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  • Apple updates iWork apps with macOS Ventura & iPadOS 16 features

    spheric said:
    tht said:
    How do I use any of these programs to draw a family tree instead of using commercial genealogy program? 
    I would recommend Keynote. Insert a text box for each person, and connect that with angled connection lines. Export to pdf or jpeg or whatever you prefer.

    Keynote is basically a page layout program. All of the iWork apps are good at page layout.
    Can Numbers do it? 
    Yes! It's as capable as Pages or Keynote.
    You can connect cells with lines? Can you bend the lines? 
    Ah, sorry. I missed the detailed example of what you wanted to do — the quote was collapsed. 

    I’m not sure that particular task is possible in Numbers. To be fair, I’ve never tried to do it in Pages, either. 

    I retract my statement. 
    watto_cobra
  • Apple updates iWork apps with macOS Ventura & iPadOS 16 features

    tht said:
    How do I use any of these programs to draw a family tree instead of using commercial genealogy program? 
    I would recommend Keynote. Insert a text box for each person, and connect that with angled connection lines. Export to pdf or jpeg or whatever you prefer.

    Keynote is basically a page layout program. All of the iWork apps are good at page layout.
    Can Numbers do it? 
    Yes! It's as capable as Pages or Keynote.
    watto_cobra
  • EU finalizes charger rule forcing USB-C on iPhones in 2024

    Although I'm expecting Apple to comply, it might be able to escape the requirement if it leased its iPhones instead of selling them to customers in Europe. The actual European legal document seems to be talking about selling devices, not leasing them.
    Manufacturers generally do not lease their products. They sell them to financial services (often, but not always, subsidiary companies) that then lease them to customers. 

    That counts as a sale. 
    muthuk_vanalingamwatto_cobra
  • iPhone must use USB-C by 2024, says EU law

    Does the new EU law apply only to sold device or does it also apply to leased devices? Maybe Apple could simply lease all new iPhones in the EU to skirt the law.
    AFAIK, every device or car that is leased is first sold to the company that's doing the actual leasing.

    That may be a subsidiary of the manufacturer, but it's a financial service company that owns the machine. 
    watto_cobra
  • iPhone must use USB-C by 2024, says EU law

    spheric said:
    thrang said:
    What if someone invents a better connector next year? Or: who would be motivated to think of something better?

    It is deeply inappropriate for governments to get this granularly invasive in industrial product design. Moronic is the better way to describe it.


    While I fundamentally believe that the government should absolutely get involved when things go south, I share your concern about what happens three years from now when a better connector shows up. 

    It does give me pause that last year alone, chargers obsoleted by new phones apparently accounted for ELEVEN TONS of garbage in the EU. 
    Depending on whether you meant TONS (2000 pounds) or TONNES (1000kg, ~2200 pounds) then it's either 0.0000429187561 pounds per person or 0.00002145937805 kilograms (~0.02 grams) per person.
    Thanks for making me go back and checking this. 

    It's eleven THOUSAND tonnes (the difference between the metric and the mediaeval units is close enough to make ballpark figures interchangeable) through unused/obsoleted chargers per year in the EU, though that figure is not limited to phone chargers. 

    Estimates are that this legislature will reduce e-waste by about 1000 tonnes per year within the EU. Since this will likely drive standardisation globally, and not just within the EU, the effects will be considerable — if just a drop in the ocean of total waste. 
    muthuk_vanalingamwatto_cobra