* Posts by danbi

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'I give fusion power a higher chance of succeeding than quantum computing' says the R in the RSA crypto-algorithm

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Ah, the AI

I am a bit disappointed they didn't share an opinion on AI

WannaCry ransomware attack on NHS could have triggered NATO reaction, says German cybergeneral

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Joke

it's about time

When is Microsoft being nuked?

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard

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Re: Next: battery standards

Ideally, these batteries should be EU manufactured, or at least imported via an EU country from China.

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Re: "Standard" and changeability

It is even funnier for Brits defending the EU and mocking Apple as 31 Jan 2020 looms.

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Re: How would Apple switching to USB-C reduce e-waste?

Certification of extra durable cables for EU would be much appreciated by the beurocrats.

As well as suing the states for cables not living to the hype. After all, they pay with their taxpayers money.

Certification is the wet dream of every government.

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Re: Fit Both!

Curious.. which should be the second one in your opinion?

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Re: Waste...

I still use the USB charger I got with my original iPod Touch. That thing continues to work is reliable, safe etc. It's a bit bulkier than the more recent Apple chargers, but has outlived at least a dozen non-Apple chargers I had. Needless to say I charge all kinds of stuff with it, most non-Apple.

So in this respect, Apple had created zero electronics waste for me... which can't be said about other manufacturers. I have at least half a dozen Nokia chargers for example, each of which has both slightly different connector (hardwired) and (but of course) slightly different output voltage -- so I can't even use an adapter to convert.

If, for example you have an iPhone with Lightning connector, you can use their USB-C to Lightning cable if you had an USB-C output adapter. Or you could buy such an cable from anyone who makes it (there are many of them!). The thing is still USB.

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Re: Money for nothing

I will be curious to learn how much is the Apple cut from the $0.99 micro-USB to Lightning adapters sold on eBay.

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Re: Contradicting information...

You made me look at mine... every single Lighting cable I have haddied (the cable itself, not the connectors so "Lighting" is not related). Claims are Apple used environment friendly materials for the cable sheath that doesn't last much.

However, I have an 30-pin cable from my first generation iPod Touch that is like new! The older one, with the boring locking mechanism.

My experience with USB cables is generally bad. Unlike Lighting cables, their cable material survives, but the USB connectors do not! They either break (micro-USB mostly), ot stop making contact (all types).

Given the choice to use Lighting or micro-USB I would *always* choose Lighting. Even if this makes me break EU law!

However, for charging my iPhone (because I am tired to replace cables) I found the brillian solution... an Chinese magnetic coupling (MagSafe style) charging cable. It has the one part with USB plug to the charger (your choice of lenght and straight/angled output) and another adapter piece that plugs in the device (Lighting, micro-USB, USB-C)... I have one adapter in each device and multiple cables all around where I might need to charge... just stick the magnetic ends together and it charges. No more broken cables. No wrong cable... Oh and I use variety of USB chargers from whatever I have left from various devices, to brand new multi-port chargers.

Now, the thing being Chinese, should worry me, right? How many years in jail I deserve?

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Re: Ban Them.

Funny you bothered to say all of this, becasue...

There is no EU law to require one type of connector;

When talks began in the EU, several years ago, Apple started selling the micro-USB to Lighting adapter -- likely in anticipation of this becoming a law... optimistic Apple :) ... that might take few more decades.

Then, the talks were to require mobile devices be charged by USB. All apple mobile devices sold back then (and now) do charge via USB exclusively. Lots of mobile phones on the market back then required specialized chargers with non-detachable cables/connectors (I have at least half dozen Nokia adapters -- all different!) They just use specific cable. And.. they also provide an adapter, in case you have an micro-USB cable already and don't want to use the one they already supply with the device.

So in the end, Apple wanted their name to be heard again and after the dust settles, they emerge the good guys who care about this and that. Judging by the noise we make here, they are sucessful.

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Re: Colour me cynical

The no ports movement is practical. It provides cheap way to seal the phone from the environment.

This has nothing to do with Apple and of course not everyone needs weather sealed devices, so phones with ports will continue to be made.

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Before MagSafe Apple had the typical barrel connector on the laptops like everyone else. Everyone had different barrel connectors of course. MagSafe was good step for standartisation for Apple. Unfortunately, it wears out too....

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How many chickens must be sacrificed?

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Re: This can be summed up in one word: Profit

One has to wonder, why Apple was the pioner who introduced USB decades ago, when we had the wonderful plethoria of different interfaces for different things.

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Re: It's all about money, not technology

Apple sells the Lightning to Micro-USB adapter ever since those talks began in Europe.. for precisely the reason to comply to regulations (and not be fined).

While it costs $19 from Apple, you can buy the same stuff from gazzilion of suppliers on eBay, AliExpress etc for like $0.99.

I too wonder what is it all about. Perhaps a slow day and Apple just wants their name mentioned.

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Re: Gold plated cables

An HiFi grade 10baseT Ethernet standard sounds very promising...

Den Automation raised millions to 'reinvent' the light switch. Now it's lights out for startup

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Re: "Who would buy such a thing?"

Ah, the Collector type mugs?

Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls

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Re: Ah, Git ...

For any OS to be "good" it has to get out of the way. The less the OS puts itself in front of you, the better it is.

Users of computers buy them not to run any "OS", but to run their applications. It is amazing Microsoft did not learn this for so many decades.

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Re: one would think

They can always do what good old Apple did decades ago: ditch their homegrown OS and go mainstream with UNIX, while keeping what defines "Windows" (the APIs).

Thus they can continue to license their "way" and software "for Windows" will continue to work.

An no, note I didn't say Linux. :)

'First ever' SHA-1 hash collision calculated. All it took were five clever brains... and 6,610 years of processor time

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Re: Any such proof of authenticity...

The irony being that the digital realm of documents doesn't add much credibility and authentic proof over what was available with stone age documents. Both can be manipulated, after a while -- and we enjoy the wonders of "history", full of fairy tales that rival contemporary fantasy genre...

No wonder, some older cultures didn't trust written "knowledge".

LOST IN SPAAAAAACE! SpaceX aborts Space Station podule berthing

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Re: In space ...

Or, the whole world hears you saying that.

Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption

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Re: hypotheticals?

Perhaps send the "world's most powerful army" to convince them stop encrypting?

Microsoft spunks $500m to reinvent the wheel. Why?

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The great Microsoft technology

I begin to think that the great Microsoft technology referred to in the article is just marketing and wishful thinking. Just like MS-DOS was when they negotiated wit IBM.

But, it worked back then, because Bill was the son of Mary.

Intel's new chips are from 'Purley' – know what I mean? Know what I mean? Say no more

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Re: All new memory architecture?

Might be, we will see it rebranded as Intel then. This is probably the only market ready SCM today and it also seems to require some CPU support to make it transparent to use.

The obvious question is cost. Nothing high performance from Intel is cheap.

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Re: Codename means built with Microsoft in mind

Not yet divorced, those two...

First production car powered by Android Auto rolls out – and it's a Hyundai

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Re: Am I missing something?

"Exactly what benefit is gained ..."

it is not a benefit for you the car owner or driver. It is a benefit primarily for Google and to lesser extent for Hyundai. Google benefits by "validating" their stuff "for use in cars", opening up the possibility for huge contracts and also the ability to collect even more user data (such as how often, when and where you drive your car, what you talk inside, possible some sensor data etc). Hyundai benefits by demonstrating they are an modern car company...

This stuff is not different than putting an Android tablet on the dashboard and having it connect to some pre-assembled in the car peripherals, such as speakers, microphones, light etc. Car companies do this for ages with various music players (cassette, CD, DVD, USB). It just ads some concenience.

But, while the typical in-car entertainment options have been mostly neutral, this one is a vendor-locked. Many people will chose a different car model because of this. Hyundai might rethink soon this strategy.

Microsoft: Cortana not exclusive to Windows – it loves Android, iOS too

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What does this stuff have to do with Windows?

Cortana, Siri, Google's assistant -- they are all a front-end for an voice recognution/search/"intelligence" backend that runs in some datacenter. It has absolutely nothing to do with the operating system the front-end runs on, other than the programmer being aware of the available hooks (they all provide those hooks) to run other applications, play sounds, display things etc.

It's just like web browsers. Ok, after seeing that other companies built web browsers, Microsoft built their own? Haven't we already seen this movie? We even know how it goes...

PS: Staying on the topic of the title. But do the other platforms love Cortana? ;-)

Geofencing: The ultra-low power frontier for the Internet of Things

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Re: Why does this stuff need to update ?

And every such IPv6 address should be government assigned and properly recorded in the books, to declare that you do own the thing. Anything else would not be secure.

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Re: Why does this stuff need to update ?

"Security by assumption someone else will deal with it higher up the chain is not security."

This is precisely what people do when they rely on a government to ensure their security which one of the primary reasons for government's existence. They don't complain about it then, why the complaint now? ;-)

Do svidaniya Roscosmos. By the way, any idea where that 92 BEEELLION rubles went?

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Re: And this sort of thing ...

You know, they recruit for one-way missions too...

Will YOU be living in a cardboard box under the motorway in five years?

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Ironic indeed

More than 20 years ago, Cisco were training their partners that "we do not shift boxes, we sell solutions" -- those Chinese guys seem to just have discovered the warm water. There is much more to discover, such as sliced bread... :)

But yes, the prediction that many people will be unemployed is true. People need to get less lazy.

A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: Possible reason for only one USB port

You know, there are those things called USB hubs. Connect one to the MacBook and you will

1. charge it

2. connect as many USB drives and other peripherals as you have ports left.

The thing will still not overheat.

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Re: Just like the MacBook Air

Most of us don't own a time machine and we are not yet aware how many ports the next iteration of this MacBook will have.

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Re: @Bronek @DougS

Now you probably know, why this came to be? Hint: the USB specification said "only 500mA can be drawn from the port". So Apple had to make an extension to the standard. Others followed.

USB Type-C says 100W can be drawn either direction. So I see no reason for Apple to do anything about it. Unless they start replacing the LiPoly batteries with supercaps :)

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Re: 1 USB port? Seriously?

When people need access to legacy hardware, they usually use an adapter. This is how it worked when floppy drives were removed from laptops, when CD drives were removed, when serial ports were removed etc.

There are variety of ways to handle your particular case -- and I say this, because I have exactly the same use case myself.

[off topic]

In the case of sensors, it turns out that writing to the SD card consumes more power, than sending it over WiFi or Bluetooth. But, if you don't have the infrastructure, that's different limitation.

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Re: 1 USB port? Seriously?

Why? Just use an USB Type-C SD card reader. Granted, that will cost less than a single SD card for your "proper" camera. Nothing will break, do not worry.

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Re: 1 USB port? Seriously?

If they take the pictures videos (and movies?) on an iPhone or iPad, it is already on their new MacBook.

If they process their pictures and videos (and movies) on their stationary iMac, then they again have them on their new MacBook.

This is an light portable notebook after all. If your usage is more tethered and requires connecting to legacy peripherals, then Apple still sells (just refreshed) the Air and Pro models for you. Use the right tool for the job and you will always have good results.

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Re: 1 USB port? Seriously?

Normal people use a DVD player (sub $50 these days) to watch DVD movies. Or plug their DSLR directly via HDMI to their large screen. You get the idea.

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Re: @Dave 126 Not a universal view

"So, it's alienating all the professionals who use Mac for creative purposes - continuing a worrying trend from Apple."

Do you even believe yourself?

At the same time Apple announced this MacBook, they also updated the Air and Pro models as well. The professionals will use their professional tools -- which are different according to the profession and needs of each.

They would care less about your opinion, as well.

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Re: Not a universal view

It does not have to cost $79. I am sure, as we discuss this, Chinese manufacturers are scrambling to bring up a super-duper combo of ports that they will sell cheaper. Some will buy from Apple, some will by it from eBay.

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Re: None

If you don't know how to do something, it doesn't matter who the manufacturer of the thing is.

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Re: None

Buy the £2 connector.

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Re: Welcome to the wireless world

Would the electromagnetic interference situation be better if home users were using licensed spectrum? How would that work in the real world? We home users pay for this, how much? Would me, getting the frequency 2400 MHz prevent my neighbor from creating any interference of over -90 dB in the borders of the land I own? (rest of questions censored)

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"and fuck what toxic shit your actual products are constructed from"

Such as, aluminum?

Now, do you have an idea of the environmental impact your cheapo wintel notebook's plastic has, as compared to the aluminum corpse of the MacBook? I bet, the MacBook will create less pollution.

Now, both contribute to the growing pile of electronic junk on Earth. But the MacBooks do it at a much slower pace, as they last much, much longer.

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Nope. The new MacBook is not for "IT enthusiasts".

It is for normal people, who *use* computers, not fiddle with them. The normal people are grateful if there are less wires and less ports, because they will have to deal with remembering which is what. They don't care about this and they will be grateful to Apple for removing that burden from them.

Plus, you don't need everything wireless if you prefer so -- a single powered USB hub will give you plenty of ports and charge this notebook. A powered hub with integrated other peripherals will give you even more ports.

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"My laptop has six USB ports and I'm glad of them. However, what I'd really like is a single cable to a docking solution."

Intel, with their greed and being very slow to market killed the possibility that this be Thunderbolt.

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Then, when you realize you have too many "expansion" ports, it is time to look for a better design, because it is by then apparent you goofed.

Most of the "issues" in this particular example are resolved by just a simple powered USB Type-C Hub.

Because USB Type-C is not encumbered by Intel royalties and expensive chips as Thunderbolt is, one could imagine docking stations that incorporate many ports of all kinds and connect with your new MacBook for power and data will be everywhere.

The real test, that this design is good will be in how quickly the "me too" manufacturers will scramble to produce exactly the same computer, but running Windows.

Net neutrality secrecy: No one knows what the FCC approved (BUT Google has a good idea)

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Ah, the U.S. is going back to the Stone Age of Internet.... Where they were, when that technology was heavily regulated over there. History is cyclic.

Or perhaps it's the Middle Ages for them now, with the inquisition et al.

DAMN YOU! Microsoft blasts Google over zero-day blabgasm

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Re: Sorry, but Google were uttely wrong.

If you are Windows user, then this "PR" move by Google actually helps YOU.

Don't be so protective of Microsoft, they are not your friends. They could care less if you exist or not.

The Swiss cheese nature of Windows security is scary and with all that millions of zombie Windows computers that SPAM and DDoS the Internet, it is quite understandable why Google would react this way.

Rest assured, there are still enough hooks for the spooks left in Windows.

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What would you expect from Microsoft?

Typical Microsoft nonsense. Even if the patch was released today without disclosure, most windows computers won't be protected... And criminals will just continue to make use of that "small" vulnerability.

They should be thankful to Google for sharing that knowledge, and not abusing it themselves...

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