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Comment Re:The canonical answer is: your own. (Score 1) 70

Every document stored in iCloud (music, tv shows, movies, contacts, apps, books,pages documents, etc.) are downloadable. If you couldn't, it would make for a shitty cloud (you can upload all you want, but you can never access your files? How does that even make any sense).

You can also store all of Apple's iCloud documents in other services. Gmail contacts, Amazon Music Locker, Dropbox, etc. I'm not sure you are aware of how iCloud works from the user's point of view.

As for logins, that's not what is being discussed. No one makes a fuss that you can't log into your gmail account using your own server's PAM configuration, or on your NT domain. No one complains that you have to sign into Netflix to watch your Netflix content. You're right that Cromebooks require a (somewhat ironic) Google account, and that it's something to consider. But even that lets you use iCloud, Evernote, Dropbox, whatever. That's just for logging in to your computer and (of course) to get ever more people using Google services.

> Now it's true that you could argue that people who buy into these ecosystems know what they are getting into, but that's nonetheless 5 examples of devices specifically tied to back end cloud services, with the easy potential for more devices as other vendors attempt to get into the Android/iPhone/Nook/Kindle/ChromeBook space themselves.

Except that wasn't my question. Where is this a problem? How is your data locked away? Even with the Chromebook, if you decide to buy an iPad instead, it's simple enough to transfer all your data into iCloud, of if you prefer, just keep using all the Google apps as is.

I'm definitely not saying there aren't downsides, or things to consider, just that having your data locked away isn't one of them.

Comment Re:The canonical answer is: your own. (Score 1) 70

Ah, the iOS attitude. It seems like a deal until you realize the difficulty and cost of leaving. *This* is why having an open platform matters.

What's the cost of leaving? You just download your files (if you haven't already done so) and move on.

That's *much* cheaper than the cost of doing it yourself if you don't have the spare hardware and have no clue or desire how to even get started, maintain, and secure it. That's why the "iOS attitude" is so popular.

Comment Re:If you're set up correctly, it can be great (Score 1) 380

The kid is playing Minecraft, and the dad is writing up articles comparing VPS's with recycled home servers. I don't think either is so strapped for time as yo seem to think. Which is curious, since you are reading and posting on Slashdot, so clearly even your time isn't as important as you seem to be chastising other people for!

It's called "hobbies" and "fun" and "curiosity", you know, nerd characteristics. Quit taking things so seriously!

Comment Re:Only Minecraft? (Score 1) 380

If it is only for minecraft? If so, and you are trying to pinch pennies, have the kid stop playing minecraft and get a job.

Sounds like you've quite completely misunderstood the intention. The Minecraft server is the primary requirement, not optional. Saving money is secondary to it. And forced child labor doesn't appear to be an option at all (and a somewhat disturbing suggestion regardless of the rest).

Comment Re:do you owe this guy some personal favour? (Score 1) 380

There's value in the actual doing of those arithmetic functions, as well as knowing which ones to do, having hard numbers to put into them, sharing them for others to benefit from, and even simply thinking to do them in the first place.

I don't think it was meant to impress you with its brilliance, was meant to contribute greatly to society, or to help earn a PhD. It seems to me it was meant to answer a question, and by sharing, perhaps answer a question others might have. Not everyone (i.e., you), but some. Nerds, perhaps. On a site for nerds.

So why insult the guy? Is it some sort of affront for someone to post something that doesn't impress you?

Comment Re:Minecraft as a service? (Score 1) 380

I don't understand replies like this. Clearly a Minecraft server is a server. It's right there in the name! And people all have different server needs. Some need ftp (well, ssh), some need http, some need nfs or cifs or dns or teamspeak or...

So why belittle (or chide tease or whatever you are doing) someone for needing a different server service than you? It seems so unnecessarily negative!

Comment Re:And I should give a rat's ass... (Score 5, Insightful) 291

Not to mention that dozens of these are already on the market, some specific to the Android world, some rather generic.

And notice how no one uses them or even remembers them until Apple makes one.

It's not, like you seem to think, that Apple is some also-ran that is late to the party, but somehow gets all the credit. It's that Apple tends to put in the inordinate effort required to take a product that is simply neat tech and make it great.

That's why people get excited.

"Sony's making a watch that connects to your phone? That's cool. I probably won't get one (or even see on in person, ever), but it's cool."

"Apple's making one? I can hardly wait to see what they come up with!"

Do you get excited when MS comes up with a new online service? Probably not. What about Google? Yeah, me too. Excitement with Apple and hardware works much the same way.

Comment Re:And I should give a rat's ass... (Score 5, Informative) 291

Foxconn and Hon Hai are manufacturers (like the summary says). Apple (and other tech companies) work with them the same way you'd work with, say, a metal foundry somewhere to have them manufacture some parts you've designed. The main reason for this is you can't just invent something (especially technology), and just ask people to build it for you, they need to be able to.

So, this wrist-contoured glass. It sounds like Foxconn has been working on a new process for this, and have been looking for a way to get customers to pay them to build stuff for them using it. In this case, working with Apple to work it into a new watch.

The engineering for the watch itself will be all Apple. The engineering behind how to manufacture it will be a collaboration between Apple and Foxconn (or whoever), the same way Apple (and everyone else) has always done it. This is similar to how the processes for manufacturing the unibody aluminum enclosures and the iPhone 5 parts matching system was developed.

What you're thinking is a private label system, with some companies engage in (not Apple), where you might see the exact same product that gets labeled with different brands from different companies, similar to how some store brands (especially food and household supplies) are done.

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