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Comment: Re:App permissions (Score 1) 333

by berj (#46338557) Attached to: How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

There's nothing to understand or care about.. If an app wants access to my contacts it needs to ask me. If I say no then it doesn't get access. If I say yes.. it does. The answer from the first request is remembered. If I want/need to change my answer I can go into settings and do so. But by default an application exists in a state of "can't access anything until the user approves".

I'm not sure how much easier it could possibly get for a user.

My main complaint is that there aren't enough categories. At the very least I want the ability to say which apps can and cannot access the network (both wifi and cellular.. preferably with separate permissions).

Comment: Re:Still like to have more then 1 port in side the (Score 2, Insightful) 234

by berj (#45831803) Attached to: Apple's New Mac Pro Gets High Repairability Score

Why is it a joke? The 256GB is perfect for my needs. We only put the OS and applications and various caches on the local drive of any of our machines (Linux or Mac OS). The rest (about 200-ish terabytes) is network attached.

I think your definition of "pro" is different from mine.

Comment: Loving not having cable. (Score 1) 261

by berj (#45704319) Attached to: Streaming and Cord-Cutting Take a Toll On the Pay-TV Industry

I don't remember the last time I actually had cable service. Maybe 10 years ago. Back then I rented a lot of DVDs and went out to movies. I'm quite happy these days to watch what's available on netflix and iTunes. I love not having to put up with commercials and for the most part I can watch what I want when I want and even where I want. I haven't done the math but given the number of shows I watch in a year I can't see my investment in iTunes content and my netflix membership adding up to anything close to a year of cable bills. Even if it did the convenience factor is more than enough to make up for it.

Comment: Re:Yep (Score 1) 488

by berj (#44922563) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

With the exception of mail I *was* using third party apps (google maps, iCab mobile and corus radio in this particular instance)

None of the tasks I was doing had anything to do with "background notifications". Radio and nav were running properly in the background.

Comment: Re:Yep (Score 1) 488

by berj (#44918089) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

This isn't even a little bit correct.

I was just in the car listening to a radio app and receiving turn by turn directions from a navigation app. I pulled over to eat and read some emails and surfed the web for a bit. I sent some messages and IM'd with a few people. All the while the radio kept playing. If I was receiving updates from some external accessory that would have kept updating in the background too. all while the map gave me directions and the music played.

Comment: Re:Easy solution (Score 2) 303

by berj (#44621139) Attached to: Netflix Comes To Linux Web Browsers Via 'Pipelight'

Why does every discussion about paying taxes have someone making this stupid point?

My internal combustion engine car only converts about 25% of the gasoline into work (ie. moving the car) the rest is dissipated as heat (ie. waste). Are you going to suggest that I just pour a bunch of gasoline on a bonfire too.. since the car is so wasteful of gasoline?

You seem to be of the (foolish) opinion that in order for me to have no problem paying taxes that not a cent must be wasted. Sorry.. but nothing is perfect. Sure I'd like government to waste less.. who wouldn't? Just like I'd like my car to be more efficient. But just because my car's engine is incredibly wasteful of gasoline doesn't mean I stop buying gas (or driving).. nor does government waste mean I stop paying my taxes (or get my panties in a bunch while doing so).

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