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Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 101

Indeed, so much for researching the article your parroting eh?

I agree, the actual technology does sound like something that would be more interesting to discuss (maybe?) then scrounging for something to make fun of Apple for.

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.

" 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.

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