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  • Scammer pilfers $75,000 in bitcoin from Steve Wozniak

    vannygee said: Imagine a digital asset that is valued based on supply and demand
    It isn't really based on supply and demand because there is no limit to the supply. The digital "mine" will never run dry. There is no "search" for new sources. 
    Yes there is. There is a finite number of Bitcoin (21 million) that can ever be mined built in from day 1.

    I would say this is actually more of an issue because coins will get lost (or rather, the keys to claim them will) and no more can be produced to replace them.
  • Man blames Apple for bitcoin theft by fake app in App Store

    Well, I am victim-blaming here. Situations like this are literally the reason real banks for real currencies have FDIC oversight and mandatory deposit insurance, and why investment banks have SIPC oversight and insurance. This person intentionally opted out of that system. He decided to use unregulated banks, so the consequences of that decision are on him.
    So if this had been a fake app representing itself as the banking application of a regional bank and had defrauded the user that way, it would be Apple’s fault?

    Apple’s scrutiny of the app and its later releases, its failure to validate the publisher against a known entity, and its failure to stop the company using fake reviews to get close to 5 stars all mean Apple isn’t running the safe and secure App Store it claims  to.
  • Proposed Australian law forces tech companies to decrypt customer messages

    "Australia's Attorney-General George Brandis said he believes the new law can be implemented without building backdoors into encrypted platforms"

    That's because George Brandis is a world-class moron with no understanding of technology. He could be even define what "meta-data" was when they wanted to bulk-collect that. If he does an interview on this topic, and half-informed interviewer will tear him to shreds. 
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  • Apple's iOS 13.2 release bricks HomePod for some users [u]

    Actually, it would appear you’re correct according to National Geographic:

    The odds of becoming a lightningvictim in the U.S. in any one year is 1 in 700,000. The odds of being struck in your lifetime is 1 in 3,000
    That doesn't seem right. If an average lifespan is 100 years and the first figure is correct, then you'd expect chances of being stuck to be no more than 100 in 700,000 or 1 in 7,000 (and really a bit less). has a one-year chance of one in 1.2 million and a lifetime chance of one in 15,000 with an estimated lifespan of 80 years. At least this is internally consistent.

    NatGeo might need to hire someone with statistics training.
  • Editorial: New Mac Pro highlights the gap Apple isn't filling

    Not going to happen. With all the BTO options now available, there actually is a pretty smooth gradation from low-end to high and a reasonable cross-over point from the iMac to iMac Pro.

    There’s also that nice 4-quadrant view of entry/pro and modular/all-in-one. Like it or not the Mac Mini is your modular option with external components fleshing out anything you can’t build to order. I would love if that also included a midrange display but I’m pretty sure it won’t. 

    The Mac range is in a better state than it has been for ages (particularly if they replace the MacBook Pro soon with something slightly more flexible). Expect incremental upgrades across rear of the line only for the next couple of years.
  • Australian banks call alternatives to NFC 'unrealistic' in fight to avoid using Apple Pay

    They want to convince you to use the bank-branded app to retain control of the user experience and keep them fenced in. They refuse to accept that there's a lot more to ApplePay than just NFC. There's the tolenization strategy, the touchid secured secure enclave which is tamper proof. But if they were to implement a payment system of their own and it had a security breach - you know the headlines would include Apple prominently because that's pure ClickBait. The banks don't want to share fees and they don't want their cards mixed up in a wallet where they don't control the whole branding. And as for the possibility they might pass some of the savings into their customers! If the ACCC believe that, I have a very attractive bridge in Sydney to sell them.
  • Inside iOS 11: Apple Music's social sharing isn't just Ping reborn

    if it requires me to suscribe to Apple Music monthly then it is not a feature. It's just another optional service, and one I'll not recognize. I have zero interest paying for streaming.
    It's a feature of Apple Music - and Apple Music is a paid-for service.

    If you don't want to pay for it (or any streaming music service), that's entirely your business. For those of us who do, it's a nice little upgrade.
  • Apple Watch Series 4: Should you upgrade?

    or who wants to fitness-track their sex life, I suppose ...

    Would saying "hey Siri, start a workout" kill the mood? :D   

    With watchOS 5, it will notice you’ve started your workout and tap you to ask if you want to record it. 

  • Compared: Apple Watch Series 6 Graphite versus Apple Watch Series 5 Space Black

    What about durability of the colour? A lot of the value of Space Black was the extremely scratch-resistant diamond-like coating (DLC). Does graphite have DLC too or if not, how durable is it against scratches?

    I still use the black link bracelet from my Series 0 and it looks pretty good scratch-wise.
  • Apple's online storefront down ahead of iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2 preorders

    emoeller said:
    Just completed the free upgrade to iPhone 7 from my iPhone 6s.  No Jet Black in either 128 or 256Gb.  Settled for silver....
    I think I got in immediately and the Jet Black was only available from Sep 26th (10 days after other colours). Dunno if some lucky souls got in slightly earlier and got a Sept 16th delivery but I suspect this is the sam situation as the Space Black watch - just not available at launch.

    Ordered both a Jet Black and normal black and will decide which to cancel over the weekend.