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  • Senator demands Tim Cook be personally accountable for any contact tracing privacy failure...

    Would be great if Senators and the President would lead the way and also put their personal finances on the line for the decisions that they make.
  • Apple and Ireland win appeal of $14.4B EU tax case

    aderutter said:
    Good news, it was obvious that the EU were on a money grab and trying to retroactively change the law to do so imho.
    I’m not saying Apple and Ireland will ultimately win even though I do not believe for a minute Apple broke the law.
    I do believe the EU will more than ever given recent economic events do anything they can get to as much as they can from anywhere they can.
    This has been gone over many times, there is no retroactive changing of the law, the law came into force in 1992 (I believe it was Maastricht) and Ireland should have adjusted its tax relationship with Apple at the time.  Just because it has taken a number of years for the case to be brought doesn't mean the law has been changed in any way.  It is Ireland that is accused of breaking EU law, not Apple; Apple was merely the beneficiary.  Also, the EU will not "get" anything much from this -  if Apple and Ireland loses the case then the money held in escrow is payable to the tax authorities in Ireland, not the EU.

    Again, this has been covered many times.  Please stop spreading misinformation.
  • Apple's Mac Studio launches with new M1 Ultra chip in a compact package

    What's missing?
    No upgradeability. At all. None. Zero. Nada.
    No way to upgrade the RAM, SSD or any other components.
    What you get is what you get. Forever. You are welcome.
    Not even a M.2 slot for when the built in SSD seems very slow and small two years from now.

    Those GPU speed/power charts were missing the name of the discrete GPUs they used for comparison. The charts shown when the M1 Pro and Max when the MacBook Pro was released ended up being very misleading. How exactly does the M1 Ultra stack up to a RTX 3090 when ray tracing in Blender? Who knows? Guess we have to wait for a real review to find out. We do know that that the M1 Max hash rate is around 10.7 MH/s while a 3090 gets 121 MH/s so even if the M1 Ultra is twice as fast, it is still 1/6th the speed of the 3090.
    The GPUs used are in the footnotes on the product pages:
    Popular discrete GPU performance data from testing Core i9-12900K with DDR5 memory and GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. Highest-end discrete GPU performance data from testing Core i9-12900K with DDR5 memory and GeForce RTX 3090. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac Studio.

  • Apple closes all retail stores outside of China until March 27

    echosonic said:
    This is the most overblown BS I have seen in my lifetime.  Pure hype.  The entirety of the American media should be dissolved for creating this panic.

    Corona killed what, less than 100 Americans?  Swine Flu killed 23,000 Americans, nothing.  Measles?  Nothing.  H1N1?  Nothing.  EBOLA?  Not a damned thing.  

    One basketball player gets a cold and the whole country loses its f#$(%(&  mind.  

    Glad I have cash on hand because the market is having the sale of the century, and all its going to cost is the economy, and thousands of jobs.

    Shame on all of you lemmings who are playing along.
    H1N1 and swine flu are the same thing, and killed about 11,000 americans in the recent pandemic, with a fatality rate about 1/10 less than the current estimation for COVID-19, while being similarly contagious.  That was declared a national emergency too, so not sure what you mean by "nothing".  The response to COVID-19 has been informed by the experience of other recent pandemics, many of which could have been contained much better.
  • Apple Silicon will force industry to reconsider use of Intel chips, says ex-Apple exec

    4. Intel's high end chips - the i7, i9 and Xeon - already outperform the A14. Why people believe otherwise amazes me. Especially since Apple essentially acknowledges this by not even trying to build an ARM equivalent to the Mac Pro or anything else that used the i9 or Xeon.
    What you smoking bro?  The A14 doesn't exist yet.  And when it does it will probably be a phone and tablet chip, very thermally limited and low power draw, and not at all intended to compete with the i7, i9 and Xeon.  The Intel Atom chip line wasn't as fast as the G5 either, doesn't mean that x86 was worse than PowerPC.

    Apple only just announced the transition, they haven't acknowledged anything by "not even trying" to build any of their Mac products with an Apple Silicon chip yet, because they haven't built any of their Mac products with an Applicon chip yet.  You don't know what they're building, or trying to build, and you'll only know when they announce it.  That'll come with time, and will bring Applicon that's probably significantly more powerful that what we've seen before because laptops and desktops have a lot more cooling options than iPhone and iPads.  Apple will not be sticking the same chips that are in iPads into their Pro-grade Macs.
  • Apple's T2 chip has an unfixable vulnerability that could allow root access

    I guess this is T2's judgement day.
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  • Tom Hanks disappointed with Apple TV+ 'Greyhound' release

    DAalseth said:
    Well, let’s be honest, he likes movies in theatres. He made it with a theatre in mind. Now it’s a direct to TV, a big step down.
    Suppose you wrote a book and discovered that it would only come out on Kindle.
    Suppose you baked a wedding cake, and discovered that the wedding was cancelled.
    Suppose you wrote a beautiful song, and discovered that your patron kept it for only themselves to listen to.
    Suppose you painted a beautiful picture and discovered that the person who bought it only wanted it for an investment so it would stay in a vault until it came time to sell.

    Hanks made this with the idea that crowds of people would be in a theatre enjoying it. Now yes lots of people will see it, but not the way he had in mind. I’d be disappointed too. 
    While that is true, life is full of disappointments. The reason this happened was due to the impact of COVID-19.

    And it is there that his frustration should be directed. 

    Instead, he fires shots at the saviors of his movie and even calls them names - like a child would do. 

    Everyone understands the pain of an artist creating a masterpiece only for it end up in the local museum rather than a major gallery.

    But it is what it is. Hanks is an old man. Old enough to know better. than to whine over something that he couldn't control - and certainly old enough to know better than to attack those who have rescued his sinking ship (pardon the pun).

    Be happy you made some coin, got to practice your craft, and though it wasn't presented the way you want, it's better than tanking entirely. 

    If ever there was a moment for the man to point out a life lesson in the current times, he not only missed it, but he let the opportunity turn into a childish rant that paints him as less of an industry icon than he is. 

    set your frustrations at the uncontrollable things in life - like COVID - or the fact that we had to be locked down as a result. But to fire shots at those who ensured your movie made money? Wow.

    time to grow up, Mr. Hanks. 
    Read the interview.  You've whined here about Hanks way more than Hanks talked about Apple.  It was a couple of sentences in a 30 paragraph interview that was explicitly to do with the purpose of him being interviewed - the film, and how it's being delivered. 

    Not a "rant", not an "attack" or a "shot", just a sadness about something that was close to his heart.  There's no need to be a prick about that.
  • Apple reaping massive illegal profits from Apple Pay fees on card issuers, lawsuit claims

    Don’t support Apple Pay then. There’s no rule that just because Android does it for free everyone else has to.

    Among the last group of people I’ll ever have any sympathy are credit card companies.
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  • New FAQ says Apple will refuse pressure to expand child safety tools beyond CSAM

    bdubya said:

    And scanning with on-device learning of your photo library for any reason is an invasion of privacy without permission

    But Apple's CSAM check doesn't do this!  It doesn't "learn" your photo library.  It check individual photos at the point of upload to iCloud, for which the terms and conditions clearly give Apple the right, therefore by accepting terms and conditions the user have given their permission.  If they don't want to give their permission then they can opt out of iCloud Photos.

    Moreover, the fact that iCloud in China is not totally under Apple's control is probably a significant reason for Apple to rely on on-device processing to do these checks, as it means that it is totally under Apple's control.
  • Apple denied Parler re-entry to the App Store despite guideline revision

    Good, but heaven knows why it was allowed in the first place. Absolute cesspool.