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Comment Re:TLDR: Apple has access to your encrypted files (Score 0) 64

So, it seems that Apple has a skeleton key that opens up all Apple devices EXCEPT the ones where users choose to hold the key themselves. Apple now has a sort of 'skeleton key' they can give to law enforcement, so that law enforcement can unlock a device used with that method. Of course, some devices won't be able to be opened by this 'skeleton key'. This has nothing to do with Apple having access to the actual encrypted data on the phone. They can give someone ELSE access to the ecncrypted data if they are actually holding the physical device, but they can't access the data remotely.

Comment Re: "Crunch Time" == Bad Project Management (Score 1) 336

You don't 'choose' to work 20 hours - you're required to be there 40 hours minimum, PLUS you must complete your projects on time or you're fired. Completing the projects on time makes you pull all-nighters and work 60-80 hours a week. Your boss assigns you work which takes this long to do.

Comment Re:Reckless borrowing and spending (Score 0) 1032

Many people, like you just don't get it. You're 18 - you're excited to be a computer programmer. You find a local college that charges $10,000 a year. Very cheap by today's standards. You apply for student loans, and they cover you for 4 years. That's $40,000. Seems reasonable. You'll get a $75,000 job out of college, you imagine, as that is the average salary, and you'll be able to pay that off in no time. That is usually what people think. But the reality is so far off than that. You finish college - you can't get a computer programming job immediately. You can't afford paying the $200 monthly payment - so you defer your loans, while you work at Walmart. A year later, your loans are now up to $45,000 with interest. You now get a first programming job, but it only pays $40,000. You find after moving out of your parent's house, and getting an apartment. The $250 monthly payment is a tight squeeze. So, you offer to pay $100 - they don't accept it. So, you defer your payments. You can't find a higher paying job in your area - you decide to go to graduate school for 2 years. You get $20,000 more loans. Your loan is now up to $65,000 and increasing every day with interest..... When you graduate from graduate school, after living with your parents for 2 years, not making much money (because you're in school), your loan is now up to $75,000 with a $350 monthly payment.... You still can't find a job for a few months, then get a $50,000 job. You pay the $350/month payment for a year, living on ramen noodles and squeezing pennies together, then your car breaks down, you can't afford to pay the $350... so you default and stop paying. 5 years later, your loan is now over $100,000 with interest. And the monthly payments are higher, all while you aren't getting paid much more. This is how it usually happens.

Comment Re:Of course they can (Score 1) 71

'Everyone' does NOT know about bitcoins. Just had a discussion with several 'normal' 30-something friends a few weeks ago.... talking about how to pay for something online - credit cards, debit cards, pre-paid cards, gift cards, etc. Then I joked 'what about using bitcoins?' Every one of them asked 'What are bitcoins?' A few heard the term before, but most did not.

Comment Re:Lion is so secure it tells Apple everything (Score 1) 204

What you said is true, but your conclusion is completely wrong. To say simply, 'I did like macs but now I will not touch them or anything else Apple makes' is a crazy conclusion to make from something you misinterpreted. The 'App Store' is an application installed on your OS X computer. This application downloads apps from Apple. This application only downloads apps to the Applications folder. So, therefore the APP STORE APPLICATION knows what you have installed and do not have installed to the APPLICATIONS FOLDER ONLY. Try this: Purchase an app from the App Store. Now move it to another folder on the system. It still runs - there's no requirement for applications to reside in the Applications folder. Now the App Store Application thinks your purchased app is no longer installed on your system - even though it is, just somewhere else. This is all done inside the APPLICATION, with no data going to Apple. The only thing Apple knows about is that your Apple ID purchased the particular app. Apple has no clue whether it is actually installed on your system, and the App Store Application has no clue either - just whether or not it's where it put it in the first place. Now tell me again how your conclusion makes any sense.

Comment What a leap (Score 3, Interesting) 127

The real story: Facebook is developing web pages (using HTML 5) that will work inside the Safari browser on iOS devices. Just like on a PC/Mac desktop, the 'new' web pages will allow the using of Facebook apps (like farmville) inside iOS. Ok, I guess you can spin it either way: (a) Facebook improving itself to work the same on iOS as on desktops. (TRUE) (b) Facebook will have 'apps' working on the phone without being downloaded by the app store. (HALF TRUE - only apps that can be run within a browser within the HTML 5 specs, with the shortcomings of 3G data speeds and limited bandwidth, and can't use features of the phone not available through the browser like the camera).

Comment Re:4 1 (Score 2) 113

It's not that simple. The rules for the ghosts are different from Pac man. Pac man can change directions at any time, while the ghosts can only make decisions at intersections, and cannot go backwards. When the ghosts get to an intersection, they only have 3 possible directions to go. Pac Man, on the other hand has 4 possible directions to go (including backwards), and can do this at any time, not just intersections.

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