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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

BasilBrush Re:Parallax. (209 comments)

It's got nothing to do with holding it at right angles. It's a question of orthographic projection vs perspective projection. You're expecting orthographic projection, but it's actually perspective projection.

3 hours ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

BasilBrush Re:Parallax. (209 comments)

You're displaying a fundamental misunderstanding of perspective. The way to hide the projection is to view it from up close, not a long way away. In the same way that you can see a 3 foot house chimney from a distance but you can't see it when you are standing a few feet from the door.

3 hours ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

BasilBrush Re:The larger question: (591 comments)

Jobs didn't design the old iPhones, Johnny Ive did. And Johnny Ive also designed the new iPhone. The iPhone 6 certainly doesn't look worse than previous iPhones. It's just that with so many iPhone copies out there, it's rather less of a one-off.

yesterday
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

BasilBrush Re:as long as there are no zombies (119 comments)

You'd be worried if you had ebola. It's most likely to kill you, and it 's a very painful and nasty death.

3 days ago
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Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

BasilBrush Re:After the U2 nonsense, fiance not upgrading (206 comments)

Unlikely. He would have had to select both "Automatically download purchased content" and "Automatically download via Cellular". Neither of which are the defaults. The latter being rather stupid if you have a limited cellular data plan.

3 days ago
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Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

BasilBrush Re:Who cares about specs ... (206 comments)

Buying and owning an any iPhone is an emotional decision, not a rational one.

Virtually all decisions are. Including most of the products you, MessageDrivenBean, buy. Your brain doesn't work any different from the rest of humanity.

3 days ago
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Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

BasilBrush Re:what about more ram? (206 comments)

The amount of RAM on mobile systems is irrelevant as long as apps run. Apps do not run faster just because you have more RAM. At best more RAM will speed reload of an app, as it's less likely to have to be reloaded from Flash.

The only people that should be complaining about RAM is developers, as they will be the ones affected if their app hits the RAM ceiling. But this is not a complaint that iOS app developers are making - I'm a registered developer and follow iOS topic on Stack Overflow, so I'd be aware if this was an issue amongst developers.

The only other people that would possibly be interested are the people who play pointless feature list one-upmanship.

3 days ago
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Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

BasilBrush Re: Are you joking? (206 comments)

That is the very opposite of the truth.

Siri was included with iOS 5 which came out in Oct 2011.

The Android equivalent didn't come along till Jelly Bean, which came out in July 2012.

It's possible that you are thinking about an app that came out for Android earlier. But if so you are forgetting that such apps were available for iOS first. Siri itself was available as an app on iOS in Feb 2010.

3 days ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

BasilBrush Re:I just want the new Nexus. (222 comments)

And all three are necessary.

We all love to hate marketing. But the fact is that people make most decisions subconsciously. And not just buying decisions. Some say emotionally, but there's a whole host of other sub-concious factors influencing our decisions, such as habit and hunger. Marketing exists not because of scammers and liars trying to outdo each other, but because informing people about products by way of facts and figures such as feature lists doesn't work - because that's not how people make decisions most of the time.

For sure there are liars out there, such as the purveyors of skin creams. But most marketing is about invoking subconcious feelings about a product, not misleading about what the product is or does.

4 days ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

BasilBrush Re: I just want the new Nexus. (222 comments)

Compare with the UK. We got credit cards in 1966. Not sure if they had mag stripe, but magstripe ATMs were in use from 1972. And magstripe continued as the primary method till 1997, when Chip & Pin started being introduced. Chip & Pin was in all merchants by the mid 2000s. So we had at least 25 years of "inertia" with magstripe, but it didn't stop us adopting Chip & Pin reasonably promptly.

Look at another area where the USA has been slow or incapable of adopting a standard - metric measures. Other countries had imperial measures for longer than the USA has existed, and yet managed to metricate. So it's not to do with inertia.

I think it's more to do with the culture. The conservatism, the feeling of "no one's going to tell me what to do, the distrust of government and public organisations, and "states rights" that makes any national implementation of a new standard hard to get through.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

BasilBrush Re: Too late ... (352 comments)

Only by acquisition. Nokia had the first smartphone: the Nokia Communicator in 1996. The first of Microsoft's own phones were running Windows Mobile 2002, so were at least 6 years later.

Microsoft now owns Nokia Mobile division, but I don't think that gives them the right to take the title of first.

(Wikipedia has a different and earlier idea on what the first smartphone was. I disagree, but in any case it wasn't Microsoft.)

5 days ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

BasilBrush Re:hmmmm (275 comments)

it might have unintended consequences for contracts requiring NDA's

Shouldn't be a problem. The bill is for:
"A contract or proposed contract for the sale or lease of consumer goods or services may not include a provision waiving the consumerâ(TM)s right to"

NDAs for business to business or business to employee relationships wouldn't be covered as they aren't consumers, and an NDA isn't a contract of sale or lease.

5 days ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

BasilBrush Re:Incredibly bad live stream (729 comments)

Sounded like Japanese to me. But I could be wrong, I don't speak either.

And that image only lasted as long as it took for you to decide to refresh the page.

Streams suffer when there are huge audiences for occasional events. It's not unusual. It's not a matter of the people not working hard, or the software being buggy, it was just overloaded at whatever the bottleneck was. If there weren;t so many people interested in Apple's next product category it would have ben fine. ... except for that Japanese translation. What was that?!

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

BasilBrush Re:Lame (729 comments)

Note that the iPhone is a bigger seller than any of the phones you mention. Android phones only sell more in total. As models only Samsung's Galaxy competes with the iPhone for sales.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

BasilBrush Re:Trust us with your payments (729 comments)

Further, anybody dumb enough to buy a mobile device that doesn't have robust removable storage inthe form of some industry standard (i.e. an SD card slot) is a victim of a craven device vendor (i.e Apple or Google)

Anyone who makes that argument is dumb. A removable card is not more secure than an offline iPhone backup to a local PC or Mac. It's significantly less secure. Because it's both easily stolen without the loss being immediately noticed and it's not encrypted by default.

iCloud on the other hand remains as secure as your choice of password and security question answers.

about a week ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

BasilBrush Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (765 comments)

I know exactly what I'm talking about. I've been on pretty much ever global warming story on this site for more than a decade. The 1998 starting date is always used by AGW deniers. Always.

And links, where they exist, are either to WattsUpWithThat, or to things that have been linked to from WattsUpWithThat.

If there's any other examples out there on the AGW denial echosphere, they aren't brought here.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

BasilBrush Re:Lame (729 comments)

Switzerland is trusted for design of watches. Apple is trusted for design of computerized devices. And the 18 carat gold edition will certainly be more expensive than $350 for those that like a status symbol.

For sure this first generation watch needs an iPhone for some of it's features. But then the original iPod needed an Apple Mac for it's first generation, and that didn't stop it from becoming a huge hit product. More than the iPod, most people that might be early adopters of an Apple Watch will already be iPhone owners.

I doubt I'll be buying one either. But I do quite like the fitness feature. And I can see there is a big market there.

about a week ago
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3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

BasilBrush Re:What's "Easy" About This? (154 comments)

What's this "leave the office" and adding 5-10 minutes bit? As soon as you stand up, your 5 minutes starts, and it only ends when you sit down again. Walking down the corridor counts. Walking down and up the stairs if your office isn't on the ground floor counts extra.
Total time required = 5 minutes.

Besides, even shorter periods will help. I believe Apples Watch gamification of fitness targets one minute of standing/walking for each hour of sitting. Which would certainly be an improvement for a lot of office workers.

Going to talk to colleagues in person rather than using phones or email every once in a while is a good way to get moving whilst still working.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

BasilBrush Re:Trust us with your payments (729 comments)

You're accusing me of hyping an obscure possibility, saying that a hypothetical threat may not be happening in significant numbers. And in the same paragraph presenting that fingerprint hack as a serious threat.

Come back when you want to be serious.

about a week ago

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