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Comment Re:Enough already, Apple (Score 0, Redundant) 254

Apple has their hands pretty full with checking every app and rating it for the (coming) Parental Control System. They have to find a good balance between time it takes for apps to be in the App Store and false positives (like this one). It's a tightrope walk I wouldn't want to do. Still, this is pretty ridiculous.

Comment Re:Use Dvorak Simplified Keyboard... (Score 1) 695

From their site:

Das Keyboard sports best-in-class German-engineered gold-plated mechanical key switches that provide tactile and audio feedback making typing a pure joy. Once you start typing, the tactile and audio clicks create positive reinforcing feedback. It makes typing fun and addictive. Newly added blue LEDs provide a slick look and the new USB hub allows you to charge and sync your iPod or iPhone. Fast typists and gamers will be glad to hear Das Keyboard has an n-key rollover function allowing up to 12 keys to be pressed simultaneously. Finally, the new Das Keyboard has an extra long USB cable that fits through your desk grommet and keeps your workspace neat and tidy.

But still, I agree with you. The price is ridiculous.

Comment Re:Linux (Score 1) 219

The NSA made the cadets' task more difficult by planting viruses on some of the equipment, just as real-world hackers have done on millions of computers around the world.

Well, I can easily see how Linux might be your OS of choice then (as a defending team). The NSA would have a hard time finding some rootkits/viruses/trojans that can be hidden on your Linux machines...

Comment Re:Lemme make sure I understand (Score 1) 146

You actually *do* have to be enrolled in the iPhone Developer Program, and pay the annual $99 fee, to be able to test your own application on your own phone, as crazy as it sounds.

But you can't. Unless you jailbreak it.


Nothing more to add, really... Just jailbreak and test. Or use the simulator. There is absolutely NO reason to develop an app, test it on your own iPhone and NOT deploy it.

My point was that you do NOT have to own an Intel Mac and you don't have to pay apple to just play around with the SDK. It's when you want to commercially deploy apps that you have to pay.

(Actually you have to pay them too when you release it as freeware which kinda sucks, to be honest. They could have at least made a free account for releasing, say, up to a maximum of 3 freeware apps a year. Or even just one...)

Comment Re:Lemme make sure I understand (Score 4, Informative) 146

No, not really. You have to pay to have your application in the iTunes store. You can develop applications all you want but once you want to distribute them through the store that Apple builds and maintains you have to pay an annual fee. Which, in my understanding of economics, is actually fair.

Also, I kind of understand why Apple doesn't have much incentive to port Xcode to Windows and/or Linux. You are, however, free to do so yourself, if you manage to do so without reverse engineering it.

And, if you're well versed in ObjectiveC, there are things like WinChain which allow you to build the native iPhone toolchain on Windows (or Linux if you prefer).

So please, for the love of the rest of us, don't spout any populistic crap in the future which has no relation to reality.

Comment Re:Remember... (Score 5, Insightful) 418

Actually, telling people that hackers really can turn your computer into a bomb wasn't that bad an idea. At least people feared that possibility.

Try telling a Windows user who hasn't updated his browser in almost 8 years that evil script kiddies can turn his machine into a spam relay. They won't care because they don't know what it means and what the implications are.

I'm speaking from experience here...

Comment Re:Weren't the earlier betas much faster? (Score 1) 821

If Windows 7 can't significantly improve that situation, what chance does it have to convince people to move away from Windows XP?"

Um. In my Windows machine (yes, I do have one although it's only used for games) I have 4 Gig RAM and I'm considering upgrading to 6GB. Windows XP 64 Bit is a piece of trash and being able to address more than 3GB RAM will be the only reason why I'm going to upgrade from XP to Windows 7.

Comment Re:I will quit twitter (Score 1) 325

Actually, what interests me most in all of this, is the business model that apple is going to apply (assuming they really buy twitter). Currently, twitter lives on investment money and has no real need for a good business model. At least not yet. But with Apple owning the company, the flow of risk investment money will stop. So what will Apple do to monetize the service?

Comment Re:Semi-Pandemic (Score 3, Informative) 557

Actually, the virus strikes people with healthy immune systems, and the causes of death are an immune system overreaction. Translated: People with excellent immune systems are more likely to die than those with weaker ones.

ACTUALLY, you should read the article you're citing:

Recent reports of high mortality among healthy young adults in the 2009 swine flu outbreak has led to speculation that cytokine storms could be responsible for these deaths.[6] However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) has indicated that symptoms reported from this strain so far are similar to those of normal seasonal flu,[7] with the CDC stating that there is "insufficient information to date about clinical complications of this variant of swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) virus infection."[7]

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