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  • Angela Ahrendts talks future after Apple as Deirdre O'Brien receives stock bonus

    Five years is long enough when your family is thousands of miles away - what's the difference between 100,000 developers and store workers? nothing, although I'm not a fan of what is known over here as Human Remains - there's still a job to be done and keeping your staff happy and productive is the most important thing HR can do - not be there just to control and limit and block creative people - which is what they are often guilty of.. Ms Ahrendts leave the retail side in better shape than it was when she arrived, job done. To claim anything else is unfair to a fellow human being.
  • Apple's powerful new Mac mini perfectly suits the 'Pro' market, yet the complaints have al...

    Ha!, I'm one of those with a self installed processor upgrade - its tricky, not hard.
    These machines are awesome, even the old ones - just look at the prices they fetch on eBay, like all Apple machines, they retain value, some value, way beyond that of a $300 or £300 laptop or desktop made by some lesser company running an imitation operating system. 
    So I'll carry on using a late 2009 mac mini on High Sierra until I get around to applying the patch that will let me install Mojave.   Is it blisteringly quick? no, but with 6GB ram and a 1TB hard drive, it will do till I get around buying a newer one on eBay.

    That mini sits on top of another mini running Debian Stretch, that's called sweating assets....

    I still have a working upgraded Apple Cube - 1.5GHz processor, video, 20inch Apple Cinema Display, now that's value for money.. Still looks amazing.
  • Why Apple won't ditch Lightning for USB-C on 'iPhone 8'

    appex said:
    Apple should use standards and stop using proprietary and soldered components in all devices.
    I think you'll find Apple an early adopter, pioneer and supporter of industry standards - USB on first iMac  and Lightning to name but two.  Not only that, Apple's support for standards and interoperability is often far more complete than any other technology vendor I've come across in the thirty eight years I've been using computers..

    Contrast that with Cisco who develop a proprietary protocol to gain market advantage and then put it forwards as a 'standard' when they've exploited the market advantage for two years and use their size and clout to make it a 'standard'.

    Every vendor uses soldered components and the only bits that are proprietary are the ones that give Apple a technological lead - Apple doesn't own Intel, or the ARM architecture - but it exploits its abilities to develop ARM based chipsets to get improved performance at lower power - we don't care what's inside - it runs iOS, also based on BSD Unix but with better eye candy.

    If you print anything from Linux or MacOs or any Unix O/S, chances are it runs through a software stack called CUPS, CUPS runs on every Mac to provide the print services for MacOS which is BSD Unix derived, to find out, point your browser at localhost:631.  Who owns CUPS development?  Apple.

    I've never had a decent Lightning cable break.
    So your statement is, er, fake news, completely inaccurate and erroneous.
  • Australian banks say Apple Pay is anticompetitive, appeal to anti-trust regulators

    Anti-competitive?  Those three are having a laugh and a joke at their customers expense because they don't have enough competition - contactless reader technology is fairly widespread in the UK - but RFID bank cards are fundamentally insecure to walk-by scamming.  I use ApplePay daily and watch people in the coffee shop queues' reaction as I use the same device for loyalty card and payment, its much faster and more secure than chip and pin, cards only come out when there's antediluvian technology in the shops or I need some cash.   Why do I need to put my card in a slot? can't I have ApplePay secured cash machines. Please?
  • On Steve Jobs's birthday, don't forget those who made his story possible

    The BOMBE was a development of the Polish Bomba, the BOMBE did NOT decode Enigma messages, it was an electomechanical device [albeit a very clever one] which helped the code breakers to eliminate the majority of the settings of Enigma which were incorrect.  Hundreds of BOMBEs were built to provide a means of testing possible solutions concurrently, each BOMBE was the equivalent of 26 three wheel Enigma machines, but IT ONLY LOOKED for possible settings.

    Reading and decoding Enigma was done either by hand, or later, having deduced the Enigma network settings using the BOMBE and other methods, using a modified British encryption machine.

    BTW Turing did not actually make a BOMBE,  he designed some of the internal workings, refined by others, the first ones were made by the British Tabulating Machine company, in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, which later became part of International Computers Limited [ICL], which is now part of Fujitsu.