175 posts • joined Tuesday 22nd June 2010 13:29 GMT
Re: Apple is shiny and overpriced, true
No warranty exclusions on the Apple refurbs, they get the same Applecare 1 year included / plus two years if you pay as any other Apple kit. I had a dead-shortly-after-arrival refurb iMac replaced immediately with a non-refurb one.
Re: Apple is shiny and overpriced, true
Dell's 4k screen isn't the 4k that cinemas use - it's 3840 by whatever, so can't show cinema 4096xwhatever in native res. Very significant for the folks who want to edit 4k professionally.
If Apple has got hold of screens that'll do true cinema 4k, they'll clean up no matter what the price. And the price will be more than the Mac Pro needed to drive them!
Re: ...the worst backup software there is except ...
And any backup software that you haven't validated that you can backup with, then tried a second backup to see how that works, then tried a restore from each doesn't really count as backup software.
Never trust a single backup. Unless you have your important things in at least three different locations, you don't have them at all.
Being largely Mac based, I use Time Machine to a NAS (homebuilt HP Microserver with FreeNAS9) for those and rsync to the NAS for the others, then the whole NAS is ZFS-replicated to another similar NAS, and then all the actually important stuff is duplicated to external hosts (friends and relatives computers) using Crashplan. Three or four copies of everything, all automated.
Re: Meh more click bait
That was an odd choice of post for mod deletion. Lucky you quoted the whole thing!
Re: iPhone batteries are replaceable
Two outer screws out, slide back cover, lift off.
One screw out for the power connector, shield off, spudge out the battery.
New battery in the hole, click connecter in, shield on, screw down, back cover, two screws.
Easily done in a minute while chatting to someone. 1m30s tops if you're being tentative or drop a screw.
I've not yet needed to get into anything more recent than an iPhone4, which now I think about it says something about battery longevity...
Re: iPhone batteries are replaceable
Shrug. I've replaced iPhone3GS and iPhone4 batteries. The 4 takes about a minute, the 3GS maybe six minutes. Both replacement batteries were about £7, and neither job needed a special screwdriver.
The 3GS was later replaced by Apple for free (well out of warranty, admittedly) due to an unrelated issue where it wouldn't update to iOS5. The 4 is still going.
Re: Need more than 4GB of RAM?
That's all very nice, but while you're (rightly) making fun of a dippy Guardian journo you're doing something very similar yourself: believing that RAM has anything to do with the use of ARM64. For the moment, it doesn't - but ARM64 is faster and lower power than ARM32 anyway. See here for how:
On the offchance anyone wants to know about the 64bit ARM
and why it's actually a good thing vs the 32bit version, there's some info here:
Righto, back to your endless squabbling.
"Normally"? One guy did, and now he's dead. He probably won't do it again.
Re: The few
You'd hope product testing would find most issues, so small numbers are good. But occasionally something huge slips through...
Re: Cost & reliability
Yep. I took my phone apart recently (three years old and the home button was getting iffy). The iFixit instructions were very insistant to never touch any of the shiny contacts, pins or socket, as the tolerances are so tight that a grease film will likely kill the conductance - and I did indeed have to open it up twice more to clean off the wifi and the touchscreen connectors.
The other thing with this is that most of the content of a phone is battery, plus some aerials and the interconnects. The CPU/flash/comms electronics are a tiny tiny sliver. So it's not a set of reasonably sized lego pieces as per the pic, there's one huge lump for the battery and a few bits'n'bobs.
Those bits are seriously tightly packed, with chippery and aerials shaped and overlaid for best space usage. If you split out the cellular radio and its aerial, then the bluetooth and its aerial, wifi, GPS, NFC... you'll end up with a device double its size of a normal integrated phone. If you're assembling a 'phablet' then that's not fatal, but anything under about 5" screen is probably not possible.
Take a look at any disassembly guide for a modern phone, and try and work out how to break that into functional lumps. There aren't enough to make a modular assembly worthwhile, I don't think.
Re: snow leopard is cool, no need to insult it
If the apps were universal you wouldn't need Rosetta, that's a shim to run PPC code.
Any developer releasing PPC-only code 'not even three years ago' deserves to be pointed and laughed at. But if you still need to run PPC apps, you do indeed need to stay on Snow Leopard (or stick it in a spare partition, or in a VM).
Re: No Java
The 10.8 upgrade installer wiped Java too. It takes seconds to sort out, since when you first manually launch something Java based a popup pops up offering to download+install it for you.
"if your ReadyNAS web interface is one of the thousands that are directly accessible from the public internet" then you have already lost any semblance of security and deserve all you get. Why would anyone do that? The series comes with a VPN client thing to access your content remotely anyway.
(That said, updating the firmware on a ReadyNAS is a near zero-risk process, Neoc)
All phones and almost all pads are toys then? Good to know, despite some of them being only five years behind desktop PCs in computation ability.
OSX automatically asks if you want to download+install the command-line compiler tools if you try to use make, cc or pretty much anything else in the toolchain, btw. The free GUI IDE etc download is about five gig, so I'm happy to not have that included in the base install.
Although a great idea at first sight (I'd get one), it would be more than entertaining when used through a metal desk...
Definitely. If it's good enough for a home network NAS, it's good enough for multinational industries.
That's what it would always have done. Nothing to do with the new MPTCP feature.
Re: TCP/IP has been multi-path from the git-go.
For Macs it's the order the interfaces are shown in the Networks prefs, top down again. You can mess with the priorities using the cog menu below the list, "set service order". Other *nixes will vary.
Re: Sounds like a fantastic idea
Porting apps either way is *not* simple, as the API sets are extremely divergent.
But the Anon was making a joke matching a joing OSX/iOS machine to the glorious wonder that is Windows8, so there's no point getting into tech details!
Re: two problems:
1. There aren't any games that require it, even Monster Hunter works fine without.
2. I'd hazard a guess that Pokemon doesn't use shoulder buttons for anything important... and that's what this is, a Pokemon console.
Looks more comfortable than the normal 3DS, maybe more than the XL too.
Re: And from our
Yep - it's a basic "think of the chiiiildreeeennnnn!" argument. Feh to anyone that falls for it.
"I took it back early in its life-time for the screen to be replaced, because it developed "blotches" down the right hand side."
This probably wasn't caused by your washing habits - I had a 2010 27" that had what sounds like the same issue, with no water sources in sight. There was a number of people complaining of the same thing, I suspect a bad seal of the panel. Mine was replaced under Applecare extended warranty, but the service engineer said it would have been replaced out of warranty anyway as a clear bad-part item.
Too simple a fix?
With this relying on a malformed class 2 message to generate the known-text error, I can see two ways that the carriers can prevent this issue: Testing all class 2 messages for validity and dropping them if they'll generate an error, or discarding the known-text error response when it's seen.
Re: I like clean and minimalistic but..
For LCD screens, the power drain is from the backlight and that stays constant no matter what is being displayed (for a given brightness, and there may be some screens out there with 'brightness zones' where the backlight can be varied - TV's sometimes do this, but not phones as far as I know). Even an all-black screen just means "blocking the backlight completely" not lower light power.
OLED screens do actually glow per-pixel, so the more pixels are lit on-screen the more power it's using.
But iThings are all LCD currently.
Re: Wonder how
It'll add a couple of mm to the depth of the bezel, which is a no-no in the current MacBook Air led style market.
I'm pretty sure I had a Compaq in the early 2000's which had a slide cover, nothing new under the sun!
What a depressingly dumbass set of 'joke' comments
Do try and keep the sexist bigotry down folks, all it does is shows you for the mental underachiever you really are.
The rest of you with proper comments - keep it up! I'm with Bakunin, the things these people have already done impress the hell out of me, let alone what they'll get to do over the next twenty years.
Re: pre-release software may not be final version
The Maps statement of screwup.
Re: Better idea
Are there any phones with lightup logos? Apple's don't.
The thing that makes a phone obviously expensive is the big screen. No way to get rid of that, yet.
More relevantly, you only get 140meg/second out of your SATA 6Gb connection because that's how fast your hard drive can shift data.
Get a decent SSD, and you'll find the same SATA socket can move data at 500meg/second or even more.
Seconded - superb coinage! Speaking as an Apple-gear addict myself.
Re: VNC over GIF?
I don't know what Apple have done to VNC with their OSX builtin Screen Sharing feature, but it's damn near realtime for fullscreen updates.
It's still a basically rubbish bitmap-based brute-force method though, unlike the relative elegance of RDP or X.
Guitar and vocals recorded on the ISS, other instruments (and presumably mixing + video edit) on Earth - no dates though, and I'd be quite surprised if the backing track had been premade before Hadfield knew what an audience he would have by the end of the trip.
Re: airplane mode
Nope. As well as the cell tower thing registration being an active function and the phone's radio power being a function of signal strength from the tower, iPhones are no different to any other - all four I've owned have all drained battery faster in low signal situations, such as my house's downstairs where I get 0/1/2 bars depending on exact location and phone orientation! As have all other phones I've had over the years, from fancy Nokia S80/S60 and RIMs to ye old Nokia/Moto/Sony-Ericsson dumbphones. It's how cell radio works, there's no way around it.
Locations with zero signal are somewhat different to low signal - I get that a lot too, as I do a lot of walking in the middle of nowhere with no reception. The iPhones all seem to handle that better than one-bar reception, and also better than my lass's Nexus 4 which drains as fast in no-bars as in a one-bar area. Given the spread of Android devices I'm not going to make any general statement about them from that one anecdote, though.
Re: Thanks Matthew Smith
Me too. Seen this? The lad's back in the game:
Re: You need some Win8 consulting then?
VM's are easier than hardware - much reduced variation in the drivers needed.
Get your twaddle here!
Absolute twaddle! Get it while it's hot! Pour some FUD on that for you madam? Laaaavely!
I've noticed this too
I blame it on Windows being worse at disk caching than any of the host operating systems, so Windows in a VM gains performance from the host leaving much more of the virtual disk in RAM.
Re: I'm confused though
It's to show that the wings really are as 'clean' as they appear to be, because retinal cells will only survive in a really clean environment. Which is why puncturing an eye even a tiny bit so often leads to blindness with minimal contamination.
Re: Evil Genius
I have known people for whom the ribbon actually works - I suspect it's that they're following one of the ~sixish workflows that the ribbon is designed to support.
For eeryone else, it's a bag of arse. My own WP work always means chopping and changing between different ribbons, so it's a complete nonsense. So I gave up on Word, except for when adding review comments to someone else's doc (which I think is one of those workflows).
Re: @AC 11:48GMT - Apple seem to manage ok
Apple's EFI is barebones - good at local and network (inc wifi) bootups and handling fully encrypted boot volumes, but very little more. Nothing like a full UEFI - although you can install a third party one if you wish.
Re: Another cog in the Great Green Swindle
$2.5m? That's absolutely peanuts compared to the amount of tax credits big companies are given by the NC authorities to move in and set up shop. And incidentally pay thousands of locals a living wage.
Re: Nice solar array
North Carolina is about 90% trees - it's an amazing place to fly low over, and I've taken a lot of wide-angle tourist photos from mountain viewpoints there, where all you can see is undulating forest to the horizon.
This is (to mix a metaphor) a drop in the ocean in terms of tree reduction.
Re: Marketing nonsense
Nonsense yourself - it's a function of how many photons you can get striking each pixel. Larger pixels == more photons == more data samples == less noise.
Sensor size *with res* is a surrogate measurement for pixel size. It's easier talking about a half inch 8Mpixel sensor than 1.3nm pixels.
Really. Google Maps is not perfect, no need to get all defensive about it.
Map data is "cloud based" (actually server based, don't mis-use jargon you don't understand), but updates to the schema and general bugfixes to the code may need updates to the client software.
The vans *have* location trackers
They don't use them for anything useful like seeing how accurate the system's automatic travel time calculation is, or even to make sure that engineers aren't having a sneaky snooze in a layby. They use them to make sure that the vans are parked where they should be out of hours.
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