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Comment Re:Hit Job on Google? (Score 3, Interesting) 292

No, News Corp has been doing this for years. The reason is Murdoch thinks Google and Google News specifically is killing the news industry, and that the iPad will save it (or at least he thought that a few years ago). It's pure inter-corporate warfare being played out through manipulation of public opinion. The WSJ in particular are experts at it.

Comment My prediction (Score 2) 223

It'll be called the iPhone 7S and 7S+. It'll have the same design as the iPhone 7/7S, same connectors, slightly faster processor, slightly better camera, slightly better battery life, slightly better video performance, slightly better network support and iOS 11.

You know, like they've been doing since about 2011 when they first introduced the 4S.

At which point, we'll see that people who have "knowledge of the matter" really don't have any at all.

Comment Re:It's just a power grab (Score 1) 126

Doesn't change the underlying numbers, Anon. (and no, it isn't really an alternate to Breitbart. I don't recall Breitbart ever publishing retractions when they get it wrong, nor do they publish original sources for the material they are using when doing the weighing or the reasoning behind the conclusions that were reached which allow for discussions on methodology)

Comment Re:It's just a power grab (Score 3, Informative) 126

80% of rulings overturned in 2015? From the kindly folks at politifact:

The 9th Circuit is by far the largest circuit. In the 12 months leading up to March, 31, 2015, just under 12,000 cases were filed in the 9th Circuit — more than 4,000 more than the next-largest circuit, the 5th Circuit. Despite that gigantic docket, the Supreme Court heard just 11 cases from the 9th Circuit in 2015, reversing eight.

So, if you look at the total numbers (which you have to to match the statement you made), the Supreme Court only overturned 8 out of about 12000 rulings. (or .066%)

I hope in real life you don't deal with math like "give someone 80% of a dosage of 5% solution" or anything else that relies on numbers.

Comment Re:Gartner "analysts" (Score 2) 91

Proves the worth of analysts. Gartner is just a Microsoft shill.

I'm assuming you're talking about Gartner's prediction that Windows Phone would overtake iPhone in 2015?

Whilst analysts have a tendency to get very little right, in fairness to Gartner, they probably weren't expecting Microsoft to reboot the platform twice and, in both times, leave all their previous users high and dry on the old OS.

Comment Re: Wireless charging now? (Score 1) 79

Apple pay is innovation? Now I need $1000 device to pay for $15 bill instead of free credit card that is 1/100 of the weight and 1/4 of the size and merchant has to give Apple 30% for the privilege. Who do you think pays for that 30% in the end?

The merchant isn't charged anything beyond their usual card processing fees. Apple's fee comes from the card issuer which is a percentage of their interchange fee. The 30% you speak of is for apps in the App Store and isn't remotely related to the fees around Apple Pay.

You probably should have prefixed your rant with an admission that you don't have the remotest clue how Apple Pay works.

Comment Re:Wireless charging now? (Score 1) 79

Hmm, several years behind the opposition with sales of those products doing very well.

I don't have a problem with Apple being late to a game, provided that what they do bring is measurably better/useful/practical in some way.

Apple Pay did that, whereas Maps and Music did not. Where wireless charging sits on this spectrum remains to be seen.

Comment Wireless (Score 1) 143

The biggest issue I have with wireless charging is that with a wired cable you're limited to plugging your phone into a cable which is plugged into a wall socket about 1-2m away. With wireless charging you're limited to putting your phone into a dock which has a cable which is plugged into a wall socket about 1-2m away.

As an added bonus, it charges much slower and costs about 12x more than a simple cable (even Lightning ones, provided you don't buy from Apple).

Unless someone can come up with a way to make electricity flow through the air (yeah, I know, physics) or some way for you enable full surface wireless charging on existing tables then I'm not convinced this is going to go anywhere beyond "nice, but not entirely essential, to have".

Comment Re:"Up to $10" (Score 1) 99

In the end, especially in light of the "no proof of purchase required", everyone will probably get $1.43 per drive, or less. Meanwhile, those driving the class action suit will pull in $25M, or more.

On the bright side, the next time companies think about doing something similar, they'll have 25 million reasons as to why it's not a such a good idea.

Comment Re:Does Ireland wan't the money? (Score 1) 174

The very LAST thing Ireland really wants is to enforce this law. For good reason. Right now they get a bit of the cake, but they get a bit of the cake from everyone because every company, from Apple to Amazon to MS to Google, is hiding in their tax shelter.

If they now actually fold (and yes, that would be Ireland folding to EU pressure), what reason is there for them to stay in Ireland? The weather?

They still have the lowest corporate tax in the EU at 12.5% Apple would just have to pay that instead of 0.02%.

FTFY.

The whole point of this investigation was that it was only Apple was getting the special 0.02% tax deal.

Everyone else in Ireland was taxed at 12.5%.

Comment Re:They are still using private infrastructure (Score 1) 117

Bwahahahahhahaha....

Wait. You were serious. Let me laugh louder...

BWAHAHAHAHHAH.... HAHHAHA....HAH....

Anonymous Coward who started computing sometime after 2008 and has no memory of the history of why things are done the way they are done. Either that or someone working on their MBA and ..well, there goes that history statement again.

Comment Monitor (Score 1) 172

It's not clear exactly how Microsoft will detect inactivity, but it's possible the company could use Windows Hello-compatible machines or detect idle activity and lock the machine accordingly.

My monitor at work has the ability to detect if someone is sitting within a certain distance from it. If no-one is in range then after a couple of minutes it would automatically turn off the screen. The distance can be defined in the settings.

I'm sure there are a small number of people on here (who will likely comment) whose working patterns means that this wouldn't work for them - but it seemed to work for the 500 odd people we have on the floor.

Comment Re:I Love my sonos, but... (Score 2) 23

Ok, you want to be a leader? How about coming out with a well thought out product every decade or so?

I love Sonos too, but their current line up is several years old. Have speaker and wireless technologies not moved on at all?

Not to mention the state of the app. Despite the open letter from their CEO over a year ago accepting that they might have missed the boat on streaming technologies and need to catch up there is still no AirPlay support. No Chromecast audio either. No bluetooth. If you're going to pay twice as much as the competition, then it would be nice if you could actually use your speakers with the main technologies out there.

But that's okay, because they've been concentrating on the local music capability right? For example, acknowledging that 4 people in the house might have completely different music tastes and do not want to merge their music library into one big pool? Nope, nothing has changed.

In the last couple of years they've launched their TruePlay app, added Apple Music and allowed Spotify users to control the music from the (superior) Spotify app. That doesn't seem to be very much to me.

Comment No duplication of functionality (Score 1) 232

"I don't want a watch that duplicates the function of my cell phone or computer,"

That requirement alone pretty much leaves you buying a nice Swiss analogue watch and, as a nerd, marveling at the technical feat of engineering that went into creating something that can keep time (and date) without the use of any electrical components.

Plus, it'll last a lifetime, the battery won't die out, can still be serviced many years from now, doesn't need to be charged every night, won't be rendered obsolete and will actually look nice on you.

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