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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

CharlyFoxtrot Medical reasons (550 comments)

I have a condition called Keratoconus, a weakening of the structure of the cornea. I cannot have LASIK done. Unfortunately this condition is often asymptomatic until you are in your 20's, for some it will stay asymptomatic (correctable with glasses) but they still risk serious damage to already weakened corneas if they undergo LASIK. So have it done, sure, but please get your eyes examined by a professional beforehand.

about 2 months ago
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Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

CharlyFoxtrot The key difference (692 comments)

The main difference between Apple without Jobs the first time 'round and now is that The Apple Jobs left the first time wasn't shaped by him but by the people who ousted him. This Apple however has Jobs stamp all over it, it has the people he picked, he trusted and he trained. If you think Jobs was a genius, which Ellison does, then that has to count for something.

about a year ago
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Why Apple Replaced iOS Maps

CharlyFoxtrot Re:*Nokia* is the other mapping giant (561 comments)

What I find amusing is that Apple have a hundred billion dollars that they have no idea what to do with. Looks like they're now going to have to try and hire thousands of Nokia and Google map experts (and no, we're not just talking about software developers, they are ten a penny in comparison).

They've been doing just that : "Source: Apple Aggressively Recruiting Ex-Google Maps Staff To Build Out iOS Maps". In an sector with, as you point out, very little competition this surely must be a good thing in the long run.

about 2 years ago
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Why Apple Replaced iOS Maps

CharlyFoxtrot Re:Here is more from John Gruber of Daring Firebal (561 comments)

Anecdotally, I don't know of anyone who was affected by this reorganization of Apple's stores to even bother to mention it.

It affects all Apple employees in those stores as well as all customers who walk into those stores.

This would imply, in my world, that the first issue is a fluff piece, posted to garner this false aura of fairness, and the latter is a huge fuckup that he's apologizing for like a good lap dog eagerly waiting his tickets to the next great thing unveil.

Calling a senior Apple exec "a terrible hire" is a fluff piece and doesn't qualify as criticizing Apple ? It's your opinion but it shows your own bias at least.

about 2 years ago
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Why Apple Replaced iOS Maps

CharlyFoxtrot Re:Maps fiasco has the potential to really hurt Ap (561 comments)

A lot of people are thinking that the Apple Maps errors are just going to be shrugged off – that in a few months or a few years, they'll reach "good enough" status, and everyone will just forget this embarrassing incident. But I think it goes deeper than that. A major part of Apple's appeal, one big reason why they have been able to charge premium prices and get people lining up to buy their stuff, is that their devices "Just Work."

The thing to keep in mind here is that Google is the undisputed champion of mapping, whatever data Apple was going to use it just wasn't going to be as good as Google's. Google has sunk millions of dollars and man hours into their maps in the past few year and redefined people's expectations (a couple years ago who would've thought that having access to a nearly perfect global map at all times would be seen as a necessity ?) Google also knew of this advantage and used it as leverage. Sooner or later something would have to give and it has, unfortunately this means iOS users will have some minor inconvenience in the transition period.

Actually the best analysis so far is that the chip negotiates the assignment of pins in the reversible connector :

"The controller/driver chip tells the device what type it is, and for cases like the Lightning-to-USB cable whether a charger (that sends power) or a device (that needs power) is on the other end.
The device can then switch the other pins between the SoC’s data lines or the power circuitry, as needed in each case.
[...]
I really see no justification for the “authentication chip” hypothesis"

about 2 years ago
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Why Apple Replaced iOS Maps

CharlyFoxtrot Re:A Few Key Points (561 comments)

And finally, I'm not trying to troll here, but I can't help but wonder how all of this would be playing out if Google had patented every trivial feature of their map and navigation software like Apple does for all of its apps. That would certainly have made this scenario a hell of a lot more interesting.

You can tell what a company finds important from what they patent. Google has a lots of patents regarding maps like a patent on ad technology that inserts ads in its Street View mapping images and a patent to use location data in ads. Those are the things Google wants access to, those were probably on the demand side in the Google v. Apple map negotiations. Now in the short term iOS users might be worse off in some cases, in the long term it might be worth it.

about 2 years ago
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Why Apple Replaced iOS Maps

CharlyFoxtrot Re:Here is more from John Gruber of Daring Firebal (561 comments)

He was very critical of the guy who was going to "reorganize" Apple retail, that's no small thing :

"“Even if the customer experience is compromised” are Allen’s words, summarizing what he heard from his sources, not Browett’s. But if they’re accurate, it’s hard to conclude anything other than that Apple made a terrible decision hiring him."

That's just one of many criticisms. Apple fans are some of the most critical around, you just don't notice because you only follow their news sporadically. The attitude of Apple fans is best summed up by John Siracusa's podcast tagline : "Nothing is so perfect that it can't be complained about." They'll happily rant for hours about how Apple stuff is near perfection and they'll happily rant for hours more on how it can become just that little bit more prefect as well.

about 2 years ago
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Motorola Seeks Ban On Macs, iPads, and iPhones

CharlyFoxtrot Re:Google, Apple (446 comments)

They won't because Apple has more at stake. Google just doesn't want one company to control the device people view their ads on, Apple's building a lucrative platform which it needs to protect.

about 2 years ago
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Motorola Seeks Ban On Macs, iPads, and iPhones

CharlyFoxtrot Re:Google already working to limit software patent (446 comments)

Except the guy on the street wasn't random, he had a boss who sat in on meetings which created that haircut design in the first place. And once that haircut was a hit that boss decided to become a barber himself.

about 2 years ago
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Motorola Seeks Ban On Macs, iPads, and iPhones

CharlyFoxtrot Re:Like who again? (446 comments)

Yeah they should build a GUI on top of Java, it's all the rage in the "enterprise" you know.

about 2 years ago
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Motorola Seeks Ban On Macs, iPads, and iPhones

CharlyFoxtrot Re:Like who again? (446 comments)

Android is just Google's way of preventing Apple of being able to do "a Microsoft" and "Netscaping" them. Which is also why it's not viable long term: it doesn't make money for Google and handset makers and operators aren't interested in maintaining a platform so it comes down to gambling on the open source community which hasn't exactly got a good track record on the desktop (or in this case palmtop.)

about 2 years ago
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Motorola Seeks Ban On Macs, iPads, and iPhones

CharlyFoxtrot Re:Like who again? (446 comments)

What would your response be to the bully on the playground? Bend over?

Winning a lawsuit in a democracy before a jury of your peers is bullying ? That's a very strange definition.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Confirms iPhone 5 Preorders Top 2 Million In 24 Hours

CharlyFoxtrot Re:Wow. (428 comments)

Because it's an indicator of how likely support is going to continue in the future. All these companies selling crappy Android based phones for next to no profit are never going to support them. Apple will provided support and updates, etc.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Confirms iPhone 5 Preorders Top 2 Million In 24 Hours

CharlyFoxtrot Re:Wow. (428 comments)

Lighten up, it's a joke.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Confirms iPhone 5 Preorders Top 2 Million In 24 Hours

CharlyFoxtrot Re:Wow. (428 comments)

And that was just one of MANY Android devices. :)

HTC, Motorola, LG, etc....

After the quick frenzy of this occasional apple upgrade, the numbers will go back to being Android heavy.

Samsung's the only one turning a decent profit though. And a lot of that market is selling low-end smartphones to be used as dumb phones. One company is building the next generation computing platform, the others are just selling handsets even if some are trying to create a cargo-cult facsimile of an ecosystem (like Samsung with their Samsung S-Cloud and what not.)

about 2 years ago
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Apple Confirms iPhone 5 Preorders Top 2 Million In 24 Hours

CharlyFoxtrot Re:Wow. (428 comments)

Galaxy S3 did not have 9 million preorders. Samsung confirmed it took just under 2 months to sell 10 million.

It was reported as such, which I assume GP was talking about : Samsung S3: 9 million pre-order new Galaxy phone.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Confirms iPhone 5 Preorders Top 2 Million In 24 Hours

CharlyFoxtrot Re:Wow. (428 comments)

We're talking about the first 24 hours here, US only and directly from consumers. Galaxy S3's 9 million pre-orders was over a longer period, worldwide and pre-orders by carriers. You're comparing apples and lemons.

about 2 years ago
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Why WikiLeaks' Spinoff OpenLeaks Failed

CharlyFoxtrot Re:"Open" (79 comments)

The dustbin of history is littered with "superior" solutions. Implementation is everything.

about 2 years ago
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Why WikiLeaks' Spinoff OpenLeaks Failed

CharlyFoxtrot "Open" (79 comments)

The story of too many of the "open" projects :
* someone creates something worthwhile
* it becomes very popular
* some douchebag says: "I'll make something exactly like this, except it will be better because it's OPEN."
* nothing of value is produced
* Lather, rinse, repeat

about 2 years ago

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Pinch-to-Zoom and Rounded Rectangles: What the Jury Didn't Say

CharlyFoxtrot CharlyFoxtrot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) writes "Steve Wildstrom at Tech.Pinions takes on some of the what he calls folklore surrounding Apple v Samsung, investigating what was and wasn't part of the case and how the media got it wrong : "There’s one serious problem with the first sentence, which was repeated dozens of times in stories in print and on the Web. Apple only has a limited patent on the pinch to shrink, stretch to zoom gesture that is a core element of touch interfaces. And the ’826 patent wasn’t in dispute in the Samsung case because Apple never asserted it. In fact, this particular patent does not seem to be in dispute in any litigation.""
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AT&T Microcell FAIL

CharlyFoxtrot CharlyFoxtrot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) writes "The geeks over on the fail0verflow blog took apart an AT&T Microcell device which is "essentially a small cell-tower in a box, which shuttles your calls and data back to the AT&T mothership over your home broadband connection." They soon uncovered some real security issues including a backdoor : "We believe that this backdoor is NOT meant to be globally accessible. It is probably only intended to be used over the IPSEC tunnel which the picoChip SoC creates. [...] Unfortunately, they set up the wizard to bind on 0.0.0.0, so the backdoor is accessible over the WAN interface.""
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A decade of Haiku OS

CharlyFoxtrot CharlyFoxtrot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) writes "Haiku OS, the open source reimplementation of BeOS celebrated its tenth birthday this week. "Ten years ago today, the first post appeared on the mailing list of our project — then still called "OpenBeOS" — officially marking the start of our endeavor. Back then, with the imminent demise of Be Inc., there was an excitement and creative motivation in the air, that lead many to think a first release was only a matter of a few years. As it turns out, this estimation was a bit too optimistic..."
The project is currently on the third alpha of its Haiku Release 1."

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iPhone Geiger Counter would benefit Japan

CharlyFoxtrot CharlyFoxtrot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) writes "TUAW reports : "The folks at RDTN (Radiation Detection Hardware Network in Japan) have organized a Kickstarter project to fund the development and deployment of radiation detectors in Japan. The project uses an iPhone hacked to work with a variety of radiation detectors. The radiation units (shown here) will be sent into the field and used to collect data on radiation contamination in the Tsunami-ravaged country.""
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