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Rumors as a way of manipulating the stock market.... Besides: much more important would be MacBook Air with retina displays; the iPad minis are close to retina resolution anyway due to the smaller screen sizes, a quadrupling of the resolution on the iPad mini has marginal impact for usability, but big effect on battery life and cost; barely worth the effort for that class of device.
  Not just that: if people who post a lot get more weight, that means people producing a lot of hot air get more weight, i.e. the quality of the forum will take even more of a nose-dive than it has over the last few years.   We've already too many people who recently "saw the light of Apple" and who act as if they were co-founders of the religion; trying to step on often well-founded criticism by people who have been riding this Apple bus since before it hit a public street.
So what? There is no need for a new version for the sake of a new version.Unless you want Apple to emulate the M$ feature creep bloatware approach to software engineering, then once the relevant functionality of a (word processor/spreadsheet/presentation) software is implemented it's the end if the line except for minor GUI tweaks and bug fixes until such time that things are ready for a major paradigm shift.If you can propose such a major shift for these basic...
  That's why a file system like ZFS with snapshot support would have been crucial: A snapshot creates a duplicate of the entire file system, but with copy-on-write semantics, so it's almost instantaneous. So each time machine backup would create a new snapshot, which would really freeze an instant in time. Then the same snapshot is made on the backup drive, and only the diffs would be copied over. Same space efficiency as what TimeMachine does, but without the directory...
Cause TM is a hack that's way too dependent on the network protocol and file system used; both in terms of source and target, it's a pity Apple ditched the ZFS strategy, it would have predestined for use with TM in a much more elegant and efficient way.
  More people died at the hands of governments than at the hands of terrorists. So giving the government more power doesn't solve the problem, particularly if the terrorists actions are directly or indirectly motivated by crimes committed by governments with the spleen of building empires.   The problem is, people have been professionally distracted and brainwashed, and a professional army made the country willing to engage in wars, because nobody has to fear the draft....
  Yes Bush wrote the Patriot Act. Before then there were the Clipper, TIA, Topsail, Echelon, Carnivore and other programs, under a variety of Presidents, all aiming at the same goal of creating a Minority Report like future, even pre-9/11. Obama could have repealed a bunch of things, and he even took back a campaign promise by granting retroactive immunity for the telcos anyway. They are all birds of a feather....who cares if they are blue or red, they do the same: amass...
  For all we know, they might have litigated this. But because it's all in secret, in secret courts, with sealed proceedings and with gag orders, you'll never know if they did or didn't. There might be a reason why they are the last ones to comply. Maybe they fought it and lost. Apple hardly was enthusiastic about this, otherwise they'd be among the first to partake, not one of the last ones.   The Patriot Act is such an insidious piece of legislation that it can be the...
The amazing thing is this: both iOS (after quite some time) and OS X' e-mail allow for S/MIME encrypted e-mail, which would make things quite a bit more difficult, at least in the e-mail department. But of course, just about everyone's too lazy to set it up (must use self-signed certs if one is to trust it, because the certificat authorities likely have to hand over private keys to the NSA, too.) Heck, most mailing lists strip away the public key attachment,...
  Nobody is doing anything voluntarily, because it costs them mega bucks to comply with these information requests. Lying is all the can do, because by law they are required to deny any knowledge and are not allowed to warn the victims of a spy attack that they are targeted. Simple silence is always interpreted as "tacit agreement", or as the old Romans said: "Qui tacit consentire videtur", thus a dementi is the only thing they can plausibly do within the legal...
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