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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  • How HomePod leverages Apple's silicon expertise to deliver advanced audio performance

    tmay said:
    irnchriz said:
    Pitty its not SiliconE expertise, there wouldn't be rings left on tables.  Teehee 
    I have a (new) theory on that.

    Small amounts of Platinum are used as a catalyst for curing silicone. Might Silicone oil on table surface be curing from contact with Platinum in/on the surface of the HomePod base?

    I'm an engineer, not a chemist, so I'd appreciate someone's thought's on this with more chemistry knowledge than I.
    Fortunately, I am a chemist, and no, as it can fade in a short period of time, if not just hours. 

    Given Occam's Razor, the simpler explanation is the silicone oil on the base of the HomePod is reacting with some treatment oils without silicone in it that has been applied to the wood surfaces.
  • Google ships first beta of Flutter framework for developing both iOS and Android apps

    Is that even allowed, for iOS? I thought one needs to develop with Xcode/Swift for iOS - no porting. I must be missing something.

    You still have to use Xcode. Flutter generates Xcode-compatible code.
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  • Apple debuts macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 with Business Chat and eGPU support

    Upgradable graphics for Macs is exciting, but won't we need cards that are Mac compatible? Surely the eGPU doesn't magically make a card work with MacOS. I'm skeptical there will suddenly be MacOS support in graphics cards on account of this new eGPU capability.
    Nearly everything recent for AMD works fine in an eGPU plug and play. Everything from the last four years for Nvidia works with assorted hacks from the eGPU community. Nothing requires a flashed card.

    At present, I am using a stock Vega 56 on a 4K Acer display to type this at you. I have used a RX580 and a Vega 64 as well -- all stock. We'll monkey with the full release, and talk to some people we know about it in the next few days.
  • 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.