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Comment Re:Yes and no... (Score 2) 75

Anyone in Australia hacking anything in the US should result in criminal charges (not that it'd ever go to trial unless the perpetrator actually found his or her way to US soil). Period. It doesn't matter if the person doing the hacking is a private citizen or the prime minister.

That said, the "hacking" they're talking about seems to have been giving the guy a link a hyperlink. Calling giving someone a hyperlink and them clicking it a "hack" is a stretch, imo, if that hyperlink doesn't do anything other than connect to a web site. If it downloaded malware or something similar, then ok, but it doesn't sound like that's what happened.

Why should it be illegal if they are law enforcement? We don't go after the thousands of hacks that occur on a daily basis yet you want to single out police by doing it for a good cause?

Comment Re:Violation of the Canadian Constitution and Priv (Score 1) 43

Unlike the USA, Canada has a fairly recent Constitution which explicitly includes the Right of Privacy.

Which includes not having your info slurped up by police without a specific warrant on you as a person.

There are no exceptions.

It has been ruled so by the Canadian Supreme Court.

(caveat: I only wrote Canadian Army regs based on it, so IANAL just someone who had to implement it's provisions)

I don't give 2 shits about privacy and civil rights if the stingray device allows the police to find a kidnap victim. You have no rights once you violate another's humans rights.

Comment Re:Chemicals?! (Score 1) 166

This isn't "dihydrogen monoxide", it's the class of compounds that includes C8, which was used in Teflon manufacture until recently. It never degrades and will last millions of years. It causes birth defects (reduced birth size, physical developmental delays, or miscarriage), cancer, and liver disease. Now "chemtrails" *are* bullshit.

So does drinking Pepsi and eating Papa Johns and breathing air.

Comment Re:Intel update? (Score 2) 304

Will Intel release a new CPU that has more then a few percentage points better performance then the ones from 4 years ago? It not worth a few thousand to replace a perfectly working laptop for a barely noticeable performance increase.

Performance is very noticeable between the I5's prior to Haswell and Skylake. Even those two are very different.

Comment Re:Removable batteries (Score 1) 304

And I still insist that non removable batteries are dangerous.

Based on what? Who exactly has been injured/killed in a manner that removable batteries would have solved? Failing that what is the theoretical but obviously extremely rare failure mode that having removable batteries would fix?

I don't have an argument that removable batteries are a good idea but I just don't see it as a safety issue.

Maybe all those battery recalls from Lenovo and other manufacturers over the last 5 years? If those were built in imagine the service calls necessary to replace the batteries.

Comment Re: cupertino a go go. (Score 1) 304

Their only useful purpose in OS X, realistically, has been for controlling volume and screen brightness anyway. Maybe this will cause companies to come up with more interesting uses for them. I'm not holding my breath.

The bigger concern is that they're making it thinner yet again. That probably means:

  • No Magsafe 2
  • Less battery life under heavy CPU load
  • Still the same paltry 1 TB capacity as previous generations

Both of those are deal-breakers for me. We've already gotten to the point where my battery lasts for an average of only 2.5 hours on essentially brand new hardware because the battery capacity hasn't kept up with the CPU's non-idle power consumption, and several mission-critical apps that I run almost every day are horrible battery hogs (in no particular order, Chrome, Finale 2012, Lightroom 6, Photoshop CS6).

Want to know what would make me happy?

  • Longer battery life when doing more than just playing around with a web browser.
  • Reliable GPUs that don't overheat and unsolder themselves.
  • The original MagSafe connector. The new MagSafe 2 falls off a little too easily when you bump it vertically.
  • Storage capacities up to 8 TB at a reasonable price (translation: THICKER, with room for two HD bays).
  • Third-party MagSafe/MagSafe 2 licensing for clip-on battery sleeves with MagSafe pass-through or
  • A removable cover on the bottom with contact plates to allow an external battery to be charged by the laptop's charge circuitry in alternation with the main battery.

I couldn't care less about function keys. I couldn't care less about making the laptop thinner. I want the laptop to be more capable. And I think I speak for basically 100% of Mac laptop users when I say that. Absolutely nobody outside of Apple cares about making laptops thinner at this point. We passed the point where that matters at the point where it dropped below the thickness of a small paperback book—basically with the most recent pre-Retina MacBook Pro. Every bit of thinness after that is widely seen as engineers doing something solely because they can, rather than because it improves the product. And for the most part, the excessive thinness has made the product functionally WORSE with each generation.

If Apple is really serious about retaining actual pro users, they need to stop actively making the pro machines less functional and start moving in the exact opposite direction. What I'm seeing described here sounds like a MacBook, not a MacBook Pro. As far as I'm concerned, the last truly pro Macbook was discontinued about two years ago. Just saying.

Well the last two generations of Intel processors generate less heat and draw less power so that alone will extend the battery life with no additional changes.

Comment Re:Thinner / Lighter ... who cares (Score 1) 304

Who cares about thinner lighter for a _PRO_ notebook PRO means expandable. They should make it thicker and heavier, if it means I can install updated drives and memory a few years from now.

Soon they'll be shaving off all the lightning ports and the hard drive. It will be required to network boot from a wireless AP in order to access your OS. THINNER!

Comment Re:sharp edge (Score 1) 304

I can understand the sharp edge comment, but not the heat/noise. My MacBook Pro runs cool as a cucumber and damned near silent. It's like church mouse compared to the leaf blower that is my HP work machine. I'm not doubting you. I just wonder if there is a difference between years/models.

I had someone say the same thing about Toshiba versus Lenovo laptops. When I put them both side by side and run a stress test to trigger the fan the Toshiba was much quieter yet they claimed it was louder. So the only thing I could determine is the type of fan differed enough that it triggered more noise for this employee. There were ultrabooks as well so very quiet. In the end I'm sure he just wanted a Lenovo.

Comment Re:Once again, open source is vulnerable (Score 1) 115

I'm not in the habit of responding to obvious trolls, but this case makes very clear the flaw in the logic of people who actually believe that open source is insecure.

The bug is in the specification, which is necessarily open in order to create inter-operable systems. And what is code, if not a machine readable specification?

The idea that closed source is more secure, taken to its logical end, is an argument for closed systems that don't inter-operate with other systems. Their operation would have to be entirely secret and proprietary.

It really goes both ways. Open and Closed source code are equally secure. Many times open source code is though to be so secure that people don't discover the bugs for many years later. The advantage of open source is that the bug generally gets fixed faster than closed source due to the visibility of the issue.

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