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Ash471, You know, Ash, your argument almost holds water, except the problem is most of these patents are obvious computer techniques that are broad concepts, not some brand new idea. For example, one patent that the trolls have used against Apple, Microsoft, and others is the concept of "downloading software over a medium [let's say, in this case, the Internet] to update a program or operating system." Really?! Yup, that's certainly inventive, no one would've EVER...
Actually, it does sound like you're trying to snag a free copy-- explain to me how downloading via torrent saves bandwidth over the App Store? And, I've just downloaded it, the download completely saturated my broadband to the point where I had trouble surfing on my other computer. So there's no way a torrent would be any faster.
I think iOS getting new notifications falls into the 'duh!' category. it's absolutely ridiculous to say iOS has to catch up to Android**, but it's pretty much universally acknowledged that iOS's notification system is the worst of the bunch. **I've seen nothing on Android that impresses me much. About the only thing I wish iPhone had was a good, free built-in Garmin-like directions app like what's built into Android. But other than that; you talk to most Android...
Um, heck, that's all I'm trying to get people to do; sleep their computers! You wouldn't believe the number of people I run across (typically Windows users, go figure) who literally never even set up a idle-sleep schedule on their computers. Both my father-in-law and my brother-in-law are guilty of this (and both Windows users), and that leaves me scratching my head. But, to each his own...
Used to, all drive manufacturers published the MTBF for a drive on their spec sheets. They don't do this anymore, my guess because it became almost meaningless. Now, the guestimate to replace MTBF is the number of "start stop cycles". I selected and looked up a drive at random, the Seagate Momentus, which has a start stop cycle duty of 600,000. So, you're right, it's not worth arguing over because the average computer will be replaced/upgraded long before the drive will...
Leaving your computer on 24/7 is NOT less wear and tear than shutting it down! Most computer components (including hard drives and fans, the only things in your computer to get wear and tear) are rated in hours between mean rate of failure. The act of starting up and shutting down (which is is designed to do) is so minimal that if you (technically) want to get the maximum number of years out of your computer you definitely want to shut it down at night.Think about a...
As of iOS 4.2, it already does this! Go into contacts, edit a contact and select their text tone. Voila!
Hear, Hear! Except for the third one (which simply doesn't bother me), this is *exactly* my same wish. I would also like to add: 4) improved multitask switching! First, the double-click thing is awkward. Second, it's silly to be able to side-scroll thru every single app on your phone. Every user I know simply switches apps the old fashioned way. The only thing the multi-task bar is good for is killing misbehaving apps (Words with Friends comes immediately to...
Yes, but all the platforms are set up that way. Windows 7, 64-bit, has simply proven to be much harder to hack (not impossible, but harder). I for one am thrilled that they're taking security seriously, if for nothing else but to help prevent the Mac from being a laughing stock at these contests. They have shown that the reason we don't have viruses is not because Mac and Linux is unhackable, but simply because malware programmers focus on Windows. If Apple continued to...
What most people don't know is, there are bugs found in ALL processors. This was first highlighted back in 1994 when Dr. Nicely discovered the famous Pentium FPU bug, affecting some types of mathmatical equations (mostly 'number theory' type of problems). This was great fodder for the Mac community at the time (this was back even before the PowerPC era), until the known bug list for the 68040 was leaked from Motorola. But the point is, 99.9% of most people are never...
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