* Posts by JonHendry

128 posts • joined 16 Jun 2010

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Not pro Bono: Apple's audio junk mail made spammers' lives easier

JonHendry

It only downloads to your device if you have it set to download purchases

The U2 album didn't show up on my iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

My iTunes and my iOS devices are set to *not* download new purchases automatically, and are set to *not* show "purchases in the cloud" in my library. Cloud purchases are noted with a little cloud icon. They are tracks that haven't been downloaded, but which you are able to download if you wish.

When I turned on display of "purchases in the cloud", the U2 album became visible, but still wasn't downloaded. Then I turned it off again and the album went away.

If the tracks downloaded to your device, it's because you have your device configured to automatically download new purchases. If that's the case, I'm not sure you'd have a legal case against Apple for putting the files on your device.

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Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS

JonHendry

Apple IIc was good enough to get cloned

"Falling back on the ever-reliable Apple II once more, Apple developed a carry-around model called the IIc in 1984. The "c" stood for compact, and the slimlime design of the IIc, complete with an integrated keyboard and a carry handle at the back, was an obvious predecessor of the more successful iMac."

I don't think the IIc was a failure at all. It was a much sleeker and compact package than the Apple IIe, which I expect was quite appealing to people. It wasn't very portable, but it was much more portable than the typical Apple II setup, especially if you had a TV or monitor to use at the destination and only had to carry the IIc and its hefty power brick. Many Apple II setups had the computer, a monitor (larger than the Apple IIc's), and two big full-height 5.25" floppy drives. Taking that apart and moving it would be a lot more work than moving a IIc.

It wasn't really meant as a portable in the way we think of one, but it was pretty *transportable* for the time and the price. Remember, the *intended-to-be-portable* 1984 IBM Portable PC 5155 computer weighed 13 kg and cost $4225. The 1984 HP 110 with an LCD and battery weighed 4 kg and cost $3,000, but had no hard disk or floppy, just applications in ROM and some RAM was used as a RAM disk.

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Wolfram's new equation: Mathematica+RPi=child geniuses everywhere

JonHendry

Re: On the other hand....

"For the sort of uses that a university-graduate parent is likely to want to make of it, an RPi mostly won't be."

As noted by another commenter, the RasPi is more powerful than the NeXT Computer which came with Mathematica bundled, back in the early 90s. I'm quite certain people were doing serious university-level work in Mathematica on 25MHz 68040 NeXT Computers with 16 MB of RAM. People like scientists at CERN bought NeXTs to run Mathematica.

I think it will be possible to do quite a bit of serious work with a 700 MHz ARM chip and 512 MB of RAM.

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JonHendry

Re: Cheap version?

If you have a computer already, you could connect to the RasPi over ethernet, via ssh or X windows. Then you don't need an additional keyboard, mouse, and screen.

The Mathematica for RasPi supports remoting the UI via X.

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JonHendry

Re: On the other hand....

Considering that the RasPi version of Mathematica will support all of its parallel processing functionality, a network of RasPi units running Mathematica would be a cheap way to experiment with parallel computing.

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JonHendry

jonhendry_orders@mac.com

In fact the Raspberry Pi has significantly better specs. The NeXTStation pizza box's base configuration had a 25MHz 68040, 8MB of RAM, and a 105MB disk.

And, remember, while Mathematica was running, the NeXT OS was drawing the entire UI by generating and interpreting PostScript code on the fly.

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Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap

JonHendry

You don't *have* to use bigger data sizes...

Pointers will double in size, of course, but if you only need a 32-bit int, you can use int or, more explicitly, int32_t.

Etc.

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Hey, Bill Gates! We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS to be the next Steve Ballmer

JonHendry

I know!

How about Jonathan Schwartz?

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Boffins: We have FOOLED APPLE with malware app

JonHendry

Not the Objective-C runtime

It really has nothing to do with Objective-C.

The 'charger' gets the UDID of the iOS device, then logs into the hacker's Apple Developer Account and generates a developer provision file (or maybe an ad-hoc provision) for that specific iOS device. It puts the provision file on the iOS device, at which point it can install apps. Whole, sandboxed apps, just like any other app install.

The fake charger could install a fake 'Facebook' app that looks like the real thing. But it couldn't inject code into the real Facebook app on the user's device. Any apps that the charger installs would be fully-fledged iOS apps, and thus able to do anything other sandboxed, non-jailbroken iOS app can do. But would also operate under the same limitations. They would not restricted by App Store rule compliance, but then again, neither are enterprise iOS apps that aren't distributed via the App Store.

And the apps installed by the charger would likely have to be run by the user - thus the need to install an app that looks like one of the user's apps, like the Facebook app.

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Apple's $17bn bond sale not such a good deal for investors

JonHendry

Re: Whilst I am no financial expert...

Right, these weren't bought by regular folks, they were bought by people paid lots of money to know about bond markets and the risks therein.

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JonHendry
Alien

What? Wall Street/City Boffins Made a Mistake? IMPOSSIBLE

Wait, these people are paid vast sums of money because they're brilliant geniuses.

People making so much money to trade corporate bonds couldn't make an error. It's impossible.

It must be the reptilian shapeshifters' fault.

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Arbitrators side with Foxconn in brain-damaged worker case

JonHendry

Re: @AC: Why Apple and the PRC get all the hate

"Apple's margins are enormous whereas the margins for every other hardware company range from "paper-thin" to "razor-thin"."

That means the non-Apple companies

a) pass their savings on to the consumer, who is thus profiting from the immiseration of Chinese workers.

and

b) have incentive to pressure Foxconn for even worse working conditions to increase their slim profit margin, and no incentive to push for improvements that would cut into that profit margin.

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JonHendry

Standard policy in China...

A report on the BBC World Service recently mentioned that Chinese migrant workers are semi-permanently tied to their home region. Say a person goes from Huizhou to Shenzen to work. Then they need healthcare. They have to go all the way back to Huizhou and seek treatment there.

This is probably where the Huizhou-vs.-Shenzen part comes in, as James100 alluded above.

I suppose the reason the worker has been treated in Shenzen at all is because of Foxconn, and perhaps because it was an emergency situation.

I think there's some kind of residence permit you can get that would move your official residence to the new location for these purposes, but they can be hard to get.

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Apple 15in MacBook Pro with Retina Display

JonHendry

Re: Alienware

"The "equivalent" Alienware device is a 14" laptop: Alienware M14x for the cheaper model which costs you £1499"

I configured an Alienware M14x as close as I could to the retina-display MBP. Same CPU, same GPU, same RAM, hi-res option on the Alienware, 512GB SSD (no 768 GB option on the Alienware).

The MacBookPro was $2999. The Alienware was $2549.

$450 isn't a huge difference, given the MacBookPro has the 2880x1800 screen.

I bet that if Alienware offered a 768GB SSD, it might have even cost more than the 768GB MacBook Pro.

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JonHendry

Re: no bluraydrive

"And it doesn't help that the 'portable' thunderbolt external hard drive (cost £400) isn't portable at all, because it requires an external power supply."

Then use a USB3 external hard drive.

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JonHendry

Re: no bluraydrive

"Such a gorgeous screen, but no built-in bluray drive??? How are you supposed to play back high quality video movies?"

You watch what you just recorded on your moby-expensive HD pro gear.

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Pre-Pet Commodore micro up for grabs on eBay

JonHendry

Re: I remember a review ..

Rockwell had their own, similar micro, the AIM-65. Perhaps you're thinking of that one.

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30-year-old global temperature predictions close to spot-on

JonHendry
FAIL

Re: I've never understood...

I take it you don't ever use a toilet or wipe, because that also allows plants to grow more vigorously.

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JonHendry
Trollface

But... but...

A guy who used to ride on boats wrote in the Register that climate change is nonsense!

How is this possible!?

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'This American Life' disowns Apple-bashing blockbuster

JonHendry

It's because

"Why, then, is Apple the only company facing fierce scrutiny, petitions, and – yes – "dramatic license"?"

Because everyone else "passes the savings on to the customer".

Exploiting the workers is only bad if it doesn't save you any money.

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Stallman: Jobs exerted 'malign influence' on computing

JonHendry

Four freedoms?

Freedom from soap

Freedom from water

Freedom from fitness

Freedom from tact

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JonHendry

Not at first

"however CompuServe gave you true internet access."

Not for the first however-many years it existed, before the web.

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JonHendry
Childcatcher

Borderline

Stallman is dancing on the razor's edge of becoming one of the muttering homeless people in Cambridge.

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HP's WebOS mess: When smartphone assets go toxic

JonHendry

Why?

"Why would HP punk out?"

Apotheker's not a hardware guy, let alone a consumer guy. He's going to focus on his former customers, from when he was at SAP. The sorts of people who use Autonomy.

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Snap said to show iPhone 5s being stacked by bunnies

JonHendry

Just the bezels

It's obviously just the bezels. You can see through them to the styrofoam underneath. I assume these are going to be sent to another factory or factory area for use in assembling the phones.

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Intel: Apple has online app sales exactly backwards

JonHendry

Remind me not to hire you for your business skills

"That doesn't mean the model is wrong. It just means that deliberately limiting the range of goods you sell, for a variety of commercial, ideological, or, occasionally, down-right geeky reasons, is bad business."

Um, no. Limiting the range of goods is *essential*. What you describe, carrying *everything* regardless of quality, demand, redundancy, or relevance, isn't good business, it's more like *hoarding*. And your store would soon look like one of those homes full of 6 foot piles of old newspapers, pizza boxes, fast food wrappers, and dead cats, with barely enough room to walk.

If you think, you might recall that successful retailers tend not to look like flea markets or large car boot sales.

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Note to Apple: Be more like Microsoft

JonHendry
Facepalm

Not sharing?

How many *billions* has Apple paid out to iOS App Store developers, Mac App Store developers? At WWDC, Jobs said they'd paid out $2.5 billion to iOS developers.

How much to the producers of the music, TV shows, and movies sold in iTunes?

How much money is being made by non-App Store developers, like VMWare or Adobe on Mac sales?

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'Lion' Apple Mac OS X 10.7: Sneak Preview

JonHendry

"Quit and discard windows"

If you hold down the option key when clicking on, say, the Safari menu, the Quit option becomes "Quit and discard windows". You can also press Command-option-Q to do this.

After doing so, the next restart of the app doesn't open any earlier windows.

As someone else noted, when rebooting or shutting down you get an option to remember open things.

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JonHendry

It's per-app.

Resume is per-app, so if you quit TextEdit with some windows open, when you restart TextEdit it'll reopen whatever you had open.

It's also works across restart or reboot.

It isn't just dumping the memory contents to a file on disk and reloading that at boot. That's already done as part of the sleep process, so that if the power goes out or the battery dies during sleep, the system doesn't lose everything that was in memory.

Many apps will have to be updated to take advantage of Resume. But any apps that use the NSDocument classes from Cocoa, I think should get the new behavior automatically when run on Lion without even being recompiled.

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JonHendry

They've thought it through.

They even handle the case where the changes haven't autosaved yet, but you use the Finder to copy the un-auto-saved file to, say, a thumb drive. The Right Thing happens.

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JonHendry

Save as PDF ought to do it

Just save the final version as a PDF, and delete the original file. And delete it from any backups as well, unless you've stored it in a folder that isn't being backed up.

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Ballmer leaves investors speechless in Seattle

JonHendry

Or

Like George W. Bush saying "I'm the Decider" when everyone figured Cheney wore the big-boy pants.

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JonHendry

Right.

Apple TV.

iPod Hi-Fi, the failed overpriced speakers for the iPod from 2006.

Friggin' iPod Socks.

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Apple pilfers rips off student's rejected iPhone app

JonHendry

Different kinds of sync

There'd be no point reading the kid's code. Apple's wifi syncing is tied into iCloud and whatnot, and thus will be using new iCloud-related APIs (plus new crypto APIs, etc) that the kid didn't have, and which have wider applicability across the OS and applications.

They superficially appear to do the same thing, but they accomplish it in very different ways.

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JonHendry

Not exactly

"And the icon, the symbol for WiFi combined with the symbol for sync as used by 1990s Palm Pilot."

That's what I thought too, at first, but googling it revealed that the Palm sync icon was actually closer to a ying/yang symbol. The arrows arc around half the circle, similar to the Apple icon, but then meet in the center.

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JonHendry
Boffin

Could have been better, though

" Clearly it makes sense to use the button in this way this so they have given users this option. "

I think it'd be even better if they'd used the headphone remote's pause button. That way pressing the button wouldn't risk moving the phone and screwing up the shot.

You can probably use the volume button on the remote and get that benefit, but using one of the volume buttons seems imbalanced, like the other button should do something to the camera as well.

Of course, the phone itself doesn't have a pause button like the remote does, which is a flaw in my idea.

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JonHendry
Gimp

Eh. Pretty obvious functionality, name and icon

The name is purely descriptive of what it does, sync over wifi. The icons are pretty close to the pre-existing wifi and sync iconography. And it's not like nobody else ever thought "gosh, it'd be nice to sync wirelessly." Lots of people probably thought that the day the iPhone was released and didn't have wireless sync. This guy just went ahead and implemented it.

The case would be stronger if the guy's logo were more original, and if his software's name had been more distinctive.

I doubt this guy's implementation was the same as Apple's new one, because Apple's implementation is probably plugged into the whole iCloud infrastructure, rather than just connecting to your computer wirelessly.

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Mac OS X Lion debuts in July as $29.99 upgrade

JonHendry

Uh, iTunes movie downloads?

You forget that Apple's already serving apps, music, and movies every day to who knows how many people. Plus they've been ramping up their infrastructure for iCloud.

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Dear Dell and Microsoft: You're not Apple

JonHendry

Eh what?

" My laptop has a much higher pixel density than either of the Apple's product lines."

I suspect that's a design decision, not a technological one. All the companies get their LCD panels from the same group of manufacturers. If Apple thought such high dpi in laptops was something they wanted to order, they could just order the panels. For whatever reason, Apple thinks 1920x1080 is too small for a 15" laptop. (If they can get 3200x2100 panels, they'd probably use them, with text and UI widgets scaled to the same size as on the 1600x1050 panels, but with better rendering. They're laying the groundwork for this already and the OS has support for very large UI widget image files, and automatic selection of the appropriate file depending on the screen resolution.)

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JonHendry
Flame

Check your facts

>>>Gates was preaching the tablet before anyone actually wanted one

>>But only because he had seen the Newton that Apple was trying to sell, which only failed because it was a little too far ahead of its time."

>Yawn. Invented by Xerox, copied by Steve Jobs during one of the tours he was given of the facility.

The Newton wasn't a Steve Jobs project, it was John Sculley, and didn't happen until after Jobs had left Apple and was busy with NeXT and Pixar.

Being a Sculley project, I doubt it had anything to do with Xerox at all. Sculley wasn't at Apple during the famous/infamous PARC tours.

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iPhones secretly track 'scary amount' of your movements

JonHendry

Eh. Low resolution

I checked my recorded locations stored during a recent weekend in Philadelphia.

The resolution is in terms of blocks. You can tell I was in Center City Philadelphia, and popped over the river to the University of Pennsylvania campus. But the towers recorded are farther south than I actually went, and one is farther west. (I stopped at 33rd street, but apparently my phone pinged a tower at 38th street.)

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JonHendry

But it's still just the masts

Even if it's down to the second, it's still just the cell tower locations, which doesn't give much resolution. It's not going to be enough for someone to be able to tell you left the office, walked down the street a block or two, and popped into a hotel to meet your mistress or into a massage parlor for a happy ending or to meet your dealer to score some smack.

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New double-barrelled Taser unveiled

JonHendry
Terminator

Depends on the circumstances

People have been tased for the "crime" of experiencing seizures. They weren't following orders, see, to stop spazzing out. So the idiot cop tased the poor bastard. This has happened more than once.

Even if the head honchos at taser have let themselves be tased in the past, they might feel differently about getting it during a medical emergency.

Also, it's likely a bit different, getting tased by your coworker/employee, and getting tased by someone who isn't friendly, isn't on your side, doesn't mind hurting you, and wouldn't get in trouble even if you *died*.

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Icelandic todger museum acquires human hampton

JonHendry

I notice their website

has a long list of 'honorary members'.

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Fukushima one week on: Situation 'stable', says IAEA

JonHendry

Funny

The Register gives more skeptical scrutiny to a meaningless minor discrepancy between performance of Mobile Safari and 3rd party web apps, than it gives to what the nuclear industry says. Apparently butthurt 3rd party developers are more of a problem than future cases of leukemia and birth defects.

Actually, that's not funny. It's sad.

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JonHendry

Lewis knows all about nuclear power

After all, he's ex-Royal Navy.

He's a master of Rubber Dinghy Rapids. That makes him an expert on nukes. Somehow.

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JonHendry

Um.

"I couldn't believe my ears last night when no less an august body than the BBC in a Newsnight report described one of the reactors as a potential "dirty bomb". "

I don't see the problem. If a terrorist blew up a truck containing a few tons of spent fuel rods, that would qualify as a rather large dirty bomb. There'd be a huge mess of contamination to clean up.

If a load of fuel rods burns on its own, because it isn't being cooled, the result is effectively the same, and probably worse.

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JonHendry

Well...

"Strontium weighs 2.6kg/litre, and cæsium about 1.8. I can't see either doing much floating..."

I hope you don't like sushi. Or fish. Because it's going in the ocean, where it'll likely be taken up by the bottom of the food chain and work its way up.

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Fukushima situation as of Wednesday

JonHendry

Why is Lewis writing about nuclear power?

As far as I can tell, Lewis' Royal Navy career didn't involve service on a nuclear powered vessel, so it's not like he has a relevant background.

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JonHendry

About that MIT paper

Andydaws wrote: "in fact, the paper you complain about has been picked up by the MIT nuclear engineering department, and is now being recommended on thier blog site"

No. They rewrote it dramatically, without noting their changes, and even state that the disagreed with the original author's title.

They basically reused the structure and supportable basic facts, but discarded many of the original author's claims and conclusions.

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