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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Plumpaquatsch Re:iOS 8.1? Already? (354 comments)

Yeah, that's kind of my point. If you're releasing a major version a month or so before you launch new products, you'd hope you have the OS for those products squared away.

This sounds like they pushed out iOS 8, ran into problems and released iOS 8.0.1, and apparently 8.0.2, and then 8.0.3.

And now they're rolling out 8.1.

That is a lot of churn in a relatively short period of time. Which tells me I'm still going to wait a while, because I expect 8.1.1 or 8.2 to appear within a month or so.

Well, that's nothing on Google. Supposedly Android 5.0 Lollipop will launch 11/3 - but 5.0.1 was already reported in the wild over a year ago: http://www.phonearena.com/news...

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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Plumpaquatsch If there were a vaccine (380 comments)

If there were a vaccine, the anti-vacciners would be all over it.

2 days ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Plumpaquatsch Re:Helvetica pre-dates the space program (369 comments)

The bit about "tomorrow" is just marketing spin to make it sound like some awesome new thing, when the font itself was made in 1957.

Some truly amazing marketing there, considering the "tomorrow" bit didn't come from Apple.

2 days ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Plumpaquatsch Re:wtf (369 comments)

Only on Slashdot can you get modded up for claiming an article slamming Apple is actually an ad for Apple.

3 days ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Plumpaquatsch Re:"The Right Choice"? (369 comments)

... Karjaluoto doesn't recall many such changes that we didn't later look upon as the right choice....

The opinion of whether or not it was the right choice is severely clouded by the fact that in the Apple environment, there is No Choice. The user Has To go along with what Apple decides is The Future.

Yawn. Yeah, there were no external Floppy drives (which few people bought, and fewer used). There also were no external CD/DVD drives (which few people bought, and fewer used). You couldn't use CRT after Apple stopped selling them. And all those changes proved to be horrible for the user, because everybody but Apple still uses floppies and CRTs.

3 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

Plumpaquatsch Re:Minimalism Overkill (303 comments)

The thread is not about Yosemite, in case you have not noticed but about the new Maverick. Mac OS X 10!

So why exactly are we to take anything you say seriously?

3 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

Plumpaquatsch Re:Wait, what? (303 comments)

Including things like their version of Androids Intents (that they call "extensions")....notifications pane from iOS (stolen from Android, natch)...

Right, so you're upset that Apple is using plugins, extensions, and notifications because all of those things were invented by Android developers. Sure.

You seem to have "accidentally" forgotten to quote the objectionable part:

However, since they come from iOS, they ["extensions"] only work with apps that are sold through the App Store.

Anything that "only works with... the App Store" (except maybe for updating the OS itself and first-party applications) is a problem, because it's a step towards locking out anything that circumvents the App Store.

You are right in so far as he should have totally focused on the part that absolutely isn't true and ignored the other things that aren't true either. Hunh?

4 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Plumpaquatsch Re:Thunderbolt (354 comments)

A $30 cable, expensive Thunderbolt chipset, expensive peripherals, and you won't be getting actual 10 Gbps full duplex Ethernet through Thunderbolt, nor will it work a damn without an actual 10 Gbps Ethernet controller somewhere in the system. Keep on keepin' on, though.

Does being stupid come with being an Apple-Hater, or did you pay extra? http://www.macworld.com/articl...

Having a NO fucking brain necessitates being a Mac hater. If you think you're getting anything near the capabilities for full duplex 10 Gbps Ethernet over Thunderbolt without a true 10 Gbps Ethernet controller in the system, you're a damned fool. If you do have a 10 Gbps Ethernet controller in the system, just use it directly.

FTFY, and you just proved it. And you will never be able to tell, because you are so fucking stupid.

5 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Plumpaquatsch Re:Yawn (354 comments)

"an ipad 12x faster than the "original ipad"

faster doing ... what?

Doing stuff you can't do on Android.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Plumpaquatsch Re:Thunderbolt (354 comments)

A $30 cable, expensive Thunderbolt chipset, expensive peripherals, and you won't be getting actual 10 Gbps full duplex Ethernet through Thunderbolt, nor will it work a damn without an actual 10 Gbps Ethernet controller somewhere in the system. Keep on keepin' on, though.

Does being stupid come with being an Apple-Hater, or did you pay extra? http://www.macworld.com/articl...

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Plumpaquatsch Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

In case anyone doubts this: ratio of "normal" patients vs. infected healthworkers third world: ~ 10:1 Texas: 1:2

These things are evolutionary. The initial rate of patients to infected healthcare workers is much higher. The current 10:1 ratio in Africa is after all the healthcare workers using poor infectious disease protocols have been killed off by ebola. It's purely survival of the fittest. Same reason Cuba weathers hurricanes better than Louisiana did after Katrina. Cuba gets hit by several hurricanes every year, so any buildings which would been blown away, dams which would have failed, etc. have already done so long ago. The ones still standing remain because they are strong enough to survive a hurricane. Any government officials who were incompetent at post-hurricane recovery have long been filtered out. OTOH the previous major hurricane to hit Louisiana before Katrina was some 30 years ago. A lot of bad structures and incompetent officials can build up over 30 years.

So how come the rest of the US fares much better than Texas? There were 5 patients evacuated to the US so far, and nobody got infected. Hey, maybe it's not all of Texas but just this hospital - but they sure fucked up.

about a week ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Plumpaquatsch Re:Obligatoriness Extraordinaire (237 comments)

And, you fail to also read well documented fact that German solar capacity factor is less than 10% overall, equivalent of about 2.4 full sun hours. http://euanmearns.com/german-p...

That source makes a simple but fatal mistake (and probably on purpose): it divides total energy production over the year by the the installed capacity at the end of the year for an energy source with growing installed capacity.

about a week ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Plumpaquatsch Re:Obligatoriness Extraordinaire (237 comments)

From The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: "primordial ... In geology, containing the earliest traces of life." IOW pretty much every element or combination thereof that is not biological.

about a week ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

Plumpaquatsch Re:Why..... (259 comments)

Wrong, if Apple figures out how to make their products at 1/2 the cost, their prices will come down in order to gain new market share and make more money by selling more of their product while taking sales away from the competition.

Errm, so why don't they just do that now? Maybe because they already easily sell all the phones they can make, and making them at half the cost wouldn't allow them to make more?

about a week ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

Plumpaquatsch Re:Transition period? (259 comments)

Workers are paying taxes, so it is OK that their employer is not? WTF?

The alternative is "employers" not paying taxes, and neither the unemployed, because there are no fucking employers.You know, like it was before Ireland started optimizing their taxes.

about a week ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Plumpaquatsch Re:It is serious but also concerning (565 comments)

A small reactor could power a U.S. Navy warship, and eliminate the need for other fuel sources that pose logistical challenges

A navy ship, what about a cruise liner? With cheap energy, you could process the deuterium from sea water for fuel, grow food in artificially lit enclosures below decks and have a self-sustaining artificial ecosystem that could spend years between trips to port.

How about a cargo ship. " In 1972, after four years of operation, her reactor was refuelled. She had covered 250,000 nautical miles (463,000 km) on 22 kilograms of uranium"

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Plumpaquatsch Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

That's called 20/20 hindsight, Mr. Armchair Surgeon General. Had you been there, with a patient with the symptoms of some viral infection, I'd have liked to see you saying "of course it's Ebola!", when in reality, there are dozens of alternative diagnoses, many of them much more likely.

Yeah, why should a doctor suspect Ebola in an African patient, when at the same time whole planes went into full panic when somebody coughed.

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Plumpaquatsch Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

You haven't been to a hospital recently have you? Doctors aren't like Dr. House. They aren't looking for zebras when 99.99% of their patients are horses. If you come in with a rare disease it can sometimes take years to get a proper diagnosis.

And yet they ask anyone but the African guy if they have been to other countries recently.

Not to mention that they hand out antibiotics like candy to people with unspecified symptoms - and then send them home. Understandable, because they can't keep him in emergency for ever, and there are no known problems with the overuse of the new Aspirin (facepalm).

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Plumpaquatsch Re:Citation needed? (463 comments)

Really have you read the latest from the dumbfuck running the CDC? Would you consider the Washington Post a good source of information?

“We did send some expertise in infection control,” Thomas Frieden said during a news conference Tuesday. “But I think we could, in retrospect, with 20/20 hindsight, have sent a more robust hospital infection control team and been more hands-on with the hospital from day one about exactly how this should be managed.”

Inept and incompetent and I'm sorry but a mia culpa isn't going to cut it.

You do realize that this basically translates to "Yeah, we should have known those Texan hicks couldn't handle a case of the flu, let alone Ebola."

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Plumpaquatsch Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

Only if you need to be treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

They've demonstrated themselves to be completely incompetent. Eric Duncan should have been transported to a hospital with the equipment and expertise to deal with quarantining highly infectious disease.

In case anyone doubts this: ratio of "normal" patients vs. infected healthworkers
third world: ~ 10:1
Texas: 1:2

about a week ago

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German intelligence employee arrested on suspicion of spying for US on Bundestag

Plumpaquatsch Plumpaquatsch writes  |  about 4 months ago

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) writes "Deutsche Welle report:"A member of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency has been detained for possibly spying for the US. The 31-year-old is suspected of giving a US spy agency information about a parliamentary inquiry of NSA activities. During questioning, the suspect reportedly told investigators that he had gathered information on an investigative committee from Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag. The panel is conducting an inquiry into NSA surveillance on German officials and citizens; yesterday an ex-staffer told it the NSA was 'totalitarian' mass collector of data."
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Deutsche Telekom begins distributing nano-SIM card

Plumpaquatsch Plumpaquatsch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) writes "After a protracted battle between Apple, Nokia, RIM and Motorola Mobility earlier this year about the design of a new nano-SIM (subscriber identity module), Apple was the victor and is widely expected to use the new design in the next-generation iPhone. German website iFun.de is reporting that carrier Deutsche Telekom has begun distribution of nano-SIMs to partners in anticipation of the launch of a new iPhone."
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Appeals court upholds Apple victory in Cover Flow patent case

Plumpaquatsch Plumpaquatsch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) writes "Apple has once again been cleared of infringing on patents held by Mirror Worlds.

In a ruling posted today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, the court upheld (PDF) a lower court decision from April 2011, which sided with Apple.

Mirror Worlds originally accused Apple of infringing on its patents with features included in its Mac OS X operating systems going back to 10.4 "Tiger," as well as in its iOS devices including the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. The company, which was founded by Yale University computer-science professor David Gelernter, took aim at Apple's Cover Flow, Spotlight, and Time Machine features made available on devices running various iterations of that software."

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Germany has passed Peak Pirate

Plumpaquatsch Plumpaquatsch writes  |  1 year,28 days

After their successes in 2012, getting seats in all state elections (with 7-9% of the votes), the German Pirate Party again dropped far below the "5% hurdle" in both the state elections in Bavaria and Hesse as well as the federal elecion of Germany. It looks like that even despite the NSA scandal, the Pirates lost a lot of votes to the newcomer Euro-skeptic "Alternative für Deutschland" - who got more than twice the votes of the Pirates, while still not gaining any seats.

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