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Comment: Re:An Obscenity (Score 1) 248

by jo_ham (#48170751) Attached to: Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

I'll pick one you missed off: life experience. Although from your comments so far, it seems you believe that all you do at work is make money, get a big office and get a title. I can see why, given your limited experience with this, that you might think it is a "new fangled" idea.

Yes, yes, we'll get off your lawn.

Comment: Re:5K display (and computer) for $2500 (Score 1) 354

by jo_ham (#48167193) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

No. This is what I hate about these iMacs. And especially more since this high-res display. You get a good, expensive display, which you could easily keep for 10-15 years, but are forced to throw it away when you want to upgrade the computer, after say 2-8 years. A Mac mini duck-taped on the back of a monitor takes about the same space anyways.

Are you sure about that? The current generation of iMacs can act as a standard monitor when connected to another machine. Up until a few weeks ago, I was using one that had a failed hard drive in it as a monitor for a desktop PC via a simple mini Displayport to Displayport cable connected to the PC's graphics card.

Probably not at this time - the display sharing feature has been dropped from the spec sheet, probably because the new iMac only has Thunderbolt 2 and thus doesn't quite have the bandwidth to drive a 5k display over that interface.

I think it will probably return when this model hits revision 2 and gains Thunderbolt 3 running the new display port spec that has adequate bandwidth to run a display of that resolution.

I believe this is also why we haven't seen an update to the standalone thunderbolt display yet - Apple will want it to retain the Thunderbolt connectivity and there's no specification available right now to run such a large panel over that interface (or any external interface I believe) without doing things like multiplexing two TB2 busses together.

Those wanting to use this thing as a monitor are going to be out of luck until TB3 arrives I fear.

There is a good possibility that the new iMacs can also be used as a monitor as well.

Comment: Re: Apple Pay (Score 2) 354

by jo_ham (#48167155) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

They absolutely did, and they talked about it specifically when Apple Pay was announced during the iPhone 6 keynote.

The design of the system is that your credit card number is hashed together with the unique device ID of your phone to create a signing key (the card number itself is then never stored anywhere). You then activate apple pay with your bank so they have a way to verify your purchases. When you then use your device to buy something a transaction-specific token is generated from your signing key that is passed to your bank, who then verify it, and send back a yay/nay to the vendor. The bank then debits the money. Each transaction you make generates a new token that is passed via the vendor to your bank.

The key things that Apple pointed out were that a) Apple doesn't know what you bought or how much it was, b) the vendor you are buying from doesn't know what your credit card number is and c) your credit card number is not stored on your phone. If you lose your phone you can log into iCloud and invalidate the signing key.

If you want to hear that from the horse's mouth, Tim Cook spent several minutes on it during the iPhone 6 keynote.

Comment: Re:An Obscenity (Score 1) 248

by jo_ham (#48163857) Attached to: Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

Who said anything about wealth? I'm sure wealth might play some part of it - being more financially secure is certainly a benefit, but it's not the only reason people wait until later in life to have children.

And if you think that building a better career so you can have more wealth and give your child more opportunities is worth the tradeoff, you probably don't really understand how much of parenting is about stuff other than dollars, anyway.

Holy strawman batman! It's a reading of over 500 mega-bendy-straws!

Comment: Re:An Obscenity (Score 1) 248

by jo_ham (#48152069) Attached to: Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

Yes, and some people might believe the opposite - that they're more productive in their prime childbearing years working at a company rather than raising a child, but would like the opportunity to put off parenthood until later in life.

Now they have the *option* of doing so without having to pay out of pocket.

They had literally exactly the same opportunity before, but they had to pay for it themselves. Now it's an optional perk.

Call me old fashioned, but I believe the comments in this article are a hilarious storm in a tea cup.

I wonder if the spin would have been different if it were Google and Canonical announcing this? Nah, surely not. Slashdot isn't partisan in the slightest.

Comment: But did you read the 0pointer.net article? (Score 1) 774

by ansak (#48100241) Attached to: Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems
Never mind using the word, cabal. I'm sure Mr. Poettering is very aware of its scary overtones and, in a mis-placed sense of mischief, he's push everyone's buttons with it.

But have you read the proposal there? It looks like "the cabal" means to have systemd as a virtual-box-hypervisor-like entity, able to select OS and version per login. Am I mis-reading something? This looks like 2nd System Effect gone absolutely berserk! I'll have to re-read the article to make sure his occasionally crusty English hasn't kept me from understanding something positive that "most users" really want whether they know it yet or not.

cheers...ank

Comment: Re: This is typical of the "Jobs era" Apple (Score 2, Informative) 135

by jo_ham (#48062967) Attached to: Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

Right, but that's not what the OP was talking about - the argument was that the iPod was inferior because you couldn't organise your music manually (even though you actually can), and that "files in in a folder" was superior to "letting the iPod handle where the files are and using a database/m3u style method" to address and play them was somehow inferior because Apple.

What you are describing with m3u files *is exactly how the iPod works*. The only difference is that the iPod also copies the music files for you, you don't have to drag them onto the iPod yourself (although you absolutely can manage them on your hard drive yourself, despite what people on slashdot will try to tell you).

Comment: Re:This is typical of the "Jobs era" Apple (Score 2, Informative) 135

by jo_ham (#48062919) Attached to: Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

You didn't see the really obvious checkbox that says "keep my iTunes media folder organised" and unchecked it?

Maybe the software was too "bloated and buggy" for you to open the options menu.

It's hilarious how much misinformation gets passed off as fact when it comes to talking about Apple stuff in order to bash something you don't like.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous sentence (Score 1) 135

by jo_ham (#48062819) Attached to: Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

I have bought music on Amazon and Google. They both play fine in iTunes. I am wary. however, of buying music in iTunes after finding problems playing stuff I "bought" in iTunes on anything that didn't have a picture of part eaten fruit on it.

So what you're saying is you're blaming Apple because other vendors/programmers don't know how to implement a standard properly?

Wernher von Braun settled for a V-2 when he coulda had a V-8.

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