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.
  • Flaws in Apple's iMac Pro VESA mount fueling new episode of repair anxiety [u]

    tmay said:
    These are absolutely not zinc screws.

    They are either alloy steel, with zinc plating or a black oxide coating, or they are stainless steel. If they are magnetic, then they almost certainly alloy steel.

    Personally, I would purchase my own screws; why take a chance?


    Get either a Torx grade 8 or a Torx 18-8 stainless steel, and don't use any thread locker, unless you have a speaker, or woofer adjacent to the computer. Even then, I would avoid it. If you aren't going to use a thread locker, put a little oil, grease, or even better, anti-sieze compound, on the screw threads; to prevent metal galling;


    Finally, I would hope that the material is at least a 6061-t6 grade of aluminum, rather than a die cast aluminum or zinc alloy.

    Our kit is non-magnetic. A previous post in this thread has magnetic ones. We've updated accordingly.

    Regardless of the material detail, the overall point about the screws and the destruction of the iMac Pro by the Apple Store still applies -- and there are other issues, not the least of which is what we talked about in the last six paragraphs.
  • 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's first 10nm 'Cannon Lake' processor with 32GB LPDDR4 RAM support ships

    volcan said:
    I wonder what is preventing the current MacBooks from using 32 GB of RAM. My iMac 5K has 32. So does my older cheese grater MacPro.
    The LPDDR3 spec is limited in itself to 16GB. Current Intel chips (minus this one) don't support LPDDR4.

    The iMac 5K is DDR4. The 5,1 is ECC DDR3. Even though the letters "DDR" are in there, LPDDR3 and LPDDR4 have almost nothing in common with DDR3 and DDR4 RAM.
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  • Samsung owes Apple $539M for infringing on iPhone patents, jury finds


    This was a trial from 2012, covering only Samsung handset models sold in the United States up to that point.  While Samsung may have quickly changed the snap-back behavior and swipe-to-unlock to avoid infringing in future models, it doesn’t appear they changed, or even could have changed, their phones’ overall designs to avoid continuing to infringe the design patents that made up the vast majority of the damages in this case.  And so it’s possible Apple could seek to add later models to this verdict, which would then potentially amount to a multiple of the current damages awards given the way the overall smartphone market, and Samsung’s unit volumes, expanded in the years since 2012.  Food for thought. 
    They could, but Apple and Samsung came to some kind of agreement a few years ago to prevent escalation like you're talking about, as a result of: