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A "sophisticated" scheme? All they did was skim credit cards in a restaurant or somewhere, make a copy of the magnetic strip, and purchase some high value goods. Triviially easy to do in the USA. The only unusual thing was the size of the operation. The only thing that's amazing about the story is that USA still uses a simple magnetic strip and signature for verification, both of which are trivial easy to duplicate and forge. Most of the rest of the world have been...
Absolutely, but that's the point. Nobody used the term "app store" until Apple announced the iPhone App Store. Yes, "app store" may be generic now, but it wasn't then. Obviously "store" was used then, and people sometimes talked about "apps" (the more common term was applications or programs or applets or software) but never "app store" together.
It's not just about electrical interference. It's about not having any distractions or loose objects flying around during the most critical parts of a flight, in case of an emergency landing etc. You're not allowed to have your tray tables down or bags on your lap then either, nothing to do with electrical interference!
I haven't been keeping track but I'm pretty sure that's not true.Sorry, no offence, but that's completely barmy advice! Why on earth should someone be expected to take a perfectly good tool they're familiar with, they enjoy using, and that does the job then throw it out and start researching all over again? Forget the cost of buying some more software, it's the time spent searching for and then learning the replacement that's crucial. How is that supposed to be the epitome...
It's not as simple as that. In general, no Mac will run an older version of the operating system than it came with because the older OS doesn't support the latest hardware (new device drivers and what have you). So, if you needed to run 10.5 for some reason and had to go out and buy a new Mac today, you'd be out of luck.
Lots of people. You're probably thinking of consumer applications, such as Java applets, to run a few annoying web widgets, or crappy Java mobile phone games. I agree Java is pretty pointless there and has largely been replaced by Flash, HTML5, JavaScript, iOS, etc. The real users of Java are people like universities, banks and financial institutions, research institutes, developers, and a gazillion and one specialised vertical markets. Any kind of professional or niche...
Why do companies feel the need to invent their own marketing names for standard technologies? Airport vs WiFi or 802.11, iLink vs FireWire vs IEE1394, Thunderbolt vs Lightning or Lightfoot or Light Peak or whatever. It's confusing, unnecessary, and annoying. Just stick with one name, please.
The pattern I see is: "Let the populous at large sprout forth as if they're experts on any and every subject under the sun. You'll find a few gems, certainly, but an awful, awful lot of dross, and can waste an entire lifetime wading through it all" versus "An established media industry, where people who knew what they were talking about used to work their way up through the organisation and try to make a career out of it, but now are struggling even to be heard above the...
This is excellent news indeed, but was more or less inevitable because Java is far, far too important for there not to be a first class implementation on the Mac. People who say it's on the decline or not relevant are thinking very narrowly, from the point of consumer applications, perhaps a few games or trivial browser applets, for which native iPhone or Cocoa are a very viable alternative. The real importance of Java is for professional, educational, scientific,...
What bloat? 100MB in your system folder, compared to gigabytes and gigabytes of assorted printer drivers, foreign languages, all of Apple's pre-installed iLife apps that you might never use, etc. Disk space being what it is, none of these are really an issue these days. Java on the desktop for Mac-targeted consumer applications doesn't have much point (with one or two notable exceptions). The real point of Java is for the professional, scientific, engineering, educational...
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