performance from the "market leader" (namely Sun). Over the years there has been some back and forth on this and you've had some shops realize that they might not need everything that proprietary RISC servers have to offer. The same also applies to big name proprietary Unix apps.
Although for really big jobs and large environments, the "little iron" from the Unix vendors still does things that bulked up desktop PCs still can't. The RISC platforms don't stand still either. The situation is not nearly as simple as some pundits would like it to be.
Defending the brand
> I am not sure I want to have all my music on my iPhone.
Why the frell not? It's the modern iPod.
On the one hand it's just EASIER. You don't have to futz with a lot of options when it comes to syncing your collection. You just hit the "sync all" button. Even the rsync version of this is pretty simple. No futzing with a playlist hack to add that one album out of 5 or 18 because you have so little space.
Then there's the whole convenience-on-the-go aspect of MP3 players in general. Some people seem strangely eager to decry the idea of having everything at your fingertips when ever you might fancy it. Odd for a Cloud related article.
...sounds like making poor excuses for what would be considered an obvious fault in any other brand of device.
> And that's the great thing about Apple's iSync umm iCloud ...
> you get good syncing for various things for free and 5G of
> usable remote backup or application buffer space
Which isn't nearly as useful as you seem to think.
It's a solution that uses the most expensive storage and network available and the backwards way of how it should be done.
We need a Bizzaro icon for stuff like this.
I see iMatch as mostly just patching the holes in the current iTunes offering. For ease use purposes, you should be able to re-download all of your content purchased from iTunes from any authorized device or copy of iTunes. Apple should provide the equivalent of the big monster media server that many of us have built for ourselves. A paying customer should never have to worry about ever losing the stuff they've paid Apple for.
After I enter my Digital Copy code for Clockwork Orange or HP7, I should be able to stream that from any Apple device I have and not even need to worry about syncing it.
The music "trading" feature is a mixed bag, especially for people "anal" enough to care about having everything with them. iTunes is missing things and may have an inferior copy of what it does have.
Yes. Sad is the word.
> You got Xserve, OS X server and it is certified UNIX putting it to AIX league.
Yes. Sad is the word. You probably don't even realize why either.
PHP is the bind and sendmail of our times.
PHP is the Bind and Sendmail of our times.
There are tons of badly written apps coded in PHP that ignore basic security considerations. Quite often it is these that provide the way in for such phishers. This article doesn't do enough to highlight the crux of the problem. It seems more about generating hysteria than the public service aspect of proper journalism or research.
PHP apps are quite often the "bad userland" sitting on a robust core similar to what Windows often suffers from.
Cost and technology.
>> "I'll have to spend the money I was going to spend on iCloud on a 500 gig external disk instead..." #
>>Posted Friday 10th June 2011 13:18 GMT
> It's free numbnuts.
Local storage capable of filling in for this Cloud service is "dumpster diving" material.
Mobile products fail to take advantage of such crufty gear out of choice rather than a genuine limitation. Apple's problems on the road are entirely self inflicted.
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