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Posts by Swordmaker

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  • Could mobile devices raise skin cancer risk

    09/04/2015 5:28:37 AM PDT · 13 of 15
    Swordmaker to SunkenCiv
    And the all-aluminum Apple products cause ALZHEIMER’S!!! /s

    That probably will only apply to prison inmates. . . considering where they hide them. . . '

  • The Shroud of Turin: A Mystery Across the Ages

    09/04/2015 5:22:23 AM PDT · 63 of 63
    Swordmaker to Nabber

    Keep in mind, Nabber, that I post replies to answer questions for the lurkers. Sorry about the means, but I run into some who will worry the same issue to death. Sometimes I have to beat them over the head like that. . . GRIN. Note my reply to the fellow making the links to the skeptical sites.

    Thanks for your support. It’s a never ending battle with the people who don’t understand that once science has answered the question, there’s no need to revisit the same issues again and again. Only the skeptics keep bringing up such things. . . because they are preaching to people who are looking for excuses to deny reality.

  • Could mobile devices raise skin cancer risk

    09/03/2015 11:02:24 PM PDT · 5 of 15
    Swordmaker to A CA Guy
    From the sun?
    I don’t stand in the sun using devices.

    Who does?

  • Could mobile devices raise skin cancer risk

    09/03/2015 11:01:30 PM PDT · 3 of 15
    Swordmaker to ThunderSleeps; dayglored; ShadowAce; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; Abundy; Action-America; acoulterfan; ...
    GASP! ROTFLMAO! WHEEZE! The ultimate mobile device FUD research article of all time. . . Do the screens of mobile phones, tablets, and laptops, reflect dangerous solar ultraviolet rays from the sun hitting their screens from being used outdoors enough to cause skin cancer in their users!!! — PING!

    Ping to ThunderSleepsm DayGloRed, and Shadow Ace for their ping lists. . .

    Mobile Device Skin Cancer Scare FUD!

    The Latest Apple/Mac/iOS Pings can be found by searching Keyword “ApplePingList” on Freerepublic’s Search.

    If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.

  • Could mobile devices raise skin cancer risk

    09/03/2015 10:52:01 PM PDT · 1 of 15
  • Apple Inc To Focus On Creating Original Content Of Movies And TV Shows

    09/03/2015 9:42:49 PM PDT · 26 of 27
    Swordmaker to ImJustAnotherOkie
    All electronic communication is subject to interception.

    It’s routed from server to server and all points in between.

    That's still a pointless comment, Okie. So what that they can intercept a string of unintelligible, encrypted gobbledegook. They can intercept all they want, they can do NOTHING with it! They don't have the key.

  • Apple fans fooled by Dutch humorists into thinking Android is iOS 9

    09/03/2015 9:20:36 PM PDT · 13 of 18
    Swordmaker to Vision Thing
    So it’s the exact same Apple fans who were used in a video from a year ago. Those dutch humorists are such rascals! :)

    No, it's the exact same video. No differences. They just edited in a new leader. Even last year people investigating it found there was actually no evidence they were Apple fans. . . except the statement of the "interviewer."

    It's a paid astroturf advertisement, Vision Thing. Watch at the end where it says "Sponsored Content." Samsung pays out billions in astroturfing expenses every year. In 2012, marketing was over $14 billion, while their actual advertising budget for ad copy was under $4 billion. Double fraud.

  • Apple fans fooled by Dutch humorists into thinking Android is iOS 9

    09/03/2015 9:08:51 PM PDT · 11 of 18
    Swordmaker to Vision Thing

    Did you notice that at the end it said “Sponsored Content?” It’s an astroturf advertising by paid for by Samsung. . . the same as it was last year.

  • Apple fans fooled by Dutch humorists into thinking Android is iOS 9

    09/03/2015 9:03:36 PM PDT · 9 of 18
    Swordmaker to Vision Thing; ThunderSleeps; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; Abundy; Action-America; acoulterfan; AFreeBird; ...
    This YouTube is NOT CURRENT, except for the leader where they say they are going to tell people it's iOS 9, it's identical to the video they showed last year when iOS 8 came out. . . same people, same reactions, same FUD. — PING!

    Ping to ThunderSleeps for his Android Ping list.

    Android on Apple iPhones . . . Claiming to fake out Apple iOS users. . . but actually it's a reprise of a FUD video from last year

    The Latest Apple/Mac/iOS Pings can be found by searching Keyword “ApplePingList” on Freerepublic’s Search.

    If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.

  • Has a Law Been Broken by the Lady Clerk?

    09/03/2015 8:54:16 PM PDT · 2 of 105
    Swordmaker to hapnHal

    If a law is clearly unConstitutional, you SHOULD not obey it. You are not obliged to obey an unconstitutional statute or edict of a court, no matter what the judge says. However, you may wind up paying the penalty or spending time in jail. This is the trappings of Tyranny and the small little steps of oppression creeping into our society.

  • Calling all those FReepers using an iPad

    09/03/2015 6:18:55 PM PDT · 35 of 40
    Swordmaker to bk1000

    It has to do with a forced re-load I think. . . I’ve seen it happen too. Check and see how many apps you have loaded on your iPad and close most of them. I have 128GB of memory so I don’t see it happen too often.

  • Calling all those FReepers using an iPad

    09/03/2015 3:26:02 PM PDT · 18 of 40
    Swordmaker to bk1000; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; Abundy; Action-America; acoulterfan; AFreeBird; Airwinger; Aliska; ...
    Freeper bk1000 is seeking advice on Freeping with his iPad from fellow iPad users. . . — PING!

    Calling all fellow Apple iPad Freeper users

    The Latest Apple/Mac/iOS Pings can be found by searching Keyword “ApplePingList” on Freerepublic’s Search.

    If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.

  • Apple Inc To Focus On Creating Original Content Of Movies And TV Shows

    09/03/2015 2:11:04 PM PDT · 24 of 27
    Swordmaker to ImJustAnotherOkie
    So, I agreed. Nobody has ever invented a back door that could be exploited.

    Then why did you imply that someone could intercept the data flow and descript it?

  • The Shroud of Turin: A Mystery Across the Ages

    09/03/2015 2:03:31 PM PDT · 61 of 63
    Swordmaker to Nabber
    Carbon dating of textiles has had problems with accuracy: an Egyptian mummy-wrapping (Manchester mummy collection) showed an age 700 years younger than the body.

    Yes, I know. . . and I told you why. The cloth of those wrappings were inextricably covered and penetrated with contamination from various ages of bacteria, lichen, mold which, when taken in total, had an average age far younger than the original pristine cloth of the wrappings that covered the mummy. When the cloth of the wrapping was dated, they dated the melange of cloth, dead bacteria, dead lichen, dead mold, etc., which was unremovable from the wrappings, because over the years, they had become part of the wrappings. They got a correct age for the AVERAGE of everything in the mixture collected over several thousand years of accumulation.

    Now, what part of, "we know exactly why the 1988 C-14 test was skewed," is it that you fail to comprehend? Is it the three "independent, peer-reviewed, published in scientific journals" studies, that proved the tested samples were contaminated with a "sixteenth or seventeenth century cotton patch" equal to forty to sixty percent of the tested weight, exactly proportionate to the tested origination dates? Or perhaps it's the fact "we still have the fifth unburnt sub-sample which is cotton patch" on one side, and original Flax Linen on the other side? Is that it? What are you failing to grasp that causes you to reach back repeatedly to an already falsified hypothesis?

  • Apple Inc To Focus On Creating Original Content Of Movies And TV Shows

    09/03/2015 10:24:38 AM PDT · 22 of 27
    Swordmaker to ImJustAnotherOkie
    You are right. It’s impossible for your transmitted encrypted information to be intercepted and decrypted.
    Want to buy a bridge?

    SIGH. If you think that anyone can intercept and 256 bit AES standard encryption and decipher it, I'll sell YOU the bridge, Okie. Any passcode on an Apple device is entangled with the device's UUID to construct the encryption key. If any person or agency intercepting the data doesn't have the key, which at the point of transmission could be as long as 2,176 bits or as short as 160, plus stop bits between eight bit bytes, the only way to break the cypher is brute force.

    If the user has selected a 16 character passcode (and Apple allows a user to construct a passcode from all 223 character accessible from the keyboard), the number of years it would take using a supercomputer capable of trying two trillion passcodes a year to try all possible keys is 5.26 vigintillion years (yes, Okie, that is a real number, it's 5.26 x 10195). My math is correct, I've done it several times to show others like you who think they could break such a cypher next week with the fancy gaming rig.

    If you increase the speed of your supercomputer by a trillion, you only drop the number of years to ~5 x 10183 years. In any case, by the time they cracked your encryption, the Electrons in the Universe would have died from entropic heat death and nobody would be around to be interested in what you had stuffed in your bits and bytes which would have long since randomized and died along with the rest of the universe.

    So, Okie, I can get you a great deal on the Brooklyn Bridge. . .

  • Windows 10

    09/02/2015 11:22:01 PM PDT · 45 of 46
    Swordmaker to jdsteel
    The latest Mac OS is also “free”, you know.

    No, it was purchased when the hardware was purchased, it's included in the software license. It's not "Free.”

  • Windows 10

    09/02/2015 11:19:32 PM PDT · 44 of 46
    Swordmaker to tophat9000
    Isn't Apple OS X also “free”

    No. The buyer of a Macintosh computer gets OS X and future upgrades included with his or her purchase for the life of the support period. Such upgrades follow the hardware. The buyer pays for them at purchase.

  • The Shroud of Turin: A Mystery Across the Ages

    09/02/2015 10:33:34 PM PDT · 59 of 63
    Swordmaker to Nabber
    The inaccuracy of C-14 tests, of any type, on textiles compared to the accompanying bodies, has been documented in a number of cases.

    That's been reported anecdotal,y, but no studies have been done to show it to be true. It may be, but I doubt it in this case. The reason given in the other cases has been the bacteri contamination, as the cloth they were testing was severely contaminated with mold and lichens and bacteri from years of exposure. The Shroud is remarkably clean of such contaminants. We DO know what happened in the 1988 C-14 test. . , three different, mutually exclusive approaches have prove that what was tested was a patch made of cotton, probably made in the sixteenth or seventeenth century to repair that frayed corner. We still have the fifth unburnt sub-sample that was retained from the 1988 test and one half of it is Cotton, one half Original linen. Documentary evidence has been found backing that.

  • The Shroud of Turin: A Mystery Across the Ages

    09/02/2015 10:20:59 PM PDT · 58 of 63
    Swordmaker to Oatka
    That link was just one of many and was posted as a starting point as to the claim.
    You doth protest too much.

    I've read them all, Oatka, and a lot more. Most of them are hilariously wrong. . . or they are making claims that are impossible based on the physical and chemical evidence that has already been long known about the Shroud from studying in detail down to the Electron Microscopic level, which I assure you these skeptics ignore completely

    I will still trump every one of your amateurs making claims published in their skeptical magazines with my world class scientists working in their fields of expertise, publishing their work in peer-reviewed scientific journals, where their work is critiqued by other scientists, who know what they've done, how it was done, and can properly evaluate the conclusions of their work.

    We are not just talking a few articles, but literally hundreds, compared to a few from a handful of non-scientists with no experience or hands-on testing, making claims that were easily shot down with science that had already been done by far more qualified scientists and falsified years before, but they being ignorant, like you, of the science and scholarship, did sloppy work, and, in their arrogance and sure they had proved the Shroud a FRAUD, made an announcement to the news media without concern for checking their work against the published and already known record.

    As I said, their so-called "proofs" were absurdly easy to shoot down. Joe Nickell, with his daubing technique, was among the easiest to debunk. Your link about body length is literally laughable and shows the amateur thought that is at the heart of many of the skeptics' theories.

    My protests are just the tip of the scientific and scholarly iceberg that sink the skeptical twaddle your link exposed. Frankly, there is nothing of value there. One finds amateurs throwing theory after desperate theory at the wall, hoping one will stick, only to see each one slide down leaving a slimy trail of bovine excremental waste in its wake, until it festers on the floor in a reeking puddle until another ignorant amateur, certain of his intellectual superiority over those Shroud yokels, picks it up, polishes it, and tosses it at the wall, all over again!

    I've been studying the Shroud scholarship and the science attached to it for 44 years. I know one heck of a lot more about it on FreeRepublic than any other Freeper except for Shroudie, who maintains several websites on the subject and writes extensively, as I do, on the subject. I defer to his expertise, though.

  • Android loss continues in Europe as 27% of smartphone users dump Android for Apple iPhone

    09/02/2015 8:30:02 PM PDT · 30 of 30
    Swordmaker to dayglored
    Well, ya gotta admit, Android fragmentation is nothing if not colorful.

    And all the excitement of a roller-coaster ride. . .

  • Ian Fleming Never Mentioned James Bond’s Ethnicity. But He did Offer a Few Clues…

    09/02/2015 6:41:35 PM PDT · 63 of 81
    Swordmaker to x
    So does this mean they've dropped the "Gay Bond" idea?

    If they go back to that idea, does that mean they will replace the sexy nude female silhouettes in the opening credits with gay guys prancing over the screen alternating with more gay he-men lifting bar bells? Most of the audience would walk out before they finished the producer's credit and got to the Director. . .

  • Ian Fleming Never Mentioned James Bond’s Ethnicity. But He did Offer a Few Clues…

    09/02/2015 6:35:50 PM PDT · 59 of 81
    Swordmaker to headstamp 2
    The new Bond will be a transvestite.

    No, Ms. Bond, an avowed feminist named her child born of artificial insemination, after aborting two male fetuses, James, because gender identities are so passé these days. . . and Xe was the first of xer genderlessness to be admitted to Eton, breaking that horrific bastion of oppressive male patriarchal domination. Now, 007, licensed to write nasty notes to the bad guy's mother (killing is, of course, not permitted), is the star agent of the EU's joint Overt Operations Service, overseen by Mother, played by Dame Judi Dench, who gets very vexed if 007 fails to ask permission to do anything before investigating anything, including having breakfast. . . or going to the bathroom. . . or, of course, writing a nasty note to the bad guy's mother.

    The new, politically correct, Justice Warrior 007 prefers to have xer morning fruit smoothie shaken not blended. Xe carries a MonteBlanc pen with which to write her nasty notes and xe drives a green Volt, with a special battery designed by Q, which will get ten more minutes of charge than a standard model.

  • Apple Inc To Focus On Creating Original Content Of Movies And TV Shows

    09/02/2015 5:48:36 PM PDT · 19 of 27
    Swordmaker to ImJustAnotherOkie
    I've been developing for 30 years used dozens of IDE's, wouldn't do anything else.

    You haven't answered my question. What model was the last iPhone you owned. . . the 2007 iPhone? I doubt you use any Apple product. . . your disparaging remarks about UNIX shows that's so.

    So you are a Windows developer and maybe an Android developer. Whoopee. . . Your obvious bias doesn't increase your credibility much.

  • Apple Inc To Focus On Creating Original Content Of Movies And TV Shows

    09/02/2015 5:38:53 PM PDT · 18 of 27
    Swordmaker to ImJustAnotherOkie
    No, Okie, Apple does not want your health information. It's kept on your devices for YOUR use.
    On my own personal iCloud server?

    If you want your own server, you can do that. . . but what part of uploaded to iCloud at 256 bit AES encryption to which you hold the only key, and to which Apple does NOT have access, do you fail to understand?

  • Android loss continues in Europe as 27% of smartphone users dump Android for Apple iPhone

    09/02/2015 5:33:43 PM PDT · 27 of 30
    Swordmaker to The KG9 Kid; ThunderSleeps; dayglored
    Even your chart doesn’t tell the whole story:

    Oh, I agree. Consider these fairly current charts from OpenSource:

    Android Fragmentation by model of device

    Android Fragmentation by Brand, each of which is responsible for distributing updates to the OS.

    Android Fragmentation by Screen Size

    Compare that last one with this:

    Apple iOS Fragmentation by Screen Size

    Apple iOS Version Fragmentation compared to Google Android Version Fragmentation
    (Note: Apple iOS 8 is now at 92.5%, iOS 7 at 6% per Apple.)
  • Android loss continues in Europe as 27% of smartphone users dump Android for Apple iPhone

    09/02/2015 4:04:52 PM PDT · 21 of 30
    Swordmaker to Sam Gamgee
    I know its hard. Here in Canada I refuse to use Bell services because they demand that their employees put pink ribbons on their cubicles showing their support for homosexuality. I rather not use Apple because they outsource to the ChiComs. HTC is in Taiwan and Samsung in Korea, so I rather use them.

    I hate to break this to you, but FoxConn and Pegatron, Apple's main assemblers are both Taiwanese owned companies. FoxConn is also the main manufacturer and assembler for HTC and a secondary assembler for Samsung. Samsung makes some of the parts for Apple. . . and many of the iPhone parts are made in the United States, while none of the parts of the HTC or Samsung devices are. Here is a list of the 52 largest of FoxConn's 500 or so contract customers:

    • Acer Inc. (Taiwan)
    • Alcatel (France)
    • Amazon (United States)
    • Apple Inc. (United States)
    • Archos (France)
    • ASRock (Taiwan)
    • Asus (Taiwan)
    • Barnes & Noble (United States)
    • BenQ (South Korea)
    • Blackberry (Canada)
    • Cisco (United States)
    • Dell Inc.(United States)
    • EVGA Corporation (United States)
    • Fujitsu (Japan)
    • GE Thomson
    • Google (United States)
    • Griffin Technologies (United States)
    • Gründig Mobile (Germany)
    • Hewlett-Packard (United States)
    • HTC (Taiwan)
    • Huawei (China)
    • Intel (United States)
    • IBM (United States)
    • Kyocera Communications (Japan)
    • Lenovo (China)
    • Lenovo/Motorola Mobility (China)
    • LG Lucky GoldStar (South Korea)
    • Microsoft (United States)
    • Microsoft MSI (Taiwan)
    • Motorola Communications (United States)
    • NCR (United States)
    • NEC Casio Communication (Japan)
    • Netgear (United States)
    • Nintendo (Japan)
    • Nokia Oyj (Finland)
    • PackardBell (Netherlands)
    • Panasonic (Japan)
    • Philips (Netherlands)
    • Pioneer Electronics (Japan)
    • Samsung (South Korea)
    • Sanyo (Japan)
    • Sharp (Japan)
    • Siemens (Germany)
    • Sony (Japan)
    • TCL Communication Technology (China)
    • Telefunken (Germany)
    • Thomson (France)
    • Toshiba (Japan)
    • Vizio (United States)
    • Xiaomi (China)
    • Zoostorm (New Zealand)
    • ZTE (China)

    Yup, your HTC and Samsung phones are most likely made by the same company that assembles Apple's iPhone and iPads, just not with as many parts made in the USA, nor are they designed in the USA, or owned by a USA company, on equipment owned by a USA company, nor are the profits from their sales taxed by the United States Government (Apple paid more US Corporate income tax than any other US business in 2012, paying $1 out of every $40 of US Corporate Income Tax collected that year!). Of course, I guess that's OK, you're Canadian. . . but Apple uses some parts made in Canada too.

    Did you notice BLACKBERRY on that list?

  • Android loss continues in Europe as 27% of smartphone users dump Android for Apple iPhone

    09/02/2015 3:46:53 PM PDT · 20 of 30
    Swordmaker to TexasFreeper2009
    Maybe more sodomites live in Europe?

    Because it makes no sense otherwise.

    Are you claiming that 1.2 billion iOS devices in the world were all bought all by sodomites? If so, you are really pathetic.

  • Android loss continues in Europe as 27% of smartphone users dump Android for Apple iPhone

    09/02/2015 3:43:50 PM PDT · 19 of 30
    Swordmaker to The KG9 Kid
    Here is the state of Android fragmentation of OS as of August 2015:

    As I said, iOS 8 reached 92.5% user penetration in the same month after being in the field less than 11 months.

  • Apple Inc To Focus On Creating Original Content Of Movies And TV Shows

    09/02/2015 3:09:14 PM PDT · 16 of 27
    Swordmaker to ImJustAnotherOkie
    Keep thinking that. You can get anything an Apple does for a lot less somewhere else.

    I know that you can buy a lot of junk cheaply. However, by the time you put your time into getting it all to work together, you have a kludge that only partially works together. I work cross platform on multiple systems.

    You seem to know the price of everything but the value of nothing. . . especially the time of people who really don't want to spend time tinkering to make something work.

    I do not believe you own an iPhone now, if you ever did before. . . because you said that when you got an iPhone you had to buy a GPS. It may be you bought the 2007 model that used Cell Tower triangulation for location services. Admit it, you don't use Apple products at all. You spout talking points from FUD articles that also don't know what they are talking about.

    But, yes, it just works. Apple's Maps app works excellently now. Even when it was released, the few glitches were minor. When Google Maps added their 3D view, three years later, it had the SAME KIND of glitches that the nattering nabobs of negativity were chattering about as being so bad in Apple Maps but not a peep was heard in the press.

    The direction problems with Apple Maps existed not in Apple Maps but in TomTom, the source of the data which Apple was leasing in their original release; it was not inherent just in Apple's data. And the business data errors came from Yelp not updating its databases. Within six months of release, all of the so called errors were fixed. . . but the nay-sayers, under the baton being waved by Google, were still screaming about the problems that existed on the first release, not that they had been fixed. . . and they STILL crow about those glitches today, three years later.

    Objective-C? Their software is chained to a programming language from the 1980’s,

    XCode? their dev environment? Buggy as hell

    Not according to the people who program for multiple platforms. . . Haven't you heard of SWIFT????

    iPhone? can’t change the resolution when taking pictures.

    That's a new one. Why would you want to take crappier photos than your camera is capable of taking? Most criticism is that the iPhone camera doesn't have more! SHEESH! Take the photo, send it to your iCloud automatically encrypted to 256 bit AES standard, then delete it from your phone to clear up space if you need the memory space, and take more. Resize the photo as needed later.

    Now they want all your health information.

    No, Okie, Apple does not want your health information. It's kept on your devices for YOUR use. If you decide you are willing to share it personally with your doctor, or anonymously with research organizations, it's your choice, it never goes to Apple for their use. Apple could not be less interested. It will be stored with your iCloud data, but that is encrypted to 256 bit AES standards, and only YOU have the key. Apple doesn't have the key to your data. They cannot decrypt it, only you can unlock it.

    What do they do that nobody else does?

    As I said, Apple integration is far better than anyone else's integration. . . I do something on my iPhone, iPad, or Mac, it's instantly on the other devices I own, if I start a document on one, I can finish on another, edit an email on one, send it on another. If developers follow the guidelines and use the APIs, it will work across the apps too. It all works seamlessly. Multiple people can work on a single document and track edits. . . seamlessly. All apps share the same User interface and layout of menus. Drag and drop actually works across all apps. Plug in a device, the system recognizes it and it's ready to go. Except in very rare circumstances, searching for drivers to install is not required. Deleting an App or program is as simple as dragging it to the trash. . . and anti-virus/anti-malware is really an unnecessary addition. . . as are the various third party utilities to keep the system running cleanly.

    One thing they are doing is NOT sharing any of your data with the authorities because they literally cannot. They don't have the key to it. Microsoft and Google long ago jumped that shark and agreed to participate but Apple refused. Apple will comply with a legal search warrant and hand over your encrypted data, which is gobbledegook. . . but it is up to the government to get it unlocked, to decrypt it.

    Apple cannot help them do that. The government has to compel YOU to give them the key to open the files.

    Could the Windows version of iTunes use a bottom to top rebuild? Probably, perhaps even certainly. The Mac version works quite well.

  • Android loss continues in Europe as 27% of smartphone users dump Android for Apple iPhone

    09/02/2015 1:53:59 PM PDT · 13 of 30
    Swordmaker to kingu
    And Samsung, gosh, didn't realize that they'd grown to 34% of the market share (if the numbers are accurate for iOS having a 30% share and 64% between the two companies) which I guess makes them the biggest in the US now of any single brand.

    Samsung has been the number one brand for some time. . . dropped to number two to Apple in the fourth quarter of 2014 for one quarter. However, Apple has 92% of all phone profits. Samsung has 14% of the profits. You might ask "How can that be?" since it totals 106%! It's even stranger because Xiaomi has 1% of the profits and LG has another 1%, bringing the total of all cellular phone profits to 108%! The reason is that ALL of the other 246 or so cellular phone makers have posted LOSSES, which when accumulated total the missing 8% of the cellular phone profit totals, bringing the it back down to 100%.

  • Android loss continues in Europe as 27% of smartphone users dump Android for Apple iPhone

    09/02/2015 1:42:51 PM PDT · 11 of 30
    Swordmaker to wolfman23601
    Android phone manufacturers made a big mistake taking the expanded SD card space and the removable battery out of their new phones. That was a huge competitive advantage.

    The SD card space was a sales disadvantage in the Enterprise as it was a huge security risk for IT to accepting Android phones for any Bring Your Own Device or even for Android sales direct for use to the Enterprise level IT departments. IT was too easy to steal the cards out of the phones. . . and therefore all of the data on the cards. Google saw that and to open the doors to the Enterprise, removed it. Similarly, batteries were a enterprise sales impediment. . . as well as a security problem. Remove the battery and the Enterprise owners of the phone couldn't track the location of their property. So. . . Gone.

    I think a more important driver of dropping sales was the revelation that Android phones cannot be completely erased at the end of the owner's use of them. . . and essentially must be destroyed instead of handed down or sold to another user. Essentially secret data was left on the phones including passwords, credit card data, and other personal information including photographs that might be sensitive were found on Android phones that were supposedly reset to factory blank conditions. Even experienced technical people could not properly erase their phones of this sensitive data. That essentially destroyed any resale value of an Android phone for anyone who might be concerned about their privacy.

    Add the growing level of malware attacks that were hitting only Android and you were getting what some pundits were calling a "perfect storm" for Anrdroid when combined with the fact that many manufacturers were not pushing out the patches necessary for fixing the vulnerabilities in their equipment because they had no economic incentive to do it, even when Google published them in a timely manner.

    Consumers aren't stupid. They'll go where it's safer.

  • Android loss continues in Europe as 27% of smartphone users dump Android for Apple iPhone

    09/02/2015 1:27:16 PM PDT · 3 of 30
    Swordmaker to ThunderSleeps; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; Abundy; Action-America; acoulterfan; AFreeBird; Airwinger; ...
    Apple iPhones gaining market share in Europe, Australia, and Japan at the expense of Android sales. US sales are down a bit in anticipation of the newer iPhones coming out in September. — PING!

    Ping to ThunderSleeps for Android Ping list attention. . .

    Apple iPhone Market share gains

    The Latest Apple/Mac/iOS Pings can be found by searching Keyword “ApplePingList” on Freerepublic’s Search.

    If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.

  • Android loss continues in Europe as 27% of smartphone users dump Android for Apple iPhone

    09/02/2015 1:21:02 PM PDT · 1 of 30
  • One Reason Apple (AAPL) Stock is Retreating

    09/02/2015 1:02:56 PM PDT · 19 of 19
    Swordmaker to VeniVidiVici
    Wow! Siri support, an App Store AND a remote!! And twice the price! It must be exclusive! I am so there!!

    I discount everything predicted by anal-cysts. . . however, if Apple adds an SSD to the AppleTV that would account for a doubling of the price from the original $99, allowing buffering of content. Also, an App Store means they are opening it up to being a gaming platform. Being that it is an iOS platform, all of those iOS games that have been around for years for iPhone and iPad will suddenly be playable on AppleTV without having to be streamed from an iPhone or iPad.

    That could make the AppleTV one of the least expensive game consoles AND with a good capacity SSD, all the games would be downloadable. No need for cartridges or CD/DVD disk loading. Very much worth the price of admission. NOW, make it a Ala Carte cable system where you only get what you want instead of buying package deals that include 500 channels of 450 channels of junk to get the 50 you want. . . and paying more than you want because that's the only way you can get everything you want of the 50.

    So, you'd be able to say "Siri, show me a list of action movies starring Bruce Willis that I haven't watched yet," and it would bring up that listing to allow you to select one for you to view. If you are on a slower internet connection, you could possibly then say "Sire, download "Die Hard with a Vengence" for watching later this evening." When you are ready to watch it, it will have been pre-loaded on the SSD (assuming that is what Apple has done) and you can watch without interruption for buffering halts.

  • Apple Inc To Focus On Creating Original Content Of Movies And TV Shows

    09/02/2015 12:37:30 PM PDT · 14 of 27
    Swordmaker to ImJustAnotherOkie
    Since the iPhone nothing really innovative has been put forward. The iPad was a first but really nothing more than a swollen iPhone without a phone, and the watch was a 2nd or 3rd and is but a shrunken iPhone without a phone.

    Which opinion shows you really do not have a clue about what you are talking about. You're wrong. You don't have any idea about what innovation is. It is obvious you don't use the products and don't experience how they work together which is one of the greatest innovations Apple has created that no one else has matched. Every other company's ecosystem is a kludge in comparison, dependent on third-party apps to get a poor simulation of what Apple does.

    What you claim is a "me too" company is when Apple does it, it actually works, and is not a kludge that people have to assemble themselves from disparate parts and apps from multiple sources which works across all of Apple's devices, not just a selected few. A good example is that Apple's current iOS version 8.4.1 is installed on 92.5% of all iOS devices in the wild just one year after it was released. . . and they all will connect back with hand-off to Mac OS X. Android? Only 15.5% of Android users are on Android 5 Lollipop. When you add Android 4.4 Kitkat, it only rises to 54.8%, almost two years after Kitkat was released.

    Show me a tech company that doesn't have a leftward tilt. . . it's hard to find one that doesn't have one, unfortunately.

  • Quantum computer that 'computes without running' sets efficiency record

    09/01/2015 11:22:21 PM PDT · 12 of 30
    Swordmaker to LibWhacker
  • Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches (Win 10 spyware comes to 7, 8.1)

    09/01/2015 11:17:21 PM PDT · 16 of 45
    Swordmaker to dayglored; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; Abundy; Action-America; acoulterfan; AFreeBird; Airwinger; Aliska; ..
    Oh. . . my! Microsoft has just . . . uh, stepped in it, big time. Adds the Windows 10, er, experience to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in the latest updates, at least the Big Brother telemetry, snoopy nose, portion of the Windows 10 experience, that is. Microsoft adds intrusive telemetry to the older Windows OSes, retroactively. . . Well, Peeping Tom's always did know the value of Windows, I guess. . . This appears to be just a turn-around. . . the Windows are peeping on you! — PING!

    Microsoft Windows 7 and 8.1:b
    Soon to be watching you on a PC nearby!

    If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.

  • MH370 Mystery Continues: French Investigators Unable to Link Found Plane Debris to Missing Plane

    09/01/2015 9:08:35 PM PDT · 23 of 26
    Swordmaker to BlackVeil
    Could the Malaysian Airline have been using counterfeit replacement parts in repairing their fleet of Boeing aircraft? Yeah, they could. . .

    That could easily explain why the Spanish Company who supposedly made the registered Flaperon that was originally installed on the MH370 is not the one that has been found. The airline replaced the original with a cheaper, third-party non-certified replacement and did not log the replacement because then it would get back to Boeing and other authorities who may pull its air-worthiness certification. Can't have that, you know. After all, that part is OK! The salesman who sold it said it was "Just as good as the real thing, we guarantee it! Your plane won't fall out of the sky, we promise and cross out black hearts!"

  • Apple and Pentagon in a $171 Million Wearable Tech Venture

    09/01/2015 8:56:46 PM PDT · 24 of 25
    Swordmaker to minnesota_bound
    Throwing out your old comic books I understand!

    No my Mom did that while I was away at college — including the original Superboy with the first appearance of Bizzaro. . . would be worth about $350 today. . . along with some original Carl Bark's Scrooge McDuck's Comics. . . that are worth more.

  • Apple and Pentagon in a $171 Million Wearable Tech Venture

    09/01/2015 8:38:41 PM PDT · 23 of 25
    Swordmaker to minnesota_bound
    #15 You divorced your wife over a Winchester spatula? : )

    You sure read a lot into a story. No, that event happened twenty years before the divorce. . . and had nothing to do with it, except for being an example of her passive aggressive behavior and some carelessness.

  • One Reason Apple (AAPL) Stock is Retreating

    09/01/2015 8:20:29 PM PDT · 14 of 19
    Swordmaker to minnesota_bound
    I sold my Apple stock at $128 this past July. I figured I would make more with Netflix now. I made about 46% with Apple stock in a little more then a year so was pretty happy. I do not know where they will go from here. This month Apple may tell all and the stock could go way up but I think it will be steady for a while.

    Good timing. . .

  • One Reason Apple (AAPL) Stock is Retreating

    09/01/2015 7:47:07 PM PDT · 12 of 19
    Swordmaker to TexasGator
    Verizon Edge program ...

    Samsung Edge phone ....

    Marketing promotion???

    Could be. I have AT&T. AT&T calls it their Next Program.

  • One Reason Apple (AAPL) Stock is Retreating

    09/01/2015 7:21:00 PM PDT · 10 of 19
    Swordmaker to TexasGator
    I saw earlier that one of the companies (Verizon) no longer ‘sells’ you a phone ... you can upgrade after six months if you have paid 50 percent of the costs.

    That's not the way it works, Texas. What happens is that you are buying your iPhone or iPad on time, paying for it with your wireless bill as an extra charge every month. After a period of time, you can turn in your current iPhone or iPad for the next model (AT&T calls it their Next program) and simply get the next model, continuing with the same payment plan, only now it is extended for more months. If you choose not to exchange it, after 12, 18, 20, or 24 months, depending on the plan you chose, you own it, and your bill goes down by the amount you were paying for your iPhone/iPad payments. You can continue this for every new model as it comes out. BUT you do have to turn in your old iPhone/iPad or, if you want to keep it and hand it down, pay it off. The 50% of the costs is where it gets economical to do it, generally at the time when the newest model is being released.

    I've generally handed my iPhones and iPads down in my family or later, sold them privately. It's always more than covered the upgrade costs because Apple products have excellent resale value. Other makes, not so much. I sold my Apple iPhone 5 for almost $400 which way more than paid for the downpayment and activation fees for my iPhone 6. This was a two year old iPhone. The carriers will take them in on trade and then refurbish them and sell them overseas to new customers.

  • Apple and Pentagon in a $171 Million Wearable Tech Venture

    09/01/2015 6:47:49 PM PDT · 16 of 25
    Swordmaker to MeshugeMikey
    I remember getting a newsletter from a guy who was touting the HUGE upside to “high tech wearables” controlled by the Apple Watch....several months ago

    I am thinking this may be more of something that attaches to or can be slipped into uniform sleeves. . . perhaps an iPhone derivative that can control drones, give GPS directions, keep tabs on soldier's health, reporting back to the squad leader, pass on changes in orders, directions, etc.

  • Apple and Pentagon in a $171 Million Wearable Tech Venture

    09/01/2015 6:44:44 PM PDT · 15 of 25
    Swordmaker to Dr. Sivana
    I know they have to spend their profits on SOMETHING, but when I think of these things I just imagine Chrysler air conditioners and Exxon office computers.

    i'm thinking Winchester spatulas and washing machines. . . yes, they did indeed make such things back in the 1920s. I had a Winchester spatula until my ex-wife tossed it into a package to go to the Salvation Army. It was worth quite a pretty penny too. She "borrowed" it to use because she couldn't find hers and knew I had it in my Winchester collection and needed to frost a cake. . . and somehow didn't put it back. Then it got in the duplicate kitchen stuff that went to the Salvation Army when she was cleaning stuff out. . . and only remembered it wasn't hers to toss out after the stuff was gone. If I recall correctly it was worth around $200. . . GRRRRRR..

    Winchester Spatula from the 1920s, mine was in almost brand new condition.

    How about an authentic Winchester Pipe Wrench from 1922?

    As I recall, Winchester even tried its hand at manufacturing vacuum cleaners for a while. Those are very rare. . . they sucked (almost as badly as their post 64 model 94 rifles). heheheheh. At least I remember seeing some photographs of the broom type Winchester vacuum cleaners.

    In any case, Winchester expanded beyond their core expertise and it was not successful.

  • One Reason Apple (AAPL) Stock is Retreating

    09/01/2015 6:23:09 PM PDT · 8 of 19
    Swordmaker to TexasGator
    Hey, Gator, let's look at the two year AAPL chart:

    Note the LOW during the week of September 13, 2013 (the low actually during the week was $64 something), and the all time high during the week of May 22, 2015 (there was a day that hit $133)

    These are weekly averages, not actual highs or lows.

  • One Reason Apple (AAPL) Stock is Retreating

    09/01/2015 5:59:20 PM PDT · 7 of 19
    Swordmaker to TexasGator
    Six months ago it was at 130. It is now about 110 up from 100. I don’t think 110 is way UP from 130.

    You are right. . . I was thinking about the end of January when it was as low as now. . . AAPL is volatile. I don't worry about the ups-and-downs of AAPL as I am in the for the long haul. On July 20, AAPL was at ~132. . . and then they reported the best third quarter of their history, to which a bunch of LYING Wall Street "journalists" reported lying "whisper" numbers which I documented here on FR (completely different numbers between 8:30AM and 2:00PM when Apple announced their Financials as reported by Yahoo Finance with the afternoon claimed Revenue expectations being a couple billion higher than the AM revenue), causing the after-hours trading to tank!

    AAPL is still above the adjusted greater than $700 per share pre-split highs that made Apple management decide to make the seven for one split.

    I bought in when it was the equivalent of $40. So I am not worried. Apple has over $220 BILLION in cash and other short term liquid assets. It is NOT in any kind of trouble. What we are seeing is insanity. The P/E is the best in the industry. . . and every bit of news is positive except for the obvious FUD being spread that you can recognize from a mile away.

  • Vanity: Help! Google Chrome takes 10 minutes to open on Windows 10.

    09/01/2015 5:43:15 PM PDT · 64 of 66
    Swordmaker to dayglored

    Sounds suspiciously familiar behavior from Microsoft. . . hehehehe

  • Apple Inc To Focus On Creating Original Content Of Movies And TV Shows

    09/01/2015 5:41:35 PM PDT · 8 of 27
    Swordmaker to Boogieman
    Quick, somebody write a script about some quirky transgender illegal immigrants struggling to make it in the big city. Guaranteed Apple would option that!

    You forgot to make them of a proper racially protected sub-group in a persecuted religious minority that is not Christian. . . oh, and vegan, anti-gun, socialists, fleeing big-business polluters who are creating man-made climate change in their home country.

  • Apple Inc To Focus On Creating Original Content Of Movies And TV Shows

    09/01/2015 5:37:41 PM PDT · 7 of 27
    Swordmaker to ImJustAnotherOkie
    Great, just what I’d expect. I’m not even the slightly bit interested in what they have to,say.

    If you are not interested, why comment on that fact? Why not just ignore this thread and go your way, moving on to the next thread that might interest you. Your announcement is what is boring. . . and a waste of your time and ours.