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  • Apple and Foxconn weighing $7 billion display plant in U.S., report says

    safi said:
    Unfortunately the US has screwed itself because of it's education system. You go to a Ph.D program and pretty much 80-90% of the PhD candidates are foreign born. Americans are getting degrees in psychology and sociology instead of STEM creating a huge opportunity for foreign workers especially foreign Software Engineers. 
    A phd prepares you to work in academia or a research lab. Given the poor job market and outlook in these areas, fewer US students apply. Foreigners often use graduate school in the US as a means of immigration, although it has some obvious limitations. You shouldn't need a Phd to work as a software engineer.

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  • Apple to offer 32GB of desktop RAM in top-end 2017 MacBook Pro, 16GB for 12" MacBook

    wizard69 said:
    Different people have different needs!   Nothing really surprising there.    My problem with the mac Book is the small screen that is an issue only older people can really relate too.    Even my 13" MBP challenges me at times.
    I don't think I could ever use a 13" screen. I don't know how you do it. 
  • Stanford study finds Apple Watch top-notch heart rate monitor, mediocre calorie counter

    macsimcon said:
    You're really going to use words like "mediocre" and "failure" when the Apple Watch was more accurate at counting calories than any of the other devices?

    The Apple Watch was only off by two percent! I'd hardly call that mediocre or a failure, I would say it's close to perfect.
    The difference between devices only matters when it makes a difference in usability, not when none of them are usable. At that point it's not really a usable feature. The heart rate monitor looks quite good though. 
  • Apple profiles iPad apps for World Autism Acceptance Day

    hmm said:
    That's not really a treatable condition.
    Of course it is. There are therapies and medicines in existence already, and it is by definition impaired operation, so of course it can be cured/treated. That it can't be now is irrelevant. 
    Are you familiar with the types of treatment available? They do not  address primary symptoms. Saying it can be cured is currently science fiction and not relevant today.
  • Apple to add some 2009 & 2011 Macs to vintage and obsolete list on Dec. 31

    altivec88 said:
    Soon the current top of the line 2013 MacPro will be considered Vintage and its still for sale (as if it were new pricing). A wise man named Phil Schiller once said that its "really sad" that more than 600 million PCs still being used are more than 5 years old. I am really interested to know if he thinks its "sad" that Apple is selling their NEW MacPro's that soon will be heading into its fourth year without an update? or is it the people that buy them today will be considered "sad" in one years time because they own new 5 year old tech?
    That's incorrect. The vintage list doesn't always match the availability of software updates. Once something is marked vintage, it's not guaranteed to be repairable. Repairs are contingent on availability of parts. The 5 year timer typically starts when a model is replaced, not when it is released. The early 2011s macbook pros were replaced in October 2011, so they hit the list this year. The late 2011s will be in the next batch, as they were replaced in 2012.
  • Tim Cook sells 40k Apple shares worth nearly $5M

    This is a casual legal question and not an accusation:  How DOES an executive avoid charges of insider trading in a situation like this?  How big does a trade have to be before questions are raised?  Presumably buying shares TODAY is fine because (in theory) we're all on the same page with yesterday's disclosures, but YESTERDAY Tim knew more about Apple than any other investor and he was trading.  Again, I don't think Tim did anything wrong (and the dollar amounts are, for him, relatively trivial), but it seems like a very, very grey area.
    It's in the first line of the article. He set these trades up some time ago.
  • Apple planning to ditch Intel chips in Macs for its own custom silicon in 2020

    tht said:
    My Python 3.6 plotting script execution time:

    2015 rMBP15 w/Intel Core i7-4980HQ (2.8/4.0 GHz): 91.1 sec

    2017 iPad Pro 10.5 w/Apple A10X (2.3 GHz): 91.5 sec

    This is 45 W vs a 10 W envelope or so. Use Pythonista on iPad. Terminal on macOS. Don’t know if the Core i7-4980HQ actually turbo-ed to 4 GHz. Who knows. That’s why you do a lot of testing.
    Typically python is single threaded. With cython you can use the OpenMP backend for multithreading anywhere Python api calls can be optimized out. Now Apple's version of Clang doesn't support OpenMP, so you are running on one core. Turbo varies. If you're using AVX extensions, it typically runs at native clock speeds. 

    Of course it's possible to be bound by something other than cpu. You can be bound by memory/cache bandwidth and other things. The test overall tells you a grand total of nothing without proper context.
  • LG's UltraFine 5K Display gets unboxing treatment in new video

    phils said:
    I honestly find it amazing that Apple is not continuing with their own Displays. This LG Screen is like when Apple released the first iTunes capable cellphone in partnership with Motorola. It simply sucks. There is no industrial design here whatsoever. No continuation of the Apple experience... it just looks like a generic screen. And to me that is really sad.

    The thunderbolt display lacked a height adjustable stand, so this one is an improvement in that regard. Apart from that it's about the way it displays content. Color gamut isn't that big of an issue. It's marketing gibberish. Important details are uniformity, white point, shadow detail, and the difference between expected colors and measured colors, regardless of gamut claims. No sane reviewer is going to trash a display based on the appearance of its casing.
  • Tim Cook included in early list of potential VP candidates for Clinton campaign

    gtr said:
    Clinton and Cook?

    They'd be like orange juice and toothpaste together.

    For those who like to hear both sides of a story, go to on a regular basis to find out why.
    You may want to read their sources. They often completely contradict the things that they cite without adding new information or anything beyond simple conjecture. I wouldn't call that a strong news source.
  • Take a stand against the Obama/FBI anti-encryption charm offensive

    cali said:
    hmlongco said:
    Okay Daniel, I was going to write about this but you have the bigger audience, so here goes.

    Apple wanted to allow users to block ads, but they didn't want to bake that capability into the OS itself. So what did they do? They opened up the system and allowed anyone and their kid brother to write ad blockers that users could download from the app store, if they choose to do so.

    And many, many people did. Users got the blockers they wanted, and Apple could take a step back and say, "Hey. Wasn't us."

    So, let's do it again. Apple should take a page from the "ad blocking" playbook and open the system to third-party encryption engines. Allow app developers to write encryption engines that the system installs and then uses to encrypt the disk. Allow users to install them. And in particular, allow developers outside of the US to create security plugins for the iPhone.

    Apple will need to do a thorough job of vetting the code submitted to the store, but they already do that anyway for ad blocker plugins, and they sandbox those plugins to prevent them from transmitting user data and performing other nefarious acts.

    Apple can bake in services to help them (Secure Enclave), but, by and large, the security code isn't theirs to break, they don't have access to the encryption keys to give away, and, in the case of developers located outside of the US, they're beyond the reach of the US government.
    Or they could not bend over to government demands and NOT compromise the most secure OS in the world.

    In reply to post 3(won't let me quote the post)

    What for? Should Apple work for the government for free? The FBI doesn't own iOS nor have they ever subsidized it or anything. Why should Apple go through all the trouble only to later respond to thousands maybe millions of requests a year to open iPhones. F*** THAT! Should Tim Cook spend time managing Apple or half his day opening iPhones for the government to snoop through? What would your respect level be if you knew Apple was opening their customers iPhones all day?

    That was never an issue. Companies are able to charge for this stuff. I'm glad Apple is doing this, but I suspect it's a combination of PR and concerns about the implications for their platform rather than genuine ethical concerns.