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Comment Re:No MagSafe would be a step backwards (Score 1) 316

The major driver in Magsafe 2 was to change the format so that people weren't constantly trying to plug USB devices in it. Magsafe was almost identical to USB type 1? Magsafe 2's thinner wider connector isn't.

I think you have it backwards. I'm looking at the side of my office mate's MacBook Air and the MagSafe2 connector looks to be about the same size as the USB-A port right next to it. My wife has a circa 2009 MacBook pro and the MagSafe connector is thicker and was next to the Ethernet port. Much easier to mistake the MagSafe2 for the USB port right next to it.

Comment Re:No MagSafe would be a step backwards (Score 1) 316

I wonder what the thinking was during the transition from MagSafe to MagSafe 2?

Size. The original MagSafe connector was significantly larger than MagSafe2. In order to have a thinner laptop they had to make it thinner. That's probably the reason for abandoning MagSafe altogether -- the new laptops likely aren't thick enough to provide a big enough area for a magnet to hold onto.

Comment Re:Apple today, MS yesterday (Score 1) 289

It is remarkable to think about how their relative positions have changed in just a decade or two.

Not really. Things are very much the same. In the 90's, Apple had maybe a maybe 10% share of the personal computing market but 100% of the Mac market. Today, they have a little over 10% share of the smartphone market but 100% of the iOS market. The only thing that has changed is the coolness factor. In the 90s nobody was talking about Macs but today they're all talking about iOS. Apple's attitude hasn't really changed. The Mac was locked down just like iOS -- they're the only manufacturer and they control what people can do with it to varying degrees.

Comment Re:Or the actual reason(s) (Score 1) 761

And other than the connector itself a Lightning headphone is worse in every way, because headphones are driven by your ear technology, not the phone's. The newest fanciest Lightning headphones in 5 years (assuming this decision sticks) will never be more than today's headphones plus a built-in Lightning dongle.

Well, for one thing, Lightning headphones allow you to have a better DAC than might otherwise be included in an iPhone. Probably not a big deal for most people, but if you're going to pay big money for fancy headphones maybe that'll be important?

Comment Re:Clearly they understand the Controller limitati (Score 1) 129

While it makes sense for Apple to continue to focus the AppleTV primarily on the streaming content market, I think they could significantly expand their potential sales through gaming. Families who buy an AppleTV primarily as an inexpensive console for casual gaming would become potential customers for impulse streaming content purchases. (It's why even the most basic STBs have PPV functions.)

I agree it would be stupid for Apple to try to make the AppleTV a competitor to the PS4 / XB1. But I do think they have severely limited sales due to the restrictions they are putting on developers. The iStore description for games could clearly indicate what controllers are required / supported. The iStore app could even check what controllers have been paired with the AppleTV and give an extra "are you sure" prompt.

IMHO Apple should have created an iDevice controller app & SDK for developers to use. Multiplayer AppleTV gaming might even drive a few iPod Touch sales.

I think Apple is playing it pretty smart, actually.

They aren't betting the farm on AppleTV being a gaming platform, but they're preparing the ground for it nonetheless.

The remote restriction is so that people thinking about playing games on it won't be presented with nothing but titles that they can't even play.

The size restriction is to enable impulse buys without tying up the device for eons while a huge game downloads that they aren't even planning to play right away.

Once gaming has become established on AppleTV and there are plenty of games you can play out-of-the-box, they'll probably relax the restrictions on using the remote. The size restriction may stick around, but will probably be tweaked to accommodate developers just like the size of apps on iOS were initially restricted but later were allowed to get bigger.

Remember, it's always easier to relax restrictions than to add them on later. Once Apple gets a feel for how people and developers work with AppleTV they'll make some adjustments. They're just being initially cautious as usual to protect the user experience so people don't get turned off by it right out of the gate.

Comment Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 328

That's exactly what I was thinking. If they ask for a fingerprint to unlock the phone just ask them "which one?". If the device will fail back to a passcode after a few failures then you just have to hope they don't get lucky. Maybe pick a finger for unlocking the phone that's not obvious (i.e. not index or thumb) or "misunderstand" which one they asked for if they get lucky and use a different one instead. Oops!

Comment Re:The PC is Dying (Score 1) 622

A high end CAD workstation today is simply a PC with a powerful CPU and high-end gaming card + different firmware and extra graphics memory. Once the high-end PC gaming cards and the high-end PC CPU's disappear, CAD workstations will need to find something else to build on.

Or, they'll just go back to what they were before PCs became powerful enough to use -- specially-built workstations that cost an arm and a leg. If the aerospace industry needs them badly enough, they'll pay whatever it takes. I remember the days when graphics cards for CAD workstations cost well over $10k.

Comment Re:Maybe Apple should make a smaller one? (Score 2) 258

Yeah, so the military should stop using weapons because that's what the other guy knows they're going to do?

There will always be a market for a company that caters to the high end of the market as long as they have appropriate products for that market segment. Sometimes even when that market is very, very small (i.e. Rolex, Ferrari) but you can still be very profitable.

Comment Re:Understand academics and money (Score 5, Insightful) 695

On the other hand, if you *do* have tenure, you could make a huge reputation for yourself and could get a job anywhere you wanted if you could prove that climate change was false. And if you can't get a grant from one of the government sources, there are plenty of fossil fuel industry and conservative think tanks that would gladly fund your research.

Comment Re:What about non-widescreen laptops? (Score 1) 666

I realize that shiny sells, but I still don't understand why I can't buy a 4:3 laptop these days. Everyone I talk to says he'd prefer one to the current wide-screen offering. Do people really only use computers for watching movies?

I just bought a new HP ProBook with 1366x768 resolution, but at least it has a matte screen.

Probably because none of the LCD manufacturers aren't making very many 4:3 LCDs any more. Now that TVs and computers are using basically the same LCD panels we can get them pretty cheaply, but only as long as you have that enormous economy of scale that dual-purpose gets you. If you want 4:3, there isn't nearly as much demand so the unit costs will end up a lot higher.

Comment Re:Lets see: (Score 1) 750

Let's see:

In a year and a half, Obama/Pelosi/Reid have increased the deficit by more than what Bush/Hastert/Pelosi/Reid were able to do in 8 years.

Actually, it was the last Bush budget (FY 2009) that exploded the deficit. That year's budget deficit was 1.4 trillion. In the FY 2010 budget (Obama's first budget) it's down to 1.3 trillion.


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anon-e-mus writes: Well, it looks like Demonoid, one of the most popular torrent tracking sites, has gotten handed yet another bill of bad if you go to there is a simple and to the point message: "The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding." I guess the question now is will demonoid be back ever again and, if not, what does this mean for the smaller torrent trackers?

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