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Comment Re:Should have used APPS! (Score 1) 107

Modern app appers know that ONLY apps can app apps, NOT LUDDITE software like LUDDITE Linux, so appy app apps can't be apped by LUDDITE hackers!

You know, you gotta admire his persistence.

He could re-invent the smurfs, except everyone wears hipster clothing and says "apps" instead of "smurf"

Comment So? (Score 1) 44

LTE is already pretty darn fast, so losing a little performance isn't going to make that big of a deal. It's not as if you can torrent to your hearts content without killing your cell phone bill.

What I *really* want to know, is if the Intel chip has a comparatively lower power draw compared to the qualcomm. Getting more battery life is of much more value to me than needing to wait one additional second to download that new kitten video everyone is raving about.

Comment Re:Who pays for apps? (Score 3, Insightful) 53

And that is why the app stores (both iOS and Android, but Android in particular) are flooded with shitty micropayment systems and/or crazy amounts of ads.

There are lots of apps on the app store that I am very happy to give money for, because I want to provide direct support for those developers and keep them making more stuff.

Stuff like 1password for password management, the Rooms game series, a very well done transit tracking app, etc.

None of them are particularly expensive, and all are very worth while.

The fact that iOS is doing so well compared to Android boils down to the fact that iOS users are more willing to open their wallets. That's why there are a lot more higher-quality apps. For example, both platforms include an official Scrabble game as a freebee, loading with an absurd amount of ads. My spouse and I were playing it on different devices, so I figured I'd just buy paid-for copies to get rid of the ads. I could do that in iOS, but when I looked on Google Play, they didn't even bother offering it.

Decent software doesn't just materialize out of the sky. You gotta pay for it somehow.

(All this of course, ignores companies like EA that have made a business model out of shitty software...)

Comment Security is not foolproof (Score 1) 72

You will never have perfect security. There is no such thing. All you can do is put up sufficient roadblocks that a miscreant will give up before they are successful.

And all the security measures in the world arn't going to make a lick of difference if the user opens the door and waves the bad guy in.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 547

I was being intentionally hyperbolic, thinking people would get that I wasn't specifically referring to Trump with my remarks. Apparently I thought wrong.

I was trying to make the point that some people will vote for a politician if they support one particular thing, no matter how crazy they are about other things.

Comment Seriously? (Score 0, Troll) 547

"There are many reasons a person might support Trump that do not involve racism, sexism, xenophobia, or accepting sexual assault."

Gotta love those one-issue voters. "He's advocating genocide, wants to cancel all school funding, and force all women across the country to only bear HIS children? That's a-ok cause he's gonna lower my taxes!"

Comment Re:mac os now locked down to IOS levels and (Score 3, Insightful) 83

Either you don't use a Mac, or your skill level is so low that you are exactly the kind of person for whom this change is designed. There is virtually no reason why you *should* disable Gatekeeper because it provides critical front-line security to protect you from malicious apps.

If you want to grant an exception to an individual app, that is still possible. If you want to disable gatekeeper entirely, you can still do that too, although you'd be begging to be exploited by malicious software if you did.

And, oh look! I found this on my very first google search.

Clearly you couldn't even be bothered to make the attempt to get more info before invoking the power of your pie hole.

Comment Re: mac os now locked down to IOS levels and (Score 3, Informative) 83

I haven't yet installed MacOS Sierra, but given the number of stories I've read, it's clear that the people who are most in need of gatekeeper are the ones who are too stupid to be trusted with disabling it. A perfect example are those idiot chinese coders that downloaded pirated copies of xcode, which resulted in every app they wrote having malicious code injected.

Gatekeeper is a tremendously valuable tool because it's a solid front line of defense against malicious apps, and IMO anyone who disables it is a moron.

It's trivially easy to bypass gatekeeper on a case-by-case basis. All you do is right-click on your desired app and choose "open". It will ask you to verify whether you really want to do that, and voila, it opens. If you open an app and the OS says that it's unsigned, that's a big honking red flag, and it means you need to scrutinise the source of your application.

Comment Re:One rumour is the death of Magsafe. (Score 1) 142

I've never had a problem with their magsafe cables. I can't even fathom what people do to cause their cables to fray in the ways I've seen. I have a power supply from 2009 which is still just as good now as it was then.

Now MICE on the other hand.... IMO there needs to be emergency legislation that says it is illegal for Apple to make peripherals. A more unergonomic POS, I have never laid eyes on.

Comment About friggin time (Score 1) 142

So nice for it to finally occur to them that their desktop lineup sales are in freefall because of their inability to refresh their products. I've been waiting to offer Macs to employees who want to use them, but there's no way I'm going to pay premium prices for ancient technology.

You wanna sell old hardware? Fine. Then price them accordingly FFS.

Comment Re: Alternative (Score 1) 890

Congratulations, you pay for what you have. Too bad you're intentionally ignoring other factors such as:

1. You have the purchasing power to drive your costs down, resulting in whatever you buy costing a hell of a lot less than it would for the average poor schlep.
2. How did you get your money in the first place? If you are insanely wealthy, there are overwhelmingly better than even odds that you screwed a lot of people to make that money. The average CEO makes several *orders of magnitude* more money than an average worker, and you get a golden parachute so that even if they fuck up a company badly, the board have to *pay* them just to leave. The amount of compensation that the 1% get for their efforts are completely out of step with the actual work they put in.

So yeah... It's the 1% that is the burden on society because they are sucking up pie faster than it can grow, leaving everyone else not only with less and less, but also using their power to manipulate the market and government so that even MORE gets funneled to them because no matter how much they have, it's never enough.

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