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Comment Re: Disposable screens for disposable products? (Score 1) 224

If by "about two years" you mean 2 and a half years. Then you're right. But let's look at what Apple has done since then....

iPhone 4 - (introduced 6/2010) discontinued 9/2013, had the latest OS until 9/2015

IPhone 4s - (introduced 9/2011) discontinued (9/2014) has the latest OS at least until 9/2016.

Of course every iPhone since the iPhone 4s is still supported.

So if you cared about keeping a phone for as long as possible, why would you buy a 2 generation old phone? If you bought the iPhone 4s the day it went on sell, you would have had 5 years of support. How many Android devices that were introduced in 2011 are still supported by their manufacturer?

Comment Re: Apple would say (Score 1) 244

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.

A fanatic is a person who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. - Winston Churchill