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Apple's Secret Weapon To Win the Tablet Wars

Neurotic Nomad PDFs viewable in in iOS (716 comments)

in Mail, in iBooks, in the Dropbox app...

more than 3 years ago

Beware the Garden of Steven

Neurotic Nomad It does exist. (580 comments)

I already posted twice about it in this thread (The first time I mistyped the URL). It works very similarly to Apple's App Store and it's up and running TODAY. It's called Bodega.

more than 3 years ago

Police Seize Computers From Gizmodo Editor

Neurotic Nomad Re:Just give us a name (1204 comments)

Then I suggest you find the inconsistancies.

I prefer it the way it is: The police are investigating inconsistencies.

Finally, would your response be the same if this was Microsoft?

Yes. If someone found a super-secret XBox Phone on the floor of a bar disguised as a regular SideKick and took it home, took off it's disguise, discovered it was a super-secret prototype, called MS tech support in a paper-thin-CYA move, then sold it to Gizmodo... I would feel the exact same way I do now. Especially if they found (and kept!!) the name and work information of the actual owner of the phone on it

more than 4 years ago

Police Seize Computers From Gizmodo Editor

Neurotic Nomad Re:Just give us a name (1204 comments)

There are actually quite a few stories on Gizmodo about this entire chain of events and I would invite you to read them.

We should all take their word for it. After all, they have no reason to fudge the timeline, leave out details/damaging correspondence, or even make the whole thing up.

If anything this is going to come squarely back on Apple for filing a false police report.

Link to the report, please... or are you a.s.s.u.m.i.n.g.?

more than 4 years ago

Apple's Grand Central Dispatch Ported To FreeBSD

Neurotic Nomad Re:In other news... (205 comments)

"Freedom" is what he calls his beard.

more than 4 years ago

Why Won't Apple Sell Your iTunes LPs?

Neurotic Nomad ITunes LP in it's current form is a placeholder. (306 comments)

I have a feeling that, like 5th Generation iPod app downloads, this is just a small-scale test. Apple loves beta testing in the marketplace. When the Mighty Mouse came out, everyone just assumed it was arrogance that kept Apple from putting 2-physical buttons on it, but the actual reason was to perform a real-world test of multi-touch. When Apple added multi-finger gestures to the trackpads everyone called it a gimmick, but it was actually an unrecognized real-world debugging of future iPhone gestures. My take is that iTunes LP is a test of the format for the unnamed "iProd". When iProd 1,0 comes out I expect the LP format to have a few additions to the bundle, but also for current bundles to be backward compatible. This would be consistent with Apple's M.O. I also expect iLife '10 to introduce the format to the masses. If unofficial versions of iTLPs are made and traded, then that plays right into Apple's hand. If the Apple-designed bundle becomes standard, then that keeps any bundle with proprietary components from leveraging power over Apple's hardware designs. (cough, Adobe, cough, Microsoft, cough.)

more than 4 years ago

Why Game Developers Should Support OS X and Linux

Neurotic Nomad Mac users also use freeware. (283 comments)

For archiving, I just right-click and choose "Compress [Foldername]." For unarchiving The Unarchiver. My workflow is different from my years of WinZip, but only slightly.

For FTP/SFTP there's Cyberduck for free, but I paid for Transmit. I was a WS-FTP user for years and love the 2-pane view.

And as you said, TextWrangler for text editing.

more than 5 years ago

Jobs Not Giving This Year's Macworld Keynote

Neurotic Nomad Touch !=Multi-touch. (371 comments)

Touch !=Multi-touch.

When the Slashdot crowd can't make the distinction, what chance does Joe Consumer?

The difference between a touchscreen and multitouch screen is what make the iPhone's (once-)unique method of implementing its OS features possible.

You may think that "touch is touch is touch, it's all the same" (Not YOU in particular, as I don't know you or what you think, but you the straw-man I'm railing against), but a swipe gesture with a finger is not the same as a swipe gesture with a stylus, no matter what your Slashdot reading self may think.

Because of the iPhone, the method of interacting with the feature-set of one's smartphone has changed on all phones.

Apple's total method has defined the rules of multi-touch Phone UI, and Apple defined having a multi-touch capable screen as what it is to BE a "touch screen phone".

If Joe Consumer hears "touch-screen", it better do what the iPhone's screen does.

more than 5 years ago

iPhone App Pricing Limits Developers

Neurotic Nomad Re:Why "N word"? (437 comments)

You're fine with "gook", "kraut" and "haji" but can't bring yourself to say "nigger"?

Don't get me wrong. I think racism is despicable, but surely referencing the term like that shouldn't offend anyone.

Excellent question.

Answer: That one hits too close to home for me to use.

I'm not black, but I grew up in the racist south. It stings. I didn't type it because I didn't want to offend me.

Apparently, I'm either thoughtless or callous enough to not care if I offended others - or worse, I fell victim to the /. mindset that this is an all_U.S._all_white_all_male group.

Mea Culpa. I am an assface.

more than 5 years ago

iPhone App Pricing Limits Developers

Neurotic Nomad Macacca, Jose, and the Haji (437 comments)

I didn't know that [...] only Indians can be named Haji. Aren't you being racist by assuming that names are tied to race?

A) Because of the outsourcing of tech jobs to India, the "cheaper Indian tech worker" is a stereotype - especially in tech circles.

B) Haji is a racial epithet for all people with brown skin or of non-Christian belief. It is a blanket term for "the other" or "them", and is used by US military personnel in Iraq like "gook" was used in Vietnam, "Kraut" in Germany, and the way the "N word" is used in the United States by rednecks: As a way to dehumanize and demoralize.

I will assume you were ignorant of this second fact, but have a hard time believing you didn't know the first.

Manufacturing a fictional cheaper coder named Haji for the sake of discussion may not have been willfully bigoted, but to claim that your fictional Haji was anything other than a person with brown skin insults the intelligence of everyone reading this thread.

Of one thing you are correct: Nationalism and Racism are not (strictly speaking) the same thing. Xenophobia has many shades, but they all divide the world into "us" and "them".

I don't believe there was any malice in your choice of names. If only you said "If Bob next door can write a app and sell it for $1.99 that you want to write and sell for $29.99...", but you didn't. You used a stereotype and an epithet to create a "them" to compare someone to and got called out on it.

Man up and move on. Don't dig any deeper.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Hints At Future Liquid-Cooled Laptops

Neurotic Nomad Patents are for IMPLEMENTATIONS of ideas. (200 comments)

Patents are for IMPLEMENTATIONS of ideas, not for ideas themselves.

How Apple's liquid-cool system is unique from other liquid-cool systems is the basis of the patent.

They are not claiming to have invented the idea of using liquid to cool a laptop nor are they somehow claiming "dibs" on liquid cooling.

By filing this patent application, they are attempting to prevent other hardware builders from tearing down a liquid-cooled MacBook Pro, slapping themselves in the forehead, changing their design to mimic Apple's way of doing it, then claiming the design is "obvious" while never explaining why they themselves didn't do it that way in the first place.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Hints At Future Liquid-Cooled Laptops

Neurotic Nomad Apple LiquaCool: Beta tested in the field. (200 comments)

The liquid-cooled G5 is a relative rarity. How long was it on the market, anyway? It seems that it was available in that sweet spot between "too many to replace as they fail" and "enough real-world failure data to put us years ahead of anyone else". Was Apple using their customers as a beta test group for liquid cooling?

more than 5 years ago

Apple Hints At Future Liquid-Cooled Laptops

Neurotic Nomad Imagine ANY laptop rupturing in your lap. (200 comments)

If something is happening in my computer that causes it to physically come apart as it sits on my lap, a tablespoon of liquid nitrogen will be the LEAST of my worries.

more than 5 years ago




Leaked DRM-Free iTunes from Warner, Sony and Universal

Neurotic Nomad Neurotic Nomad writes  |  more than 5 years ago Slash Lane writes:

A couple of readers this weekend noted some strange happenings on iTunes Store. Specifically, they claim that a handful of tracks from record labels Universal, Sony BMG, and Warner appeared briefly as tracks upgradable to iTunes Plus format.

Of the four major record labels, only EMI has announced support for the DRM-free iTunes format. However, recent reports have suggested that Apple is currently in talks with the remaining three labels over offering their catalogs through iTunes Plus in the near future.

In particular, readers claim that tracks from 3 Doors Down, Nine Inch Nails, and Neil Young were briefly available for upgrade to iTunes Plus. Although AppleInsider could not reproduce the majority of those findings on Monday morning, it did discover that a handful of Neil Young tracks (Warner) show up as iTunes Plus tracks through the iTunes search function (but not on their respective album pages).

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