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Spoiler: Movie Theaters Are Dying Because They Mostly Suck

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Spoiler: Movie Theaters Are Dying Because They Mostly Suck

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davelevy
51 days ago
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Lot of comments that say not my theater but the points are valied:
1) the experience of going to the movies is in decline. From the "traditional" sticky floors to the improper placement of chairs
2) There are some theaters that have taken steps to fix with loungers, "adult" seating and showings that focus on those who need separation
3) The movie going public is changing - more people don't care about what's on the screen because they are used to ignoring what's in front of them at home or office and aren't focusing on what's in front of them but instead looking at their phone or other device because of FOMO
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Mac Innovation vis-à-vis Microsoft’s Surface Line

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David Gewirtz, in a ZDNet piece headlined “Maybe It’s Time for Apple to Spin Off the Mac as a Separate Company”:

All that brings us back to the idea of spinning out the Macintosh business. I know, I know. There are lots of structural reasons why this might not be possible for Apple. The company has merged development groups, macOS and iOS are growing ever closer, yada, yada, yada. Let’s set all that aside and just brainstorm the idea for a few minutes.

Ask yourself a few questions. Would a stand-alone company on the verge of market dominance ever let its flagship top-end machine languish for five years? What about its most versatile (the Mac mini)? Would it let that machine languish, without even a processor bump, for three years? Apple went two years without updating the iMac, and that’s a top-seller.

The answer to these questions is “of course not.” Think about the Apple of the past, the one fully-focused on the Mac. Would it have allowed Microsoft to gain such innovation ground with the Surface Studio and Surface Book products? Would it have gone years without even processor-bumping its models?

The whole notion of spinning off the Mac into a separate company is so dumb it isn’t worth addressing. But the last paragraph quoted above is. I’ve seen this argument made multiple times recently — that Microsoft’s innovative and deservedly well-regarded Surface lineup was only enabled by Apple taking its collective eye off the ball in the PC space. I don’t buy that at all.

There are two Macs that have languished in recent years: the Mac Pro and Mac Mini. Microsoft’s Surface lineup doesn’t have an entry in either of those categories. The Surface lineup is composed of laptops and the iMac-esque Surface Studio.

Apple’s MacBook and iMac lineup lacks touchscreens not because Apple hasn’t paid attention to them but because Apple genuinely doesn’t think these machines should have touchscreens. Maybe Apple is wrong. Maybe Microsoft is onto the future of these form factors and Apple will have to play catch up. I don’t think so, but time will tell. But Apple has invested significant time and resources into the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, and now iMac Pro as they are.

If Microsoft’s Surface lineup has taken advantage of complacency, it’s on the part of existing Windows PC makers, not Apple.

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davelevy
136 days ago
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I think Apple was right when touchscreens first came out. Adding to laptops would muddy the interface and smudge the screens. I think they were just waiting until it became natural to figure out what the use cases for a laptop touchscreen would be (natural scrolling of windows, screen control when in a tablet mode) so their entry will not break paradigms, but merge seamlessly.

The Surface is what MS wants from laptops the same way that the pixel is what Google wants chromebooks to look like.
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jhamill
136 days ago
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Apple shills gonna shill for Apple.

Touch screen laptops are the future of laptops. You can't get a generation of users who grew up touching screens to not touch the screen. So, either the Mac will get touch screens or the Mac won't exist and it will be iPads, iPhones and Watches everywhere.

Investing in devices "as they are now" is the definition of complacency to my mind; until they are updated which because Apple is top secret cause business no one knows if it will actually happen.

Also, this is an argument for user upgrade ability. Would anyone be arguing that Apple isn't innovating if they made it possible for people to upgrade their own CPU, GPU, RAM in *desktop* computers?
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136 days ago
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Fair.
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Quantum Weirdness

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Click here to go see the bonus panel!

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Weinersmith spent Christmas accusing God of things, as was his wont.

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Virtual Assistant

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If you ask it to please turn off that feature, it apologizes a whole bunch and promises to try to be quieter, then switches to a slightly lower-volume version of the clip with "sorry!" after the louder sounds.
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davelevy
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I want this but with a Canadian accent for the "Sorry" from the alt text
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Trump Administration Gives CDC a List of Forbidden Words

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Lena H. Sun and Juliet Eilperin, reporting for The Washington Post:

The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.

Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

In some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. Instead of “science-based” or “evidence-based,” the suggested phrase is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the person said. In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered.

That evidence and science are dirty words to these shitheads tells you everything you need to know about them. This is pre-Enlightenment bullshit. 300 years later and it’s still a fight to argue that reason, science, and tolerance should guide us. I said it a year ago and it stands today: Trump voters are ignoramuses, bigots, and/or fools.

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davelevy
155 days ago
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Seriously? The removal of science and evidence from the lexicon of the CDC does not bode well. I don't think that Gruber calling Trump voter ignoramuses, bigots and/or fools is fair, but it is fair to say that whoever wrote these guidelines is an ignoramus, bigot and a fool.
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jheiss
154 days ago
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The accounts I've read suggest that this was actually a well intentioned attempt to eliminate words from the CDC budget that would attract negative attention from shitheads in Congress. Stupid that this is necessary? Yes. But that the CDC and or HHS were attempting to keep these things in the budget even if they had to hide things a bit strikes me as actually a good sign. (Trump is still a shithead.)

iOS Is Ripe for Phishing Password Prompts

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Felix Krause:

iOS asks the user for their iTunes password for many reasons, the most common ones are recently installed iOS operating system updates, or iOS apps that are stuck during installation.

As a result, users are trained to just enter their Apple ID password whenever iOS prompts you to do so. However, those popups are not only shown on the lock screen, and the home screen, but also inside random apps, e.g. when they want to access iCloud, GameCenter or In-App-Purchases.

This could easily be abused by any app, just by showing an UIAlertController, that looks exactly like the system dialog.

Even users who know a lot about technology have a hard time detecting that those alerts are phishing attacks.

I’ve been thinking about this for years, and have been somewhat surprised this hasn’t become a problem. It’s a tricky problem to solve, though. How can the system show a password prompt that can’t be replicated by phishers? The best idea I’ve seen is for these system-level prompts to only appear in the Settings app. When the system needs your iCloud or iTunes password while you’re in any other app, that prompt would take you to Settings, where you’d then be prompted for the password. That’s not great, though, because it makes entering your password far more cumbersome. And how would you get back to the original app after entering your password?

Krause suggests one way to protect yourself if you suspect a password prompt might be a phishing attempt: press the home button. If it’s a phishing scam, the dialog box will disappear when you go back to the home screen, because it’s part of the app you’re using. If it’s a real system-level prompt, the alert will still be there.

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davelevy
221 days ago
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Always worried when I get an apple ID check. Did not know about the home button thing.
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