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Comment Re: Nothing of significance (Score 1) 230

Big features that are missing:
* Text size adjustment that consistently works (a lot of the population has trouble reading on their phone).
* Better integration with cars for safety (cell phones still kill and injure a tremendous number of people when mixed with automobiles).
* Voice commands that work
* Ability to switch to gloved mode for colder climates
* Better ability to track battery and data usage on an app or task basis

Comment Re:Apple is the Trump Towers of computing. (Score 1) 230

Being beaten on a single feature and being beaten across the board are two very different things. Apple was much closer to having an overall inferior problem about 5 years ago when high end Android was way ahead from a hardware perspective and Apple was competing on usability and richness of applications. With Android having moved down market now the major feature on which Apple lags is lower cost models. Used are the only lower cost Apple models and these lag in many respects.

Comment Re:Warrant canary (Score 1) 22

I was expecting a Warrant canary.
e.g. something to say they have not yet been been given secret orders by the NSA/CIA to install a backdoor for spying on users.

Like Apple used to have. Is there some reason Google cannot do that?

I think their absence of an existing Warrant Canary speaks volumes. (That is - they've already been issued such an order or warrant.)

Comment Re:Where's my new MacPro Tower? (Score 1) 114

Buy a few million of them a year. The old pros didn't sell very well, they were often seen as too big and too noisy. They didn't mesh with Apple's brand image. The trash can sold well for many months.

Apple seems to be killing the desktop pros off the killed their server line. Apple liked a narrow product line. To get diversification you need volume sales. The numbers aren't there. The numbers certainly aren't there for a physically large machine.

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:"Allow apps" from only "sanctioned" sources now (Score 0) 202

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) 202

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) 202

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 What about talking to Verizon (Score 0) 209

Verizon in my experience is pretty reasonable. They do however make mistakes. Work with customer service. As for the $600 fee there is no $600 fee for ending a contract early that means they leant her money on a phone that she now has to repay plus possibly a much smaller penalty. This sounds like a person who acted impulsively. Most of the comments above talking about suing. Suing requires first acting in good faith. So she needs to act in good faith and in the very least talk to them.

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