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Comment Re:Queue the headphone jack comments (Score 1) 131

Again, I am not an Apple Fanboi - but when they were APPLE COMPUTER (as you put it) they didn't have anything to take over when the Apple II got long in the tooth. Then they didn't have anything to take over when the iMac got long in the tooth. Then they didn't have anything to take over when the iPod got long in the tooth. Now it's the iPhone.

What does Microsoft have when Windows & Office are "long in the tooth"? What does Google have when search / ad revenue is long in the tooth? What does Exxon have when petrochemicals are long in the tooth? All these companies, including Apple, are diversifying their revenue as best they see (Microsoft with Azure, Apple with services, like iTunes, Appstores, etc. Google with ideas that never pan out. That kind of thing).

Why are people always predicting the imminent doom of Apple? For like 30 years, Apple has been "going to fail any day now". Frankly, Apple (and Microsoft and Google and many others) have so much money that even if the iPhone suddenly stopped selling because someone else makes "the next new thing" - Apple can just buy that thing out or buy a team to replicate it.

Comment Re:Queue the headphone jack comments (Score 3, Interesting) 131

Then again, Cook is no Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs brought "Gorilla Glass" to the masses. Tim Cook tried and failed with "Sapphire Glass". Steve Jobs was the iMac, iPad, iPhone, iPod - Cook was iWatch and iBuds - and dwindling sales of computers, iPads, and loss of market share for iPhones.

I'm not an Apple fanboi (feel free to read my years of posts, many of which are not Apple friendly) but if you look at the numbers, Mac sales went up not down. I'm also fairly sure Apple couldn't give a shit about the market share of iPhone considering they make like 100% of the profits, with what marketshare they have.

I don't really feel inspired by Cook, either - but to say he's failing at making Apple a profitable company is just your own Reality Distortion Field. Apple is the most profitable company on earth and it has been pretty much since Cook starting running it. It's making more money than ever. He's doing exactly what he's supposed to be doing - making a shit tonne of money. That might not be cool for people who really love tech - but he's tasked with making Wall Street and investors happy, not geeks.

Comment Re:Word 2013 rated garbage (Score 2) 202

Oh that's disappointing. I was really hoping to use Real Office(tm) on my Mac, not that pathetic port version Microsoft still ships for Macs - and yes I am being serious, not sarcastic. Some of the Excel features I really need are missing and the simply fact of not having favourites folders in Outlook is beyond irritating. Parallels is slow as hell.

Comment Re:Firefox is back! And windows exploit more $$$? (Score 1) 56

Possibly - but there's likely a similar set of drivers. a) Microsoft is paying for the bounties. b) Again, criminals know if they can break Edge, they will get a sizeable number home users now and more in the future and c) (some) corporations are more likely to use Edge than Chrome, especially as more move to Windows 10.

Comment Re:Firefox is back! And windows exploit more $$$? (Score 1) 56

Windows kernel exploits are worth more because they're worth more on the open market (because that's where the corporate data is and corporations pay ransoms). pwn2own has to compete with the black market, after all. If you discover have a Windows exploit - you can sell it for a lot of money if you sell it exclusively. Not so much an OSX and even less a Linux desktop exploit. So market forces dictate that, if you want people to actually turn up to pwn2own and show you their exploits, you need to make it attractive, not just to pure whitehats but to greyhats, too. If they can get $50,000 or something from "some guy in Russia" you can't very well offer $5,000 and hope they tell you out of the goodness of their hearts.

Submission + - New Ransomware offers the decryption keys if you infect your friends (bleepingcomputer.com)

Gumbercules!! writes: Yesterday, a new in-development ransomware was discovered by MalwareHunterTeam called Popcorn Time (unrelated to the streaming service of the same name) that intends to give victim's a very unusual, and criminal, way of getting a free decryption key for their files. With Popcorn Time, not only can a victim pay a ransom to get their files back, but they can also try to infect two other people and have them pay the ransom in order to get a free key. Infected victims are given a "referral code" and if two people are infected by that code and pay up — the original victim is given their decryption key (potentially).

Comment Re: Excellent (Score 1) 75

I get that beta means beta. And I'd be cool if the issues only existed on beta - but they don't. The current Telstra "stable" still has 4G issues (see my links) and always has. My issue with beta is that I *had* to use beta to get nougat on a Nexus phone - i.e. that despite marketing to the contrary, I still don't get updates for it the way you're supposed to.

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