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  • Apple will enforce app notarization for macOS Catalina in February

    tjwolf said:
    WTF?  What does this mean for all the open-source stuff developers depend on?  E.g. apache projects?  Will Apache go through through this signing process?  What about stuff installed via 'brew'?  Java VMs, etc., etc.....

    Nothing has changed. No version of Catalina shipped without requiring, by default, the notarization of all software created after June 1st, 2019.

    the server-side rules have changed, absolutely nothing on the client side is changing.
  • Russian bank exec says Apple Card has 'few innovative features' [u]

    robjn said:
    This is of course a product that is not available to non-US residents, so this guy probably has less first hand experience with it than the average US consumer.
    David Rafalovsky worked for Citigroup for 20 years, most recently in their Risk & Compliance group…

    While I think he perfectly understands US consumers, his bizarre take that banks should do food delivery is odd. Usually, you’d create a subsidiary that creates a subsidiary for that (like Japanese banking groups do). 
  • Allegations of discrimination spawn investigation into Apple Card credit lines

    Kuyangkoh said:
    pgpappas said:
    My wife and I had the same issue. She had a slightly higher credit score and makes more money than I do. I received 10K in credit. She only got 7500. All other aspects of our financial information are the same. The only possible explanation is gender based discrimination.
    So what else is left? Very obvious 
    He’s not familiar with the nonsense of the American credit lending situation. For example, moving a lot or moving to different countries can negatively affect your creditworthiness, even if it doesn’t negatively affect your FICO score.  You can also have a very high FICO score while having poor creditworthiness (or vice versa), because the factors a specific bank/credit company uses are a very black box and can also involve background checks (they claim its to “prevent fraud”).

    For example, the amount in your bank account, savings accounts, investment portfolio with one bank aren’t legally available to other banks. Nor are you tax returns.
  • Galaxy Note 10+ vs iPhone XS Max - the benchmarks

    frantisek said:
    I would like to see any real life tests where we can see that big difference we see in Javascript and Octane benchmarks. It is my long time desire. \one can easily see Apple huge leap in video processing but not much else.

    Can not wait see in real life launching updated apps in iOS 13 with declared speed.

    Because the A12 is the only currently shipping ARMv8.3 SoC, it should always handily best others in JavaScript tests. ARMv8.3 adds an instruction, FJCVTZS, for a conversion that’s uncommon in normal code but happens all over the place in JavaScript.

    The Snapdragon 855 SoC includes Cortex-A76 cores, which only implement ARMv8.2 fully. 2019’s Cortex-A77 (which no shipping Qualcomm SoC implements) is also a ARMv8.2 core which implements a few instructions from newer archs, but AFAICT, not the PAC or FJCVTZS instructions.

    Once non-Apple ARM SoCs implement the FJCVTZS instruction, the Android JavaScript engines (like V8) will have to be compiled with them enabled to see the kind of performance increase JavaScriptCore on the A12 sees.