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  • 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.
  • Return of the Mac: How Apple Silicon will herald a new era at WWDC 2021

    tht said:
    My 2013 iMac 27 is still humming along. It's the family computer. It's unsupported now, and it's probably one problem away from total replacement.

    To replace it, I would like to have a ~30" display, 8 TB of storage, and capability to add more storage years down the road. When you keep every single picture and video taken, it adds up! A small headless desktop where I can add 2 3.5" HDD would be great on top of the builtin storage. Yes, I probably need to invest in a little computer as a file server one of these days.

    The Apple Silicon iMac better come quick!

    My main problem with laptops is that they can get hot. I hate the feeling of typing on hot keys, and my work issued MBP15 gets hot while attached to an external monitor. I want this problem to go away, so if Apple puts the SoC in the back of the laptop display, it would be so worth it for me. As the M1 models show. Well, really, as the iPad Pro shows, Apple can put a lot of computing power in a very small and thin package, 6 mm thick only. Do it, Apple. As a plus, it would let them play around with the keyboard, add more battery, etc.

    A laptop with a low profile hot swappable mechanical keyboard would be interesting. They'll have prestige things like a folding display laptop, but just your simple and functional laptop that has a keyboard that is always cool to the touch and noiseless has its attractions too.
    You can get very cheap external storage via USB 3.0 or USB-C now. There's another article on AI showing a WD 10TB drive on sale at Amazon for < US$155 - a smidge over US$15 per TB! It is separately powered, so you can keep it turned on all the time or power it up only when you need it. It's slower than an internal drive would be, but not by much - and if you want to watch a video then it's plenty fast enough. The only time drive speed matters to me is when I'm copying files, and even then it's only for multi-gigabyte files like videos or those rare occasions when I need to do a full backup of my internal drive. I've been very happy relying on external drives for at least five years now - they have the added benefit of being easy to store in a different location than my main machine, just in case.

    It depends on your use case and your habits, but my recommendation is to use external drives rather than trying to mount them inside the case of the computer you use. With rare exceptions, you simply don't have the time to work with everything stored on your internal drive every day - you can't watch more than about 7.5TB of video (at 4k resolution) in a day, and that's assuming you do nothing else in a 24-hour period! So move the bulk of it to external storage and save the internal drive for what you're working on right now. Think of it like clothing - you can only wear one outfit at a time, so you maintain external storage for everything you like to wear and choose from that as needed. They key is that if you want something, it needs to be readily available; I've found that external drives are just as convenient as a dedicated server and minimal extra hassle over internal drives.
  • Arizona App Store bill likely isn't coming back any time soon

    Let's take a quick moment to note that serial liar Heinemeier Hansson immediately took to social media to push a conspiracy theory as to why the bill wasn't brought to vote.
    He's also the type that thinks liars being cut out of public discourse is censorship and not people being tired of his b/s
    Yeah Hansson is a total tool for the reasons you mentioned. He's rich & bored, so he has to find non-troversies to publicly complain about to keep himself entertained and relevant.
    Oh. So the fact he has a reputation for clear thinking and very solid development work is irrelevant now? Remember that this is the guy behind Ruby on Rails, who championed choosing good defaults instead of allowing for customisation of everything ("convention over configuration") and has consistently pushed for better development practices and workplace improvements for the past twenty years or so.

    He's not always right, but none of us are. Remember that he's from a different society than the US (he's from Denmark) and, as an elite programmer, has an ego boosted by his impressive accomplishments. Try to examine his complaints for flaws rather than defaulting to an ad hominem attack.

    A certain S. P. Jobs was also viewed as a liar and a trouble-maker. What if he too had taken to Twitter to express his dislikes?
  • reMarkable 2 review: better than iPad for notes, but nothing else

    dewme said:
    This is a product category that I've searched (in vain) for a solution to for a very long time. When I go to a meeting I always like to jot down notes, draw diagrams, etc., in an unobtrusive way. I know that plenty of people have no problem bringing a notebook computer or a tablet to a meeting, but I've noticed that at least some of those who do so appear to be disconnected from the conversation and interaction - probably because they are "multitasking" during the meeting.

    Okay, I get it. But since I'm there I want to focus as much of my attention on the meeting and have found that simply writing notes/diagrams in a steno pad or quadrille notebook works okay and is my go-to solution. I'll also take pictures of the whiteboard and have found Microsoft's Lens app pretty good for that purpose. However, once the meeting is over I usually find myself plugged into something else, like another meeting, so if I don't capture my notes and thoughts with the triggers/bullets from the steno pad, and after going to a couple more meetings or working on a hot issue, the ability and my desire to go back and capture my meeting notes and thoughts to an easier to retrieve format goes away. These types of scenarios are probably one primary use case for the product reviewed in this article.

    I've tried a few other capture methods, including the ancient Cross Pen company's CrossPad device (it sucked), smart whiteboards, smart pens, iPad+stylus, iPad+Apple Pencil, etc., and nothing ever "sticks" with me because it never seems natural (not tactile), it involves transcription or extra steps, it's clumsy, it can't handle my 2nd grader handwriting legibility that naturally occurs when I write on glass (with finger, stylus, or Apple Pencil) - and the expected hideous OCR performance that results from it, or it's simply more effort than just keeping a pile of filled out steno pads around forever and hoping my brain can rehydrate the thoughts/questions in my head when I scribbled on the pad.

    I don't currently have a pressing need for this type of product, but I still feel that it is an unfilled need and something worth trying to solve. Whether this product is able to deliver something that finally hits the mark is yet to be determined. I think Apple's iPad handwriting recognition (Scribble) is pretty amazing, but writing on an iPad still doesn't feel natural enough for me to want to use it for more than a demo or signing a credit card receipt on an iPhone at the Apple Store.
    I found the LiveScribe products did a good job, back when I was taking paper notes. Nowadays I make audio recordings and cough or tap my fingers when the discussion reaches something particularly relevant - if I'm able to participate, I'll use a key phrase such as "So to summarise what we've just discussed..." You can get the recordings transcribed pretty cheaply with AWS and the results are usually excellent, you have timestamps that you can match against any pictures you took and since I use Mac and iPhone just about everything ends up in iCloud for access from anywhere. I still take pen and paper so that I can quickly sketch something if I need to share or develop an idea, but I can easily take photos of anything drawn (by any participant) at the end, and the timestamps give me an easy way to associate things with an event.