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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Camembert Re: No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

After driving 200 miles it is good practice to stop for a few minutes so this recharching should fit right in.

about two weeks ago
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Simple Hack Enables VR Mode For Oculus Rift In Alien: Isolation

Camembert Re: The point? (57 comments)

Exactly, it puzzles me why it not left in officially. Performance issues maybe? A non optimal gui? Or a sinister conspiracy?

about two weeks ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Camembert Re:Think about the children (261 comments)

Where did I claim or even infer that the US is at fault ? Reading comprehension, young padawan! Global warming and pollution are issues to be handled by every country. Finger pointing is not productive.

about a month ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Camembert Re: Think about the children (261 comments)

I am happy that the people I interact with have a more positive attitude to life.

about a month ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Camembert Re: Think about the children (261 comments)

"Our" wasn't meant literally. I don't have children either.
But I think we have a moral obligation towards the next generation.

about a month ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Camembert Think about the children (261 comments)

I mean it seriously, we need to think about what kind of world we leave for our children.
There is global warming, leading to more chaotic and extreme weather patterns. There is also pollution in general/
I currently live in Hong Kong. In general that is a great experience but there are days when lots of smog comes from the Shenzen area. I first thought it was fog, that is how bad it can be.
We should all do an effort, on country, company and personal level to make this world more livable for our children.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Camembert It's all about the networking (182 comments)

From personal experience I doubt if you'll get useful info out of the panels and presentations, I mean information that you could not get otherwise. But of course your conference may be different the ones I sometimes attend or where I occasionally have to speak. However in my experience, conferences are good for networking, which is important in longer term career or commercial planning. Would I pay for my work related conferences? Probably not.

about a month ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Camembert See Apple's privacy site for details (236 comments)

FYI Apple's privacy site is here: http://www.apple.com/privacy/p...

Of course there will be plenty of cynism here but I think it is in general a good & commendable effort for transparency. Interesting is the section on government information request:

National Security Orders from the U.S. government.

A tiny percentage of our millions of accounts is affected by national security-related requests. In the first six months of 2014, we received 250 or fewer of these requests. Though we would like to be more specific, by law this is the most precise information we are currently allowed to disclose.


No warrant canary required, it is here in the open.
So what could be the kind of thing asked taken into account the other the other privacy information on the site?

about a month ago
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Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police

Camembert Apple's privacy site (4 comments)

FYI Apple's privacy site is here: http://www.apple.com/privacy/p...

Of course there will be plenty of cynism here but I think it is in general a good & commendable effort for transparency.
Interesting is the section on government information request:

National Security Orders from the U.S. government.
A tiny percentage of our millions of accounts is affected by national security-related requests. In the first six months of 2014, we received 250 or fewer of these requests. Though we would like to be more specific, by law this is the most precise information we are currently allowed to disclose.


So what could be the kind of thing asked taken into account the other information on the site? I was thinking location identification using mac addresses but Apple uses randomised mac addresses.

about a month ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Camembert First world problem solved (323 comments)

What else about Apple can we now whine about? Perhaps Tim Cook's recent TV interviews?

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

Camembert Re:Hot Damn! (730 comments)

Such simplistic reasoning. It is obvious that the above products became successful because they spend a lot of effort in improving the user experience considerably. It is an important step in product development that for some reason most tech companies do not do as well. And making something simple to use is not evident either, otherwise others would have done it before. This is not simply marketing.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Camembert Re: No comments here yet... (471 comments)

"I think an Apple iWatch would be a great asshole-detector."

Good point! When I will eventually wear a v2 I prefer not to engage conversation with superficial/jealous/hating people like you!

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Camembert But how do the hackers get the email addresses? (311 comments)

I can indeed imagine that in some cases it would be possible to find the answer to the password security questions by doing some googling about the celebrity. With 2 factor authentication this would not have been an issue.
I still wonder how the hackers got access to the email addresses of the celebrities they targeted? Because this is the necessary first step. Sloppy industry agents perhaps?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

Camembert Premiere Elements 12? (163 comments)

I realise that it is not free, but it is offered at an accessible price and it is smooth and rich enough for non-professional movie editing. More stable and less hassle than any of the open source editors that I experimented with previously. Also a product wih a future.
Avid had a free DV editor package but that was discontinued. Perhaps you can still find it. Roughly similar in features as a previous generation iMovie.
Currently I simply use the current iMovie on my Mac, I realise that the OP doesn't have a Mac though I must say that it produces excellent results smoothly and its features are largely good enough for non-professional use. I did briefly use Final Cut Express in the past but realised it was too much of a good thing for me.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Camembert Re:As much as I hate Apple (187 comments)

Oh man, you really need a life. Not a hater, but a whiner.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Camembert Re:As much as I hate Apple (187 comments)

Boogeyman 'samsung' isn't out to get your device, just like 'IBM' wasn't out to get your mac.

This was in fact exactly my point.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Camembert This could be big (187 comments)

NFC exists since several years but there is not exactly general, widespread take-up. Whether you like Apple or not, they are in a good position to enable wide adoption. Their products tend to offer accessible funtionality, and they are big enough to leverage their relationship with the credit card companies, hence I can see them having success.

Even so this is part of normal technical evolution. If Apple doesn't crack the nut, eventually someone else will. I am more interested in the expected wearable health-oriented device (probably an iwatch) that will likely be announced as well next week. Smartwatches in general are terribly nerdy and unattractive, yet a succesful health-oriented product could be a quality of life improver. It could be a big thing.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Camembert Re:As much as I hate Apple (187 comments)

Hahahaha! You're proud of being overcharged?

That Stockholm syndrome is some really powerful shit...

Clearly you are a hater. But why waste the energy? I use an iphone 4S since 3 years and I don't mindwhen others use whatever Android device. Good for them. Good for me.

about 2 months ago
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Delaware Enacts Law Allowing Heirs To Access Digital Assets of Deceased

Camembert Good for music, movies and ebooks (82 comments)

I don't care much for the social media accounts, but it is good that bought ebooks, music and movies should be accessible to next of kin, just like their physical counterparts are.

about 2 months ago

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Microsoft criticises iWork

Camembert Camembert writes  |  1 year,1 day

Camembert (2891457) writes "Perhaps predictably, Microsoft criticises Apple's free iWork software for the new iPads on the official blog. There are several arguments, some of which sound like sour grapes, including "that Microsoft understands better than others how people work", and that iWork does not get that much traction anyway. It still provides interesting reading for discussion."
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Interesting interview with Jonahan Ive and Craig Federighi

Camembert Camembert writes  |  about a year ago

Camembert (2891457) writes "Over at USA Today there is a brief yet interesting interview with iconic designer Jonathan Ive and Apple's senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi. Of course, the occasion is the launch of IOS 7 and the new iphones.
It is interesting, perhaps even inspiring, to read about their approach, priorities and ambitions — and you don't need to be an Apple fanboy to appreciate how they work."

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