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  • Apple attorneys threaten UK market exit if court orders 'unacceptable' patent fees

    What I'm struggling to comprehend is that the chip manufacturers were able to avoid paying these royalties, yet Apple is unable to achieve the same result. Apple surely has a defence relating to downstream product use; but if not, why not?

    Is this case against Apple simply a matter of the patent holder squeezing the customer of its customers in order to get the money it is rightfully owed?
  • IDC: Mac shipments grow slightly year-over-year in Q2

    Remember that these numbers are from IDC, which has a poor record over the last few decades. So your surprise may simply be a reflection of the source's methodologies rather than the market realities.
  • World Wide Web source code NFT sells at auction for $5.4 million

    Xed said:
    I can't think of another human being alive that has directly affected as many lives for the better as Sir Berners-Lee.
    That would be "Sir Timothy" or "Sir Tim" - the "Sir" title from a knighthood is used with the recipient's first name, not last name.

    But I agree, his influence has been huge.
  • Now-deleted scam app demanded positive review before it even worked

    dysamoria said:
    dormlock said:
    Stuff like this slips the review process cause the developer used a remote configuration to turn off the features they don't want the reviewers to see. Once it passes review and is released they updated the config to turn them on. Maybe apple should consider a post release review process with a randomized time for check
    Is this proven? It’s an interesting notion, as I was coming here to ask how Apple’s review process could possibly miss this, and what you said here is certainly a good answer if accurate.
    It's exactly what Epic did to offer their "pay Epic directly" functionality.
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop updated for Apple Silicon

    IIRC, RDP was developed from the open source X-windows tool (I think Citrix licensed the code to Microsoft, who further developed it). You used to be able to get X11 clients for the Mac but I haven't looked for one in years.

    As I understand it, VNC (Virtual Network Computing) is simply sending the contents of the screen across the network - screen sharing. This can work pretty well over a fast enough connection, but the only way to improve the speed is to drop the colour fidelity. RDP, on the other hand, leverages the native OS frameworks - on the remote machine, the GUI primitives ("draw a window at these coordinates, with this content") are tracked, sent across the network to the local machine, translated if necessary, and executed. User interaction is transmitted as events ("Mouse down at these coordinates") from the local machine to the remote one. By reducing things to instructions rather than results you get a much more efficient compression of the data that needs to travel across the network, resulting in improved performance. You still have to wait for data-intensive items, like images or videos, but overall it is much, much quicker and more responsive than screen sharing.