* Posts by SuccessCase

984 posts • joined 5 Jan 2011

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You're doing open source wrong, Microsoft tsk-tsk-tsks at Google: Chrome security fixes made public too early

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Re: They're right but it's a moot point

@Oh Homer The article quite clearly describes a scenario where the exploit can be applied when the unsupecting user simply visits a web page. That’s a long comment to have written when your fundamental premise is, er, compromised.

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Apple's iPhone X won't experience the joy of 6...

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Yes that’s true, but the 3D sensor availability is now an issue but that is because of the adopted display strategy and the need for the edge to edge display. The strategy dual iPhone 8/X strategy was undoubtedly decided upon due to display supply constraints and the sensor became an issue after experimentation with different forms of biometric identification solution. LG were not available as a second display supplier having evidenced lower yields and bad quality (“patchyness”).

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The whole point of the iPhone X is that Apple have been in a bind. Selling so many individual handsets with a huge launch demand has left them hamstrung when launching new features. Not only do they need to ensure new engineering, they need to ensure that engineering for new feature x is at a scale none of their competitors need to match for any single handset model, from day one (even Samsung does not sell so many of any given single model). Their way to solve this is by increasing price to reduce demand to a serviceable level. It’s a high risk strategy they would probably have preferred not to have to take (launching the iPhones 8 and X at the same time goes against Steve Jobs expressed preference for the “one Coke” philosophy). But the problem of introducing new tech at such high volume has left them exposed. They are unable to implement new cutting edge features so effectively but their price proposition and margins are such that they are expected to be out in front.

In truth this may be a one release problem. The key part that has caused this bind is likely to be the introduction of a true edge to edge display. Samsung have ended up dominating the OLED supply market more than Apple expected, competitors have had yield/quality issues and the result is that the display component is no longer a competitive commodity supply choice. At least not for this release cycle.

So yes Apple are expecting reduced demand for iPhone X, while they want to maintain profit, that’s the whole point. They are trying to overcome the challenge of introducing an edge to edge display that can’t be introduced in the volume an iPhone launch typically requires and are using the price/demand curve to solve the problem.

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US yanks staff from Cuban embassy over sonic death ray fears

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“secret weapon nobody has seen and nobody has any information on”

Sonic attacks are hardly secret or hard to do. They just aren’t that common.

And the guy in the picture, is not under sonic attack. If i’m Not mistaken, i’d say he is suffering the effects of depressurisation and the sand definitely looks like it is Martian, so I deduce he’s lost his space helmet whilst on Mars (and possibly Arnold Swarzenegger is nearby).

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Apple Mac fans told: Something smells EFI in your firmware

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You can’t look at version numbers alone and conclude anything. I deal with driver and Firmware updates all the time in my development work. And we frequently run older versions because they are better for what we need. The patched security holes may relate to hardware options that are not used, or may be a hole already determined to lead nowhere exploitable on the Mac sytem. This can only be determined by detailed analysis. You can be sure someone in Apple is doing precisely that. I know from bitter experience, automatically jumping on the latest firmware is not the best way to ensure quality or security and rational analysis of the facts on the ground usually leads to a far more conservative decision than many would appreciate. The idea this external Security Firm can tell how secure a system is from looking at percentages of machines with firmware version x is frankly pretty unprofessional. These outfits always seem to be turning out this kind of a report in the hope of gaining publicity.

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Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

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Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

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Re: Installed fine on all my devices. Seems a bit snappier too in operation

“They were once men. Then Jobs the deceiver gave to them iPhones of great shine. Blinded by their greed, they took them without question, one by one falling into darkness. Now they are slaves to his will. They are the Fanbois, Phonewraiths, neither living nor dead. At all times they feel the presence of the iPhone, drawn to the power of Cupertino.”

Quick, organise a party to take them to the Land of Korea. Only the NiCAD fires of mount Samsung are strong enough to melt the phones of power. I vote you should be the phone bearer as only a short arsed Android Fanboi can resist the power of The Phone.

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So thoughtful. Uber says it won't track you after you leave their vehicles

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Re: Why track in the first place?

But the simple fact is iOS11, which will probably be on general release in a couple of weeks time, has incorporated a big blue indicator banner at the top of the screen naming and shaming apps utilising background tracking (they can no longer do so surreptitiously - the previous small location indicator arrow was too obscure and most user's wouldn't go to settings to check which app had triggered it).

If an app uses location tracking all the time, customer's will be asking why and will get annoyed that the big blue banner keeps displaying, and will probably also disallow location tracking when the app is not in use. Uber of course know this, so pretending to have come over all caring about customer privacy simply doesn't wash. Indeed that they have come out with this now, after they will have been running the software on the iOS11 beta for a couple of months, and will have realised how untrustworthy that banner reveals them to be, IMO simply shows what cynical wankers they are.

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Node.js forks again – this time it's a war of words over anti-sex-pest codes of conduct

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Re: Normal differences, nothing to see here.

“People need to realise that we are all different and driven by different things.”

Why does this remind me of the Team America “There are Arseholes and Dicks” speech?

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Headless body found near topless beach: Missing private sub journalist identified

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Re: Making light of tragedy

"What do you call a man with no arms/legs floating in the water?

BOB! [had to do that one]"

...and the man with no arms and no legs swimming in a swimming pool?

Clever Dick!

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Re: Making light of tragedy

Aww come on. I suspect it was because of censorious attitudes like that that Oscar Wilde wrote “One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing.”

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Any jokes about submarines and a muff dive gone wrong? Too soon?

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I think the likely scenario was, “she lost her head because he lost his head because she wouldn’t give head.”

Of course who “he” is in this scenario has yet to be proved in a court of law.

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Salesforce sacks two top security engineers for their DEF CON talk

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Re: Oh, matron!

They say the name comes from an anagram, but surely, surely it has to be a joke on the fact it is used for penetration testing. Surely.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Re: asshe but

"The evidence for biological differences (as opposed to differences caused by social conditioning) is sketchy, controversial and dubious."

Not at all, please provide sources. I can. This contains multiple highly accredited scientific sources, and discusses the Googler's paper :

http://quillette.com/2017/08/07/google-memo-four-scientists-respond/

Also please avoid left-wing sociologist/gender studies peer-reviewed "social science" sources as they are so often discredited bullshit - see this for a laugh:

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/05/21/fake-academic-paper-published-in-liberal-journal-hilariously-exposes-the-absurdity-of-gender-studies/

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Re: asshe but

@Viadotas Zemlys

"and made a conclusion that because men and women are different biologically, they are different in their aptitude for being a software engineer."

No he didn't and you won't be able to come up with a quote to show he did. This is really very important and I am interested in why you feel the need to say that despite the fact he didn't say any such thing. He said in effect women are less inclined to want to be software engineers. That is a very different thing from saying they don't have the aptitude.

Let me give an example. My mother was very clever. She could quite possibly have been a Nobel prize wining scientist if she had wanted to be. She didn't want to be. There is nothing at all insulting or demeaning about saying that. If someone told me my mother didn't have the aptitude to be a Nobel prize wining scientist, I would would think that is rather presumptive. They don't know her and don't know how very intelligent she is. But if they said she didn't have the desire to be one, I would agree with them.

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Re: asshe but

"Well yes, as soon as he disparaged 20% of the workforce as biologically inferior he became a liability."

Where did he do that? He didn't. He noted biological differences, and biological differences in brain function simply, factually and provably exist. Is that in and of itself a claim that one sex is biologically inferior to the other? It seems to me you must have felt the need make up that criticism due to a pre-conceived bias without actually reading or thinking about what he said.

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Mediocre Britain: UK broadband ranked 31st in world for speed

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Given consumer broadband use is time-wasting binge watching of Netflix and Youtube, this is perhaps not such a bad thing for the UK's productivity.

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Apple pulls massive HomeKit chip U-turn to keep up with Amazon Echo and Google Home

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Re: Forgetting why Apple exists

“With that fame, Apple has started viewing the rest of the world as competition to crush or enslave.”

No it’s quite clear they don’t view the world this way. If they did they would make low cost iPhones for India. If they did they wouldn’t consistently aim at the top 10% of the market and only the top 10%, quite happily leaving the rest of the market on the table. Steve Jobs business insight was precisely that in the old PC versus Mac era, in his words, the relationship between Microsoft and Apple “is not a zero sum game where for one to succeed the other has to fail.” Whereas for years that is how Microsoft had viewed it.

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Inside the ongoing fight to stamp out govt-grade Android spyware

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“However, for now, Google and its friends have the upper hand on cyber-mercenaries who peddle government spyware.”

I don’t see how the author can say that. Obviously Google only know about the exploits they know about. Then there’s all the ones they don’t know. Quite a few of those will be with the NSA and GCHQ, probably, but others will be with commercial vendors. Some of those commercial vendors and / or their employees will also deal with the criminal underworld. Again probably.

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Expect the Note 8 to break the bank (and your wallet)

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It was probably around £790 - £850 until the rumours started about the iPhone pricing and Samsung gave their oh so predictable “me too” response. It’s like they are shit scared people will think they don’t provide the same quality proposition as Apple. Now why would they think that?

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If you have money burning a hole in your pocket, I guess you match their demographic.

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Factories counter-punch Qualcomm in the gut as Apple eggs them on

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Re: Evil

How are Apple rent seeking? They don't ask other companies to pay license fees. They don't join patent pools such that the patents they own are subject to FRAND terms (FRAND terms are available to other members of the pool). Qualcomm have put their patents into patent pools where they are deemed essential to a new standard that Qualcomm wanted to see adopted and therefore were prepared for their patents to be subject to FRAND terms. Apple simply don't want other companies to use their patented tech and aren't asking for royalties. Sure you can disagree with if they should have been granted the patents in the first place. But rent seeking no.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Re: In a fight over...

Who voted for Star Trek being better than Star Wars? Name a time and a place. I'll see you fuckers later.

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How to pwn phones with shady replacement parts

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Re: Fantastic way to make phones unrepairable

"This seems to be the way to make sure that only the manufacturers can repair phones."

"The way" being reality. You have just anthropomorphised an inconvenient fact, presumably to make it sound like the manufacturer is an evil actor "doing this" to make us have to pay more.

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Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

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Except of course they weren't using users as guinea pigs. The Register with its the usual proclivity to place cynicism above information has presented half the story (or barely that).

The interesting and differentiating thing about a filing system isn't, as most assume, the physical files on the disk, but rather the metadata. So changing filing system means constructing a new file system metadata database, consistency checking it, then flipping a bit to say "now use this metadata / file indexing system." You can run all those checks including using the new filing system with a distinct process, without actually flipping the bit for the OS running on your device as a whole. It needs to be done during a system upgrade or startup process at a point where file system use by the OS using the old filing system can be prevented. So actually doing that check in a large scale release before doing it for real flipping the bit for the whole OS is eminently sensible. Of course The Register go on about wide ranging issues as though there was some specially bad upgrade experience for iOS 10.x as a whole when there was little out of the ordinary (and I get the impression they are a bit put out by that). So they are pointing to the usual low level of complaints you get at any point an OS is updated (which of course come from all over the world) as though that is proof customers were treated as guinea pigs.

But put in a more reasonable context, Apple switched out a whole f**king filing system with hardly an issue or complaint (indeed almost all users were entirely unaware) the real story is have you ever known such a large scale change go so smoothly? Go back to the 90s and early noughties and it certainly wouldn't have done. So in this nest of sneary cynicism I say "Well done Apple."

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Every time Apple said 'machine learning', we had a drink andsgd oh*][

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Re: iDonbilivit

Through the wonders of the internet you can watch the livestream of the Keynote event.

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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There is quite a bit wrong with that statement, where to begin:

1. You don't have to agree with the motives of these people to agree it is good they have the right to try to clarify law through a court of law and to want to uphold their right to clarify the law through the law.

2. Who is the arbiter of "social trolling" versus simply a different opinion? Having a society where there is social trolling, is certainly better than having a society where social trolling is disallowed. What kind of mechanisms would allow that and how could they look any different from despotism? The only answer I suggest is that you would devise a system of law that would end up looking very similar to the system that has given rise to this story.

3. They will lose their case, thereby the law will underline and protect legislation for gay marriage. That seems to me to be a good outcome and a good example of the law working well and in the interests of society and the intent of the legislation that has been passed.

4. There will have been demonstration everyone has recourse to the law but that these people have wasted their money simply through being idiots.

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What happened when 300 DevOps experts took over the QE II?

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Re: I tried

I find it funny when snarky The Register that is down on everything, tries its hand at some commercial exercise and expects everyone to repond to the sudden switch out of snark mode. It's like saying "now seriously Internet, Boaty McBoat Face, fun, but now we need you to be serious for a while for our commercial benefit"

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Apple has finally found someone to support HomeKit

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Re: We are years away from a REAL "smart home" market

Yes Apple are entirely right to have changed course when they did to insist on a hardware based security solution. This point has already been demonstrated multiple times with botnets occupying a significant proportion of home automation gear out there. Also they seem to be the only Silicon Valley behemoth taking personal data protection seriously. And lastly the value of their customers is far higher than many realize. Way out of proportion to the size of the market share they occupy. To ignore Apple is akin to chopping the high end out of your brand strategy and seeing it suffer accordingly.

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Is your iOS app piling on weight? Blame Xcode 8.3: We shed light on Apple's bloat riddle

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Hmm, I'm highly suspicious about this. Bit code would not inflate the size of the binary to anything like that extent, if at all. Much more likely is that this development team has simply, directly or indirectly, used some SWIFT. It may be one of the frameworks nearly every development project will use. It may even be an Apple supplied framework. Apple are using SWIFT with ever more frameworks, and as Apple's own frameworks are precompiled and the SWIFT use can be entirely behind any frameworks used by this company's app, Apple could easily have done this in a way that meant the developer didn't have to change any compiler settings that would have alerted him to the fact SWIFT is now being used.

For now, while SWIFT is a young language, Apple want to ensure the language can be revised. A problem for many languages before SWIFT has been that the fundamental syntax and compiled code structure gets locked down before anyone has a chance to use the language, as it were, "in anger." To overcome this Apple are simply revising the language for a period of time and provide the migration tools to update existing swift code with any revisions. But this then poses a versioning problem. If structure of compiled code is revised, compiled code will be incompatbile with compiled frameworks if from different "versions" of the language. To overcome this, during a fixed initial period, when a developer uses SWIFT or a framework requiring SWIFT, a version of the entire SWIFT "runtime" compatible with the SWIFT version used in the App (it isn't actually strictly a runtime but the phrase will do here), is included with the App. This, understandably adds a large overhead. Once the SWIFT language reaches its final form, then apps will use common library code and there will be a significant reduction in App binary size.

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Dyson backs Britain plc with $2.5bn AI and robotics investment

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I think not. The story contains references to Germans, and an ex RAF airfield and there have been no war jokes referencing the two.

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Spotty battery life costs Apple's MacBook Pro its gold-star rating

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Re: Happy Christmas Trim Cook

I think it's a software problem. I have one and I too have experience wildly fluctuating battery life. Sometimes the battery drains ridiculously quickly. When this starts to happen, I've notice, if I quit Safari things improve considerably. My theory is the JavaScript engine sometimes hangs or due to a bug, all too often, ends up executing a tight loop. If this is the answer, they should be able to detect this kind of thing and reduce the thread priority to a crawl. Certainly they can deprioritise JavaScript on any tabs that are not currently showing (and do in fact do this). I'm sure there are many engineers looking for the cause and they will issue a fix soon. It's highly unlikely to be a hardware issue, though that can't be entirely ruled out at this stage.

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Dirty code? If it works, leave it says Thoughtworks CTO

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Re: Wow, she really is a thought-leader

Seems to me she is just regurgitating Joel on Software's seminal advice. Old code always looks like inelegant bad code, but it rarely is because it is also something the value of which developers who want to use the latest tools, language advances and code patterns tend to massively underestimate; Debugged code.

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Google makes it to third base with Home digital assistant

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Re: Kitchen interface for Spotify

It's the Register. People here defend and project their right to moan like ramblers defend and project their right to roam.

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Living with the Pixel XL – Google's attempt at a high-end phone

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Re: Speedy?

Aw cummon, at least try a little to check your claims or else people might mistake you for a fanboy who just makes stuff up. Not just benchmarks, iPhone is massively ahead on real world performance too. Incidentally this also illustrates why comparing a tick list of tech specs without testing is increasingly useless. Higher ram, processor clock speed or number of cores bear little to no relation to superiority in performance these days.

http://bgr.com/2016/10/26/iphone-7-vs-pixel-specs-performance-speed-comparison/

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Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop

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Apple's implementation will succeed. It's not about the concept so much as the execution and the tight relationship between OS and Applications on a Mac and the fact Apple carry weight with developers, where Lenovo do not will mean this will have a far better and more useful level of integration. It's almost the perfect example of where Apple are better positioned than their competitors in computer hardware. This will be like comparing the Archos Jukebox and the iPod.

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Disney aims for Netflix. If the deal was made, it would shoot itself in the foot

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This article assumes Disney are interested so they can control and to some extent merge operations. That's a big assumption. Their interest could well be purely a way to hedge in relation to the future of TV. E.g. a pure risk mitigation play. Famously the Netflix's business model is somewhat incompatible with legacy content producer models. If Disney own Netflix they can bridge across to the future without the valuable Disney brand getting steamrollered by disruptive forces and can at a future date use that brand with the new business model. The point is, if they don't make the acquisition now, there will be in the future an inflection point where Netflix or Amazon or a.n. Other streaming service is the content king and they will no longer have the financial muscle to control their destiny.

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Actually, yes, Samsung, you do have to pay Apple $120m

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They wouldn't be legal tinder.

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Is Apple's software getting worse or what?

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"what was wrong with 'Save' and 'Save as'"

Quite a lot actually. This is a personal bête noire and is a very good example of how users like to stick with bad solutions they know rather than good solutions they are not used to. People are used to "Save As" but it is bad for so very many reasons. The problem being it combines two action that should be separate, duplication and renaming and, horror of horrors, it is often used to save versions of documents. Why is this bad?

1. Duplication where there should be one canonical version. Duplication results in multiple versions of a file often badly named. Far better to have one canonical version with versioning build in (as all Apple apps have had for some time - only many users don't think about it). "Save As" can too easily result in many versions of a file across the filing system.

2. Uncertainty as to what is contained in "orphaned" versions. When "Save As" is used, an old version is left behind. So if it is used to duplicate a file, was the previous file saved first? Very often the user doesn't remember. Is there any sensible coherent version of the file in the old version? The user may well have forgotten when it was last saved. Consequently after using "Save As" users tend to distrust the earlier versions unless they have a really highly developed habit of saving before using save as, or a disciplined sense of what the file contained when it was last saved. This undermines the value of Save As for the file duplication use case. But also results in file detritus. We've all been there. It's horrible.

3. Bad version naming. If used for versioning, doing version naming in a file name is an extremely bad way to do it; is a very 1980s solution we have the tech to move way beyond now. Version naming is more difficult to do well and more prone to error. Maybe modified dates can be used to overcome any possible user introduced inconsistencies? No relying on modified dates to determine version precedence is dangerous. If you keep to versions open and modify an earlier version, even by mistake, the modified dates are no reflect version order. My personal "favourite" bad file version practice is when you see files named things like "xxx Latest" or "xxx Updated" (though I acknowledge this isn't an argument against Save As per say, because you have to be a special kind of stupid to make this mistake).

So sorry I disagree, Save As is one of the worst user "I like it" habits in the history of personal computing. We really are far better off with dedicated and distinct duplicate and rename functions and with proper version management (which so many people ignore) built in. Alas, people like to stick with their habits. Personally a drink too much.

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'My REPLACEMENT Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blew up on plane'

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Re: Possibiities

The photographic evidence shows it was the replacement model. The battery had the replacement model identifier on it and the box had the "sticker" on it that identifies replacement phones. Evidence here:

http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/5/13175000/samsung-galaxy-note-7-fire-replacement-plane-battery-southwest

So this shows Samsung are up to their usual PR managment by deliberate obsfucation. The Samsung PR department wont be so happy with the last sentence in the article:

"He has already replaced it with an iPhone 7"

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Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10

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Re: anti-Microsoft rant more like...

"Typical rant by someone that didn't read the fcuking article."

Well here is the article.

"Cupertino's customers are conditioned to be extremely loyal to the brand and take whatever Tim Cook and co hand out."

AC, read it. think about it. Consider the deep and begrudging twisted of logic that produces reasoning like that. Stop being an El Reg sheep.

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Oi, Apple fanbois. Your beloved Jesus Phones are pisspoor for disabled users

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Re: @ successcase

"Wrong"

Oh dear one of those socially incontinent commenters blurting "Wrong" without any logic or reference to anything actually.

1. I haven't said Apple invented such a feature or anything at all in fact relating to the subject of accessibility.

2. You seem to be equating this single feature to the vast feature set that is categorised by the Term "accessibility."

3. You clearly don't know anything about the extensive work Apple have done or bothered to even check the references I have provided by way of reference to WWDC video's so let me make it easy for you.

Check this link. Come back once you have educated yourself and tell me again Apple aren't bothered about Accessibility or haven't done pioneering work. <talking to self> Jeesh. Stay calm. This is the Internet. You have to deal with utter ignorance on a variety of topics. </talking to self>

https://developer.apple.com/search/?type=Videos&q=Accessibility

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"Whether Apple gives a shit about consumers like me is debatable but the way they design, build, and grow technology, affects its ability to relate to people that buy and use the things they make and that affects their bottom line, so here’s hoping."

Ok I fully accept it sound as though this important feature is lacking. But Jesus, get an education about the history of the iPhone. Apple pioneered accessibility features and pushed the accessibility before any other phone manufacturer. They have advocated building accessibility into apps consistently and strongly, without having been asked or lobbied to do so. Every WWDC has a strong emphasis on accessibility and constant reminders to app developers to build in accessibility features from the outset. They always have multiple sessions on the topic and have built strong support into Xcode. They employ many disabled people including those with muscular dystrophy and have their feedback at the heart of OS design. All you have to do to prove this is view the catalogue of WWDC videos which clearly show the extent of their work on this and the level of their advocacy is anything but trivial or half hearted. They have shown immense pride in their pioneering work and are very far from giving the impression of not giving a shit. I find it hard to believe this feature could possibly be missing due merely to oversight.

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Chubby Chinese students refused top bunk

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Re: High BMI not necessarily blimp

Muhammad Ali was, as measured by BMI, just a slither below obese when he had his infamous Rumble in the Jungle with Frazier. Look at photos of the man before that fight. Clearly the measurement has some issues.

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How many zero-day vulns is Uncle Sam sitting on? Not as many as you think, apparently

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Re: Except that the NSA is supposed to be in charge of America's cyberdefense too

One problem. How would you handle requests for an interdepartmental transfer. Outright ban?

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Yahoo! is! not! killing! Messenger! today!, just! the! desktop! client!

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Ah Yahoo! Messenger. The fun I had when it first came out. With the first desktop client, you could change font colour and embolden text. Also it had a default width, that almost nobody changed. User names were shown in the window in coloured text, which meant you could type a message, and then at natural line breaks change the colour of the text, so in one message you could construct what looked like an entire message thread. This trick could only be made to work if the user hadn't resized the window, because you had to rely on line breaks of your message recipients window being at exactly the same point as your own window. Also you had to reverse the colours of the usernames so they would match what the message recipient would see in his window. But that was fine. 90% of the time the window width was the default and the trick would work.

You could prepare the conversation thread in advance and then when the "away" or indicator appeared, paste it into the message window.

I played many practical jokes. Once writing out a message thread that looked something like the following.

Younger readers, please note this was before "sick" meant "good"

"Jack: Wow, what a night I had last night"

"Fred: Hey tell me man, did you go out?"

"Jack: Yep, I went to Heaven. Boy it feels good to be out the closet."

"Fred: But what about Jane? Have you told her yet?"

"Jack: Not yet but I will. I want to lose my butt virginity first, Just to be sure I enjoy it as much as oral"

"Fred: Shit man. Too much information. And the kids should also know - but not that much detail (obviously)"

"Jack: Not yet dude. Too young. Plenty of time to tell them later"

"Fred: Hey cool Jack, I'm glad your finding yourself. You can be my pal that tells me about the best moisturiser for men. I'd like to get some but have always been too embarrassed to ask"

[this was when the whole metrosexual thing was beginning]

Then you just had to leave the fake conversation for a while. After a while the "active" indicator would show, and you could just imagine furious typing.

"Jack: Fred"

"Fred: Yes Jack"

"Jack: That message conversation we just had. It wasn't me."

"Fred: Hey Jack, no worries, Cool with me. Be who you want to be."

"Jack: No you don't understand, that wasn't me"

"Fred: Look Jack, I'm sure it takes some getting used to. It's cool man, breath. I'm here for you. Just promise me you will be straight with Jane dude (as in truthful, not not gay, as that's what she needs to know). She's a lovely gal and you owe it too her."

Oh the fun.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Re: Once upon a time detector vans existed

It has come, I understand, from financial cases involving fraud and there is a statistical probability as to who committed the fraud. There have been cases where whether x, y or z is found guilty or innocent is, on the available evidence, purely a mathematical probability. I remember this quite clearly but actually it stands to reason there has to be such a measure, because at some point or other it is inevitable there is a case where guilt or innocence on the available evidence comes down to a simple mathematical probability at which point a threshold has to be determined..

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Re: Once upon a time detector vans existed

I suspect you can relatively easily determine if users are watching iPlayer "live" streamed channels, but with some important caveats. OK so packet delivery is a little mixed up, but it is on mixed up on average over a reasonably short time window. The BBC could conceivably be using pattern matching of data volume taking account of signal spread with a characteristic pattern over a time window. Adjusting for this, it wouldn't take long to get a positive ID with sufficient certitude to hold if court (there is actually a legal definition of the level of mathematical certainty required for Beyond Reasonable Doubt - and it is, if I remember correctly, much lower bar than many would think - something like there has to be better than an 18 : 1 chance of being right). Now of course you can have many other processes running and contributing to the data transmitted over your wi-fi link, like email checking and drop-box etc. which would subvert a positive match. However many people, will only be downloading a single iPlayer stream for long periods of time. All the BBC required is one positive match of sufficient length to provide statistical certitude it is the iPlayer the user is watching. That can probably much more quickly than many people might think. If we consider a randomly generated UUID a virtually unique event, it can be understood only a relatively short match will be sufficient and importantly, moreover with the right analysis algorithm the matched values don't have to be contiguous. Apologies my statistics and signals terminology is crap but I understand the principle here.

Of course if this is the technique they are using it will take about 5 minutes for someone to market a WiFi router that masks transmitted data volume. Also I would think if you go to court, the BBC would be forced to have to demonstrate how they can be sure it is you, and therefore would have to reveal the analysis technique being used and I'm sure even if it is different technique, it will then be easy get around.

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