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Friday, December 22, 2017

Throttling their own tech

Despite being a very early fan - I had both an Apple //e and an original Macintosh as well as a Macintosh SE - I despise what Apple has become. And with good cause; they are an SJW-converged and fundamentally dishonest corporation:
Apple has long inspired an almost religious devotion among customers and tech aficionados — but it just seriously undermined its fans' faith and loyalty.

The company on Wednesday acknowledged what some people have long suspected: that it has been secretly stifling the performance of older iPhones.

Critics have accused the company in the past, based on anecdotal evidence, of purposely slowing phones to compel users to upgrade to the latest model. While Apple admitted to the practice on Wednesday, it sought to underscore that it had done so for a purely altruistic reason: to prevent older phones from shutting down unexpectedly.

The justification hasn't mollified Apple's outraged fans. If anything, the company's statement has stoked the conspiracy theories, and for good reason.
Now they're lying about the reason for their despicable behavior. Can you honestly say you are even a little bit surprised?

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Blogger Remonstrances December 22, 2017 9:14 PM  

As I understand, the degradation of Lithium Ion batteries over time actually necessitates the reduction of demand on the battery in order to prevent such shutdowns.

Of course, ethically, one should offer users the choice, instead of making the decision for them, but I've had a problem with my old Android phone shutting down under high battery demand.

Blogger Remonstrances December 22, 2017 9:19 PM  

Oh, and I forgot: Apple seems to hate letting users repair their devices. So there's that, too.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 22, 2017 9:23 PM  

Reminds me of the QoS vs Throttling issues that can crop up with Network traffic. All Apple ever had to do was have a pop-up say that the Phone is now in "Long-term Battery protection mode" when it reaches the end of its warranted battery life.

But the issue isn't the technical aspects, it's the relationship with the customer. It's a trust violation, and people don't like that. Now it's emotional, and have fun, Apple!

For all of Steve Jobs' faults, he was really good at this stuff.

Blogger roughcoat December 22, 2017 9:24 PM  

They could make their devices with easy-to-replace batteries, like they did up until at least the iPhone 5, and the 2012ish Macbooks (maybe a bit later, IDK). But they decided to start gluing everything together instead. Why? Ostensibly, to shave a fraction of a millimeter off the thickness. But really it's so it's too difficult to repair it yourself without breaking the device more, and too expensive to pay a specialty shop.

Add to that all the various dishonest warranty-voiding tricks they pull and Apple can go fuck itself with a rusty poker. My iPhone 4S was the last Apple product I'll ever buy unless at some point I need to write iOS apps. Then I'll buy the cheapest used piece of shit computer available that can run the latest version of OSX, write all the code on my Thinkpad, and just use the Apple for signing.

Blogger Werekoala1066 December 22, 2017 9:25 PM  

I've noticed that the longer I go without updating my iOS, the worse performance gets even on a newer phone. I'd say I've wavered between suspicion and knowledge of this type of thing for several years. Always trust your instincts.

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky December 22, 2017 9:31 PM  

My thoughts on what is happening: Apple is indeed trying to extend the battery life of their phones. Sounds like a favor to you, but it isn't.

Only phones with weak batteries get throttled. What they are trying to do is extend that battery life, but not for you. For them. What needs to happen is that those weak batteries need to be replaced.

The question is on whose dime?

They are trying to push it out until warranties are exhausted. They are not being a good partner in your Apple experience. They are, quite frankly, trying to screw you.

Blogger Ransom Smith December 22, 2017 9:32 PM  

As I understand, the degradation of Lithium Ion batteries over time actually necessitates the reduction of demand on the battery in order to prevent such shutdowns.
Technically true but that raises the simple question, of why they don't make it easier to replace a battery.
It's not just them though, the entire mobile telephone industry has become less and less customer friendly.

Blogger Remonstrances December 22, 2017 9:36 PM  

"As I understand, the degradation of Lithium Ion batteries over time actually necessitates the reduction of demand on the battery in order to prevent such shutdowns.
Technically true but that raises the simple question, of why they don't make it easier to replace a battery.
It's not just them though, the entire mobile telephone industry has become less and less customer friendly."

Because Apple, since the death of Jobs, sees its customers as expendable morons. :-P

Blogger MendoScot December 22, 2017 9:38 PM  

No.

But after 6 months on a PC platform, I'm simply going to use my 25 years experience on Mac to defend myself as best I can.

I don't have the time or patience to do any more than make it as difficult as possible to get to my information. And that includes lying systematically and keeping track of my lies, to see where they turn up.

And yeah, if they can reset your CPU what else can they do?

Anonymous Laz December 22, 2017 9:42 PM  

"It's not just them though, the entire mobile telephone industry has become less and less customer friendly."

It's not just that industry, it's every large corporation.

Blogger Jake December 22, 2017 9:43 PM  

I hate these fucking people.

"Crazy whacko conspiracy theorists say iPhone is slowed down on purpose"

"Ok guys yes we've been slowing your iPhones down. But trust us, it was for your own good, also, go ahead and ask yourself what else you are gonna do, switch to android and get mistreated by Google instead? Obey your cybernetic overlords."

"Those whackadoodles were right! Again! Like the fifth time in the row. Now there's going to be more conspiracy theories!"

Two weeks from now this same guy will deny apple has ever done anything wrong, and will decry negative opinions expressed about them as conspiracy theories.

Why is it still a theory when it's straight out of the devils mouth confirmed???

Blogger tz December 22, 2017 9:57 PM  

They are the serpent marketing apples.

Blogger Koanic December 22, 2017 10:18 PM  

Apple is made for women. Women like getting screwed. The appeal to Eve is right there on the logo:

"And when the woman saw that the Apple was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a device to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof."

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener December 22, 2017 10:26 PM  

My lithium battery in my Galaxy S3, purchased in 2012, is still working fine. Phone works fine, too. The Otterbox has probably saved it more times than I can count, and when the rubber outer cover got so loose that it wouldn't fit the phone anymore they sent me a new one for free.

Apple, on the other hand, has pulled so many shitty maneuvers like this over the years that they've proven themselves totally untrustworthy.

Anonymous Cyclone Bob December 22, 2017 10:38 PM  

General Motors has admitted to adding a pint of molasses to gas tanks of its customers' older models, but only to slow them down enough to prevent catastrophic failure at high speeds (over 55mph -- a speed we are reliably informed by Ralph Nader is unsafe).


Don't know if I ever owned an Apple product, but did buy a clone ][+ in h.s. And an 80-column text card.

Blogger Akulkis December 22, 2017 10:43 PM  

@Jake

Reasons!

Duuuh!

Anonymous Cyclone Bob December 22, 2017 10:43 PM  

As I understand, the degradation of Lithium Ion batteries over time actually necessitates the reduction of demand on the battery in order to prevent such shutdowns.


Are crApple users unable to add external batteries to dying mobiles? They run about $1 per AmpHr.

Anonymous Pitcrew December 22, 2017 10:44 PM  

The symbolism of it all. Do you know why they use a BITTEN apple as their logo? You'll figure it out.

Anonymous bw December 22, 2017 10:50 PM  

...aanndd we're back to lebanon

Blogger Remonstrances December 22, 2017 11:05 PM  

Cyclone Bob wrote:As I understand, the degradation of Lithium Ion batteries over time actually necessitates the reduction of demand on the battery in order to prevent such shutdowns.

Are crApple users unable to add external batteries to dying mobiles? They run about $1 per AmpHr.


I wouldn't know, but I think not. The fact is, Apple doesn't even advertise its own bettery replacement service, and hates customers trying to repair their stuff. They are the epitome of consumerist, disposable culture now.

It's sad. I have one of the early 160 GB Apple iPods. That was actually a great product.

Blogger Brad Matthews December 22, 2017 11:10 PM  

SJWs always...

Blogger Bobiojimbo December 22, 2017 11:15 PM  

When all of those "conspiracy theories" about planned obsolescence turn out to be true...

Blogger pyrrhus December 22, 2017 11:26 PM  

Apple has become both incompetent and dishonest. My latest "update" to MacBook didn't correct any problems (like having eliminated the comment box on this blog), but also will not run many embedded youtubes and other videos, and will not run WebEx, which is important. So I have to use Chrome much of the time. Both my kids are software developers, and they just shake their heads at Apple...

Blogger Kona Commuter December 22, 2017 11:33 PM  

When my current iPhone 6 dies I'm ditching everything Apple. I'm willing to lose everything I've spent on iTunes. To hell with them

It's MY PHONE that they're rendering worthless.

Blogger Pseudotsuga December 22, 2017 11:42 PM  

I'm just not cool enough to own any Apple status symbol. Oh well...back into my secret Gamma lair I go...

Anonymous Tanjil Bren December 22, 2017 11:54 PM  

Not surprised and have known for years that they sabotage their OS updates to kill old hardware.
It's for this very reason that I have refused to update my IPad's OS for the last four years or so.
The very first update I enabled resulted in a noticeable decline in performance (once bitten and all that).
(And I was *exactly* the same in terms of early hardware acceptance; I *loved* Apple and used nothing else; no longer).

Blogger Nick December 22, 2017 11:56 PM  

I will make a pro-Apple argument even though I have no love for them. Even a new iPhone (or android) will run slowly if the phone is very cold. The cold doesn't make the processor slower, but it greatly decreases the battery performance. Part of the problem is that lithium batteries have a design tradeoff between capacity and maximum power. To get the biggest initial runtime, manufacturers spec batteries that when new can just barely power the phone to get more mAh in there. Not necessarily a conspiracy, just the normal intersection of marketing and engineering.

Blogger Revelation Means Hope December 23, 2017 12:00 AM  

Koanic wrote:Apple is made for women. Women like getting screwed. The appeal to Eve is right there on the logo:

"And when the woman saw that the Apple was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a device to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof."



Dangerous to misquote scripture. And then to put quotation marks around it as if you were directly quoting exactly what it said.

Anonymous Überdeplorable Psychedelic Cat Grass December 23, 2017 12:14 AM  

Having used Macs since '93 (first one was a IIVX), I've about had it with Apple. I'm still rocking an '08 iMac that I replaced a new hard disk on myself back in '13. I'm on my third iPod (the 80 gig classic; why your iPod needs Wifi is beyond me), and am writing this on my 5 yr old iPhone 5.

Last year I had the battery in my iPod replaced by OWC and it works like new. Earlier this year I had Apple replace my iPhone battery with the same result.

Once the iPhone craps out I'll probably trade it in for a Motorola. I'm not sure what I'll do when the iPod battery goes. As for my iMac...maybe Apple will resurrect cloning.

Used a PowerComputing 150 in the '90s. If they really just want to be a software company, allowing Hackintoshes is the way to go.

Anonymous DaveInjustice December 23, 2017 12:17 AM  

OT But Oh Sweet Darwin:

presented with no further comment

The Hit by Lavender Country, Crying These C*cksucking Tears

Blogger Phat Repat December 23, 2017 12:25 AM  

I hated crapple from word GO. Any closed system is destined to fail; same as it ever was. Buh-bye, not gonna know you're gone.

Anonymous CoolHand December 23, 2017 12:47 AM  

I dove off the Macintosh train back when they went from OS9 to OSX (and went from a usable and configurable computer to The Big Red Button™ mode of computing, where they lock every fucking configuration switch and you just have to live with it.)

When the first guy I talked to about it at Apple said that I was "trying to operate the machine outside of its intended use case", I told him that was the stupidest thing I'd ever heard a tech guy say (it was the late 90's, little did I know that there was so much more dumb in the pipeline), and went and bought a bunch of PC parts to build it's replacement from.

Don't get me wrong, I hate Windows too, but at least I can marginally unfuck Windows to accomplish what I am trying to do.

I'd abandon Windows as well, but my CAD/CAM needs pretty much dictate Windows, which far outstrips every other use of my machines by far.

I haven't bought an Apple product since the mid-90's, and I feel like my life has gone just fine without them. ;-) I see no reason to change that now.

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim December 23, 2017 12:50 AM  

OT... Christianity Today is a blight on the faith...
http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/december/not-so-white-evangelicals-multiethnic-friendships-churches.html

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim December 23, 2017 12:53 AM  

Apple's own brand of "forced obsolescence" reminds me of what I consider one of the biggest con jobs in Tech products today: the use of unleaded solder. Most videogaming consoles produced after 2003 approximately will all eventually die and won't be able to be repaired unless you replace all the solder connections in the machine. It's why most xbox 360s and PS3 original consoles had heating problems (RROD and YLOD). Sad.

Blogger roughcoat December 23, 2017 1:25 AM  

But it's gotta be lead free so little kids who eat circuit boards don't poison themselves!

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky December 23, 2017 1:27 AM  

Sterling Pilgrim wrote:Most videogaming consoles produced after 2003 approximately will all eventually die and won't be able to be repaired unless you replace all the solder connections in the machine.

Huh? You are not and never would have been re-soldering modern motherboards of any type. Yeah, I hear you on the loss of agency on that.

But the modern situation has nothing to do with whether they used unleaded solder or not. That's a crazy argument to make.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash December 23, 2017 2:13 AM  

I'd abandon Windows as well, but my CAD/CAM needs pretty much dictate Windows, which far outstrips every other use of my machines by far.

You might investigate running your application on a virtual machine under Linux, using Virtual Box or vmware. It will end hardware dependencies and licensing hassles for most people.

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky December 23, 2017 3:04 AM  

Apple's operating system is based on FreeBSD, which is actually pretty good. That's a very sound decision. Windows is run by rapists, Linux is run by kiddies.

FreeBSD is, however, the most vulnerable of all the BSDs license-wise. OpenBSD would have been ideal --- but the business decision was to go with FreeBSD.

I can understand and respect that. It's still a stellar decision. Apple's OS really DOES have the very best pedigree of all the popular operating systems.

Yeah, all those decisions happened under Jobs. Whom I personally despise. But give the man his due. He was an incredible asshole but also an amazing and visionary CEO.

Apple has always been kind of lost without him. To his credit.

That pattern continues.

Anonymous Post Alley Crackpot December 23, 2017 3:12 AM  

Oh look, a way for Apple to evade warranty-covered battery replacements?

Who knew?

Anonymous MaskettaMan December 23, 2017 3:14 AM  

If you stuck with Apple after the proprietary charging port and the proprietary headphones, you're not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

Anonymous vfm December 23, 2017 3:15 AM  

"I've noticed that the longer I go without updating my iOS, the worse performance gets even on a newer phone. I'd say I've wavered between suspicion and knowledge of this type of thing for several years. Always trust your instincts."

Hmmm Win7 has the same problem, time to switch to Win10?

Anonymous vfm December 23, 2017 3:17 AM  

time to "upgrade" to Win10?

Anonymous CoolHand December 23, 2017 3:25 AM  

@37 I discussed this with a Linux fluent buddy when it came time to either build a new machine for Win10 or do something else, and his advice was to just jump to Win10 Pro and be done with it, since my CAM software is cloud based for much of its functionality, you can't really sandbox the thing inside the Linux install like you'd ideally want to.

His opinion was that if you have to let it talk to the outside world anyway, then you're just creating a huge hassle for yourself by doing it via VM.

So that's what I did.

Win10 isn't perfect, but it isn't terrible either, and since I've already sunk the cost of the new machine, I'm all in on the platform until I'm forced to build another one (last one made it six, almost seven years).

I've never had much trouble with Windows, to be honest, but MS's overall business philosophy and way of doing things irks me on principle. Same as Google, Apple, FaceBerg, YouTube, etc.

Anonymous JAG December 23, 2017 3:26 AM  

Even more annoying than Apple's convergence is the army of Apple fanbois. Absolutely the most smug group of fanbois in existence from my experience. I nearly got in a fist fight over C64 vs Apple IIe when I was in the 8th grade, and a class mate took exception to my favoring the C64. Adult Apple fanbois are even worse from my own experience trolling them online over the years. It is a friggin' cult for a lot of them.

Blogger Simon December 23, 2017 3:27 AM  

Never used their tech and never will. A real leftist company that has brainwashed its users.

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky December 23, 2017 3:33 AM  

CoolHand wrote:

Win10 isn't perfect, but it isn't terrible either


Win10 is incredibly bad. I type this on Win10, tho. Because reasons. That's the thing, we always have reasons to keep Windowing.

Windows is malware. Windows is god-awful. Windows 10 is a terrible version of a terrible OS.

Anonymous qualitycontrol December 23, 2017 3:42 AM  

My Mum and Dad use iPhones. They are both to lazy (or to old) to learn how to use a different software.. Not that Android or WindowsOS are any better but at least they offer Phones for less than 500€ that allow you to change the battery.

Blogger Rich Hughes December 23, 2017 4:01 AM  

O/T - watching cernovich get raped by the betas: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/7liww8/im_mike_cernovich_journalist_author_and_filmmaker/

Anonymous CloseHauled December 23, 2017 4:20 AM  

"The Company" funds its own creations (Clowns = [C]lowns [I]n [A]merica, who have done what that you are proud of? - 400K dead Syrians? 1000's and 1000's of those actual Christians). cbts:
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We are moving fast.

Remember, not all within the C-A, D-J, F-I are bad apples.

House cleaning (TOP).

Restructuring (1 to 2).

Operations 24/7.

Speed.

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Why is EM provided BIG WW subsidies?

No subsidies = ?

Clown contribution in exchange for access code?

Why relevant?

Amazon Echo?

Google Home?

Clown contributions?

Apple Face ID Tech?

FB Face ID Tech?

Catching on?

Bombs Away.

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Anonymous CoolHand December 23, 2017 4:29 AM  

@46 Meh. Win10 sucks less than 7 & 8.

I stuck with XP for as long as I could, and NT for as long as I was able before that.

It sucks, but I'm not able to write an OS myself, nor am I able to spare the time to become a XXIV Level Linux Grand Master, and I hate MacOS even more, so I use Windows.

In the grand scheme of things, it's not that big of a deal.

I use it and get the shit I've got to do done. It's not ideal, but it works well enough for my uses.

I've only got so much capacity for swimming up stream, and I already expend so much of it just doing my day to day work that I don't have a lot left to expend on my computer.

I do what I can and don't stress about the stuff I can't change or do without.

Blogger Lazarus December 23, 2017 5:24 AM  

I am so glad I decided not to buy a mobile phone until all the bugs were worked out.

Anonymous Tsalal December 23, 2017 6:02 AM  

@Jake

Have a Wojak. Merry Christmas.

http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/107/432/i_hug_that_feel.png

Anonymous Anonymous December 23, 2017 6:30 AM  

I like Apple products, but I decided last year that my next machine will be a Linux box.

Blogger Meng Greenleaf December 23, 2017 6:34 AM  

Other than a 1GB iPod (about 15 years old - and I still use it :) I've never owned Apple. Though I do use the family iPad sometimes. I've spoken to people who said their iPhone does shut down in the cold. So, it may be this is the actual reason. I don't think they need to slow their product down to get their fan base out. Most want the latest and greatest just to show off.

Blogger Meng Greenleaf December 23, 2017 6:37 AM  

RE Windows 10
Am I the only one who loves Win 8.1? It's by far my favorite OS.

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 23, 2017 7:00 AM  

Meng Greenleaf wrote:RE Windows 10

Am I the only one who loves Win 8.1? It's by far my favorite OS.


Everyone just keep smiling and backing away calmly.

Do. Not. Make. Eye-contact.

Anonymous onejohnfour@yahoo.com December 23, 2017 7:19 AM  

I have an apple. I used Apple II in grade school, back when they were corruptly giving them to public schools, for government kickbacks, a decade before Bill Gates realized he could do the same.

Then I had a Coleco Adam, the biggest fail in PC history, which was an Apple II in disguise.

Now I have some iMac that looks like half a volleyball with a chrome swing-arm attached to a flat screen.

I don't know what to do with it. It looks cool, though, so I don't want to throw it in the dumpster. The mouse is clear plastic, so are the spherical speakers.

The thing is worthless, though, aside from it's aesthetic design. Looks good in the background of a 90's movie.

The last Apple I owned was an iPad Mini. I calmly folded it half around a fire-escape rail. Then I folded it in half again. Bits of glass everywhere. Then I calmly dropped it into the dumpster. I was so happy. It was as if a great weight was lifted from my shoulders.

Anonymous Wooly December 23, 2017 7:21 AM  

Dangit. Wooly.

Blogger sykes.1 December 23, 2017 7:24 AM  

When my wife and I got our first computer in the 1980's, it was a fat Mac. We chose it because I needed to do math type setting, and she needed the European alphabet set, neither of which could be had on DOS/Windows. Nowadays there is little difference between the two systems, but once upon a time the technical advantages of the Mac were enormous.

That said, the best computer in that era was the Commodore Amiga. One of the PC companies bought the rights to it, but never did anything with them.

Anonymous Wooly December 23, 2017 7:24 AM  

Vox, if you want to delete #57, please do.

Don't need everybody knowing my email. I may have done that in the past, too.

Blogger Meng Greenleaf December 23, 2017 7:29 AM  

Cataline Sergius @56

LOL

I use Win8.1 on a NEC (by far my favorite laptop) and it quick boots into NEC via their proprietary hardware changes to the CPU and then the Win8.1 unlock appears. I'm not sure if this matters, but I've been very satisfied with the quality of the NEC build and perhaps this has rose tinted my view of Win8.1

Secondly, aesthetically I can customize Win8.1 relatively easily. Which is important to me. Particularly the tiles. The way the Win10 tiles work is different and it's nearly impossible to customize to the same degree and all of the methods to do so require workarounds that often break (unless I had some serious time to kill - and then I'm still not sure if I could).

Lastly, I've rarely had any problems with Win8.1 on this NEC. When I have, I've let the OS sort it out, and it has returned to a stable state quickly, often running for a year or so before another minor problem arises.

Maybe I just got lucky? Or maybe the good folks at NEC made sure the OS was suitable to their laptops? I did ring them once and a tech told me they made physical changes to the Intel chip that would prevent me from making some changes to Win8.1. There are funny little things I cannot change into English, like the volume button - probably due to the physical toggle on the side :D NEC costs a little more, but their laptops are fantastic. I think they're assembled 100% without any human contact which brings their ppm really really low. Like less the 0.1% error rate.

Anyway, if you cannot tell, I am in love with this NEC and Win8.1 OS :D

I have Win10 on two other computers and a Wacom Mobile Pro tablet. I find Win10 is okay (except Windows on a tablet - which is horrid). I noticed a number of Win7 flukes arose in Win10 that were giving me flashbacks. They seemed to have went away with the last update.

Anonymous Wooly December 23, 2017 7:30 AM  

Yes, Sykes. Every public-access cable TV station, and many bigger stations, were using the Amiga for their on-screen graphics. It was cheap and easy, and no other PC could do it.

I had a 1000. My buddy had a 2000. What you could do with DeluxePaint was stunning on LSD. Boy howdy, hit the TAB key to cycle those colors? Whoa, dude.

Blogger Sam Spade December 23, 2017 7:56 AM  

The new Iphone X TV spot is a chant to mudsharking. A white girl appears with a black man, and they go around the city in a dreamy and romantic trip, dancing and floating. You barely would know they are advertising the Iphone if the logo didn't appear at the end of the spot.

Here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lGHZ5NMHRY

Blogger Aeoli Pera December 23, 2017 8:27 AM  

LOOOOOOOL

Blogger Aeoli Pera December 23, 2017 8:29 AM  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrpsA98DhCI

A classic.

Blogger Dire Badger December 23, 2017 9:17 AM  

Wooly wrote:Yes, Sykes. Every public-access cable TV station, and many bigger stations, were using the Amiga for their on-screen graphics. It was cheap and easy, and no other PC could do it.

I had a 1000. My buddy had a 2000. What you could do with DeluxePaint was stunning on LSD. Boy howdy, hit the TAB key to cycle those colors? Whoa, dude.


I am not so much thinking it was the 'best' in the Era so much as the best within an affordable price range.

'Serious' CG was being done on DEC workstations, but with a 12 grand price tags, even reasonably large TV producers didn't want to lay out that kind of cash for their CG departments.

"No Other PC could do it" seems a little misleading though... Remember the Intro spot for Labyrinth, and the one for "Amazing Stories"? DEC stations... and ones my Mom actually sold to them.

Blogger Dire Badger December 23, 2017 9:20 AM  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpeBGQ1S5t8

I believe the original "Tron" was also done on DEC stations, although (unfortunately) my family had nothing to do with it.

Blogger Dire Badger December 23, 2017 9:24 AM  

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Blogger Dire Badger December 23, 2017 9:30 AM  

Windows XP was the last decent release from Microshaft. That is because it was based on NT architecture, which was basically ripped off VAX VMX.

Microsoft is at it's best when it's stealing other people's Tech.

Blogger Koanic December 23, 2017 9:45 AM  

> Dangerous to misquote scripture. And then to put quotation marks around it as if you were directly quoting exactly what it said.

Thank you mattress tag police.

Blogger Matthew December 23, 2017 9:51 AM  

Koanic wrote:> Dangerous to misquote scripture. And then to put quotation marks around it as if you were directly quoting exactly what it said.

Thank you mattress tag police.


Churchians please leave.

Blogger Matthew December 23, 2017 9:52 AM  

Mac OS X is still my preferred OS, but not by much. It's not that the others have gotten better, though.

Blogger Koanic December 23, 2017 10:46 AM  

Yeah the Mac OS is often underrated by partisans. Being the most user-friendly *nix is no small thing.

Blogger KSC December 23, 2017 11:23 AM  

Yeah, I was pretty appalled (though not entirely shocked) by this. If another platform was as accessible and had an app for the blind like the new Seeing AI (which is advanced enough to do OCR on handwriting) I'd consider switching eventually. But for all its convergence, that's unfortunately not a viable choice for certain demographics. More and more companies seem to be operating this way, particularly thorough planned obsolescence. It's pretty despicable, but hard to fix from the user's end now that things are set up this way.

Anonymous Anonymous December 23, 2017 11:31 AM  

I worked on lithium battery powered devices in the 1990s.

The Apple engineers are correct. You have to reduce the current draw as the battery ages. In fact in the cold this morning my 3 year old phone did exactly what @Nick describes above - it died even though battery was at 35%. Similar to other old phones I've owned So they might not have been aggressive enough reducing the power draw.

There really aren't that many applications that are CPU bound anyways (at least the ones I use). Brave seems to render a bit slow sometimes, that's about it.

That doesn't mean the product managers at Apple don't take advantage of this situation of course.

Blogger Bobby Helios December 23, 2017 12:29 PM  

Same thing with the hybrid honda cars. They reformatted faulty year vehicles controls to extend battery life past warranty period. Making the gas mileage drop considerably they were then less efficient than their gas powered equivalents. If you didn't take the update they voided warranty on battery.

Anonymous Anonymous December 23, 2017 12:54 PM  

Lithium Ion has it's issues and several phone behaviors can kill the battery and shorten it's lifecycle. Draining the battery fully will damage it as will over charging. Modern electronics have tooling to keep it from over charging but most phone manufactures do nothing about depletion.

Lithium batteries used in cars have these protections in place because cars tend to need to last considerably longer than your average phone. I have an electric focus from 2012, The battery itself has a 100 mile range but Ford (and other providers) limit you to 80%. The remaining 20% is the buffer to make sure the batter will last as long as possible.

Side note: Cold weather and Lithium sucks. I look forward to the new super capacitors and hope they will live up to expectations and replace the current battery technology.

Lithium Advantages and Disadvantages: http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/power-management/battery-technology/lithium-ion-battery-advantages-disadvantages.php

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky December 23, 2017 1:35 PM  

You Win10 fanbois should look at your router traffic and see what that thing is doing. Then look into how hard it is make it stop. I'm telling ya, Windows 10 is malware.

Anonymous Iron Spartan December 23, 2017 2:52 PM  

Apple has always thought that their customers were rubes to be fleeced. Jobs just happened to be a good enough salesmen that his fanbois didn't care.

I have a top of the line Macbook that is less than a year old (issued from my main employer) and a nearly 10 year old Windows laptop running Windows 7. Guess which one crashes when I run simulations in SolidWorks and Autocad. Guess which one won't makes it a pain in the ass to dial into industrial controllers? Guess which one, when running the same damn post processor, adds in all sorts of errors in my g-code?

Macs are expensive toys. Doing any sort of real work requires Windows or Linux.

Blogger Karl Stodden December 23, 2017 2:54 PM  

https://jeremyperson.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/macpc.jpg

Blogger Meng Greenleaf December 24, 2017 7:04 PM  

If you were to put in a new battery your old iPhone, it recognizes this and returns the CPU to its max performance.

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