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Comment Re: Apple would say (Score 1) 224

No, you fanboi, Apple would say (AND HAS SAID) you're holding it wrong. Only after a massive public backlash did they reverse course. That's the depth of how much they care about you, their customer.

If by "reverse course" you mean "sold the same phone (the GSM iPhone 4) for four years without any modifications to the antenna design", I agree with you completely.

Comment Re: No Backdoor (Score 1) 137

If someone can compromise any app that they know you use and update it then the compromised app can copy the key and send it to an outside server without you knowing

First the third party app would have to figure out how to read the private keys from the Secure Element which there haven't been any reports of being hacked in over 5 years.

Comment Re:No Backdoor (Score 2) 137

Yes my iPhone contains the private key. Apple doesn't have it.If I turn off iCloud backup --- something I would do if I were worried about hiding from the government. I'm not aware of any untethered jailbreaks that have come out in the last few years -- meaning someone would first have to have physical access to my phone and then unlock it -- after 10 attempts it is not only erased, the private key used to decrypt the local data is erased.

Comment Why? (Score 1) 96

The only purpose I could see for wanting FF on iOS that has to use WebKit and doesn't support native content blockers would be syncing bookmarks. You can sync bookmarks from FF or Chrome for Windows by using Apple's iCloud extension for Chrome and FF.

My bookmarks are synced between FF and Chrome for Windows, Safari for iOS and Chrome for iOS.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 104

The Intel of 2015 still has a very solid competitor eating into its profits: the Intel of 2010-13. I am typing this on a 2600K I bought in 2011, and I have no intention of upgrading any time soon. I have went from 8 GB of RAM to 16 GB, from a 128 GB SSD to a 480 GB SSD, and I upgraded my monitor setup. But my desktop processor is still more than twice as fast as my 4300U work laptop, which I never worry about being slow. I wouldn't be that surprised if this processor lasts me until 2020, unless it stops working before then.

It can go back much further than that for most people.

My computers that are still in use at least once a week...

2006 - Mac Mini 1.66Ghz Core Duo 2GB of RAM - Apple abandoned it years ago but I installed Windows 7 on it and still runs Chrome and Office well enough for my parents.

2006 - Sony Vaio Core Duo 2GB of RAM - upgraded to Windows 7, used by my son for Office, MineCraft and some simple Flash games.

2008 - Dell Core 2 Duo 2.66Ghz, 4GB of RAM, one of the last 1920x1200 displays, it's fast and runs a complete development stack relatively fast.

2009 - Dell laptop Dual Core Pentium, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive. The battery is crap, and it's heavy, but the screen resolution is 1600x900 and it's good enough for everything I need it for.

2012 - Gateway 3.33Ghz Core i3 6Gb RAM. I don't see any reason for upgrading this for the foreseeable future. It''s mostly used for Plex, occasional personal development projects, and office.

Comment Re:As if Samsung will give a shit. (Score 1) 61

Telco update deployment is a red herring. I can just wander over the Nexus download page and grab a new system image for any Nexus device, and I don't need my carrier's permission. What prevents Samsung from doing the same? Perhaps they made deals with carriers not to provide you the updates directly? In which case, how is that anyone's fault but their own, and why would you want to make excuses for that customer-fucking behavior?

Wow, grab a new system image that erases your phone and all of its contents and only the apps will be restored but not the data for the apps......

Comment Re:Super Street Fighter II (Score 1) 129


The biggest game for the Sega Nomad [] was probably Capcom's Super Street Fighter II, at 5 MB. The biggest executable for Apple's tvOS is 40 times that according to the summary, and that's even before the game downloads its asset pack on first launch.

That's not the Nomad they were talking about.....

"No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame."

Comment Re: It's a business opportunity! (Score 2) 320

You end up with a load of background updater processes wasting resources at all times, so they end up getting turned off

That's not true for Apple's update. It creates a scheduled task for Windows Task Manager. Windows Task Manager launches the update checker I believe once every 24 hours. The updated is not constantly in memory.

Personally, I don't keep iTunes up to date on my Windows PC because I never use it. I back up my phone using iCloud, pictures automatically get downloaded to my computer using the iCloud control panel, etc.

Comment Re: Fail Whale? (Score 1) 138

That actually fits into my observations of industry - do something right and you get optimized out of a job.

I don't see that as a problem. If I automated something so well to increase efficiency and lower cost, I see that as a career success that I could easily sell as a talking point at my next interview.

Like they say at Netflix, a company is like a pro sports team, not a family. For instance, I'm sure all of the engineers who got laid off at Netflix when they moved everything to AWS wont have a problem getting a job.

Comment Re:Google seems to be avoiding the real problem (Score 1) 95

So just because web pages work well for someone who recently spent $600 and up on a phone doesn't mean that it's not worth optimising them.

It's not just comparing a state of the art iPhone 6s to an old Android phone. The top of the line Galaxy S6 performs worse than the 2011 iPhone 5 when running JavaScript.

To give you an idea of how divergent it has become, try:
Complex list
Ember 1.11
This is the benchmark most representative of Discourse performance, and the absolute best known Android score for this benchmark is right at ~400ms on a Samsung Galaxy S6. That doesn't seem too bad until you compare..

iPhone 5 â' 340ms
iPhone 5s â' 175ms
iPhone 6 â' 140ms
iPad Air 2 â' 120ms
iPhone 6s â' 60-70ms
In a nutshell, the fastest known Android device available today -- and there are millions of Android devices much slower than that out there -- performs 5Ã-- slower than a new iPhone 6s, and a little worse than a 2012 era iPhone 5 in Ember. How depressing.

"Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown!" -- The Ghostbusters