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Apple Releases Mac OS X Lion, Updates Air

prockcore Re:Apple went from one button to none (453 comments)

Apple have since day one insisted that everything in their computers be usable with single-button mice. Why? Because of user friendliness towards people who aren't comfortable with computers.

As a result Apple brought the world the double-click.. which is far more confusing to users than a second button.

more than 3 years ago
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Yet Another "People Plug In Strange USB Sticks" Story

prockcore Re:Only one way to fix this (639 comments)

I agree.

Spreading viruses via abandoned USB thumbdrives is probably the *least effective* and *most expensive* way to do it... it's just not happening in real life.

If you find a thumbdrive, it's going be the result of someone losing their thumbdrive. The odds that it has been rigged to infect your computer are so small as to be non-existent.

more than 3 years ago
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Yet Another "People Plug In Strange USB Sticks" Story

prockcore Re:No, that's a job for the police! (639 comments)

My sister had no idea there was a second man hiding in the back seat, and just wanted to be nice

I love these stories that have details that, if the story were actually true, no one would actually know.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Google Choosing Arduino Matters

prockcore Re:As someone who tried this... (118 comments)

Except that Apple is definitely looking to change the port with the iPhone 5.

more than 3 years ago
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Developer Blames Apple For Ruining eBook Business

prockcore Re:Only Apple At Fault? (660 comments)

Apple requires the publishers do a 30/70 split if they want to be on iBooks... Apple also requires that publishers do the same 30/70 split with any competitors.

more than 3 years ago
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Developer Blames Apple For Ruining eBook Business

prockcore Re:say no more (660 comments)

So, that's why they give away XCode (and a zillion tutorials, examples, etc.) for FREE?

It's not free anymore.

more than 3 years ago
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Developer Blames Apple For Ruining eBook Business

prockcore Re:Business 101 (660 comments)

there is nothing stopping anyone from having a webstore too

Except you must charge the same on the webstore as you do in-app.. and you are NOT allowed a webstore if you don't have in-app purchases.

more than 3 years ago
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Developer Blames Apple For Ruining eBook Business

prockcore Re:Business 101 (660 comments)

That means that the only way we can make any money at all is to ramp our price up to substantially higher than the recommended retail

You can't even do that.. Apple forbids you from charging more than anyone else.

So you have to charge the same amount as Apple does in iBooks.. but Apple gets 30% of your income.

more than 3 years ago
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Developer Blames Apple For Ruining eBook Business

prockcore Re:Business 101 (660 comments)

Color me Naieve, but when did Apple charge software developers in the 80's and 90's for Mac development?

From the very beginning.

When the Mac first came out, you had to buy a Lisa and Lisa Workshop to do Mac development.
Then MPW came out a few years later, and you no longer had to buy a Lisa.. but MPW was *not* free until after XCode came out.

Basically, until XCode, it costs thousands of dollars to develop for the macintosh.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B

prockcore Re:Grants Ballmer (605 comments)

Where's the Internet Explorer for Mac?

It got dropped when Apple started bundling Safari.

more than 3 years ago
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Bizarre Porn Raid Underscores Wi-Fi Privacy Risks

prockcore Re:guilty eh? (964 comments)

It's a bit like using a steering wheel lock in your car. It's not that they can't be defeated, it's just that there's no point wasting time trying to defeat it when there are plenty of cars without one.

Depends on the lock you're talking about. If you're talking about the lock built-in to pretty much every steering wheel, then fine. If you're talking about The Club, then bad analogy.

Thieves actually target cars that use The Club because they don't have to carry an incriminating pry-bar around to break the built-in steering wheel lock.

more than 3 years ago
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50% of Apple's Revenue Comes From the iPhone

prockcore Re:What I want to know (292 comments)

and yet we still hear that Apple "barely breaks even on the iTunes Store".

more than 3 years ago
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Apple vs. Microsoft, By the Numbers

prockcore Re:Meh (296 comments)

Not even Linux gives you free cloud storage.

I agree with the rest of your post, except this. Ubuntu One gives me 2gigs free cloud storage.

more than 3 years ago
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Who Killed Spotify?

prockcore Re:Go Premium (257 comments)

Netflix streaming-only accounts are $8/mo, or 5 euros.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Mac OS X Is Unsuitable For Web Development

prockcore Re:Text editing on OSX (831 comments)

It's not that he doesn't have a home key.. it's that on a mac, home jumps to the top of the page, instead of the beginning of the line. End works the same way.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Handcuffs Web Apps On iPhone Home Screen

prockcore Re:It's a bit to soon to say for sure (298 comments)

> Apple allow free apps in their store.

Apple still gets money for that. $99/year to host a free app. If you stop paying the $99/year, Apple removes the app from the store.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Releases Stable Version of Chrome 10

prockcore Re:A stable version of Chrome -- that's different! (169 comments)

It doesn't need addons to be good at web programming/debugging. The built in inspector and javascript debugger is better than firebug.

more than 3 years ago
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Futureproofing Artifacts: Spacewar! 1962 In HTML5

prockcore Re:C will live forever (175 comments)

I have been programming in C for about 25 years now and the first programs I wrote still compile and run unchanged today.

Mine don't. Mainly because they were written for a 16-bit environment and call BIOS functions and modify video ram directly. They don't even compile anymore.. but even if you could compile them, they'd segfault immediately.

more than 3 years ago

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