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The last time congress allowed a tax holiday for... 397 Views / 7 Replies  
The last time congress allowed a tax holiday for bringing back overseas profits, they expected an economic boost. None happened - the money just went into shareholder bank accounts. A tax-free gift...
Posted by chimaera, on Jun 27, 2016 at 07:22 PM, in Mac News
These Saying Farewell articles are hard to read.... 363 Views / 3 Replies  
These Saying Farewell articles are hard to read. Not least because I agree with them.

I'm another that has mostly read the news from the forum side. But I can say I've been reading more and more...
Posted by chimaera, on Jun 27, 2016 at 05:08 PM, in Mac News
I used to root for BlackBerry, as a 3rd... 320 Views / 3 Replies  
I used to root for BlackBerry, as a 3rd competitor to iOS / Android. But since word leaked they're selling all our messages to the cops, I don't really care anymore. They need to grow a pair and...
Posted by chimaera, on Jun 23, 2016 at 03:36 PM, in Mac News
The key feature I want in the next file system is... 985 Views / 14 Replies  
The key feature I want in the next file system is file checksums. So you can detect bitrot and let Time Machine correct it in the background - assuming you have an undamaged copy of course. But I've...
Posted by chimaera, on Jun 13, 2016 at 06:00 PM, in Mac News
It's distinctly possible the 4,1 is omitted only... 969 Views / 11 Replies  
It's distinctly possible the 4,1 is omitted only because the original GPUs (GT120 or R4870) aren't up to snuff. If so, anyone with a graphics upgrade could be OK with little or no hacking.
Posted by chimaera, on Jun 13, 2016 at 05:54 PM, in Mac News
So Microsoft is trying to woo developers at an... 190 Views / 2 Replies  
So Microsoft is trying to woo developers at an Apple event. Now that's desperate. All the devs must have left after Ballmer did his famous dance video.

I guess the platform war really is over.
Posted by chimaera, on Jun 7, 2016 at 09:08 PM, in Mac News
Sounds like a justification for where they want... 264 Views / 3 Replies  
Sounds like a justification for where they want to build.

If nuclear were a real concern, I'd rather be upwind than any particular distance.
Posted by chimaera, on Jun 1, 2016 at 04:01 PM, in Mac News
It's impressive how much they're packing into... 338 Views / 1 Replies  
It's impressive how much they're packing into such a tiny package. According to Wikipedia, the max microSD speed is 104 MB/s, so they're pushing the interface speed limit too.
Posted by chimaera, on May 10, 2016 at 05:32 PM, in Tech News
This is disappointing. Leaked TPP docs show the... 273 Views / 1 Replies  
This is disappointing. Leaked TPP docs show the intellectual property section goes against public interests, and the corporate sovereignty section will let corporations punish governments for any law...
Posted by chimaera, on May 5, 2016 at 02:03 PM, in Tech News
I thought $1.3 million was excessive for finding... 430 Views / 5 Replies  
I thought $1.3 million was excessive for finding nothing. Going under a million though makes it all worthwhile.

/sarcasm
Posted by chimaera, on Apr 29, 2016 at 05:38 PM, in Mac News
Yes, he may be using DW 4. I ran into that... 2,169 Views / 25 Replies  
Yes, he may be using DW 4. I ran into that problem, where it became unresponsive after completing or aborting a task. Though it never caused any corruption when that happened. DW 5 made that issue go...
Posted by chimaera, on Apr 28, 2016 at 03:23 PM, in Mac News
I'm not a fan of locking down ports on devices... 274 Views / 2 Replies  
I'm not a fan of locking down ports on devices you own. You bought a computer, you can plug whatever you want into each and every port. For some reason, people let Apple get away with locking down...
Posted by chimaera, on Apr 19, 2016 at 04:36 PM, in Mac News
I had been rooting for BlackBerry to pull... 280 Views / 5 Replies  
I had been rooting for BlackBerry to pull through. More smartphone competition helps everyone. But not after this.

It doesn't matter if BlackBerry handed over the key, did decryptions upon...
Posted by chimaera, on Apr 14, 2016 at 09:00 PM, in Mac News
The strike is also about stalled Fios expansion... 326 Views / 3 Replies  
The strike is also about stalled Fios expansion since 2010 (Boston excepted) and Verizon's neglect of their copper-based network. Reduced maintenance on the copper network, including where Fios isn't...
Posted by chimaera, on Apr 13, 2016 at 02:49 PM, in Mac News
I finally gave up and uninstalled Flash a month... 301 Views / 2 Replies  
I finally gave up and uninstalled Flash a month ago. It got too annoying, even set to auto-update. Which didn't work, just produced multiple dialogs per week to install updates. Enough already.
Posted by chimaera, on Apr 11, 2016 at 07:53 PM, in Tech News
Ah, the old scoundrel standby. Sue the press for... 235 Views / 1 Replies  
Ah, the old scoundrel standby. Sue the press for reporting. I was on the fence until reading this part. Guess it's true.
Posted by chimaera, on Apr 8, 2016 at 04:17 PM, in Mac News
The contracts may be binding upon the parties... 432 Views / 5 Replies  
The contracts may be binding upon the parties that signed it - that's for a court to decide. However, this case was brought by a French agency which definitely didn't sign the contracts. I don't see...
Posted by chimaera, on Apr 6, 2016 at 01:27 PM, in Mac News
And I thought government types didn't have a... 760 Views / 7 Replies  
And I thought government types didn't have a sense of humor. With Comey telling more whoppers, what do I know.

Lying to Congress is a felony*. Government employees lying to the public should at...
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 24, 2016 at 05:56 PM, in Mac News
I'm really getting tired of being blamed for... 261 Views / 3 Replies  
I'm really getting tired of being blamed for these attacks.

Every time there's an attack, the governments respond by attacking us. Trying to take some more rights from us.

News flash for...
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 24, 2016 at 03:15 PM, in Mac News
I'm not sure what the Mac angle is here. Wouldn't... 257 Views / 1 Replies  
I'm not sure what the Mac angle is here. Wouldn't recycled wallpapers be of interest mainly to Windows users?

Now if they offered Desktop Pictures, we might get excited. Though probably not too...
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 23, 2016 at 01:06 PM, in Tech News
There was too much solid opposition, with the... 527 Views / 6 Replies  
There was too much solid opposition, with the public increasingly supporting Apple. The FBI knew it was going to lose - the precedent would support unbreakable encryption.

I think they seized on...
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 21, 2016 at 09:47 PM, in Mac News
How did the polling go? Is the public moving... 1,118 Views / 16 Replies  
How did the polling go? Is the public moving behind Apple and/or buying more iPhones?
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 17, 2016 at 01:36 PM, in Mac News
Ah, the alternative investment side of the Force... 232 Views / 1 Replies  
Ah, the alternative investment side of the Force again. Instead of investing in making exciting products, you can invest in taxing those who make exciting products.

I used to picture patents as...
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 16, 2016 at 11:58 PM, in Mac News
I'm of two minds on this. I like internal... 1,448 Views / 24 Replies  
I'm of two minds on this. I like internal expansion, and am very critical of Apple on that subject. I also dislike Apple's lackadaisical Mac GPU upgrade options.

On the other hand, the dual D700s...
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 16, 2016 at 10:31 PM, in Mac News
Impressive if they pull it off. At 7nm, features... 309 Views / 3 Replies  
Impressive if they pull it off. At 7nm, features can be under 35 atoms across.
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 16, 2016 at 02:07 PM, in Mac News
MacNN has been calling it what it is. After... 1,026 Views / 10 Replies  
MacNN has been calling it what it is. After extended planning and preparation, the murderers shot up fellow employees in their department. They committed suicide-by-cop a few hours later. There was...
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 11, 2016 at 09:34 PM, in Mac News
Might want to check the title there. I suspect... 364 Views / 1 Replies  
Might want to check the title there. I suspect the new cases have a more tangible source.

On the other hand, if you have video proof, I'll tell everyone I know to start reading here. :)
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 11, 2016 at 06:34 PM, in Tech News
I realized just this morning, this happens the... 325 Views / 2 Replies  
I realized just this morning, this happens the day before the FBI-Apple showdown in Judge Sheri Pym's courtroom. If Apple wanted to upstage things with a bombshell, this would be a good time.

I...
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 11, 2016 at 02:07 PM, in Mac News
bobolicious, I have a Canon inkjet, most recent... 636 Views / 8 Replies  
bobolicious, I have a Canon inkjet, most recent drivers for 10.6 (and they do not work for later OSes). The official Canon driver was carried forward by Migration Assistant. Deleting the driver and...
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 9, 2016 at 09:41 PM, in Mac News
OK, I read the history portion (about 2/3 of the... 500 Views / 7 Replies  
OK, I read the history portion (about 2/3 of the ruling) and skimmed the legal analysis. I'm not seeing anything wrong with that ruling. One thing particularly bothered me. (page 19)

So the big...
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 9, 2016 at 01:48 AM, in Mac News
I'm annoyed at Apple and Amazon over this. ... 500 Views / 7 Replies  
I'm annoyed at Apple and Amazon over this.

Amazon: feels like product dumping. Selling below cost during a big sale is one thing, doing it regularly is product dumping.
Apple: price fixing....
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 8, 2016 at 07:25 PM, in Mac News
I might believe this if they didn't prosecute... 673 Views / 9 Replies  
I might believe this if they didn't prosecute victimless crimes (vice crimes). Actually, I'm not sure there's a crime behind every warrant either. Mistakes happen. Unlike Chief Miller, I've made a...
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 7, 2016 at 02:17 PM, in Mac News
Ah, Inkling again. Unless you own nothing... 449 Views / 6 Replies  
Ah, Inkling again.

Unless you own nothing Made in China, you do business with them too. Apple sells large numbers of encrypted-by-default phones to Chinese citizens, which the "one-party...
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 7, 2016 at 02:05 PM, in Mac News
One more reason for everyone to have Time Machine... 367 Views / 4 Replies  
One more reason for everyone to have Time Machine running. I've lost track of how many people stop by the forums for advice on drive recovery. Invariably they hadn't set up TM or any other backup...
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 7, 2016 at 01:51 PM, in Mac News
I agree we need higher speed ratings. But why are... 191 Views / 1 Replies  
I agree we need higher speed ratings. But why are they adding more duplicate specs? Just extend the range, up to Speed Class 90.

Why do we need three speed ratings that say the same thing? Perhaps...
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 4, 2016 at 01:12 PM, in Mac News
Generous typos in the DA's document. It reads... 1,076 Views / 10 Replies  
Generous typos in the DA's document. It reads rather confusedly, alternating between advice to the court (an amicus curiae brief) and requesting permission to file an amicus brief. If there really is...
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 4, 2016 at 04:14 AM, in Mac News
Boy, the extra briefs came all at once. I've been... 260 Views / 3 Replies  
Boy, the extra briefs came all at once. I've been reading them, trying to catch up.

I'm not a lawyer, but I have to say. I'm pleased with what I'm reading. These look good.
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 3, 2016 at 10:56 PM, in Mac News
Back in the WinTel days, when Apple was... 457 Views / 5 Replies  
Back in the WinTel days, when Apple was struggling for survival, I would have cheered this. Now I just feel bad for those people.

And I really hope they aren't laying citizens off in favor of H1B...
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 3, 2016 at 06:00 PM, in Mac News
Have the amicus curae briefs turned up anywhere... 359 Views / 3 Replies  
Have the amicus curae briefs turned up anywhere yet? I'd like to read them, along with the forthcoming briefs from the other tech giants.
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 2, 2016 at 10:39 PM, in Mac News
Suggest next time, you don't disqualify those... 281 Views / 2 Replies  
Suggest next time, you don't disqualify those without smartphones. I don't own one for certain practical reasons, but fully understand the issues and side solidly with Apple.

If the non-smartphone...
Posted by chimaera, on Mar 1, 2016 at 01:36 AM, in Mac News
I hope we'll see those affected guys again... 346 Views / 1 Replies  
I hope we'll see those affected guys again someday. They were decent people. (sniff)
Posted by chimaera, on Feb 27, 2016 at 01:08 PM, in Tech News
We can rule this one out. Apple will appeal all... 250 Views / 1 Replies  
We can rule this one out. Apple will appeal all the way to the SC if needed. With the suspects dead, there is no urgency to expedite court hearings. Summer 2016 will be over before the appeals...
Posted by chimaera, on Feb 26, 2016 at 08:19 PM, in Mac News
Charles, I only called for publishing all... 1,054 Views / 13 Replies  
Charles, I only called for publishing all critical security source code. :)

Just finished reading Apple's motion. In my non-lawyer opinion, a very good read. The only thing that bothered me was...
Posted by chimaera, on Feb 25, 2016 at 09:45 PM, in Mac News
I see nothing wrong with source-code security... 1,054 Views / 13 Replies  
I see nothing wrong with source-code security audits. I'd be in favor of Apple & everyone else publishing all critical security code, so everyone can look for bugs. Not just China, which might not...
Posted by chimaera, on Feb 25, 2016 at 08:19 PM, in Mac News
So the NYPD is the hand behind the curtain,... 1,142 Views / 10 Replies  
So the NYPD is the hand behind the curtain, controlling all the FBI's moves? Um...

No, this is not about any particular phone. It's about power. They want more, and our privacy rights are in the...
Posted by chimaera, on Feb 23, 2016 at 01:25 PM, in Mac News
"The car elf"? I'm assuming autocorrect, but... 734 Views / 9 Replies  
"The car elf"? I'm assuming autocorrect, but can't picture what it was supposed to be.

btw, couldn't agree more with the article. They're trying to turn disgruntled employees into terrorists, and...
Posted by chimaera, on Feb 22, 2016 at 05:45 PM, in Mac News
Staff, front-page alert again. I clicked the link... 751 Views / 8 Replies  
Staff, front-page alert again. I clicked the link in the forums side, all was well. On the News side, the URL is gummed up like emulator@fronti says.
Posted by chimaera, on Feb 22, 2016 at 01:19 PM, in Mac News
Works fine for me. Your ISP may have a DNS... 751 Views / 8 Replies  
Works fine for me. Your ISP may have a DNS problem, with a bad (or no) listing for that domain. You could try putting in 8.8.8.8 for google DNS, see if that lets you find the documentcloud server.
Posted by chimaera, on Feb 21, 2016 at 01:27 PM, in Mac News
I signed it. If you never hear from me again,... 431 Views / 6 Replies  
I signed it. If you never hear from me again, your fears will be confirmed.

Seriously though, get over there and sign it. A silent population is all government needs to do what it pleases. For a...
Posted by chimaera, on Feb 19, 2016 at 02:43 AM, in Mac News
If Apple caved and provided such an ability to... 2,049 Views / 28 Replies  
If Apple caved and provided such an ability to the US government, most other governments will ask for it too. Or write such a requirement into their laws, if Apple wants to sell phones there.
...
Posted by chimaera, on Feb 17, 2016 at 01:24 PM, in Mac News
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