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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

macs4all Re: In other words... (299 comments)

Wouldn't carbon fiber be better than aluminum for the phone body? Or is it too expensive from a manufacturing standpoint?

Talk about "Bendy"...

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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

macs4all Re:Apple = cash cow for scumbags (299 comments)

Or maybe Apple should engineer their products better.

Insightful? Really???

2 days ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

macs4all Re: In other words... (299 comments)

I'm a big iPhone fan (also, for what it's worth, an engineer) but I also carry an Android device -- a Sony Xperia Z Ultra along with my iPhone 6. I can tell you that when I buy a $900 device, "good enough" doesn't cut it.

You say you are "an engineer"; but are you an ME, a metallurgist, or do you drive a train?

If, by chance, you actually are an engineer that is on a team that produces consumer-level products, can you honestly sit there with a straight face and say that your products are regularly tested to the level demonstrated in the Verge article?

I have designed many products that were to survive in the supposedly much-harsher world of an "industrial environment", and I can tell you that not one of them was subjected to the destructive and non-destructive physical testing that the Verge article showed to which Apple products are being subjected. And I don't think the companies I worked for were the exception in the "lack" of testing. In fact, Apple's testing seems almost over-the-top. Probably why almost all of their products have a (deserved) reputation for being extremely rugged, relative to the competition.

Do I think that they have a minor issue with the strength of the case at the point at which the volume-button punch outs are made? Yeah, probably. Is it worth all the hand-wringing? Definitely not.

2 days ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

macs4all Re: In other words... (299 comments)

1. Jobs wa never known for engineering products for form over function with disastrous results -- i.e. the Apple ///, the Lisa, the Cube, etc.

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Let's take these one-at-a-time:

1. Apple ///. According to Woz (who should know), the Apple /// was a victim of the engineering directive (not Jobs', BTW, but a team-consensus) that it must have 100% compatibility with the Apple ][ (a laudable goal); but, the kicker was that it must not allow any of the Apple ///'s capabilities to be available when in "Apple ][ Emulation mode". That resulted in massive amounts of extra circuitry (remember, this was 1978 when the Apple /// was being developed) to accomplish that goal. The end result was a design that was beyond the PCB manufacturer's capabilities for the day. There was nothing wrong with the design,per se; it just out-stripped the manufacturing capacities of 1979-80. And by the time the Rev. 3 PCBs came around, it was actually a very solid machine (with an incredibly-advanced OS (AppleSOS)). Unfortunately, by then it was simply too late, market-wise. It is interesting to note that the trace-density that was impossible on the Apple /// PCBs is absolutely trivial these days.

2. The Lisa: Nothing at all wrong with the engineering of the Lisa. It's a damned tank!. Have you ever been inside of a Lisa? Probably the best-engineered computer ever. The only problem with the Lisa was the Price. That, and the fact that it was "too far ahead of its time." Seriously. Next! (no pun)

3. The G4 Cube. This one is all on Jobs. It was made impractical by Jobs' hatred of fans (and before they figured out that fans could be made quiet by making them bigger and turning them slower (duh!), and by doing stuff like uneven spacing of the fan-blades (not so "duh"). And secondarily, it was killed by Jobs' longstanding vision of a small-self-contained computer. But I guess he doesn't get credit for pulling that off again and again in the Mac mini, original G4 iMac (the "Sunflower" iMac), the flat-screen iMacs, the MacBook Air, and most recently, the incredible Mac Pro (which of course had to be well into final phases of design when Jobs died), right? No, no credit at all. And then, let's never forget that it was also Jobs and Apple who pretty-much single-handedly, completely revolutionized the phone and tablet. To deny that is to simply deny reality.

Bottom line: Every single company that produces as many "hi-tech" products, for as many applications, for as many years, as Apple, will have some products that are absolutely great, and some, not so much.

2 days ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

macs4all Re:In other words... (299 comments)

The general consensus that Consumer Reports seems to be getting at here is that the results that they observed shows that while the iPhones do bend, the amount of force required to do so results in phones from other manufacturers simply breaking under the stresses involved.

Doesn't this statement pretty much say it all?

Looking back into the past, there have been great feats of engineering that have stood the tests of time and survived admirably, and a large part of that has been due to being "over engineered" than what was technically required, or from a simple lack of knowledge at the time of what really *needed* to be done to withstand the rigors of severe, gail force winds, earthquakes, or the like.

A friend of mine that was an ME for Delco, said something a long time a long time ago that has always stuck with me: "You can always tell when something is built by someone who doesn't know what they are doing, because it will always be 'over engineered'."

So, I guess it is an entire engineering discipline, not just Apple's engineers, that have "Fallen into the fallacy..."

Did you even read the Verge article, which specifically stated that Apple adds stiffeners, sometimes even made of steel or Titanium, when its destructive, and non-destructive, testing shows that is warranted?

Truth is, you can't fix stupid; nor can you design a series of tests that will duplicate every single scenario that a product will encounter in the "real world". That's not making excuses for Apple; it is just the way it is.

The Verge article clearly demonstrates that Apple has done its Due Diligence; but that it is pretty much impossible to make something that is indestructible.

Oh, and BTW: Where was your Righteous Outrage at the makers of the HTC One (M8), that apparently bends with approximately the same force as the new iPhone? Where was the hand-wringing then?

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

macs4all Re:Why are you in charge of the decision? (305 comments)

Tip: Before you start programming your super awesome iOS project, you should consult a style guide and review when words should be capitalized.

I capitalize to denote proper nouns, and sometimes just for emphasis.

So, how is that helpful for deciding which language I should use?

IOW, bite me.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

macs4all Re:Dalvick? (305 comments)

FYI, Dalvik (no "c") and its successor, ART (Android RunTime) are a version of Java, so no matter what you do, you'll have to rewrite for Java. There is the option of writing "native" code, but you'll need to compile for ARM, MIPS, and Intel if you want the widest compatibility for your apps.

Hey, my article submission said "Dalvik". Slashdot editors put in the unwanted "c".

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

macs4all Re:neither (305 comments)

apple's proprietrary[sic]?languages

So, you, the Great Programmer, thinks that Objective-C is "proprietrary"?

This proves just how little you know...

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

macs4all Re:C/C++ for core, Obj-C for UI (305 comments)

Thanks. I think that is the most cogent advice yet.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

macs4all Re:Why are you in charge of the decision? (305 comments)

Although I am well-versed in C, I have thus-far avoided C++, C# and Java [...]

It's amazing to think there is someone like this in 2014. It's like those stories they used to tell of Japanese soldiers stranded on Pacific Islands, back in the '50s and '60s, who allegedly had no idea WWII had ended. In all honesty, I find it almost easier to believe in the stories about the Japanese soldiers.

Not in the real-time measurement and control world, where the vast amount of my experience lies.

Until very recently (and really only since the advent of the iPhone), Microcontrollers simply didn't have the resources to stand the cycle-stealing overhead of languages like C++; so, the vast majority of devs. that were having to write stuff that had to keep up with the real-world (or else Bad Things would actually happen; not just a Sprite-Draw would be a little late) write in either Assembly and/or C, and most still do.

I still get a chuckle when job requirements for real-time Projects insist on C++. It's usually a sure sign that the requirements were written by HR from a series of Buzzwords; or by a clueless PHB.

As I said, just like the Porn industry drives multimedia capabilities, the smartphone/tablet industry is creating SoCs (can't even call them MCUs anymore!) that, while they are incredibly powerful, are still out of reach, budget and size-wise, for the vast majority of embedded designs.

So, it is you that is an anachronism; because the world you think we live in, and its obligatory Flying Cars, sadly won't exist for another decade, at least. And until then, you are better served as an Embedded Dev. to know C and Assembler, than to know C++, Java, or, quite frankly, any other Object-Oriented Language.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

macs4all Re:God dammit just use ASM if you must (305 comments)

Assembler is the tool. Assembly is the language. You could admit you are the pretender, with hopes and dreams of one day knowing what it is you ... pretend to know - Pretender.

No Poser I.

Not to brag, but I have been an Embedded Dev. For over three decades. I have written tens and tens of thousands of lines of Assembly Language for everything from 8 bit 6502 to 32 bit ARM9 Cortex, and everything in between. Various MCUs and CPUs from Microchip, Mot., Zilog, Intel, ST, Atmel, to name but a few. I have personally rewritten 6502 assemblers to cross-assemble for 6809 and 8051. I am experienced in many, many different IDEs, debuggers, ICEs, etc. My specialty is real-time measurement and control systems, with or without RTOSes.

But sometimes, just like the many Nuclear Physicists that still occasionally slip-up and say "Nuke-U-Ler", I occasionally flip the terms "Assembler" and "Assembly".

So, Mr. terminology-Nazi: You are hereby cordially invited to Bite Me.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

macs4all Re:Why are you in charge of the decision? (305 comments)

OP here.

You are correct, at least partially, Barbara. This IS more of a case of "I have a cool idea..." But I thought I made that clear.

And there is neither the budget nor time to do what you, and others, have suggested; contract it out, as sensible a suggestion as that may be.

But, not every useful App needs a top-notch Developer; and I have been a Developer (and quite often the only one) on enough Projects, for enough disciplines, for enough decades, that I can tell you with confidence that in any reasonable Language, this is a medium-low-complexity Project. The people that have said that I will spend more time mastering the necessary Frameworks than learning whichever Language, are exactly singing to me...

I do, of course, intend to start learning the IDE and APIs (at least for iOS) before I seriously commit to a programming Language; but I just thought I could take advantage of the Collective Intelligence of the Slashdot Community, mainly to see if there was a clear consensus as to whether, at this point in time, there was a clear "winner".

I am intensely grateful that the vast majority of the Posters Responded with thoughtful and non-condescending advice. Too bad you were too busy with your arrogant belittlement and holier-than-thou self-aggrandizement to offer anything worthwhile.

Thanks...

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

macs4all Re:If you 'speak' C (305 comments)

Why not write it in C and ommit Swift/Objective-C?

Perhaps easier to port even, but honestly, if you want to use the Frameworks, try Swift.

There is a reason we have a flodded AppStore market with iOS Apps ... Apples tools are 30 years old, granted. But the rest of the industry simply did not catch up since 35 years.

Using a text editor to write code for a device like an iOS device, that simply displays the weather or a stock price is so ... 1960s?

OP here. Thanks to everyone for all the wonderful info and suggestions!

I didn't think it was "legal" to target an App Store-bound iOS App in anything but Obj-C and now, Swift. Could I hypothetically write an iOS App in ARM Assembly?

I'm not a huge OOP fan in general; so the more I can avoid the Heartbreak Of OOP, the better.

Are there any resources for learning how to use the CocoaTouch APIs from C?

3 days ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

macs4all Re:Question about how this works (236 comments)

It depends largely on weak web-facing CGI pages that don't sanitise inputs before passing them as arguments to a shell script.

So this is the bash rough equivalent to an SQL Injection Exploit?

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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

macs4all Re:What a goddamn disaster. (236 comments)

Christ, this could turn into armageddon. All these morons were duped into thinking they could get rock solid computer systems for free? WHERE DO I SIGN UP! What could possibly go wrong? Using stuff that people whip up at home for no money is a much better idea than using secure systems that experts were paid to design and code correctly. And then I'll load it up with the company and countries and customers most important information. Never. Fucking. Again. Will. I. Trust. Linux. Or any software that I didn't pay for, to store sensitive data. I hope someone starts filing lawsuits against the companies that get hacked for not properly securing their customer's data.

Wow! The Microsofties are out in force today!

This vulnerability also exists in non F/OSS OSes, such as OS X.

And as I posted above, no MS fan should ever mock a vulnerability in another OS.

Ever.

4 days ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

macs4all Re:Open Sores is Insecure (236 comments)

I guess you cocksucking faggots should have used Microsoft Windows Server instead of something as insecure as Linux.

For best results use Microsoft Windows, faggots!

Excuse me: I'm no Linux fan; but I don't think any Microsoft supporter should EVER be crowing about their favorite OS' Vulnerability-Record.

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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

macs4all Re:But Apple...just...works? (203 comments)

I've had Android devices for quite awhile, I even have CM11 on a couple and no brick problems. Other bugs to be sure, but no bricks.

And when was the last time you received an OS Update for that Android phone?

5 days ago
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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

macs4all Re:ha ha (203 comments)

Well I guess this blows the whole "Apple it just works" argument out of the water. The new slogan can be "Apple we will patch that patch soon".

I seem to remember Microsoft hastily pulling a Windows Patch Tuesday Update recently, because it was Blue Screening a bunch of Computers...

Then the REPLACEMENT patch had KNOWN issues, too!

...and there have been other instances, too...

So, I guess "It happens".

5 days ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

macs4all Re:Not just iPhone (420 comments)

If you look at where it bends, it's pretty clear they don't even need to do that - they could probably get away with simply milling the aluminum thicker around the areas where there are cut outs for the buttons, which are acting as stress concentrators. Plug the whole thing into a simulator and tweak until those areas don't exceed the tensile strength of the region.

Are they milled, too, like the Unibody MacBooks; or are they simple stamped Al?

5 days ago

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

macs4all macs4all writes  |  4 days 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  |  about 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 6 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 7 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  |  about 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  |  about 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 7 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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