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    • in reply to: When to update & when not to update #2277908
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      I would add this suggestion, something I have always kept in mind as an option:

      Occasionally, certainly not always, I would apply patches a few days AFTER the DEFCON already had gone green. Why? Because, occasionally, by the time DEFCON goes green, some problems have not yet been mentioned here, or they might have been, by a few people, but not followed up. Or nobody new about those problems, yet.

      When the DEFCON goes green, many will start patching, then any overlooked problems are likely to emerge in the form of cries of anguish proffered by the injured, loud and clearly — and on hearing that one might save oneself some trouble by waiting even longer to do the patching.

      However, there are cases when, for example, some serious malware is out and about and keen on visiting unpatched users, so the above advice is not for every single case. Discretion, as with anything important, must be observed.

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      in reply to: macOS Big Sur is version 11 #2277870
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      The video shows some changes that might be of interest to iOS users that are new to Macs, as they are mostly about features transplanted from iOS to the Mac; features whose original purpose was to overcome the limitations of the iPhone interface. There is practically nothing in this video about the new macOS as OS (except for a very brief, “by the way” mention of changes to disk encryption to make user contents more secure), instead just talk about the Graphical User Interface or GUI, in other words, what shows up on the screen and how to click, drag, and do other things there that could be done already fairly well and conveniently with pretty much all earlier versions of macOS, although some with new enhancements that might be handy to use, if one remembers that they actually exist.

      One welcome change is the promised increased speed in OS updates, where really take some 20 minutes from the time the whole Gb-size files have been downloaded, unless one has a new super-workstation Mac Pro (I suppose).

      One disappointment, is that the Accessibility features do not include the voice-reading of text on screen, with what to be read being directed by the user’s voice commands naming the coordinates (e.g., “read 9, K”) of a particular point on a grid across the screen. This could be a tremendous bonus to the blind and those with very poor eyesight. A couple of new features that show the means to do this are already coded in the software, but at Apple they have not joined the dots, yet. Instead, 100% of what is covered on this video is about what people with useful eyesight can do with the new GUI features. One might hope some independent developers will come up with this feature before they realize at Apple its empowering value to some users.

      The main improvement to the GUI that I see as being of some real importance to users, particularly those with shaky hands, is that the icons in the dock bar are now larger, with the bar being a little taller and wider to accommodate them in their new sizes.

      But to those of us currently in good physical nick, there is hardly anything in the new GUI, as described in the video, to set our hearts beating faster. Unless, perhaps, one is into installing Internet of Things gadgets around the house, or frequently uses certain iCloud features, or plays certain games on line. And that’s a ‘maybe.’

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      in reply to: Segway: how another grand delusion comes to an end. #2277741
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      I have not seen the electric powered bikes. Does  one take a regular bike and attaches a small electric motor to it that can also be disengaged (without removing it) if either necessary, or if one so wishes, to then continue pedaling in the usual way?

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      in reply to: Optimum Sound Quality #2277693
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      While this is primarily a Web site for Windows users and their issues, it does include Macs and Linux PCs ones as well.

      The same question about Windows posed here can be asked by those of us using Macs, that off the box only allow adjusting the volume of sound, set its input and output channels — and that is about it. Nathan Parker advised me, earlier on, to get the “Boom 2” application. This application reinforces the sound to a chosen level and allows adjusting the frequency response of the audio channel. When properly used to make the adjustments, it significantly improves the sound, even when it is coming from the little built-in speakers of my Mac laptop (which are not too bad, for a laptop).

      It is very easy to install and use; I have been using it for well over a year without any problems, so far, while running first macOS “Mojave.” I have not heard anything, good or bad, from those running the current OS version “Catalina.”

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      in reply to: Segway: how another grand delusion comes to an end. #2277678
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      …and the electric scooters are still around and even likely to become a pandemic/global warming long-lasting side-effect:

      https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200608-how-sustainable-are-electric-scooters

      So: ride one or walk the street sidewalks in fear of getting run over by one? That is the question, isn’t it?

       

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      in reply to: Android : FakeSpy, an Android mobile malware #2277655
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      Once installed, the application requests permissions so that it may control SMS messages and steal sensitive data on the device

      So, one has to assist the crooks to infect one’s device?

      This reminds me of something a woman-on-the-street said when, during the preliminaries of OJ Simpson’s trial, was told in an impromptu interview on TV that the court was looking for jurors that had neither heard, nor read about the trial (as, and as far as possible, is the norm in the USA).

      Her comment: “They are looking for stupid people!”

      Maybe this “request” bit could be clarified a bit further?

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      If Tim Cook keeps up the praiseworthy and wise policy inherited from Steve Jobs, there will never be a touch screen in a Mac!

      Even if this touch-screen refusal does prevent the ARM Macs from taking over the world. Which I doubt is what those in the top management at Apple utterly want to do, because, if they did, they would already have done it. They have had all the time in the world to do it. Or for trying visibly hard, at least, to do it. But they have not done it. They seem to have been consistently OK with having maybe 10% or less of the PC market. A percent that is and shall remain indisputably theirs, as long as they don’t do something very stupid. So, there!

      Moderator note: Edit content. Please stay on topic.

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      Hilary Hahn, her storied violin and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Mikko Franck conducting, in an impassioned and stunning virtuosistic performance of Jean Sibelius powefully romantic violin concert in D minor, opus 47.

      Here the once prodigy child and by now forty-something soloist uses all the tricks of her very large bag of same, particularly in the show-stopping, mouth-opening cadenza in the first movement: Double stops? No problem. Triple stops? Easy peasy. Quadruple stops? Seriously? How does she do that????

      And the looks in the faces of the silent members of the orchestra while she plays on speak volumes.

      So here, for your enjoyment of a truly memorable experience:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0w0t4Qn6LY

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      in reply to: HH the Dalai Lama turns 84 #2277575
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      I wish him well: he has promised the faithful that he will live for another twenty years, but he has been in poor heath recently and his many Tibetan followers, at home and in exile, really need to have a unifying figure like him, at a time where so much divisive passion is exercised by so many. And the world, us, will be much the poorer without him.

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      in reply to: Religious people being purposely careless #2277571
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      Yes, well…

      I have read today in the news that the Russian Orthodox Church has expelled a priest that has denied that there is a pandemic, taken over a convent with an armed group and is refusing to leave:

      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53276130

      Clearly, going by the BBC article, he is a really interesting fellow.

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      Ascaris wrote that there is something missing in the Mac GUI: “a text entry box in the load file dialog“. What is that?

      I have been using a Mac for the last three years and change, and have already upgraded to a new version of macOS installed on it since then.

      Nothing I need or care to use, and was also available in Windows 7, is missing there, at least that I’ve noticed. So what is that’s missing there, again?

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      The celebrated Irish animation director Tomm Moore’s  “Cartoon Saloon” studio has produced several full-feature animation movies, of which the two best known and much praised by critics are “The Secret of Kells” and “Song of the Sea.” Both have to do with old Celtic myths and folklore and of these two, the second one, “Song of the Sea” is available on Netflix for streaming(The “Kells” one can be obtained on DVD for those who subscribe to Netflix DVDs.)

      “Song of the Sea” begins with a mother and her son and daughter, where the mother is a full-blood selkie (a being that can change from human form to that of a seal with magical powers in both forms.) The daughter, having her for mother and the human keeper of a lighthouse where they live for father, is half and half, and her existence “entangles both the human and the other world”, a situation from where the rest of the story follows.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Jxc7WkC674

      This is a gorgeously illustrated and very nicely told tale of the quest of the young daughter and her by a few years older brother, along with their nice and very large faithful dog, to find their way back home, where their old maternal grandmother comes to take them to her house in a big city. The reason is that, as she sees it, an isolated lighthouse, without a mother (she disappeared in the sea the night of giving birth to her daughter) and with a father that has obvious difficulties copying with it all, is no proper place for children to live. They beg to differ, run away and, along their return trek, they meet mythical figures of ancient folklore, both good and bad.

      Netflix has the English sound track; the Irish one is optional in the DVD,

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      Some people just can’t appreciate truly disruptive, earth-shaking, breakthrough innovation, that’s all.

      Way to go, MS!

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      Here is a remarkable performance of Beethoven’s Piano concert No.2 by Martha Argerich at the piano and Daniel Baremboim conducting what I believe is the Stable Orchestra of the Colón Theater, in Buenos, Argentina (The accompanying notes mistakenly make reference to a different, partial performance of this composition, also in YT.)

      Both Argerich and Baremboim were born, grew up and got to know each other in Buenos Aires. The “Teatro Colón” was ambitiously built early last century, at a time of great national affluence, to be one of the grand concert halls of the world, and so it remains to this day.

      After this concert there is what is either an encore, or an already programmed composition, in this case by the Argentinian composer Carlos Guastavino, for two pianos played here by Argerich and Baremboim, respectively. Before they start, Baremboim, in Spanish, tells the audience that Argerich and himself wish to dedicate this piece to the memory of a recently deceased Argentinian composer and performer, Pía Sebastián, who liked this short work very much. He also asks the audience not to applaud at the end. The concert ends in silence.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_5FQh2bXo8

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      OscarCP
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      And the painting has been given a really good cleaning in recent years. It used to have a murkier green cast and now it is brighter and showing its gorgeous colors, once more.

      We are very lucky to see it at all, as many works of art, including several by Botticelli, were burnt in the frenzied “bonfire of vanities” spurred on by the fanatical friar Savonarola and his followers in Florence in 1497, when Botticelli was still very much alive and painting.

      And here is another work by Fauré:

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

       

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