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  • Apple may not use mechanical switches in a future MacBook keyboard at all

    elfig2012 said:
    A fine example off how crazy and complex the Ict world is!
    seems to me that HP and other PC giants don’t have these keyboard issues....
    Oh yes they do. Take a look at any PC manufacturer’s support forums. As for the switchless keyboards those have been around for decades on musical keyboards with velocity sensitive MIDI keys. The pipe organ industry (which I am involved with) switched to contactless keyboards years ago, using light or magnetism (LDRs or MOSFETs) to turn a transistor on or off and thereby act as the switch. These keyboards are designed to last for decades without maintenance.
  • Apple Watch Series 4 EKG tech got FDA clearance less than 24 hours before reveal

    As coincidence would have it I had an appointment with my cardiologist yesterday. I breached the subject of the Apple Watch and he was well aware of it. He told me the medical community is very interested in this development but that they want much more information on how it works, how accurate it is, etc. He also explained his take on the difference between FDA “clearance” and FDA “approval.” The operative word is treatment. If a device is going to be used to actually perform medical treatment, like say the insulin pumps some diabetics wear, that requires FDA approval. The portable EKG machine in his office does not perform medical treatment but is a diagnostic tool he uses and would only require FDA clearance that it works as designed.

    Meanwhile I have read a couple of articles from critics who worry that this technology will cause too many false positives, cause more people to go to the emergency room which could affect the availability of prompt medical care for those who really do have a problem. That kinda makes sense I guess.

    Then he proceeded to lecture me once more on losing weight and exercising more often. I’m trying, Doc, I’m trying, but that cheesecake is beckoning me.
  • Twitter lays off staff including whole ethics team, temporarily closes offices

    Madbum said:
    Don’t agree with Elon on everything but This is good.

    my Twitter account was banned by this so called ethics team for posting article suggesting natural immunity from Covid infection maybe more powerful than these 500 shots and boosters ….

    article was done  by a Stanford doctor who happens to disagree with the current government! And they ban me?

    have not gone back to Twitter since and now it does seem like people who had natural immunity from Covid are not getting as many second infections as people who are boosting every time …

    I digress..
    Well, that’s the thing about science and scientific peer review. One doctor’s opinion is not enough unless his peers review his work and agree. And Twitter was right in banning you for spreading disinformation about the virus. And now you are continuing to spread more disinformation about so-called natural immunity. You can cite as many unscientific studies and anecdotal reports as you want but it doesn’t change the science. All it does is place the people who listen to it at more risk.
  • U.S. Senate, Google ban Zoom days after its launch of 'security council'

    Funny how corporations react when they get caught at something, including Apple. It’s always explained as trying to do right by their customers. When my youngest son was working on his MBA at the Washington University Olin School of Business in St. Louis he told me about a class he was taking on just how to respond when you get caught with your pants down around your ankles. The professor set up various situations and asked the students to respond. My son said the majority of the class always seemed to prefer the cover-up route, obfuscation, and denial. Many of these students were already in positions of management at their respective companies. My son said the professor was aghast at some of the solutions. Honesty and straightforwardness was what he wanted to hear but didn’t. 
  • It is past time for Bloomberg to retract or unequivocally prove the iCloud spy chip story

    Alex Lindsay, PixelCorp founder, formerly with LucasFilm and long time co-host of MacBreak weekly, owns one of these servers that was purchased in the exact time frame described by the Bloomberg article. According to his Twitter page he has had engineers examining the server for any signs of the chip allegedly installed by Chinese military personnel. Nothing found yet and precisely no one else has found said chips either, anywhere. No reports at all, from anybody.
  • Apple Arcade gains $49.99 annual subscription option

    Off topic but I purchased a one year subscription to Apple TV+ for $49.99 because I was not intending to buy a qualifying Apple product in the immediate future. Then my wife up and buys me a new iPad7 128GB for Christmas. I started getting the “one year free” notifications. What would happen if I set it up already having a paid subscription? Turns out it automagically extended my subscription by another year so we’re good until Dec 2021. Very nice.
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  • Apple's Mac Studio launches with new M1 Ultra chip in a compact package

    Okay, so there were two statements made that sealed the fate of the larger iMac. The first was that the Mac Studio and Studio display were the perfect for 27” iMac users. The second statement was at the very end when he said there was only one Mac left to transition, the Mac Pro.

    So, there will be no iMac Pro, no iMac with a larger screen. The 24” iMac is it. The Mac Studio is the future and I’m okay with that.

  • Apple nailed the transition to M1 Apple Silicon. Why are so many Mac developers blowing it...

    QuickBooks is mentioned as not being M1 ready. So many still think QuickBooks and Quicken are owned by the same company, Intuit. Intuit sold off Quicken to a private equity group several years ago. Quicken's new owners have taken the ball and run with it. The Mac version is vastly improved and is fully M1 compatible as of a couple of updates ago. 

    Meanwhile Intuit, who never gave a crap about Macs and who even decided to cease development of Quicken for Mac when their then CEO (Bill Campbell) sat on Apple’s board. Jobs had to use his powers of persuasion to stop it. That Intuit is now dragging its feet on making QuickBooks M1 compatible should come as no surprise to Mac users.
  • Remembering Steve Jobs on his 68th birthday

    Jobs once said his adoptive father, Paul Jobs, instilled in him the importance of quality in everything one does. He told his son that whatever was made should not only be of high quality on the outside but on the inside as well, even though no one would see it. That's why the inside of Apple computers were as beautiful as the outside. The logic board, cabling, screws, layout, etc, had to be well designed and look good. 
  • White House urges TSMC, Intel to grow US-based chip production

    We (Americans) sold our souls to China decades ago. China now has the technology edge. They can manufacture electronic gadgets by the billions. They have the technology and they have the workforce and they have the experience. It took a pandemic for some of us to realize ALL of our drugs, ALL our PPE, most healthcare hardware, comes from China because they can build it faster and cheaper. Search Amazon for  non-essential surgical masks, hand sanitizer, etc. It’s ALL from China, not a single U.S. manufacturer to be found. Wow, Apple, GM, started making  PPE shit. What happens when the crisis is abated? What happens to all those ventilators being cobbled together? Will they be stored in a gigantic Raiders of the Lost Ark warehouse somewhere in New Mexico?

    The U.S. Treasury is borrowing $3 Trillion to cover the various stimulus legislation. How does the Treasury borrow money? They sell U.S. Treasury notes, that’s how. Any guesses as to who has been buying most of those treasury notes the past few decades? Come on now, you should know this. It’s CHINA of course. China owns big chunk of our debt these days, second only to Japan as of 2019.  The U.K. owns a lot of it too. And a lot of Arab sheiks own a bunch. When will we be labeled as a credit risk?