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Comment Re:"Allow apps" from only "sanctioned" sources now (Score 1) 200

I'm not sure what your point here is but...

1) can't do that without disabling SIP
2) can't do that without disabling SIP (or at least the software that comes pre-installed with the OS)
3) probably can't do that without disabling SIP
4) can't do that without booting from an external disk or in recovery mode
5) wear eye protection
7) don't burn your house down

But anyway... how are any of these things equivalent to or easier than requiring a couple extra steps when launching an unsigned app the first time?

Comment Re:"Allow apps" from only "sanctioned" sources now (Score 1) 200

This is all just much ado about nothing.

The setting was removed so as not to allow people to mindlessly set their computer into a much less secure state.

The idea that right clicking on each new app *ONCE* and clicking on a button *ONCE* to whitelist that app is somehow an infringement on ones rights (as the original post I replied to opined) or some great conspiracy to lull us into a false sense of security at which point apple will magically make it so that only App store apps can be run on our computers as you seem to be opining is just... well.. absurd.

You're free to get your knickers in a wad over whatever you like.. but this is the very definition of making a mountain out of a mole hill.

Comment Re:"Allow apps" from only "sanctioned" sources now (Score 1) 200

When you double click on an unsigned app you get a dialog telling you that you are trying to open an app from an unidentified developer. Can't miss it.

Then there is a little help button at the bottom of the dialog. Can't miss it.

Click on the help button (as you do when you want help with something) and it tells you *precisely* what to do to whitelist that app in 3 simple steps (basically the same three steps I outlined way up there).

Can't miss it.

How much more discoverable do you want it than that? Do you want a genie to magically pop up next to you and tell you what to do instead of the pop up dialog?

Comment Re:"Allow apps" from only "sanctioned" sources now (Score 1) 200

I agree that there aren't many... I have very few that I use regularly.. three I think.

Ever since gatekeeper became a thing I've had it on "App Store and Identified developers". Works really well.

In general for the average user? god only knows. Hopefully even fewer but you never know what garbage people will download. Which is why it's great that Apple has done things the way it has in Sierra.

Comment Re:"Allow apps" from only "sanctioned" sources now (Score 1) 200

The difference being in the previous versions you could turn off gatekeeper entirely from the System Preferences.

In sierra you can't do that. You have to either disable it on the command line (a bad idea IMHO) or just whitelist each unsigned app the first time you use it by using the process I outlined above.

Comment Re:"Allow apps" from only "sanctioned" sources now (Score 4, Informative) 200

Nothing in this update stops you from running unsigned apps if you so choose. You just can't (easily) set it to the default.. which is a good thing.

If you want to run an unsigned app you you can just right click on the icon, select "open", respond to the dialog presented saying that you want to open this unsigned app.. and then every other time you open that app you can just double click on the icon.

Easy peasy.

Comment Re:This won't go over well (Score 1) 495

I'd be very happy with that. I know *many* people that would be very happy with the single port in the regular macbook too.

I would definitely miss the magsafe connector though.. that thing has saved my laptop a number of times. Though I think someone is selling magsafe USB C cables so maybe it's not a huge deal.

Comment Re:This won't go over well (Score 1) 495

Nobody? Hardly

Personally I'd like my macbook pro laptop (that I use for daily software development and high-end animation and rendering software) to get as thin and light as possible. Every pound saved is a pound I don't have to lug through airports multiple times a year.

Of course I still want all the connectivity and power that I currently have.. but barring changes there I have no issue with making things as thin as physically possible.

I'd be happy to see 4 or 5 USB C ports and nothing else on this thing. Carrying around a couple of adapters is hardly the burden everyone seems to make it sound like.

Comment Re:That's 129.2F if you're interested. (Score 1) 355

Saying that an extreme cold temperature is evidence that there's no climate change going on is like saying "how can there be a tsunami coming? there's no water at all on the beach!!"

With extreme highs can come extreme lows.. the whole system is going out of whack. But the overall trend is steadily upwards.

Comment Re:Apple is copying...Lenovo? (Score 1) 238

And that's a fair opinion. I don't pretend to speak for all people -- especially in the realm of ergonomics. I just don't like it when people feel the need to speak for *me*.

Currenly, the machines Apple currently make work really well for me and my team. Could they be better? god yes. They've made some bone-headed decisions over the years.

For example.. why aren't the Mac Pro graphics cards the same? They're actually mirror images of each other which is dumb. Or why isn't there a machine with the form factor somewhere between the Mini and the Pro but the performance of the iMac (ie. a headless machine in the middle)?

But, for all their faults, their hardware and software best fit most of my needs across the board. And when my needs don't align with their offerings I either compromise or I buy something else.

Comment Re:Apple is copying...Lenovo? (Score 2, Interesting) 238

I think your definition of professional is different than mine.

I write software every day on my MBP. It's got a ton of ports and the battery lasts me more than an entire working day. The keyboard is *fantastic*. I used to have a ton of RSI problems with all of the typing I do. I tried many different keyboards over the last 20 years (ergonomic/split keyboards included). It wasn't until I started using the thin aluminum mac keyboards that all of my wrist and finger pain went away for good. The current MBP laptop keyboards are similarly fantastic for me.

I've typed on the new super thin MB keyboard for maybe 10 minutes and at first blush the keys feel fantastic to me. Just enough response and feedback but very low finger strain. The jury is still out on whether I could handle it for 8 hours a day, every day but the indications point to yes. I can spend 5 seconds on a shitty keyboard and I know I don't like it.

I travel sometimes multiple times a month with my laptop. I want the thinnest and lightest I can get while also getting the performance I want (the current crop of MBPs gives me that). 7-10 hours of battery life is way more than enough for me.

I run (and write software for) 3D animation software and rendering software on my MBP. The graphics system is just fine for what I need when I'm travelling. It's not going to compete with my Mac Pro or the thousands of Linux CPUs in my render farm but I don't need it to.

I get a *ton* of work done with and because of my MBP.

This is not to say that everyone does or even should have my same experience or needs.. but neither is the converse true that no professional is like me in finding these machines to be basically perfect for them.

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