109 posts • joined 6 Apr 2012
Parents: Do Your Job Please!
Obviously, we live in an era when quite a lot of parents outright refuse to be parents and instead expect the world at large to do a lot of their job for them. Clearly, this applies to kids buying stuff online. Apple has been providing tools for years to stop kids from buying anything they like online, including through the iTunes Store. If parents don't bother to use them, that's the parent's fault, not Apple's. And yet, such lazy, irresponsible, asinine parents complain anyway, ironically emulating little children.
This is total rubbish:
"But Apple has sat on its hands and decided not to act at all, the EC claimed:
"Although, regrettably, no concrete and immediate solutions have been made by Apple to date to address the concerns, in particular payment authorisation.
"No firm commitments and no timings have been provided for the implementation of possible future changes," the EC declared."
LIARS is what I believe the EC to be, either that or profoundly and willfully ignorant. Here's a far more informative article about what Apple has ACTUALLY been doing for years, as well as what they are planning to do in iOS 8 this fall:
Would that ANY other company was as conscientious as Apple. For down arrow dingers, I dare you to name one. If you do, I'll be applauding them.
The Bracelet Of Misery :-(
Gadgets like this show just how desperate some people are to suffer. Other than that, what's it for? Making people into robots? The corporates will love that. Then they'll start stamping numbers on the robot's heads. '666, we want you as the new CEO of Dehumanization, Inc.'
Idiotic Bias Showing Much?
"Might it actually be about to make customers happy for once..." (O_o)
…And Those Who Pull His Strings…
Mr. Thomas Wheeler and those who pull his strings Don't give a damn what the MASSES of US citizens have to say about their ruination of actual/factual Net Neutrality. We The People be damned. That's what we're going to see this September.
And the rest of the world will shout for revolution once the resulting catastrophic mess becomes public and clear to all.
So long joyful Internet. The Corporate Oligarchy is taking over this place! Hand over the extortion fees and play nice or we're gonna make you hurt even worse. Sick stuff, already in action. Isn't it, Verizon?
DARPA: The Better To Murder You With, My Dear
I consider DARPA to be an abomination of humanity. How dare we? This is the exact opposite of human survival. You'd think we'd have figured that out by now. But no. Psychopathic thinking wins again.
An Insightful Person Once Told Me...
... that a sign of a collapsing civilization is its mass cultural emulation of the lower class. I've also seen this concept expressed as 'Worship of the Noble Savage'.
Etching 'Noble Savage' poetry onto the back of your iOS device certainly qualifies. (O_o) Equal opportunity obscenity makes me laugh at the people who insist upon it. If Apple chooses not to participate, that's fine with me.
As a US citizen I have to ask:
WTF does #MyStupidGovernment think it's doing? Is the point of these international crimes to destroy its foreign diplomacy? That's certainly the effect.
Is this all due to the INDUCED paranoia created by the #MyStupidGovernment enabled 9/11 incidents? Is all of #MyStupidGovernment still ignoring what REALLY happened that day? Or is this all simply more charade playing for the benefit of we simpleton US peasants who haven't read the actual/factual 9/11 data yet? Stupider things have happened.
Cut it out please, #MyStupidGovernment!
…on and on…
(And no, it's not the time or place to play ignorant 'conspiracy theory' games. I won't reply to same or snide/ignorant related comments. Go convince the mirror).
Wondering Where The Methane Comes From?!
1) Above Ground Liquid Methane Lakes.
2) Underground Liquid Methane Lakes.
3) Liquid Methane Soaked Soil.
4) Liquid Methane Tides Due To Saturn's Massive Gravity.
Where does the methane in the air come from? Is that a typo?
Mind Parasites vs Interactive Art
This opens up creative avenues for those willing to take the time to make a media work into something interactive with the audience. That's a great thing, at least from my POV. It is a high form of art that allows the audience itself to improvise as part of the experience, making the media all the more unique to each viewer/participant.
But then there is the parasitic marketing moron abuse of 'customers', aka victims. Turn what should be an art experience into just another demolition of the value of being alive by treating the audience as objects from which one extracts money. This entire approach to life is detrimental and cheapening in the extreme. I personally would never participate. Start shoving 'product' at me and I'll simply *gag* and turn it OFF.
Spend Microsoft! spend Spend SPEND!
The more the faster the sooner the better! Then maybe we can end The Stone Age of Computing and move forward into a post-Microsoft Age of Superior Technology. I can hardly wait. (^_^)
China: Enough said.
Seriously! We're not already used to China having no respect for facts or human rights? Why not?
Re: China: Figures
Massive thumbs down. I've seen that before, when I helped unmask the activities of The Red Hacker Alliance in 2007. And yet I was right. And I am right now as well. Slapping up the truth doesn't change a thing except the perceptions of ignorant people. Enjoy your ignorance. It's a very common problem around here. :-D
Wouldn't it be wonderful if China actually created, invented, innovated something useful and important to provide and sell to the world? Instead, we get this criminal craptatiousness. Thank communism and its consequences.
Judging an Experiment as a Commercial Product is Rarely Helpful.
The overwhelming sense I have, reading about this situation, is that quantum computing is still in an infantile stage. But here we have it being judged in public as if it's a viable product ready for public consumption, when it obviously is not. The enormous Clunk Factor going on at D-Wave is inevitable at this point. To have them shoved into defensive mode over an obviously Not Ready For Prime Time machine is ridiculous. I hope this wrong attitude toward the technology doesn't kill the baby before it has a chance to grow up.
And then there's the possibility that D-Wave really does have a dog that won't hunt. But this clearly is not the time for that judgement.
Re: Collaboration between Quantum Computer Services and Apple
"Wasn't aware of the collaboration, according to Wikipedia…"
And yet I provided a link to a more detailed history and you didn't bother to read it.
Wilfull ignorance folks. You will it, like magic you remain ignorant. This is a disease you can cure.
Re: Hmm wasn't graphics heavy by any chance was it?
No. There were no graphics loading problems ever. Most of them were already installed on your Mac. If anything, we wished there were more graphics, especially animated graphics. It was as stark and minimalist an interface as you'd expect in the age of 33k and 56k modems, despite the various lovely designs for the arrival page. The biggest files were audio. We enjoyed scrambling to be sure we had the latest sets downloaded and installed. They were triggered via commands typed into eWorld, the same as was done at AOL.
Rhetoric vs Reality
"…endearing itself with a handful of loyal users". <--A slight underestimation. There were mobs of us, and it was a lot more fun and organized than AOL. I still have all the software, bonus kits and freebie sounds. We had a rollicking time there.
Then Netscape came out, we were free of awful Mozaic, so who needed dial-in online services? Old world was eWorld.
As for the ignorant comment about the aftermath of 1996 being "a transitional period at Apple that would nearly result in the demise of the company". You wish! Journalists had Apple bankrupt, in the grave with dirt tossed on its coffin. And yet, that never happened. There is actual history to read, as opposed to the misery mongerer's 'own version of history', distortions, gossip and ignorant hearsay. I find Apple-History.com to be a useful source of information. The directly applicable history of Apple's decline starts here:
Left out of the article, not a big deal, is the collaboration between Quantum Computer Services and Apple that resulted in the lineage of AppleLink to AOL to eWorld. Wikipedia has some useful history here:
"The US House of Representatives has passed a measure aimed at limiting the NSA's ability to access personal data and conduct surveillance."
We already have the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution. Support it. Enforce it. Arrest/impeach those who don't protect and defend that law.
There is no 'wiggle room'. Metadata is private information. Everything you create with software and hardware is private. The Fourth Amendment does not require interpretation or explanation.
Apparently, simple and sane isn't good enough for #MyStupidGovernment. Have your fun with strangling money. It's better than just sitting around hiding your heads up your…
Liquid Methane More Likely
Based on what I've been studying about Titan, it's more likely that Charon has had liquid methane tides, similar to those evident on Titan but more internally due to the colder surface. All of us have a lot to learn about cold moons and planets.
As for the possibility of life on or in such cold heavenly bodies, it's fun to speculate but highly unlikely. Cold is cold is cold is death, at least for carbon life forms. Life feeds off some sort of energy source. What would that be out in frigid space, over the course of billions of years, far from a star? Would tidal friction really be adequate?
"Apple products are secure and never get viruses and malware."
NO. As a Mac security expert I have to point out that Macs have had over 100 malware since the birth of OS X. Technically, none of them have been actual viruses. But 'virus' has been wrongly shoved into the vernacular to mean all malware. Actual Mac malware has mostly been Trojan horses with a few drive-by infections thanks to stupid Oracle Java and stupid Adobe Flash, AIR, Shockwave and Reader. I personally suggest not installing Java or Adobe freeware unless forced to. Apple has been reasonably on top of security flaws in its own software, the worst of which has been QuickTime. Apple uses their XProtect and Gateway technologies to help keep their users free of malware. But don't count on Apple being perfect, just the best.
As for iOS, there have been a couple bone fide malware that made their way onto the Apple iTunes App Store, both yanked by Apple and unavailable. There have been a couple proof-of-concept malware as well, also pulled by Apple. All remaining malware for iOS is specific to jailbroken devices, in which case you're on your own anyway, no sympathy.
Re: AV for Mac
"Anyone recommend a no fuss AV?"
Actually answering the question, here are my recommendations:
1) ClamXav is the most complete AV of the free options. The only drawback has been the annoying trend of the ClamAV project to shove detection of Mac malware behind detection of Windows malware.
2) Sophos Anti-Virus is fine. They're a good company, contributing a lot to the Mac community.
1) Intego: VirusBarrier is the best. This is the one I consistently find to be on top of all Mac malware. Their software is great. Their updates are frequent. The cost is worth it if you have a person who can't help but pick up malware. Set it up to run in the background 24/7. It doesn't eat much CPU time after the initial scan. Intego is also a terrific contributor to the Mac AV community.
- Symantec anything. Norton has frequently been terrible on Mac. Symantec has consistently resented the Mac and Mac users.
- MacKeeper: Total garbage from a garbage company, IMHO of course.
- iAnti-Virus: It's been neglected to the point of being dangerous.
- F-Secure. Plenty of friends like their AV. F-Secure, like Sophos and Intego, contribute a lot of work to the Mac AV community.
NOTE: The most basic and critical method for dealing with malware is to have backups of the machine, one local and one off-site (such as in the 'cloud'). Recall that the #1 Rule of Computing is: Make A Backup. If you don't, you get what you deserve. Not kidding. It's that critical.
Re: iBeacon <--Just Turn It OFF
As I pointed out in another reply: Just turn iBeacon off. Apple let you do that.
When MAC Address Collision Is A Good Thing & Just Turn iBeacon OFF
Having a barrage of MAC Address collisions within this scenario would actually be a brilliant bit of berzerking of the trackers. It reminds me, of course, of V For Vendetta with everyone wearing Guy Fawkes masks en masse. The same person showing up downtown, uptown and in various other countries at the same time would be jolly good fun.
As for iBeacon:
"It may be that Apple just wants developers to code for its own, Bluetooth-based iBeacon tech, which is already being used to track customers in some Apple and Macy's stores."
Just Turn iBeacon Off. Apple let you do that.
Amazon! What's That Ax Doing In Your Face?
Apparently Amazon is getting desperate about making a profit in order to justify its AMZN price. Desperation means making bad choices, which are quite evident here.
IPV6 Foot Dragging Goes On Forever
This isn't amusing any more. It's time to catch up with the future.
Thank You Apple For Recognizing That NFC Is Crap Technology
Oh and thank YOU Bill Gates for encouraging the USA to adopt NFC. You, more than anyone else, may have convinced my country to stay away from NFC.
Now if only my state of New York had also ignored Bill Gates, I wouldn't be stuck with this stupid NFC chip embedded NYS Driver's License/Passport that I have to keep in a Faraday cage 24/7 for fear of some granny 'BONKING' into me and stealing my identity.
I've worked with ELIZA a lot over the years. Chatting with the online rendition of Eugene, I knocked it off its fake human pedestal with the first question. It's ELIZAesque fumbling only got worse as it persisted in trying to keep my interest. My only response is that, all these years after the invention of ELIZA, how far we have NOT come. Cry Dr. Kurzweil. Cry.
And that's fine with me. We humans have trouble enough getting con-jobbed every day by real humans. We don't need machines adding to the demolition of our culture and trust.
I Like Your Work Marc, But OMG Are You Naive
Please Marc, buck up and read some human history. I know it's boring to folks like you and me, but you are a textbook naive observer and judge of government and political behavior. There is soooo much more going on here. Here are a few quotes to get you started:
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." – Ronald Reagan, March 30, 1961
The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
I am so sick of Intel's whining about ARM versus Atom or CISC whatever
- ARM is RISC
- Intel is CISC
"…If apps haven't been recompiled to run natively on Intel-based Android devices and therefore have to be converted at runtime from native ARM code into native Intel x86 code using "binary translation" (aka "bridge technology"), the conversion caused "a huge impact to the user and to the performance of the system."
Then don't do that! Sheesh.
Intel: You've done RISC before. Do it again and deal with it. Then maybe you can compete in the market without the whining.
Is it 64-bit?
Out of the running.
"Isn't it nice, how Apple cares about the security of it's customers? What a complete, utter and inexcusable fail!"
It's always a joy to watch idiotic hater comments get thumbed up by fellow idiotic haters.
As a couple of us have proven in the comments, dear Chairo, the FAIL is your comment. The Registry is wrong about brute force attacking Apple logins. Not possible at all. If you are going to hate on Apple, please do it with verified facts. Apple occasionally deserves a swift kick up the back orifice. Change is most likely to result when your criticism is REAL.
Was This Merely A Proof Of Concept Attack?
Proof Of Concept malware and Internet attacks are designed only to point out a weakness in a system. It's a bit difficult to believe that a hacker, black or white, would be so dimwitted as to not complete their ransom scheme unless the point was to merely demonstrate a problem. IOW: Creating no actual PayPal account for sucking in the cash was most likely deliberate.
Clearly, the ability to lock down an iOS device via Find My Mac within a hacked Apple iCloud account is something of a problem or concern.
Attack vector proven. Hacker's proof of concept, a success. √
Ahem El Reg: Please Properly Educate Yourself About Apple
"One reason that attack vector may be feasible is that Apple doesn't rate limit password guesses against iCloud accounts, opening it up to brute force attacks."
To Quote Apple:
"Apple ID: 'This Apple ID has been disabled for security reasons' alert appears
. . .
To protect your security, your Apple ID will be automatically disabled if your account password is incorrectly entered too many times."
Data Recovery On Macs
Data Rescue 3 is the current standard application for hardcore data recovery for mangled drives.
TechToolPro has a couple features you can set up to preemptively prepare for your drive to crash and burn, allowing fast recovery.
SpinRite will go Mac compatible one of these years, promises its developer. Meanwhile, you can repair any Mac drive via SpinRite if you connect it to a running PC.
I'll skip the various repair tools and backup options as they are not directly relevant to the question.
But I will point out that the #1 Rule Of Computing is: MAKE A BACKUP. Obviously, restoring from your backups is the single easiest way to recover your drive. I am adamant enough about backups to cruelly say that: If you don't make a backup, you get what you deserve. It's that critical to every computer user. Read up on the net about the best backup plans and software.
Not Quite 'Apple-powered' Yet
It takes slightly more than a few days for a company acquisition to take place. We simply know the intent and agreement. Now we wait for the red tape and bureaucracy cogs to grind…
Better Idea: Generate Energy From NON-Carbon Sources
It sure is fun to stick to the status quo of calculating how much carbon we blow off into the air for this, that and the other. :-)
But how about we actually deal with the source problem for a change and GET OFF THE CARBON SOURCE ENERGY. Doesn't that sound like a much more productive idea? I think so!
Break out of the box and live in the sustainable modern world. :-D
"At least it's better than Flappy Bird"
So children. Do you yet have pity on those of us who grew up with these clunky old antiques as the Gee Whiz modern computers of our day? Just wait until you get geezerly and younger people call the stuff we use now 'boring'.
The future is relentless.
The Best Solution: Kill TPP And Serve The Citizens Instead
And kill the corporate oligarchy that wrote TPP as well. They treat we, their customers, as default criminals. Let's do the same to them and outlaw their deceitful writing of treaties and laws, as well as outlaw their lobbying $MONEY$. These clowns have ruined my country, the USA.
Hype ad nauseam. Make it stop.
"Weasel" Is The Core Word Here
I expect Mr. Thomas Wheeler and his cohorts to be nothing more than deceitful weasels as the nightmare, the murder of Net Neutrality unfolds. Expect propaganda galore, all hiding the fact that Net Neutrality will be a fatality.
Thomas Wheeler: Puppet Pawn Of The Media Oligarchy
As puppet pawn of the media oligarchy, we know exactly what Thomas Wheeler wants to do, exactly how he wishes to warp and ruin the Internet. Everything else is noise… until we throw the bum out and get someone who actually SERVES We The People's interests and NOT the corporate oligarchy interests.
So Put Up The Iron Curtain Again And Shut Up
Russia: Criminal Nation
Russia: War Mongering Nation
Russia: Lost in the past
Russia: Most annoying country ever
So STFU already, put up the iron curtain again and go lose yourselves in bad ideas the way you used to do. Leave the rest of the world alone while you're off in the corner playing with your insecure ego.
Naive The Register: ISP Switching; Choose Your Torturer
"…So why not switch? Why not throw a switching party for everyone on your street? Start acting like customers - it's the only thing that scares the hell out of an ISP."
A) Where I live I have the choice of two ISPs: Verizon and Time Warner Cable. I personally have written two detailed exposés about constant, blatant customer abuse by Time Warner Cable. They could not shout any louder their contempt for their customers. The resulting hatred back from customers is one reason TWC hope to sell themselves off to Comcast.
But guess what: Verizon has an equally POOR reputation with customers. If I don't like one abusive company, I can switch to the other abusive company. Yeah, that's worth switching, naive The Register.
B) If I switch from abusive Time Warner Cable to Verizon, here's what I get (and we're talking FIOS optical cable Internet here): LOWER bandwidth (gawd knows why) for HIGHER costs. Yeah, that's worth switching, naive The Register.
C) Last year, these two abusive companies decided NOT to compete with each other in my area, deciding instead to market their services TOGETHER. The result would have, obviously, been a defacto MONOPOLY. Thankfully, #MyStupidGovernment is not quite corrupt enough, yet, to allow obvious ISP monopolies if it doesn't have to. This new twist in customer abuse was shot down. So, knowing the ANTI-competitive nature of these two companies in my area: What is the POINT of switching, naive The Register?
PLEASE: Don't assume you comprehend the Internet market in the USA from your perspective in the UK. You hit a very severe FAIL pothole.
My Comments List Re: The Article; USA ISPs Versus Their Customers
1) In future, please provide adequate resolution diagrams and images. It's easy to do. What you provided here is awful, low res jaggy stuff. There's no excuse for being that lazy.
2) In the USA we have crap bandwidth compared to many other countries in the world. We are NO WHERE near any soft of 'capacity'. We're simply being price GOUGED for LOW BANDWIDTH. It's the usual customer abuse that's the spirit of the age. Our ISPs hate us and say so loud and clear. This is the behavior typical of any monopolized market.
3) We require immediate expansion of bandwidth at reasonable prices. Astoundingly, right now, fulfilling that simple requirement puts all the need for worrying about future streaming causing constraints right out the window of worry. IOW: The current argument against Net Neutrality in the USA is total propagandist bullshit. If the ISPs did their job and provided ADEQUATE service and FAIR prices, none of this rubbish would be a consideration.
4) Here in the USA, while the Net Neutrality arguments continue, companies like AT&T and Verizon are actively FIGHTING mandates that they expand cables into the hinterlands. They've been handed money to do so! They've taken money from customers to do so! But they don't want to and are having stamp-their-little-feet fits about having to do so. This is simply greedy, lazy and idiotic. Again, our ISPs hate us and say so loud and clear.
Result: This article comes of as a diversion from 'REALITY' in the USA. Many points are well made. And they're irrelevant to the real problems.
Faster Microsoft! spend Spend SPEND!
The faster these idiots blow their stash, the sooner we'll be rid of them, the sooner we can end The Dark Age Of Computing.
Please Symantec: Get OUT Of The Security Business!
A Mac fanatic friend told me about this latest rant from Symantec. What did I reply to him? Oh yes:
PLEASE tell me this means Symantec is leaving the 'anti-virus' business. Good riddance. Symantec has had it in for Mac since day 1, has bought and killed a number of BETTER AV/Disk tool products for Mac, has infamously FUDed Mac security since 2005, has foisted worst in class AV on Mac users, and has sold then yanked off the market a number of programs, leaving victim customers in the lurch. All around, a VILE company, IMHO of course.
IOW: Shut up and go away Symantec.
Sony's Dilemma Is Simple: It's Being Run By Marketing
I call the concept 'Marketing As Management'. Because of the supreme personality clash between the marketing mind and the creative producing mind, having a company run by marketing is doom. Marketing folks cannot and will not comprehend the productive mind and will go out of their way to subjugate it and demoralize it. Once the creativity has been wrung out of a company, all it has left is selling the usual stuff it had before the Marketing As Management horror took hold.
Until such time as Sony boots out their marketing guy CEO and replaces him with a productivity oriented CEO, the company is in constant FAIL mode. So long Sony!
- Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
- 14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
- Feature Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
- Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
- FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great