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Comment Re:Loses credibility (Score 1) 164

They're recommending based on the fact that as near to zero percent of users as makes no difference will be disabling the caching that they did.

Normal users will not experience the same wildly varying battery life that CR did in their initial tests.

Those who *do* disable the caching may hit the bug that apple has identified and are fixing. But that number is going to be vanishingly small.

CR was right to update their review before the fix comes out.

Comment Re:Why they are slow? (Score 1) 766

I've opened up hundreds of tabs in Safari on my 2009 iMac just now as a test. Not just blanks either.. lots of web pages.

Not a delay or hint of sluggishness to be found.

New web pages (and especially new blank tabs) open just as fast as they did when I first logged in.

Mr. Birman is definitely doing something wrong.

Comment From the article (Score 4, Informative) 88

December 13th: Apple released macOS 10.12.2 which contains the security update. At least for some hardware - like my MacBook Air.

Conclusion
The solution Apple decided upon and rolled out is a complete one. At least to the extent that I have been able to confirm. It is no longer possible to access memory prior to macOS boot. The mac is now one of the most secure platforms with regards to this specific attack vector.

So, it seems that this door has been closed as of 10.12.2

Remains to be seen if those machines that don't support 10.12 Sierra will get patches for their latest supported macOS version, of course.

Comment Re:huh? (Score 3, Informative) 164

Yet, instead of making it clear what background processes are draining your battery, and why that's killing your estimated time remaining, Apple goes it's usual "form over function" route and just hides all those nasty details.

You'd be 100% right.. except for one nasty detail which makes you 0% right.

There are multiple ways to find out precisely which applications/processes are draining your battery.

Here's one:

https://support.apple.com/en-c...

Here's another:

http://cdn.osxdaily.com/wp-con...

That second one is right there in the battery menu.

Nasty.. nasty details.

Comment Re:And you can't remove the battery to restart (Score 1) 53

I don't follow. on any iPhone if you hold the sleep/power button along with the home (or volume down for iPhone 7).. your phone will shut down -- no matter what it's doing or if it's crashed.

No need to do anything fancy or open anything up and hope that someone doesn't knock the battery out of your hand.

Comment Re:And you can't remove the battery to restart (Score 1) 53

Personally I don't think that less than 5 seconds from holding down the two buttons to the phone starting its shutdown sequence is quite a long time.

Also.. if you can't go 5 seconds without someone bumping you so hard that you can't keep your fingers on two buttons then I shudder to think what's going to happen to the cover and battery when you are bumped.

Comment Re:WTF is a "5K" display? (Score 4, Informative) 170

Apple has been selling machines with 5K displays for over two years now. Not sure how long LG and Dell (and others) have been selling 5K displays.. but this is definitely not an apple-only thing.

Anyway.. they're great if you want to be able to do things like edit 4K video at full resolution and still have room left over for your editing software GUI.

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