You need to be an old codger like me to get that one!
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Irrelevant. This attack was directed at Mac users, who are at liberty to install AV software (though this is generally inadvisable because most Mac AV is malware in disguise). iOS users were not targetable.
Note also that you'd have to be one dumb fucker to accept the subsequent invitation to install Flash, which requires user intervention, password entry etc.
Is my data purely ephemeral? Sometimes, yes: anonymous connections yield a computed result that is returned to the client. Where data needs to be preserved, that’s where a database or cloud storage comes in. We’ve moved away from hosting dedicated sql servers or storage devices for the same reasons as outlined above. These are services that are not pinned to particular physical instances. My data may be in one of a dozen physical locations - I really don’t care where so long as each and every one has a high bandwidth connection. The biggest resistance we’ve met is from infrastructure guys, who get moody when they find out they’re no longer needed.
Indeed. Having dipped my toes into some of Azure's offerings, I'm quite looking forward to making use of Durable Functions. I got out of the mindset of relying on code running on a particular server quite some time ago. As a developer, it's a good thing if I can focus on writing efficient async stateful code without all that tedious nonsense of worrying about server instances, the OS that's running the code, platform upgrades etc.
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.
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