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Comment Re:ActiveSync and Calendars (Score 1) 266

GP's linked article was written by a MS Windows Phone enthusiast, but it is describing a problem with all iOS6.1 devices. I'd expect this to be a pretty widely known problem by now ... I'll have to look into it further.

As it is, it just seems like there would be a lot more reports of this issue if it were as bad as described. There must be an unusual set of conditions that trigger it, we have thousands of users with several hundred iOS devices used with our Exchange system, but no reports of issues yet. It makes me curious.

Comment Re:ActiveSync and Calendars (Score 1) 266

Why would this problem be specific to phones, though? I'd guess the Exchange ActiveSync connector for e-mail, calendar, tasks, notes, contact syncing would be the same for iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch, all devices that have it available handling the sync to an Exchange server. Curious.

I guess I've just been lucky, both my iPhone and iPad are using the Exchange ActiveSync for my work account and I haven't had a problem yet (I usually go 2-3 days between using a charger, so it would be very noticeable if I were hit with a big power drain).

Comment Re:OK, I'm clueless here... (Score 2) 230

It depends ... it is pretty easy to hack a common person's e-mail. Look them up on FaceBook (if they have an account there).

Did they leave their e-mail address publicly available? Now you have their e-mail address, all you need is a password.

Look over their profile, noting the names of pets, significant others, family members as well as any publicly mentioned interests, celebrities, whatever.

Use variations of those names of pets, family members, etc as a password, if the account the e-mail is on requires numbers, toss 123 or the age of family member at the end. If the person was a fan of a particular car, try the model and year, etc. You get the idea.

The above will fail more often than not, but sometimes you* get lucky.

*I say you, but of course neither you nor I would be so malicious as to go breaking into an e-mail account.

Comment Re:Hypocrite. (Score 1) 270

I see this argument a lot in gay marriage debates, and it's always baffled me. It's about the definition of "impose".

I've never quite understood how you can say "Allowing (x) to happen imposes your viewpoint on me". If you have a viewpoint, that's your viewpoint. You're free to judge people who do (x). You don't have to do (x). Meanwhile, you're perfectly willing to see a law stating "You cannot do (x). (x) is now illegal." All the people who want to do (x) must now conform to your viewpoint or be criminals.

How is "You may do this, or may not, depending on your choice," more imposing than "You may not do this"? How in the world is freedom more imposing than restriction?

+1, Insightful

Restricting others from doing things you don't approve of, actively anti-freedom.

Allowing others to do things you don't want to do yourself, do not accept as moral/proper/right, is being a passive advocate for freedom.

Fighting for the rights of others to do things you don't approve of is being an active advocate for freedom. < People that do this deserve extra kudos!

Comment Re:Hypercard (Score 2) 181

... so the first thing I think of is a DOS program found lurking in the darkest recesses on a Lab machine, basically doodle a flowchart, and it took that and dumped out C, Basic, Fortran or Pascal code (there may have been other languages, I cant remember.) ...

Never heard of that, but I can see where that would be rather useful in teaching a computing-101-type of class ... show the parallels between different languages and why a non-specific charting tool is a useful abstraction. Awesome!

Comment Re:Homo sapiens chosennis (Score 2) 800

The difference is, "American Citizens" are protected by the US Constitution, a document the POTUS has sworn to uphold.
Depriving a US citizen of their life without due process of law is a direct violation of that oath.
Yes, it should be an offense worthy of impeachment ... at the very least, people should care.

Comment "it isn't real, you are a flake" (Score 4, Insightful) 800

My experience has been that whenever this comes up in conversation with actual adults who, while not brilliant, are not stupid either ... they get this dismissive look on their face. It is obvious they are thinking "oh, you are one of those conspiracy nuts, there is no way this could be real".

Most people don't believe this has actually happened.

Comment Re:I'd expect that... (Score 1) 404

Android and IOS just don't have really good tools to integrate with business.

I'm curious what you feel they are missing.

E-mail and calendaring, I prefer Android and iOS's tools to what is available from Microsoft, and that is connecting to a Microsoft's own Exchange servers on the back end. I imagine Android should be even better for businesses that have migrated to GMail for their back-end.
Remote wipe features for mobile devices are available on all platforms.
Document creation and perusal seems to be pretty inter-operable across platforms (although animations in presentation packages aren't always compatible across platforms).
With more and more business software migrating to web apps (accounting systems, customer management, ERP, etc), it seems that most business software will be more rather than less device-independent.

Comment Re:Lots of Money (Score 5, Insightful) 404

I think Microsoft can. It's a matter of how many billions of dollars they want to bleed first. It worked with the XBox. Of course the XBox was also helped by Sony's stupidity.

I was going to ask what you were smoking after reading the first sentence. Reading the rest of the post lends credibility to the possibility, though.

If Apple seriously screws up the next iPhone and Microsoft manages to come up with something far, far better than any OS they've put on a phone ever ... than they might stand a chance of Microsoft coming out over Apple.

It would be hard to beat out Android on all fronts, though ... there have been some seriously crappy Android phones, but I don't think the market has been without great Android phones from at least two different manufacturers in years. So that would require a failure from Google that applied to all manufacturers of Android phones, which doesn't seem too likely.

Comment Re:What's next? (Score 2) 272

Unless those bar/pub's are retailing computers/tablets/phones (who knows, maybe they are), they are not in the same "trade" as an Apple store and would not be affected.

Trademarks are specific to a single trade.

Servicemarks are broader, but also much more difficult to acquire.

Comment Re:Daft! (Score 2) 272

Note that coffee shops are not in the same "trade" as an Apple store, so they are not impacted.

Now, if Apple had requested a servicemark instead of a trademark, that would be a different story ... but a service mark is much harder to get.

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