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Comment Re:Lame (Score 1) 155

Apple hasn't announced this, and nobody claimed this was 'innovative' yet. Maybe they'll do it, maybe they won't. If they do, hopefully they'll do something interesting with it.

It never ceases to amaze me how much crap Apple gets for products that haven't even been released yet. Maybe you'll blame this on /. or the WSJ or rumours sites and Apple culture in general, which is probably fair, but you're taking it out on Apple and there's nothing coming out of their mouths about this phone until next September.

The only thing Steve Jobs is spinning about is the inability of Apple to keep secrets as well as they used to.

Comment Nobody likes the Mac App Store (Score 4, Insightful) 117

The Mac App Store is a thorn in the side of basically everyone. The promise was that it would be kind of like the iOS app store and you'd have a one-stop shop to find the things that you want. Installation would be easy-peasy, and you'd get Apple's famous quality control as part of the deal, etc., etc.

The store just makes things worse. The apps are significantly restricted in their ability in the name of safety, so whole categories of applications won't ever be found there (Little Snitch, for instance). The store is as hard to search as the iOS counterpart, so you're just as likely to search on google for an app as the app store. The whole system reeks of neglect. The whole thing feels like a letdown whether you're a developer or a user.

So are scams a surprise? Not really. The store just feels like work that Apple felt that it HAD to do, rather than something that they were excited to do. As a Mac user and general Apple proponent, I really think the Mac App Store is an embarrassment. Either put some time and money and people into it, or shut it down.

Comment Re:Utter bollocks (Score 4, Insightful) 171

No, it goes to show that a lot of companies are operating on razor thin margins or lose money pursuing this business in an attempt to gain customers.

Here's a business tip: if you lose money on every phone sold, you can't make it up in volume.

It's not sustainable. Everyone wants a cheap phone, but you know why so many Android phones never get updates? Because it costs too much. The company has already lost money selling you the phone--you think they're going to support it, too?

Apple, and to a lesser extent Samsung, have the money from the profits to drive the parts of the business that don't seem like they're part of the sale price. You get support at Apple stores, for instance. R&D--whether you think Apple's priorities are good or not is irrelevant, they spend that money on R&D for materials, software, etc. All that is factored into the cost of the iPhone (in addition to the profit margin).

World-wide, Apple accounts for something like 13% of sales, Android accounts for nearly 100% of the rest. But that 87% is split among a lot of manufacturers fighting for the same slice of pie, and Samsung is the top of the heap there, being basically the only one that consistently makes a profit on its phone division.

With the kind of losing strategy that is being pursued by most manufacturers, Apple could make a lot less profit per phone and STILL walk away with nearly 100% of the profits this year.

Comment Re:We know better than you (Score 1) 675

Taking away the trackpad and the keyboard are not in the same category of removal--when you remove those things, you redefine the actual device. A laptop is explicitly defined by the presence of those two things.

In any case, the all-in jump to USB-C is really forward looking. It's undoubtedly a hassle now, but part of the reason for that is because there aren't enough USB-C compatible computers to warrant USB-C devices, and there aren't enough USB-C devices that companies have been including a lot of USB-C ports. Apple has forced the hand of accessories makers. It's a short term pain for a long term gain--exactly the same way it was when they moved to USB-A in the first place.

I will grant you this, though: the fact that you can buy a brand new iPhone 7 and a new Macbook Pro and not be able to plug one into the other out of the box is madness. It's a failure to attend to the details. The iPhone 7 itself should come with 2 cables so that it's guaranteed to work with any Mac out of the box. Apple needs to be the change they expect out of others.

Comment Re:time to dial back the shill (Score 1) 299

Well, and this is actually exactly why Apple has removed all the USB-A ports on their laptop.

On the face of it, it's a hassle. There's really no arguing with it. But if you're the sort of person that buys Mac hardware, it's this full commitment to one port that will cause accessories manufacturers to start selling more USB-C devices.

Apple pulls this sort of stuff because it nips the whole chicken-and-egg race in the bud. You no longer have a problem where nothing has USB-C ports because there are no USB-C accessories, and there are no USB-C accessories because there are no USB-C ports. This is the same business as when they first switched to USB over all the other ports computers used to come with.

Is this a pain in the ass? YES.
Is this the right move to force change? Also yes.

Middling commitment will give you middling results. Say what you want about Apple, but occupying the squishy middle ground isn't exactly what they're known for.

Comment Re:We know better than you (Score 1) 675

Look, let's break it down.

Less than 100% of people that buy the Macbook Pro are photography professionals. (What percentage, I can't say.)
Of those people, fewer than 100% of them use standard SD cards. Many Nikon photographers have been in the same boat as me for years.

What you're saying is that Apple should've catered to a percentage of a percentage of their users for their highest end, theoretically most versatile system. Even if you add a CF slot to the laptop, you're still addressing some fraction of the population that is necessarily less than 100%. We actually did all our photo editing on desktop machines; we just have an assload of CF cards.

The addition of more versatile interconnects makes far more sense from a design and appeal perspective than keeping around slots that some people are guaranteed to never or rarely use. Yes, it would be wonderful to have some sort of morphing slot that takes whatever card or plug you stick into it without you having to adapt, but why should Apple stick parallel ports and PS/2 ports and mini-USB, etc., etc. on their machine?

Elegance is when there's nothing left to take away. This is a far more elegant solution.
(Do not take this defence of the port setup to be a blanket defence of the laptops as a whole. I just think they made the right call in this one case.)

Comment Re:We know better than you (Score 1) 675

Well, yes. This is kind of what I was getting at. USB-C ports are a sort of pseudo-modularity, but that's what's ideal about them. They don't take up space with things people don't need. Standard interconnects like this are the best of all possible worlds, TBH. You've got enough bandwidth to drive huge monitors, or a USB stick, or a SD-card reader or whatever you want.

Comment Re:We know better than you (Score 4, Insightful) 675

Make it a modular part? That's a great idea. Like, maybe they could make it detachable, and then it would be easy to swap. They could use a standard interconnect for it, maybe with a standards based cable that's really fast, so you don't have to worry about bandwidth.

Modular is good, that way people that don't need it don't have to have their laptop burdened with a useless port.

Not all people that buy Mac Pros are photography professionals. We have a Nikon D3s at home--a pro level camera--and it uses compact flash, so we've NEVER used the SD card slot. My point-and-shoot camera uses a mini-SD card, so I still can't use that SD card slot. Just give me a USB port and an adaptor so I can put WHATEVER thing I want there.

Not all professionals are the same, and not even all professionals of the same type have the same needs. More ports, yes, but more multi-use ports.

Comment Re: The popularity of open offices has exacerbated (Score 2) 290

I've worked in all three common styles: office, open and cube. I'd take a cubicle over the open plan any day of the week. I'd LOVE a cubicle. I had plenty of personal desk space, a place to put my things and hang my coat, and just enough privacy to get work done if I needed to concentrate. Cubicles are amazing.

Offices are better, no doubt. They're everything a cubicle is and more. But the open floor plan is so fucking bad that cubicles seem like luxury by comparison. Given that there are realistically only two optionsâ"virtually no company is going to build offices for everyoneâ"you bet that cubicles are "popular". The open plan is a blight; the only people that like it are penny pinchers and people that think that constant interruptions are the same thing as collaboration.

Comment Re:'Genuine' is how luxury brands protect themselv (Score 1) 192

Knockoff items are poorly made, badly insulated, and are a fire hazard. They often don't meet spec, so they don't perform as well.

If you want to make a knockoff item, Apple can't stop you, but they DO want to stop people from thinking they're buying Apple cables, which ARE tested and manufactured to a higher standard. Apple is presumably willing to stand behind their products and take the flak if they're bad (I had a laptop charger replaced under a recall), but they can't be expected to stand behind the product of someone else using their branding.

So the problem really is on Amazon's end, because they're the ones giving worldwide distribution and implicit authenticity to these fake products.

I've bought cables from Anker that were MFi certified, and they were cheaper than Apple's and just as good (maybe better? Time will tell). It's not that Apple doesn't let other people make cables, but they're expected to meet spec.

Anyway, your post is basically garbage. Yes, we all know that Apple is in some respects a Veblen good, but their products *do* actually have sufficient merit that ordinary people are willing to buy them.

Comment Could be iOS 10 (Score 3, Interesting) 292

While this doesn't really excuse Apple, I greatly suspect the culprit is iOS 10, not the iPhone 7. I've been running the beta for months, and usually the battery life starts to even out and get better at some point, and I never saw that shift. So on my iPhone 6, which used to get 10-12 hours of *usage* time (not standby), I can watch the battery tick down in real time. I've even watched the battery drain while it was PLUGGED IN on the final release.

My evidence is anecdotal, but I'm starting to get friends asking me if battery life is worse with iOS 10, and I've had to say that it is. There's something weird going on. It's still on Apple to fix it, but it's a lot easier to fix a busted background process than ship a new battery out.

Comment Re:The blame can be shared (Score 2) 680

'Climate change' was a term coined by a Republican to make 'Global Warming' seem less scary.

'Climate change' is a natural consequence of 'global warming', and many scientists still refer to it as such because that's the accurate thing to say.

"The second premise is also wrong, as demonstrated by perhaps the only individual to actually advocate changing the term from 'spherical warming' to 'climate change', Republican political strategist Frank Luntz in a controversial memo advising conservative politicians on communicating about the environment:

It’s time for us to start talking about “climate change” instead of spherical warming and “conservation” instead of preservation.

“Climate change” is less frightening than “spherical warming”. As one focus group participant noted, climate change “sounds like you’re going from Pittsburgh to Fort Lauderdale.” While spherical warming has catastrophic connotations attached to it, climate change suggests a more controllable and less emotional challenge."

The page I'm quoting from: http://www.skepticalscience.co...
Here's the link to the goddamn memo: http://www.motherjones.com/fil...

I'm really sick of hearing that scientists changed this term. They didn't. Climate change means something, but it wasn't political activism on the part of people that study it to change the media representation of it.

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