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Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

BasilBrush Re:Absolutely fair.. (114 comments)

Losing the additional security that closed source gives over open source.

Note that the phrase "There's no such thing as security through obscurity" is a nonsense. Security through obscurity alone is poor security. But it does indeed add a level of security when combined with other security practices.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

about a week ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

BasilBrush Re:Cool (224 comments)

Same thing happens here.

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

BasilBrush Re: a better question (592 comments)

Most people buying an iMac get the base version, not the 5k display one.

You complain about anecdotes, then pull that out of your ass?

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

BasilBrush Re: a better question (592 comments)

Even most of those getting an iMac really want a real tower (such as a Mac Pro) but are stuck with the iMac because they can't afford it.

This isn't true. Marco Arment for example bought a Mac Pro, then traded it in a year later to get an iMac. Clearly he could afford the Pac Pro, but the year later iMac offered a better display, without compromising the speed.
http://www.marco.org/2014/10/1...

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

BasilBrush Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

The question is not whether D-Day was right, but whether it's right for 15 year olds to be fighting in wars. Any wars. It's not.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

BasilBrush Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

It's still not the right thing regardless of your admiration. 15 year olds should not be fighting in wars, D-Day or otherwise.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

BasilBrush Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

Dad: "I faked my age to enlist at fifteen and fight at D-Day."

That was neither a good thing, nor the right thing. Just because your dad believed something doesn't mean it should dictate your view on life.

about two weeks ago
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Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

BasilBrush Re:Bitcoin (290 comments)

A medium that doesn't deflate value by randomly printing more paper.

And yet is less stable than those currencies that do.

about two weeks ago
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Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

BasilBrush Re:Bitcoin (290 comments)

In a rational market, the stable price of any commodity will be slightly more than the cost of production + distribution.

That's a no true Scotsman definition. For any number of examples that contradict the idea, you can just say "well they aren't rational markets."

For example, where I come from bottled water is more expensive than soda, and about the same price as milk. Has been for years, probably decades now. That makes no sense from the production+distribution side, and is stable. So you'd just say it's irrational. Without having defined rational other than the implied "doesn't conform to your model."

I don't disagree with you that "The peak price of Bitcoin was pretty much a classic case of a bubble caused by irrational speculation". But I'd take it further and say that ALL of the value of Bitcoin is speculation. Without a government backing it, it's worthless, other than to speculators.

about two weeks ago
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Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

BasilBrush Re:Apple is a horrible counterexample (141 comments)

Sorry, but the other poster is right. 1997/8 was essentially a reverse takeover of Apple by NeXT. Not just Jobs, but the rest of the XeXT management team also. And Jobs had plenty of time when he knew he was dying to put the company into a state where it would continue in a good direction. None of your examples come from the last 16 years, and there's no reason to think that current Apple would ever become anything like the mismanaged company of the late 80s early 90s.

about two weeks ago
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Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

BasilBrush Re:the Edsels keep on coming (141 comments)

Google Glass is real, completed, and released.

It's none of those things. If it was, Google certainly would not have stopped selling the developer prototype. They'd have ramped it up into full production.

Google Glass is dead in the the form demoed. There's a chance they might come up with some different concept. But there's a bigger chance that this removal of the Glass team from the Google incubator is a first step to selling it off or closing it down.

about two weeks ago
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EFF: Apple's Dev Agreement Means No EFF Mobile App For iOS

BasilBrush Re:Just when I donate to the EFF, they go off agai (220 comments)

I already suggested it be a $1 app to add the UI for the feature to switch. That'll keep out the young kids.

Nice idea.

do you also advocate vehicles have dealer locked hoods that only they can open?

I know car metaphors are de-rigour here, but that's really not a good metaphor. This is approvals of add-ons and consumables, not repairs. And there are a few other examples. Games consoles, printers, razors.

The bizarre thing is it's framed as if it's imposed on consumers. But of course it isn't. It's entirely opt-in. There's a large number of people that are willing to pay a bit extra for the safety and quality that the iPhone platform gives. And one of the important mechanisms by which that safety and quality is delivered is by controlling what can be installed.

People aren't being MADE to be safer. They CHOOSE to pay extra for the service of being made safer.

Meanwhile, these 35 year old kids are using the PC or Mac computers without such restrictions.... Why is the phone or tablet sacrosanct?

If a phone ever needs the kind of maintenance a PC or Mac needs it's a failed phone. Consumers these days have got something that for most of their casual uses is better than a PC. That's progress.

Sure, there's a need for an industrial grade computing device too, for a start to develop the apps on the more casual devices.

But to make modern consumer computing devices with as troublesome a set of ideas as a PC would be silly. Consumers need reliable appliances, not unreliable boxes of bits that continually degrade and require maintenance.

about three weeks ago
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EFF: Apple's Dev Agreement Means No EFF Mobile App For iOS

BasilBrush Re:Just when I donate to the EFF, they go off agai (220 comments)

They're not clueless, just unwise.

Take a look around sometime.

And certainly they do need protection. (Where clueless kids using smartphones is a wide category from about 5 to about 35.) Insightful knowledge of the dangers of the internet does not come along at the same time as the ability to switch on other app-stores.

about three weeks ago
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EFF: Apple's Dev Agreement Means No EFF Mobile App For iOS

BasilBrush Re:Just when I donate to the EFF, they go off agai (220 comments)

My mom is NEVER going to alter those settings or go outside the official app store. Neither do my in-laws.

The clueless old folks might not. The clueless kids certainly will.

about three weeks ago
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What Isn't There an App For?

BasilBrush Re:Compiling (421 comments)

Right. Apple now has censorship rights over the entire internet. The conspiracy theory just gets bigger.

about three weeks ago
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What Isn't There an App For?

BasilBrush Re:Anyone else hate 'apps'? (421 comments)

Nope, the problem is in your head.
I can put an app on the desktop (or home sreen, whatever. same shit different name) to do stuff.

But it's not "same shit different name". Desktop metaphor is desktop with multiple opened documents side by side, and a filing cabinet and folder metaphor for data storage. Generally with pull down/ drop down menus. WinCE and the old GEOS Nokia Communicators used it. Modern phones don't.

A phone which has random files placed around it's file system by the user is a phone with a broken OS.

You mean the browse around to fine where some app has saved something?

Clearly I don't. I mean for example the people who want to spend time organising MP3 files when they have apps available that sync up songs between multiple devices, organise them in albums or artists or whatever order, and display metadata at it's best.

So why can't I put a file there too.

Why can't you program using dip switches and blinken-lights any more? Because higher abstractions are more powerful.

Files have become too low an abstraction even on the desktop. Take Office documents, these days they are stored in multiple files, but file systems are in general too dumb to coordinate multiple files as a single thing, so they are zipped up to make them into a single file. Not only does that add to loading and saving time, it means that VCSs can't generally deal properly with their XML and end up storing them as undiffable binaries.

Or take applications. On Linux you need a package manager to deal with the multiple files. Or deal with tar and gzip. Windows requires installer apps to unpackage and then distribute the files around a filing system. MacOS has a bundle system that's not supported by foreign file systems. And all of them have the problem of leaving detritus when deleting the app.

But mobile OSs have this issue sorted. To a user an app is always single thing. You download it from an app store, or you delete it as a single thing. The abstraction of the multiple files required is complete.

about three weeks ago
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What Isn't There an App For?

BasilBrush Re:How about a decent open-source web browser? (421 comments)

On iOS, alternative browsers cannot take advantage of the same Javascript runtime that Safari does, so they end up with pretty lousy performance. Unless they changed things in the last year or so.

Indeed it has changed. Nitro used to be limited to Safari, for security reasons, but from iOS 8 the Webkit available to apps uses exactly the same Nitro engine that Safari does.

And here's the thing - Javascript works the same on in all apps and all browsers in iOS. In Android, that's far from the case. At work we have an app in development that opens a 3rd party web page with a video embedded. On iOS the video zooms to full screen, and plays. Always. On Android, the behaviour is different on different phones. Some zoom to full screen, some don't, and some don't play the video at all.

I should note that for reasons such as this, the development team for iOS is 2. For Android it's 5. With iOS development still always outpacing Android.

As to data-mining, that's also an advantage on the iOS side. CyanogenMod might pull some Google spying out of the OS, but Android apps are far freer to spy on users than iOS apps. Such is the benefit of the "walled-garden".

about three weeks ago
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What Isn't There an App For?

BasilBrush Re:Lots of missing software ... (421 comments)

App(lication)s need to be appropriate to the platform. When people are using phone apps, they are usually looking for one of 3 things:
1) Communication.
2) Quick retrieval of information.
3) Fill in some time with some entertainment. (Casual games, Youtube, Social apps. etc)

Tablets, nearly the same.

If someone's going to do spreadsheet work for example, they'll likely be at a desk, or they'll take their laptop with them.

about three weeks ago
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What Isn't There an App For?

BasilBrush Re:Here's an idea. (421 comments)

Ideas are like assholes. Everyone's got one. They're worthless.

The ability, time and effort required to turn an idea, whether new or old, into a polished user-friendly app, and do all the other non-development tasks such as creating content and marketing. Those are the things that are worth money.

about three weeks ago

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