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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.
  • 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 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.
  • Intel allegedly outsourcing some 14nm orders to TSMC as Mac chip maker struggles with die ...

    The once mighty Intel. Who would have thought it would end like this. There's a great documentary on Prime about the beginnings of Silicon Valley and William Shockley, the inventor of the transistor. He founded Shockley Semiconductor which spawned Fairchild Semiconductor, which spawned Intel, founded by Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce. Moore and Noyce were recruited by Shockley when he started Shockley Semiconductor. A group of engineers that included Moore and Noyce left Shockley and started Fairchild Semiconductors. Later Moore and Noyce left Fairchild to start Intel. 
  • 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?  
  • Apple employees threaten to quit as company takes hard line stance on remote work

    This is all caused a by a small number of malcontents and picked up by tech blogs to stir the pot.


    "Apple employees threaten to quit”

    Last sentence in the article:

    "About 10 people plan to resign or know others who will resign due to the hybrid policy, the report said. 

    See what I mean. Squeaky wheels getting all the attention. And I’ll bet these employees are low level types, of little importance to the operation of the company, and easily replaced by those who want to work. 

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  • New York's updated Excelsior vaccine passport drops Apple Wallet support

    How are people just blindly accepting these vaccine passports? How is it that so few even question something that is so obviously absurd? The fact that they don't accommodate for natural immunity, which is *superior* to the vaccine 'immunity,' should be a clear indication that we're being manipulated. Not to mention the fact that they make no sense, since people 'vaccinated' with these gene modifying agents can still catch and spread covid. It's shocking how many people are accepting these 'passports' as somehow justifiable.
    Because society has to protect the public from the lies, misinformation, disinformation, and anti-science conspiracy theories from people like, well, YOU. 

    And you’ll be very interested when vaccine mandates are finally implemented. The Supreme Court, in a 1905 case regarding mandatory vaccination during a small pox epidemic,  ruled 7-2 that the government does have the right to mandate vaccinations when the public health is endangered. The precedent is already established, ready to go.