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  • Look to the new Mac mini with Thunderbolt 3 to predict what the 'modular' Mac Pro will be

    ElCapitan said:
    lkrupp said:
    ElCapitan said:
    God forbid they ship a Pro model with the features people are asking for.

    There is one time to think different, and another time to listen. They thought different on the Pro already and it was not quite the ticket!
    ... Real pros don’t have time to fiddle-fart around with slots
    Do you even understand how stupid you sound? - Or understand how real Pro systems are used?
    It's not stupid. You're confusing DIY with pro. I work pro in enterprise, and in enterprise we pay for new machines, we never ever crack open the case and perform DIY mods ourselves.

    DIY and tinkering != professional. 
    To use your earlier quote: "Your use case != everyone's use case"

    Where I work it's a regular occurrence to open up computers to repair/upgrade them. Replace failed/failing drives, power supplies, RAM, etc. But then again, we use PCs which make that a much easier, more feasible proposition than it would if we were using sealed up Macs. If you are an independent or small-scale shop (or use computers that are not upgrade/repair friendly) it probably doesn't make sense to have staff with those skills. But to say it doesn't happen anywhere in enterprise is false.
  • Apple updates AirPort firmware with KRACK vulnerability fix

    Rayz2016 said:
    I still love both of my AirPort Expresses at home. They act as a mesh network & also are good looking. Please Apple don’t stop making routers.
    Mmm. Do Apple routers qualify as a mesh network?

    Yeah. They do. My device connects automatically to the nearest base station, even though they both have the same name.
    No. They don't. You can set them up to extend a network and allow "roaming" between nodes, but it's not a mesh network. I have a roaming network set up with an Extreme and and Express. Yes, it generally works. But the network is unmanaged and the two Airport devices are generally unaware of each other. It does nothing to ensure your device is on the best node. My MBP will cling to one node at the far end of the house even though I'm sitting less than 10 feet from the other node. Even when data throughput drops to near zero I sometimes have to turn wifi off and back on again to get it to drop the distant node and connect to the closer node.

    Unless and until your device nearly loses the signal, it's not going to try to find a better node to connect to. A mesh network on the other hand is manged by the network devices themselves to ensure things like that don't happen and that your devices are always connected to the best nodes.
  • Apple lobbies against 'right to repair' proposal in Nebraska

    netmage said:
    Why are so many hung up on e-waste when that's not what is driving this law?
    True, it's perhaps not a driving factor, but still something worth considering. It's a major reason why I won't buy an iMac (and why it's so frustrating that Apple offers no reasonable headless Mac for "the masses"). The law is about easier access to reasonably priced repairs. And it's not targeted specifically against Apple...but why should Apple be exempt from a law that affects other manufacturers?

    I find Apple's position that they'd be fine with the law if it didn't include phones interesting. Says a lot of how Apple views their Mac business vs the iPhone business. But then are we talking about all phones? Just smart phones? Where do you draw the line?
  • YouTube TV to offer live TV from four major networks this spring for $35 per month

    eightzero said:
    wiggin said:
    horvatic said:
    Why would I want to spend $35 on channels you can get over the air for free? Worthless and to expensive!!!! Total rip off!
    How are you going to watch those shows on your iPad? Watch them if you are away from home? Record it to watch later? Or watch last night's episode that you forgot to record?

    Sure there are ways around that like setting up a computer based DVR, buy an OTA TiVo, etc. But the only way it's "free" is if you are willing/able to make sure you are sitting on the sofa at home when the show starts and be restricted to real-time viewing only (no pausing, rewind, commercial skipping, etc). Otherwise there is going to be some cost involved and/or it is going to be far less convenient.

    I can easily vpn to my Mac from my iPad anywhere I have network access and watch any episode I want without the monthly subscription. 

    This is neat. You run a VPN server on the Mac? Can I ask for the reference on how to do so?
    Install and configure mac OS server and pay for a static IP address from your ISP (or subscribe to a dynamic DNS service). Google "mac server vpn" should get you several references. Here's one: http://www.macworld.com/article/3127065/networking/how-to-set-up-macos-server-s-vpn-service.html
  • Class-action suit demands Apple add lock-out system to iPhone to prevent texting while dri...

    nomadmac said:
    How about police doing their job and ticketing people?
    My wife was sent to the hospital and our VW totaled when she was rear ended by a distracted driver. No ticket was issued.

    There is no way an iPhone can determine whether someone is a driver or a passenger or a rider on a bus.
    The problem is even when a ticket is issued, it's almost always only AFTER an accident has taken place. Imagine if they only ticketed drunk drivers if they caused an accident. I know police forced are already heavily strained as it is, which lets these "minor offense" go under the radar. The more people get away with it the more they do it. How often have you seen people in their cars talking on the phone without a hand-free device in broad daylight? Clearly current enforcement efforts have not been a deterrent to this behavior, and after an accident is too late.