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Thank you all and good luck. And with that,... 21,035 Views / 77 Replies  
Thank you all and good luck.

And with that, I will ceremonially remove the leftmost, first-of-the-day link in the bookmarks bar of my work browser window, where my join date says it has sat for...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jul 1, 2016 at 02:33 PM, in Mac News
I'm guessing his last girlfriend told him "if you... 609 Views / 4 Replies  
I'm guessing his last girlfriend told him "if you love your phone so much, you should marry it" when they broke up, and he took that advice to heart.

"It's unclear how long the "marriage" can be...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jun 29, 2016 at 02:21 PM, in Mac News
Something tells me these watch bands are going to... 628 Views / 6 Replies  
Something tells me these watch bands are going to be a hot commodity on eBay thanks to the short run and overlapping LGBT theme and the classic rainbow Apple logo.
Posted by Makosuke, on Jun 27, 2016 at 06:46 PM, in Mac News
"Despite the losses, the company still has a... 349 Views / 3 Replies  
"Despite the losses, the company still has a hefty bank balance. [...] net cash balance for the end of the quarter was $1.3 billion. "

...which at this quarter's burn rate would theoretically last...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jun 23, 2016 at 03:29 PM, in Mac News
I would imagine that it would be functionally... 546 Views / 5 Replies  
I would imagine that it would be functionally impossible for anybody, let alone an organization the size of Apple, to make a change like this unintentionally. It's not a "whoops, forgot!" kind of...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jun 23, 2016 at 03:23 PM, in Mac News
As someone who's had MacNN sitting in my links... 6,821 Views / 135 Replies  
As someone who's had MacNN sitting in my links list since... I don't know, 10 years ago? Longer? As the "quick check to see what's up with Mac and peripherally relevant tech news" resource I bring up...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jun 21, 2016 at 03:47 PM, in Mac News
"...we've taken an apparently-erased disk, and... 437 Views / 6 Replies  
"...we've taken an apparently-erased disk, and restored the contents as if by magic. That was a long time ago, it was on a Mac Classic, and the previous owner popped back to tell us something just as...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jun 10, 2016 at 03:46 PM, in Mac News
"We'd like to assuage your fears: the UpLamp... 459 Views / 6 Replies  
"We'd like to assuage your fears: the UpLamp isn't going to ruin your iPhone's flash. LEDs have absurdly long lives, somewhere in the vicinity of about 30,000 hours, or 1250 days, which is just about...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jun 10, 2016 at 03:25 PM, in Mac News
I saw this being reported elsewhere as a... 280 Views / 3 Replies  
I saw this being reported elsewhere as a straightforward positive change, and I certainly think it is.

Fine, "top" technically becomes "top you don't already have", but really, I've already got it...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jun 1, 2016 at 04:23 PM, in Mac News
"At the start of May in 1985, Jobs was at Apple... 247 Views / 2 Replies  
"At the start of May in 1985, Jobs was at Apple and fighting. At the end of May that year, he was officially still at Apple, yet beaten. In the middle of May but one year later, he was back, and he...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 31, 2016 at 01:22 PM, in Mac News
Every time I read about something like this, I... 1,207 Views / 12 Replies  
Every time I read about something like this, I wonder how someone thought it would be a good idea. Requiring your customers/users/whatever to sign a contract prohibiting them from speaking badly...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 31, 2016 at 11:29 AM, in Mac News
Interesting contrast to the "I shop at small... 268 Views / 3 Replies  
Interesting contrast to the "I shop at small places that don't accept ApplePay" caveat there:

I do most of my "everyday" shopping at the following list of stores:
- A smallish local natural-foods...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 23, 2016 at 04:15 PM, in Mac News
@Inklinkg: Just to note, China is no longer a... 284 Views / 3 Replies  
@Inklinkg: Just to note, China is no longer a dictatorship, it's a one-party authoritarian state. Neither Premier Li Keqiang nor President Xi Jinping have true autocratic powers. It certainly has...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 20, 2016 at 07:42 PM, in Mac News
I kind of want to sign up with Backblaze just in... 279 Views / 2 Replies  
I kind of want to sign up with Backblaze just in thanks for publishing this data for the world. After so many years of anecdotal reports, vocal opinions based on a single past experience, and...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 19, 2016 at 04:45 PM, in Mac News
I'm disappointed by the number of stores that... 591 Views / 3 Replies  
I'm disappointed by the number of stores that still haven't even turned on the chip reader on their POS terminals despite having equipped terminals and it approaching the middle of 2016. Safeway for...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 18, 2016 at 04:44 PM, in Mac News
Shorter version: "This technology is an obviously... 177 Views / 2 Replies  
Shorter version: "This technology is an obviously moribund solution so inferior to competing alternatives that absolutely nobody wants it, but our corporate partners have dumped too much money into...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 17, 2016 at 08:37 PM, in Mac News
I just noticed that this article was originally... 263 Views / 2 Replies  
I just noticed that this article was originally posted six months ago. Why is it showing up in the right-hand newsfeed now?
Posted by Makosuke, on May 11, 2016 at 03:03 PM, in Mac News
Sounds like this might be an offshoot of metal... 417 Views / 4 Replies  
Sounds like this might be an offshoot of metal hydride hydrogen storage, which itself is kind of a magical technology--you fill a cylinder with a metal hydride liquid or pellets, and it can suddenly...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 9, 2016 at 04:33 PM, in Mac News
I think it's also worth noting that, while... 1,723 Views / 14 Replies  
I think it's also worth noting that, while FireWire may have never hit it big, it certainly had a very solid niche, and is still in some use--our office server still has an older FW800 RAID array...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 6, 2016 at 05:31 PM, in Mac News
ADC was pretty much what HDMI became, with the... 1,723 Views / 14 Replies  
ADC was pretty much what HDMI became, with the exception of power, so it was a good idea, it just got replaced by something "simpler".

Actually, ADC is more like the predecessor to what...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 6, 2016 at 05:26 PM, in Mac News
@Steve Wilkinson: Net Applications is a web... 418 Views / 3 Replies  
@Steve Wilkinson: Net Applications is a web analytics firm, so all the numbers they're giving are a percentage of visible traffic on the internet, which in the modern era is at least a reasonably...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 3, 2016 at 05:31 PM, in Mac News
"Apple ships its Macs with this option switched... 439 Views / 5 Replies  
"Apple ships its Macs with this option switched off: every time we try out a new machine in the Apple Store, we are reminded of this and wonder why Apple is insane."

Are you kidding? Tap-to-click...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 2, 2016 at 04:13 PM, in Mac News
Honestly the only use I can think of for this is... 317 Views / 3 Replies  
Honestly the only use I can think of for this is wifi routers.

If you have a laptop, it won't do anything, of course.

If you have a desktop, restarting by yanking the power cord is *far* more...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 27, 2016 at 01:08 PM, in Mac News
Headline: "Analysts expect first-ever YOY... 277 Views / 2 Replies  
Headline: "Analysts expect first-ever YOY drop..."
First paragraph: "...expected to report its first year-over-year drop in revenues since 2003."
Year Apple founded: 1976
Year Apple became...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 26, 2016 at 07:48 PM, in Mac News
It's not clear how much of the cost of this... 248 Views / 4 Replies  
It's not clear how much of the cost of this >$1.3M hack went to the company or grey-hat that sold them the technical details and how much was spent on hardware/expertise to execute it, but regardless...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 21, 2016 at 07:37 PM, in Mac News
Let's be clear about something here: Free... 457 Views / 7 Replies  
Let's be clear about something here:

Free speech is what the government can and can't force me to say. I can say stupid and wrong things all I want if they cause no harm, and it's completely...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 20, 2016 at 05:14 PM, in Mac News
I'm a little confused here. Given that her... 514 Views / 7 Replies  
I'm a little confused here. Given that her "patent" does not exist, so it was either never granted in the first place or invalidated after the fact... how, exactly, does suing someone over it work? ...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 19, 2016 at 06:02 PM, in Mac News
Thing with eGPU is, depending on what you're... 479 Views / 6 Replies  
Thing with eGPU is, depending on what you're doing with it the vast amount of bandwidth a 16x PCIe slot has may not provide a big advantage.

BareFeats took an NVIDIA Titan X (mid-2015's top of the...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 19, 2016 at 05:51 PM, in Mac News
Personally, I have so much use for the numeric... 257 Views / 6 Replies  
Personally, I have so much use for the numeric keypad and reverse-delete key that I can't get past the lack thereof on any of Apple's wireless keyboards, so I only use the full-sized wired one.
...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 19, 2016 at 04:41 PM, in Mac News
"Now, In one single quarter, the company sells as... 335 Views / 2 Replies  
"Now, In one single quarter, the company sells as many Macs as the company's first 17 years of the computer family."

This is *not* correct. That 2001 announcement was of the 5 millionth iMac....
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 18, 2016 at 08:27 PM, in Mac News
@Inkling: Thing with Ethernet RJ-45 jacks... 242 Views / 4 Replies  
@Inkling:

Thing with Ethernet RJ-45 jacks are, sure they suck, but anyone can make up a cable of arbitrary length between 1 and 300 feet capable of handling 1 gigabit speeds using nothing more...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 18, 2016 at 05:46 PM, in Mac News
I can't say I find this surprising--the telephone... 190 Views / 2 Replies  
I can't say I find this surprising--the telephone system has, to date, always been extremely insecure.

From the 1870s through the 1990s the system was built such that anyone with physical access...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 18, 2016 at 05:05 PM, in Mac News
I'm not from Oregon, and I've never heard of the... 452 Views / 3 Replies  
I'm not from Oregon, and I've never heard of the guy, but I like him already. Glad *somebody* is taking a stand. A bit ironic that one of the senators from CA, which probably has a higher percentage...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 15, 2016 at 06:40 PM, in Mac News
I remember when my own site logs showed something... 285 Views / 1 Replies  
I remember when my own site logs showed something like 95% IE and rounding errors of other browsers.

Back in those days, you sort of had two designs--the clean, compliant, pretty, hack-free one...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 15, 2016 at 04:59 PM, in Mac News
In a world where many apps have become,... 1,285 Views / 13 Replies  
In a world where many apps have become, essentially, feature complete--there aren't any major new features to add, because it already does almost everything you could possibly want it to--SAAS...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 15, 2016 at 04:53 PM, in Mac News
Thing with this--as is the case with any "master... 300 Views / 5 Replies  
Thing with this--as is the case with any "master keyed" encryption--is that whether the RCMP actually had the key themselves, or it was just held by Blackberry who used it to decrypt things the RCMP...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 14, 2016 at 06:23 PM, in Mac News
Slight edit: "The company has a history of... 352 Views / 3 Replies  
Slight edit: "The company has a history of dragging out contract negotiations, and cutting benefits while reporting high profits." should probably read "and cutting benefits so it can report high...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 13, 2016 at 05:14 PM, in Mac News
You know what's really interesting about this? ... 233 Views / 1 Replies  
You know what's really interesting about this?

If you remove Macs from the totals, pretty much 100% of the remainder of these sales are running Windows. A total of either 60M or 56M computers,...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 12, 2016 at 06:56 PM, in Mac News
I'm highly skeptical of the technological... 1,228 Views / 11 Replies  
I'm highly skeptical of the technological feasibility of detecting phone use via any automated means (versus direct examination of a phone or questioning of the operator/witnesses), and there are...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 12, 2016 at 02:22 PM, in Mac News
Funny that Wayne lives in Pahrump, NV. I know a... 211 Views / 1 Replies  
Funny that Wayne lives in Pahrump, NV. I know a guy who lives there now, and he had a sort of opposite version of the same story in that he inherited a bit of land in a fortunate location that his...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 11, 2016 at 05:00 PM, in Mac News
Back in the day, I remember when Final Fantasy... 413 Views / 1 Replies  
Back in the day, I remember when Final Fantasy games were actually fantasy in the traditional sense, rather than downtown Tokyo with swords.

Then again, I also remember when every single Final...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 1, 2016 at 04:22 PM, in Mac News
I believe this is what is colloquially called... 849 Views / 7 Replies  
I believe this is what is colloquially called "blinking".

My interpretation of their bringing in this outside Israeli firm for the hack is that they knew perfectly well the NSA could probably get...
Posted by Makosuke, on Mar 29, 2016 at 03:14 PM, in Mac News
So the FBI suddenly became aware that Cellebrite... 806 Views / 7 Replies  
So the FBI suddenly became aware that Cellebrite was able to do this after weeks of public media posturing and decided to use them instead of forcing Apple to do it.

And it had absolutely nothing...
Posted by Makosuke, on Mar 24, 2016 at 06:31 PM, in Mac News
Executive compensation is ridiculous, of course,... 207 Views / 1 Replies  
Executive compensation is ridiculous, of course, but the glaring part of Amelio's overpayment was really the "performance bonus" greater than his base pay for what amounted to nearly driving the...
Posted by Makosuke, on Mar 21, 2016 at 04:16 PM, in Mac News
"Tapping a square will cause the six squares that... 169 Views / 1 Replies  
"Tapping a square will cause the six squares that surround it to flip to another color."

I haven't tried this game, but huh? By my count, depending on how the game works, there would either be 4...
Posted by Makosuke, on Mar 21, 2016 at 03:46 PM, in Mac News
It's interesting to me that, while I really don't... 219 Views / 3 Replies  
It's interesting to me that, while I really don't have much interest in an Apple Watch or other wearables, and don't see most of the potential advantages of them as anything I personally want, a...
Posted by Makosuke, on Mar 16, 2016 at 04:15 PM, in Mac News
I really wonder how often you can get the... 217 Views / 1 Replies  
I really wonder how often you can get the Secretary of Defense, the head of the NSA, the head of the UN's human rights branch, and Human Rights watch to agree on *anything*.
Posted by Makosuke, on Mar 16, 2016 at 04:10 PM, in Mac News
Good that a former CIA head gets the real, global... 324 Views / 3 Replies  
Good that a former CIA head gets the real, global danger of this precedent. He's either got much more of a clue on this than the FBI, or, unlike them, actually cares what this would result in...
Posted by Makosuke, on Mar 11, 2016 at 06:29 PM, in Mac News
These "it's just this one phone" lies are getting... 1,297 Views / 16 Replies  
These "it's just this one phone" lies are getting increasingly annoying to me.

They've already tacitly admitted that there are around a dozen more devices that they want access to if this goes...
Posted by Makosuke, on Mar 11, 2016 at 06:23 PM, in Mac News
Nice overview of the issues, stakes, and apparent... 367 Views / 2 Replies  
Nice overview of the issues, stakes, and apparent rampant ignorance surrounding this issue.

If nothing else, it says something that literally the entire tech industry has sided with Apple. Both...
Posted by Makosuke, on Mar 5, 2016 at 10:50 AM, in Mac News
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