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Comment: Re: Cool (Score 1) 188 188

by jo_ham (#50008071) Attached to: iPhone 6S New Feature: Force Touch

It was pretty clear what he meant, you were just being a dick.

If you're following the comments, why didn't you log in?

It was clear that the original poster didn't understand how the technology worked.

Also, if my comment to him is considered "being a dick" then my goodness he must have a thin skin. He'd better be careful on the internet. What specifically about it is me "being a dick"?

Comment: Re:Cool (Score 1) 188 188

by jo_ham (#50007927) Attached to: iPhone 6S New Feature: Force Touch

You don't get it.
What vux984 is saying is that he set up the magic trackpad so that he only has to touch the trackpad to click, and he does not have to exert a force on it.

I personally got rid of everything that requires to exert an additional vertical force on the trackpad the day I tried to use it on my laps. I'm talking about a wireless magic trackpad of course. I replaced everything with two and three fingers gestures, and it feels so confortable that I setup my laptop the same way, and never looked back. So force touch for me doesn't make sense, but I have to admit that I have not tried a force touch enabled magic trackpad.

I do get it. He is saying that he has never used the force touch feature when that's literally impossible, even if he taps it lightly enough to just register his finger - the cap sensor and the strain gauges work together on the new trackpad. Je just didn't understand that.

Comment: Re:Cool (Score 2) 188 188

by jo_ham (#50007921) Attached to: iPhone 6S New Feature: Force Touch

No, it really doesn't.

It really doesn't MATTER.

There are two thresholds where it clicks - the fact that its haptic vs mechanical is irreelevent. I never ever touch it with enough force to engage either click threshold.

So any additional functionality mapped to touching with greater force; I'm not ever using. So it may as well not be there.

Ah, so you're changing your argument. Fair enough.

I was just pointing out that you were factually incorrect and based an argument on it. Next time you say that you don't use any part of a technology that you literally have to (because that's how the trackpad works in its entirety) you'll know a little more about it.

Comment: Re:Congratulations Apple! (Score 4, Insightful) 188 188

by jo_ham (#50005613) Attached to: iPhone 6S New Feature: Force Touch

You have finally realized that your touchscreen controller actually provides a pressure strength and are able to hype it up like it's revolutionary.

Not even if we realize the limitations of pressure sensing of a standard capacitive controller and add additional sensors to make the detection less granular is this something new. I don't know how long Synaptics (touchpad manufacturer) have had their capacitive+force sensor combination available but it is at least two years, but even ignoring that the idea and implementation isn't anything new.


Err, no.

Apple's implementation of force touch on the Macbook Pro trackpad (where it is current used, not counting this rumour that it will be on the iPhone) uses a set of strain gauges to measure the applied pressure. It doesn't use the touchscreen controller.

You might want to actually look up how it works before trying to score a "sick burn" (is that what the kids call it these days?) from your armchair quarterback position.

I also don't see where Apple are hyping it up to make it seem like a revolution. They are advertising that the MBPr and MB have it, but I fail to see how their advertising materials claim it's revolutionary. Unless you think the term "whole new way to experience a trackpad" means that, and not "this trackpad works differently than the old ones due to the numerous new ways you can use it due to the force sensors"

Apple is frequently guilty of hyperbole when it comes to advertising, but on the force touch it's pretty understated. Did you just assume they would claim it was a revolution that had never been seen before? Given that you don't understand how Apple's implementation works I have to assume you've done zero research on it. Google (a popular search engine) can tell you quite a lot about it if you're interested.

Comment: Re:Cool (Score 4, Informative) 188 188

by jo_ham (#50005589) Attached to: iPhone 6S New Feature: Force Touch

No, it really doesn't.

Look at the teardown of the MBPr's trackpad - it doesn't physically have a clickable button any more. It is 100% exclusively totally (just for redundancy) controlled via haptic feedback.

It does not physically click. Not even a little bit.

It is a flat plate with no moving parts that has a haptic feedback device fixed to it.

Comment: Re:Uhhhh (Score 1) 289 289

by jo_ham (#49979171) Attached to: Samsung Cripples Windows Update To Prevent Incompatible Drivers

"Sign in to the dashboard with your Microsoft account,"

No, go fuck yourself. Give me control over my updates/drivers inside the OS and don't make me sign up for your fucking spam in order to have a WORKING operating system.

Wow, you need to calm down kid.

That is not a site for consumer.... you know what, if you didn't get it the first time, I'm not sure I'll be able to explain it any more simply.

Comment: Re:CRAZY TALK! (Score 2) 63 63

by jo_ham (#49973655) Attached to: Hackers Exploit MacKeeper Flaw To Spread OS X Malware

Reality distortion field: activated.

We're seeing a slow backing-away from the ideal:
- Mac doesn't get viruses.
- Mac doesn't get viruses if you use trusted software and mainstream web pages.
- Mac doesn't get viruses if you use Apple software and the Apple website.
- Mac doesn't get viruses if you don't use it.
- Mac gets viruses.

We'd all come off more honest if we just agreed that Mac gets viruses.

For the nit picky, the second-to-last in that list seems ridiculous, but it isn't. Non-user-initiated infections are possible if it's a bug in the network stack or system services and it requires no user interaction to cause the infection. This is why XP machines get infected within 15 minutes *even if you don't do anything* (and especially if you don't patch it like a rabid maniac jabbing the Windows Update button). You can claim this is impossible on a Mac if you like but I won't believe you.

What reality distortion field? I'm not sure what part of my comment would result in that, given that I was replying with a factual statement to a comment that seemed to think that Mackeeper was software written by Apple, or that somehow Apple devices were immune to bad code. Or is that just your go to attempt at an insult? Pretty weak either way.

You're arguing from a position that does not really exist - the whole "Macs don't get viruses" thing (let's ignore that this is a trojan and not a virus, but whatever) hasn't been the current talking point officially or otherwise for a very long time, and it was never actually Apple's official advertising (because it wasn't literally true - they talked a lot about how it was more secure than Windows but never said immune).

What Apple bashers like to keep stating is that that's what they believe Apple fans are all saying, when it really isn't. OS X is as secure as any Unix system - that is, pretty good, but not immune.

What we have here is a trojan, which is a problem common to all operating systems that run on computers. But of course, that doesn't fit the narrative you're trying to push.

No one is claiming that infections are "impossible" on a Mac - but you can claim that that's what Apple fans are claiming if you like.

For the record, there aren't any actual viruses for OS X in the wild. DISCLAIMER: THIS DOES NOT MEAN I THINK OS X IS IMMUNE /END DISCLAIMER, but there are plenty of trojans and other malware. The Microsoft Office trojan torrent being one of the most famous. I'm surprised you haven't heard of it. A torrent that claimed to be a pirate copy of Office that was a trojan. Got a lot of people that one.

So, from what I can see, you're the only one claiming that people are claiming that Macs don't get viruses. Perhaps this is the source of your confusion.

Comment: Re:CRAZY TALK! (Score 1) 63 63

by jo_ham (#49972059) Attached to: Hackers Exploit MacKeeper Flaw To Spread OS X Malware

Apple just works! Even when badly written by a bunch of idiots!

Pssssst! Mackeeper is not code written by Apple! Keep it under your hat!

Just thought I should let you know before you make yourself look like a fool.... oh, sorry. I was delayed in traffic. If only I'd made it here sooner!

Never mind.

Comment: Re:how does Apple do it? (Score 1) 368 368

I'd have to see the artist's contracts but it is pretty scary if the label has all the power to negotiate something like that. The songwriters, artists etc are supposed to get royalties having the label decide to give away free samples is insane. I want the movie industry to do the same thing: I'll pay them the second time I watch their movie.

The power that the labels have is very strong. It's hardly scary to know that they hold all the cards - why do you think the rise of indie labels has been greeted with such enthusiasm by artists.

In this case, what Apple did was exchange a longer free period for higher per-song royalties after the free period ends, but it does this on a per-label basis and clearly hammers out these sorts of deals with the biggest ones first. The smaller labels and indies can negotiate different deals if they like, but do you think they'll be able to do better than Sony, for example, will be able to manage (making the assumption that Sony will press Apple for the best deal that is good for Sony)? They can't deal directly with the artists even if they want to because the rights to the music aren't owned by the artists themselves.

The fact that the music labels hold all the cards is separate issue - artists have been getting the short end of the stick since long before Apple was even allowed to compete in the music business by law (hello Apple Records vs Apple Inc lawsuit).

Comment: Re:how does Apple do it? (Score 1) 368 368

It was an ultimatum from Apple, accept our terms or your music won't be on our service. They negotiated from a position of power, they ran into an artist who also has power and not only didn't accept Apple's ultimatum but brought to bear the power of public opinion and succeeded in changing Apple's position. She deserves a lot of credit for doing what she did.

Err, no.

You don't seem to understand how music rights work - Taylor Swift's record label is the one who made the deal with Apple for the artists it represents. What she choses to flap about is irrelevant. She made the same fuss with Spotify.

If she has a problem with the deal that her label made, then she can argue with them, not with Apple. She has the power to tell her label to "make the stand" but she doesn't negotiate directly with Apple or Spotify or Pandora at any stage.

Comment: Re:how does Apple do it? (Score 1) 368 368

I don't get it how did Apple get away with saying they won't pay royalties? Everyone else has to. What they just say "well we aren't making money so we don't have to pay"? Can I use that when I seed my torrents?

They aren't "getting away with it" - they negotiated with the labels who own the music. Both parties agreed to the terms.

3 months free trial (instead of 1 like with Pandora or Spotify) in exchange for higher per-track royalties after the trial ends (compared to Pandora and Spotify).

I'm amazed how many people seem to this this was just some ultimatum by Apple. I mean, the trolly-click-baity headlines like to paint it as such, so I can see maybe how that idea might spread, but you think people would be able to smell click bait.

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."