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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone 242

Posted by timothy
from the they-have-the-technology dept.
theodp writes "Good artists copy, great artists steal," Steve Jobs used to say. Having launched a perfectly-timed attack against Samsung and phablets with its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Leonid Bershidsky suggests that the next big thing from Apple will be a tablet-laptop a la Microsoft's Surface Pro 3. "Before yesterday's Apple [iPad] event," writes Bershidsky, "rumors were strong of an upcoming giant iPad, to be called iPad Pro or iPad Plus. There were even leaked pictures of a device with a 12.9-inch screen, bigger than the Surface Pro's 12-inch one. It didn't come this time, but it will. I've been expecting a touch-screen Apple laptop for a few years now, and keep being wrong.

Comment: Re:Systemd AND PULSE AUDIO (Score 0) 993

by MrHanky (#48077823) Attached to: Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

The hatred is mostly due to internet communities creating circle-jerks where some really retarded opinions get reinforced due to their mere popularity. People who have no idea what you're talking about think your comment is "insightful" just because it's marked as such, and adopt them as their own.

Comment: Re:Antecdotes != Evidence (Score 1) 577

by MrHanky (#48063907) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Unlikely. I've got a Windows 7 install myself, running in dual boot for gaming. I believe it's from 2010, and since then moved first to an SSD and then from AMD to Intel (which takes a bit of time and magic, but is possible). It still runs just fine, but I almost only install software I need (i.e. games).

Come to think of it, I actually did end up with some garbage that took over my IE start page and search engine at one time. The problem with Windows is that it encourages bad usage, and that crapware is so much more readily available than good free software tools.

Bug

Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X 174

Posted by timothy
from the that's-mac-os-x-to-you-buddy dept.
jones_supa (887896) writes Apple has released the OS X Bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion, a patch that fixes the "Shellshock" bug in the Bash shell. Bash, which is the default shell for many Linux-based operating systems, has been updated two times to fix the bug, and many Linux distributions have already issued updates to their users. When installed on an OS X Mavericks system, the patch upgrades the Bash shell from version 3.2.51 to version 3.2.53. The update requires the OS X 10.9.5, 10.8.5, or 10.7.5 updates to be installed on the system first. An Apple representative told Ars Technica that OS X Yosemite, the upcoming version of OS X, will receive the patch later.
Apple

Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple 408

Posted by timothy
from the you-just-haven't-earned-it-yet-baby dept.
HughPickens.com writes Medium reports that although many startups want to design something that mimics the fit and finish of an Apple product, it's a good way to go out of business. "What happened when Apple wanted to CNC machine a million MacBook bodies a year? They bought 10k CNC machines to do it. How about when they wanted to laser drill holes in MacBook Pros for the sleep light but only one company made a machine that could drill those 20 m holes in aluminum? It bought the company that made the machines and took all the inventory. And that time when they needed batteries to fit into a tiny machined housing but no manufacturer was willing to make batteries so thin? Apple made their own battery cells. From scratch." Other things that Apple often does that can cause problems for a startup include white plastic (which is the most difficult color to mold), CNC machining at scale (too expensive), Laser drilled holes (far more difficult than it may seem), molded plastic packaging (recycled cardboard is your friend), and 4-color, double-walled, matte boxes + HD foam inserts (It's not unusual for them to cost upwards of $12/unit at scale. And then they get thrown away.). "If you see a feature on an Apple device you want to copy, try to find it on another company's product. If you do, it's probably okay to design into your product. Otherwise, lower your expectations. I assure you it'll be better for your startup."

Comment: Re:OK (Score 1) 203

by MrHanky (#47878617) Attached to: 5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

Unless you've used the same password for gmail as for whichever site has been hacked, it shouldn't matter. I found my gmail address, but the password had never been used at Google. The problem is if you've reused the password on a bunch of sites where your email address can be used as login.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 67

by MrHanky (#47799237) Attached to: Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

Reporting errors in Google Maps used to be fairly simple, if you knew how, but the constant changes in the UI makes it difficult. When they first introduced bicycle maps, there were quite a few grave errors initially (up/down a stairway, along a motorway where bicycling is prohibited). They were fixed pretty soon after I reported them.

After messing around in Maps for a while (web version), I see that it's still easy enough to report errors. Just click the speech bubble.

Comment: Re: approximately the resolution of an adult eye @ (Score 1) 217

by MrHanky (#46550801) Attached to: Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

Few adults can hear sounds above 18kHz. I remember making tone generators in Pascal as a kid, beeping out audible 22kHz notes that my older brother and my dad couldn't hear. Later on, I'd try similar programs on my mobile phone, but the damn device couldn't generate tones above 16.5kHz. Poor hardware, I thought, until I tried it on my 16 years old nephew.

Grasshoppers aren't nearly that high pitched.

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.

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