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Apple Yanks Toddler's Speech-Enabling App

CheerfulMacFanboy Re:Don't use iOS (573 comments)

At which point you could either get it from a different app store or just skip the app stores altogether and side load it.Or of course pirate it.

FTFY - and the exact reason why a $300 app isn't available for Android.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Yanks Toddler's Speech-Enabling App

CheerfulMacFanboy Re:Still there if you already have it (573 comments)

It's still on the device, but they're worries that they won't be able to get app updates and that an iOS update may break the app

Then they should buy an Android tablet, then they can be certain there won't be any OS updates.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple News From WWDC and iPhone 5 Rumors

CheerfulMacFanboy Re:ethernet dongles (likely at added cost on $2k+) (683 comments)

If most people don't use Ethernet most of the time, don't include it.

Half the offices I work in don't have wireless, and everyone plugs in their laptops. I'm skeptical that a signficant majority of people using macbook pro's at work are wireless.

Instead they will have a docking station with ethernet constantly connected.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple News From WWDC and iPhone 5 Rumors

CheerfulMacFanboy Re:ethernet dongles (likely at added cost on $2k+) (683 comments)

You're already can, the $29 adapter on the store is just a 10/100 usb2 adapter. The Thunderbolt GigE one will likely be a *hair* more expensive.

$0.00 to be precise.

more than 2 years ago
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History Will Revere Bill Gates and Forget Steve Jobs, Says Author

CheerfulMacFanboy Deathbed Stories (679 comments)

Bill Gates has disallowed all Microsoft employees to use Apple products even on their death beds if their treatment is paid by company insurance.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple To Unveil iOS 6 At WWDC 2012

CheerfulMacFanboy Re:The price sticker will probably say "Free". (110 comments)

The price sticker will probably say "Free".

Probably right, that is unless the upgrade is unavailable for your device (i.e. older iPhones), or breaks it. Under those circumstances, I contend the upgrade price will be the price of whatever phone Apple is pimping at the time of iOS 6's release.

Let me get this straight:you are an Android user complaining about the upgradability of Apple's phones. Good one.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Sues Aussie Patent Office In Apple Suit, Apple Sues Back

CheerfulMacFanboy Re:MAD (160 comments)

Copy? Android is being developed since 2003, the T-Mobile G1 was released 2008 only a couple of months after the iPhone 3G (which was the first "smartphone" iPhone, the iPhone of 2007 not offering apps), so I guess Android was really quick at copying the stuff,

Nobody claimed that Android copied the iPhone from the start - first they copied Blackberry (notice the keyboard on that G1 - knew you could). Only after the iPhone was presented did Android suddenly have touch in mind from the start.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Sues Aussie Patent Office In Apple Suit, Apple Sues Back

CheerfulMacFanboy Re:MAD (160 comments)

Compare the iPhone 1.0 to the LG Prada phone.

You really think these phones look alike, while these don't? And the Prada doesn't even have the slider keyboard out.

more than 2 years ago
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DirecTV CEO Scoffs At Competition From Apple TV

CheerfulMacFanboy Re:"Extra box"? (264 comments)

> Except that X thousand people buy new TVs every year.

Other companies that actually make TVs are already seeing demand fall off. The big forced upgrade is over with now and people are generally resisting further attempts to create another one.

People arne't that rich and the economy isn't that good either.

Which is why Apple is on the brink of bankruptcy - oh, wait... Face it, if there is any company that could completely turn the TV set market on its head, it would be Apple.

more than 2 years ago
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DirecTV CEO Scoffs At Competition From Apple TV

CheerfulMacFanboy Re:Irony alert! (264 comments)

While DirecTV's Chairman is crowing about his viewers lacking an interest in paying for an "extra box" on top of what he provides? Viewers will continue to drop DirecTV service completely,

This is inevitable, broadcast services are dying a slow death as multi-cast and on-demand services become more prevalent.

once they use boxes like AppleTV .

This made me laugh. Apple has had no success with AppleTV and for good reason, they are trying to follow the same "micropayment" model that is killing the other companies, when you look at it, paying $2 per episode is no different then pay-per-view. AppleTV has completely failed to take off and unlike Microsoft they are unable to bundle it with their other offering due to the fact it's a bit of hardware. This "Direct TV" guy (they don't exist in Oz) is right about that, people don't want another box, his or Apple's. They want this shit built into their TV sets and not have it controlled by someone else. This is why Napster and Bit Torrent is such a huge success, not because it's free but because it provides people with what they want. Apple TV is a failure. A successful on demand service will integrate with what people already have and provide access to what they want without asking for payment every single time.

Do you even have a clue what "Apple TV" is? [looks at posting history]. Quite obviously you don't have any clue about anything, so why should we be surprised. Here's someone with a clue.

more than 2 years ago
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Smaller SIM Format Standardized

CheerfulMacFanboy Re:So what was better about Nokia's design? (83 comments)

As far as I can tell, it would have been slightly smaller (about 10mm x 8mm instead of 12.3mm x 8.8mm) and would have had a different layout for the contacts. The winning design can also be jammed sideways into a 12mm wide mini-SIM slot and get stuck, which Nokia designed theirs to avoid.

Which everybody but Nokia's engineers could easily disprove.

more than 2 years ago
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Smaller SIM Format Standardized

CheerfulMacFanboy Re:(sort of) true but irrelevant (83 comments)

Right now, Apple's got NO patents in the ring, so to make an iPhone, they have to license it all. Their nano SIM standard is covered by an Apple patent that Apple has vowed to license for free. However, it means Apple has patents now, and in the whole FRAND business, it means Apple will pay Nokia/RIM/Motorola less money because of it.

That's why everyone is upset - Apple's making tons of money, and now they'll be paid LESS money for their patents.

And by "Everybody" you mean "Absolutely nobody but Nokia/RIM/Motorola".

more than 2 years ago
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Technicolor Takes Aim At Apple, Samsung, Others for Patent Infringement

CheerfulMacFanboy Re:Technicolor illustration of a broken patent sys (161 comments)

The purpose of a patent is "To promote the progress of science and useful arts". (Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution)

Since sitting on a patent cannot possibly promote progress of any sort, doing so ~should~ invalidate the patent.

Somebody invents something and intends to "sit on it". If he patents it, everybody can use it after the patents runs out. If he doesn't, nobody will ever even know about it. Which solution promotes progress?

about 2 years ago
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Technicolor Takes Aim At Apple, Samsung, Others for Patent Infringement

CheerfulMacFanboy Re:Face Palm (161 comments)

Well, if Apple sues Samsung for making a tablet with the same dimensions, but black, despite prior art (Space Odysessy 2001)

Thanks for proving you're a moron. As well as the Moderators. But what else is new.

about 2 years ago
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World Cup Memo Written By Steve Jobs Going Up For Auction

CheerfulMacFanboy Re:"refusing to wash.." (206 comments)

I can dislike someone and still think they are a genius, and I can like someone and think they aren't a genius. Most of the time, Jobs wasn't even the best person in the room to apply the term 'genius' to.

Ahh, so Jobs wasn't a genius because he found many geniuses to work for him. Many of whom think he was a genius.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Fires Back At DoJ Over eBook Price Fixing

CheerfulMacFanboy Re:A lot of words (311 comments)

Yeah sure, the 30% cut being exactly the same as Apple wants on everything else sold through them is a complete coincidence ... the fact that items sold through other venues can't be offered cheaper exactly like their policy for apps in their appstore with in app purchasing ... all a complete coincidence.

The agency model has DESIGNED BY APPLE all over it ...

Actually that's false: Amazon gets up to 65% of the sales price for ebooks they sell. And Amazon also has the most favored nation clause, and not just in the ebooks section - unlike Apple in their App Store. At best you can claim Apple stole the design from Amazon.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Fires Back At DoJ Over eBook Price Fixing

CheerfulMacFanboy Re:A lot of words (311 comments)

They cost more than paperbacks because publisher is trying to get its money back with the higher cost. You are right people tend to complain a lot about pricing. My only problem is when the ebook price is MORE than a version of the physical book. I'll chose to buy the physical book instead,

Did you also buy the cheaper audio and video tapes over those bloody silver discs that should have been cheaper?

more than 2 years ago
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Germany Sets New Solar Power Record

CheerfulMacFanboy Re:Not really meaningful (568 comments)

The best case performance doesn't determine success, worst case does. How well do they perform when, for example, they have a month of overcast skies?

Still better than the nuclear plants that have to be shut down in a month with too little cooling water.

more than 2 years ago
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Germany Sets New Solar Power Record

CheerfulMacFanboy Re:It's Just Gigawatts (568 comments)

It's just gigawatts, not gigawatts per hour.

I was thinking that. Maybe they meant that average power output, over one hour, was 22 GW?

That's what all the German language reports say.

more than 2 years ago

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Apple blowing Android away in enterprise adoption

CheerfulMacFanboy CheerfulMacFanboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CheerfulMacFanboy (1900788) writes "According to the latest numbers released by mobile enterprise tech firm Good Technology, iOS devices accounted for around 80% of new activations on corporate networks in the first quarter of 2012, while Android-based devices accounted for just 20%. No other mobile platform, such as Windows Mobile, registered enough activations on the quarter to crack Good's study, which tracked mobile device activations across thousands of companies that registered at least five activated mobile devices. Good also says that BlackBerry devices were not on the study since the company does not support the platform and thus "does not have insight" into BlackBerry activations."
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Labor activist: Apple may be terrible, bit all others are worse

CheerfulMacFanboy CheerfulMacFanboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CheerfulMacFanboy (1900788) writes "Labor Activist Li Qiang wants you to know that the iPhone 4 in his pocket is not an endorsement of Apple’s policies, just an acknowledgement that the company is doing a better job of monitoring factory conditions than its peers. The founder of leading advocacy group China Labor Watch (CLW) told us that, though the Cupertino company does more-thorough inspections than competitors, it is responsible for poor working conditions at its suppliers’ factories and needs to invest some of its record-breaking profits in improving them.

“Although I know that the iPhone 4 is made at sweat shop factories in China, I still think that this is the only choice, because Apple is actually one of the best. Actually before I made a decision, I compared Apple with other cell phone companies, such as Nokia,” he said through a translator. “And the conditions in those factories are worse than the ones of Apple."

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Amazon stymies Lendle e-book lending service

CheerfulMacFanboy CheerfulMacFanboy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

CheerfulMacFanboy (1900788) writes "CNET quotes Lendle co-founder Jeff Croft: "They [Amazon] shut the API access off, and without it, our site is mostly useless. So, we went ahead and pulled it down. Could we build a lending site without their API? Yes. But it wouldn't be the quality of product we expect from ourselves." Is Amazon becoming the new Apple? Or has it always been worse?"
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Android holes allow secret installation of apps

CheerfulMacFanboy CheerfulMacFanboy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

CheerfulMacFanboy (1900788) writes "According to The H Security researchers have demonstrated two vulnerabilities that allow attackers to install apps on Android and its vendor-specific implementations without a user's permission. During normal installation, users are at least asked to confirm whether an application is to have certain access rights. Bypassing this confirmation request reportedly allows spyware or even diallers to be installed on a smartphone.

One vulnerability was identified when a security specialist analysed HTC devices and found that the integrated web browser has the right to install further packages (used to automatically update its Flash Lite plug-in). Attackers can exploit this if they have found another browser hole.

Android specialist Jon Oberheide demonstrated another hole which involved misusing the Account Manager to generate an authentication token for the Android Market and obtaining permission to install further apps from there. However, this initially requires a specially crafted app to be installed on the smartphone. Nothing could be easier: Oberheide released the allegedly harmless "Angry Birds Bonus Levels" app intothe Android Market and, upon installation, this app downloaded and installed three further apps ("Fake Toll Fraud", "Fake Contact Stealer" and "Fake Location Tracker") without requesting the user's permission."
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Oracle and Apple to join forces in OpenJDK project

CheerfulMacFanboy CheerfulMacFanboy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

CheerfulMacFanboy (1900788) writes "According to The H "Apple plans to contribute to the OpenJDK project and has joined forces with Oracle to create an open source Java implementation for Mac OS X. After IBM in October, Apple is the second Java protagonist to join Oracle's efforts to promote the OpenJDK. The decision also indicates a shift in Apple's Java strategy, as it means that the vendor has – with or without intention – complied with a petition by Java enthusiasts to hand over its Java components to the OpenJDK project." Unless of course that was Apple's plan all along."

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