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Comment Re:Headline leaves out one very important detail (Score 1) 204

I asked you to consider the question: "What can Apple to do make jailbreaking less attractive?" The answer should be obvious by now, so why hasn't Apple reacted? In that way, Apple encourages jailbreaking. Some blame is justified.

Ask yourself: What's in it for Apple? If you buy an iPhone with the intent of jailbreaking, Apple has made a sale. Convincing people to not jailbreak doesn't give much benefit to Apple. And frankly, your claim that Apple encourages jailbreaking is ridiculous: They do their hardest to prevent jailbreaking from happening.

But what Apple is really interested in is any improvement that makes more people buy an iPhone. And things that people jailbreak for are usually things that affect suitability of the iPhone for everyone, and would eventually reduce sales.

Comment Re:Germany does have a unique history (Score 1) 712

"We aren't going to pretend this didn't happen." Except that is exactly what they did. You cannot even learn about the Nazis in Germany, as they ban all content the mentions them. America and the rest of the world gets Nazi and holocaust documentaries and novels, German citizens don't.

That is news to me. Just go to amazon.de and search for "Hitler", "das dritte Reich", or whatever else you want to look for. And the last time I was in Berlin, there are plenty of exhibitions showing you more than you ever wanted to know.

Comment Re:As a "great" man once said ... (Score 1) 157

... "Just don't hold it that way."

Great with quotes, and the correct quote is "you're holding it wrong". The difference was that if you were holding your phone wrong, all you had to do was to hold it in a different way. If you insert this pen the wrong way, the damage is permanent.

Buy the way, both non-Apple phones I owned at that time had instructions in their manual (I'm a very curious person and often read manuals) telling you that your phone reception would be bad if you hold it wrong.

Comment Re:Moronic (Score 1) 157

Exactly. Every time I get a new camera, I have no idea which way the rechargeable battery gets inserted. Yet I have no worries that I might be inserting it the wrong way, because I know the batteries are designed to only fit one way (or at least every one I've ever handled is designed that way). So my expectation is that if I try putting it in and it seems to fit, then it must be the right way, because only an idiot engineer would design it otherwise.

I expect AAA batteries to usually fit both ways. But I do expect a device with the batteries the wrong way round to stay undamaged and to just not work, so "insert batteries without looking", "try and it doesn't work", "remove batteries the other way round" should be a safe option.

Comment Re:Personal Responsibility? (Score 1) 706

Forgive me for being the odd duck out here, but what ever happened to "Personal Responsibility"? I, too, think it's wrong for the hackers to release that information. It sounds like a despicable act of misguided morality to me, but that's irrelevant.

I'm all for catching these hackers and holding each of them personally responsible to the maximum possible. I'm also all for holding the management of this f***ing company personally responsible.

Strange that some people apply "personal responsibility" only to people who don't have the power to influence the outcome.

Comment Re:Performance and security (Score 1) 198

Why do I tell this story? Well a 2 year old with down syndrome could design a better antenna than what is shipped with 90% of routers on the market. The vast majority of them emphasise form over function integrating their all in one antennas supposedly capable of the wide bands needed for wireless N as a little wire run around the inside of their modern looking cases.

What do you think makes an antenna _better_? You typically have 11 channels to chose, but only three can be used simultaneously without interference. Now anyone can design a _stronger_ antenna for their router, but that just means more interference with all the other routers in your neighbourhood. I don't want my neighbour's routers interfere with my home, so I shouldn't use WiFi that interferes with their homes.

What helps is for example a directional antenna, that aims at the device that is connected and gives a good connection with that device, without affecting anyone else.

Comment Re:ADVERTISING (Score 1) 198

If MS were selling routers everyone here would be screaming MURDER and SPYWARE etc. Google does ... oh that is because they want to advance technology as they care about all of us and never do any evil. BS Google will always spy and sell your information and push ads. That is who they are and what they do.

Apple sells WiFi routers.

Actually, I bought one because the BT HomeHub 5 provided for free by British Telecoms is just absolute rubbish, trying to be "helpful" when it loses its internet connection and failing miserably. (The Apple Airport Express + BT modem doesn't seem to lose its connection, and if it does by unplugging the modem, it reports truthfully that the internet connection is gone).

What amazes me are some reactions to Google's marketing bullshit. So it picks a channel that is less congested. Which router hasn't done that in the last ten years? But can I attach a printer, a hard drive, does it have directional antennas that improve _your_ WiFi without starting a war with the neighbours, like the Airport Extreme? From what I have seen, it isn't anywhere near good value for money.

Comment Re:Could someone ELI5 how Macbooks retain value? (Score 1) 435

To figure out exactly what model Macbook you're getting, you need the serial number.

Apple Menu, "About This Mac", shows you the OS version, the model name and year (for example "MacBook Pro Late 2010"), processor with clock speed, RAM, graphics card, serial number, and a button "System Report" which gives you more details than you likely want to know.

Comment Torrentfreak is clearly lying. (Score 1) 168

"The current maximum of two years is not enough to deter infringers, lawmakers argue." That's what torrentfreak claims. If you look at the actual text of the consultation, that is not true.

What we have here is actually a consultation. If you have anything to say about it, you are free to write to the UK government. If you manage to write down your thoughts in a coherent manner, responding to the question asked and not to what you image is asked, and to argue your case, chances are that your opinion will be heard.

But the main reason is not the lack of deterence, it is the fact that physical copyright infringement (like commercially producing and selling fake Gucci handbags or Rolex watches) has a maximum penalty of ten years jail, and there is no good reason why commercially producing and selling illegal copies of software, videos, music or books shouldn't have the same maximum penalties.

Comment Re:Criminalizing what isn't criminal (Score 1) 168

TEN years imprisonment for personal copyright infringement, what is actually a civil tort, when other actual crimes so often result in sentences less than that?

Well, no. Ten years prison for the worst possible cases of commercial and criminal copyright infringement. Let's say someone decides to start selling the complete Pink Floyd catalog without having any license to do so, and makes $20 million over the next years. To you think ten years in jail is too much for that? Absolutely not.

Instead of getting all excited about the headlines, you should read the actual text of the law and figure out what the suggested punishment for "personal copyright infringement" (say making a copy of a single CD and giving it to a friend, without payment) actually is.

Comment Re:It's a union thing (Score 1) 277

I always get concerned whenever a police captains/spokemen/union reps says something to the effect of "our first priority is going home safely at night". Police's first priority should always making sure members of the public go home safely at the end of the day. There is a problem when soldiers on patrol in an active combat zone have more restrictive rules of engagement than police officers cruising down a city street. Stop being law enforcement officers. GO back to being peace officers.

Many years ago, I took an advanced first aid course. Eight hours training. Q. You are driving along a road. You see a car wrapped around a tree and a person outside of that car heavily bleeding. What is the first thing you do? A. The first thing you do is to take the warning triangle out of the boot of your car, open it up, and put it up 100 meters away from the accident, clearly visible, to avoid some idiot killing you while you give first aid. The bleeding victim doesn't come first. The safety of the helper comes first.

Safety of police officers must come first, or you run out of police officers rather quickly.

Comment Re:wish this existed in silicon valley (Score 1) 258

I drive on heavily congested roads for about 12 miles. My car says I average 22 mph....

I have two friends working within two miles of my place, and google maps says the distance is 25 minutes by car. I make that about 5 mph. You could save stress and probably gain a lot of time.

"Ahead warp factor 1" - Captain Kirk