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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:

    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.

  • iOS 12 'doubles down' on performance for iPhone and iPad

    wizard69 said:
    Wow, not much to get excited about here.
     lol, you guys are a riot -- first people complain that Apple needs to work on making its platform more stable, and then they complain it's not exciting enough.
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  • iOS 12 'doubles down' on performance for iPhone and iPad

    sergioz said:
    wizard69 said:
    Wow, not much to get excited about here.    Admittedly iBooks, if done right, could function much better on iPad where I like to use it.    Hopefully more info will follow but I jsut left feeling that they haven't revealed anything ground breaking here (not that that is a bad thing)
    You not the only one who feels that way. Apple stock is taking a small dip as we speak. 
    Apple stock takes a dip after every announcement, because Mr. Market has no idea what its doing.
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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. 
  • 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. 
  • Apple confirms iOS 12's 'USB Restricted Mode' will thwart police, criminal access [u]

    MplsP said:
    So if you play music though your Belkin adapter for an hour with the screen off, it stops suddenly forcing you to unlock your iPhone possibly while driving? That's not a good thing. This needs to be optional. Most of us don't really care if the police look at the crap on our iPhones.
    This will be annoying if CarPlay stops while you are driving. Hopefully there is a setting to disable it while using CarPlay. 
    I wish there was a way to allow legitimate law enforcement access while at the same time maintaining security. The San Bernardino shooting is a prime example - the police had a clear, legitimate and legal need to access the contents of the phone. Unfortunately, back doors and other techniques have virtually universally been hacked and abused, as others have pointed out. Even GrayShift made no attempt to ensure that their device would be limited to legitimate uses. 
    Wait, what was the legitimate need to open the San Bernardino shooters’ phones? By all accounts it was a work place shooting, and the shooters were dead. There was no pressing need, and the investigators knew it. They just wanted to use fear tactics with some of the public to coerce Apple. You fell for it. 
  • 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,”

    So much for your theory. 

    And are are you actually claiming Apple is a design by committee company!? Good one. 
  • Apple confirms iOS 12's 'USB Restricted Mode' will thwart police, criminal access [u]

    So if you play music though your Belkin adapter for an hour with the screen off, it stops suddenly forcing you to unlock your iPhone possibly while driving? That's not a good thing. 
    Believe it or not Apple has been solving usability challenges for decades and knows what it’s doing. I doubt very much that your scenario is reality. 
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  • Can Apple's HomePod take on a surround sound theater system?

    why test using a web clip streamed from your phone, instead of renting a move from itunes and playing it back natively on the Apple TV? that seems like a far more typical use case. 
  • Apple, Oprah Winfrey sign multi-year deal for TV programming

    This whole content thing from Apple is weird. Weird in that they’ve never formally announced anything. They just start hire media/entertainment people and green light shows. But no one knows exactly what for. This Oprah press release was only a few sentences long. According to Recode Apple hasn’t even told some of the people it’s working with what it plans to do with the stuff it’s greenlighting. Odd all around.
    So you're claiming no one at Apple knows why exactly certain shows are pursued and green lit? What a strange claim. I would bet my life on there being people at Apple who do indeed know why exactly shows are brought onboard.

    Oh, you're confusing people outside of Apple for people inside of Apple. I see. Yes that's also strange, that you would expect to know the business reasons people inside of Apple are using to direct their projects.