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I heard the word procedural mentioned
Which generally means you don't bother creating a 1:1 "map" of the environment but instead describe sections and let the graphics engine create the ity bity details on the fly.
This probably also explains the macro level similarities and minecraft like appearance. I wouldn't read too much into that, as the guy said, they're programmers not artists and the purpose of the demo was to illustrate the levels of microscopic detail. I'd bet money that every one of the very similar looking macro blocks was in fact unique.
In previous efforts Apple attempted to put the users computers at the top of the tree with the cloud underneath them, this approach turned out to be fragile, iCloud puts itself at the top in a similar manner to competing sync engines so I'd expect a similar level of reliability between services, which is to say, they will all mostly work for most people.
AFAICT Google's cloud is basically an online filesystem, whereas Apple has gone for Application data Syncing, no idea what MS will do, probably both, I'd predict Googles approach being popular with techs, and Apples with users.
Just from my perspective here in the UK I still think it's a bit early for all this, that wireless networking lacks bandwidth and reliability and simply isn't ubiquitous enough for cloud services to replace local storage, I suspect a few early adopters will get properly burned, I suppose we have to start somewhere though.
Until you consider that the "we sell everything" approach of Amazon and eBay are the success stories of online shopping.
I suspect the reasons for this are twofold, firstly punters recognise the shop and know it's legit and secondly, because they sell everything.
Right off the money as usual Matt
Are you suggesting Apple should get out of the hugely profitable hardware business and instead licence their OS to 3rd parties so that others may enjoy those margins or that we should suspend belief for the purposes of your article?
Just a tip, but if you should ever meet Steve Jobs in the flesh, remember not to cross your reality distortion fields.
Call me a grumpy old man...
But no good will come of these newfangled TLD's, .app, .doc, .jpg, .etc
I can see misery looming ahead for the easily fooled masses and excited hand rubbing from the malware industry.
If you've got automatic login switched on then you're not really going to be worried about a FireWire hack.
Interesting that sleeping lions with FDE can be awoken by this though, that sounds like a hole that needs plugging, <tinfoil hat> or maybe, it's supposed to do that </tinfoil hat>
Don't do this at home kids
There's a reason hardly anyone knows about it, Apple has purposefully made this hard to do/find out about because sooner or later you will lose data moving files, eg Finder lock up mid move or a disk issue. Moves are not transactional, interruptions will result in data loss.
Seems to me
That if you took 140 trillion oceans worth of water vapour, bombarded it with radiation and assorted space debris while stirring it for billions of years there would likely be a whole ecosystem of tasty lifeforms living in it by now.
Hello space things, pleased to meat you.
Re: Wouldn't it be nice
If Adobe used standard OS windows and controls etc like *every* single other mac app on the platform so these problems, which are so common there's a website dedicated to pointing them out, didn't occur in the first place.
Fixing this is non trivial, seeing as it involves rebuilding the entire UI of the CS Suite, but then rolling their own UI was Adobe's choice, as was sitting on a Carbon codebase for a decade after it was depreciated. Numpties.
To the point, wouldn't it be nice if Adobe hired some engineers that can code worth a damn.
Net result of this being taken offline will be a reduction in the amount of TV watched in our house.
Message to the TV companies:
1) This service increases the exposure of shows, many of which have been added to normal TV viewing as a result of having been seen first on TV Catchup.
2) Negotiate with the service admins for viewing statistics, in show advertising is hitting extra eyeballs as a result of this and similar services, we have way more PC monitors than TV's in our house, dont focus on turning the Monitors off, make them count instead, more viewers means higher advertising rates.
3) Dumb TV's are on the way out, viewers want TV online, and they want it to be as easy as a TV, no one wants to have to load up a dozen websites to see what's playing on different channels.
4) You might wonder how a tiny outfit like this manages to stream at higher quality and greater reliability than your own in house efforts which have sucked up millions of pounds, maybe you could learn something from these guys.
Not the same thing
QNAP does proper old fashioned RAID, striping across drives or mirroring, expansion involves rebuilding a drive from parity, basically an exact copy of the previous drive on a larger disk, repeat for all drives then enable the extra storage space. Performance is notably better if all the drives are of the same model.
Drobo does block level mirroring across whatever drives it decides are best suited for the data, if you drop a drive and replace it with another of different capacity, you'll end up with different blocks written to it than the original, essentially, what drobo does is ensure all data is on the array twice, it doesn't matter what type or size the drives are because they don't need to be in sync to read data off, drobo just reads from the most convenient drive.
That's the theory, and technically it works well, you can mix and match any old drives in there and expanding the array requires *nothing* more than popping a drive out and sliding a bigger one in, in practice however, throughput steadily slows down until it's unbearable to work with and starts causing timing issues with some applications, the only fix I've found is to clone the entire array, wipe it and then copy everything back, this will need repeating every x months, depending on the data and churn rate.
Fine for backup, no good for live storage.
And Drobo is a cool concept, shame the IO performance degrades so quickly.
Not sure if it's fragmentation or index bloat but throughput has dropped by a factor of ten over the course of a year.
What's the point in sending astronauts to a far flung rock, Wouldn't a robot be just as useful? Genuine question, seems a bloody long and dangerous journey just to look at a proto meteorite in it's natural habitat.
It's a stupid patent, there seems to be plenty of prior art, but the USPO will probably grant it anyway because they seem intent on fucking up the US economy. Given this reality, I can't blame Apple or anyone else, for attempting to grab as much stuff as they can since what they don't grab they'll be defending themselves against in the EDC of Texas.
Additionally, it shouldn't be in the HTML spec, which is supposed to be about defining HTML elements, their behaviour and rendering. A mechanism for monitoring and reporting on browser activity is clearly well outside of the box model.
So plenty of stupid to go round, all thanks to the Patent Office.
Unbelievably I did read the article, and the comments
And I totally understand that having your profile deleted doesn't mean your Email etc gets deleted.
Yet it seems clear that google+ requires a profile to work and that said profile has to be public, hence my sarcasm.
In case that's too hard for you to understand, I'm pointing out the blatant hypocrisy.of requiring users google+ profiles be public under the pain of deletion while Google top brass sets theirs to private, YFM.
Wasn't it just days ago they said that private profiles would be deleted?
Couple* of thoughts
Don't trade with existing currencies, let it grow at it's own pace and you can forget about currency speculators who are IMHO complete bottom feeders.
Short selling is and will always be a crock of shit.
You need a bank, somewhere secure to store coins which can handle reversible transactions to prevent fraud/theft, yet issue coins for anonymous transfers if required. Home computers are a stupid place to store untraceable currency.
* modern interpretation of a 'couple' essentially meaning a random number, although staff in fast food resurants will interpret a request for 'a couple of sugars' as a 'handful'.
It's easier than that
Just drag the track(s) from iTunes onto your email program to create a blank message with the files attached.
Makes you wonder if the author has actually installed iTunes, or bought any music from Apple or Amazon.
Given that Oracle now employ HP's ex CEO
And Larry & Mark have been buds for some time, I'd say it's a fair bet that Itanium is getting dumped as alleged, that HP have documents to that effect, and that Oracle sees no downside in prematurely killing off a hardware partner now they have their own hardware to shift.
I would guess HP will attempt to tie all this up in court for a few years while they migrate their platform, doubt that will work out well for them though.
Is all iPads in web kiosk mode, so I'd imagine it will take a blink of an eye to update.
Shipping, installing and drugging the promotional lion cubs that will be wandering about the store on launch day is likely to be a bigger deal.
That's exacty what they want you to do
As far as they're concerned youre basically deadweight, sucking the bandwidth and cycles away from normal users that don't run adblock, have nice easy to target profiles and click on the money links every now and again.
You don't get to see the cards for free.
Reprehensible? Yeah, but they'd be fools not to.
Seems a waste
I get that there's something of a race to be the first to crack it but IOS5 is round the corner, most users are going to want to upgrade to that and it's hard to imagine Apple isn't going to plug an exploit that gives a website root access just by visiting. Should have saved this till after the update.
If say you had (by fair means or foul), root access to a popular FTP server, and you noticed from the logs that a lot of interesting users were using outdated versions of vsftpd, and you had a way of notifying those users to update, in the welcome message for example, then a headless hack like this takes on a whole new aspect.
Simply assuming that someone would go to all the trouble of poisoning a source depository just for the lols is a bit unimaginative.
I would be looking for the FTP servers that respond with :) in their handshakes personally, that might give us a clue as to what's going on.
SAMBA cluster fucked
Power cycle hack makes it all better.
@a bit confused about resume
They already do hibernate, including support for power outage, resume is more akin to the firefox feature which reopens all your tabs when you relaunch it but it's system wide and works across reboots.
Yes, keep doing that
When it no longer boots because the filesystem is corrupt someone like me can charge you for fixing it :)
The time out is a safeguard, it's designed to allow you to intervene if an app can't quit, maybe because there are unsaved changes but in my experience it's usually because 10+ apps are all trying to quit at the same time and the disk can't respond quickly enough.
Quit apps manually (cmd+tab+q, q, q etc), or get a faster disk (like an SSD), or be prepared for when it inevitably fails from the forced power outages.
Notice the author
It's basically the same as all his other articles which amount to "why isn't everything open source and free already?"
Is mp4, it's exactly as proprietary as mp3 and not surprisingly, owned by the same company.
There are very few devices that can't play mp4, it's baked into most hardware decoding chips.
Just a heads up in case you weren't aware.
You don't need a crystal ball
To predict the next iPhone will have better cameras and the CPU from the iPad, that's exactly what they did last year.
A new case design, perhaps with a different antenna layout? That would be unexpected Easy NFC payments would be cool, Bigger edge to edge screen?
This is of course, utterly daft
We already had that, back in the early days of the web it was common to see sites pop up alerts asking for permission, it was terrible UX and broke functionality when users clicked no.
Perhaps the EU should mandate marquue's and flashing text be mandatory on every page to complete this trip down memory lane?
If the price of pointing and laughing at GW advocates is that my twilight years are so cold the bloody Thames freezes over then it's not worth it.
Means our surfer will weigh in at about 4.5 Mini coopers, quite the handicap for even the most adept of plasma surfers.
Easier said than done
Despite the noise this is a very basic trojan, it doesn't do anything really clever, just relies upon the Safari default "Open safe files after downloading" (this was always asking for trouble), to install an app into the apps folder and add it to the users login items, It throws dodgy porn urls at safari and asks for credit card details but basically it runs in userspace.
Shocking how well they've done for what it is though.
I'm pretty sure this particular patent was just filler in a bundle containing patents that Apple, Google etc actually did need to licence.
I'd imagine no one bothered looking at it too hard, easy to imagine it's not specifically mentioned in rights to app developers and that A&G viewed it as holed by prior art anyway, I doubt anyone except the holder saw this play for small devs.
I suspect Apple will buy one of these companies and throw their legal team at the issue before the patent trolls smell blood.
Not really the same thing is it
I don't see licensing for x computers based upon AmazonID, or any sort of upgrade checking / notifications, or one click installs with no messing with serials etc.
This is just a webstore that you can download mac software from, is that a new thing? seems like there are hundreds of websites that have been doing that for ages.
Seems so obvious given that the display is subtractive, without a Key (Black), layer though text is going to look a bit ropy.
Overall I'm impressed with this tech, hard to imagine just how interactive my kids future is going to be when this stuff is made into cereal boxes.
Good news everybody
Intel in a full on ARMs race can only be good for us punters, power sipping supercomputers all round BOGOF
300dpi is a common resolution for digital source images used for quality print, the screens of dots that are actually printed are usually at 200dpi, the increased dpi of the image is to reduce moiré effects.
The text, which is what you should be comparing an e-paper screen to, is usually rendered at 1200-2400dpi.
Here's some closeups for comparison: http://www.bit-101.com/blog/?p=2722
Bear in mind that the resolution of the 'magazine' printing plate is usually well in excess of what most printing presses and papers can accurately reproduce.
We were all young once
Seems like a lot of blokes in these comments making the same bad joke who seem to have forgotten the many, many, retrospectively retarded exploits of their youth that could just have easily ended in similar, if less widely mocked tragedy.