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  • Apple presses ahead with aim to replace paper passports and ID with iPhone

    Bad idea.

    If you cross international borders, you should WIPE any device you're carrying first.  Sign out of any "cloud" services, and nuke the storage. 

    Then once you're past border controls you can pull data you need for your trip back in. 

    It's the only reasonably secure way to cross international borders since your privacy rights generally don't apply at customs.  Any border crossing documents you need should be on paper. 

    The only way this would be even remotely safe is if you carry a separate device that you use only for your digital border crossing documents and NOTHING else.
  • Will the 'iPhone 8' cost $1200+? Apple has already been pushing flagship prices higher for...

    Read the article again, and tell me what the similarities are between these products, and how they relate to this conversation:

    Macintosh IIfx
    Original Powerbook 3500 (G3)
    Twentieth Anniversary Mac
    PowerMac Cube
    iMac Pro
    A friend of mine worked for Apple back in the IIfx days.
    He had one on his desk, alpha hardware in a IIx case.
    It was referred to by everyone on his team as the "Too F*cking eXpensive".  (They also cussed the black SCSI terminators.)

    Amusingly, I own both a TAM and a Cube.  They were free, because they were both kinda crap machines that, while they sold for too much money initially, they also depreciated very quickly.  I don't have a Kanga, but I do have a 3400, which I eventually intend to sacrifice for repair parts for the TAM.

    The only reason the iMac Pro will sell is that it's coming out before the first release of what will hopefully be an actual Mac Pro since 2012, and people need to get work done.

    And if Apple actually does a $1200 iPhone?  Yeah, I know people who will buy one.  But I don't know many.

    And those are all interesting comparisons.  The IIfx was a really good machine, Apple pushed the boundaries of the possible with the tech then.  It had a lot of quirks because of that, and it was stupid expensive, but worth it for the few people who needed it right then - but the Quadras were better.

    The Kanga was kind of similar, pushing what could be done without a complete redesign - and the redesign (Wallstreet) was much better.

    The TAM was a compromised machine from the beginning, never meant to be a performance machine, never meant to be anything but pretty and have good speakers.

    The Cube was the same, aesthetics were given priority over everything else, it was a low-end G4 in a pretty case.  The attempt at quiet operation was foiled by the bad bearings in the hard drives they shipped with, you could frequently hear a cube over everything else in the room even though it had no fan.

    And the iMac Pro is another inherently compromised design.  There is no sane reason to put a top of the line computer in a super-thin case behind a screen.  It's not portable, a 27 inch computer is not intended to be portable, put the guts in a box, give the box plenty of expansion capability and cooling.

    I don't understand how you'd relate any of that to a stupid-expensive phone, though.
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  • Apple discontinues full-size HomePod, to focus on HomePod mini

    Hi Homepod, this is iPod Hi-Fi!  Welcome to the discontinued overpriced garbage club!

    It was a stupid product when it was new, it never improved, the price never dropped to anything even remotely close to reasonable, Apple discontinued it. 

    Why would anybody be surprised?  It was a failure from minute 1.
  • Vine relaunches as Byte, bringing six-second videos back to the web

    Byte?  That's infuriating.

    Now if I'm looking for old issues I'll run into stuff about this idiotic app.
  • Apple says hardware leaks harm consumers

    Apple is full of it, of course.  Secrecy hurts customers, particularly business customers.  It makes planning much harder when there's not even a vague roadmap, let alone knowledge of the next year of products.

    Surprises are for children's birthday toys.  They're completely inappropriate for technology.
  • VanMoof's early Find My integration started with a forum post

    Beats said:

    Find My will be bigger than Tile. Calling it now.

    ”Apple hasn’t innovated in years!!!!”
    -My ass

    "We're going to do a thing that's actually incredibly obvious, and we're going to do it literally years after other companies have already been doing it.  And the fanbois are going to actually claim that we're innovating."
  • 2022 Mac Pro said to use Intel Ice Lake Xeon W-3300 CPU

    This seems unlikely.

    It's very unlike Apple to admit that they made a terrible mistake.  Apple silicon was and is a terrible mistake.
  • Apple warns against AirTag replacement batteries with bitter coatings

    tmonline said:
    “Pull the product from its shelves”, smh.

    We need products to be serviceable by us is what I heard everyone was screaming and when a manufacturer make them such then some site concerns. 

    I say, for concerned consumers, apple should drill a hole and put a fugly Philips screw at the back or just super glue it for them. Those people don’t deserve easy replaceable parts. 

    A Philips screw seems like a very reasonable solution.  Who cares if it's "fugly" if it makes the product safer (and in the process makes it less likely that the battery will fall out)?

  • 2021 iPhone will be 'iPhone 13' with 'Pro,' 'Pro Max,' 'Mini' variants says supply chain

    I'm glad to see Apple isn't going to annoy the rest of us by catering to the superstitious idiots.
  • How Apple's rumored 'Apple Pay Later' could prove lucrative

    The dollar was backed by gold.  Then, under Nixon, it went to the "Full Faith & Credit of the United States" -- backed by the world's mightiest industrial empire.   But the industry moved out.

    Let's not pretend gold has any significant inherent value.  You can't eat it, it's a lousy building material, and it's not any better for making clothing.

    Its only real value is that it's good for plating electronic connectors because it's corrosion resistant.

    No, gold is perceived to have significant value only because it's shiny.  It's in no way inherently better at being a currency than anything else, including the inherently useless crypto silliness.