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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

macs4all Re:Apple Pushing All Mobile CPU Vendors (114 comments)

The long term plan is to run iOS on laptops and desktops, or have you not been paying attention? This is why Apple has stopped caring about POSIX, and has put all of its efforts into the iOS runtime environment--UI, toolchain, etc. OS X is a second-class citizen.

Riiiight.

Apple isn't paying any attention to poor-old OS X. Neglected, it is... NOT!

And here's the list for Mavericks, released only a year earlier.

...And the list for Mountain Lion, only a year or so before Mavericks.

Now, let's see the comparable list for Windows 7 to 8.1, which covers MORE time (by far!) (2009 to 2014) than the time-period between OS X 10.8 to 10.10 (2012 to 2014).

So, keep on hating, hater. Meanwhile, Apple continues happily along, walking AND chewing-gum at the same time (significantly improving both OS X and iOS simultaneously).

4 days ago
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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

macs4all Re:Three times. (114 comments)

That's only two switches. Count the arrows!

Well, it depends.

You could almost legitimately count the 16 -> 32 bit transition of the 68k MacOS as nearly equivalent to a "Platform Change". They essentially had to do a complete rewrite on the Macintosh Toolbox, on QuickDraw, on QuickTime, and the OS itself, not to mention all the developers that had to re-do their applications to be "32 bit Clean" (remember that?).

Shoot, MS is STILL trying to sort out 32 vs 64 bit for Windows; and their "solution" is about as fugly as fugly gets!

4 days ago
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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

macs4all Re:Three times. (114 comments)

They went 680x0 -> PowerPC 6xx -> x86.

You forgot the ARM port of significant portions of OS X (specifically the XNU/Darwin portions?).

So that makes THREE, no FOUR "Ports".

Actually, it is three; but still pretty cool.

I remember SJ standing up at a WWDC keynote right after the (essentially flawless) Intel transition of OS X,saying "Our engineers have worked long an hard to turn THIS (shows an OS X Desktop (ostensibly running on PPC)) to THIS (Ripple-Transition to an identical OS X Desktop (ostensibly running on Intel)). Crowd goes wild. Very effective demonstration. and it was true: The transition from PPC to Intel was virtually seamless, as was the transition from 32 to 64 bit. None of that horseshit like with Windows, with its TWO "Program Files" directory-trees, and its 32/64 bit drivers (there was a LITTLE bit of that with a FEW drivers; but not NEARLY to the extent that Windows users had (and still have) to suffer).

I personally would have like to have seen them carry Rosetta along a little longer; but they saw how long it took to rid everything of 68k code when they did the 68k -> PPC transition, and was anxious to keep OS X as architecturally "Clean" as possible; so it makes sense.

4 days ago
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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

macs4all Re:ARM for desktop/laptop (114 comments)

That's probably not what he means. It's been hypothesized and rumored that Apple will eventually move all their laptops and desktops away from Intel and use ARM as the CPU. Intel has been behind schedule delivering next-generation chips, which leads to the conclusion that Apple would want to control its own destiny with its own CPUs.

They won't do that until Windows runs full-blown Windows (NOT RT) on ARM (and has some sort of JIT), which it does NOT seem that MS is particularly interested in making happen. RT was designed from the get-go to be a stepchild, at best, of "real Windows", and it looks like that's what it is going to stay.

Apple sells not an insignificant number of desktop and laptop machines because of being able to dual-boot (and do VM) for other OSes (primarily Windows and Linux), and to be frank, that requires Intel (and more importantly, x86) compatibility. And you can bet your bottom-dollar that Apple is VERY aware of that market-segment.

You can be sure that Apple would love to move to ARM, if only for its insanely-good performance/Watt (and to have a tool to pry-down Intel's stupidly-high prices. And people talk about the "Apple Tax"... Sheesh!). But, unless and until Windows either becomes insignificant (which may very well happen in about 10 years) or they develop "RT" into a non-joke OS, don't look for Apple to give up Intel anytime soon.

4 days ago
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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

macs4all Re:Apple Pushing All Mobile CPU Vendors (114 comments)

The long term plan is to run OS X on it.

While I'm not sure I'd welcome that on anything smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus, it WOULD be wonderful to be able to download a version of OS X that was designed with a slightly different UI layer that was targeted for certain classes of iOS devices (e.g. Tablets).

But I understand why that gets to be "a bit much" for a company; because not only do they have to develop it (which is kind of trivial for them, due to the way that iOS and OS X are built); but more importantly, they would have to test and SUPPORT the "chimera" iOS X. And THAT is (understandably) too much of a drain for the amount of return.

But you can bet that, in some Apple engineer's basement, there lives an iPad running OS X. After all, that's how OS X for Intel came to be...

4 days ago
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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

macs4all Re:Apple not working on adding more RAM to iPhone (114 comments)

That way they will always have a ready market of users waiting to upgrade. They did the same thing with the big phones. The demand was there for years but they carried on selling small form phones till the market for small form phones is going to fall. Then when they release the big phones, boom!! the pent-up demand guarantee increased sale.

Not hardly.

"Big phones" was a private "thing" with the then-CEO. I think his last name was "Jobs".

Considering the timing of SJ's demise, relative to the introduction of the iPhone 5, then 6 and 6 Plus, I would venture to say that Apple approved the iPhone 5 (the first "big" iPhone) as a sort of "marketing test" on the very day that Steve J. stopped breathing.

Remember, it takes TIME to approve new case designs, displays, etc; not to mention new SoCs to drive the extra pixels. It isn't like you just put the old phones in the Incredible Blow-Up Machine and voila!

Then, when the market acceptance of the iPhone 5 was encouraging, they started market research and engineering R&D on the (bigger still) iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

But if you want to talk about Planned Obsolescence by continually releasing "The Next Big Thing" that is simply the "The Previous Big Thing" with a slightly different/better "Gotta Have It" geegaw or case design, look no further than Samsung; with their FIFTY NINE new models of Smartphones released in 2014 alone.

So stop your ridiculous Apple Hating. They are actually a pretty "restrained" tech-driven Company.

4 days ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Loses Last Plaintiff, but Judge Rules Against Dismissal

macs4all Re:Only in America... (71 comments)

The judge in this case made the right call - there's already been effort, time and money expended to get the case this far. Dismissing it and saying "bring another suit when you have new plaintiffs" would waste resources, not the least of which being the court's.

Actually, that's done ALL the time; it's called a "Dismissal Without Prejudice". Usually, the "Journey's Account"-type statute in the Jurisdiction saves the suit from the effects of the running of the statute of limitations (assuming the original suit was filed "in time"). Journey's Account is an old legal doctrine (that still exists in some form in many U.S. Jurisdictions) that allows the filing of a New Case for a few years (usually 2 to 5) that "Relates Back" to the Original Case, and is treated "Nunc pro Tunc" (as if it was filed back then). It is usually used to get past a Statue of Limitations problem when a suit is filed in the wrong Court; but can be used when a suit fails for almost ANY reason.

Class Action Suits are kind of odd; but I would bet they follow Journey's Account doctrine.

What I can't figure out is why they can even file a Personal Damages suit EIGHT years after the original purchase.

about two weeks ago
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Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

macs4all Re:Wha?!?!!! (172 comments)

Heck even the images from the "Grab" program in the recent versions of OSX have the original Grab icon from NeXTSTEP [osxdaily.com]

But now, it's just nostalgia. Like Clarus the DogCow.

about two weeks ago
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Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

macs4all Re:Wha?!?!!! (172 comments)

new code, old code, it makes no difference. It ALL has flaws.

open code, closed code, it makes no difference. It ALL has flaws.

Just as true.

about two weeks ago
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Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

macs4all Re:Wha?!?!!! (172 comments)

I wouldn't be so sure about that.

On the mac while "classic" mode is gone "carbon" is still there and was explicitly intended to allow porting of code from classic macos. I'd be surprised if there wasn't some code that had been written for classic macos still in there somewhere.

Similarly win32 was designed as a 32-bit variant of win16 and i'd be very surprised if there wasn't still some old code hanging arround somewhere.

While technically still there, the Carbon API has been officially Deprecated since 2012, and as of OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), is clearly on its way out.

It's a shame, because it was a brilliant piece of work (but also not without its problems); but the writing was clearly on the wall when it wasn't ported to 64-bit in 2007.

about two weeks ago
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Pantry Pests Harbor Plastic-Chomping Bacteria

macs4all Not So Fast... (45 comments)

This reminds me of a cautionary tale in the form of an SF novel titled Mutant 59: The Plastic Eaters.

I read it back in 1972, while in high school, but remembered the "lesson" it taught about cultivating and developing "Scavenger" bacteria.

Before you applaud this discovery, you might give that book a read...

Jus' Sayin'...

about two weeks ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

macs4all Re:How much longer will Foxconn need Apple? (109 comments)

Maybe I phrased it wrong. What I mean is: Apple is not really relying on best specs, best technology anymore. Just like Gucci doesn't have to come with totally new bag all the time. And that makes sense as they won't be able to be the best all the time.

Just as long as they are perceived to be the best by their loyal fanbase, they will do well. That's also why a smart watch (very much a fashion item) is so important to the lineup. Or white headbuds. It's all to build brand. It doesn't have to be the best, just perceived to be.

First off, thank you for your considered response; that's getting pretty rare around here... ;-)

Actually, Apple is almost never the "first" to employ a new technology or adopt a new standard. They actually shy away a bit from the "bleeding edge" (while still maintaining a cachet of "innovative" and "ahead of the curve").

What they are masters at is waiting until a technology/standard/product niche is getting popular (e.g., WiFi, Music Players, Small-form-factor Desktops, Netbooks, Smartphones) and then "re-imagining it" with a distinctive flair and usability-level that is consistently far above the pack.

Often, these improvements come with a "fit and finish" factor that is often mistaken for "Fashion for Fashion's sake" (Apple Watch notwithstanding. They freely admit to it being a "fashion accessory"); but actually just looks that way because the competition so often ignores the aesthetic appeal of good industrial design (how many creaky brittle plastic laptops have we all suffered?), or which have some bizarro Asian idea of "fashionable"? (Not picking on Asian product design; but it is just "different" from what most "Westerners" think looks "classy")...

But make no mistake: Along with the "classy" industrial design is real, solid product engineering, both hardware and software. And that is what seems to escape so many in the Slashdot crowd, who seem to almost universally seem to place price over value (and who seem to, at the same time, incredibly value the cost of their time at zero).

I get my "tinkering"-Jones satisfied by being an embedded developer; my computer is a tool, like my oscilloscope, various meters and my Zircon-encrusted tweezers, and I want my tools to "just work".

And in my nearly four decades as a professional embedded developer (software and hardware), Apple products deliver on that promise far more consistently (nothing's perfect!), both in and out of the lab, than what my non-Apple-oriented friends and colleagues seem to experience (which looks a lot like "suffering" to me).

And that, my friend, is the very height of "geek-chic"; at least to me.

about three weeks ago
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Apple To Donate Profit Portion From Black Friday For AIDS Fight

macs4all Re:A good deed will never go unpunished (102 comments)

The person that wrote the title is a professional writer, they know how words work.

From what I have seen pass the "Editors" at Slashdot, I wouldn't bet on either clauses of your statement being true.

This is a Tech-Blog; not the Wall Street Journal, nor the New York Times. If you're looking for examples of erudite journalism, you've come to the wrong genre.

about a month ago
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Apple To Donate Profit Portion From Black Friday For AIDS Fight

macs4all Re:"For every $900 iPad, we'll donate $5 to charit (102 comments)

If they're not making a profit off the discounted items, then no money goes to AIDs research. It's not a decent gesture. They're only doing it because it'll drum up more sales. If they really cared, they wouldn't advertise it, or at least not right before.

But I thought the meme on Slashdot was that Apple makes "obscenely high" profits on their products; so which is it?

1. Apple is being disingenuous because they won't be making any profits to give away?

2. Apple is evil because they make "high" profits?

Can't have it both ways.

about a month ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

macs4all Re:Wrong Question (197 comments)

Actually, a lot of companies have a moral compass, even "evil" ones. I mean, do you consider Apple evil because they sue over patents?

Um, if it makes Apple "evil" to protect their IP from being directly ripped off by well-heeled competitors (cough, Samsung, cough), then I think you need to adjust your definition of "evil".

I mean, if you were the CEO of Apple, what would you have done in that instance? I mean, look at the Techcrunch article with the "Before iPhone" and "After iPhone" Samsung pictures. Tell me you wouldn't have been incensed, probably moved to litigation.

about 1 month ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

macs4all Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (197 comments)

Morality is for the working class. If you want to succeed in a capitalist economy, it's better to be amoral.

Reminds me of a Book that has been around since the late 1970s (and still available on Amazon, I believe) :

"Why S.O.B.s Succeed And Nice Guys Fail In a Small Business"

No truer words were ever penned.

In fact, when writing physical checks to pay bills was the norm, and based on some ideas from that book, I would regularly fill-in pieces of the MICR OCR field-delimiters at the bottoms of my personal checks to delay their processing by the Federal Reserve Clearinghouse, I know it worked, because I would receive those checks back "re-striped" with new (no doubt manually-generated) OCR strips stuck on the bottoms of the check. It was usually good for a 3 to 5 business-day delay "float", while (I assume) the check got kicked-out of the automatic scanner, and routed to the "manual processing" pile. And, since my account wasn't debited until the check "cleared" this process, I avoided a non-sufficient-funds "bounce" fee, and the payor thought that I had paid "on time" (which I technically had).

I kept waiting to get a nasty letter from my bank or the Fed saying "quit it, or you're going to jail!", but I never did.

about 1 month ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

macs4all Re:How much longer will Foxconn need Apple? (109 comments)

Apple is not really a technology brand these days

lolwut?

Apple is in the same league: as long as the brand remains premium, it does not matter what the output is or for that matter what their quality is.

Too bad for your theory that Apple remains the top performer and the tops in quality and customer satisfaction.

about a month ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

macs4all Re:How much longer will Foxconn need Apple? (109 comments)

Of course, a big part of it is Apple is able to tweak the software to their needs and spend time doing so. Samsung doesn't have that luxury when they release more than 1 new smartphone a week (56 so far in 2014 alone!) and 1 new tablet every two weeks [arstechnica.com]. Or LG, which released 41 since the start of the year. Versus Apple's 6 or so (4 of which were just minor tweaks of the base model)..

Excuse me, but is anyone holding a gun to either Samsung or LG's proverbial heads, forcing them to throw design after design at the wall to see what sticks? It's like every single prototype that some engineer slaps together, the marketing guys steal right off the bench and put into full production. What maroons!

In fact, in the face of their 60% drop in profits, Samsung just announced they are reigning-in their insane new-model-creation rate, and focusing on "quality" over "quantity".

All I have to say to Samsung is: "Duh". Where EVAR did you get THAT idea...?

about a month ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

macs4all Re:A cautionary tale ... (114 comments)

It's bad enough that everything we know is wrong

There's a Seeker born every minute!

about a month ago
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US Gov't Issues Alert About iOS "Masque Attack" Threat

macs4all Re:tried a smart phone (98 comments)

Group hug!

If we're talking about "getting off", shouldn't that be "Group Tug"?

about a month ago

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Ask Slashdot: Starting iOS Development - Learn Swift or Objective-C First?

macs4all macs4all writes  |  about 3 months ago

macs4all (973270) writes "I am an experienced C and Assembler Embedded Developer who is contemplating for the first time, beginning an iOS App Project.

Although I am well-versed in C, I have thus-far avoided C++, C# and Java, and have only briefly dabbled in Obj-C. Now that there are two possibilities for doing iOS Development, which would the Slashdot Community suggest that I learn, at least at first? And is Swift even far-enough along to use as the basis for an entire App's Development?

My goal is the fastest and easiest way to market for this Project; not to start a career as a mobile Developer.

Another thing that might influence the Decision: If/when I decide to port my iOS App to Android (and/or Windows Phone), would either of the above be an easier port; or are, for example, Dalvick and the Android APIs different enough from Swift/Obj-C and CocoaTouch that any "Port" is essentially a re-write?"
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Roger Boisjoly, 73, Dies - Warned of Shuttle Danger

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 2 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "Six months before the space shuttle Challenger exploded over Florida on Jan. 28, 1986, Roger Boisjoly wrote a portentous memo. He warned that if the weather was too cold, seals connecting sections of the shuttle’s huge rocket boosters could fail. “The result could be a catastrophe of the highest order, loss of human life,” he wrote.

The memo was meant to jolt Morton Thiokol, the company that made the boosters and employed Mr. Boisjoly. The night before the Challenger’s liftoff, the temperature dipped below freezing. Unusual for Florida, the cold was unprecedented for a shuttle launching, and it prompted Mr. Boisjoly and other engineers to plead that the flight be postponed. Their bosses, under pressure from NASA, rejected the advice.

The shuttle exploded 73 seconds after launching, killing its seven crew members, including Christa McAuliffe, a high school teacher from Concord, N.H.Mr. Boisjoly’s memo was soon made public. He became widely known as a whistle-blower in a federal investigation of the disaster. And though he was hailed for his action by many, he was also made to suffer for it.On the night of Jan. 27, 1986, Mr. Boisjoly and four other Thiokol engineers used a teleconference with NASA to press the case for delaying the next day’s launching because of the cold. At one point, Mr. Boisjoly said, he slapped down photos showing the damage cold temperatures had caused to an earlier shuttle. It had lifted off on a cold day, but not this cold.

“How the hell can you ignore this?” he demanded. At first this seemed persuasive, according to commission testimony. Makers of critical components had the power to postpone flights.

Four Thiokol vice presidents, all engineers themselves, went offline to huddle. They later said that they had worried they lacked conclusive data to stop a launching that had already been postponed twice. They thought the naysayers might be operating on gut reaction, not science.

Jerry Mason, Thiokol’s general manager, told his fellow executives to take off their engineering hats and put on management hats. They told NASA it was a go.

The next morning Mr. Boisjoly watched the launching. If there was going to be a problem, he thought it would come at liftoff. As the shuttle cleared the tower, his prayers seemed answered.

“Thirteen seconds later,” Mr. Boisjoly said, “we saw it blow up.”

Mr. Boisjoly (pronounced like Beaujolais wine) died in Nephi, Utah, near Provo, on Jan. 6. He was 73. Besides his wife, the former Roberta Malcolm, he is survived by his daughters Norma Patterson and Darlene Richens; his brothers Ronald, Russell and Richard; and eight grandchildren."

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Apple Goes To Bat For Developers Against Lodsys

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 3 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "Apple has apparently put its money, and its legal muscle, where its "lawyer letter" is, in the battle of iOS developers against patent troll Lodsys. Apple has filed a Motion To Intervene in the proceedings in East Texas. Apple's motion states that the independent IOS developers-defendants:

"are individuals or small entities with far fewer resources than Apple and [...] lack the technical information, ability, and incentive to adequately protect Apple's rights under its license agreement."

History suggests that Apple's motion will be granted, and then Lodsys will feel the full force of Apple's legal team; which is surely a lot more than they bargained for.

Slashdot readers will remember that Apple had already fired off a "back-off" letter to Lodsys, stating that it was Apple's position that the independent developers were covered under the license that had already been negotiated.

Now the fun begins!"

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Windows Phone 7 To Axe Multitasking

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 4 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "Under the "Hmmm, maybe Apple wasn't so dumb after all" department, OS News reports that Windows Phone 7 (a/k/a Windows Mobile 7) will not allow multitasking, and, unlike previous versions of Windows Mobile, will only allow "signed" apps to be uploaded through an online store. This is a radical departure from Microsoft's previous versions of Windows Mobile, and is likely an attempt by the software giant to counter widespread complaints regarding WM's lackluster performance, and to improve security."
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Apple Tablet To Be Alan Kay's 1968 Dynabook?

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 4 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "Alan Kay was a researcher with Xerox PARC, and later one of the conceptual contributors to Steve Jobs on the first Mac design. In 1968, he envisioned a precursor to the laptop and tablet computers (in one). Called the Dynabook.

The Dynabook was quite an interesting concept, and some of the capabilites, such as the learning capabilities, still have not been adequately addressed in any existing product.

It is worth noting that Kay and Jobs originally conceived of the Macintosh as a tablet, and in fact, the Dynabook made, er, flesh.

So, is the upcoming tablet to be the final realization of what the Mac was truly intended to be? I think so, and so does this blogger

Discuss.."
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Revising History To Fit The Bible

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 5 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "Not content to mold science class to foment its agenda, this article reports that those ka-ray-zee "educators" in Texas are proposing "revamping the K-12 curriculum to emphasize the roles of the Bible, the Christian faith and the civic virtue of religion in the study of American history. Two of them want to remove or de-emphasize references to several historical figures who have become liberal icons, such as César Chávez and Thurgood Marshall."

Of course, reasoned heads on the Texas Board of "Education" will surely prevail. Those members, hand-picked for their "enlightened" views are exemplified by Board member David Barton, founder of WallBuilders, a group that promotes America's Christian heritage; and Rev. Marshall, who preaches that Watergate, the Vietnam War and Hurricane Katrina were God's judgments on the nation's sexual immorality.

The conservative reviewers say they believe that children must learn that America's founding principles are biblical. For instance, they say the separation of powers set forth in the Constitution stems from a scriptural understanding of man's fall and inherent sinfulness, or "radical depravity," which means he can be governed only by an intricate system of checks and balances."
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Apple Patches Java Vulnerability

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 5 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "Apple has (finally!) patched the Java Vulnerability that nearly everyone else has patched already.

Available now through these links for OS X 10.4 and 10.5 and through Apple's Software Update service, this Update patches a flaw in the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) that could potentially allow a malicious Java Applet to execute arbitrary code on the machine.

Apple had previously advised users to temporarily turn off Java in their web browsers. This patch should allow Java to be turned back on."
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Microsoft Patents PageUp/PageDown

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 6 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "This article in ITWire details the latest in the abomination that is the Software Patent.

If patenting the obvious is considered something of an art form in the world of IT, then Microsoft is undoubtedly an old master. The Page Up Page Down patent it has been granted would seem to confirm this...

US Patent 7,415,666 goes under the snappy title of: "Method and system for navigating paginated content in page-based increments" and is the latest to be granted to that serial patent application junkie better known as Microsoft.

Anyone who has ever looked at technology patents will know that there is a trick to quickly scanning these application titles in order to weed out the genuine ones from those that are, to be fair, just attempting to patent something that already exists.

So what could a method of navigating paginated content, or stuff on the page, using page-based increments possibly refer to? Ding! Of course, the PgUp and PgDn keys.

Look at the abstract description on that patent and you will see that what Microsoft has cleverly managed to grab ownership of is:

"A method and system in a document viewer for scrolling a substantially exact increment in a document, such as one page, regardless of whether the zoom is such that some, all or one page is currently being viewed."

Which sounds remarkably like using the Page Up and Page Down keys..."
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Apple Files Suit Against Psystar

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 6 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "According to this article, Apple has begun legal proceedings against Psystar, documents confirm. The suit is actually noted to have been filed on July 3rd, through the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The suit accuses Psystar of license, copyright and trademark infringement, as a result of selling its $400 OpenMac computer."
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Jobs offers $100 Credit to All iPhone Owners

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 7 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "In an open letter to iPhone owners, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that all iPhone owners that have not received other compensation, would be given a $100USD credit as a gesture of good-will.

This should help quell the bad press that early adopters of the iPhone have been generating, and is a sign that Apple does listen to, and value, its customers."
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macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 7 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "MacNN is reporting that following the early morning release of iTunes 7.2, Apple on Wednesday launched iTunes Plus, which brings support for new DRM-free music tracks featuring high quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for higher audio quality. The new higher-quality, DRM-free songs are available immediately for $1.29 per song. iTunes Plus currently includes EMI's digital catalog of outstanding recordings, including singles and albums from Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, Frank Sinatra, Joss Stone, Pink Floyd, John Coltrane and more than a dozen of Paul McCartney's classic albums available on iTunes for the first time."
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macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 8 years ago

macs4all writes "Amit Singh has a fascinating technical article on Apple's use, non-use, and ultimate abandonment of the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). This is the core of the Trusted Computing initiative, a chip that can, depending on implementation, be used to lock you out of reading your own data on "unauthorized" applications, to allow network service providers to discriminate against users of alternative software (e.g., "You're using Firefox — go get Explorer and come back") and enforce DRM — Singh reports that Apple has dropped the TPM from its motherboard designs, with the new MacPros. Singh had created a free software driver for the TPM under OS X that allowed users to exploit its privacy features."
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macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 8 years ago

macs4all writes "At today's long-awaited "It's Showtime!" Media Event(tm), his Steveness announced some spiffy updates to the iPod line, including an entirely revamped Shuffle. Also, of course was the strongly-rumored addition of downloadable (progressive download) feature-length movies from the iTunes Store. Pricing will be $12.99 for movies pre-ordered, or in the first week of release, and $9.99 for all others. Movies will be able to be viewed while downloading, with only a 1 minute delay to start.

But for me, at least, the two biggest announcements came in the form of the release of iTunes 7, which will (finally) offer "gapless" playback for songs (even those already encoded) in MP3, AAC and Apple Lossless formats.

And, last but not least, Stevarino teased the audience with a preview of Apple's Set-top Box, which Steve says will be shipping in Q1 of 2007 (think MacWorld!), and will be "wireless"

Yes, it is going to be another banner year for Apple, folks. Watch the stock go up now!"
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macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 8 years ago

macs4all writes "This MacNN article claims Microsoft executive Brian Valentine, senior vice president of the Windows Core Operating System Division has resigned as the software giant's Windows Vista operating system heads toward completion, and will take up a position at Amazon.com.

Valentine was known for his ability to galvanize Windows-related software development in the critical final stages, and his resignation casts further doubt upon the viability of Microsoft's planned October release to manufacturing partners of Windows Vista,"
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macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 8 years ago

macs4all writes "Garbage cans all over England are under surveillance tonight. And not by sleepy, fallible humans. This article in Live Science claims that at least 500,000 "wheelie bins" now use technology worthy of James Bond's fabled electronics genius "M" (or at least a competent villain from SPECTRE)to identify exactly who is throwing away what."

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