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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

jo_ham Re:An Obscenity (253 comments)

I'll pick one you missed off: life experience. Although from your comments so far, it seems you believe that all you do at work is make money, get a big office and get a title. I can see why, given your limited experience with this, that you might think it is a "new fangled" idea.

Yes, yes, we'll get off your lawn.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

jo_ham Re:Not improved (355 comments)

LGA 1150 Motherboard and LGA 1155 CPU.

Move along here, nothing to see here.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

jo_ham Re:5K display (and computer) for $2500 (355 comments)

No. This is what I hate about these iMacs. And especially more since this high-res display. You get a good, expensive display, which you could easily keep for 10-15 years, but are forced to throw it away when you want to upgrade the computer, after say 2-8 years. A Mac mini duck-taped on the back of a monitor takes about the same space anyways.

Are you sure about that? The current generation of iMacs can act as a standard monitor when connected to another machine. Up until a few weeks ago, I was using one that had a failed hard drive in it as a monitor for a desktop PC via a simple mini Displayport to Displayport cable connected to the PC's graphics card.

Probably not at this time - the display sharing feature has been dropped from the spec sheet, probably because the new iMac only has Thunderbolt 2 and thus doesn't quite have the bandwidth to drive a 5k display over that interface.

I think it will probably return when this model hits revision 2 and gains Thunderbolt 3 running the new display port spec that has adequate bandwidth to run a display of that resolution.

I believe this is also why we haven't seen an update to the standalone thunderbolt display yet - Apple will want it to retain the Thunderbolt connectivity and there's no specification available right now to run such a large panel over that interface (or any external interface I believe) without doing things like multiplexing two TB2 busses together.

Those wanting to use this thing as a monitor are going to be out of luck until TB3 arrives I fear.

There is a good possibility that the new iMacs can also be used as a monitor as well.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

jo_ham Re: Apple Pay (355 comments)

It's not even "your card never leaves your device" - your card number isn't stored on the phone in the first place. Your signing key is made using your card number, but after that the phone doesn't store the card info, just the key generated from your card and your device's ID.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

jo_ham Re: Apple Pay (355 comments)

They absolutely did, and they talked about it specifically when Apple Pay was announced during the iPhone 6 keynote.

The design of the system is that your credit card number is hashed together with the unique device ID of your phone to create a signing key (the card number itself is then never stored anywhere). You then activate apple pay with your bank so they have a way to verify your purchases. When you then use your device to buy something a transaction-specific token is generated from your signing key that is passed to your bank, who then verify it, and send back a yay/nay to the vendor. The bank then debits the money. Each transaction you make generates a new token that is passed via the vendor to your bank.

The key things that Apple pointed out were that a) Apple doesn't know what you bought or how much it was, b) the vendor you are buying from doesn't know what your credit card number is and c) your credit card number is not stored on your phone. If you lose your phone you can log into iCloud and invalidate the signing key.

If you want to hear that from the horse's mouth, Tim Cook spent several minutes on it during the iPhone 6 keynote.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

jo_ham Re:An Obscenity (253 comments)

Who said anything about wealth? I'm sure wealth might play some part of it - being more financially secure is certainly a benefit, but it's not the only reason people wait until later in life to have children.

And if you think that building a better career so you can have more wealth and give your child more opportunities is worth the tradeoff, you probably don't really understand how much of parenting is about stuff other than dollars, anyway.

Holy strawman batman! It's a reading of over 500 mega-bendy-straws!

about two weeks ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

jo_ham Re:An Obscenity (253 comments)

Yes, and some people might believe the opposite - that they're more productive in their prime childbearing years working at a company rather than raising a child, but would like the opportunity to put off parenthood until later in life.

Now they have the *option* of doing so without having to pay out of pocket.

They had literally exactly the same opportunity before, but they had to pay for it themselves. Now it's an optional perk.

Call me old fashioned, but I believe the comments in this article are a hilarious storm in a tea cup.

I wonder if the spin would have been different if it were Google and Canonical announcing this? Nah, surely not. Slashdot isn't partisan in the slightest.

about two weeks ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

jo_ham Re:Is the really that much of an issue? (345 comments)

I also hear that buggy whip manufacturers have a vested interest in making sure the next generation of buggy whips are made exclusively out of genuine horse hair.

about three weeks ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

jo_ham Re:Notification LED? what's that? (132 comments)

People with poor or no hearing use a notification LED to inform them of emails and text messages.

about three weeks ago
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Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

jo_ham Re: This is typical of the "Jobs era" Apple (135 comments)

He also said:

Why on earth would you buy an inferior device for twice the price with no ability to manage its content on your own?!?!?!

Which is so far away from the truth that Glenn Beck has endorsed it as a fact.

about three weeks ago
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Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

jo_ham Re:Why isn't it a crime? Didn't they tamper? (135 comments)

Today I learned that fixing exploits in your software is computer tampering, but only if it's someone you don't like doing it I guess.

about a month ago
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Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

jo_ham Re: This is typical of the "Jobs era" Apple (135 comments)

Right, but that's not what the OP was talking about - the argument was that the iPod was inferior because you couldn't organise your music manually (even though you actually can), and that "files in in a folder" was superior to "letting the iPod handle where the files are and using a database/m3u style method" to address and play them was somehow inferior because Apple.

What you are describing with m3u files *is exactly how the iPod works*. The only difference is that the iPod also copies the music files for you, you don't have to drag them onto the iPod yourself (although you absolutely can manage them on your hard drive yourself, despite what people on slashdot will try to tell you).

about a month ago
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Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

jo_ham Re:This is typical of the "Jobs era" Apple (135 comments)

You didn't see the really obvious checkbox that says "keep my iTunes media folder organised" and unchecked it?

Maybe the software was too "bloated and buggy" for you to open the options menu.

It's hilarious how much misinformation gets passed off as fact when it comes to talking about Apple stuff in order to bash something you don't like.

about a month ago
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Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

jo_ham Re:Ridiculous sentence (135 comments)

I have bought music on Amazon and Google. They both play fine in iTunes. I am wary. however, of buying music in iTunes after finding problems playing stuff I "bought" in iTunes on anything that didn't have a picture of part eaten fruit on it.

So what you're saying is you're blaming Apple because other vendors/programmers don't know how to implement a standard properly?

about a month ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

jo_ham Re:WfW in VM (554 comments)

We have electrochemistry kit that is chugging along on a PC running Dos 6.2 and Win 3.11.

Getting your data off requires a floppy disk as an intermediate step. I have no idea what we'll do if that machine ever craps out - it would be a shame to have to retire the potentiostat because the computers that it was designed to talk to have effectively ascended to godhood in the meantime.

It's certainly not the only piece of analytical kit that is tied to legacy hardware. We have a couple of FTIR machines that look like props from Fallout: New Vegas but work just fine and I'm pretty sure the EPR computer is running Win95.

about a month ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

jo_ham Re: that was fast (174 comments)

Bonjour is just Apple's implementation of Zeroconf. It's freeware, with the core components of it under the Apache licence.

Have a look through the code yourself "to be sure". https://developer.apple.com/bo...

about 1 month ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

jo_ham Re:Ars Technica speculates? (208 comments)

Ah, propaganda!

GPLv3: "code should be open and free, unless we decide that the freedom that a company chose was not the freedom we wanted them to choose!"

So, you think idea that you can do anything you want within the terms of the licence is a "loophole". Mhhmmm.

Oh, and let's not forget the idea that anyone who disagrees with your position is a sociopath.

What next? The test for sociopathic tendencies involves presenting a choice of OSS licences and if the subject picks anything other than GPLv3 they get branded a sociopath?

about a month ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

jo_ham Re:Ars Technica speculates? (208 comments)

The version of Bash with the patch is v3, the version Apple uses is v2. They're perfectly happy to ship GPLv2 code (quite a bit of their codebase is GPL), but they have strenuously avoided GPLv3 where possible.

What is hard to understand about this?

That, plus the fact that the patches issued so far are not 100% effective is probably why there is no official patch from Apple yet (you are free to compile your own of course).

They have stated that they are working on it, so it will be forthcoming soon enough.

about a month ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

jo_ham Re:I've been on data roaming since last Monday... (610 comments)

Well, Apple did think of that - large downloads do not download over your data connection, you have to connect to wifi.

Also, auto-download is off by default.

Also this album simply appears in iTunes in the Cloud and doesn't download automatically.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

jo_ham Re:First world problems. (610 comments)

There is no DRM on iTunes music.

They are standard .aac files.

about a month and a half ago

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