* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

Apple gearing up for Watch BONANZA

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Re: Sweat sniffing sensor?

So your personal estimates are 1/10th of what is the article rumors, but you've decided Samsung is actually selling 10x more than reported? Easy to see where your biases lie.

That said, I think the idea Apple expects to sell 40 or 50 million of these in the first year is ludicrous. I could see them reserving enough capacity to make that many chips if it is a massive hit, but they aren't going to actually order that many up front, and won't unless they're needed. Apple isn't going to put themselves into a position where they have to pay for tens of millions of unused chips if the Watch sells "only" 5 or 10 million.

After all, those chips will have a short shelf life, as undoubtedly there will be improvements on a yearly basis as with the iPhone/iPad/iPod (well at least the iPod used to be updated yearly) This wouldn't be a product people would upgrade as frequently as a phone, but however successful it is you can expect larger sales in years 2 and 3 as many people will take a "wait and see" attitude about this, especially since a smart watch is the solution to a problem most people don't have.

VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Re: Technics SL-1210's

I fondly remember working my DJ days, working with three SL1200s. You only need two, of course, but the third was useful for overlaying a dub mix to create an on the fly remix.

The club owner had actually installed three so we'd be covered in case of a failure, but the only time I ever needed it for that was when I was so drunk I broke a needle! So far as I know, in the several years I DJ'ed there, we never had anything serviced. Not the SL1200s, not the Numark mixing board, nor the Peavey amps. Stuff was built to last back in the old days.

A few years after I "retired" (finished grad school and had to get a 'real job') they had a new owner, and he replaced a bunch of the gear because "vinyl was dead" and had CD players and some fancy mixing board that had built in sampling capability. I heard it would quit on them every few months, and they had no backup so 1000+ people would just leave. Penny wise pound foolish!

Are dangers lurking on your workers' operating systems?

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While the CIO is whining about security of BYOD devices

The IT staff is busy patching a critical remote exploit in Windows that has been around since the 90s!

I don't see where iOS and Android are any more insecure than Windows, to the contrary, Windows is far worse. I'll probably get downvoted for saying that, but only a Windows fanboy would refuse to admit there have been many serious exploits affecting millions of people on Windows, and zero such wide-ranging exploits on either iOS or Android. They haven't been around as long, so maybe that will change, but until it does you can't argue that Windows is more secure.

There are two primary differences between Windows and mobile device security, however:

1) IT departments control Windows patching, but not BYOD patching. They can tell what rev you're on and threaten to lock you out if you don't update, but unfortunately that's only realistic for iOS devices. A lot of Android devices won't ever get patches that fix exploit X, so It either has to limit what devices people can bring, or live with the fact there will be vulnerable devices for months or years affected by known exploits.

2) The ability for end users to download apps that, if rogue, can compromise important corporate data that may reside on the device. Assuming you don't allow jailbroken iOS devices, Apple does a pretty good job of this so long as they know to only ever install apps from the App Store. Android is less good, as the Play Store includes a lot of dodgy stuff, though anything truly nasty Google would act quickly to remove it (not clear if they have the ability to remotely disable it like Apple does for those who've already downloaded it) The ability to easily use third party app stores and sideload is a real problem, but perhaps something like the Knox solution of a personal/corporate personality is the solution there, so people can download whatever crap they want and get their personal data stolen, but the corporate data stays secure.

Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

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Making money is a consequence of Apple's goals

Steve Jobs was always clear that Apple's goal was to make great products that people want to buy. Making money is a consequence of that.

If your number one goal is to make money, that's when you start doing stupid stuff like cutting R&D, using cheap materials, and cutting other corners, and not paying attention to what customers want but expecting them to buy it because that's how you make money. Look at Detroit in the 70s for the all time example of this.

Apple: Want a PATCH for iOS Masque attack? TOUGH LUCK, FANBOI

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It is pretty easy to close quickly by pulling the enterprise certificate

Which they did in this case, quite quickly. They could further close the loop in two ways:

1) when the enterprise certificate is pulled, ALL software signed by it is deactivated on ALL iOS devices (pain in the ass if a corp's legitimate certificate is stolen, but that would provide strong incentive to take very good care of it!)

2) have a certificate associated with each app (if there isn't already one) that iOS can check when it is updated - that way there's no way to fake the bundle ID of a legitimate app and get access to that app's private data

'Net Neut' activists: Are you just POSEURS, or do you want to Get Something Done?

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"Better than DSL"?

What were the speeds you had available from AT&T? I can get 50/25 Mbps DSL (VDSL2) from Centurylink, and I think they're planning on upping that to 100/50 next year. Some areas have faster cable than that, but it is hard to argue that DSL is automatically not an option simply because it is DSL. If you're talking 1.5 Mb DSL, then that's another matter...

Hey, Apple! We can land a probe on a comet, but we can't have a 12.9in iPad 'until mid-2015'?

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They keep pushing this prediction back

It is always wrong, and will continue to be wrong, but has taken on a life of its own. At least the fabled Apple television set has actually got a few mentions from Jobs and Cook. The larger iPad rumor originated from supply chain rumors almost three years ago!

Sixteen shades of grey survive Viennese quantum optics test

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Satellite

Would this be usable for satellite transmission, using the "16 shades of grey" instead of the two "shade" V/H or RHCP/LHCP polarizations? That is, would the turbulence affect C/Ku/Ka band transmissions in the same way it affects light?

Even if it could only use 4 shades of grey that would instantly double the potential bit rate per MHz. Pretty helpful if everyone hopes to be pushing 4K video around before long.

FCC to Obama on net neutrality: We work for CONGRESS, SIR, not YOU

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Posting copyrighted content into the public record

If this is indexed by Google, would the copyright owner be able to issue a takedown notice? Or would it not apply because this is the public record of the FCC? I wonder if that's why this guy posted the LotR script, to test this theory?

Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

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Re: 60 year lease

You seem to think Google will by definition be around in 60 years because of their size and importance now. Tell that to Nortel.

Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

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Re: Finland should consider itself lucky

When I first heard the name "Nokia" in the 90s, I assumed it was Japanese too. Maybe it just "sounded Japanese" to me.

If they wanted everyone to know it was Finnish, they should have spelled it Nökiä!

Vodafone: For Pete's sake! Apple’s 'soft' SIM's JUST AN EE SIM

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Re: Sounds like Vodafone is unhappy

Please, post your proof that Apple is requiring some sort of payment from the carrier in exchange for being included in the setup screen where customers can choose. No? Thought not.

It isn't ideal that not all carriers are included, but this is just version 1.0, and nothing has changed to prevent the old way of doing things - i.e. you can still get a SIM from whatever carrier you want and use that like you always have been able to.

Given that, only those with half a brain would try to claim that what Apple is doing is not consumer friendly. Consumers have lost nothing, and have gained another option that they have a choice whether to use or not use. That option costs them nothing but is more convenient if they wish to use one of the available carriers.

If Apple is successful in pushing this through universally so they can make all carriers available, it may be a huge boon to consumers as future versions of this software could allow choosing multiple carriers for different situations to minimize your out of pocket cost. Obviously carriers would hate that, which is why they're resistant to the direction Apple is taking and would rather come up with their own scheme that provides consumers the illusion of choice but leaves some barriers in place for switching carriers so they can keep milking us.

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Sounds like Vodafone is unhappy

Apple is pushing things in a consumer friendly directly, rather than a carrier friendly direction. Of course the CEO of a major telco isn't going to like it.

Hardly any telcos were willing to sign up for the iPhone at first, and one of the big reasons was because Apple wouldn't let them touch the firmware. I'm surprised that so many Android devices are still customized, but the problem is because while Google is a big dog, the various Android OEMs mostly aren't, and don't have the market power to dictate because they can say "fine, we won't carry your phone, we'll carry your competitor's nearly identical model instead"

I'm sure whatever solution the GSMA comes up with will retain the power in carrier's hands, and only give the consumer an illusion of power. So obviously they'd prefer Apple would have politely waited for them instead of going their own way, because now whatever solution the GSMA comes out with, if it is more restrictive than Apple's, it will be ignored by the market.

What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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If songwriters want to revisit the consent decree

I have no problem with it. So long as we can revisit the eternal copyright extensions.

Let them get paid more for their compositions, in exchange for becoming public domain after 20 years. If someone who invents a cure for cancer or practical fusion power can only profit off it for 20 years, I don't see why songwriters or performers deserve more than that.

Chinese coder's got 99 problems and getting hitched is one: Huge iPhone woo plot FAILS

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@DropBear

Apple lets you return them within 14 days or whatever, so he should be able to get a full refund.

If he'd been able to scrape up 99 iPhones before they officially launched in China she might have been more impressed, and if she said no he'd at least make money selling them!

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@AC

iPhone owners still laughably believe people buy Android because they can't afford iPhones

Some STUPID iPhone owners believe this. Just like some STUPID Android owners believe the iPhone is all about "some sort of fake status".

Samsung slams door on OLED TVs, makes QUANTUM dot LEAP

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Re: Horses to water but cannot make them drink

What is this "bulk cheap batch" you think Apple is getting? Hopefully you don't mean for the Apple Watch....that's a small screen and its sales figures will be dwarfed when you add up all the Android phones using OLED screens.

Unless Apple is going to finally introduce the fabled TV, and it will be OLED, and they sell several million of them, Apple isn't going to be moving the needle in the OLED market. In fact, they've stayed well away, due to its issues with brightness, color accuracy and manufacturing consistency.

BlackBerry chief vows: We'll focus on 'core devices' and on, er, not losing money

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@CheesyTheClown

That means that companies like Microsoft, HTC and Blackberry have to either convince people to switch or need to make their devices so cool and cost effective that kids will want them.

Microsoft and Blackberry have to convince people to switch. HTC has a much easier time of it, getting a Samsung owner to switch to HTC doesn't involve much change.

If Microsoft and RIM had got their shit together even two years ago when most Android phones in use were still 2.3 and therefore pretty awful, they could have made the case for people to switch. But they wasted too much time, now Android is in pretty good shape so making someone want to switch has become a lot more difficult.

Kryder's law craps out: Race to uber-cheap storage is voer

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IMHO, flash is responsible for this

Flash has skimmed the cream off the hard drive market. Without a low volume high profit market that drives R&D, drive makers are just left competing with each other in terms of $/GB. Everyone knows when a market goes full commodity mode, R&D is the first thing cut.

Maybe I'm wrong, but hard drives quit doubling in density right around the time that SSDs went mainstream.

Samsung, Vietnam in talks over $3bn mobile phone factory

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Re: Underrated Location

Vietnam is the "new China" for outsourcers, since wages in China have been driven up and up. So Samsung is racing to the bottom, by building somewhere with even lower wages than China.

Got an iPhone or iPad? LOOK OUT for MASQUE-D INTRUDERS

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Re: "side loaded" apps?

If so, the "install via email/text" is not a bug, but working as designed for enterprise apps? Shouldn't there be a better way to deliver apps, like interfacing via the App Store where other software installs work?

As I said before on another thread, my big issue here is the act of accepting an enterprise signing key should be a separate step. First I knowingly (or at least as much as possible, for less clueful users against clever social engineering attacks) accept a signing key for a certain company. With a dialog that makes it as clear as possible what is happening. Ideally it would be a two way process, where the company has to first approve me somewhere before I can accept the key (this would help in the case of stolen keys) Only then can I install their apps. It shouldn't be possible to do both at once, which it sounds like is happening here.

So the real bug is that if you use the same name and UUID for your app as Facebook does, it'll just wipe out Facebook but leave the data? Sounds like there's a missing step somewhere where the apps have to be properly signed or have their signatures verified at install time if they are signed. If the signature doesn't match then it should refuse the update because it isn't signed like a Facebook app should be.

May not be too easy to come up with a complete fix, but hopefully before long now that word has gotten out. Apparently only about a dozen people were actually compromised before Apple disabled the certificate, so it wasn't a problem, until it is closed it will leave the less clueful vulnerable (I say less clueful because there is some sort of dialog that comes up where you have to approve the software install, and hopefully most people would be rightly suspicious of that happening unexpectedly based on an email or text message instead of the App Store)

Boffin imagines Wi-Fi-defined no-shoot zones for wireless weapons

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So many obvious issues

Leaving out how people will see this as the government trying to maintain the right to disable their guns whenever they feel like it and would see this as a reason to start the revolution. Hell, if I thought this would have a chance of passing I'd become a gun owner myself, of a pre-wifi gun, and keep it/them even if the government outlawed them. Especially if the government outlawed them.

In order for this to work, obviously it would have to be "gun works normally, except in the presence of a special wifi transmission". If you do it the other way around, if you want to break into someone's house you just cut their power first, thereby knocking out their wifi signal and eliminating their ability to defend themselves!

So if it must be "disable if it sees a special wifi transmission" a bit of aluminum foil in the right place is all a trigger happy killer would need before visiting the nearest school. Or use one of the several hundred million old style guns in the US that would have to be pried from owners' cold dead hands.

Obviously the "boffin" in this article is not deserving of the title. I doubt either is a native of the US, and simply doesn't understand the culture well enough to know why it isn't even worth researching this as the population would never stand for it. Even current non-owners such as myself.

Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

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Browser choice is irrelevant

The problem with IE's dominance was that Microsoft was using that to subvert the use of the web as an OS agnostic application platform. Hence pushing a non-standard "standard" tied to Windows, ActiveX.

Apple and Google may decide what browser is installed by default (and therefore used by the vast majority of) iOS and Android users, but neither is doing anything like what Microsoft did. It would be too late for that anyway, the web is already well-established as an application platform.

No one is trying to hijack the standards process like Microsoft did in creating their own standards and pushing them via IE, IIS and development tools. Instead Safari, IE, Firefox, and Chrome all compete with one another over which is more standards compliant, which can run web apps the fastest, etc. Does my inability to run Firefox on my iPhone hurt me in any way? Well, other than being able to see for the first time ever what happens when my phone runs out of memory...

If every browser is fast enough, standards compliant enough, and has an interface that doesn't get in your way too much, what difference does it to make to me as an end user which one I'm using? Is there any real benefit to using Firefox or Chrome on Windows rather than IE these days? The browser is simply a conduit that gets me what I really want, like a road is a conduit when I drive my car somewhere. I might prefer my roads be paved, and not have too many potholes, but once they reach a certain level of quality I'm not choosing my route by whether a road is paved in concrete or asphalt.

The only difference between browsers that matters in my mind today is privacy - that may be a reason to use Firefox over Chrome. Apparently a lot of people disagree, or aren't aware what they're giving up by using Chrome, if it its share is growing at the expense of Firefox.

Apple on the art of the deal: 'Put on your big boy pants and accept the agreement'

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GTAT management greed - incentives gone wrong

Yeah, Apple is a bully, so what else is new?

But why would GTAT sign such a one-sided agreement as they describe it? Easy, the board and C-level staff have seen the "Apple effect" before, how a new Apple supplier's stock jumps up big once the world finds out they'll be supplying Apple. And that happens even when some little chip supplier is found to be supplying a 50 cent part, these screens might cost tens of dollars each!

The game was rigged for them, they knew that the minute Apple approached them. All they had to do was get Apple to sign, even if they had to agree to terms that weren't in the best interest of the company or other shareholders. Once they had a signed deal, they could leak it, watch the stock price climb, and let their scheduled share sales start lining their pockets. When it blows up their face, they can blame Apple, knowing someone will believe they were not at fault and they'll land on their feet - unlike GTAT employees, who lose their jobs and have specialized skills that probably don't have a big market.

Even Apple didn't win here, they will probably end up the furnaces (being the biggest creditor) but they still need someone to operate them, so this sets them back a couple years at least.

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Re: Cheapo sapphire machines?

Apple is the main creditor, so they'll likely end up with them, but won't do them (or you) much good since they probably require a fair amount of expertise to operate.

Yes! It's DRONE PORN. And we don't mean shiny pics of UAVs

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3D printing

C'mon, do you really believe no one has 3D printed a dildo yet? I'm trying to think a new technology that couldn't be involved with porn in some way. 4K TVs - even higher res closeups (eeehhhhh....) Self driving cars - boning during the commute. Commercial spaceflight - zero gee boning!

I'd be more impressed if you could even think of a technology that doesn't have an application in this field.

Dating website for damaged-stiffy sufferers suffers stiff damage: £10m bill for leak

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Herpesinmouth?

So they're going to share the data with non-existent dating sites? Something here isn't adding up.

I really did hope there was a dating site called Herpesinmouth though, just because it would be simultaneously hilarious and pathetic that something like that could exist.

Microsoft warns of super-sized Patch Tuesday next week

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@TechnicallyConfused

Never has an online moniker been more apropos.

Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

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Re: Long-term deep storage @DougS

DRAM is volatile, it needs be to refreshed. NAND does not have an equivalent refresh cycle, so there is NO DIFFERENCE in how long a flash cell will retain its contents whether the drive it is in is sitting in a closet or active in a server.

The JEDEC standard is a worst case, and that's what manufacturers are quoting there because they don't want to guarantee more than the requirements since there is no market opportunity for doing so.

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Re: Sequential Writes != SSD

You've got some horrible SSDs if you see horrible write waits. Many of the early SSDs had very low quality controllers that could barely sustain more IOPS than hard drives can, but only a fool would use those for a database - ANY part of a database.

Any decent SSD these days can sustain at least more than enough write bandwidth for all but the largest DBs. If they can't, get a better SSD. Hell the Crucial MX100 in my laptop can sustain over 100 MB/sec and that laptop is five years old!

You are of course completely correct that you should put your redo and archive logs on hard drives (and disable any SSD tiering/caching) But not because that'll speed it up - if it does, you have crappy SSDs. No, the reason is because you don't want to waste valuable SSD space on that, you want it all used for random I/Os where SSDs truly excel.

I'm not sure why you think caches in "SANS" wouldn't fix this if it actually was a problem (which it isn't) since when you write to an array and it is stored in cache the write is reported back to the server's OS as complete. It doesn't wait for it to be written to the SSD or hard drive. So even if the SSD really did sometimes take a couple seconds to write something the database would never know.

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Re: Long-term deep storage

Flash is non-volatile, there is no difference in data retention when powered or unpowered. There is no "refresh" mechanism by which having a SSD plugged in would cause it to better retain its stored data! If you have a SSD that is losing data after three months unplugged, it is defective and should be replaced.

We've all got USB sticks sitting in a drawer that are years old that still work. I just dug up an old 16MB one that I probably haven't used for nearly a decade, and it can still be read just fine....

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@AndrueC

What you say is only true if the CPU has something useful to do. If (as an example) I'm doing a text search on one million small files, it will be very slow on a hard drive because of all that seeking where the CPU sits around with nothing useful to do other than go into an idle state for a moment while it waits for the drive to seek to the right place and waits for the sector it needs to be under the read head. You might read a hundred files a second (or worse, if your disk is fragmented) That search will take probably three hours best case, so I may as well watch a long movie while I'm waiting. On a good SSD you can read tens of thousands of small files a second, and that search will be so quick I'll barely have time to switch to my browser window and read one Reg article.

With the hard drive, my CPU utilization will be well under 1%, because it has nothing do because it is spending all its time waiting on I/O. With the SSD, I'll have very high CPU utilization (ideally 100%, meaning the SSD would be delivering data faster than the CPU can search it)

That's why upgrading to a SSD is such a massive performance improvement. If you gave me a choice of a laptop with a hard drive and a 4 GHz quad core CPU, or one with a SSD and a 1 GHz dual core CPU, I'll take the latter and run circles around the poor slob who is saddled with the other one in just about any task.

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@Nigel 11

Why in the world do you have more faith in mirroring for hard drives? Both hard drives and SSDs can have two types of failures: controller failure and media failure. Mirroring protects you well against both.

SSDs add a new wrinkle in that they have a limited number of erase cycles, thus a limited write lifetime, but this isn't a problem iin practice. SMART tells you about the write lifetime, and knows when you're starting to hit it. But if you ignore it, and keep writing, it isn't a bad thing. The controller will get errors trying to erase a block to be able to write a new block, and thus won't be able to write anymore, so the OS will get write errors thrown back at it. You will still be able to read your data just fine, so you don't lose anything. If downtime is your primary concern, well, make sure your OS knows how to interpret the SMART data so it warns you in advance so you can replace that drive before it reaches the point where it can't write any more data!

BTW, both drives in a mirror won't hit their write lifetime at the same point, even if they've been mirrored since they were new. There isn't a counter in the flash chips that, when reached, causes writes to stop working. It is reached when erases fail, and two drives won't have the exact same number of erase cycles before failure....there will always be a little variation between chips.

Apple blats WireLurker OS X, iOS malware – but fanbois aren't safe yet

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So where does this certificiate they revoked come from?

Did they steal a valid MDM certificate from some corporation? That's kind of what it sounds like, but it isn't clear. Or did they use social engineering or other tactics to get someone to sign a falsified certificate for them? More information would be nice. Was the whole exploit hinging on this certificate so that revocation takes care of it, or is that just a finger in the dike until it can be permanently addressed with a patch to OS X and/or iOS?

Since this is an exploit depending on malicious software on a Mac, I can't help but wonder if malicious software on a Windows machine work equally well, or is there something special about using a Mac (i.e. the iPhone "trusts" it more?) It is pretty simple to deliver malware to a PC, and most iPhone owners will have a PC rather than a Mac, so it is interesting that the vector used a Mac. It seems there must be something different about the way an iPhone talks to or trusts a Mac that makes the malware possible there, otherwise they would have delivered the payload via Windows or made it dual platform.

Old hat: Fedora 21 beta late than never... and could be best ever

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The main gotcha

is GNOME 3.x

Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD stands

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Worst was the final season or two of Warehouse 13, where they sold out for product placement for some car (I think it was a Toyota or a Ford, shows how well spent that money was) with obnoxiously in your face advertising. It was almost like they ran an actual 30 second commercial with two of the main characters in the car owned by one of them discussing its features while they drove somewhere. I'm not sure how the actors kept a straight face trying to make that conversation part of the episode!

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Different types of product placement

Unlike Microsoft Apple NEVER pays for product placement. This was revealed in testimony during the Apple/Samsung trial last year (http://www.minyanville.com/sectors/technology/articles/Has-Apple-Fallen-Out-of-Favor/2/8/2013/id/47976) They make equipment available to those who want to use it in a TV show or movie, that's all.

Microsoft is paying for placement, so CNN has to keep those Surfaces on the desk, but the on air personalities apparently don't want to use them. I guess their opinion rules the day based on what the pictures show. Ham fisted deals like this and Samsung and Blackberry's sponsorships that boomerang back on them when it turns out the paid celebrity shill uses an iPhone instead just make them look stupid.

Since Apple isn't ever paying for stuff like this, the worst that happens is they provide some hardware to a movie producer but the scenes with the Mac or whatever end up on the cutting room floor. They don't pay celebrities to tweet "I love my new iPhone" so they don't have to worry about everyone laughing if it turns out it was tweeted from a Windows Phone!

The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

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@something

What you're suggesting Android vendors should copy in Apple is exactly what Xiaomi copied in Apple. They release on a yearly schedule like Apple, truly care about design, etc.

They'll never make Apple sized profits since they don't charge Apple sized prices, but no one will make anywhere near Apple sized profits in the Android market ever again. Samsung was an anomoly due to their massive marketing spending, but that's in the past now. Android is quickly becoming a purely commodity market, where even higher spec devices like Xiaomi's will be sold at low margin prices going forward.

Apple OSX Yosemite infested by nasty 'Rootpipe' vuln

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Description is not all that great

Maybe that's deliberate, but is this somehow a hole in the Terminal app, or is it in sudo? If the former, it only affects Apple, if the latter it affects all Linux/Unix unless Apple-specific changes left it vulnerable?

Either way, I can't really see how either a hole in the Terminal app or sudo could be remotely exploitable as the article author suggests it possibly could be.

Seriously, for real this time, the 12in MaxiPad is totally on the way ...

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Re: MacBook

No one, and I mean it when I say NO ONE is concerned about an ISA's ease of writing assembler. The number of people writing assembler is miniscule, and most of them are wasting their time with such micro-optimization when improving their algorithm in C/C++/C#/ObjC would result in a far greater performance benefit.

If someone was able to create a new CPU that ran three times as fast as today's CPUs on compiled code, but was the most hostile environment for assembly code you could imagine, the market would beat a path to it, trampling on the broken bodies of assembly programmers.

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Re: MacBook

They killed two Mac CPUs before and replaced them with something better. Do you wish they'd have bought Motorola and forced them to keep updating the 68K line? There might not be any Macs today if they had done so...

Verizon and AT&T sitting in a tree, V-o-L-T-E: Duo vow to hookup by 2015

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Any way to tell where VoLTE is deployed by either network?

Or tell in some way on your phone if the cell tower you are currently connected to supports it?

Apple Watch buyers will feel 'different' after being 'serviced' in spring 2015

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Trade in on a new model

I'll bet if they're selling a solid gold, trying to move from their current position as a premium brand to be a true luxury brand, they'll give those rich people something to help make it worth paying whatever eye wateringly high price Apple charges: free yearly upgrades so their gold watch is always the latest and greatest model.

What I can guarantee they won't do is rely on people to take their old gold ones to have them melted. At worst Apple will offer trade-ins on them, which should be pretty cheap since the expensive part is the gold, not the guts.

Windows XP market share fell off a cliff in October

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Sounds like a flaw in their data collection

No way did the number shrink by 5% in one month, that would require taking a few million XP machines out of service each day!

I suspect they noticed the widening discrepancy with other measurements, found they had a big problem in their methodology that overestimated XP's share, and corrected it. Fixing it caused a huge drop which of course they aren't commenting on, because it would lead to uncomfortable questions like "how do you know that was the only problem?"

If I'm right, next month it'll resume the steady declines of well under 1% per month.

UN: Fossil fuels should be terminaated 86 years from now

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Subsidies for nuclear power?

Which is better, subsidies for nuclear power or subsidies for oil, in the form of $1 trillion escapades into Iraq? I hope no one who reads the Reg is dumb enough to believe that US involvement there was out of concern for the poor beleaguered people suffering under Saddam's boot heel. Many Iraqis - even those in groups persecuted by Saddam - would now say they'd wish he had never been pushed out, he may have killed/tortured some but he was a cuddly kitten compared to what ISIS is up to.

I get very annoyed when people complain about subsidies for nuclear power (or solar/wind) and ignore the fact that the real subsidies on oil production in terms of military budget are larger than our subsidies would be if we subsidized 100% the construction of nuclear plants and putting solar panels on everyone's rooftop. We could have let the defense contractors manufacture them in the US to keep all the workers who would otherwise lose their jobs if we didn't have a military budget larger than the next dozen combined...

Samsung says teaming up with mobe-maker Microsoft could violate antitrust law

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Re: The MS Patents

There are over 200 of them, they probably aren't all as bad as the long file name patent. Now that they've acquired Nokia, they have way more patents than that. You'd have to be some sort of wild eyed fanboy to think Nokia didn't hold any patents relevant to cell phones...

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Re: Isn't that a bit risky?

You don't really think that all 200+ patents Microsoft is asserting against Android are vapor, do you? They've been in the smartphone game way longer than Android, and having purchased Nokia have access to a lot more now.

Just because the example trotted out about long file names is clearly ridiculous, doesn't mean they all are. Besides, as is proven over and over again, what we think about the validity of a patent doesn't matter, it is what the patent offices and the courts think about them.

Samsung is playing a dangerous game, if the contract is nullified and Microsoft sues them for using their patents with a license (that license being nullified along with the contract) they could end up paying a lot more, especially now that Nokia's patent stash would be part of the deal.

Oh, dear! Scientists uncover Afghan VAMPIRE DEER

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The first thing i noticed about it as the kangaroo like hindquarters

It is truly an odd looking beast. Hopefully someone can capture a few or at least get genetic samples for eventual cloning, because Afghanistan hasn't been stable for the past few centuries, I don't know why we'd expect anything to change soon.

Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Re: Why proud, confident or assured maybe?

So why should being part of a minority that until recently was classified as criminal and still encounters plenty of abuse make you "proud"? You don't choose to be gay, or choose to be straight, you just are. Being proud of being gay is like being proud of being left handed or being proud of having blue eyes.

You can be proud to come out even though you know you will encounter some abuse, and maybe some friends/family won't accept it or treat you the same way. But there's a big difference in "proud to be gay" and "proud to be openly gay".

Google’s dot-com forget-me-not bomb: EU court still aiming at giant

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Re: If you search within the EU, it *IS* applied to Google.com

You sure about that? I'm in the US and if I go to google.com I get google.com. If I go to google.eu, I get google.co.uk (verified by looking at the CN for the certificate for each site)

I can't try it in the EU, but if google.com automatically sends you to the UK version, and you need to go to google.us to get the US version, it seems like this is already solved and Google can tell the EU so.

Another alternative could be for Google to block google.com entirely in the EU with some sort of message telling people why the link doesn't work, and providing them a link to google.eu they can click on, just to rub it in the EU's face that "yeah we're complying with your stupid ruling, but we're going to make sure all the people inconvenienced know who is inconveniencing them".

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