Mike Wuerthele


Mike Wuerthele
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  • Lawsuit blames Apple's 'less safe' FaceTime implementation for fatal traffic accident

    Apple doesn't hold the patent for an in-dash cutoff of FaceTime.

    They do hold it for a handheld implementation, which is what the crux of the suit is about. Apple has the patent, they haven't used it in a fashion that would have prevented the crash.
  • How to secure AirDrop on your iPhone to prevent unwanted photos on the subway

    plovell said:
    In my experience, even if it's set to "Everyone", you're prompted "Accept" or "Decline" when someone tries to send. Photos and files don't just appear - you have to accept them.
    Yes, but you still get a thumbnail of the offending picture. You get to see it, whether or not you like it.
  • Text of FCC 'Proposal to Restore Internet Freedom' released, eradicates net neutrality rul...

    Good. Let competition for customers determine what is acceptable, instead of biased or self-interested rules pushed by Washington.
    FTA: "Pai's order relies on consumers being able to shift providers should they find conduct, promises made or broken, or pricing by the ISP intolerable. The vast majority of the U.S., especially those outside of major metropolitan areas, have one broadband provider -- or have to rely on one wireless carrier for service."

    15 miles to the south of this chair, there is one broadband choice. And, if you live more than 5 miles from 95 in that same area, you have one wireless choice.

    Also, I'm a little unclear on "let all the data through, regardless of who it's from" is bias or self-interest from Washington.
    I'm glad you focused on this part.  I was going to ask specifically about the sentence you quoted:  "The vast majority of the U.S., especially those outside of major metropolitan areas, have one broadband provider -- or have to rely on one wireless carrier for service."  Is this from the proposal or, I expect, from AI?  I believe is inaccurate or grossly misleading.  Does "the vast majority" refer to individuals (as "those" would suggest) or raw geographic square miles?  Given that a substantial portion of the population live in urban and suburban areas, I doubt a "vast majority" of Americans have no options,
    I'm glad you asked! The data comes from the FCC itself. Given the FCC's definition of broadband as 25/3 (three!) until it ultimately gets downgraded, the vast majority of Americans by "census blocks" have no choices. Census block with insignificant populations were excluded, so by area, the number could be loads worse. Also, not every "census block" has every house covered with the speeds mentioned.

    Study was published in 2016. There is no new study, but I'm expecting one next year at some point.

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  • Insufficient Samsung security forces UK military communications project to switch to modif...

    saltyzip said:
    Anothe click bait article. I would say this is total surprise if true. I worked alongside the team developing  dual persona on Android for the mod, but not with supplier BT. This just wasn't feasible on iOS at the time due to Apple controlling all the gates and keys. If an mod phone talked to Apple servers it's not secure, so if BT has implemented such a solution without apples involvement it will be dead on arrival.

    Sounds like BT doesn't have the skills to create a secure phone.

    Perhaps the techrepublic article is fake news, no other press release from BT on this.

    Why would BT give this exclusive story to techrepublic?  If it was true it would be in the UK publications, anyone found another source?
    The "dual persona" technology with iOS exists within the US DOD, and it has for four years at least. I've seen and used it.
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  • HomePod's silicone bottom is causing rings on some finished wood surfaces [u]

    foggyhill said:

    Oiled wood? Like wood with no other scellant than oil? That's not a surface I have a lot around here. All my woods have a varnish, laquer or paint on them.
    Obviously, something in oil (or whatever other product in that) leaching something out of silicon.

    From a chemistry standpoint, the fact that the ring fades at least some with time doesn't suggest a leaching, but probably an oxidation/reduction-type reaction.

    We're still looking into it. 
  • Battery tech suitable for future iPhone promises 3x the power density, full charge in minu...

  • Intel claims CPU security flaw not unique to its chips, implies ARM and AMD chips could be...

    ivanh said:
    It’s nothing new or a secret. It was there since 8086 and 8088 in the kernel. It was used by many governments on 80386 and onwards and as a back-door for decades. Fix it? No way.
    Considering the flaw was introduced with 64-bit CPUs in 2003 or so, I suspect you may be thinking of something else.
  • Video: Putting the iMac Pro thermals to the test

    softeky said:
    Over the years I've taken apart iMacs and laptops to repair them at board-level. One of the consistent construction issues is the use of thermal paste between the CPUs and the heat sync. In all cases grey thermal paste has been over applied and caked in a thick blanket between the CPUs and the metal heat sync. Furthermore, the thick application of thermal paste creates a blanket around the sides of the CPUs and keeps the heat in rather than allows it to escape the CPUs.

    Is it possible that the fan ramping effectiveness is monitored under load and the fan ramping is not as effective as it was intended, being bypassed using more effective cooling noticed by clocking down the CPUs by monitoring software in real time?

    Physically checking the thermal paste (and reapplying properly) might give you different results and something interesting to report to Apple's assembly team. Additionally the fan blade shaping spreads their sound over many frequencies and makes them very quiet though no less effective as they speed up (more of a hiss than a hum when they crank up).

    I'd really love to hear if the thermal paste is finally being applied properly.
    Over the last few years, in my experience, they're using either something very precise to dollop the paste on, or a consistent pad of compound. 

    I haven't seen an over-application in a long time.
  • NYT reporter uses megaphone to decry 'slow death' of 5-year-old iPad mini running iOS 9, a...

    randyl said:
    I think the NYT article is fair.  I have no issue with older hardware becoming laggy.  The issue for me is that many app developers certify their apps to work with the most recent or two major iOS versions (e.g. 10.x and 11.x).  I have purchased new iPads and generally use my older ones to browse the web or for basic functions (control Sonos in the kitchen, control insteon lights in the basement, etc...).  I wiped my older iPad and now I can't even download the last version of the apps that worked with 9.x.  I understand that app developers are adding new functionality to each release, and that in some cases cloud components might not be compatible with older versions of apps, but Apple could at least let me download the latest compatible version of an app so I have the opportunity to use it if it still works for basic functionality.

    The App Store does allow you to install the last version that works on the installed operating system. I mentioned this in the article.

    Regarding the NYT article -- it is his opinion. Mine differs. We are using our platforms to say so.
  • How to fix problems with iOS 11 on your iPhone or iPad

    supersalo said:
    Please stop spreading the FUD about Background App Refresh. iOS does a very good job of deferring background requests until the radios are already on (ie, the user has woken up the phone and is connected to the internet). 

    You're right - iOS does a pretty good job of deferring background requests, but that is not the point of the tip. The wi-fi radio consumes more power actively moving data than it does idle. Apps like FaceBook not only will keep the modem chip on full-bore while it is getting the background data, but consume as much power as it possibly can while doing so.

    And, it will do so after you've locked the phone for a time, consuming the battery unnecessarily if FaceBook isn't the reason you use the phone.

    Plus, like I said in the article, either iOS 11 turned them all back on, or the updates to the app itself did in defiance of previous settings.