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  • Plant-based marketing campaign uses Steve Jobs & faces potential conflict with Apple

    While we all know what ultimately took the life of Steve Jobs, the fact remains he died young at 56, and it always made me think about his often strange diets through the years.  Remember when he only ate fruit for a time and didn't use deodorant?  Could be his diet had nothing to do with his getting that form of cancer, but we honestly don't know.  As such, is it really smart to use the likeness of a man who died so young as a promotion to eat in a particular way?  To me, that's rather crazy.
  • Japan law will require Apple to allow alternate iPhone app stores

    The fundamental problem with lawmakers is the fact they make laws and never take any old ones away.  The only built cruft atop cruft.  They sit around twiddling thumbs until somebody screams: "Hey!  We should regulate that popular thing too!"  Then they cite stupid Europeans who always lead the world in such foolishness, and the world continues to go downhill.

    Of course, lawmakers aren't the only ones to blame.  The ultimate blame falls upon the people in free societies who vote the regulation monsters into office.

    Looking at the bigger picture, we have so many laws on the books today that everyone is made into a law breaker.  You can't get around it.  Ever drive 41 in a 40 zone?  You're a law breaker!  The quest toward "the greater good" by the creation of new laws results in everyone eventually breaking a law of some sort.  And depending on how strictly laws are enforced in a given country, that can be very, very bad for people in general.  Indeed, I would go so far as to say it's a rather horrible situation right now.  And yet, imagine where the world will be a century from now.  I shudder at the thought, but the up side is that I won't be around then to be harmed by it.

    I've lived in Japan since 1994.  The sad thing is, the general populace never rises up against government stupidity and wins.  They basically just trust the lawmakers to do the right thing, which again, amounts to nothing more that and endless stream of new laws, which slowly but surely chip away at corporate and individual liberty.  Quite sad.
  • A new web standard will add another layer of security to online payment services like Appl...

    I hate complexity and refuse to use anything that might lock me out.  Passwords are fine, and I still use 1Password to manage them.  But 2FA?  No!  Absolutely not.  I still refuse to switch it on when it comes to my Apple ID.  That means I can't use some Apple services, but so be it.  I hate it with a passion.  For what if I am accessing something from a computer without my iPhone?  Seriously!  To force me to have an iPhone is wrong.  So I keep 2FA switched off. 

    Whatever solution these people come up with had better not force me to need anything other than a password.  I don't mind fingerprints and biometric access, but not ever computer has that.  Passwords really are the only decent solution that isn't complex, assuming you can remember your passwords or have 1Password save in Dropbox which can be accessed from anywhere.
  • The new Apple Silicon Mac Pro badly misses the mark for most of the target market

    Excellent overview of the new Mac Pro, Mike W.  Thank you!
  • As you may expect, the internet already says that Apple's headset is doomed, apparently

    ...anyone who gives their opinion on a product based on the design, features, or price of a product before those details are even known is an absolute moron.

    The internet has allowed morons to share their moronic thoughts with others.  The ones that listen turn into morons themselves.  This is the real pandemic — welcome to the internet:  home of the moron flu.
    Japhey said:
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    Perhaps the greatest disappointment of all in online forums is the incessant name-calling and the emojis which follow in support of the name-calling.  Basically, the uncaring remarks above are labeling nearly everyone here a "moron" for having commented.  That is not constructive.  It amounts to little more than an emotionally charged distraction.  

    It is a part of human nature to comment on pretty much everything. That is why this forum exists.

    It is easier to name-call than to write intelligently. So many choose the easy path.  But the better approach is to present a reasoned commentary based on what we know now (which admittedly is limited) and based on what we speculate.  There is no harm in that.  Indeed, it provokes positive thought.

    Why do I even care?  Because reading the comments under articles is often more pleasing than the articles themselves, at least until we get to the name-calling.

    Ditto my earlier comment.  I now look forward to seeing WWDC.