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Comment Re:The Sooner the Better (Score 1) 437

I thought the point was reducing cables. You still have two that have to be threaded under the desk (unless you have the poor taste to have outlets in the wall above your desk).

Indeed, you do need two cables run under the desk. I was merely pointing out that your assertion about my statement that I only needed one cable between my computer and desktop was not correct, probably because you misread it.

Again, for device to bulk storage transfers, you still need compatible hardware for direct transfer. I don't mean to sound like an ass, but direct FW transfer is a pretty damned small market.

It is these days, mostly limited to the professional market, but largely because Firewire never took off as a mainstream standard. There is not technical limitation to Thunderbolt that requires a computer involved in direct transfers, as USB does. This means if Thunderbolt does take off, this limitation is removed and all those use cases open up for direct transfer between devices of all sorts, sans computer.

I'm hard pressed to find a fractional need beyond the fourth percentile decimal that would require a physical drive local at a machine the has to be transported regularly or locked up.

Lots of people are lax about security, but not everyone. When it is simple and easy, I find it nice to put my work in a fire safe for the night, where burglars and accidents do not threaten it. For more sensitive contracts, it also greatly reduces liability.

Comment Re:The Sooner the Better (Score 1) 437

after Apple's exclusivity agreement with Intel is up in 2012, you may start to see it pop up in PCs as well (from Anandtech's article)

That's great and all if it were not completely wrong and based on unfounded speculation as pointed out in this article that quotes Dave Salvator, speaking on behalf of Intel. He states that exclusivity is, "not the case. Apple saw the potential of Thunderbolt, and worked with Intel to bring it to market. Other system makers are free to implement Thunderbolt on their systems as well, and we anticipate seeing some of those systems later this year and in early 2012."

Comment Re:The Sooner the Better (Score 1) 437

I like what Apple is trying to do here, but they should spend more time convincing Lacie, Western Digital, Seagate, etc. to actually ship devices that uses it and less time selling us on its thus-far untapped potential.

So they need to spend more time convincing vendors who have already announced products, like Lacie who you can pre-order a Thunderbolt Little Big Disk from? What more, exactly, do you want Apple to do? As for Western Digital and Seagate, do they even make drive enclosures?

Comment Re:The Sooner the Better (Score 1) 437

Well, you mean two cables, right? One for power and one for data.

Nope, I plug my monitor power cord directly into the UPS, not into my computer.

And you're still going to have a computer between the camera and the storage drive* to negotiate the connection, unless you have a proprietary match.

Again, nope. Firewire over Thunderbolt can negotiate transfers between the devices directly with no intermediate computer, just as Firewire itself can now.

*Why on earth would you have a local storage drive on your desk if you're fussy about cables?

Because a portable drive is the easiest way to transfer large volumes of date, of course. Also for security reasons sometimes you have to take data with you physically, when you leave and put it in a safe.

I might also mention this is finally a published industry standard not tied to any one vendor that can work as a docking port for laptops, basically making traditional docking stations no longer needed.

Comment Re:Hopefully this accelerates its adoption (Score 3, Informative) 437

USB uptake on PCs was a function of Intel bundling USB for free on all of it's motherboards. The fact that Apple Corp left it's legacy users in the lurch really had nothing to do with it.

Which is why for several years there all USB devices shipped only in bondi blue to match the look of the iMac? Sorry, but Apple basically created the mainstream USB peripheral market before the PC market caught up and started using them as well.

Comment The Sooner the Better (Score 4, Interesting) 437

I'm glad to see Apple rolling out Thunderbolt to their whole lineup and not restricting it to the high end. Anything they can do to promote this and get it mainstream for all computers will be a benefit to the industry and end users. Tangles of cords, switching cords, and unchainable unintelligent standards have been hampering us for too long. No, I don't want to have to have a computer in between my video camera and my high capacity storage drive. No, I don't want to have more than one cable between my monitor and computer and yes I want to plug USB devices, microphones, hard drives, etc. to the device on top of my desk instead of climbing under it. The throughput and flexibility here has been needed for a long time. Come on industry, full speed ahead with this one!

Comment Re:Retribution (Score 2) 255

Yes. They want a single architecture, which is why they bought CPU design companies like PA Semi to design ARM CPUs for them...

Apple has long had a policy of maintaining versions of their OS's on other platforms in order to insure code portability and good architecture, even when they have no intention of ever releasing on that platform.

Apple isn't telling all the AppStore developers suddenly "port all your apps to x86 now!" for a very very good reason. If they did however, Google would be jumping up and down in joy: the biggest advantage of Apple gone! No more overwhelming amount of Apps...

Apple has wisely kept the developer tools used on iOS under their control. As such "porting your apps to x86" would likely mean recompile and run through debugging on another device before it is added to the store as an option for those users. Apple is very well positioned to make an architecture transition without losing he advantage of which you speak. Note that I'm not arguing that is their intention, just that your reasoning is flawed in this regard.

Comment Re:Where others have failed, Apple will win (Score 1) 202

And if it does, Apple has the author's identity (CC info, etc), which although able to be faked could still serve as a starting point for a criminal investigation by the police.

I would elaborate on this point a bit. They will have a valid credit card to charge the membership. If this is a stolen card, when the owner notices the theft and/or incorrect charges, Apple can pull the offending apps from the store and revoke their encryption keys as well as begin an investigation into the risk posed to users who had the app. If the app is one that is paid for or makes money from ads, Apple has the actual account info and identifying the criminal is easy for police. Both cases provide real benefit to end users being targeted, although there is more that can be done yet.

Comment Re:Masses reaction (Score 1) 202

The benign binary will be something like /usr/bin/python, and may be shipped with the OS itself... (how much higher a level of trust can you get for a binary?)

Apple has already started sandboxing binaries they ship with OS X, for example the zeroconf service which is one of the few exposed default services running on OS X. At least some people at Apple seem to "get it" that just because it ships with the OS doesn't mean it should have more access or more trust than it needs. I can't imagine Apple is going to reverse their security trend and start sandboxing fewer binaries going forward.

Comment Re:IE9's Energy Efficiency (Score 1) 132

Might also explain why Macbooks seem to drain their batteries faster than regular laptops?

Seem? Seeming is rather relative I suppose. Anandtech's tests on real world laptop battery resulting the following quotes:

Lal Shimpi says the fixed, flat-pack battery gives the new MacBook Pros "the best battery life I've ever seen." "There’s no other way to say this," wrote Shimpi. "If you care about battery life and portability at all, buy the new MacBook Pro. Go to the Apple store and buy one."

Arsechnica, on the other hand concluded from their real world use tests that Macbooks are just, "better than average". So I guess I'd have to ask you how you formed your perception that regular laptops have better battery performance in real world use.

Comment Re:Firefox Sync copied Opera Link (Score 2) 132

pera Software innovates (tabs, spell-checking, syncing of bookmarks, turbo compression) and others copy.

Everyone copies from everyone. Tabs were in Omniweb (albeit with a slightly different implementation) in 1999. Spell checking should be implemented at the OS level and rolled out as a service to apps (as OS X does). Re-implementing it for every app is idiotic architectural design. Numerous browsers on OS X had spellchecking before Opera (since 2000) and they have grammar checking as well. Admittedly, Opera can't do a lot about the fact that OS's have failed to step up and implement spellchecking as a service, but they could at least plug into the native functionality when it is offered. There was Firefox plug-in to synch bookmarks in 2005. That's not to say Opera isn't a fine browser and even the first to bring some features into popularity, but don't go getting blinded by your like of one product. It's too easy to not look hard at the history an just buy into what you want to be true.

Comment Re:print page links not needed (Score 1) 132

I think FF4 does that by default without plugins. At least it does for me on Linux.

Funny. My plug-in became incompatible when I upgraded to 4, but 4 added the feature anyway, so I never noticed. I'm glad they finally got around to rolling it into the core application. It is certainly one of those things that benefits all users and should be a default feature.

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