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Comment Re:UK costs will numerically match those of the US (Score 1) 83

No - there is no change in where the burden of taxation/VAT lies. Apple have always incorporated sales tax into app store prices.

This is a correction owing to currency devaluations.

The UK Pound is now worth about 25% less than it was six months ago when compared to the US Dollar, therefore they've corrected the GBP prices of apps to reflect the current exchange rate.

Comment Re:Credit card payment systems (Score 1) 771

The card payment systems from Square et al that plug into the headphone socket are all obsolete. They're magnetic strip readers, and payments based off the mag-stripe are going the way of the dodo. Over in the US you guys are a bit behind the curve - mag-stripe payments have been dead in Europe for a good few years now, so none of the mag-stripe based payment solutions launched here. Many of the more forward looking payment processors like Square tackled this issue some time back with readers that would support chip and pin, some do contactless too.

Comment Re:I don't (Score 1) 507

A movie theatre's "2K" projector is approximately the same resolution as a "4K" TV, as they both create a picture that's very roughly 4000 pixels wide.

Your point tho is entirely correct - humans aren't equipped with eyes to tell the difference between a 1080 and 2160 (4K) picture from across a room.

Comment Re:England isn't Europe. (Score 2) 704

Nonsense.

England is part of the UK, and the UK remains a member of the European Union.

EU laws apply.

As for Julian Assange, he's holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy, which is Ecuadorian sovereign territory, so technically whilst he remains inside there he's not on UK (or EU) soil. As he's technically in Ecuador which doesn't have an extradition treaty, he's safe there.

Comment Cheaply? (Score 1) 169

I find the notion that there's "pressure to farm it out cheaply and easily to freelancers" to be ludicrous.

I'm a software developer contractor in the UK. This is a relatively new thing for me - in my 20+ year career I've only been a contractor the past two. The last couple of years have been by far the most lucrative of my career. In every gig I've had I've been paid more than twice as much as the most senior permanent developer.

Comment Re:Better keyboard?! What. (Score 1) 435

Very true. This is a terminal emulator issue. Plus, as it stands, the Terminal.app has preferences that let you define exactly how all the function keys get interpreted.

In my Terminal the configured behaviour of PgDn is to send the key sequence \033[6~ which for all the terminal apps I'm using gets interpreted correctly as a PgDn (e.g. 'less' will scroll down a page). The config for Shift+PgDn is "Scroll Page Down", which will scroll the window. There's a chance that sometime over the past decade I changed those settings, but I suspect they're the defaults.

Comment Re:Browser updates aren't sexy at Apple keynotes (Score 1) 311

You do indeed see Safari updates, however it seems to me that the majority of those updates are security fixes.

The issue here is that Safari is getting slow to adopt new web technologies, and slow at fixing problems with the technologies they have adopted.

This has been a relatively recent change, mostly since the WebKit/Blink split. Before then Apple through WebKit (and thus Safari) often led the way with new web technologies, and they were active participants in broader discussions about web standards, and much more open. It's felt as if they've closed off, and become resistant to event attempting to keep up, much less participate.

The WebKit Surfin' Safari blog shows this quite clearly. Long ago the blog used to be regularly updated. In the last year however there's been just three updates, two of those within the last three weeks.

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