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  • Compared: Apple Studio Display vs Alogic Clarity Monitor

    lkrupp said:
    If you want something cheaper then don’t consider Apple gear to begin with. There’s a plethora of cheaper options available to you that will satisfy your need for low cost. Get a PC and a monitor for a third the price and quit agonizing over overpriced Apple gear. It’s really simple
    You are really saucy all over the forums today, aren't ya?  :)   Maybe try not so hard to wrongly assume so much about others. Did the Author of this piece (or the only other poster before you) say anything about agonizing over Apple gear? Didn't think so.

    The piece is great - both informative and accurate. Even if someone "wants something cheaper" it is always prudent to compare specs and understand exactly what your money is paying for in relation to other options. I have a Studio Display w/ nanotexture, but I might not opt for a second one, so this piece can inform me about whether the Alogic would be a good compliment as a secondary screen. I certainly would not get on the forums and start wagging my finger at the air over it.
  • Senate Judiciary advances bill that would force Apple to allow iOS side-loading

    rob53 said:
    I don't care about Android especially because nobody really comments on all the issues Android has. Google could care less, especially since their only reason for being in business is to steal user information to sell ads. 

    IF Apple is forced to provide side-loading, as @OutdoorAppDeveloper states, Apple would have to provide and install the api's necessary to use side-loading. Once the capability is there, a good developer/hacker can easily exploit it even if the user has turned it off. It might be as simple as installing a common, free app that everyone uses (Facebook???) and the install changes the side-loading setting after a few uses (so the App Store testers don't catch it fight off). I'm not a developer but I'm sure this could easily be configured, just like the official Olympic app that forces certain monitoring of athletes. There's no other option for the athletes. That's why I used the US government as an example. Submit your taxes via the IRS app and the FBI/NSA force the side-loading setting to be turned on then immediately include a backdoor. This isn't from a movie, it's common sense. If you don't think the FBI/NSA can already break into almost every version of Android you're in denial. 
    This is a really hot take - to suggest that an app in the Apple App Store (Facebook) would be able to change a hypothetical OS-level setting to enable side-loading without the user's consent or knowledge. I hate FB as much as anyone, but surely you know this would not happen. During the review process, each API call required by the app is audited directly from its source code and the manifest is verified against the developer's api entitlement list. So if those API's were being used and abused, Apple would have no excuse for it going uncaught, given how highly they tout the security of their App Store platform. If it did go uncaught, security researchers would find it quite quickly, given a simple import table dump of the app binary would expose the api call.

    Now let's talk about that Olympics Bubble app. That app IS in the App Store. It DID go through Apple's review process. And Apple approved it!!(!?!?!?) Now, even with the public awareness about its spyware characteristics, it's STILL in the Apple App Store. All the while, Apple tells us that apps in their store are secure and we can feel safe about them. The Olympics app is nothing but the latest example of how hypocritical that stance is.

    And no, is it not common sense to think that the FBI would attempt to install a backdoor via an App Store-provided app like an IRS Taxes app. For the same reasons as w/ the Facebook example, an App Store app would not be able to just flip random OS switches, and if they did slip through, security researchers would find it rather quickly - come to think of it, just like they did with the Olympics app. Go figure!

    So are we done fear mongering now? If you don't want to sideload, then don't. Nothing you install inside of the walled garden is going to be able to force side loading on you against your will.
  • Texas homes heat up as power companies alter smart thermostats

    What a ridiculous, misinformed, clickbait article. Nobody's thermostats are being tampered with. They opted into a program that allows this, and in exchange they receive financial perks on their power bill (including the power company providing the smart thermostats to them for free). This article needs a major overhaul, or to be retracted completely.

    I have been reading AI for over 20 years, but if you keep churning out trash like this, you will quickly fall off of my bookmarks. There are plenty of other reputable sites covering Apple that post the same news as you do, just as timely. Clearly they are more informed about the topics they are reporting.

    Engadget similarly posted a trash story about smart thermostats a few years back (here), and I promptly removed them from my news feed and have not been back.
  • Microsoft introduces Apple Silicon support in beta build of Excel for Mac

    I'm waiting to find out if there will be any way to run x64 software virtualized. I run a lot of server tools within Docker containers, and losing this would likely force me (and a lot of other developers) on to commodity hardware running Linux...

    Docker already runs on arm64 (I actually run it on an rpi4 for home automation), so Docker Desktop for MacOS will be likely ready for Apple Silicon on day 1. Most containerized products, especially open source servers like prometheus, haproxy, mariadb, nginx, etc., already provide docker images for arm64. You can check their repository listings check if they support arm64, and file issues if they do not. Millions of people around the world use these tools, so there is no reason they will not become available rather quickly.
  • Please don't wish for a 'free' App Store

    apple ][ said:
    These ignorant a-holes who want the app store completely open would ruin the entire app store if their ideas were to be implemented.

    Look at the mess that is Android.

    Nobody has any business telling Apple how to run their app store. If anybody doesn't like it, then go use something else. Nobody ever forced anybody to be in the Apple eco system. Don't come to Apple with your braindead ideas and demand them to change.

    I don't think anyone on this thread is suggesting how Apple run THEIR app store. The suggestion is that it should not be the ONLY app store (or only way to legitimately load an app).
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