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  • Bing's ChatGPT experiment is deeply flawed, and is the future of search

    "The future is still the future" is the story of SIRI's life.  When SIRI first came out, it was new, so people such as myself gave it some slack.  And at the time, we all recognized its limitations but hoped and prayed for a better future.  Fast forward 12 years to today.  SIRI is hardly better today than it was originally back in 2011!  I ask it on my iPhone to do the most basic things, but in almost every case, it tells me it can't do that.  I'm talking about turning on or off super basic functions of my phone.  Sorry... Can't do that.  And then when it comes to getting information, SIRI is pretty much brain dead.  In some ways, Apple has deliberately hobbled it, perhaps for "security" reasons, which to me as a user is really stupid. SIRI is stupid.

    So when I read all this talk about AI and Bing, I can only yawn when it comes to the part that shows it to be seriously flawed in certain areas and then the story turns "to the future" and how much better IT COULD BE.  Yeah right.  SIRI "COULD BE" so much better too, but it isn't.  "Yes, but ChatGPT is quite different from SIRI!" you say?  Ha!  Let's travel in our time machine to a decade from now and see who's right.  A version of the flawed functionality we have today is probably all we will get.

    Disagree with me and work for Apple?  Great!  PROVE ME WRONG by making SIRI vastly better.  I dare you!
  • Shargeek Retro 67 review: Nostalgia plus power equal a winning formula

    They're BRAVE enough to copy the industrial design of the original compact Mac but TOO CHICKEN to put a rainbow Apple logo on the front left?

  • Right-to-repair advocate urges Apple to let resellers bypass security protocols

    I read all the comments thus far, and the only one that sounds somewhat reasonable is that from Stimpy.  The rest are all negative, bashing change, and defending the status quo.  We've got comments that go as far as say that crushing old computers isn't all that dangerous to health, with other comments trying to call in the blood sucking lawyers, and then other comments which talk about the untrustworthiness of right to repair advocates.  Someone even defended democracy in what I assume to be the USA by saying we can at least be thankful we have elected officials who implement "our values," forgetting that America is divided 50-50, and that a house divided cannot stand.  All the while, not a single person here is trying to propose a way to improve things.  Not a single one.  Everyone complains and screams "Safety!" and "Security!" and "Lawyers!", and nobody really cares, and nothing improves as a result.


    There needs to be a way for sensitive data to be reasonably and securely erased in such a way that the electronics of a given device can later be repurposed rather than destroyed.  Any argument that defends the status quo of "destruction is the only safe method" is not a sustainable solution and therefore requires a rethink.  That's why I appreciate stories like this because it challenges us to rethink what we are doing now and asks us to think about a better way.  Anyone thinking that crushing computers is a better way or the only way isn't thinking hard enough.  And with all the self-praising advertising that Apple does about sustainability, solar panels, recycled materials, use of less toxic materials, etc., it behoves that same Apple to think further about how to keep its beloved machines in operation longer, even if that means some people may opt for an older Mac, now and then, rather than a new. 

    I can only be thankful that this security and recycling madness didn't happen in the distant past.  As a result, I can thoroughly enjoy vintage 1980's and 1990's Macs today.  Computing history from that era is preserved.  Toying with an SE/30 or Color Classic may not be completely practical, but it is a fun hobby and there's an active community built around mods and upgrades.  We still have some very old hard drives, such as the GCC HyperDrive, still in use today because folks back in the day didn't put a drill through every one out of data theft fears.  And hobbyists today aren't going around sharing stolen data either, even though there is an abundance of old data still residing on ancient drives housed in machines sold at yard sales for low prices.
  • Tests confirm macOS Finder isn't scanning for CSAM images

    While forced local scanning on a Mac by government order is a frightful 1984-style nightmare for all citizens (law abiding or not), the upside is that Little Snitch would likely work to block any outgoing transfers.

    The concern here is the same as CSAM scanning on the iPhone. It's more than a matter of personal privacy. It's a concern centered on the possibility that an error could result in a law abiding person being reported to law enforcement, which cares more about filling quotas and busting so-called bad guys than anything else.  Having an accused person's time wasted, or worse, being arrested for something they didn't do only because a computer secretly misread a file on their computer is something no citizen of any nation should stand for.  

    So how do law enforcers deal with law breakers?  How they always have — which doesn't include privacy invasions like file scanning without a search warrant.  It may not be the ideal approach in light of the tech we have today, but it's the only approach to protect citizen from unlawful search and seizure.
  • MacBook Pro with OLED display rumored to arrive in 2024

    Makes zero sense to me because:

    1. Apple has already implemented "mini" LED on various MacBook displays.
    2. Apple is moving away from OLED on the Apple Watch in order to implement "micro" LED.

    Therefore, it seems only logical to implement "micro" LED at some point on a MBP display, not OLED!