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Comment: In short, iOS (Score 4, Interesting) 63

As others have said, iOS has very good accessibility support. I am developing a system for visually impaired (VI) people to give them contextual awareness in their community. As part of this development process we engaged the VI community to have them test and provide design and testing feedback. Their first piece of advice was that iOS is the preferred platform due to voice over and other accessibility options. So, our system's mobile support is starting with iOS.

Comment: Re:good (Score 3, Informative) 238

by ernest.cunningham (#47023843) Attached to: Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

What a ridiculous statement. In some markets, SMS messages cost for each and every one a non insignificant amount. An iPhone user is notified if the iMessage is not delivered. You can also choose in the message settings on your iPhone to automatically send via sms if iMessage delivery failed. Some people wouldn't want that to happen so it is a user choice. Apple shouldn't be held responsible because some people are incompetent to read that their iMessage was not delivered.

Comment: Re:Join the slashdot farewell: (Score -1, Flamebait) 526

I have been reading slashdot since about 1999-2000.
When I was younger though, I posted under an alter-ego in an effort to not really link my private and online life.
Slashdot is definitely not the website I signed up forbears ago. It certainly isn't news for nerds any more. More like some nerd news, mostly click bait.
Either way though, I have moved on to other sites for my news for nerds (anandtech, ars etc) but still read slashdot many times a day.

This fuck beta rubbish comes across as juvenile.

Comment: Re:Join the slashdot farewell: (Score 4, Insightful) 526

You don't speak for this old timer. Stop bloody ruining every thread with your immature anti-beta posts.
Beta is not ruining my time on Slashdot, YOU ARE!

Send your feedback via the email they they have provided and leave it at that. If they do not listen to your feedback, then feel free to vote with your feet, but stop ruining the site for everybody else.

ps. Why hide behind anonymity?

Comment: Re:They should require refund window (Score 1) 252

Mod this person up, they speak the truth!I have two boys under 3 and in no way is there a situation where I need to "pacify" either of them.

Secondly, I buy an iPhone, I look through the settings and get to understand the device with all its features and settings.

My phone has restricted in app purchases adding and deleting apps. Now to make an in app purchase requires a 4 digit pin AND for me to sign in with my Apple ID. All subsequent purchases require the same action.

Still, if my young boys things because I put in my password and pin it is APPLE'S fault /s

Comment: Re:Cannot upgrade or repair? (Score 1) 477

by ernest.cunningham (#45531831) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

1. It is still not the $400 - $600 he is claiming.

2. He said soldered on, which is untrue. Replacement drives will be available during the lifecycle of the machine (iFixit have even said they are planning to release a replacement). If you needed more storage now then you should buy it with more storage. Simple.

3. Great, so the retina model has the screen size you want, discrete graphics like you want, the processors you want, a better screen, faster memory, faster storage. It is called trade offs. If you really can't bring yourself to getting a better machine because you want upgrade the ram after purchase then get a refurb or one from all the stores who still have stock.

The problem is that you guys are acting like you have no options. You do. Life is a constant tradeoff. Pros vs Cons. You can buy a reinta and enjoy all its advantages and deal with the lack of ram upgrades, you can buy a 13inch MacBook Pro and deal with no 15inch screen. You can buy a refurb, buy a stock item from a retailer. Upgrade your current machines further (since that is what you are crying out to do). Or buy another machine.

Comment: Re:Cannot upgrade or repair? (Score 1) 477

by ernest.cunningham (#45529051) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

1. The Apple upgrade to 16gb cost me $320NZD ($260 USD) on my rMBP.
2. The hard drive is not soldered on.
3. You can still get the old style MBP from Apple so what the fuck are you bitching about right now?

On a side note, people on slashdot think they are the norm. You're not.

Comment: Faster on newer devices, slower on old (Score 1) 488

by ernest.cunningham (#44916443) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

It is very responsive and very quick both loading applications and content within. Safari is quicker to load and browse pages and very responsive.

I loaded iOS 7 on my mates iPhone 4 and it added half a second to load any apps and transition. It was painful. The only upside was, once again, inside Safari loading pages was quicker.

iOS 7 seems no slower on my iPad Mini either.

Comment: Re:OS X Upgrade Fear (Score 2) 362

by ernest.cunningham (#44713849) Attached to: Inside OS X Mavericks

Mavericks is a great upgrade for your machine.

Mavericks has an app nap feature that automatically slows apps down that are completely hidden and a Safari Power Saver feature.

Overall your machine will hopefully use LESS resources than it currently does with better performance for those apps your actually using (i.e. in the foreground).

Comment: But but but.... we have nothing to fear right? (Score 1) 138

by ernest.cunningham (#44612029) Attached to: Protests Mount In New Zealand Against New Surveillance Laws

At the moment in NZ we have complacency amongst the population. Most kiwis oppose it, but accept it as they have bought into the "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" ideology. The only conceivable reason to believe this and spread this nonsense is confirmation bias. They believe it and spread it because it confirms the political bias they have.

Those who come up with the "if you have nothing to hide" bullshit are enablers through excuse. The human right to privacy has precedent in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights: "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

But this is much bigger than our right to privacy. It is the slow erosion of our basic human rights until we get to the point where we have no rights left. People need to stop making excuses for this erosion and stop being enablers of these changers through their misguided politically biased discourse. We need to put politics aside and discuss these issues in an apolitical (absence of political bias) manner.

"Nothing to hide, nothing to fear" is a myth that is built on false assumptions.

There are too many questions to be answered. What about continuity of oversight:
The data collected will outlive the people who voted for it, the people who drafted the bill, the people in charge of the GCSB at the time of inception and the corporates who support it. Even if we could assume that right now, the govt. and corps. have our absolute wellbeing at heart and their minds are devoid of corrupt thoughts of misuse, there is little guarantee that these values will be shared by their successors in the years to come.

What about data control? Those who share the "Nothing to hide, nothing to fear" mentality think their information is being stored in some secure government department under lock and key. Well, your data is being shared amongst the international spy partners. This information will also be available to other organisations such as the police. Once this data has left the GCSB data centres they no longer have control of it. So your information could be constanty changing hands and could eventually become public and available to the private sector. Sooner or later your personal data will leak.

In a perfect world we would think that our spy agencies will only have our best interests at heart, will not abuse their power and privileges. We would think the data systems will be 100% accurate and reliable, that information is used in accordance with the original consent purpose. That all procedural processes will be followed and that ethics will always be at the forefront when deciding when to use this data.

Any person can look back and see that this perfect state can never be achieved.

I repeat, we need to put politics aside and discuss these issues in an apolitical (absence of political bias) manner.
We need to have those from all corners of this country reviewing the legislative changes and the existing legislation and work out the best way our national security can be preserved with the least intrusion into out private lives.

Comment: Australia could have learned from New Zealand (Score 5, Insightful) 212

IBM were the contractor for New Zealand's largest IT cock up INSIS (Integrated National Crime Information System, which was a total flop and cost $110,000,000.

Funny thing is though, we didn't learn from our own mistakes and hired an Australian company called Talent2 for our Education Payroll. It has been a runaway failure (with more new bugs being found than being fixed over any given time period).

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.