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Comment Well. Not exactly. (Score 1) 472

"Apple is inexplicably still selling the exact same models for its Mac line that it introduced in 2012...Apple's computing lineup is still shipping with the three-to-four years old processor..."

While I agree that Apple needs to seriously update their line. They last updated the MacBook Pro in mid 2014, with chips released Q3'14 (according to Intel). I7-4578U, i7-4980HQ, etc...

Comment Re:True Crime (Score 2) 194

I don't see where in the original story it mentions anything about a gun in the chicken wing case. The source of the story talks about a number of cases where Stingray was used, one of them being a 77-year old woman whose cell phone and other items were stolen at gun point. The part where it talks about the chicken wing theft doesn't say anything about a gun being involved. Unless I missed that part.

Comment Re:Apple is wrong, but so is the FBI (Score 1) 401

Actually, the employer reset the password on the guys iCloud account (they claim, in cooperation with the FBI). Apple pointed this out because they believe that had the phone been plugged in on a known wifi network, that it would have attempted a new backup to the account. By changing the password on the iCloud account, the phone can no longer do backups as it would need to be unlocked in order to change it in the settings. Now, whether or not this would have worked only Apple knows, and would have only been known if the account password hadn't been reset. (ie, maybe he removed his home network from the phone and never plugged it in at work, or maybe his account was full, etc.. who knows).

The password that was reset had nothing to do with the phone itself.

The FBI is asking Apple to create a separate version of iOS that allows disabling the failed passcode entry countermeasures (slowing down, permanently locking) and allow passcode attempts via bluetooth or usb (so that they can brute force it rapidly).

Comment Re:Why is this an issue at all? (Score 1) 341

One thing is that it would set a dangerous precedent. One thought is that this is why the FBI are trying so hard to get this done. Farook destroyed both his and his wifes personal phones beyond recovery, and hid their computers hard drive (no doubt destroyed that as well). The iPhone in question was his work phone and it's likely that there's nothing of actual use on it (though we'll never know, even if the order goes through).

If the FBI can get Apple to do this, then it will be much easier the next time, and the next, etc.. Eventually it could become such a hassle that they might even ask Apple to create a more generic version of the software. All they need is to get this done one time to get the snowball rolling.

Others will also start making the requests, pointing this one out. The NYC police dept already stated they have some 170 or so phones they need to get into. Other countries (China, etc) will no doubt start making requests as well.

Comment Re:Even more pathetic than that (Score 5, Insightful) 193

And yet after all this time I still can't install/upgrade Windows directly to an external drive. I run it on a 2013 Mac Pro (yeah yeah Apple, trash can, whatever you want to get out of your system) on a ssd via thunderbolt. Every time I try to install or upgrade to the drive the windows installer insists that the volume won't be bootable and thus won't install. You have to perform the upgrade on the internal drive (which means for an upgrade, cloning the ssd back to the internal) then clone it to the external to boot. Which boots fine, by the way. Oh yeah, and if there are any other external drives plugged in, they have to be removed or the installer fails, which is annoying when the external drive is daisy-chained off another.

Linux can directly install/upgrade to any drive on any bus. As can OSX. Why can't Windows do this after all this time?

Comment Re:Blaming their tools (Score 5, Interesting) 94

Whats worse is that it appears they weren't even developing for OpenGL, but rather using Transgaming's (nVidia) cider to translate DX calls to OGL.

"...it works by employing middleware developed by TransGaming (presently NVIDIA) to convert Windows’ DirectX drawing method into OpenGL on Mac systems."

They then go on to compare OGL and DX and claim that if it was developed natively for OGL there would be a 30% performance gap. Excuses for laziness, in my opinion.

Comment Re:Shouldn't they be after Google? (Score 1) 148

Android is open source and from what I understand, is not the part thats licensed on the phones. The companies license the ability to use the proprietary google apps on the devices (and use the android name/trademark?)

I believe (and IANAL) the issue comes in when the software is then on a device thats being sold. Android itself isn't the issue, because its not being sold by Google. Selling devices with Android on it however, is the issue and why MS goes after the "smaller" companies.

The real question is, why isn't Google offering protection for the companies under the licenses they get for the gapps? Probably because they know they infringed and the licensing fees wont cover paying for all the companies selling devices with it.

Comment Re:64 GB ECC 32 consumer, pcie vs. sata. compare H (Score 1) 804

This is true if you go to an apple store, and perhaps if you call the regular support lines. Companies generally get their own sales reps who can put them in touch with higher level support people, sometimes even the developers.

A local school had some issues with afp (who doesn't? ;-) and it got to the point where the local rep, regional rep, a few developers and the head of the group that deals with afp actually showed up to trouble shoot and fix it.

Comment Re:Gather 'round children ... (Score 1) 804

That's not how depreciation works for taxation purposes in any sane jurisdiction. This includes USA where depreciation is set by IRS, not some company PHB.

I'm not an account but isn't that what this says?

Secondly, spending money for the sake of not having income, you may as well just give your employees a raise or bonus instead. They'll be just as happy with a "normal" $1k computer (provided it works for their job), but much happier with $2k bonus per year.

I'm pretty sure its spending money for a much more well equipped computer that would work best for their job. And is also portable, and makes sharing of high speed storage with other systems much easier.

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