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  • Sprint & SoftBank in 'preliminary conversations' about T-Mobile merger

    That would suck. T-Mobile has been the best thing to happen in the mobile industry since the original iPhone came out. They have single-handedly driven pricing out of the stratosphere with their aggressive plans. I used to pay $360 with a pittance allowance of data for my family of 4. It's down to $160 now with a large amount of data that rolls over.

    What really sucks is that the people who could prevent such a merger couldn't care less about the American consumer. We are lower than used toilet paper on their scale of concern. There is absolutely nothing that can stop this.

  • Boeing 737 Max pilots didn't have flight simulators, and trained on iPads instead

    A bad angle of attack sensor, a physical device, would seem like an obvious point of failure. Even if the software were perfect, a bad sensor could basically plunge the plane into the ground. Pilots were not universally trained on disabling MCAS, but when one is plunging into the ground, it may not be the thing at the front of your mind even if you are familiar with it.

    A less obvious but I think more likely scenario is that there is a software bug in MCAS. This may manifest itself when pilots start to fight what MCAS was doing. They would pull up, MCAS would pull down even more trying to prevent a stall. It has been discovered recently that MCAS will push the nose down by a significantly larger margin than was admitted to the FAA (Boeing changed the spec after reporting it), and there is speculation that if it resets as pilots fight it, it could get even worse.

    Even pilots with extensive experience may be put in a no win scenario if either of the above occur.

  • Siri 'whistleblower' details drug deals & sex heard during manual reviews

    I bet they hear Siri being called "idiot" a lot. That's my go to response when it tries to take me to an address 3 states away instead of the same address 3 miles away. I have literally had it complain that it could not find a route to England from the US. The assumption that I was looking for a way to drive across the Atlantic to the UK is just flawed on so many levels. It has zero sense of geographical context. And it seems like it would be so easy to fix. Just assume I want the closest match. Idiot.
  • More supposed evidence of rumored next-generation Apple TV remote surfaces

    The current AppleTV Remote is arguably the worst design they ever came up with. At least with the hockey puck mouse you could feel for the wire. In a dark room, if you are lucky enough to even find the remote you have a very low chance of doing what you were hoping to do. I have turned captions on by accident more times than I have hit the button I wanted the first time.
  • Apple beats lawsuit over racially diverse emoji

    This the kind of absurd lawsuit that Apple would routinely lose. Maybe they got better lawyers.
  • US lawmakers call for universal charging standard - but not necessarily for USB-C

    I kind of see it like regulating the width between railroad tracks. Not necessarily a bad idea. I have a mountain of obsolete cables that are almost certainly just going into a landfill one day. Probably when my wife puts them there after I am gone. Some commentors have likened this to communism. I have news for them -we regulate the width between railroad tracks -we already are communists, so there is no turning back now!
  • Rosenblatt throws in the towel on AAPL coverage

    I wonder how much money he cost people who listened to him. Could you image shorting Apple because he thought it was going to $250? There are probably people that did.
  • Child spends $16K on iPad game in-app purchases

    The boy and her mother should be required to sell one pint of blood each month for the rest of their lives, with the proceeds going to Apple and Sega. That will teach them the lesson we responsible and upstanding forumites wish upon them.
  • Apple Card's explosive growth blamed for Goldman Sachs troubles

    Day 1 user as well, added child and worked well, kid turns 18 and off to college and GS says sorry their 750 credit score and debt to income ratio too high. Zero debt, savings account and … so much for building loyalty eh? 
    Don't forget to count any support you are giving your child as income for that child. Whether it's allowance, or helping out with the rent. Scholarships count as well. A lot of states have tuition grants for in-state students. It all counts. That said, my son couldn't get one either. We are going to start him off on Discover for a year and then try again.

    For those travelling overseas, it is one of the best cards there is. There are no transaction fees, and the exchange rates used are close to par.

  • Netgear has a new $1,500 Wi-Fi 6e mesh router

    I hope this doesn't double-post -these forums really don't like Safari 15.

    I have been using Orbi an RBR50 and friends for a few years now. They were very simple to install and have been performing quite well. They have not been entirely trouble free but they are orders of magnitude faster than the Airport base station they replaced.

    Unfortunately they cap out at about 350 Mbps. I want to replace them with something that can support my 800 Mbps service. I want to look at the DECO product mentioned above. However, I do not want anything from Google or Amazon and am willing to pay a premium to avoid that.