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Comment Maria Helena Braga? (Score 0) 138

"..he has recently created a new fast charging solid-state battery.."
So be honest, who's the real inventor here?
You or Maria?

Not putting down your contribution, if it is Maria, as I'm sure your experience in the challenges of going from theory to consumer ready product, bringing a new battery to market, will be invaluable. I'm sure you had mentors too.
I've got 2 daughters (& 4 sons), I'd like to think that our civilisation is progressing enough to the point where gender doesn't preclude recognition for achievements.

Comment Steve Jobs was right about Flash. (Score 1) 90

I seem to remember Apple getting mauled in the media for refusing to allow flash on their new iPhone platform
So much so that Jobs wrote a open public letter to explain his reasons:
Thoughts on Flash Steve Jobs - April, 2010
In the context of the time, it was both brave (yes, I said it) and correct.
Why is anyone still hanging onto this legacy of a bygone technology era?

Comment NZ Herald is NOT a impartial observer (Score 2, Informative) 448

I've lived in NZ for a number of years now and I used to read the NZ Herald, Stuff.co.nz and other publications in this group.
To say they are anti-Apple partisan is an understatement. It's just hateful bile, and industrial propaganda.
Any comments I posted under their articles were being either blocked or deleted if I said anything pro-Apple or contradicted their anti-Apple editorial.

Apple is a US company. Yes it sells into NZ and the NZ government collects the standard 15% on all Apple's sales.
I'm at a loss to understand why sales of $4.2B should be taxed for anything else but sales tax?

If NZ wants more money then they should look at imposing import tax on electronic goods.
Singling out a single company isn't right.

Comment Re:Too late (Score 1) 65

You are confused about what swiss watches are for.

Hint: If a girl can't tell your knockoff from a real Rolex in a dark bar, it's serving its purpose. Apple watches don't address this. Get one that knocks off a better watch. ($3000? Who is that supposed to impress?).

You're hanging with the wrong sort of women my anonymous friend.
Can you tell a real girl from a fake in a dark bar I now wonder? ;)

Comment Re:Too late (Score 1) 65

Agreed. Swatch are a watch maker, not a software company.
I see a parallel in that between Nokia and Apple. Nokia were a mobile phone manufacturer, not a software company.
This announcement to me smacks of management going through the motions so that they don't look as bad as Nokia did when their market share diminishes.

I recently stuck a toe in the smart watch waters by buying a 2nd hand Apple Watch S1.
Got a stainless steel model for 1/4 of it's price new a year ago.
I was not convinced of the need for a smart watch, which seemed like a gimmick, and it was bought out of curiosity more than anything.
3 Weeks into wearing it and I can't remember were I put my beautiful $3,000 Swiss automatic. It's in a drawer somewhere.
I'm hooked, totally and utterly.
Even 2nd hand it looks as good as new and it's battery life is superb.
I expect the healthy 2nd hand Apple Watch market will do a fair bit of damage to the Swiss economy.

Comment Good. It levels the playing field on store ratings (Score 1) 149

If you publish on iTunes App store, as I do, you'll know that releasing a new version has the knock on effect of lowering your installs due to 2 things that happen on each new release:
1) iTunes App's have 2 ratings. An all time rating and a current version rating which goes to 0 on updates causing your app to lose popularity with installers.
2) iTunes keyword ranking is affected by current rating, not significantly, but enough to drop you a few places and 1/2 your installs until (1) improves again.
The App store is stagnating because of this. I see too many rivals who update every year or two. It creates complacency.
"Hot push" would have been for security reasons, which I'm all for. It does also have a nice side effect of preventing ratings gaming.
Apple's rumoured to be making App ratings more like Google Play in iOS 10.3.
I do hope so.

Comment Economic war (Score 2) 553

Remembering that the cold war was won by bankrupting the CCCP it makes me wonder if, assuming the rumours are true about Trump's strings being pulled by Putin, that their game plan is to destroy the American economy or weaken it.
Everything I've read about what Trumps has done, said or plans to do comes with a nasty long term economic cost.
Any other country would give their new borns to attract the worlds best minds to a "Bay Area", hot pot of technology star ups and world leaders.
Sure there's going to be plenty of abused H1B's but there's also going to be a heap of well deserved work visas which -smart- people won't be so keen on accepting in this current administration.
Cutting foreign aid, building walls, things that please those deluded enough to vote him in which will have a long term economic impact on the US and well as weakening it's world influence and power.
America's strength, which has given it world domination, has been it's economy and that's largely been driven by it's technology.
Pick a handful of American technological achievements and you'll find a large portion of them were created by immigrants not home born "presidential material".
Wake up America, your fucking yourself. Badly.

Comment Bad for the economy (Score 4, Insightful) 193

This shit can't be good for the US economy. Tourism and airlines will be most affected.
I live in NZ but I'm from the UK. I used to live in SF Bay and have friends there. So when flying home to the UK for a visit I would fly via SFO.
Not anymore. Even flying through the US without going into the country is like an Orwellian nightmare.
So I fly Emirates via Dubai. It's a damn shame as used to think of California as a 2nd home and loved visiting there.
I can't be alone in my boycotting.
The saddest thing is that modern America starting to look more and more like the old USSR.

Comment Where does it end though? (Score 1) 301

I moved to NZ from Scotland 3 years ago, I live on a little 10 acre "lifestyle block" on the north island.
Coming from N.Europe it's weird seeing things like hedgehogs running around here.
Brought here by the europeans who wanted to terra form NZ into something almost recognisable as the place the left behind.
They brought just about everything from the British Isles, except the fox (thankfully).

I recently came across a nest of hedgehogs in my barn and I did some online research as I think I might have made the mother abandon the nest by discovering it.
Found Hedgehogrescue NZ

Now coming from Scotland I know that there was an attempt to eradicate them from the Hebrides as they were eating the native bird eggs.
So why would Kiwi's (NZ-ers) want to save Hedgehogs if the goal is to make NZ more like it was where the Kiwi bird can roam free and re-establish on the mainlands?

I'll go further, what about the domestic cat? If you get rid of the all the mice (& rats) what does the (large) population of wild domestic cats live off?
Wild pigs too? I could go on...

I'm all for the eradication of the NZ mosquitos. :)

Comment Deja vu (Score 2) 68

We saw this already in the US when Apple Pay was first launched.
It looks like a last ditch effort by that Aussie banking cartel to prevent Apple from giving the consumer a fast, safe & convenient customer experience WITHOUT handing over personal data for tracking purposes.
Not only did customers switch banks for Apple Pay they also stopped shopping at retailers who boycotted it.
It took a year before those who opposed it crumbled. I predict the same in Australia.
The consumer has all the real power here and voting with your wallet is still very effective.

This isn't about Apple. This is about data collection on consumers.
I only wish Apple would use their cash war chest to lobby more to get the necessary legislation to protect public privacy.

Comment Re:bad news for this guy (Score 1) 131

AAPL is, as I type, down by $0.28
Someone commented above Nerds are crappy at marketing analysis.
Well yes and also crappy at understanding the stock market.
Back in the day, when I worked at Cisco (in the 90's), I'd often get asked by my fellow engineers "why has the stock gone down when we beat expectations this quarter?"
Because you buy on the rumour and sell on the facts.
The market had anticipated a good quarter and had adjusted prior to the results today.
Now that those results have been confirmed there's the sell off and profiting on that safe bet
So this fool ain't so foolish I think.

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