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Comment: Re:what about more ram? (Score -1) 205

by BasilBrush (#47898485) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

The amount of RAM on mobile systems is irrelevant as long as apps run. Apps do not run faster just because you have more RAM. At best more RAM will speed reload of an app, as it's less likely to have to be reloaded from Flash.

The only people that should be complaining about RAM is developers, as they will be the ones affected if their app hits the RAM ceiling. But this is not a complaint that iOS app developers are making - I'm a registered developer and follow iOS topic on Stack Overflow, so I'd be aware if this was an issue amongst developers.

The only other people that would possibly be interested are the people who play pointless feature list one-upmanship.

Comment: Re: Are you joking? (Score 0, Informative) 205

by BasilBrush (#47898435) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

That is the very opposite of the truth.

Siri was included with iOS 5 which came out in Oct 2011.

The Android equivalent didn't come along till Jelly Bean, which came out in July 2012.

It's possible that you are thinking about an app that came out for Android earlier. But if so you are forgetting that such apps were available for iOS first. Siri itself was available as an app on iOS in Feb 2010.

Comment: Re:I just want the new Nexus. (Score 0) 222

by BasilBrush (#47893345) Attached to: iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

And all three are necessary.

We all love to hate marketing. But the fact is that people make most decisions subconsciously. And not just buying decisions. Some say emotionally, but there's a whole host of other sub-concious factors influencing our decisions, such as habit and hunger. Marketing exists not because of scammers and liars trying to outdo each other, but because informing people about products by way of facts and figures such as feature lists doesn't work - because that's not how people make decisions most of the time.

For sure there are liars out there, such as the purveyors of skin creams. But most marketing is about invoking subconcious feelings about a product, not misleading about what the product is or does.

Comment: Re: I just want the new Nexus. (Score -1) 222

by BasilBrush (#47893253) Attached to: iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

Compare with the UK. We got credit cards in 1966. Not sure if they had mag stripe, but magstripe ATMs were in use from 1972. And magstripe continued as the primary method till 1997, when Chip & Pin started being introduced. Chip & Pin was in all merchants by the mid 2000s. So we had at least 25 years of "inertia" with magstripe, but it didn't stop us adopting Chip & Pin reasonably promptly.

Look at another area where the USA has been slow or incapable of adopting a standard - metric measures. Other countries had imperial measures for longer than the USA has existed, and yet managed to metricate. So it's not to do with inertia.

I think it's more to do with the culture. The conservatism, the feeling of "no one's going to tell me what to do, the distrust of government and public organisations, and "states rights" that makes any national implementation of a new standard hard to get through.

Comment: Re: Too late ... (Score 0) 351

by BasilBrush (#47884605) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Only by acquisition. Nokia had the first smartphone: the Nokia Communicator in 1996. The first of Microsoft's own phones were running Windows Mobile 2002, so were at least 6 years later.

Microsoft now owns Nokia Mobile division, but I don't think that gives them the right to take the title of first.

(Wikipedia has a different and earlier idea on what the first smartphone was. I disagree, but in any case it wasn't Microsoft.)

Comment: Re:hmmmm (Score -1) 275

by BasilBrush (#47883837) Attached to: California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

it might have unintended consequences for contracts requiring NDA's

Shouldn't be a problem. The bill is for:
"A contract or proposed contract for the sale or lease of consumer goods or services may not include a provision waiving the consumerâ(TM)s right to"

NDAs for business to business or business to employee relationships wouldn't be covered as they aren't consumers, and an NDA isn't a contract of sale or lease.

Comment: Re:Incredibly bad live stream (Score 1) 729

by BasilBrush (#47866839) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Sounded like Japanese to me. But I could be wrong, I don't speak either.

And that image only lasted as long as it took for you to decide to refresh the page.

Streams suffer when there are huge audiences for occasional events. It's not unusual. It's not a matter of the people not working hard, or the software being buggy, it was just overloaded at whatever the bottleneck was. If there weren;t so many people interested in Apple's next product category it would have ben fine. ... except for that Japanese translation. What was that?!

Comment: Re:Trust us with your payments (Score 0) 729

by BasilBrush (#47866737) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Further, anybody dumb enough to buy a mobile device that doesn't have robust removable storage inthe form of some industry standard (i.e. an SD card slot) is a victim of a craven device vendor (i.e Apple or Google)

Anyone who makes that argument is dumb. A removable card is not more secure than an offline iPhone backup to a local PC or Mac. It's significantly less secure. Because it's both easily stolen without the loss being immediately noticed and it's not encrypted by default.

iCloud on the other hand remains as secure as your choice of password and security question answers.

Comment: Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (Score 0) 761

by BasilBrush (#47866685) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

I know exactly what I'm talking about. I've been on pretty much ever global warming story on this site for more than a decade. The 1998 starting date is always used by AGW deniers. Always.

And links, where they exist, are either to WattsUpWithThat, or to things that have been linked to from WattsUpWithThat.

If there's any other examples out there on the AGW denial echosphere, they aren't brought here.

When you are working hard, get up and retch every so often.