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  • Comparison: Which Apple MacBook is right for you?

    scottw2 said:
    I'm a developer. I want a machine with:

    1. Quad core i7 for fast code compilation
    2. Tons of (preferably upgradable) memory to run all these virtual machines for test
    3. SSD storage (512GB) that I can upgrade myself or at least have reasonable OEM prices
    4. A decent keyboard to type all day long
    5. USB-A ports to connect to virtually every type of devices out there, including iDevices
    6. HDMI port to connect to projectors and TVs in meeting rooms
    7. SD card slot to import photos from my camera to Lightroom when I go on vacation.

    I don't mind a little of thickness. The touch bar doesn't impress me. For the $500 difference, I could have bought a 9.7" touchscreen also known as iPad.

    Sadly, Apple does not make one.

    I'm a developer too. Full-time enterprise work.

    - I want lots of RAM* which I will max out on Day 1 and never worry about again

    - I want SSD storage that I'll never upgrade myself

    - I don't need USBA since I work via wifi, git repositories, etc. In the rare event I need somebody else's drive I have no problem using a small, simple adapter 

    - I have never, ever used a SD slot, probably because consumer cameras aren't part of my work. My prosumer gear uses CF, and even that I use on my desktop and not my portable.

    - I loathe thickness and want it as thin and light as possible. 

    Happily, Apple makes great options of me.


    * I currently work on a 2014 rMBP and 2011 iMac, maxed out. They work pretty well for me and run VMs, IDEs, etc, so I can't see how the latest MBP could struggle for dev work. In fact this guy's real-world testing put that nonsense to rest:

    https://www.zdziarski.com/blog/?p=6355

    Here’s a list of everything I ran at once:

    • VMwarei Fusion: Two running virtual machines (Windows 10, macOS Sierra)
    • Adobe Photoshop CC: Four 1+gb 36 MP professional, multi-layer photos
    • Adobe InDesign CC: A 22 page photography-intensive project
    • Xcode: Four production Objective-C projects, all cleaned and rebuilt
    • Microsoft PowerPoint: A slide deck presentation
    • Microsoft Word: A 20+ page document with graphics
    • MachOView: Analyzing a daemon binary
    • Mozilla FireFox: Viewing a website
    • Safari: viewing a different website
    • Preview: Three PDF books
    • Hopper Disassembler: Performing an analysis on a binary
    • WireShark: Performing a live network capture as I do all of this
    • IDA Pro 64-bit: Analyzing a 64-bit intel binary
    • Apple Mail: Viewing four mailboxes
    • Tweetbot: Reading all the flames and trolls in my mentions
    • iBooks: Currently viewing an ebook I paid for
    • Skype: Logged in and idling
    • Terminal: A few sessions idling
    • iTunes
    • Little Flocker
    • Little Snitch
    • OverSight
    • Finder
    • Messages
    • Veracrypt
    • Activity Monitor
    • Path Finder
    • Console
    • Probably a lot I’ve missed

    The result? I ran out of things to do before I ever ran out of RAM. I only ever made it to 14.5GB before the system decided to start paging out, so I didn’t even have the change to burn up all that delicious RAM.

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  • Tim Cook explains why Apple was present at Trump tech summit

    And Steve Jobs attended Obamas meeting with all the tech companies. No explanation necessary. 
    Steve Jobs was a life long Democrat who gladly helped the Obama election campaign. He was also a long time friend of the Clintons. I lost a lot of respect for Tim Cook this week; but probably more now with his deplorable writing skills.
    You lost respect with the CEO of the largest corporation for taking a tech meeting with the next president of the united states? An administration who will assuredly make policy decisions that affect Apple in many ways. Mind blown. 
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  • Comparison: Which Apple MacBook is right for you?

    appex said:
    Apple should make upgradable computers. No more soldered RAM or SSD. No more proprietary SSD. No more programmed obsolescence. Protect planet Earth!
    What nonsense. First, Apple notebooks are serviceable -- just bring it in, like you do your car. Second, when buying a notebook I want as small and fast as is reasonable. If that means not using stock RAM sticks or hard drives and instead using chips, I'm more than cool with that. And evidently as are the legion of MacBook buyers. Third, my MBs get many years of use -- far more than Windows machines, which become crap in short order; I'd bet Windows machines make the landfill sooner than MBs, which means you should be petitioning Dell and HP not to suck instead of posting here.
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  • Apple engineer briefly discusses early iPhone work, hardware development security

    Watching Steve Jobs introduce the IPhone and 3 things struck me:
    1)  This was NOT about him or anything he had done.  It was about the product and what it would do for US!  Total humility.

    But more relevant to today:
    2)  It ported OSX (MacOS) to the IPhone
    3)  It put "Desktop Class" power on the IPhone.

    So obviously Steve Jobs saw the connection between what would become MacOS and IOS -- that they were just different versions of the same thing.  
    So, Why does today's Apple insist that they will forever remain separate and different?   That they will never be merged -- even though IOS started as a variation of MacOS?

    Have they lost the vision and common sense that Jobs nutured?

    p.s. Watch the video starting at the 29 minute mark where Jobs equates the mouse and touch as just different UI's -- variations on a theme.  Then he introduces that OSX was ported to the IPhone and provides it with "Desktop Class" applications.
    You're misunderstanding Jobs, who himself stressed that OS X on a touchscreen was a terrible idea. 

    Forking branches of code from one source doesnt suddenly mandate their implementations and UI be identical. The kernel is the power underneath, but the UI is widely dependent on the interface and form factor. Example -- watchOS is derived from iOS which is derived from OS X. Should the watchOS UI look like OS X with a desktop, folders metaphor, dock, etc? No, that would be absurd, the screen is way too small. For these same reason iOS devices needn't look like OS X devices. UI is dependent on form factor and use cases, not what's under the hood.
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  • Review: BeatsX are Apple's most affordable W1 wireless headphones

    mtbnut said:

    BeatsX are Apple's most affordable W1 wireless headphones


    How many W1 wireless headphones are there to choose from? Fifty? Or just two? 
    Four:

    - AirPods
    - BeatsX
    - PowerBeats
    - Beats Solo 3

    ...so twice as many as you thought, thus the headline is accurate.
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  • WikiLeaks documents show CIA struggling to crack Apple gear, little danger to everyday fol...


    wood1208 said:
    We need to strengthen USA's intelligence safeguards and punish by death(him/her and their family) if anyone from inside leak any intelligence. 
    Am I reading this right -- are you honestly suggesting we execute these document leakers and their families? That strikes me as absurd. Something N. Korea would do.
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  • Audeze's Lightning-connected iSine 10 planar magnetic headphones are the best in-ear set w...

    ireland said:
    The hideous design, bulky size and price tag would stop me considering buying these, so there's no way they deserve a 4/5 in my opinion.
    Are you in the market for high-quality audio? Have you listened to them? If not yes to both then I'm struggling with your review of the review. 
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  • Editorial: An ad-free, premium social network... from Apple


    Most of this is good analysis, but when Daniel talks about "Fake news", don't forget he's a hard core marxist.
    "Fake news" has an actual meaning. It refers specifically to invented stories published to troll or make money. You might get upset by media reports that you don't like or assume to be biased, but that's another thing entirely. The rest of your word salad is as completely nuts as the president's 4AM tweets.
    "Fake news" is itself a propaganda term created by the Left to suppress dissent.  
    Complete nonsense. Fake news is a real thing -- flat-out bogus BS stories. It doesn't know parties. Stop trying to blame everything you dont like in life on imagined boogeymen.
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  • Mystery Apple 'wireless device' turns out to be door access system

    larrya said:
    I just want this building to get done so they can focus on building things I want to buy again.
    Nonsense statement. The two are unrelated -- Ive has entire teams building products, and they aren't working on the building. 

    Not thay it would help you either way. My current phone, tablet, notebook, apple tv, watch, and headphones are all the best iterations of these devices i've ever owned. I'd never want to go backwards in time to older devices. If you don't like them now I don't know that you ever would -- the problem may be between ears, not with Apple. 
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  • New Apple 9.7-inch iPad aimed squarely at iPad 2 owners looking to affordably upgrade

    frugality said:
    My 69-year-old mom is still happy with her 5-year-old iPad 2.  It's still fast enough for what she does, and with old eyes, the non-retina screen is fine, battery still going strong.  The only problem is that Apple isn't supporting it software-wise anymore.  They could.  But that doesn't make money.  Make it obsolete, it makes money.  The only feature a new iPad has that she would find to be a benefit is TouchID.  She's still entering a 4-number screen unlock.
    Just stop. Apple devices have the longest support and useful lifespans in the business. Flagship Android devices are killed after 18 months. I doubt you can even find any other brand's 5 year old tablets. 
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