Weekend tech reading: Apple after Steve Jobs

By on October 9, 2011, 3:53 PM

Apple after Steve Jobs: The men who will decide tech giant's fate The day before Steve Jobs’ death, newly minted Apple chief executive Tim Cook strode across the company’s vaunted showroom stage in much the same way as his predecessor: decked out in black and prepared to unveil a highly anticipated gadget. The reviews of his first performance were less than stellar. Four years ago Jobs was cheered within seconds of coming on stage to unveil the first iPhone; the crowd reaction for Cook’s unveiling of the iPhone 4S Tuesday was mostly tepid. Huffington Post

First look: AMD Trinity APU, Linux already runs well Remember those AMD Bulldozer benchmarks we showed back in March from an early engineering sample that was published to OpenBenchmarking.org by one of AMD's partners months prior to the product launch? Well, since the consumer-grade Bulldozer chips are going to be out soon, AMD's partners are already supplying information on the AMD Trinity APUs that won't be launched until next year. The Linux performance appears quite competitive and there's also some new codenames and details to share. Phoronix

WIPO boss: the Web would have been better if it was patented and its users had to pay license fees Last June, the Swiss Press Club held a launch for the Global Innovation Index at which various speakers were invited to talk about innovation. After the head of CERN and the CEO of the Internet Society spoke about how important it was that the Web's underlying technology hadn't been patented, Francis Gurry, the Director General of the UN's World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), took the mic to object. Boing Boing

Qualcomm's new snapdragon S4: MSM8960 & Krait architecture explored Let's recap the current smartphone/tablet SoC landscape. Everything shipping today is built on a 4x-nm process, built either at Global Foundries, Samsung, TSMC or UMC. Next year we'll see a move to 28nm (bringing better performance and power characteristics) but between now and the end of 2012 there will be a myriad of designs available on the market. The table below encapsulates much of what you can expect over the next 12 months... AnandTech

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 requires a 'permanent Internet connection' Mandatory constant Internet connections piss off PC gamers. No studio can has yet put that news in any light that didn't summon an extremely indignant reaction. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2's tried to put it in a different light by saying the constant connection is how players will be served actual game content. Like missions. That does not sound any better than a constant DRM check. Kotaku

Red Orchestra 2 updated and reset, Tripwire explains what's happening Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad has had broken experience and achievements since it launched, among a number of other problems. In a message to customers today, Tripwire admits, "…We’ve not done as well as we would have liked in the most important area to us -- the happiness of all of our customers... PC Gamer

Finger scan devices coming to Washington County school buses Roll call is a thing of the past in Washington County Schools. Students now check in with finger scanning devices. School Superintendent Sandra Cook said the old method just wasn't cutting it. "We got to talking about attendance in our district and how it was inconsistent," said Cook. WJHG

Early orders test iPhone 4S appeal Apple Inc. on Friday faced its first test since the death of co-founder Steve Jobs as it began accepting pre-orders for its latest iPhone. Apple and wireless carriers in the U.S. and a half-dozen other countries began taking Internet and telephone orders for the iPhone 4S in the pre-dawn hours. Wall Street Journal

Rage updated on Steam Rage defaults to lower video settings to allow the game to work on a wide variety of hardware and software configurations. Unfortunately, it is not possible to anticipate all possible graphics driver issues in combination with unique end user hardware and software configurations. Steam

AMD demos 28nm graphics solutions again Advanced Micro Devices has demonstrated a working example of its 28nm graphics processing unit known as the Radeon HD 7000. Unfortunately, the company did not unveil any information about revenue shipments of its latest products. X-bit labs




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Darkshadoe Darkshadoe said:

"In Gurry's view, the Web would have been better off if it had been locked away in patents, and if every user of the Web had needed to pay a license fee to use it (and though Gurry doesn't say so, this would also have meant that the patent holder would have been able to choose which new Web sites and technologies were allowed, and would have been able to block anything he didn't like, or that he feared would cost him money)."

Better for who? This guy is a jackass. The internet would not be 1/1000000th of what it is today. Companies wouldn't have invested in it and users wouldn't use it.

As far A Stalker 2 having permanent internet connection..

"Part of the content will be located on the server and downloaded as the game progresses," he said. "Text information, code and quests will be loaded through that connection."

So they intend to sell me 50-60$ game and not give me all of it until I reach certain points? Sorry.. I'll just go buy a different game. Thanks for playing.

ihaveaname said:

Finger scanning for roll call? Just sayin', that's pretty cool....

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

darkshadoe said:

"In Gurry's view, the Web would have been better off if it had been locked away in patents, and if every user of the Web had needed to pay a license fee to use it (and though Gurry doesn't say so, this would also have meant that the patent holder would have been able to choose which new Web sites and technologies were allowed, and would have been able to block anything he didn't like, or that he feared would cost him money)."

Better for who? This guy is a jackass. The internet would not be 1/1000000th of what it is today. Companies wouldn't have invested in it and users wouldn't use it.

Well naturally Gurry would say that; he's an Orwellian communist. That's how they think. In his mind, the flow of information should be controlled, and closely monitored (the "thought police" .

Raswan Raswan said:

Wendig0 said:

darkshadoe said:

"In Gurry's view, the Web would have been better off if it had been locked away in patents, and if every user of the Web had needed to pay a license fee to use it (and though Gurry doesn't say so, this would also have meant that the patent holder would have been able to choose which new Web sites and technologies were allowed, and would have been able to block anything he didn't like, or that he feared would cost him money)."

Better for who? This guy is a jackass. The internet would not be 1/1000000th of what it is today. Companies wouldn't have invested in it and users wouldn't use it.

Well naturally Gurry would say that; he's an Orwellian communist. That's how they think. In his mind, the flow of information should be controlled, and closely monitored (the "thought police" .

So sick of people using 1984 as their go-to as analogies for abuses of power. Good for you, you've proven that you've read one book. Only, clearly you didn't understand it. WTF is an "Orwellian communist"??!?!?! George Orwell was a pen name for Eric Blair, who was not a communist. He was a democratic socialist. More democrat than socialist. Go look it up if you don't know the difference between them. And communism--whether as a political philosophy, social movement, or philosophical outlook--is not synonymous with the control of information, people, or the monitoring of either. That's called totalitarianism. Again, clickity clack that sh*t into google if you haven't ever taken a history class or watched anything on the History channel (since about 90% of what they do nowadays is WWII-Hitler). Just please, please, quit making the interwebz dumber by posting nonsense wherever you go...

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

ihaveaname said:

Finger scanning for roll call? Just sayin', that's pretty cool....

You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile. You must comply.

Think about it... Do you really want your fingerprint(s) to be part of a database that could, one day, be turned against you? Let's say a crime is committed somewhere that you didn't have anything to do with. The police find fingerprints at the scene and begin searching different law enforcement databases for them, but they hit a dead end and don't find any. They know that schools are implementing biometrics for roll call, so they get a warrant to check the different area schools for a lead. BING! They get a hit off your index finger, and now you're a "person of interest" that they can bring in for questioning, and possible detention for the next 48 hours...

"Pretty cool" indeed.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

So sick of people using 1984 as their go-to as analogies for abuses of power. Good for you, you've proven that you've read one book. Only, clearly you didn't understand it. WTF is an "Orwellian communist"??!?!?! George Orwell was a pen name for Eric Blair, who was not a communist. He was a democratic socialist. More democrat than socialist. Go look it up if you don't know the difference between them. And communism--whether as a political philosophy, social movement, or philosophical outlook--is not synonymous with the control of information, people, or the monitoring of either. That's called totalitarianism. Again, clickity clack that sh*t into google if you haven't ever taken a history class or watched anything on the History channel (since about 90% of what they do nowadays is WWII-Hitler). Just please, please, quit making the interwebz dumber by posting nonsense wherever you go...

I never said that Orwell (Blair) was a communist did I? In fact I never implied it either. The fact that you're sick of people using "1984" as an analogy, is moot, and I honestly don't care what your narrow minded opinions on the subject are, otherwise I would have asked. According to Karl Marx, Communism is the foundation of Totalitarianism, and Socialism is the foundation of Communism. "Orwellian Communism" refers to the principles that Orwell was in opposition to in his book "1984", and the term applies to Gurry's views very well. I suggest you take your own advice and "clickity clack" into Google instead of slinging insults at concepts you yourself don't understand. Have a nice evening.

Guest said:

Finger scans: What's the problem with roll call? Why is the old method no longer cutting it? Sounds like an excuse, unneeded expenses and could be open to future abuse.

@raswan: I understand what you say, but you don't give your view on the article. It feels more like an attack, rather than being objective.

@Wendig0: Sounds like Gurry wants the internet to become like the dark ages. Not good at all.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

We use this fingerprint technology at my work in order to gain access during non-office hours. It's not a true fingerprint capture, it only identifies a small portion of your fingerprint - just enough to make an identity check. It couldn't be used in a court of law to identify or prosecute anyone.

So far all you conspiracy theorists about Big Brother tracking your every move - you're going to have to look elsewhere.

Raswan Raswan said:

Well, you're right that you never directly called Orwell a communist, though you should have been far clearer in your use of the phrase with respect to it as a designation of Orwell himself or ?something he was attacking?. I'll give you half a point. And then I'll take it all back because you couldn't keep your mouth shut around your betters. The most obvious and easy mistake to correct is that 1984 does not belong in quotation marks. I understand that Microsoft Word doesn't automatically fix it for you by underlining or italicizing it, but at least give proper g,p, and s the old college-try, will you? Second, "narrow minded" should be hyphenated ("narrow-minded" , since both words act, together, as a modifier to my opinions, which may indeed be narrow but are probably not, as your sentence structure implies, merely "minded." Third, and most importantly, I think everyone who's ever read Marx just went into collective apoplexy: "According to Karl Marx, Communism is the foundation of Totalitarianism"? Did you read Marx whilst having a stroke, perhaps? Communism and socialism exist on the imaginative left side of the political spectrum. Totalitarianism is far right. From <The Communist Manifesto>: "When, in the course of development, class distinctions have disappeared, and all production has been concentrated in the hands of a vast association of the whole nation, the public power will lose its political character. Political power, properly so called, is merely the organised power of one class for oppressing another. If the proletariat during its contest with the bourgeoisie is compelled, by the force of circumstances, to organize itself as a class, if, by means of a revolution, it makes itself the ruling class, and as such, sweeps away by force the old conditions of production, then it will, along with these conditions, have swept away the conditions for the existence of class antagonisms and of classes generally, and will thereby have abolished its own supremacy as a class..." (15).

Political power as your puny mind thinks it understands it does not exist in the end-stage of communism. I think you'll have to pay big bucks to persuade a political or social scientist who would argue that totalitarianism works the same. As such,"Orwellian Communism" is just a nonsensical pairing of words.

It's a scary thing to be faced with the fact that you maybe don't understand things as well as you thought you did, Wendigo. But it takes an even bigger person to swallow that lump in your throat and go fix it. Don't worry, we'll be waiting here when you get back

Raswan Raswan said:

Guest said:

Finger scans: What's the problem with roll call? Why is the old method no longer cutting it? Sounds like an excuse, unneeded expenses and could be open to future abuse.

@raswan: I understand what you say, but you don't give your view on the article. It feels more like an attack, rather than being objective.

@Wendig0: Sounds like Gurry wants the internet to become like the dark ages. Not good at all.

I think Gurry is a hack who doesn't know what he's talking about.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Raswan, I didn't realize I was in the presence of the grammar Fuhrer himself, but I don't use Microsoft Word to write my TS posts.

I do enjoy a good debate, though you seem to be unable to engage in one without resorting to unprovoked personal attacks (after reading some of your previous posts, this appears to be a common thing with you).

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

raswan said:

Well, you're right that you never directly called Orwell a communist, though you should have been far clearer in your use of the phrase with respect to it as a designation of Orwell himself or ?something he was attacking?. I'll give you half a point. And then I'll take it all back because you couldn't keep your mouth shut around your betters. The most obvious and easy mistake to correct is that 1984 does not belong in quotation marks. I understand that Microsoft Word doesn't automatically fix it for you by underlining or italicizing it, but at least give proper g,p, and s the old college-try, will you? Second, "narrow minded" should be hyphenated ("narrow-minded" , since both words act, together, as a modifier to my opinions, which may indeed be narrow but are probably not, as your sentence structure implies, merely "minded." Third, and most importantly, I think everyone who's ever read Marx just went into collective apoplexy: "According to Karl Marx, Communism is the foundation of Totalitarianism"? Did you read Marx whilst having a stroke, perhaps? Communism and socialism exist on the imaginative left side of the political spectrum. Totalitarianism is far right. From <The Communist Manifesto>: "When, in the course of development, class distinctions have disappeared, and all production has been concentrated in the hands of a vast association of the whole nation, the public power will lose its political character. Political power, properly so called, is merely the organised power of one class for oppressing another. If the proletariat during its contest with the bourgeoisie is compelled, by the force of circumstances, to organize itself as a class, if, by means of a revolution, it makes itself the ruling class, and as such, sweeps away by force the old conditions of production, then it will, along with these conditions, have swept away the conditions for the existence of class antagonisms and of classes generally, and will thereby have abolished its own supremacy as a class..." (15).

Political power as your puny mind thinks it understands it does not exist in the end-stage of communism. I think you'll have to pay big bucks to persuade a political or social scientist who would argue that totalitarianism works the same. As such,"Orwellian Communism" is just a nonsensical pairing of words.

It's a scary thing to be faced with the fact that you maybe don't understand things as well as you thought you did, Wendigo. But it takes an even bigger person to swallow that lump in your throat and go fix it. Don't worry, we'll be waiting here when you get back

Ok, I thought I would never say this about another member on this site, but seriously. Chill out, maybe go outside and see the world isn't as bad as you make it out to be.

Or you could just stop attacking other members on this site and become a troll on some political forum? That would suite you nicely I would imagine.

Also your comment on a "Puny Mind"? Thats just down right rude. If your ramblings are anything to go by, this is a very hypocritical Statement to make.

Mr772 said:

ihaveaname said:

Finger scanning for roll call? Just sayin', that's pretty cool....

We are glad you like it, resistance is futile.

~ The Government ~

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