Presidential from the geezer who said "grab them by the c**t"
679 posts • joined 21 Mar 2009
Presidential from the geezer who said "grab them by the c**t"
> The 6s had a headphone socket. The 7 doesn't. That's the main reason.
And it's 20% cheaper.
Nothing to do with being greedy bastards?
> So the current gear soldiers on because it still works.
Except MS Office. This gets worse with every iteration and never fixes bugs which have been there since the early nineties.
Still, it could be worse. Adding new emojis accounts for innovation at Apple.
>>legit SEO types
>That's a thing?
Trump looks like he could use a good hairbrush
Need the software too. Whilst there's no Macbook PRO any longer, the move away from OSX to Windows would be really unpalatable. It's one thing running Windows in a VM, but it's a completely different thing to run Windows as the main desktop.
Sure, it might be possible to run it as a hackintosh, but that means it's self-supported.
Yahooo's!! security meeting?
Or Selotape some string to them to keep them together, just like your mum did to your school mittens...
A lovely way to pass a lunchtime at my desk...
Apple also continued to fall, shipping 3m fewer units than the same period a year ago, to 43m, a 13 per cent share.
Wonder what the affect of the 7's going to have on their market share over the next few quarters. Not just the absence of a popular 3.5mm hole, but the 20% price hike.
Can the army of Zukkerburg's followers tell the difference between true and false news? Do they care?
It's like comparing people at McDonalds with people who know what good food is.
It's a pity though, as Zukkerburg's drivel really screws democracy.
"The Hatch Act of 1939, officially An Act to Prevent Pernicious Political Activities, is a United States federal law whose main provision prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government, except the president, vice-president, and certain designated high-level officials of that branch, from engaging in some forms of political activity."
Staggering abuse of power from a civil servant at such a sensitive time.
This publicity must really piss off the spooks as this is the sort of thing they would have dreamt up for their use.
Glad to help!
There is a serial number etched on the case but you'll need good eyes to read it. I had to take mine into my local Apple shop - getting the appointment is the hard bit though.
Must say that I was really impressed with Apple's service even though it actually cost me £2,700 for a replacement MBP as it's a work machine. Pondering flogging the old one, but now that Apple have effectively withdrawn from the 'pro' market I'll probably keep it as an asset!
Was it the graphics card that failed (thick grey vertical bands on the screen)?
If so, that happened to me in August with my 2011 MBP. I replaced it with a retina screened one as I needed to get it replaced immediately.
But, lets say something good about Apple.... They've done a recall on the motherboards UNTIL THE END OF 2016 and replaced the motherboard free of charge. So now I've two lappies.
There's online checkers to validate this.
first reports suggest that letting the headphones use their own DAC (thus shortening the analogue path) only makes them sound even better.
So having a generic little D-to-A converter plus power amplifier built into the headphones will sound better than a half-descent D-to-A and PA?
Isn't this the same argument that would have someone spend £10+/metre on speaker cable and bi-wiring / bi-amping? Only the chosen ones can tell the difference -- and it's a fair wager that a proper blind listening session would reveal no differences.
The audiophile "market" is utterly full of crap. I remember an article in one of the HiFi mags "auditioning" mains power cables FFS. What next... auditioning MK mains sockets and consumer units? Or bragging that "I've wired my house with Monster mains cable".
Pretty much every set of ear bud style headphones sound crap - especially the Apple hard ones which are uncomfortable and don't make a proper seal in your ear. Those expensive plastic-fantastic fashion items colour the sound so greatly it ruins most music. And don't start on all the compression applied to popular music....
There is a big difference in the way the two work. The Mac is a much quieter and smoother place to work than in Windows land.
But, Ives Cook and Shiller have screwed Jobs' pooch. It's all form over function and really stupid design decisions which appears to be arrogance on top of hubris. This Macbook NOT Pro is a great example. Thin has never been the problem for professionals; it's connectivity, power and reliability that matters. The ability to connect to different peripherals and screens is vital if you're doing "work" as a 15" screen just isn't big enough. It's also piss-takingly expensive to which you'll need to spend loads more on adapters -- which the tight-arsed greedy bastards don't ship with the machine. FFS they've even removed the power lead!
So Apple appear to have withdrawn from the pro laptop market, the pro screen market, the sensible smartphone market... Oh, and the latest iOS's greatest feature: more emojis and wallpaper. And that useless watch thing.
Have a beer.
> It will be hard to sink that low.
Alas, Apple have tried very hard and succeeded. Sierra really is the proverbial iceberg with little of real use visible above the water. Siri for example.
Thanks @Wenseleydale Cheese
Also, found lurking in the same Finder preferences is the option "Open folders in tabs instead of new windows" which is on by default. Turning that off stops the <cmd>K annoyance of opening a share in a tab, not the new window which will be used to drag/drop files into.
Something new has happened with the latest version, Sierra. It was released and has *nothing* of use. It's slower, has pointless UI tweaks and just about every "new" feature is simply not applicable or downright not needed.
Siri for example. What the hell is that all about? Siri seldom works on a phone when you need it such as in a car. So why would you use it on a desktop machine in an office, or on a laptop in a public space... There's such a delay with it interpreting your command, that it's utterly pointless. Of course, if this were touted as an accessibility feature, I'd get it. But it's not.
So you turn off Siri because it's not needed and there's security concerns. Then use a *wired* expensive pair of headphones with the control button and click to stop or start music to get a Windows-style popup box "Do you want to enable Siri"? Every. Sodding. Time.
What else is new... Watch -- never. Copy desktop to Apple (and pay loads of money to them) -- no. Handoff to phone/tablet -- no. Apple radio -- no. Send all my photos to Apple -- no. Phone without a headphone socket -- no.
Apple are a bunch of arrogant greedy bastards who've have completely lost their way.
I'm a customer, not a bloody cow for you to milk.
[i]Sierra so far has no such downsides, and so far has been pretty nice[/]
There's *nothing* compelling about Sierra. There's never any use for Siri in an office - "Siri can you shut the fuck up"; nobody has an Apple watch toy; and a few minor tweaks here and there that are aimed completely at Millenials, children (messaging, photos) and fanbois. Then there's the constant all your datas are ours slurp...
The only reason to update is to keep on the prime branch of updates and get it over for the next year.
In all the years I've been using all computers, this is the most barren OS 'full update' ever - more along the lines of a service pack update TBH.
> £120 more, Brexit, etc.
Why then is the 6s still the old price?
Because they can shove up the price of the new phone whilst people are distracted by the shiney from the price hike?
Was going to buy a new phone for the wife - for a change she'd get the new one, and I'd skip the upgrade as my 6 is fine. So thought it would be nice to get it when it was released. Then saw the price and thought bollocks to the price gouging bastards. Wife's not that interested anyway, so just not bothering.
The reality is the 7 is a lightweight incremental update with a massive issue -- no headphone socket -- and nothing that's "must have" to counteract this. Waterproof's nice, but meh, haven't managed to dunk any previous phones in the last 25 years, so it's not that important. Not having a headphone socket is a massive pain as we've several expensive wired headphones (so definitely not Beats) and proper call-centre headsets -- a £10 tax to Apple on top of the £120 is just taking the piss.
But this nicely sums up Apple. Their market's now millenials and hipsters with fashionable tat passing off as innovative tech. That 'watch' says it all where the strap's worth more than the bit in the middle.
Seen the difference between an iPhone 6s 128GB at £699 and the 'new' iPhone 7 at £819...
Not a lot for your extra £120 quids.
Maybe it's more expensive because of the scarcity of innovation. And no headphone socket.
Just like their OS "updates". Nothing to see, move on...
"They're the kind of sad losers whose self worth and validation is tied in to owning the latest trendy gadgets. A lot of them probably still live with their parents."
Not sure the iPhone is trendy any longer. It is a lot more expensive than the previous version though - maybe because that scarce resource "innovation" is missing, just like the headphone socket. Even shiny black was available on the iPhone 3
Wonder if FB pays any tax in Norway -- given it's not part of the EU?
IE's nowhere near that figure. Safari's much more - just look at your iOS stats.
Probably something around 50% chrome, 30% Safari (which is mainly iOS) and 10% IE
Hubris driven by Narcissism.
There's little doubt that there *is* a use for FB; it's an amazing platform for arranging events and selling things (e.g. like eBay without the fees). However, the cost of using FB is way way too high which overrides the benefits.
Costs include the constant vapid drivel; the endless tracking; hours spent looking at cat videos; and the knowledge that you'll never get this time back. Says he commenting on El Reg...
And they're lying bastards. "We need to know your real details to protect your "friends"". Why don't you pay *me* for reading your shite.
I feel like I went into the opium den and had a lucky escape. Life without FB is good.
I've got a 5 year old 17" Macbook Pro which I will need to replace in the next year or three.
My problem is this: I have fitted a 2TB SSD and 16GB of RAM. The top-of-the-range MBPs have less storage and the same RAM. That's in 5 years.
Also screens are smaller, shinier (don't like reflections); I can't change the SSDs for more space (or remove it if it goes in for repair); they don't have network connections (I know that WiFi is prevalent, but not if security's an issue); they've lost the DVD (useful for watching DVDs whilst on holiday, plus work stuff!)
So what do they have. Thinner machines -- was that a problem? Higher resolution screens are nice.
It's a whole pile of meh. Hence there's no rush to upgrade.
What is this Windows 10 of which you speak?
So, lets get this right. There's like this screen thing which is really good (i.e. the retina screens fitted to all iPhones for the last several years), and the "innovation" is fitting a screen which is really good, but three microns thinner.
Shirley innovation is developing a truly 3D experience. Or one which at least emits light outside of our visual range. Or something *innovative*. Just incrementally enhancing a screen to be "a bit better" isn't innovative.
Innovation is somewhat intangible. Innovation in this context is something that's game changing and the whole market follows. The original iPhone was staggeringly innovative. Never before had we seen the gestures or such a simple interface. It was an utter game changer as copied by all subsequent manufacturers. It was so innovative that it immediately lent itself to the tablet market from which an entire industry was born.
The fingerprint reading home button. That's innovation. (and you can easily use proper strong pass phrases as opposed to 9999 numbers which everyone can see you enter)
The current incarnations of iPhones are just plain "meh". Slightly bigger. Yawn. Slightly thinner. Yawn. Slightly better camera. Yawn. Slightly more breaky in your pocket as a result of this "innovation", yeah right. No doubt the next one will be a screen that goes to the edge which you can't grip tightly.
And the watch... What's the point of a watch that can't stay permanently attached to your wrist no matter what you do? Oh, leave it in the swimming pool locker or on the beach to be stolen... You want to use it to log your swimming exercise, water temperature, etc., but you can't. You couldn't take it camping or hiking as the battery's too small. That's the definition of a fashionable trinklet.
Agreed, it's early days for the watch, but it's nowhere near as innovative or game changing as the original iPhone or iPad.
The iPhone was innovation at its best.
The iPad was moderately innovative - lets face it it's fundimentally just a big iPhone - but it did spawn a whole new market which never existed before (Windows tablets were cack at the time).
The watch is innovative in that it's never been done before, but what's the point of a watch that's not waterproof and needs recharging daily? It seems to be a bit of a poseur's trinket rather than genuinely useful.
The Mac's are now dull. Little innovation going on except for making them more proprietary than ever. Making them thinner isn't necessary nor innovative. Still need to change SSDs periodically, such as when flogging the thing, but Apple has this locked up.
The Apple telly thing is just getting you to pay for downloading more Apple stuff and locks you in to their expensive tunes/store. It's also up against Amazon's stuff which is cheaper.
Lets hope that Apple are about to sort out in-car infotainment systems - 'cos the car manufacturers are making a hash of it. Lots of innovation there and a high-value market.
On the whole Apple's getting a bit "meh".
Which choice -- in or out -- will hasten that reform?
Business, especially large multi-nationals, hate uncertainty.
They're the 30% of customers who had a DR solution in place?
I call that 123 bollocks.
There's no way on earth that they have 115 THOUSAND SERVERS. At 42 servers per rack, that's 2740 full height racks - if you can get 50 racks in a double-decker bus, then you'd need 55 London buses, consuming the floor space of three micro-Wales. They are talking about VPS'
The 67 SERVERS would be the things they ran this untested script on. With each one hosting, [finger in the air] 20 VPS', this would be 1200 VPS's deleted.
Which is why I personally know of three different VPS' -- including my WIP dev VPS -- which has been deleted.
> Is your mac over 5 years old?
Yes... It's used daily for development running multiple VMs, has loads of music, etc. So why no upgrade...?
Partly because the current Macs are not upgradable and full of proprietary SSDs and the memory's not upgradable.
Partly because the performance of a 5 year old MacBook Pro with discs replaced with a 2TB SSD, is not far off of a current MBP.
Partly because there's no need to update as it works fine.
Partly because you can't get 17" MBPs.
Partly because there's no need to splaff £2500 on a new MBP with only marginal benefits. To be fair, the old machine would still fetch well over £1000 on eBay.
etc, etc, etc.
> Until the infatuation with java stops in the offices of consumer industry, we will lug that millstone around with naught to do but complain.
And the alternative to Java for embedded systems is....?
But the databases (our database anyway) was taken roughly from behind.
Still, it's sooo useful to discover that the backups weren't any good. Will it ever come back to life...?
Arse. Feck. Nuns.
Given the amount of work that's gone abroad to the lowest bidders who just say yes, there must be quite a drop in tax paid by UK contractors who've been replaced with Jonny foreigner.
Hmm, Werd version 1 was released in 1990 or thereabouts. MS released office 4.2 around 1994, which was one of the better versions.
So that makes the office suite around 25 years old and it predates the internet FFS.
What's the next version going to be called - Office Davros? Lets have some regeneration added, yeah, have some glowing gold buttons, that should do it.
Could it be that the codebase is a horrid mess of antiquated code with hack upon hack and that the only things they can mess with are the front-end and bolt on more bloat?
It's staggering how each office version seems to do things slower than previous versions and that they've got away with this for so long.
Office 2011 for the Mac runs... no.. walks... no.. crawls. It's ludicrously slow. Werd is quick to load the first page of a doc, but then you can't do anything until it's parsed the document, which frequently takes 15 seconds.
My iPhone and car seem to hate each other. It takes three or four goes and frequently a reboot to get the iPone to connect to the car. Then it frequently screws up and goes into gaga mode.
And it's a shite phone. Sometimes wish I had a good old-fashioned Nokia as a phone.
Hmm, browser extensions that give access to your mic & camera. What could possibly go wrong?
Who's sponsoring this; the NSA?
Masters of the Progressive Rock genre: such as Echoes, the 23 minute masterpiece (the track I'd like played at my funeral!). Or the whole of Dark Side of the Moon which should be played in its entirety (maybe Money could be left out). Same with Wish You Were Here.
Later 'Floyd was more rock than prog as the tracks were less groundbreaking which started with the wall, but is really obvious in the Final Cut (a good album, but very different to DSotM).
Oh, you mean it has everything to do with them stealing my CPU cycles, heating up my computer and therefore costing me more in electricity to display their distracting animated nonsense?
It's nonsense as I refuse to look at it and specifically adblock any new instances and reload the page (if I can be bothered with staying on that site).
Now, why is it that Google's popular? Could it be the benign (i.e. non-distracting) nature of their adverts? Let me look at Yahoo!!! for a moment just to check.... Aarrgghhh, my retinas are bleeding, that's hideous!
Ugh, Jenna-Louise Coleman. IMHO easily the worst companion ever. Poorly cast and just poorly acted. I'd even prefer Ace to that wooden "impossible gurl". Struth, K9 has more feeling.
For me the best companion was Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane). Something about her.