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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

uglyduckling Re: Nosedive (598 comments)

Okay Grandma, you've got music on your computer you want to stream through the AppleTV. Where do you go?

"Is there an iAppleTV program?"

Nope, you go through iTunes.

Nope, you use the Apple TV, everything in your iTunes Library automagically appears on your Apple TV, and you use the Apple TV interface. Incidentally, if you do like to stream the other way, whichever programme you've used to store/catalogue your files will be where you have to go to initiate the streaming, that's not unique to Apple. There's no AndroidBox or GoogleTV program either.

Of course not! iPhoto does pictures!

Same as every other phone - usually photos and videos are synced using a photo program, or a dedicated photo syncing tool without any editing capabilities

"Oh. So I pick my pictures on iPhoto and they show up on the TV?"

Once you share them in iTunes, naturally!

iTunes does not handle photo sharing, this is where you reveal that you don't know what you're talking about and have made up a load of bullshit. Photos taken on an iPhone can be synced with iCloud and automatically appear on Apple TV, slideshows can be done directly from an iPhone or from iPhoto itself.

Okay now let's get your phone synced up. Let's say you want to sync your Michael Buble playlist to your phone. Where do you think you go?

"Ummmm...is there an i-iPhone program? Or iSync?"

Nope, iTunes!

"Well that makes sense. Syncing music."

Of course! Now let's get you some apps! To the App Store!

"Oh, you mean this button on the bottom of the screen that says 'App Store?' I'm getting the hang of this!"

No, no silly granny! You can't buy iPhone apps from the App Store! You need to go to the App Store! In iTunes!

Or just buy them straight on the iPhone like someone who's not retarded

"... Of course. But what about my address book so I can send you a check for $12 on your birthday? Do I put that on my phone from Contacts?"

Of course not! iTunes

No, you use contacts

"So...mail?"

iTunes!

no.

"Okay, I get it. iTunes for everything."

No, iTunes for music and movies, and syncing to your phone IF you haven't switched to using wifi syncing or cloud based syncing like everyone else did 2 years ago

Now let's get those pictures you snapped of your granddaughter off your phone! Where to?

"iTunes?"

Of course not! It's iPhoto for that!

You already did that

"Naturally. Now, I also took a video. So I get that from iMovie?"

Nope, guess again!

"iTunes, then?"

Silly Granny! iPhoto gets videos off your phone!

Same as every other phone...

"Okay, got it. iPhoto for photos and videos. So I also have this copy of Boynton Beach Memoirs I torrented off Pirate Bay (granny is a leet h4xx0r it seems). So I put that on the phone through iPhoto?"

Your Grandma uses bit torrent but is so demented she can't figure out the rest of the stuff for herself? Maybe you've been confusing her by all the bullshit you made up

Ugh, of course not! If you want to put videos ON your phone, you use iTunes!

"...Fuck it. Fuck all this shit. Fuck you, fuck Steve Jobs, fuck it all. I want a pen, a rotary phone, and a phonograph."

And this is the glue that holds together the Apple ecosystem. Phone to Mac? iTunes. Mac to AppleTV? iTunes. Unless unless unless... It doesn't Just Work. It's complicated and stupid.

No, it's simple. You're stupid

about three weeks ago
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Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

uglyduckling Re:Quality vinyl pressings are still rare (278 comments)

Yep I agree with all of that. I don't think vinyl is "better" than CDs in some magical way, but everything in life is a compromise and vinyl has been unfairly judged in the past. A couple of years ago a friend of mine wanted me to DJ for her 1980s birthday party, I decided to do it properly, bought a couple of crummy DJ turntables on eBay and got out my old records. I had a laptop there for background music during the buffet, and I think a few people thought I was using mp3s and just playing with the turntables for effect. It was only when I put my finger on the record and the music stopped that they actually believed I was playing the music off 7" 45s. No-one complained about the sound quality, most people didn't even notice what I was doing, it was only the technically minded people that were curious. As for me, I had forgotten how tiring it is to choose the next track and cue it up within 2.5 minutes, spinning to the start of the music then turning back a quarter turn... great fun though!

about a month ago
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Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

uglyduckling Re:Quality vinyl pressings are still rare (278 comments)

I think that's true. Also, if you look at the 'stack system' integrated pseudo-hifi devices from the 80s and 90s, probably 80% of the value was in the CD player and amp, 10% in the tape deck, 5% in the radio and 5% in the turntable/arm/cartridge combo. So many people at that time thought that vinyl sounded terrible and threw all their records away. Of course, well mastered source material will sound at worst just as good on CD compared to record, and records initially degrade much more quickly. On the other hand, I have several CDs now from my collection of about 300 that don't play - they aren't physically damaged on visual inspection, they just don't play. All of my non-physically-damaged vinyl LPs play, and most sound excellent when cleaned properly and played back on a decent turntable. When I'm a grandparent in 30 years' time, I will be able to play my LPs for my grandchildren (if they're interested) but the chances are most of my CDs will be unplayable by then. A combination of poor mastering, nasty quality pressings, and equally nasty playback equipment duped people into abandoning vinyl well before its time.

about a month ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

uglyduckling Re:Not unexpected. (141 comments)

It's also common for people replying to posts to not read properly. I said manufacturers AND retailers lie, and in any case Apple is often the manufacturer and the retailer in this case via the Apple store. And you don't have to prove in the absolute sense that the defect was there, if you go to a County Court to make a claim against the retailer under the Sale of Goods Act in the UK, it's up to the magistrate to decide on the balance of probabilities. Generally, if you have used the item in the way it was intended and there is no evidence of physical damage, and it has not lasted a 'reasonable' period of time, they will find in favour of the purchaser.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

uglyduckling Re: Not unexpected. (141 comments)

You're describing the same thing twice, but just writing out the other obvious and necessary (and a few spurious) steps to completing the task. You forgot "open your eyes", "pay the electricity bill", "wear pants", "open the door to the room where your PC is kept" and a thousand and one other steps that really don't need mentioning.

about 2 months ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

uglyduckling Re:Not unexpected. (141 comments)

That sounds like a failure in your ability to comprehend computer systems as a generic skill when your rote-learnt windoze skillz couldn't solve the problem.

about 2 months ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

uglyduckling Re: Not unexpected. (141 comments)

It's true. We should petition Apple to include optical drives on their phones like all the other smartphone manufacturers. I can't believe Apple have been so slow to address this failing.

about 2 months ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

uglyduckling Re:Not unexpected. (141 comments)

Actually, it's common across the board In Europe for manufacturers and retails to lie to consumers about their warranty rights. The sale of 3- or 5-year extended warranties is a huge high-margin profit making exercise for retailers, who 'forget' to inform their customers that UK and EU law usually grants redress for manufacturing and design faults up to 5 or sometimes even 10 years from sale, depending on the product. Apple have been targeted because they're a very visible manufacturer and retailer with policies easily accessed on the web, and probably because they're a US company and a relative easy target. It doesn't make it right, but it is very common.

about 2 months ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

uglyduckling Re: Not unexpected. (141 comments)

If the DVD drive broke right away, why didn't you take it back for a warranty replacement? And if you did, what's the problem? And if you need help with the trivial actions required to enable Trim let me know.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

uglyduckling Re:Where? (178 comments)

It certainly doesn't collapse to a vertical menu, Bootstrap-style, at least not on Safari 7.1. I have emailed the webmaster and sent screenshots. I miss the old days when the CUPS site would actually have fallen over when 3000 Slashdotters visited it and emailed the webmaster hundreds of times about this rather obvious but. I suspect I'll be the only one...

about 3 months ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

uglyduckling Re:Web server for printing... (178 comments)

True, but when we're talking about an office environment producing word processed documents, spreadsheets, printing emails etc., even hardcore old school unix fans generally don't want to drop down to a shell to manage a print queue. It's one of the many tasks that a GUI is well-suited to and usually quicker to work with.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

uglyduckling Re:Where? (178 comments)

It's a classic 'responsive' layout that probably looks great at standard widths, but in between weird things happen, such as buttons just disappearing. I've edited many Wordpress themes that have this issue and I've been generally astonished that developers think that it's OK for UI elements to just disappear. It's also stupid that the CUPS website has their download button only appear as a top menu item and as a 'call to action' type button. It should also be there as a standard anchor in paragraph text since it's kind-of important.

about 4 months ago
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X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

uglyduckling Re:Network transparency of X has always impressed (204 comments)

I would think a KVM-type solution would be the right approach for that. Use CAT5 based amplifiers/extenders to get the HDMI/DVI signal to the right place so that they don't have to have the workstations on the shop floor.

about 7 months ago
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Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

uglyduckling Re:"There is no treatment" (192 comments)

Then you probably didn't have an anaphylactic "immediate hypersensitivity reaction after peanut ingestion" as the article says. If you had, your mother probably would have been terrified of putting you near a peanut ever again.

about a year ago
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Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

uglyduckling Re:Standard practice... (192 comments)

Because these people tend to die when they eat peanuts. You need to know how to do it in a very careful, controlled manner otherwise people will die. Mostly children. That would be a bad thing.

about a year ago
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Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

uglyduckling Re:Standard practice... (192 comments)

I agree it's based on the same idea, but this is quite a different thing. House dust antigen is relatively harmless and leads to worsening of atopic (asthma, eczema etc.) symptoms in some people. This new trial looks at treating people who have an anaphylactic response to peanuts ("immediate hypersensitivity reaction after peanut ingestion" from the article). People in this category die rapidly if they eat a peanut, which is why they carry epi-pens. Even with immediate epinephrine (adrenaline) some people could end up needing intubation and ventilation when exposed. Treating these sorts of reactions with desensitisation therapy is certainly not "standard practice" and would be groundbreaking if these findings can be confirmed on a wider scale and turned into treatment regimens for non-research settings.

about a year ago
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23-Year-Old X11 Server Security Vulnerability Discovered

uglyduckling scary (213 comments)

Amazing how an automated tool can spot something like this after so many years.

1 year,22 days
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Killing Cancer By Retraining the Patient's Immune System

uglyduckling Re:Cancer cured! (175 comments)

Dude, that's already happened. Look at life expectancy increases in the West over the past 100 years. In the UK NHS, it's referred to as the 'population time bomb' as people think that we'll be unable to afford universal healthcare in 20 years' time. It hasn't stopped all of these life-prolonging treatments to become mainstream, and the UK government still spends millions every year educating people in health improvement that actually extends life and ultimately costs more (stop smoking, reduce saturated fat intake).

about a year ago
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German Court Invalidates Microsoft FAT Patent

uglyduckling Re:What about FAT32 (192 comments)

I don't think it's a useless file system. When I'm taking media to a conference, I have a small external hard drive with a small partition with exFAT drivers on, and a larger exFAT partition with all the media on it. That way, if there's an XP box being used for projection, I can move long video files around without the insanity of trying to use NTFS on removable media.

about a year ago

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Facebook campaign decides British Christmas charts

uglyduckling uglyduckling writes  |  more than 5 years ago

uglyduckling writes "A grassroots Facebook campaign has pushed the 1990s Rage Against the Machine song "Killiing in the Name Of" to the top of the British music charts for Christmas. The campaign was planned to prevent the X-Factor winner from charting Christmas number one, as has been the case for the past four years. It was supposedly a kick against the commercialism of Christmas and commercial dominance in the music scene, although Rage and Joe McElderry were actually signed to the same label. Despite this minor detail, it's interesting to note that this is the first song to reach the number one spot through downloads alone in the UK and is a testimony to the organisational power of social networking sites like Facebook. The Facebook group also asked for donations to charity, and has raised 70,000 pounds for homeless charity Shelter."
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UK carrier demands 50% markup for iPhone tethering

uglyduckling uglyduckling writes  |  more than 5 years ago

uglyduckling writes "UK carrier O2 is demanding a GBP 14.68 'bolt-on' fee each month to enable tethering with the new iPhone software, which represents a 50% mark-up over their usual baseline tariff which already includes 'unlimited data'. This is limited to 3Gb, which makes it a whole penny cheaper than just using their pay monthly dongle for the same amount of data. UK customers could consider complaining to Ofcom, the telecoms regulator."
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uglyduckling uglyduckling writes  |  more than 7 years ago

uglyduckling writes "The British Government has issued a response to a recent petition calling for 'the Prime Minister to make software patents clearly unenforcible'. The answer is reassuring but perhaps doesn't go far enough, and gives no specific promises to bring into line a patent office that grants software patents (according to the petition) 'against the letter and the spirit of the law'. The Gowers Review that it references gives detailed insight into the current British position on this debate, most interestingly recommending a policy of 'not extending patent rights beyond their present limits within the areas of software, business methods and genes.'"

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