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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

tvon Re:What if I don't want Apple in my finances? (375 comments)

Easy answer, don't use ApplePay if you are worried about Apple.

> I'll be DAMNED if I'm going to have every single financial transaction I make, no matter how small, tracked by someone.

Well, banks have been cooperating with the government (or whomever you're worried about) since long before Apple existed. You can of course only deal in cash, but if that's how you work then ApplePay or similar is obviously not for you.

about 2 months ago

The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

tvon Re:so why is ApplePay required (375 comments)

Obviously it is not required. The point the author is making is that if you do have multiple cards (eg, different credit cards, debit cards store-specific cards, etc) then you can use ApplePay to combine them into one.

about 2 months ago

How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

tvon TFA (209 comments)


about 7 months ago

Star Trek Fragrances

tvon start with the basics (169 comments)

Star Trek soap and deodorant would probably be enough

more than 5 years ago

Safari Beta Takeup Tops Firefox, IE and Chrome

tvon Re:No add-ons (342 comments)

Agreed, it's the one thing that I keep using Firefox for. What popular Firefox extension features have been ported for Safari generally don't work nearly as well. For example, I don't want to use a system-wide proxy for ad blocking, and as nice as the web inspector is it's not as good as he Web Developer + Firebug extensions for Firefox... not to mention that most Safari tweaks require input manager hacks which are sketchy at best and prone to breaking between Safari releases.

If Safari had a system in place for writing extensions I wouldn't even have Firefox installed on my computer, it's generally painful to use for any period of time in OSX (it's a bad OSX "citizen" and feels like a ported Windows app). Page load performance I really don't care about, what I care about is the 1+ seconds it takes to open a new Firefox window once I have a bunch (~5-10) already open. Safari is instantaneous no matter how many windows I already have open, as it should be on a quad core system with 8 gigs of ram.

more than 5 years ago

Safari 4 Released, Claimed "30 Times Faster Than IE7"

tvon Re:Notes on New Features (465 comments)

I don't think that's anything new, it just means that you can write plugins that can interact with the page via javascript.... and honestly I'm not sure why/how that's a benefit (plugins are not an area I know much of anything about)

more than 5 years ago

Safari 4 Released, Claimed "30 Times Faster Than IE7"

tvon Re:More Fun Demos (465 comments)

Source here for the curious:


more than 5 years ago

Is It Windows 7, Or KDE 4?

tvon Re:But no punchline... (559 comments)

1- "Oh damn, so it won't run any of my software?"
2- "Sure it will, we have Wine and Crossover!"
1- "So *if* it does run my software, it will run about 25% as fast as it would in its native environment, and probably buggy as hell?"
2- "Yup! You just wait, 2009 is the year of the Linux desktop!"

more than 5 years ago

Photog Rob Galbraith Rates MacBook Pro Display "Not Acceptable"

tvon Re:Okay, fanboys... (504 comments)

It's not exactly as straight forward as you make it sound.

more than 5 years ago

The Best Gaming PC Money Can Buy

tvon Re:What a crock... (360 comments)

Yeah, but I don't think any quad-core chips hit the performance/price sweet spot. More likely you'd get a dual core that is easily over clocked.

about 6 years ago

Apple Intros 17" Unibody MBP, DRM-Free iTunes

tvon Re:Darn... no Mac Mini update (1079 comments)

A laptop stand + USB keyboard is probably cheaper than any dock would be. I run mine closed with an external monitor hooked up.

about 6 years ago

The 10 Coolest Open Source Products of 2008

tvon Re:Zzzzzz (198 comments)

You're doing it wrong.

Of the 10, 9 are merely updates of existing products - nothing new here.

So? It's not a list of "new OSS projects in 2008".

Android *is* new - but is hardly newsworthy by now.

"by now"?? It's a list of "coolest OSS projects of 2008", not "things that should be making the headlines on 12/31".

Clearly your expectations are a bit out of whack. I don't much care for the list, but that's because I don't much care for top 10 lists. You don't seem to like the list because you don't understand what it's supposed to be a list of.

about 6 years ago

Will People Really Boycott Apple Over DRM?

tvon Re:Sorry... (664 comments)

The average Joe will run into DRM restrictions, and;(...)

The average Joe iTunes user won't eve know the DRM is there.

more than 6 years ago

PC Grand Theft Auto IV Features SecuROM DRM

tvon Re:GTA IV == 100% Fail (531 comments)

From everything I have seen (playing the game), read and heard, you hold a fairly extreme minority view here.

more than 6 years ago

Apple DMCAs iPodHash Project

tvon Re:Microsoft and Apple (453 comments)

How the hell did that mess of a comment get modded up to "+5, Insightful"? I expect rapid anti-Apple madness around here, but I don't expect them to get modded up so high.

Apple's products are vastly superior to Microsoft's.

How so? I have run windows xp and several different linuxes on my laptops and desktops, as well as having used Mac OS pretty extensively.

What does linux have to do with it?

Windows XP wins hands down every single time.

What does Windows XP win at, being superior? How so? Doing what?

Microsoft has been convicted of anti-trust violations in federal court. Apple has not.

Courts are now the deciders for quality of tech?

Who said anything about courts being deciders of tech quality? You're pulling nonsense out of thin air. The question was "how are Apple and Microsoft different" and that was one example. Not a great example, but still...

Apple's monopoly power is in the portable music market. Microsoft's is in the desktop operating system market.

Apple's monopoly power is also in the hardware-that-is-allowed-to-run-Mac-OSX department.

Sure, and Microsoft has a monopoly on what hardware you can run the Xbox 360 system on.

Microsofts policy is "Here, do whatever you want with this so long as you buy it".

Yeah right, that's their policy.

Apple's policy is "We are licensing this to you. You have no rights to use it for anything other than what we explicitly declare and you better not fucking try to develop for it because we will sue you in to oblivion."

There is a large community of Apple developers that would disagree with that statement.

How, seriously, is Apple any better than anything else?

So now they're the worst "anything"? Right.

more than 6 years ago


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