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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Camembert First world problem solved (270 comments)

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

8 hours ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Camembert Re:Hot Damn! (729 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.

5 days 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!

5 days 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 a month ago
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Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix

Camembert Re: Another example Re:A comment from the linked s (273 comments)

Ah my young padawan, you are wrong about the license. It is a binding contract that is accepted when placing the order. In our case, the database costs a lot of effort to keep up to date. It is a small part of an affordable tool for manual use. It is perfectly inline with normal practice that an integration license of this database is separate and more expensive. If everyone would simply buy the cheap product and reuse the database elsewhere, then quite simply we would bot be able to continue updating the database. Also, in professional organisations it would next to normal compliance with terms of use, be more expensive to put the man effort to try to decrypt these files.

about a month ago
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Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix

Camembert Another example Re:A comment from the linked site: (273 comments)

In my company, one of our products comes with a useful database. The license clearly stipulates that the database and its updates are only allowed to be used with the product. It is a kind of courtesy to make that product more user friendly. For integration into big central systems the database is available separately with different licensing schemes. Predictably, in the end we had to encrypt the database to enforce compliance, as too many customers (it must be said: less so in western countries) would not care to follow the license. Just because you technically can do something, doesn't make it right, esp. if it is not allowed according to the license.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

Camembert Conceptually, the iWatch might crack the challenge (427 comments)

If reports of Apple's upcoming smartwatch are true: a device crammed with non invasive health related sensors, (with more sensors being added to later models), then I could see it succeeding at creating a new market. If it is not clunky. I can see this approach as a gamechanger. I also wouldn't be surprised if it could be used to control home automation via their homekit api. While you are sitting in the sofa, a quick swipe to adjust the light. Finally i can see it exchanging maps information with an iphone which is in your pocket. A quick glance for directions as tou walk. Curious what the real featureset will be. We live in interesting times.

about 3 months ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

Camembert Re:If it is true, is it defamation? (268 comments)

Never heard about Mr Lee. I am a smelly cheese from Normandy that gained consciousness.

about 3 months ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

Camembert If it is true, is it defamation? (268 comments)

In principle, I can imagine that wilfully wrong wikipedia information can ruin someone's business and career opportunities, and in that case a defamation suit seems appropriate, very similar to spreading defamation through other publication channels. Wikipedia, as much as I love it, should not be above the standards by which books or magazines are judged.
However, in this case, if the negative information checks out true (and there are plenty of references), such as the convictions he received, then there is no good reason for him to sue. If he weren't convicted, it would not be in the article. As others have mentioned he should rather look up "Streisand Effect" before sueing.

about 3 months ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

Camembert Re:The actual appeal (240 comments)

Not everyone is crazy like that. Many want simply to get a realistic sound reproduction, something you can quite plainly not get from all the little plastic multimedia boxes or bose all in one system.
It must be said that a good quality vinyl record played on good equipment can sound nicely musical. Sometimes better than the cd, but this is often because there is usually less "loudness war" (overcompression) on vinyl compared to many popular music cd masterings.
This was the case with one of the last 5 Bob Dylan albums (I can't remember which one), everyone could hear on the same system that the rare vinyl edition did sound noticeably more musical, and the fault was purely in the compression used in the CD mastering process.

about 3 months ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

Camembert Slowness can be a quality... (240 comments)

What can be seen as a weak point can be one of the biggest advantages of analog photography with basic manual exposure cameras: it costs money and it takes time. Meaning, you learn to think more about the shot before taking it.
I noticed this in my own photography:
- I often photographed with a Rolleiflex up to the year 2000 or so; I had approx 3 pictures on a roll of 12 that I found really worth enlarging
. - With an AF 35mm SLR back then I made 3 really good pictures on a roll of 36.
- In digital I have 3 really good pictures on 300 or so.

Currently I am using film again next to digital. The Horizon 202 panoramic camera is a superb tool for fascinating pictures, I bring it on every holiday. I also found a very cheap good condition Nikon F3, which was one of the very best manual focus SLRs ever made. It is a joy to put simply a fixed 35mm lens on it, load a black and white film and walk around.
bR Regarding printing, it is lovely to see the image appear in a tray but largely I replaced that with scanning and Photoshop. However, it is truly fascinating and worthwhile to learn ancient print techniques such as gum bichromate. Once mastered the results can be incredible, much more poetic than any Photoshop filter you throw at a picture. Unfortunately I don't get around doing that kind of art form these days, it is a slow process, I simply don't have enough personal hobby time anymore. But for those that can spare the time it is a fantastic investment of effort.

about 3 months ago
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How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

Camembert One thing (209 comments)

>Steve Jobs was not creative. At all. Name one thing he ever invented.

I thought that he came up himself with the idea of the nifty magnetic power cable connector. A very good innovation that must have saved many a Mac laptop when users would step on the cable.
In any case he could see potential and kept on pushing his people further and further until he would say himself "ok, now we have something really cool.". It is that attitude that caused Apple to come with great products. Regarding Cook, he seems a perfectionist as well in a different way. Let's see what they will come up with their watch product before we really judge him. Apple was rarrely about being first to market for example with smartphones or music players, but they tend to do things truly well. Currently there is no smartwatch I would bother wearing. Considering Apple's history, there is a good chance that their approach will be a lot more attractive.

about 3 months ago
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HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture

Camembert Time for innovation - Re:Run a completely new OS? (257 comments)

>>What's the point in running a brand new OS on it? Is HP-UX not good enough? Or the many other *NIX's? I'll put money on Linux being ported to it before it even ships to Joe Public

Much as I like unixes (way back using early slackware distributions, now since 10 years on OSX), I do think that it is time for some real innovation. Unix dates from, what, 1970 or so. More than 40 years ago. We were all playing vinyl records for music back then. I think it would be good if a mainstream company (outside pure academia) would build from the ground up something usable yet radically fresh and truly future oriented. I remember that some 15 years ago Apple and IBM worked together on a radical object-oriented OS, but nothing came from it.

about 3 months ago

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Microsoft criticises iWork

Camembert Camembert writes  |  about a year ago

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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