Re: So, several versions of badly written code
Flawless code only means they haven't found any bugs. Yet.
1311 posts • joined 17 Aug 2009
Pairing != Connecting. MagicPaired devices will connect automatically to whichever device they were last connected, and appear pre-paired in the Bluetooth menus of all other devices on the same iCloud account. They can then be connected with a single click/tap from that device, which then becomes the active connection. It's actually rather well implemented.
It's primarily for convenience. Once an Apple Bluetooth device using this protocol is paired to another, it's automatically paired to every device which uses the same iCloud account. So you pair your AirPods once to your iPhone, then they are automatically paired with your Mac, iPad and any other device signed in to your iCloud account and can seamlessly switch between these without being reconnected or repaired.
It also in theory allows for devices to be locked to an iCloud account - so stolen AirPods or Apple Pencils could not be used on devices associated with another account without being unlocked first.
Your experience is your experience, but YouTube in the browser runs flawlessly on our iPad Pro from 2015 and always has done. And given my wife's ability to complain about anything that doesn't load IMMEDIATELY, I'm pretty confident that if there was a problem, I'd know about it.
If yours is experiencing problems, the first thing I'd look at is the battery. When max capacity drops under 80%, the iPad will slow down to avoid crashes.
A pretty good case study for what happens when you actually try to use an Android device without allowing it to monetise you. Even if you've removed all the dataslurping phone-home bollocks, you're still pretty much tied to Google services to do anything useful with it. And using Google services means you become the product.
Sure, it might be technically possible to disable absolutely everything that wants to sell you/your data, but you're left with a beautiful, useless brick if you do.
Ah yes, Apple of course being well known as the company selling the Surface Go 2.
If you're still enjoying your 2015 laptop then fair play to you, no need to upgrade for upgrade's sake. It is however, nigh on irrelevant as a comparison here.
" in the case of some Apple phones, slows them down to the point of unusability"
No it didn't. Processor throttling reduced performance to avoid a shutdown due to declining battery output, but it never came close to the 'point of unusability' unless your battery was completely fscked, in which case you wouldn't notice the slowdown - because your phone wouldn't turn on.
"Root the phone and remove and/or replace the offending bits of s/w and you will be OK."
Oh it's THAT simple!!! Great!!! I'll just tell my 80 year old gran who was bought this by her relatives because it was 'cheap'. Or our neighbours who haven't a clue about technology but got suckered in by the low on-contract price. Or teenagers who neither know nor care how valuable their personal data is and how it can be used to monetise them, because they just want WhatsApp and Insta. Or harassed parents who want their kids to be reachable so bought them the cheapest Android they could find. What a stupendously idiotic comment.
The fact that it might technically be possible to remove dataslurp does not make it right to let it happen in the first place. And that the Register can't be bothered to mention this is flat out negligent.
I was almost surprised that this wasn't mentioned in the article - then I remembered el Reg only bashes Apple.
The answer to this determines whether VirnetX are due any sympathy here at all. If the patents were invalid and they got this far on the USPTO's patently broken system (pun intended), then more power to Apple to use any and all legal avenues possible to get whatever they can. Remember this isn't just about squashing VirnetX, it's about discouraging worthless patent litigation in the future.
If the patents were valid, then I could see the argument here for calling Apple a vexatious litigant.
"...a proper warranty, EU/UK certification and regional customer support/localisation."
Chinese manufacturers and retailers are starting to take client satisfaction seriously; I've had generally good experiences with Banggood; sending stuff back is a crapshoot but if the value is less than $100 they'll often just send out a new product as long as you can demonstrate it's properly defective.. EU/UK certification is good at the level of this handset, but for some of the ultra cheap stuff you can forget it - they're generically compatible and will work on UK networks but things like localisation, standards compliance and component quality eg chargers leave a lot to be desired.
The biggest issue here isn't the quality of the handset per se - that will be fine. It's the fact that it, the firmware, the OS and/or the apps will try everything possible to scrape every bit of data they can to subsidise the below-cost sticker price.
It might retail for £230, but with those specs that's nowhere near what it costs to build. Not a word on how Android 10+RealMe UI will enable vendors to - ahem - 'top up' the difference, eh Reg?
Obviously perfectly happy to knock seven bells out of Apple and insult their customers for paying premium prices, but when it comes to Google/China 'You are the Product' dataslurp... nothing but tumbleweed. What a shame.
"No, Google doesn't sell information about its users."
"Google monetizes what it observes about people in two major ways:
1. It uses data to build individual profiles with demographics and interests, then lets advertisers target groups of people based on those traits.
2. It shares data with advertisers directly and asks them to bid on individual ads."
"That's not how it works - I suspect it's Google that's doing the triangulation if Maps is doing anything. "
There's no reason why phones can't do reverse triangulation on cell towers - they receive signal strength and other data from cell towers in the area including the Cell IDs of the towers; it's trivial to put this together and come up with a triangulated location from multiple towers. Accuracy won't be great (+/- 1-300m/sq) but certainly enough for rough locations.
"...that if Apple collects the data, they can be subpoeana'd for it (1), given a National Security Letter to demand real-time access to it (2), similary court-ordered forced to de-anonomise it (3) under COVID emergency pretense."
If it can be de-anonymised, it's not anonymous in the first place. Hence all the work that Apple have put in to make sure they don't actually HAVE the de-anonymised data, so it can't be subpoena'd.
It's a complete non-issue. And the headline is juuuuust cynical enough to give the impression that Apple are violating privacy whilst claiming to safeguard it, without actually crossing the line and outright stating it.
But yes. Nothing here worth a story.
I worked at IBM in the Gerstner years; it was a fabulous company. Even when it hit rock bottom in the early 90s, everybody (employees, managers and clients) wanted them to get back up on their feet.
Palmisano continued the journey to a pure bottom-line driven business, and Ginni rammed the final nails into the client service coffin.
$1.35tn market cap tells me they've done their sums right and is the literal definition of realistic, in the sense that it's as 'real' as it gets. Whatever their business model, you can't deny it works - and it works because there are a huge number of people who DO find the price/value ratio realistic.
A lot of people also don’t realise that if you run a significantly sized business, doing it on Hackintoshes is impractical at best and at worst could put you out of business.
Apple may turn a blind eye to individuals, but companies like mine of 100 or more are likely to get slapped much harder; they tend to want to stay on the right side of the law.
"Apple sells very expensive equipment that doesn't actually do anything to justify the expense"
In YOUR view. In MY view, I save money, stress and man-hours by buying Apple. I buy judiciously (I have a 2017 base model MacBook Pro and an iPhone 8 Plus, so nothing fancy by today's standards), my family also have iPhones (an SE and a 7) and MacBooks (a 2012 and a 2015), and all have proven to be reliable workhorses, with pretty much zero 'bling'; as you put it.
It works for me. I don't feel I've overpaid for the value I'm getting. Others may feel they get more value from Windows, or Android, or Linux, and I don't tell them they're idiots - I'm sure they're happy with their choice. And yet apparently I'm an idiot for choosing what works for me, and a whinger when I dislike being called an idiot.
I don’t like being called an idiot for making my informed decisions. If you think this makes me self-righteous, I don’t think you know what the term means.
Apple’s revenue and profit margins are also the single biggest disprover of the ‘idiot tax’ myth. No company grows to that level without selling products that people actually need and find useful.
And your comments coming from somebody who claims to have been involved in every technological breakthrough of the last 100 years, you have a VERY inflated view of your own credibility Jake.
I'm currently watching "How to Command a Nuclear Submarine" on Netflix - it follows 5 Captains-in-training as they go through the RN training programme prior to taking on their own command.
The single biggest reason for these trainees failing to complete their objectives is 'command paralysis through overload of data' - they are faced with so much information that they need to be able to distill and decide very quickly, and many are not up to the job.
A good leader is able to make a call based on consideration of the right factors, INCLUDING time. Sometimes this means making a judgement call in absence of data, or when overloaded with data; it may not be a perfect decision, but it needs to be made NOW.
He literally couldn't have explained it any clearer.
If you still don't get it, let me summarise it for you. Stay in your f*cking house, unless you need to get something you need to keep you alive, like food and medicine.
It really, really isn't rocket science.
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