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Comment: Re:Alright smart guy (Score 1) 484

by Grizzley9 (#47961749) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Not picking a side. But it's kinda funny when you think about it:

* With an Apple device, you get regular updates to iOS, but your phone will continually become slower (planned obsolescence)

I'm not sure I follow how making software more powerful and "do more stuff" is equated with planned obsolescence? The bells and whistles take more to run and they are using the newer hardware to bring a better experience with more features. But for those that believe in "planned obsolescence" you can always not update.

Comment: Re:NFC isn't used for just payment (Score 1) 330

by Grizzley9 (#47936209) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

Oh, right, Apple declared proper digital cameras "dead" in their iPhone 6 keynote.

Only if you believe that a point and shoot is a "proper digital camera", and they were right. P&S's are a declining market. They said nothing about today's DSLR's, which frankly I get tired of carrying mine around when my smartphones camera is so good and usually "good enough". The only thing DSLR's have the market on now for non-professionals are the lenses. If someone could make an add-on lens to a popular smartphone that wasn't crap (as most of them currently are) and emulated a 50mm or a zoom, it would take market share. (or if an app could emulate the look of it at least).

Comment: Re:Nope they are clever (Score 1) 330

by Grizzley9 (#47936091) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only
I'm not as familiar with NFC yet as I will be in the next week, but there are a lot of payment pads in the US that accept contactless charging of your cc which I'm assuming is NFC related. Barring that you swipe the magnetic stripe. While I like the direction, I'm not seeing that huge of a benefit of "put phone/card near reader vs. swipe card through reader". Still many stores just take your card and swipe it themselves (to be changed by 10/2015 chip and pin?). The only benefit I currently see is the 2 seconds time saved by Apples version by using your fingerprint vs entering a 4 digit pin.

"well you don't need to carry your cc's". So yeah, it will be quite a while before I stop carrying my wallet and I've seen many stores that accept paypal too.

Comment: Just now? (Score 1) 166

by Grizzley9 (#47898159) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World
She's worried that common, private citizens can get camera drones and fly them above your property as if that ability wasn't available before now in multiple forms? What about governments doing it since we've had satellites? So does having 4 blades matter vs 2? As a land owner and private citizen, is she ready to a) accept that I own this column of earth above and below? b) to what heights do I own c) what rights is she now going to work towards removing to rid us of this scary, old thing?

Comment: Re:Who the fuck (Score 1) 222

by Grizzley9 (#47892499) Attached to: iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters
You seem to think everyone of Apple's 500 million customers buy a new phone each time a new one comes out and that their children aren't getting any older to where they also might want an iPhone. I don't know anyone that buys a new iPhone each release even with carriers now pushing that (ATT Next and others). So what you are seeing is the result of only (~80/500) about 1/6 of Apples customers buying a new phone. Let alone the financing provided by the carriers make small monthly payments fairly reasonable for anyone that has a steady job.

Comment: Re: I just want the new Nexus. (Score 2) 222

by Grizzley9 (#47892289) Attached to: iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

LOL. Yes, we use magstripe and signature still. Heck, I even occasionally see an imprint machine being broken out.

The imprint machine will continue to be used (occasionally) even with chip and pin as it doesn't require a constant, live connection. Useful for when there's a system glitch, power outage, or unreliable infrastructure. That's why the cards still have raised numbers and even after it's widely used post 2015, the magnetic stripe will also still be there on chipped cards.

Comment: What spam calls? (Score 1) 210

by Grizzley9 (#47889103) Attached to: Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers
Who receives these calls or any spam calls for that matter? Like an ever increasing number of people, I only have a mobile number. It's registered on the Do Not Call list. I've never, to my recollection, received a spam call. I know this is for scammers and they don't play by the rules but it's been like this for a decade (DNC started in 2004 and I've been mobile only since then). Am I an anomaly? Am I not worthy of a spam/scam call for some reason? My phone number is out there and with every online site I need to enter it in. Perhaps I've just been lucky or this isn't a problem for most Americans due to the Do Not Call list? I'm not sure. (620)867-5309

Comment: Re:Incredibly bad live stream (Score 2) 730

by Grizzley9 (#47866305) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments
Thought I was the only one with problems. Noticed it via wifi and 3G. My Apple Tv froze up and blanked out numerous times. I think I unplugged it twice before it would be responsive. Then the 2nd asian audio overlay and the looping video was horrible, and that was when i could connect. For much of the first 1/2 hr, it was very spotty and then would error out.

Comment: Re:Trust us with your payments (Score 2) 730

by Grizzley9 (#47866183) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

He later proved that it was possible to gather "secure" information from NFC-equipped phones from 10 feet away, using concealed-on-person equipment that cost less than $200, even when they weren't engaged in a transaction! They just had to have NFC turned on. NFC is not secure, and as long as it uses radio -- even radio at minuscule power -- transactions can be followed and cracked from a distance.

He addressed this by saying each transaction is not the card number but a special one time use number. So even if it was "sniffed" during the transaction, you wouldn't have any valuable info.

Comment: Re:The diet is unimportant... (Score 1) 588

by Grizzley9 (#47806205) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study
While I cannot vouch for the Atkins diet as I've not tried it, each of the many times I've done p90x and lost weight, I've found it's about the 80/20 rule as well. You can only burn so many calories actively exercising. Though it is important, you'll fight a very uphill battle unless diet is healthy as well.

One "trick" I found when trying to control appetite when you are getting proper nutrition is to eat foods that satiate you, keep you full. Drinking lots of water, eating carrots and apples, etc. They fill you up with very few calories and then adding protein and some complex carbs will keep you fuller longer.

Comment: Re:I'm not sure this approach is valid (Score 1) 167

by Grizzley9 (#47795795) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

It might be better to think on what it is you would like to be able to do using your phone but can't currently accomplish with the apps you've got on hand.

This is correct. Such as platform dependant apps. Currently, at least un-jailbroken, iPhones do not have a single app that mimics Tasker and a few other powerful apps that Android has. You can mimic some of those functions but right now nothing comes close (though not being a developer, I don't know what iOS8 brings, but it may never due to Apple's OS).

What are some other platform dependent apps that are powerful, but are not on all the platforms?

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." - Bert Lantz