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  • Comparison: Which Apple MacBook is right for you?

    scottw2 said:
    I'm a developer. I want a machine with:

    1. Quad core i7 for fast code compilation
    2. Tons of (preferably upgradable) memory to run all these virtual machines for test
    3. SSD storage (512GB) that I can upgrade myself or at least have reasonable OEM prices
    4. A decent keyboard to type all day long
    5. USB-A ports to connect to virtually every type of devices out there, including iDevices
    6. HDMI port to connect to projectors and TVs in meeting rooms
    7. SD card slot to import photos from my camera to Lightroom when I go on vacation.

    I don't mind a little of thickness. The touch bar doesn't impress me. For the $500 difference, I could have bought a 9.7" touchscreen also known as iPad.

    Sadly, Apple does not make one.

    I'm a developer too. Full-time enterprise work.

    - I want lots of RAM* which I will max out on Day 1 and never worry about again

    - I want SSD storage that I'll never upgrade myself

    - I don't need USBA since I work via wifi, git repositories, etc. In the rare event I need somebody else's drive I have no problem using a small, simple adapter 

    - I have never, ever used a SD slot, probably because consumer cameras aren't part of my work. My prosumer gear uses CF, and even that I use on my desktop and not my portable.

    - I loathe thickness and want it as thin and light as possible. 

    Happily, Apple makes great options of me.


    * I currently work on a 2014 rMBP and 2011 iMac, maxed out. They work pretty well for me and run VMs, IDEs, etc, so I can't see how the latest MBP could struggle for dev work. In fact this guy's real-world testing put that nonsense to rest:

    https://www.zdziarski.com/blog/?p=6355

    Here’s a list of everything I ran at once:

    • VMwarei Fusion: Two running virtual machines (Windows 10, macOS Sierra)
    • Adobe Photoshop CC: Four 1+gb 36 MP professional, multi-layer photos
    • Adobe InDesign CC: A 22 page photography-intensive project
    • Xcode: Four production Objective-C projects, all cleaned and rebuilt
    • Microsoft PowerPoint: A slide deck presentation
    • Microsoft Word: A 20+ page document with graphics
    • MachOView: Analyzing a daemon binary
    • Mozilla FireFox: Viewing a website
    • Safari: viewing a different website
    • Preview: Three PDF books
    • Hopper Disassembler: Performing an analysis on a binary
    • WireShark: Performing a live network capture as I do all of this
    • IDA Pro 64-bit: Analyzing a 64-bit intel binary
    • Apple Mail: Viewing four mailboxes
    • Tweetbot: Reading all the flames and trolls in my mentions
    • iBooks: Currently viewing an ebook I paid for
    • Skype: Logged in and idling
    • Terminal: A few sessions idling
    • iTunes
    • Little Flocker
    • Little Snitch
    • OverSight
    • Finder
    • Messages
    • Veracrypt
    • Activity Monitor
    • Path Finder
    • Console
    • Probably a lot I’ve missed

    The result? I ran out of things to do before I ever ran out of RAM. I only ever made it to 14.5GB before the system decided to start paging out, so I didn’t even have the change to burn up all that delicious RAM.

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  • Apple's Steve Jobs Theater boasts no support pillars, power routed through spacers between...

    Gruber was referring to the theater structure:

    “I arrived around 8:30 for the 10:00 event, and the theater’s pavilion-style lobby and surrounding outdoor patio were already jam-packed. It truly is a beautiful structure. But it wasn’t until later in the day, as I was leaving after a few product briefings, that I got to see what it looked like empty. It’s stunning. The roof is supported only by the glass walls. There are no support columns. It seems impossible, and the effect is amazing. (They run electricity to the roof through the narrow spacers between the window panes.)”

    I’m fairly sure he didn’t imply the main structure was this way. This was the photo linked in the above. The roof is carbon fiber as I recall which is a lighter material. The main HQ roof & solar panels are too heavy to be supported only by the windows.


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  • First look: Apple's bionic iPhone X with Face ID

    mr. h said:
    larryjw said:
    I attach zero importance to the 5W charger. That might be an issue for first time Apple buyers, but everyone else has a drawer filled with Apple chargers. Apple put a minimal charger in because they know anything more is unnecessary. 
    This makes no sense. Having a drawer full of Apple chargers doesn't make your new 5 W charger charge the iPhone X any faster.

    The point is, the iPhone X can be charged at a much faster rate than the included 5 W adaptor is capable of. For very little incremental cost (to Apple), Apple could include a more powerful charger. Given the high retail price of the iPhone X, I agree that it just seems mean-spirited of Apple to not include a more powerful adaptor.
    It’s not actually much faster. Gruber timed the 8 with the 29-watt charged compared to the iphone 7 without fast charging. At thirty minutes the fast charging was 54% charged while the iphone 7 had it at 43%. That’s nothing to get excited about. 

    https://daringfireball.net/2017/09/the_iphones_8
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  • Bill Gates cautions Apple and other tech companies about arrogance inviting government int...

    lkrupp said:
    I agree with Mr. Gates. The strident caterwauling about privacy and government snooping by anonymous commenters on websites like this one is hilarious. If the FBI showed up at your doorstep you’d piss your pants and cry like a baby. You most certainly would not meet them at the door with your gun. If you pull on the dragon’s tail once to often you’re going to get burned. It is entirely possible that democratic governments will legislate access to encrypted data at some point. Better to be calm and quiet about it while demanding your privacy than to start a confrontation. Face it, people no longer control their governments, democratic or otherwise.
    Sorry but that’s crazy. The US government works for its citizens, not the other way around. Our constitution merely recognizes our inalienable rights, it doesn’t bestow them upon us. 

    Privacy is a protected right that cannot be taken away just to make the jobs of government workers easier. 
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  • Apple invites press to Sept. 12 event at Apple Park's Steve Jobs Theater for 'iPhone 8'

    sog35 said:
    We seeing $170 stock price this year bitches (my apologies to female canines )


    Just as I predicted.
    Just stop. You don't predict anything that isn't well on it's way. And when you're flat-out wrong in your predictions, as you have been, you fail to do what you promised in return (self-ban). 

    You're no schwammy, you're not a master investor, and there's nothing remarkable about your observations. 
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  • First look: Hands-on with Apple's iPhone X

    tshapi said:
    schlack said:
    Interesting to see that Apple now has a phone lineup that spans from $350 to $1150, wow. That $1150 price point feels just absurd. Will be interesting to see how this sells. I guess I'll be holding on to my (perfectly awesome) iPhone 7 for at least another year or two.
    The sad part is believe it or not the iPhone X will probably be successful.  Take into account how many people here blindly decree "wallet open,take my money Apple" on simple rumors. 
    Yes, it is so sad when people find enough value in a thing to pay for that thing, and that thing becomes successful. It’s a shame really. 

    rolleyes
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  • The 2019 Mac Pro will be what Apple wants it to be, and it won't, and shouldn't, make ever...

    One of the things early Apple and Steve Jobs learned was that if you give people a system they can grow on, with and in, then people will find new ways of using it. – Ways that both will be beneficial to Apple and their customers. 

    The current Apple seem to have lost much of this early gained knowledge. It has in many ways become a non-learning organization.
    Far too many companies have faltered under the philosophy of design by committee. 
    Actually, Jobs hated expandabilty and slots and sought out to block them. Read it from the guys in the room. Here’s one of the Macintosh creators Andy Hertzfeld:

    Apple's other co-founder, Steve Jobs, didn't agree with Jef about many things, but they both felt the same way about hardware expandability: it was a bug instead of a feature. Steve was reportedly against having slots in the Apple II back in the days of yore, and felt even stronger about slots for the Mac. He decreed that the Macintosh would remain perpetually bereft of slots, enclosed in a tightly sealed case,”

    https://www.folklore.org/StoryView.py?project=Macintosh&story=Diagnostic_Port.txt

    So much for your theory. 

    And are are you actually claiming Apple is a design by committee company!? Good one. 
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  • New Orleans police officer accused of stealing AirPods from Apple store

    How much is a police officer's salary? Surely enough that $200 isn't significant. Definitely not worth risking your career over. Why do people do these things?
    Becasue they are stupid. The question is - why did the selection process not pick up on that?
    We have a severely undermanned police force in New Orleans, at least 500 below what is needed. The applicant pool is not great due to poor education system in a poverty stricken city with almost no middle class. 
    There is a reason for that. And knowing the issues that cops face in the US today, it is probably this: normal educated-with-high-moral-standards people do not want to go to the police, since today's view of the profession is mostly negative, thanks to the left-leaning MSM touting that. That means, that instead of that kind of candidates, you will be hiring from people with MUCH lower standards and with other motivations in joining the force. And the thing is - if that is the case, even increasing salaries 40-60% will not help to turn the situation around.
    Berkeley police (California) is going through this same situation of severe understaffing right now (a lot of cops left for other cities departments that are less fond of antifa)

    Actually it’s because our mayor instituted a hiring freeze several years ago when he should not have. But nice try pushing your agenda onto a place you literally know nothing about. 

    I wrote software for the NOPD for several years. 
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  • Apple planning to ditch Intel chips in Macs for its own custom silicon in 2020

    First detailed in December, Marzipan will blur the lines between the company's mobile and desktop product lines by allowing customers to run iOS apps on macOS.
    Sorry, but again, you have the Marzipan rumor wrong. AI really ran with the "iOS apps running on macOS" interpretation, but that was never spelled out and is very unlikely. Universal app development does not mean "iOS running on macOS". It will be little different than a universal app for iOS vs tvOS -- nobody claims you're running an iOS app on your Apple TV. They have shared libraries and frameworks but the app has a different target and is different. You will not be running a little iOS app window on your 27" iMac.

    The intent is much more likely to encourage quality apps for macOS by reducing the barrier to entry if you're already building an iOS target.

    DaringFireball's John Gruber corrected this rumor and it should be noted:

    Gurman probably didn’t write the headline, but it doesn’t even make sense. iOS has no concept of a mouse cursor and runs only on touchscreen devices. MacOS has no support for touchscreen devices and requires a mouse pointer. “One user experience” is neither possible nor desirable. The truth is that this effort by Apple is almost certainly not about cross-platform applications but instead cross-platform frameworks for developers. It’s developer news, not user news.

    https://daringfireball.net/2017/12/marzipan
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  • Ill-informed YouTuber bemoans Apple repair policies after breaking iMac Pro


    jwestveer said:
    You took your machine apart and broke it in the process?

    Awww, thats too bad.  Buy another one.  It is not the manufacture's problem.
    Real Pro users upgrade their machines.
    Absolutely false. DIY tinkerers and enthusiasts upgrade their machines. Enterprise money-makers replace them. You’re confusing yourself as a pro when you’re really a DIY enthusiast. Common mistake on these forums. 

    I’m an enterprise pro software dev, as an employee and contractor I’ve worked for many household name brands over decades. Never have any of these IT depts upgraded our machines. They have a useful lifespan and are replaced. That’s how business works. As a one-man shop or enthusiast you may do upgrades, but it’s atypical. 
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