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  • Patent troll targets iOS and Mac app update system in lawsuit

    mld53a said:
    For all those people saying this is obvious, the question is was this obvious back in June of 1999? What is obvious today may not have been obvious back then. 

    I am aware of at least one other patent similar to this that also has an early priority/filing date. And several companies that infringe this patent as well. It’s obvious now but not so much back then. 
    Yes, it was obvious back then.

    Making and maintaining a list of applications that an institution had licenses for was a common practice even in the early 1990s, and each item on the list would include information about the requirements for the application (it's called a database). When the web started becoming popular, many educational institutions would put these databases online for their intranet, with download links to the relevant executable.


    Your description is a simplification of the patent that has been granted; if it wasn't then I'm pretty sure Apple would have been able to convince the PTAB to toss the patent on review. Since that hasn't happened (as mentioned in the article) there must be some non-obvious component.

    But I'm not bored enough to read the patent or the complaint for more details.
  • iPhone 11 -- hands on and first impressions

    Jordanf1 said:
    All I can say is 2500 Aud for the 11 pro max is outrageous cost 
    That's the price for the 512GB model, which has a higher likelihood of still being sufficient storage more than five years from now. So, you're looking at AU$500 per year if you keep the device for five years, which is a smidge more than AU$40 per month, if you amortise the cost on a straight line basis.

    It's not cheap. But it's not as expensive as you seem to think.
  • Craig Federighi: lyrics visualizer coming in iOS 13.1, iMessage scheduling considered

    Google’s Gmail email app for iOS already allows you to schedule emails to send at a later date or time. This feature should be a cakewalk for Apple.
    1. Google doesn't care if you get spammed into oblivion
    2. Email is different to DMs
  • Foxconn used five times more temp workers than permitted for 'iPhone 11' assembly surge

    Yeh, that's what Carnegie and and the mine owners told their U.S. workers 100 years ago -- before we had unions and labor laws.  
    If unions are so hot, I am sure you can explain why this happened (btw, the graph for Europe is nearly identical):

    Hmmm. Maybe it's because those who endured the hardest working conditions and had direct experience of the lack of unionism started to retire in the mid-1970s? Those who came after them didn't realise how hard the fight against management can be, or were shocked by the excesses of union leadership without having a comparison point to the excesses of capitalist predecessors?

    Maintaining a centuries-long fight against a group of people who are motivated by the profits to be gained is a very difficult collective goal. For a period of about fifty years, there was some understanding gained by the "titans of industry" that aiming for the optimum balance of hours worked vs output achieved was beneficial for their own companies not just in terms of efficiency - enriching their workers meant that those workers had more money to spend on more goods and services, improving the size of the addressable market and increasing economic activity.

    None of us want to change unless we have to. The unionisation period gave enough power to the labour force that the stewards of capital were forced to question their behaviours of the time; but power often corrupts and the union movement failed to recognise its own steps down the path of coercion and dogma-driven decision-making. The world also changed as international transport became cheaper and more reliable, so the addressable market for many companies grew independently from the amount of money they shared with the local community.

    The question boils down to "what are we trying to optimise?" - if it's a single company, then one set of behaviours becomes acceptable. If it's the local community, another set of behaviours applies. What do we have to do to improve the entire world for all of humanity? Each of us will choose.
  • USB 4 is here, and is essentially Thunderbolt 3

    ITGUYINSD said:
    What would someone connect that needs 40Gbps?  Seems the standards are increasing faster than the devices one connects to it.
    8K video files are huge. Try backing up a 12TB drive over 10Gbps, 20Gbps and 40Gbps and see what you prefer.