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Comment: This legislation will do nothing to reduce waste (Score 0) 358

by gcerullo (#46488209) Attached to: EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger
If every device you buy includes a cable as a standard accessory then this legislation will do nothing to reduce waste. People will still end up with excess cables after they've discarded their old devices despite the fact that their new device could work with their old cable. Unless they are willing to also legislate the end of new cables being included with each new purchase nothing will change.

Comment: Re:Gubbamints... (Score 0) 358

by gcerullo (#46487819) Attached to: EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

Wait. You start your rant complaining about Apple not using, according to you, "a common charger" and how that decision is why you don't buy their products and how that is a "free market" choice.

Then you complain how other people, exercising their "free market" choice and choosing Apple's products is somehow wrong because Apple is greedy and charges too much for their software. Wait, I thought we were talking about chargers.

Sorry but, what expensive software are you referring to exactly. Their operating systems? Can't be that, they don't charge for their operating systems. Must be their other software, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iTunes or Xcode? No, those are all free as well. Must be their professional software. Final Cut Pro $200, Motion $50, Compressor $50, Logic Pro X $200, Main Stage $30, Aperture $80. Those seem considerable less expensive than the competition. I'm sure if you did a comparison you'd agree with me.

It seems you support the free market but only if that free market agrees with you and if not then regulations should be used to force the corporations to bend you yourumm, I mean, I don't know what you mean anymore, you're all over the place.

Back to chargers for a second. What determines "common?" Apple has used only two different connectors over the course of about 11 years. The 30 pin connector that originated on the iPod and was used on a few generations of iPhone and iPad and the just recently introduced Lightning connector that now spans the entire current range of mobile devices. I think that's a pretty good track record.

Now let's contrast that with the history an plethora of connectors that were common on other mobile phones and devices. Even amongst a single manufacturer it was common to have different connectors amongst different models of products released in the same year let alone the fact that it was also common to change the connector every 2-3 years.

How about Apple's laptops. Apple introduced the MagSafe connector in 2006 and used the same connector across all its laptops. It wasn't until 2012 that they changed to a slightly thinner design to accommodate the thinner profile of their newer laptop computers.

Comment: Re: As usual, Woz proves to be the guy who knows. (Score 0) 549

by gcerullo (#44005741) Attached to: Woz Compares the Cloud and PRISM To Communist Russia

In our apartment building in the late 1970's there was only one telephone. You had to ask the people living in the apartment to use it

And that was the 1970's version of what the NSA is doing today. The people who lived in the apartment with the telephone were the informants who kept an eye and "ear" on everyone who used that phone informing on the 'goings on' within the circle of people they interacted with. Low tech but effect enough for that time period.

I have the same thoughts about our current society as Woz does. It's becoming the very same society as the one that we railed against during the cold war and it sickens me.

Comment: 2 decades of Windows being pwned and Google learns (Score 0, Troll) 117

by gcerullo (#43932061) Attached to: Android Malware "Obad" Called Most Sophisticated Yet


What Happened?

Was it the fact that Android was built on Linux so they became complacent with the OS’s security policies?

Was it that they were so focused on taking the opposite approach to Apple’s curated store and seeming over-arching control that they went too far the other way?

Where did Google go so wrong? Have they gone wrong?

What will it take for them to finally do something about it because, up until now, they've barely paid lip service to the problem with their platform.

No one can say that iOS doesn’t have this problem because of a "security through obscurity" excuse as used for Mac OS when compared to Windows. iOS as a platform is just as large as Android when you count iPads and iPod touches along with iPhones.

Will Google finally break down and lock down their OS so that only curated apps can be installed? Can they after all this time?

Will they correct their broken permissions system that puts application permissions in the hands of the app developer rather than in the hands of the user where it belongs.

Comment: Re:how many security issues has apple had? (Score 0) 84

by gcerullo (#43324079) Attached to: Does Apple Need To Get Serious About Security?

There actually is a fair way to measure. That is to count actual exploits and in this regard MS is way ahead and not in the good way.

I've read many times where "security experts" like to use vulnerabilities discovered as a metric in an effort to show how Apple's Mac OS is just as vulnerable as MS Windows but the fact is that is the wrong approach. The problem is that with modern operating systems vulnerabilities need to be strung together in a very particular order before an exploit can be declared and, at present, it seems that there has been more success stringing them together for Windows than OS X.

As for disclosing only what you've fixed, well duh! Only a totally incompetent company would disclose what they haven't fixed yet.

Comment: Re:The voice of experience (Score 0) 290

by gcerullo (#39904123) Attached to: Microsoft: Macs 'Not Safe From Malware, Attacks Will Increase'

Well, there is a mechanism available to notify users of these updates, but I'm guessing MS is not that interested in handing over 30% of their price.

Yes, they think it's better to hand over 50%, or more, selling through retail. I think you'll find that future versions of Office for the Mac will be App Store apps going forward.

Actually, Office has had a mechanism to notify users of available updates since at least Office 2004 which was the last version of Office I used. Personally I find iWork for the Mac a much better office suite than MS Office. MS Office may be slightly more powerful in some of it's capabilities but it is archaic.

If I set here and stare at nothing long enough, people might think I'm an engineer working on something. -- S.R. McElroy