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Comment Simple or disposable apps (Score 2) 110

This'll work fine for very simple apps, ones that only require standardized functionality. But then, with an app like that, do you really need to develop a custom one for any reason other than branding/appearance? And it'll work for disposable apps, ones that do the current job but don't need to be maintained or enhanced down the road. That's been true forever, it's why spreadsheets and word processors had macro languages so secretaries and accountants could do simple operations and calculations without needing to have the programming team get involved. But the moment you start dealing with an app with complex functionality that has to be changed, enhanced and extended over time, that's when you'll discover that you need software engineers. It's the same reason anybody who can grab a hammer and saw can cobble together a sawhorse that'll work for one job, but you need someone who understands architecture and construction to build a house that's expected to last for decades.

Comment Re:problems, lol (Score 1) 204

Exceptions are not possible in C for the same reason that they are not possible in Objective-C even though they exist. There is a vast quantity of code in the C world that is not written to be exception safe. So if you throw an exception in your callback that you passed to library, the unwinding of the call stack may cause all kinds of resource leaks and other issues.

Comment Re:What Authority ... (Score 1) 378

There are EU regulations about government assistance for corporations. These are in place because Europe has a single market and government subsidies for one company are the same as tariffs for everybody else. The EU thinks that Apple paying corporate tax at 1% when the official rate is 12.5% in Ireland amounts to an illegal subsidy.

Comment Re:Money (Score 1) 378

The bill is for eleven years and includes interest. Plus Apple did pay some taxes in Ireland, probably around a billion euros. To give you some perspective, it looks like Ireland collects around €45 billion each year in all taxes and around €7 billion in corporation tax. This €13 billion would be a substantial windfall for them.

Comment Re:I hate Apple, but no (Score 1) 378

Actually, no. The EU does not have overall governance over Ireland. The EU does not set Irish taxes but only gives broad guidelines in an effort to keep the playing field as level as possible. As a member of the EU and its single market, Ireland commits to keeping to the guidelines. The EU says it has transgressed and Ireland says it hasn't. Either way, Apple has paid all the taxes that the Irish government said it needed to. Apple is not at fault here.

Comment Keep your RAID, build a server (Score 1) 356

Keep your RAID-1. It will protect against single disk failure and improve read performance.

Build a server. Just a little one. An old desktop PC will suffice.
Put in a cheap SSD (64GB will do), and a 3 or 4 TB HDD.
Install your OS of choice to the SSD (Debian, BSD, anything low maintenance).
Write or procure a script on the server to rsync the contents of your desktop PC to the large HDD, with the --backup switch, rotating monthly. This way you get overwritten or deleted content put in another folder (usually the day of the month), so you get one month to recover accidentally deleted or overwritten files.
Set this script such that it starts ten minutes after the server boots up, waits another ten minutes, then powers down.
Set the server to Wake on Lan.
Have your desktop PC (or other server if you have one) send a WoL magic packet to the server once a day.
Turn off the server.
If you ever need to retrieve anything, send a WoL packet to the server, wait for bootup, log in and kill the backup script (which should still be sleeping if you do it within 10 minutes).

Voila, cheap robust offline backup.

Comment Re:I've gone through four iPhones due to this issu (Score 2) 222

A "failure" here includes an app that crashes. In your case you're saying the touch screen has failed to work, 4 times in a row, and somehow you know it's about to be 5 times.

The chance of a failure involving the touchscreen is statistically (from the report you didn't read) 3%. Raising 0.03 to the fifth power gives a failure rate of 0.0000000243.

Still going with Occam.

Comment Re:I've gone through four iPhones due to this issu (Score 1) 222

Well, literally hundreds of millions of people (per year) buy iPhones (last 12 months was 215 million) and don't have this problem.

I could see you getting a bad phone - shit happens. I could (just about) see you getting *two* bad phones out of two. There is no way I'd buy that you got three successive phones that failed in the same way, as for five ? Well, I'll be charitable and say you must be the unluckiest person on the planet. Is your name Brian by any chance ?

For reference: "In line with the firm’s fourth-quarter report, a study that analyzed smartphone failures during the first quarter of 2016 determined that Android devices cause far more problems for their owners than iPhones. According to Blancco Technology Group’s new data, 44% of Android phones experienced failures between January and March of this year, compared to 25% of iPhones"

Occam's razor says I still think you don't look after the phone, assuming you're telling the truth. Sorry.

Comment Re:So much for Apple's "better design" (Score 1, Troll) 222

Yep, in an nutshell.

You sell 215 million (how many phones Apple sold in the last 12 months) of *anything*, and there's going to be a tiny percentage of them that go wrong in some pattern-like way. Even 0.001% of 215 million is 2150 people with a problem, and although a failure rate of 0.001% is pretty damn good with such a complex device, that's still enough for "many" people to come up with a common problem and someone to get some ad-revenue from the click-bait headline.

(Also own an iPhone, a 6+, and haven't seen any issues)

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