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Comment: Re:iOS 8.1? Already? (Score 1) 354

by Plumpaquatsch (#48211951) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Yeah, that's kind of my point. If you're releasing a major version a month or so before you launch new products, you'd hope you have the OS for those products squared away.

This sounds like they pushed out iOS 8, ran into problems and released iOS 8.0.1, and apparently 8.0.2, and then 8.0.3.

And now they're rolling out 8.1.

That is a lot of churn in a relatively short period of time. Which tells me I'm still going to wait a while, because I expect 8.1.1 or 8.2 to appear within a month or so.

Well, that's nothing on Google. Supposedly Android 5.0 Lollipop will launch 11/3 - but 5.0.1 was already reported in the wild over a year ago: http://www.phonearena.com/news...

Medicine

Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard 383

Posted by Soulskill
from the only-thing-we-have-to-fear-is-fear-itself-and-liquefied-organs dept.
Lasrick writes: David Ropeik explores risk-perception psychology and Ebola in the U.S. "[O]fficials are up against the inherently emotional and instinctive nature of risk-perception psychology. Pioneering research on this subject by Paul Slovic, Baruch Fischhoff, and others, vast research on human cognition by Daniel Kahneman and colleagues, and research on the brain's fear response by neuroscientists Joseph LeDoux, Elizabeth Phelps, and others, all make abundantly clear that the perception of risk is not simply a matter of the facts, but more a matter of how those facts feel. ... People worry more about risks that are new and unfamiliar. People worry more about risks that cause greater pain and suffering. People worry more about threats against which we feel powerless, like a disease for which there is no vaccine and which has a high fatality rate if you get it. And people worry more about threats the more available they are to their consciousness—that is, the more aware people are of them."

Comment: Re:"The Right Choice"? (Score 1) 369

by Plumpaquatsch (#48187301) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

... Karjaluoto doesn't recall many such changes that we didn't later look upon as the right choice....

The opinion of whether or not it was the right choice is severely clouded by the fact that in the Apple environment, there is No Choice. The user Has To go along with what Apple decides is The Future.

Yawn. Yeah, there were no external Floppy drives (which few people bought, and fewer used). There also were no external CD/DVD drives (which few people bought, and fewer used). You couldn't use CRT after Apple stopped selling them. And all those changes proved to be horrible for the user, because everybody but Apple still uses floppies and CRTs.

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 303

by Plumpaquatsch (#48179791) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

Including things like their version of Androids Intents (that they call "extensions")....notifications pane from iOS (stolen from Android, natch)...

Right, so you're upset that Apple is using plugins, extensions, and notifications because all of those things were invented by Android developers. Sure.

You seem to have "accidentally" forgotten to quote the objectionable part:

However, since they come from iOS, they ["extensions"] only work with apps that are sold through the App Store.

Anything that "only works with... the App Store" (except maybe for updating the OS itself and first-party applications) is a problem, because it's a step towards locking out anything that circumvents the App Store.

You are right in so far as he should have totally focused on the part that absolutely isn't true and ignored the other things that aren't true either. Hunh?

Input Devices

Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone 251

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:Thunderbolt (Score 1) 354

by Plumpaquatsch (#48174993) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

A $30 cable, expensive Thunderbolt chipset, expensive peripherals, and you won't be getting actual 10 Gbps full duplex Ethernet through Thunderbolt, nor will it work a damn without an actual 10 Gbps Ethernet controller somewhere in the system. Keep on keepin' on, though.

Does being stupid come with being an Apple-Hater, or did you pay extra? http://www.macworld.com/articl...

Having a NO fucking brain necessitates being a Mac hater. If you think you're getting anything near the capabilities for full duplex 10 Gbps Ethernet over Thunderbolt without a true 10 Gbps Ethernet controller in the system, you're a damned fool. If you do have a 10 Gbps Ethernet controller in the system, just use it directly.

FTFY, and you just proved it. And you will never be able to tell, because you are so fucking stupid.

Comment: Re:Thunderbolt (Score 1) 354

by Plumpaquatsch (#48166573) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

A $30 cable, expensive Thunderbolt chipset, expensive peripherals, and you won't be getting actual 10 Gbps full duplex Ethernet through Thunderbolt, nor will it work a damn without an actual 10 Gbps Ethernet controller somewhere in the system. Keep on keepin' on, though.

Does being stupid come with being an Apple-Hater, or did you pay extra? http://www.macworld.com/articl...

Comment: Re:Just tell me (Score 1) 463

by Plumpaquatsch (#48157997) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

In case anyone doubts this: ratio of "normal" patients vs. infected healthworkers third world: ~ 10:1 Texas: 1:2

These things are evolutionary. The initial rate of patients to infected healthcare workers is much higher. The current 10:1 ratio in Africa is after all the healthcare workers using poor infectious disease protocols have been killed off by ebola. It's purely survival of the fittest. Same reason Cuba weathers hurricanes better than Louisiana did after Katrina. Cuba gets hit by several hurricanes every year, so any buildings which would been blown away, dams which would have failed, etc. have already done so long ago. The ones still standing remain because they are strong enough to survive a hurricane. Any government officials who were incompetent at post-hurricane recovery have long been filtered out. OTOH the previous major hurricane to hit Louisiana before Katrina was some 30 years ago. A lot of bad structures and incompetent officials can build up over 30 years.

So how come the rest of the US fares much better than Texas? There were 5 patients evacuated to the US so far, and nobody got infected. Hey, maybe it's not all of Texas but just this hospital - but they sure fucked up.

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