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  • Apple being sued because two-factor authentication on an iPhone or Mac takes too much time...

    Besides the obvious (the lawsuit is BS), I certainly think Apple should generate a list of complex backup codes when setting up 2FA, like other solutions do. This way, when your trusted device is not available, or the SMS / push notification does not work (which happens rarely, but it happens), you at least have an alternative. I do not know if supporting alternative TOTP solutions (like fobs) would help. Most people would likely use an app for that and thus be back to square one.

    Since the claimant uses an gmail account, security and privacy are obviously not on his list of priorities. He should sue web sites enforcing https next; encryption steals milliseconds of his useless life dozens of times every day.
  • US iPhones and iPads might soon access EU's Galileo satellite navigation system thanks to ...

    applejeff said:
    Since the devices are, as far as I understand, only listening to the satellites, not transmitting to them, why do they need FCC approval?
    "Receivers operating above 960 MHz are only subject to the requirements of FCC Part 15.5, which basically state that the device cannot cause interference and that it must accept any interference caused by a licensed radio station. This section also states that if the device does cause interference it ceases operation upon notice from the FCC and cannot resume operation until the interference is resolved." (from some Rhein Tech document - http://www.rheintech.com - don't have the original link though)
  • Fix Apple's Copy and Paste problem on the Mac and iOS with these tools

    I think your "Preferences" screenshot in the article nicely illustrates why Apple is not really going there. While I love clipboard managers (I use Copied on my Macs and iOS devices), they are one huge security and privacy pitfall requiring far too many options (like in the screenshot) to define a personally acceptable balance between comfort and security. I have not verified that, but by perception this tool has more settings than FinalCut.
  • 15-inch 2018 MacBook Pro compared - which upgrades are worth it?

    Many thanks for that – highly informative and helpful.

    I have received my new MBP (2.6 GHz i7, 560X, 32GB RAM, 2 TB SSD) a couple of days ago and I am extremely happy with it. While everybody says the changes to the keyboard are minor, I do not think so. To me it is a night and day difference. Much more quiet (maybe not in dB, but in perception) and a much better typing experience. I make almost no typing errors while I had to go back and make corrections all the time on my 2016 model.

    I am not doing a lot of hardcore video and 3D stuff, I mainly need the power to run extensive virtualization projects in class. 6 cores with hyperthreading and 32 GB RAM (finally!) make a world of difference here. I can run an entire MS System Center simulation (11 servers and 3 clients) and a network simulation in Cisco VIRL simultaneously while having a separate VM doing packet capturing and LogManagement/SIEM in parallel... Bottom line that means that I no longer have to lug 2 machines around, and that my XPS 15 can go in the trash (well, on ebay) where it belongs.
  • Review: The 2018 MacBook Pro with i9 processor is the fastest laptop Apple has ever made, ...

    Just look at how thick, loud and heavy real gaming laptops are. These laptops take full potential of the CPU and GPU. 
    As the CPUs and GPUs become more powerful, Apple needs to get away from THIN and make the MacBooks THICK BEASTS again.
    Sales figures for these things do not seem to be too impressive (otherwise the revenue share of other OEMs would not be what it is). For the few people who want these things there is more than enough choice. MacBooks have never been "THICK BEASTS", even the PowerBooks before them weren't. You would have to go back to the previous millennium to find such a failure. It is not that I do not want other's to get what they want, I just do not see how Apple could do anything different enough to justify the expense to serve a market that small. I have literally not seen anybody lugging around a mobile workstation in years - and I visit a lot of companies.