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Comment Re:UK costs will numerically match those of the US (Score 4, Informative) 84

its basically charging arbirtarily different prices in different regions and pocketing the difference. I am sure a US app maker will still get paid in USD.

As an app developer, I can correct your incorrect assumptions.

Apps on the app store come in different "price tiers" from free, to $0.99, to $1.99 etc. Apple translates these prices for countries other than the USA. Mostly this is done by multiplying or dividing by the exchange rate, adding VAT where necessary, and rounding to a nice even amount (if they calculated the correct price should be £2.04 or £1.94, then the actual price will be £1.99, for example).

When the customer pays, Apple removes the VAT which they pay to the tax office of that country, takes their 30% or 15% cut, and then converts the money into the currency of the developer, and that's the amount paid.

Apple also tries to keep the prices constant for long times - they could have done the UK change six months ago, so for six months UK citizens actually got a rebate.

The users pay a fair price - each user pays an amount so that the same money ends up in the developer's pockets. So users are not "fucked". And developers get roughly the same amount of money wherever you buy an app. Right now, developers got 20% less if you bought in the UK instead of the USA, for example, and that has now been corrected.

Comment Re:Sounds about right (Score 1) 84

Apple look simply to be pricing in the devaluation in Sterling that has occurred since the beginning of Brexit. I'm not sure anyone can find much to fault with that. The real question is how quickly Apple will move to reduce prices if/when the Pound recovers?

As a developer with paid apps in the store, I get an email every single time Apple changes its prices anywhere in the world. Most of the time, some prices go up, some prices go down.

Comment Re:I can no longer recommend Consumer Reports (Score 1) 164

You should be happy to know that caching remains off. All that was identified is that caching triggered a bug, it was the bug that was fixed and the test was then repeated in the exact same conditions as they always have done.

Caching didn't trigger the bug. Not caching didn't trigger the bug either. Using the "disable cache" setting triggered the bug, it didn't have actually anything to do with caching or not caching.

Comment Re:I can no longer recommend Consumer Reports (Score 1) 164

Consumer Reports was benchmarking a debug mode. That should not be a legitimate config to represent typical usage.

The long version: Safari caches downloads to safe battery life, as they should, and as any decent browser would. This is nice for users. It is not nice when you try to measure battery life by cycling through 20 pages because very quickly everything is loaded because the battery lasts forever.

So they decided to turn a very hard to find developer setting to disable caching downloads. The app now uses a lot more energy and battery life goes down. The same would happen if a user with download cache enabled doesn't visit 20 sites, but thousand sites.

Unfortunately, there was a bug that only happened when the download cache was enabled; that bug did _not_ happen for users visiting thousands of sites. And that bug killed battery life _but only for people who intentionally turned the cache off, which a normal user would not do_.

So two things happened: One, battery life went down because they turned off a feature that is intended to improve battery life. Two, battery life went down a lot because of a bug that only happened when the battery saving feature was turned off. So, entirely irrelevant to 99% of users.

Comment Re:This is fucking awesome (Score 1) 455

Also, because they have the patent, no other company can make a phone with that feature even if they wanted too (well with out paying apple), thus locking the entire market out from having the safety feature in their phones.

We may find out how many people asked Apple about a license and licensing conditions.

Comment Re:Battery life is not the real issue (Score 1) 254

So it's not easy, except if you have a laptop that you don't charge and discharge every day like ..... every laptop?

Many laptops are actually used as desktop computers most of the time, plugged into their charger, occasionally taken into a meeting or used on the train. In that scenario the battery will last forever. If it's used as a pure desktop computer, it doesn't even matter whether the battery is absolutely shot.

Comment This was argued long before (Score 1) 98

Having encryption that can be broken makes it easier for police and FBI to catch criminals, and easier for foreign nations and companies to find out information that the government, police, army, or private companies, want to keep confidential. That should be obvious to everyone but is likely to be ignored by FBI and police because it is a problem, but they don't see it as their problem.

The NSA has argued for a very long time that good encryption is overall better for national security. If there had been a few known cases where criminals got away with crimes because they cracked information held by police or FBI then police and FBI might learn.

Comment Why Apple must not be able to decrypt (Score 1) 215

Users must be safe from criminals, spies etc. being able to read the contents of their phones. Users need not be safe from the police with a valid search warrant being able to read the contents of the phone. The problem is that you can't have both.

When you consider the safety of a phone, you must consider the worst case, that the phone falls into the hands of a sophisticated hacker. It must be safe in that situation.

Apple is in a similar situation as a very sophisticated hacker, as far as iPhones are concerned. So to be safe from sophisticated hackers who have the physical phone in their hands, an iPhone must also be safe if it is in the hands of Apple. If Apple could decrypt the contents of the phone, then there would be a great risk that hackers could also decrypt it. Therefore the phone must be designed in such a way that Apple can't decrypt it, even if they want to.

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