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Comment Re:USB port on iPhone (Score 1) 483

Then you must be doing something wrong - this has worked flawlessly for me from a 3GS to a 4S and now a 6. I've done it with multiple iterations for both myself and my wife, and replaced a broken phone as well. I've also assisted my parents with incremental upgrades mixing and matching devices as they were lost/broken, and hand-me-down replacements with 3G, 3GS, 4, 4s, 5, and 5s. I myself have well over 100 apps and not the same ones that my wife or parents are using.

As I said, any specific apps where this failed are most likely because the developer explicitly used the APIs that save data in a non-backed-up location. I had exactly 1 app where it didn't carry over using the backup/restore process, and that app was pushing 3rd party cloud sync as an add-on service.

Wifi locations and passwords should not be saved on device - that would be a security risk. All my notes and reminders have worked fine. PDFs again depend on the app and what the app developer decided to do for data storage. I know none of my PDFs in iBooks were lost and I never have used cloud sync for that. My text messages go back to 2011 when I still had a 3GS. The only reason they don't go back earlier is because I hosed my backups at one point when messing around with jailbreaking. Again, no issues carrying it forward between devices.

Comment Re:USB port on iPhone (Score 1) 483

Umm... you can also sync to your computer to make a backup, and then restore the new phone from the backup. iTunes even prompts this on new device setup. Stop making a mountain out of a made-up problem.

Now, some apps store data in places that are explicitly not included in a backup/restore - and that's the fault of the app developer for choosing to do that (some devs use it for a shady up-sell to store data in their cloud)

Comment Re:Extremetech treatment (Score 1) 373

As for specs not mattering, if you have the same game on two platforms and one has superior specs to the other, which version are you going to want?

That only matters for a very small fraction of games that are optimized to take advantage of the extra specs on multiple platforms. The vast majority of games are developed for one specific platform and other platforms (even if better specs) are a less-than optimal port that won't take advantage of the extra capabilities.

Comment Re:Extremetech treatment (Score 4, Insightful) 373

The specs don't matter. The gameplay and titles do. That's why the Wii wiped the floor with sales over Sony and Mcrisoft when it came out. It was woefully underpowered, and didn't have any HD capability yet far outstripped the technology leaders in sales, and even with the joke of a name. Why? Because they focused on gameplay.

Which modern system has the best portfolio of games and upcoming releases? That's how to pick which console to buy. The hardware should be meaningless in this decision. The hardware only matters when you play the same game (with same platform tuning) and try to compare. That's going to be a limited set of titles to worry about since most of them are really only tuned for one platform and a basic port to other platforms leaves them less than optimized.

Comment Re:Prone to promise too much (Score 1) 371

Actually a big point of agile is that since you've broken it down into manageable chunks you can pivot on findings and change the design as you go along. The point of sprints is to manage capacity and progress so you don't have someone going off on their own for a few months only to come back with something that doesn't fit what the rest of the team needed.

If the task is long, break it down. You can setup blockers and dependencies if need be. On a huge refactoring effort, make each module or library it's own task. That's how you'd be doing the work anyways. The tasks should reflect how you work so that you aren't a black box.

Comment Re:Uber in NYC *is* regulated.` (Score 2) 210

The complaints and lawsuits aren't about the Uber Black and above service tiers which you rightly identify as legally licensed livery services.

The complaints are about the low-cost tiers which are essentially the same thing as Lyft. Unlicensed individuals selling rides for hire through Uber as a booking agent. The drivers and vehicles aren't licensed as limos or taxis, and the cars don't have the special plates or stickers. Uber is taking a cut and claiming it's OK because there's no licenses required for dispatchers. According to Uber it's the individual drivers who are breaking the law and that they are independent contractors. It's a nice huge legal grey area that's unregulated.

Same thing about Air B&B. There's a service gap between "loan my apartment to a friend while I'm out of town in exchange for a few bucks" and hotels. The companies that have used technology to insert themselves in this gap as a middleman have facilitated a lot of abuse of the legal grey areas. Where do you draw the line between renting, hoteling, and sharing? It's easy to identify the extremes that are clearly abuse, but very hard to draw clear delineators that trigger different regulations.

How do you draw the line between carpooling, ride sharing, and operating a taxi?

Comment Re:Evolve or die (Score 1) 210

Funny, in other countries (like say my recent visit to Hong Kong) you can book a local taxi through Uber, so clearly Uber is open to the idea. But no, in NYC they decided to go their own way and create a crappy booking app and sue Uber because they were suddenly forced to compete.

And aside from the ride-sharing, at the more expensive Uber tiers (like "Black") they are operating fully within the laws for a livery company with licensed drivers.

The medallions is a racket scheme where people got rich taking out loans to by $1m taxi licenses due to an artificial scarcity and building up mini empires as licensing middlemen who lease the medallion to actual drivers. There's no way a taxi concession license is worth $1m even in NYC. It's an artificial market that's being disrupted and rightfully so.

Comment Re: Prone to promise too much (Score 1) 371

So you have a planning task to get in there and figure out what tasks need to be done. That's exactly what I'm doing right now in s major upgrade project. The rest of the sprint my time me is filled with research and planning tasks and the outcome will be a huge suite of epics and user stories mapping out dependencies that will fill several sprints for my team.

The request was "upgrade the platform to version X" and my planning task means we now have several months of work mapped out that can be rebalanced across the team as necessary in small manageable chunks.

Comment Re: Speed to blame says Guardian (Score 1) 129

{Christianity} is disproportionately the religion of {slaveholding} murderers in the world. It is not a coincidence, it is not the result of poverty. The {Bible} teaches psychopathy, and as long as {Christianity} is allowed to survive, {slavery} and the other hideous aspects of this abominable religion will continue.

This statement used to be true. Things can change and the religion won't be blamed. Having a huge pool of underprivileged sex-starved young men at your disposal leads to easily radicalization.

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg