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Comment Re:Voicemail (Score 1) 491

I remember that early iPhone ads seemed to show this very feature, but I've never seen it on a real-life iPhone in my life. Not that I'm exactly surrounded by them, but I'm sure I would have noticed it on the few that I do see.

Maybe at least your telecom provider sending you the voice-mail by email? That would be a start.

Comment Re:Complete video stream pre-rolling (Score 1) 491

It's a feature designed to save bandwidth for the site itself, not to make the experience more pleasurable for the end-user. If video players routinely downloaded the whole video at high quality, even when paused, then bandwidth costs would go up quite significantly.

Further, how does a player choose the high-quality stream over the low-quality stream other than by using the download speed? I don't see how you can make the playing of online videos, and automatic selection of quality, as easy as players do today in any other way.

Comment Re:I've watched as the iTunes UI deteriorated.. (Score 1) 460

Best feature of Spotlight : Built-in calculator.

cos(sqrt(8^2+4^2)) = -0.8867611255

Fantastic. QS went away for me a while ago.

Now, to me, if Apple really were so concerned with removing complex functionality, I would have thought that they wouldn't have built an expression parser and calculator into Spotlight. It's almost as if the whole premise that Apple is 'dumbing down' their interfaces is total bunk. Which of course, it is.

For instance, from Finder I can search and replace to rename files in bulk. Can't do that in Windows Explorer. And not just simple search and replace either, but renumbering files, and appending, and all manner of other things.

Similarly, in their "Dumbed Down OS", there's a command line, and standard installs of perl, python and ruby (and probably others). Why the hate? I just don't understand it. Maybe it's an iOS thing.

Comment Re:Apple Music (Score 1) 460

but a 'back' button is on a per app basis and only if the developer feels like it

As opposed to the 'back' button on Android, which might take you back to the previous screen, or back in your history if you happen to have a web browser open (meaning if you click a link from an email, and then click 'back', you don't end up back in the email), or quite possibly to a screen from a completely different app.

And Apple has never 'kept right click out of its interfaces'. Right-click has been there for decades, it just so happens that - like in every other OS - there wasn't supposed to be any functionality that could only be reached through a right click.

Comment Re:Webkit rules (Score 2) 96

It depends on RAM. iOS will pretty aggressively throw away tabs, and reload them when you switch back, if you're low on RAM. There are other possible implementations of this obviously, and Apple seem to have gone for the simplest. It can be pretty annoying, but Safari on the desktop will often reload pages when you use the back button, which is even worse.

Comment Re:He's got his talking points (Score 3, Insightful) 478

OSX is not within a "walled garden", but I suppose there's no need to let facts like that get in the way of a good story.

OSX beats windows. Apple hardware lacks upgradeability. I can't see how either position can be argued against, unless you've really got a thing about minesweeper.

Oh. Wait.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 418

As for the UK's laws, it's frankly preposterous and hopefully it fails because it is basically unenforceable.

So's drug prohibition. I mean, you can't even keep drugs out of prisons, and you pay people to walk around them the whole time. Hasn't stopped them spending billions on it though. If they make crypto illegal, then possessing crypto software becomes an offence, and they'll bang you up if they find it. Simple. Won't stop people using it, but that doesn't mean it won't pass into law.

Comment Re:The Commit Message (Score 1) 572

Systemd from my limited understanding seems to want to put a lot of things under it

Yes. Since your understanding is limited, I suggest you go away and learn about what it's trying to achieve, and why it's better than startup scripts. You'll be glad you did. Because, at the very least, if you still dislike it you'll be able to construct a coherent argument around why.

Comment Re:The Commit Message (Score 1) 572

"I've been looking for a concise, complete HOWTO on how to take an existing daemon program running in the old init-script environment and make minimal changes to have it run in the systemd environment."

You do realise, of course, that such a document cannot be written. Each of those init scripts did its own weird and wonderful things, and was very often significantly different between distributions. Most of the complex ones actually contain a fair chunk of the stuff that systemd now centralises in a standard way - whereas of course, the different scripts all did the various things that one might want to do to a daemon differently.

Those scripts are a disaster. I literally find it impossible to understand why someone would defend them. I remember discovering that Linux was basically a kernel, bash, and a million horrible little scripts to make all the little bits and bobs work together. In sysvinit, the shell interpreter is an integral part of the startup process - the thing is a programming language, and those scripts amounted to rewriting parts of what's now systemd in different ways, over and over again for different daemons.

That was a bad situation. Systemd is better. Launchd is better still, but one can't have everything.

Comment Re:Does this solve the problem? (Score 1) 149

Only load out books you don't actually care if you get back.

I took out the rest, since if the first part is true, there's no need to get all dickish about the second part. Lending books to other people, without worrying too much if you get them back, is likely to be a net gain in your life. Be generous, and like you say, don't lend out that first edition of The Hobbit.

Comment Re: Handwavium (Score 1) 274

We don’t have direct measurement of it. We just have a phenomenon

Well, since gravity and mass are pretty much the same thing, and we've observed the effect of the gravity, I'd say that we have observed the mass. Further, since we don't believe that mass can exist without matter, then we've observed the matter too. We don't know what it us, sure, but it's certainly something.

Comment Re:Wait (Score 1) 137

An iPad runs 3D graphics at a pretty respectable resolution with nice frame rates, and I don't see any reason whatsoever that there should be anything especially demanding when running VR - or at least, anything significantly more demanding that a regular 3D game. You'll get maybe five hours of battery out of an iPad, for instance, and I don't see why a VR headset couldn't be about the same.

Add in a time-synchronised mesh network for ultra-reliable and low power communication between the devices, and it seems like it should work a treat.

VR is still a stupid way to play games though though. Honestly - run around outside wearing absurd headsets and occasionally falling over? Uh-huh. Sounds like a completely awful idea to me.

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