351 posts • joined 3 Aug 2007
Re: " ... that is a beard and an a mouth ..."
Yup, it needed saying. Otherwise some poor unsuspecting soul might have inadvertently viewed the image side-on and wondered what the hell those teeth are doing there.
Re: I blame Apple
I blame global warming.
Re: Back to corded headsets..
"what's so special about the ability to track a Bluetooth ID?"
The idea is that the user can optionally run an app that makes use of iBeacon location information. That app might, for example, be a British Museum app that pops up interesting information in the language of your choice, as you walk past an exhibit.
To take this specific example, the app vendor can refer the user to the terms & conditions of the app.
It falls under the remit of "Location Services" in iOS. The user has complete control over which apps have access to location services, and they have to be actively enabled for any app.
Re: Never mind that SSL fix...
Well, to be very generous, it would be possible to have mail sitting on a server somewhere that you don't know about yet. That's unread mail, and if it's not counted, the count is not spot on.
Re: Oh boo
If you want to be a proper troll, at least invent a false name.
Re: Article appears to be misleading
Read it. The bill is concerned with disabling a device, and allowing the owner to disable the means of disablement. It doesn't say anywhere that law enforcement may disable it or, more dramatically, 'kill it'. It's under the user's control, and it says that quite explicitly.
Article appears to be misleading
Senate Bill 962 would mandate that all handsets and tablets sold in California be pre-equipped with a "killswitch" option that would allow an owner or law enforcement to render a device inoperable if stolen or lost.
The actual wording of the relevant section of the bill is as follows.
The rightful owner of an advanced mobile communications device may affirmatively elect to disable the technological solution after sale. However, the physical acts necessary to disable the technological solution may only be performed by the end-use consumer or a person specifically selected by the end-use consumer to disable the technological solution and shall not be physically performed by any retail seller of the advanced mobile communications device.
Ergo, law enforcement will have no right to disable said device unless authorised to do so by the owner.
Where's the patent for this?
Since Google is doing this in Chrome, Apple is doing it in Safari and Mozilla is now doing it in Firefox, that has to be a juicy target for some twat who undoubtedly managed to get a weasel-worded patent along these lines years ago.
No targeted ads, thanks
It's the only way to be sure.
The bright young things at Apple spectacularly failed to assess my mood right after my mother had died, by sending me a personally addressed email inviting me to buy her a load of stuff for Mother's Day.
If, on the other hand, the ad-men had resisted the urge to annoy the world on this occasion! there would have been no issue.
Re: Where is the app for the iPhone
You might want one for your iPhone, but you certainly don't need one.
Settings | Privacy | Location Services shows you which apps you've allowed to slurp your position. And the OS itself monitors on an app by app basis how often they do so, reporting this in the form of various status icons (documented in the settings). You can also enable a status bar icon to be displayed when any location slurping by anything goes on.
So, no app required, and no 'proper phone' that needs an app installed to do this.
Re: I think I speak for most when I say...
Don't worry about it. God thinks that way, too. He hasn't a fucking clue what it all means at the nuts & bolts level because that's the way he designed it. We'd like to think that everything is understandable, but that doesn't mean that's the way things are. It's one of the many reasons I get smashed at the pub several times a week.
Re: Rule No. 1
Very well put, AC@14:30
But if you fancy a proper challenge, try posting that kind of response on The Guardian comments section and you will soon find that the world is full of delusional idealists who imagine that men just need to stop and think to make the world a cosy place. A bit like the 'Slut Walk' ladies who parade around London with their tits hanging out, dreaming that their behaviour will magically transform the behaviour of testosterone-fuelled sociopaths.
Re: I wish my MacBook Pro had a palm rest!
It's not a sharp edge; it's a blunted edge.
I appreciate that some people have delicate skin, but it's not something that I've ever noticed myself as any kind of issue whatsoever. Ever.
Personally, the clean lines work very well for me. You might benefit from some fluffy wrist cuffs, or a 3rd party wrist cushion for deluxe comfort :-)
OK, I admit it
I'm jealous. There, I said it.
You're wasting your money. I read somewhere in a magazine once that the best way to improve sound quality is simply to adjust all the screw heads in your house so that their slots are aligned vertically. You might need to replace a few Philips screws, of course, but that's a small price to pay for audio bliss.
Who'd have thought it? Competition actually working in the US telecoms market.
Bring it on. Those poor Americans have been raped by their carriers with exorbitant mobile costs for far too many years now.
"There's nothing wrong with the dashboard now. We don't need cars with message updates, email and SMS notifications.
The dashboard should contain only the essentials, speed, fuel, temp.
Anything else should be read out to the driver with text to speech."
The idea is that the dashboard will provide visual information such as mapping like you find already in plenty of inbuilt vehicle satnav systems. As for matters like messages, the idea is that if you want that kind of thing you can have it read out to you. Nobody is going to be so stupid as to design something that's dangerous to use, and the legislators would not allow that to happen in any case.
I imagine that one of its virtues is that the dash will inherently be connected to the vehicle's audio system, so you'll get good quality announcements, and nice easy access to your (or your kids) portable music library.
It's early days yet, though. There's a heads-up of Apple's plans here.
Apple maps - could be worse
I was as shocked as anyone when Apple ditched Google for their premature proprietary system. Especially integrated Street View, which I found very useful. Coupled with my favourite pub being displaced by several hundred metres, I was not impressed.
Recently, however, I used my iPhone on a trip to Japan, and it did a good job of caching large parts of the country when I was using hotel wifi. The past couple of days, I've been using it as a sat nav in my car, and it's done a good job there as well. I like the way it presents driving instructions.
Just saying, Apple's maps aren't all bad.
Move along now, nothing to see here
" the new radio equipment rules will oblige manufacturers to make mobile phones compatible with a common charger"
So, Apple will supply an adaptor that allows iPhones to connect to the generic charger. Big deal.
Waiting to be impressed
I'd be a little more impressed if they'd actually done this trick with a machine that was vaguely modern.
Is it likely that the same interlock is being used after all these years? Dunno. But probably not, would be my guess.
Re: How does the choice work?
I spent half an hour looking on the BT website last night and couldn't find any settings anywhere. When they get around in a few months to asking my preference on filters (as a long-standing customer), perhaps there will be an obvious way to TURN THE FECKING THING OFF.
A compromised router outside of Santander's control.
It's all very well saying that you just use a particular e-mail address for one purpose, but sending or receiving e-mail is generally like sending or receiving a postcard. Any number of prying eyes have the opportunity to snoop on the address.
Re: Not so strange, really
"Strangely, those wonderful lightning connectors that the whole world should use are not so wonderful after all."
The reviewers that you quote are in the main purchasing cables that they broke. Most likely through very rough treatment. Of course they will be cheesed off that they aren't protected from their own ham-fisted behaviour. Meanwhile, many millions of users seem to struggle by with the cable that came with their phone.
It's not, as you state, merely a USB cable. It also has an embedded processor that routes signals according to its orientation. And offers some degree of protection against Chinese knock-offs that are likely to torch your house in the middle of the night.
A sober comparison of Lightning vs "notoriously fragile" Micro-USB can be found here.
MagSafe is neat
In addition to Apple, I too am a big fan of their MagSafe connector. They are excellent. For those who've never used one before, they are drawn towards the laptop housing and snick into place magnetically. Perfect ergonomics. A bit of gentle pressure in the right direction and it undocks just as easily. Very useful if you're anywhere near a twitchy cat that likes jumping on your equipment while you're typing.
OK, advert over. One thing about Apple's MagSafe chargers is that they come in different power ratings according to the demands of the laptop. Personally, I think that's a bad idea because the connector is the same, and you can potentially end up with excessive charging time if you happened to plug in the wrong charger. Harmonising the juice rating for laptop chargers would be a good idea IMHO.
Re: Not guilty plea for 80 in a 65
Mitigating circumstances, if you're playing Galaxians at the time.
Re: They should be forced to use
"The only one OS that can be out of box supported on enterprise level is Windows,"
Well it certainly supported a bunch of hackers of Google machines a few years back, that's for sure. That's why Google banned PCs from the workplace.
"There just is no justification on spending hundreds of dollars every couple of years replacing a perfectly functional and useful device."
Yes there is. The world and technology moves on. My phone has features and capabilities that weren't there a couple of years ago. I like to make use of such things, so that's my justification.
Relativity makes things tricky. Our definition of now is particular to us. It's not the same now as that of a distant galaxy. So however you phrase it, you're going to upset somebody.
As far as that distant galaxy is concerned, we in our current state (as we regard it) happened billions of years ago in their past.
Appear poised to merge is exactly right.
Re: Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Stupid. Wrong.
You said "Clearly there is no opt out".
Thanks for your expert advice. Which happens to be wrong. Which bit of wrong don't you understand? Which bit of stupid don't you understand when you make pronouncements on which you have no knowledge?
Re: fanbois can opt out by turning off their phone's location services.
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Stupid. Wrong.
Settings | Privacy | Location Services
shows a list of apps that you wish to partake in location services. Don't want the Shopkick app to speak to you in this way? Turn off Location Services for the Shopkick app.
"People rely on these devices and for one to be so monumentally inaccurate is dangerous"
People should never rely on this kind of device, especially when it might cause danger. Neither Apple nor Google make any warranty that their maps can be relied on with certainty.
"I know now why you cry. But it's something I can never do."
Some Apple stores are pretty large, actually, spread over several floors.
Android apps can potentially make use of iBeacons just as well as Apple devices, and the use to which they will be put will be a little more imaginative than that described in your happy log, which doesn't actually seem to pay much attention to reality, in terms of the typical buyer queues that you find in an Apple store.
There are any number of reasons why it could be extremely useful for your phone to know where it is inside a building. Example: you're wandering around a museum listening to information on your phone, and proximity to an exhibit room triggers a commentary on the Exhibits App. Example: you're in the maze of a subterranean Japanese station and you need to find the exit nearest your hotel. Example: you'd like to wander into a booked cinema screening without waving tickets around. Example: you'd like a realtime map update of your location in a big shopping centre, directions. Et cetera. Et cetera.
Re: I presume...
Actually, Apple are pretty good when it comes to privacy features that the user can enable/disable.
Settings | Privacy | Location Services
Location services, of which this is presumably an example, can be switched off either globally or at the level of individual apps.
Also, iBeacons rely on Bluetooth AFAIK, so if you forget your tinfoil hat, you can always turn that off.
Hat-tip to the big guy in black
@Andrew Jones 2
"I think you may yet learn the value of Google+"
Or, put another way: "I find your lack of faith disturbing"
Re: Very interesting read!!
Agreed. Good stuff.
Slightly different take on it...
A nice interaction of a real ball with a virtual equivalent.
Re: Why always so wrong
"a cloud of virtual particles around them that continually sweep in and out of existence"
Well, it's just a fun way of describing things so that humans get at least get some impression of the mad world of quantum mechanics, isn't it. Particles fizzing in and out of existence isn't that bad a way of thinking about things.
The trouble is, there aren't the words to describe what's really going on in QM and "Just do the maths" is a cop out IMHO. The general public should never lose sight of the fact that no physicist understands quantum mechanics. Absolutely nobody. IIRC, Feynman said that not only is QM stranger than we imagine, it's stranger than you can imagine.
Not enthused by this
If I see something that looks like a Pringle, I'd be tempted to eat it.
Click Spotlight (magnifying glass at the top right) and type Console. That will find the console app for you. In the search box, have a look for words like clamshell, sleep and so on. The dates/times and event descriptions might be a pointer. As I mentioned, if your laptop is in clamshell mode it will be consuming resources. You won't find clamshell in the log, otherwise.
"Leave it sleeping for more than a couple of days and it's dead."
Your particular laptop is likely in 'clamshell' mode, not sleeping. Check your console log for occurrences of 'clamshell'.
Re: Customer Satisfaction
"Ah yes, the 'pain' of ensuring your computer is protected from viruses. Far better to buy an Apple device at inflated cost, because they are impervious to any such things."
This probably isn't the best place to debate malware - no computer is safe from their users and any software installation may contain malware - but to the best of my knowledge, there are no OS X viruses.
Re: Customer Satisfaction
"what you're doing wrong is assuming that everyone else's usage pattern is just like yours"
Actually, I make no such assumption. I'm just outlining my personal experience, and why some of the gripes in this thread aren't relevant to me. I don't use Thunderbolt much but I'm sure there are plenty of Apple owners who work for video editing firms, and make good use of Thunderbolt to connect to large displays and ultra-high-speed networks, for example.
It strikes me that you are by nature a careless and clumsy person, losing and dropping stuff - no offence intended, it's just your own description of your events. I'm sure there are chunky ruggedised computers out there that would fit your particular requirements.
My story: I've bought so many gadgets over the years, you just wouldn't believe it. Some I've loved, and others were just silly toys.
In 1982 when I shelled out £400 (a lot of money for a student in those days) on a BBC Micro, it turned out to be the best investment I'd ever made in terms of fun had for each pound spent - in fact learning how to write 6502 assembler led to my first job in IT.
Countless gadgets later, and my 2012 Retina MacBook Pro gives me the same gadget-happiness. I'd deliberately put off getting one until antique technology like spinning lumps of rust and plastic and thumping great connectors like RJ45 went by the by, in favour of a light and portable device with an awesome display. After a few months I gave away my high spec self-assembled tower PC to a friend and was glad to see the back of it.
Now, a year and a half later, I do photo editing and hobbyist music production on my gadget with joyous lack of pain. Do I have enough RAM? Yes, I didn't penny pinch. Do I have enough flash storage? Heck, yes, I didn't penny pinch, and if I need multi-terabyte storage there are ways and ways. Can I read and burn CDs? Don't need to, but if I did, a cheap drive can be plugged in. Do I miss the RJ45 or floppy disk? Nah, I'd sooner have the little adapter for the very rare occasions where I need to plug in an Ethernet cable, rather than a big fat body on the laptop. Am I worried that I can't put more memory and storage inside? Nope, I'm nowhere near maxing out, and if it came to that the resale value of the laptop is nothing short of spectacular, which would go a long way to funding a new gadget. Do I miss the flaky audio glitches and never-ending pain of device drivers and antivirus on my PC? Well, you might be able to guess that one.
Will I get the new model? Very doubtful, as the one I have is doing fine, for my purposes.
So, before you downvote, what am I doing wrong?
Because most people wouldn't have a great deal of use for it, and the space is better taken up either side of the keyboard with the stereo speakers.
"2KG with only ONE HAND! You must be working out! Seriously though, that's some pricey kit. No ethernet port is a royal PITA I would think for the target audience"
It's easy enough to pick up, but you seriously wouldn't want to wave it about too much. Then again, why would you?
I have the 2012 version and I don't miss the Ethernet port one jot, actually, as I use wireless almost all the time. I do have their Thunderbolt <-> Ethernet adapter just in case, you know, for hotel rooms with wired-only connections, that kind of thing. YMMV.
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