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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

berj Re:I really don't understand smart watches... (415 comments)

You only need the phone for communications (eg. reading messages and emails on the watch). if you're just doing fitness tracking stuff you don't need the phone. It doesn't, however have GPS so if you want to actually track position like that then you'd need the phone. But if you just want to monitor steps and heart rate and such then you can leave the phone at home. You can also store music directly on the watch and listen with a bluetooth headset.

about 1 month ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

berj Re:Wait, what? (305 comments)

The purpose of a computer -- as opposed to some other tool -- is that it has the flexibility (by being programmed) to do many different things, including things conceived of by nobody but the user. A computer that can't be programmed is fundamentally not fit for purpose. Apple is selling devices that they have intentionally broken.

So that's the *purpose* of every single computer you own? Bully for you. That is not the purpose of every single computer *I* own. And I guarantee you it's not the purpose of every single computer most people own. What's more your statement is false on its face. iPads, etc *can* be programmed -- by anyone with the skill and tools to do so. You just need specific hardware and software and services in order to do so. Just because you're not willing to tool up for the task doesn't make it Apple's problem. It's your problem and nobody else's. I'm sure there are many tasks I can't make my iPad do even with all the effort and knowledge in the world.. but hey.. I can't make my car fly like and aeroplane either. That's life.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

berj Fine on iPhone 5 and iPad Air (504 comments)

I've got it on an iPhone 5 and an iPad Air and both work very smoothly. Haven't had any OS crashes or glitches (a couple apps are a bit more crashy but I hope an update from them will fix that) and speed and battery life don't seem to have had any reduction.

So far the things that make iOS 8 really attractive (handoff, continuity, new document picker) are waiting for either Yosemite or updated apps so I wait patiently but am satisfied with the upgrade as far as it goes

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Hacker 'weev' Demands One Bitcoin For Each Hour He Spent In Jail

berj Timothy McVeigh (449 comments)

Wow.. good role model there.. Timothy McVeigh. I repeat.. Wow.

about 6 months ago
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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

berj Re:You can control cellular access on iOS (333 comments)

Very cool! I had no idea they added that feature. Thanks!

Next we just need wifi access controls and I'd be pretty happy.

about 10 months ago
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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

berj Re:App permissions (333 comments)

There's nothing to understand or care about.. If an app wants access to my contacts it needs to ask me. If I say no then it doesn't get access. If I say yes.. it does. The answer from the first request is remembered. If I want/need to change my answer I can go into settings and do so. But by default an application exists in a state of "can't access anything until the user approves".

I'm not sure how much easier it could possibly get for a user.

My main complaint is that there aren't enough categories. At the very least I want the ability to say which apps can and cannot access the network (both wifi and cellular.. preferably with separate permissions).

about 10 months ago
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Apple Fixes Dangerous SSL Authentication Flaw In iOS

berj Re:How about OS X? (101 comments)

I've not read that they exhibit this bug. I've only seen 10.9.0 and 10.9.1 mentioned.

I don't have any non-mavericks machines anymore otherwise I'd test it.

about 10 months ago
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Apple Fixes Dangerous SSL Authentication Flaw In iOS

berj Re:How about OS X? (101 comments)

Yes. 10.9.1 has this problem (not sure about earlier versions). 10.9.2, which is in beta, patches the problem. Should be released soon.

about 10 months ago
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Apple's New Mac Pro Gets High Repairability Score

berj Re:Thunderbolt (234 comments)

I agree with you completely. This is the thing about these machines that I'm just not getting. Why are the graphics cards different? Nevermind the lack of a second PCIe port (which is bad enough).. they're also mirrored so the two cards are *completely* different.

Strange decision.

about a year ago
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Apple's New Mac Pro Gets High Repairability Score

berj Re:Still like to have more then 1 port in side the (234 comments)

Indeed. I don't discount that some (many?) will need more local disk. I was merely pointing out that some of us need barely any and it's good to be able to get that. Nothing non-pro about it.

about a year ago
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Apple's New Mac Pro Gets High Repairability Score

berj Re:Still like to have more then 1 port in side the (234 comments)

Why is it a joke? The 256GB is perfect for my needs. We only put the OS and applications and various caches on the local drive of any of our machines (Linux or Mac OS). The rest (about 200-ish terabytes) is network attached.

I think your definition of "pro" is different from mine.

about a year ago
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Streaming and Cord-Cutting Take a Toll On the Pay-TV Industry

berj Loving not having cable. (261 comments)

I don't remember the last time I actually had cable service. Maybe 10 years ago. Back then I rented a lot of DVDs and went out to movies. I'm quite happy these days to watch what's available on netflix and iTunes. I love not having to put up with commercials and for the most part I can watch what I want when I want and even where I want. I haven't done the math but given the number of shows I watch in a year I can't see my investment in iTunes content and my netflix membership adding up to anything close to a year of cable bills. Even if it did the convenience factor is more than enough to make up for it.

1 year,4 days
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

berj Re:Yep (488 comments)

With the exception of mail I *was* using third party apps (google maps, iCab mobile and corus radio in this particular instance)

None of the tasks I was doing had anything to do with "background notifications". Radio and nav were running properly in the background.

about a year ago
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CCC Says Apple iPhone 5S TouchID Broken

berj Re:Easy! (481 comments)

That is an optional setting, yes.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

berj Re:Yep (488 comments)

This isn't even a little bit correct.

I was just in the car listening to a radio app and receiving turn by turn directions from a navigation app. I pulled over to eat and read some emails and surfed the web for a bit. I sent some messages and IM'd with a few people. All the while the radio kept playing. If I was receiving updates from some external accessory that would have kept updating in the background too. all while the map gave me directions and the music played.

about a year ago
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Netflix Comes To Linux Web Browsers Via 'Pipelight'

berj Re:Easy solution (303 comments)

Why does every discussion about paying taxes have someone making this stupid point?

My internal combustion engine car only converts about 25% of the gasoline into work (ie. moving the car) the rest is dissipated as heat (ie. waste). Are you going to suggest that I just pour a bunch of gasoline on a bonfire too.. since the car is so wasteful of gasoline?

You seem to be of the (foolish) opinion that in order for me to have no problem paying taxes that not a cent must be wasted. Sorry.. but nothing is perfect. Sure I'd like government to waste less.. who wouldn't? Just like I'd like my car to be more efficient. But just because my car's engine is incredibly wasteful of gasoline doesn't mean I stop buying gas (or driving).. nor does government waste mean I stop paying my taxes (or get my panties in a bunch while doing so).

about a year ago
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Netflix Comes To Linux Web Browsers Via 'Pipelight'

berj Re:Easy solution (303 comments)

Any refund I may or may not get is tiny in comparison to how much I pay.

I have absolutely no problem paying my taxes. I look at my T4 slip and if the tax number is high then that means my earnings are high. I have plenty enough left over at the end of the year to enjoy a ridiculously comfortable life. Made far more comfortable because of what my taxes pay for.

about a year ago

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