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  • Tom Hanks disappointed with Apple TV+ 'Greyhound' release

    mtriviso said:
    Sigh. Just open the movie theaters. There's nothing like watching a movie in a massive IMAX 3D theater. If people are frightened they might get the rona, then just stay at home. Please, just let the rest of us who are unafraid enjoy what our acting troupes have to offer in the milieu to which we have become accustomed. 
    Frightened? Maybe informed. My grandparents and parents were WWI and WWII generations. And I'm a boomer pre-vaccine and pre-antibiotics. We know disease and pandemics first hand. 

    In reviewing census data for genealogy I would run across families asked how many children did you have? 14. How many still living? 4. My grandparents lost young siblings  and cousins to disease. STDs were a big problem among girls and guys in uniform stateside during WWII -- my mother's job was to help treat them. So was TB -- sanitariums built across the nation to confine them. Nobody thought it was bravery to not care if you came down with these diseases. Certainly, there was sympathy sometimes, but getting sick and not pulling your weight was morally reprehensible. 

    Being brave by ignoring a disease. My father's WWII diary mentions some other GI's getting sick -- great way to stay behind for some R&R while others did the fighting for you. Malingering was a problem and pissed off others pulling their weight. 

    And I had the pleasure of contracting polio during the 50's epidemic. It was no fun. 

    So, coming down with Covid-19 when you are fortunate enough to be able to take precautions is really morally reprehensible -- not willing to pull your weight. 
  • Apple's 'Fortnite' takedown will cause incalculable harm to users, says Epic

    No amount of harm can ever come from not being able to play a video game.

    Get at JOB!

  • Spotify drops Web streaming for users of Apple's Safari browser

    What happens if you set Safari's User Agent (in the Develop menu) to one of the compatible browsers?
  • Developers sue Apple over $99 annual fee, mandatory pricing increments of $0.99

    If you can't afford $99 developer fee, you're not in the business of making a profit. At best, you have a hobby not a profession.
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  • Apple says clean Apple Card with a microfiber cloth, avoid contact with leather and denim

    I see another consumer product from Apple -- Apple Wallet wallet -- for only $169.95
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  • Google details five patched iMessage security bugs, one remains unpatched

    dysamoria said:
    auxio said:
    cornchip said:
    I'm not that knowledgeable in OS code engineering, but I understand it at a basic level so I get that it's possible, yet on another level, I don't get why this kind of stuff should be allowed to happen. Seems like anything out of the ordinary should just automatically be shut down. Which I guess the OS architects have made every attempt to ensure, and is what the hackers are constantly attempting to circumvent. So I guess this stuff will just always happen. At least in my lifetime.
    The tricky part with iMessage is that they need to allow all sorts of things to be put into messages: text, emoji, images, videos, etc.  Which allows for many different avenues of attack using things which look like legitimate messages, but are really executable code in disguise.
    But why are our CPUs executing that errant code? A CPU has no mechanism to separate executable code that was initiated with intent from that which was passed through an overflow, etc?
    There is no difference between executable code and data -- that is the nature of Von Neumann machines. Executable code is just data ... until something called an interpreter (for that data) looks at the data and treats it as commands to execute. Everything above the hardware level is just a sequence of 0's and 1's. Every interpreter will try to make sense of that sequence in its own way. Maybe that sequence represents a book, but it isn't unless the book interpreter is told to interpret it, and then that "book" is really executable code which the book interpreter "executes" to render on your device. 

    Of course, the interpreter is just data until another interpreter is told to interpret that data as a sequence of commands to execute. The CPU is just another interpreter, and because most CPU's are actually micro-coded, there is another interpreter within the CPU which executes the micro-code data and treat that data as commands. Things finally do happen because this recursion does terminate (it's not an infinite regress), but the number of levels of interpretation is quite large. 

    It's all illusion. 
  • How WeChat's ascent suggests the iPhone may never again dominate in China

    lkrupp said:
    So for Apple to succeed it must let go of all of its security and privacy? Is that what the author is saying? The author seems to imply that unless Apple does this it is doomed. I guess that’s okay in a totalitarian dictatorship but what about democracies burdened with human rights and privacy protections?

    Anyone who thinks ANY Chinese company is not monitored and controlled by the government is simply delusional.

    One good thing that has come out of the pandemic so far is that people are realizing that almost all PPE is produced in China. The U.S. makes almost none of it, from masks, to ventilators, to hand sanitizer. Oh, and almost ALL generic drugs are manufactured in China too. That blood pressure or diabetes medication you take... made in and shipped from China. Because of cheap labor don’t you know. We now know that we in the U.S. are basically at China’s mercy economically. Maybe, just maybe, this crisis will open some eyes but I doubt it. Price trumps everything, just like the trolls who scream about Apple’s products being overpriced.

    And as for the author’s claim that Google’s services are banned in China, I dispute that. As I recall Google made the decision to exit China because it would not acquiesce to the communist dictatorship’s demands.
    First, most drugs, the common critical drugs on every ER cart are made in China OR India. 

    But, not cheap labor but a lot of labor -- skilled labor. The number of people with a necessary skill in China would fill several football stadiums -- in the US, we might be able to fill the orchestra seats in a theater. 
  • iPhone 11 Pro found to collect location data against user settings

    This is an issue? Seems like Apple’s privacy statement is perfectly compatible with what is claimed Apple is doing.

    Secondly, your location is ALWAYS known. You’re only protection for location privacy is to turn off all your devices and never use them. Otherwise, your devices are always, periodically, sending and receiving signals — wifi, gps, cellular, Bluetooth, and general EMR — so, any sensor tuned to picking up radio signals will be able to detect your presence, and since these sensors presumably know where THEY are, will know where you are, after a little triangulation. 

    A recent example is illustrative. Our transportation Dept wanted to understand traffic patterns on major thoroughfares. They installed Bluetooth sensors along the roadways. As cars passed these sensors, they read the Bluetooth pings, which sends the device’s Bluetooth ID. Using this information collected they were able to detect the routes taken — on ramps, off ramps, travel time between points. Now, this analysis was useful only in the aggregate for transportation planning, but if someone could map the Bluetooth ID to your particular device, they could report much about your activities on any given day. 
  • Apple's first AI research paper wins prestigious machine learning award

    mobius said:
    Sorry to be dumb, but why is it not far quicker and simpler to manually label the real images, rather than jump through all those hoops to refine a synthetic image with a real image in order to include its label/annotation? Is it to due to the vast number of images in the data set?
    Yes, performance of such learning algorithms improves (drastically) with the amount of training data. Human annotation is costly and less reliable (but can be done for real images). So combining the two is the obvious way to go. This approach is pretty standard in ML for language understanding.
    I think a key piece in this paper is that real images have too much noise to be the source for training. Synthetic images allow for control of the images themselves and therefore have control of the features of the neuro-network which are being developed. And synthetic images prevent the neuro-network from learning stuff that ain't true, and then having to be further trained to forget the ain't-true stuff, which would be the result of being trained on real images.

    In the real world of teaching and learning, good teaching means scaffolding the lessons so the foundations are built before a real problem is thrown at the students. The Siri group seems to be modeling teaching of neuro-networks on brain research and good teaching methods. 

    BTW, my reading suggests that Siri is no longer just the voice recognition application that Apple delivers, but has evolved into the name of their AI group.  Also note that the training paper is about image recognition with the focus on eye recognition, and hand recognition. The eye recognition is asking the system where the eye focus is, and the hand recognition is asking the system to recognize hand gestures. You can guess where all this AI is leading. 
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  • Apple could use Foxconn to assemble an 'Apple Car'

    dewme said:
    emcnair said:
    Apple has $193.82 billion in cash. If they are serious about building a car, then they should just buy an existing automobile manufacturer. For example, Mazda is currently worth 5.44 billion.
    I think Mazda is already outsourcing a lot of its own manufacturing but I suppose it would give them some relationships already in place. 

    I’d love to see Apple do the assembly in Wisconsin at the site that was set aside for the Foxconn fiasco. Something good could actually come from the political theater that took place there. The people of Wisconsin and the US deserve better than what they’ve been dealt. 
    The Foxconn Wisconsin site was not designed for the manufacture of cars -- the promise was screens. 

    Janesville Wisconsin was the site of a GM plant. Closed of course. Is there still a source of labor and skill from there?  But, there is no mass transit to bring the labor to the Foxconn site. True to form, Republican Governor Walker way back when, made sure to kill a train line, part of Obama's economic recovery proposals that might have been useful for this purpose.