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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Smurf Re:Too many words (98 comments)

The data for the US is almost laughably vague. It could very well be that 1000 requests were made, and 1000 requests were granted.

100% success rate in complying with requests sounds pretty cozy to me...

Following that exact same logic we could argue that 2000 requests were made (involving 3000 accounts) and 0 were granted.

A 0% success rate in complying with requests sounds pretty un-cozy to me...

I agree that the data is worthless, though.

about a week ago

Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS + Cloud Services To Enterprises

Smurf PowerPC (126 comments)

A lot of people here seem to forget that the PowerPC processor architecture that powered the Macs for over a decade was developed jointly by Apple and IBM (and Motorola).

My point: Apple and IBM working together is certainly not unheard of.

about two weeks ago

Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

Smurf Re:My plan is to wait and see (214 comments)

You see you cant buy a disc with aperture on it, only via the app store... and if they remove it from the app store you cant reinstall it when your hard drive crashes. Therefore they CAN make it disappear. All they have to do is wait a short few years for that hard drive to fail.

No one is preventing you from backing up your apps. Why you refuse to do it is totally beyond me.

about a month ago

One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Smurf Re:Backup? (396 comments)

Very good point!

Still the gist of my comment remains: the old, uncorrupted copy of the corrupted file is kept in Time Machine even if the corrupted file ever gets into the backup. Having access to all older versions of your files is what Time Machine is all about!

about a month and a half ago

One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Smurf Re:HFS reliability (396 comments)

All the Macs I've owned have always been my main personal computer, and the first couple were my only computer at the time. I did everything on them: schoolwork, gaming, stuff for my dad's office and for others, etc. Looking back, I believe I spent way more time with them than I should have.

Did I experience system crashes with the dreaded bomb box? Yes, plenty of them. Did I experience sad Macs? Yes, occasionally. (I believe it was supposed to appear on hardware failure, but after restarting the computers continued to hum along for years). I never owned (nor pirated) a copy of Norton Disk Doctor, although I did see it running on other people's computers.

It's not my fault that my experience differs from yours.

about a month and a half ago

One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Smurf Re:Backup? (396 comments)

The parent post is assuming that the user is using Time Machine for the backups. In that case, the checksums are usually not verified (as nine-times said in his reply).

Nevertheless, in some cases Time Machine will perform a "deep" scan, for example if you have not backed up for a long time or if you upgrade your computer's drive. In that case, the corrupted file would be identified as a "change" and would be backed up again, just as you said.

Nevertheless, take into account that the corrupted file is not replacing the original in the backup. Both copies are left there so once you discover the corruption you can use Time Machine to navigate to a backup that is old enough and allow you to recover the file.

about a month and a half ago

One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Smurf Re:HFS reliability (396 comments)

Anyone who owned a Mac since the 80s remembers having to use Norton Disk Doctor and later DiskWarrior at least once per month to repair the filesystem. Entire folders could go randomly missing each time you booted up your Mac, and if you accidentally lost power to your hard drive, the use of one of those was mandatory.

No, not "anyone who owned a Mac since the 80s...". My first Mac was a Mac Plus bought in 1987 (IIRC), and I have never used those tools nor experienced the problems you mention.

about a month and a half ago

Elderly Mice Perk Up With Transfused Blood

Smurf Re:Link (178 comments)

Thanks for the link to TFA. (I included a hyperlinked version for the benefit of the copy-paste impaired).

Reading that WSJ article allowed me to find the actual scientific paper in Nature Medicine , for those so inclined. Unfortunately it's paywalled except for the abstract and figures but those in the target audience of the paper probably have access through their institutions.

about 3 months ago

Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

Smurf Re:AND?? (466 comments)

Peas are seeds, a vegetable that comes from a pea plant. TFA is technically correct.

But following that logic ("a pea is not a plant because it is just part of a plant") the statement is still incorrect because I bet you could use the same argument to disqualify all the other ingredients as being plants.

about 3 months ago

Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

Smurf Re:Discussed to death on Bruce Schneier's blog... (332 comments)

New York City water is untreated and it has some of the best water in the country.

Really? Cause I've read otherwise:

Before entering City pipes, all drinking water is treated with chlorine, fluoride, food-grade phosphoric acid, and sometimes with sodium hydroxide. Water quality and infrastructure are overseen by the City's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in coordination with the EPA and New York State 's Department of Health.


about 3 months ago

Preventative Treatment For Heartbleed On

Smurf Re:oh, sorry (81 comments)

The latest CBO report shows that the law is on track to reduce the total number of uninsured people by 12 million this year. Page 8 of the PDF.

I don't see the mention of 12 billion at all on that page or the ones next to it.

Of course you mean 12 million, not 12 billion.

The reason you can't find the number is because you are (quite correctly) looking at the page labeled as number 8. Unfortunately the PDF was not formatted correctly and the numbering is not restarting after the four-page preamble. Because of that, @artor3's PDF reader is incorrectly telling him that the page he is looking at is number 8, while you will find it's labeled as number 4.

So, go to page 4, Table 2, and look at the column for 2014. The Item (Change in Insurance Coverage Under the ACA) for Uninsured shows an increase of -12 (millions).

about 3 months ago

NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

Smurf Re:WTF? (277 comments)

Yes, did you RTFA? They specifically mention (...)

You must be new here.

about 4 months ago

Is DIY Brainhacking Safe?

Smurf Re:Is Lasik At Home Safe? (183 comments)


Perhaps the most hilarious thing about that website are the photos of "Dr. Amir Khadim, M.D., Ph.D." with the device... He's wearing glasses!

(Yes, I know. Not all eyesight defects can be corrected by LASIK. Still it's bad publicity as it suggests lack of confidence in the device you are selling – or its effectiveness.)

about 4 months ago

Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock

Smurf Re:Only in America ... (348 comments)

The parent post has been labeled as funny... ...but it's actually quite sad.

about 5 months ago

Watch Steve Jobs Demo the Mac, In 1984

Smurf Re:The Mac demoed had 4X the RAM of one sold (129 comments)

That is to say, the Mac he was demonstrating was different from the Mac Apple was selling: it had 512K of RAM. The only Mac available for purchase at launch had 128K and was not capable of running the MacInTalk speech synthesis software.

True, true. But the the 128K Mac was upgradable to 512K (albeit by an authorized reseller, not by the end user), and Macs that already came with 512 KB of RAM were introduced later that year.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Cheap Second Calculators For Tests?

Smurf Re:Calculator (328 comments)

I have a ti-36 solar...

Yeah, but he's used to RPN so he's pretty much stuck with HP models. ...although he doesn't say that. Which makes this "Ask Slashdot" as pointless as any other "Ask Slashdot".

Asking which is "best" is never a good question.

But the list of approved calculators that he mentioned does include two HP models: HP 33s and HP 35s. Both support RPN, and while certainly more expensive than the TI-36X Pro the HP 35s is probably cheap enough for the submitter's needs.

about 8 months ago

Nexus 5 With Android 4.4 and Snapdragon 800 Challenges Apple A7 In Benchmarks

Smurf Re:This is not a fair comparison (310 comments)

Actually, if you look at the benchmarks it loses in everything but the GL benchmarks. Then go and look at the benchmarks at phonearena and the 5S hands the Nexus 5 it's ass on pretty much every test.

Actually, the Nexus 5 comes on top of the iPhone 5S in the GLBenchmark v2.5.1 tests in the HotHardware article, but loses in the GFXBench 2.7 tests in the Ars Technica article.

How did this happen? After all, GFXBench is the successor of GLBenchmark. My first guess was that maybe GFXBench 2.7 was compiled for 64-bits on the iPhone 5S, while GLBenchmark, being older, was probably running in 32-bit mode. (These tests measure mostly GPU performance, but getting the CPU to perform faster should help at least a little.) But it turns out that GFXBench 2.7 probably hasn't yet been recompiled to run in 64-bit mode on iOS yet.

about 9 months ago

Obama Administration Refuses To Overturn Import Ban On Samsung Products

Smurf Re:Proof that Obama is corrupt (298 comments)

Well, that's what Apple tries to imply (page 2):

Apple is likely the largest corporate income tax payer in the US, having paid nearly $6 billion in taxes to the US Treasury in FY2012. These payments account for $1 in every $40 in corporate income tax the US Treasury collected last year.

Note that that is an official testimony of Apple to the US Senate, so if it's a lie it's not likely to be very blatant. The fact that they payed $6 billion in 2012 has really not been contested, as you can check through a Google search. Whether it really makes Apple the largest tax payer, I can't confirm.

about 10 months ago

Obama Administration Refuses To Overturn Import Ban On Samsung Products

Smurf Re:Proof that Obama is corrupt (298 comments)

Samsung America has more employees in the USA than Apple does. However, as long as people think of Samsung as a Korean company...

Bullshit. At the end of 2011, Samsung had 21,531 employees in the Americas (mostly in the USA, see page 58). Around the same time (February 2012), Apple had 50,250 direct employees in the U.S.

Straight from the horses' mouths.

about 10 months ago



Google Backpedals on Turn-By-Turn GPS for iPhone

Smurf Smurf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Smurf (7981) writes "Last October Google's Vice-President of Engineering Vic Gundotra announced that Google would bring turn-by-turn GPS navigation to the iPhone:

However, Google is working with Apple on bringing it to the iPhone, and it's not ruling out licensing the software to makers of portable navigation devices used in cars throughout the world, said Gundotra, vice president of engineering at Google for mobile and developers.

Nevertheless, after such plans were confirmed during a press conference in London yesterday, today the "Don't be Evil" company backpedaled on them:

"We did not say we would bring it to iPhone, we said to date we've had it on Android and that in the future it may come to other platforms but did not confirm this will be coming to iPhone at all," a Google spokesperson told PCWorld.

Doesn't lying through your teeth make you Evil?"


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