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  • Robbers smash into Apple's flagship UK store in lightning raid

    Soli said:
    I wonder why the Brits refer to scooters as mopeds?  American readers think of mopeds as underpowered 49cc motorcycles that can also be pedaled (and haven't had any real presence on our roads since the 80's).  The vehicles used in these raids are the size and weight of "real" motorcycles.  I expect a traditional moped would have a hard time breaking through a glass wall.
    I've always seen them as mostly synonymous term, but if one sounded less powerful than another I'd say that's scooter, which is a horrible nickname for some people and a term used to move a very short distance. Scooters don't even have to be motorized, but a moped, on the other hand, mentions a motor and  a pedal in its name.

    Agreed about "scooter" being a silly name for "a motorcycle with a pass-through frame and an automatic transmission."






  • Apple Card is here, find out all you need to know

    rob53 said:
    I'm still getting one and will get rid of my extra cards I've kept to keep my credit card history higher.
    You probably know this, but don’t cancel your oldest card. One of the factors that goes into your credit rating is the length of time you’ve had you’ve earliest line of credit. To max out the points the age has be something like an absurdly long thirty years.
  • Apple quietly bought $17B more after record high $24B Q2 stock repurchase [u]

    dysamoria said:
    They should buy it all back and delist. Getting off the gambler’s market would result in far more stability.
    Apple doesn’t have the trillion dollars that would require. As it bought up its stock, the value of the remaining shares would go up, so the actual cost of taking AAPL private would be higher than its current market cap. 
    Sorry if someone else already answered this on page 2, but it's a common misconception that a company can take itself private.  It cannot.  When a company is taken private is because some set of investors (perhaps the executives of the company) buys up all the available shares.  So, theoretically someone (or a consortium of people) with a trillion dollars (or the resources to borrow that sum, give or take a few hundred billion) could take Apple private, but Apple can't buy it's last share and own itself.
  • Guns N' Roses' singer Axl Rose compares Apple CEO Tim Cook to Donald Trump

    Obscure impulsive insulting tweets?  Yeah, someone is trying to be the Trump of the music industry.
  • Apple's Dan Riccio responds to bent iPad Pro reports, says device 'meets or exceeds' produ...

    Here's a useful exercise.  Grab a piece of paper and a ruler.  Draw a 10-inch line using the ruler.  Now at the mid-point of the line, mark a point half a millimeter to the left or right of the line.  Now make a triangle out of this by connecting the two ends of the original line to the new dot.  Even if you used a fine point mechanical pencil (.5mm or .3mm), to draw these lines, there is no "daylight" inside this triangle.  Now hold the paper up to your eye, looking down the line.  You will see the "bend" even though for all intents and purposes, there is no bend.  If someone gets an iPad with this level of "bend" and wants to return it, that says more about them than Apple.

    And if they have more of a bend then that, then Apple considers that defective.  There is no story here.
  • Apple sued for $15,000 over injuries sustained in Apple Store evacuation drill

    Hey, if you get trampled in an Apple Store, it's not unreasonable that you sure Apple for damages. This hardly seems different from the fact that you can sue me if you hurt yourself if you trip over an uneven paving stone walking up to my front door. This is just how common law torts work.

     What I find interesting is Apple is everywhere in this legal filing referred to as "Apple Computer Inc. [doing business as] Apple, Inc." This suggests that when Apple changed it's name from Apple Computer to Apple Inc., they didn't really. They just file some d/b/a/ paperwork somewhere, but their incorporation papers still have the original name. Just an interesting tidbit, of no practical significance.
  • Source code for iOS 9's 'iBoot' component reportedly leaks online

    Things like this really piss me off. I hope someone ends up in jail and bankrupt.
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  • Florida police attempt to use dead man's finger to unlock his smartphone

    eightzero said:
    focher said:
    There no legal question here. The right to privacy has been clearly established as ending at death.

    Have a citation for that, please? TIA.
    Here's a citation for exactly the opposite conclusion, coming from the Florida Supreme Court last year.


  • 'Apple Watch Series 3' rumored to boast all-new form factor [u]

    dougd said:
    Daily charging makes this product something I'd never want. Certainly don't need it with an iPhone in my pocket.

    Speaking as someone who wore a watch 23.8 hours a day before the Apple Watch, putting the watch on the nightstand while sleeping is no big deal.
  • Apple's powerful new Mac mini perfectly suits the 'Pro' market, yet the complaints have al...

    Where do you get off saying we can't complain?  That's a horrific, narrow attitude. I think the mini will be good for some people, but I take exception to two issues - 1) It's too expensive for the base model.  This is supposed to be the entry level computer that wins over your standard Windows goon. Except now its approaching twice the price of the original mini.  I'm betting it has an impressive profit-margin for the company though. 2) Lack of a discreet GPU option yet again.  But the ability to add an eGPU partially offsets that, I suppose.  Still, should have it as an option.  I honestly feel that they set their price points to keep demand down.  Otherwise I was wanting to order one yesterday, but I decided not to. (because of the price mainly.)
    Nope.  Apple doesn't pitch this as an entry level computer.  Here's the first full paragraph on the Mac mini page:  "In addition to being a great desktop computer, Mac mini powers everything from home automation to giant render farms. And now with eighth-generation Intel quad-core and 6-core processors and Intel UHD Graphics 630, Mac mini has even more compute power for industrial-grade tasks. So whether you’re running a live concert sound engine or testing your latest iOS app, Mac mini is the shortest distance between a great idea and a great result."

    Nothing on the page suggests a "getting started on Mac" use case.  The "switcher" use case was over a decade ago.  This is not your father's Mac mini.