Re: I really don't care that much about upgradability....
Better still, don't use Adobe. Renting software is a piss-poor idea.
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No, Apple let you download a purchased movie from iTunes to an arbitrary disk drive of your choice. Said file will only be playable via iTunes on an authorised device, however. i.e. one that is associated with your iTunes account.
But, I have to say, gee-fucking-wizz. If Apple want their 30% cut on movie sales, they should simply say to the licence holder "If you sell your content on our site, you agree that the purchaser can stream it as often and whenever he chooses".
Mine, too. I hope it keeps plugging away for another 5 years because it's a rock solid workhorse that never lets me down. Prior to getting it, my home was a veritable graveyard of various sub-par routers that cheerfully dropped connections with gay abandon. To the best of my knowledge, the Airport Extreme has never been hacked or found to have any secret or accidental admin backdoors, which is a bonus if value your security.
The world moves on. Apple are much better than most vendors at supporting older equipment. Rich though they might be, they don't have the manpower to devote vast resources to maintenance of obsolete products and code. That's life. My lovely shiny Apple laptop will, one day, be declared a dodo, and I'll have to get a new one.
Thank your lucky stars you aren't one of the unlucky 96% of Android users who aren't on the latest version of that particular operating system. Contrast that with a mere 24% of iOS users.
I look forward to The Guardian headline article on "How to Fix BT" so that men are paid as much as women. Or the article about "Women Discriminated Against in Deep Sea Diving". I won't hold my breath, though!
That rag has gone mental in the past few days, advising me that my company (search available) effectively stops paying women in November. I mean, for God's sake, Postman Pat could do statistics better than that,
If I were one of those young kids, I’d be spending my time figuring out how to use my own device with the school network. That’s what I do on our corporate network. The admins hate me, but at least I don’t get spyware installed as a matter of course, and I don’t have to worry about their stoopid antivirus interfering with my work.
Go for it, kids. I’d call it initiative.
The batteries are replaceable. Just not by you at home. The era of plastic-shelled phones that you can crack open on a whim and fiddle with the interior has largely gone, and it’s never been Apple’s bag. Lately, it’s not Samsung’s bag either. I imagine their thinking is
- Safety. People setting fire to their houses or their body with their phones does happen occasionally, but is far more likely with knock-off batteries. Not good publicity when that happens.
- Design. A phone that is easily dismantled involves design compromises. Phones that creak in your hand or burst open when you drop them aren’t good publicity.
- Support. Apple isn’t a charity. When your phone or apps go bad due to a knock-off battery or dodgy flash card, why should you be able to walk into an Apple Store and waste their time on a problem not of their own making. Also, long queues of people waiting for repairs not good publicity.
Don’t like it? Don’t buy an iPhone.
What I would definitely support would be a requirement for manufacturers or authorised agents to replace batteries on demand for a reasonable cost well beyond the time when a company arbitrarily decides to declare a product ‘obsolete’. If I have a working iPhone in 10 years’ time that needs a new battery, I should be able to get one.
Most browsers have a preference setting which, when enabled, will send a header asking sites not to track the user. It would be really useful if sites were obliged by law to honour these headers. As it is, many advertising firms just say "Fuck that, we know you don't really mean it. So, since we're not compelled to do otherwise, we're going to track you anyway."
It's just numbers at the end of the day. God can have any number he likes.
Adherents of the Many Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics tell us that anything that can happen does happen, in a vast multiverse. If correct, the universe is doing a lot more number crunching than meets the eye. It also neatly kicks true randomness into the long grass: if everything happens there's nothing to make a choice about which apparently random event will take place compared to another. All possible events happen, so no random choices are truly made.
I haven't a clue why our universe really does what it does, so I'm in no position to say how it could be a simulation, other than in glib human terms. But I do find the idea compelling that there's computation going on at the deepest level. It would be a rational explanation for General Relativity, for example. Einstein's field equations tell us that time slows down in the vicinity of a Black Hole, but the why of it all rapidly fizzles out once the equations containing mass and spacetime start referring to each other. If something is doing a lot of computation, however, the vast number of interactions in the vicinity of a Black Hole could seriously slow down your 'virtual machine', or whatever you like to call it. Voila, time dilation.
If you're going to go all 1984 and have telescreens that spy on the proletariat, do it properly and fit a well hidden camera. Samsung TVs, if you remember, had half a go by slurping living room audio and sending it back to base, but they stupidly got found out. No, you need a bit more smarts if you want to do Big Brother properly.
In answer to your question: yes, you can swap the battery in an Apple laptop for a new one. It will cost you a pretty penny but Apple do offer battery replacement. What they don't make it easy to do is buy a lump of lithium from a Chinese market place, stick it in your laptop and have the damned thing catch fire or result in a call to support. Authorised replacement only.
The estimated time remaining was always a bad idea. There are so many variables that you simply can't have a reliable estimate, so it's best ditched. You might be doing a couple of hours of video editing and an hour writing emails with wildly different impact on power consumption.
You should implement a proper backup strategy whether or not flash memory is soldered to the logic board. Apple's motives? Surface mounting everything makes it slimmer and lighter and cheaper to make. They want to sell you a new computer when you need a bigger one. They want to replace a whole board when it gets busted and comes in for repairs.
On the bright side, your old MacBook will have an excellent resale value when you get a new one.
Speaking personally, I don't see 16GB RAM as a potential bottleneck. OS X has seen great improvements in memory management over the past few years. My laptop regularly has all its RAM in use – as it should do. The important metric is memory 'pressure', which is pretty low for me pretty much all the time.
More storage? Get one or more USB-C flash drives for your many huge video projects.
Sorry to see the MagSafe port go. It is superb. On the other hand, when I take my slightly lighter and more useful laptop into work and attach it to a chain of hi-res monitors via a single small cable for data and power, things maybe won't look so bad.
Nest will carry on working without cloud access. Your 'standard thermostat' with an ethernet connection is more than some standard thermostat, mate; you're one step away from a thing of the internet, especially if your bag is to plug external sensors into it. The evidence I have for savings is produced in a monthly report that shows how much time the thermostat overruled its default heating pattern, and how many hours of heating was saved.
Your standard programmable thermostat doesn't sense when your living room is unusually empty and take appropriate action, figure out the response characteristics of your radiators, pay attention to the outside temperature, have the ability to activate if you're coming home unexpectedly early on the train, etc. It's all well being a Luddite, but get your facts straight.
I'm pleased with the operation of my non-HomeKit Nest controller. It saved me quite a bit of money last year (evidence available). It's a pity it doesn't have the HomeKit interface because I'd rather that Google not know how my house is doing.
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