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Comment Re:Peak time on satellite vs. cellular (Score 1) 222

Cell phone used to use peak and off peak for minutes. Things like $10 / mo for 20 peak minutes and 500 off peak minutes. Clearly designed to encourage off peak usage. The ratios started to change as cell phones began to be used socially and they couldn't do anything that extreme. Data is similar. Sure there are peaks but it is gently rolling hills not the sort of sharp drop offs that make a variable pricing scheme make sense.

Comment Re:Makes more sense (Score 1) 222

These are public companies their spend for the networks are public documents. The cost of spending to create 3G and then LTE was many billions for each of them every year. They have huge debts from it and your job is to indirectly pay down the bond holders. It is not pennies on the dollar to provide when you count the capital cost. That's why most of the cell phone providers went broke.

Comment Re:Pity my MacPro can't run it (Score 1) 200

Isn't it odd that a 8 year old Mac is still perfectly fine, but every one that is still being sold is hopelessly antiquated?

I'm not sure what you mean. Is it just a complaint that Apple doesn't always update their hardware often? By your own logic, that complaint makes no sense. If the 8 year old Max is perfectly fine, then the "antiquated" Mac that still has last year's technology should still be perfectly fine.

Here's something that's worth understanding: You can generally tell how long a hardware vendor expects you to keep their equipment in service by how long their longest available warranty is. For most Apple hardware, the longest warranty available is 3 years. For mobile devices, it's 2. Dell's default warranty, for example, is also 3 years, but they'll sell you an upgrade for 5. Dell's signaling that they expect you to get a new computer every 3-5 years, while Apple is signaling that you should be upgrading every 3 years or so.

Now obviously you don't *have to* upgrade that often. Apple still supports older devices with their software releases, but obviously certain kinds of support start dying off after that time. The first thing that happens is that the warranty is over, so they won't fix it for free. After that, they may fix it for an extra fee, but eventually that goes away, and they simply refuse to even try to fix it. That often happens around the time they stop manufacturing replacement parts.

But eventually, everyone discontinues support for everything. If you can get Windows 10 installed on your 8 year old Dell workstation, Dell isn't going to stop you. At the same time, Dell isn't going to go through any trouble to help you do it. It's the same thing.

Comment Re:"Allow apps" from only "sanctioned" sources now (Score 0) 200

Because Apple runs the ecosystem. They are trying to gradually shift towards a situation where software distributed in the ecosystem to non-power users is regulated by Apple. That way Apple doesn't get slammed with viruses. If you as a developer are going to be distributing applications to end users not capable of making good choices about their software then you need to register with Apple.

Comment Re:Worse than Win10 for Privacy defaults (Score 0) 200

Apple has always been iffy when it comes to enterprise support. This has been intentional. There were similar issues just recently with the switch to iPhones for business. They have always aimed that the user of a device have a good experience even at the expense of a purchaser not getting what they want when the two are different. They are willing to accept enterprise purchases but not at the expense of enterprises creating a bad impression of their system.

They fundamentally disagree with the choice Microsoft made.

Comment Re:universal clipboard wtf (Score 1) 200

Apple doesn't encourage that usage pattern. They have family setups for kids.

As far as common login / login on a computer, if the family is sharing one login then they are sharing one account they are one person with one set of data. That's the case for all computers. There are "guest" setting for shared computers you don't use a standard login you use a guest type account and that won't have the syncing.

Comment Re:universal clipboard wtf (Score 3, Interesting) 200

Dad hits copy to copy/paste something on his laptop at the office, and the kids upstairs doing their homework go to paste something into a document on the ipad upstairs have that content dumped into the document.

Well it's not quite as bad as that. It only works if they're both signed in using the same iCloud account. So you'll only have a problem if Dad and Son are signed into the same iCloud account on their devices. Even then... I have Sierra and an iPhone, and I can't figure out how the feature is supposed to work. I certainly haven't done it accidentally.

Comment Re:Where is the funding for the trip? (Score 1) 289

Who exactly is going to pay for these trips to Mars or wherever else?

Private companies might pay for some space exploration, assuming it's cheap enough and there's enough of a financial reward to make it worthwhile. One of the possibilities people have put out there is that, if space travel were cheap/easy enough, we might be able to mine asteroids for various materials that are relatively rare here on earth's surface.

Comment What problem does this fix? (Score 1) 81

I looked over the summary and the two articles they linked do, and I'm trying to understand what problem this fixes. In one article, it says:

For example, imagine setting up an e-commerce website using service providers like Squarespace or Wix and then going back to your Internet registrar to make sure that the domain you just registered is set up to properly point to and respond to the website you just finished building. It's a process that's not for the faint of heart.

... but I really don't know what they're referring to. Changing your DNS records is not particularly difficult. I suppose you need to know what an A record is vs. a CNAME record. Their example of DNS being scary points to a page on how to change your MX records for Google Apps, which... I'm sorry, but if you're configuring MX records, you should have some idea of what you're doing. It's not a particularly difficult process, and if you can't figure that out on your own, you shouldn't be managing your own email services. Get a Gmail address, or else hire someone.

And even more importantly, if you're dealing with someone who can't figure out how to set up an A record, how are they going to set up a TXT record? And should that person really be configuring an API that allows 3rd parties to make changes to their DNS?

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