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Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 300

by jimbo (#48170555) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

What is this Apple lock-in? I just replaced my iPhone 4 with a Moto G, it was no problem to move over my Google mail/calendar/contacts from the iPhone and the Moto G run the same apps: Skype, Dropbox, Boxcryptor Classic, etc. etc. I was set up exactly the same in an hour.

My App store investment over three years amounts to approximately $20 but if I'd spent those on Android Apps I wouldn't be able to move those assets to Apple or Microsoft phones either.

Incidentally today I'm replacing my iPad 2 with an iPad Air 2 - yeah I'm equally happy with iOS/Android. I'm not religious in either direction, I'm too old for that shit and ended it after the great OS/2 flame wars, these are all for profit companies with the same agenda; getting my money.

Comment: Re:Funniest bit (Score 1) 352

by jimbo (#48163221) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

They didn't say it was never seen before, only to the platform and that's often how they spin it. Fair enough.

Everybody borrows ideas, Android too and that's great because it benefits the consumer. If it causes you constipation that companies borrow and have marketing departments; most products in your home will send you to the pharmacy but be careful because the fibre supplement manufacturer's marketing dept. may have been a bit hyperactive concerning the benefits suggested.

Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 1) 352

by jimbo (#48163043) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

I don't buy new stuff every year any more and I'm looking to replace an iPad2. I have been waiting for the Air 2. Fortunately in the actual presentation they showed a nice graph spanning all the generations.

Of-course numbers are for enthusiasts and real life is different but I expect I'll feel a big difference.

Comment: Re:Perfect timing (Score 1) 233

by jimbo (#47758791) Attached to: California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

iPhones have this and with iOS7 a thief can't even reflash your phone without AppleID authentication. So newer phone are safe and hardly even needs remote wipe/kill as long as people use better lock screen passwords than '1234'.

I'm guessing Android have this too but that's such a diverse market that I'd check first for sure. The reflash lock is essential of course.

What I wonder is if this remote kill would be added to the GSM protocol or require a data plan.

Comment: Re:Please STFU and show yourself out (Score 1) 288

by jimbo (#47541517) Attached to: Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

Samsung devices have also had their share of problems but the press wasn't interested in those.

That ads or the claimed capability or benefits of their products are lies applies not only to Apple but also to their competitors and indeed most industries on the face of the planet.

Comment: Re:Apple no saint with 2 year disposable iPads (Score 1) 288

by jimbo (#47541505) Attached to: Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

I could be wrong but I'm guessing it has to do with age, younger people tend to be more aggressive on getting new stuff. I used to do that too. I've thrown a lot of money out on endless desktop PC upgrades that really made little difference.

As it stands my wife is still perfectly happy with her 2006 MacBook Pro. It's great for Office stuff, GIMP and Firefox and it's still plenty fast. We had to get a new battery for it two years ago though.

I got a new laptop last year but only because I wanted to play Guild Wars, it replaced a six year old one which now has found a new home with a friend.

Comment: Re:Much, Much Later (Score 5, Interesting) 243

by jimbo (#46623423) Attached to: Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

I've used EncFS and BoxCryptor with Dropbox from day one and 'd do that with any cloud storage solution, no matter what they claim it is irrelevant. It is my data, by choice I'm retaining the responsibility for it's safety/security.

I'll continue to use Dropbox because I never trusted them and made sure I didn't have to.

Comment: Re:America, F*** YEAH (Score 1) 171

by jimbo (#45890609) Attached to: TorrentFreak Blocked By British ISP Sky's Porn Filter

        Sir Humphrey: Minister, Britain has had the same foreign policy objective for at least the last five hundred years: to create a disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Germans and Italians. Divide and rule, you see. Why should we change now, when it's worked so well?
        Hacker: That's all ancient history, surely?
        Sir Humphrey: Yes, and current policy. We 'had' to break the whole thing [the EEC] up, so we had to get inside. We tried to break it up from the outside, but that wouldn't work. Now that we're inside we can make a complete pig's breakfast of the whole thing: set the Germans against the French, the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch. The Foreign Office is terribly pleased; it's just like old times.
        Hacker: But surely we're all committed to the European ideal?
        Sir Humphrey: [chuckles] Really, Minister.
        Hacker: If not, why are we pushing for an increase in the membership?
        Sir Humphrey: Well, for the same reason. It's just like the United Nations, in fact; the more members it has, the more arguments it can stir up, the more futile and impotent it becomes.
        Hacker: What appalling cynicism.
        Sir Humphrey: Yes... We call it diplomacy, Minister.

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