Posted December 13th, 2013 @ 07:01pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I've been using Touch ID since I got an iPhone 5s in mid-October. Generally speaking, I like it, and I find it faster than the old swipe-and-passcode method, but I've felt compelled to reteach it my fingerprints twice already. I know this sounds impossible, but its recognition of my prints seems to decay with time.
When I first started using TouchID, I was annoyed as heck with it. I re-programmed my thumb about six times over the first month.
Then I realized that I was probably just not programming the right part of my thumb. The next time I re-programmed my phone, I set it down and picked it up quickly. I pulled it from my pocket. I programmed TouchID the same way I use TouchID. I found that I typically touch far closer to my first knuckle when I use my phone than the first six times I programmed TouchID.
I've noticed no "decay" since this sixth time. I noticed decay the first six times because, gradually, I'd revert to the way I grab my phone and move away from remembering how I'd programmed it.
Posted December 12th, 2013 @ 06:57pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Behind Apple's mutiny against its court-ordered ebooks monitor - Fortune Features
Not in the way that you might think, either:
The more eye-catching of Apple's claims were its accusations that Bromwich was already insisting on meeting every member of Apple's executive team and board, including former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Jr., and the company's legendary product designer, Sir Jonathan Ive -- neither of whom had anything to do with antitrust compliance issues, according to Apple (AAPL). In addition, the papers noted, Bromwich was demanding that Apple pay a 15% "administrative fee" to his consulting firm on top of his $1,100 hourly rate and the $1,025 hourly fee of antitrust lawyer Bernard Nigro, who was appointed to assist him because of Bromwich's lack of antitrust experience. (Nigro heads the antitrust group at the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where Bromwich was a partner from 1999 to 2010.)
It was, rather, Apple's last claim -- accusing Bromwich of simultaneously playing a quasi-prosecutorial role and yet answering directly to the judge -- which may be the most significant. It signals that Apple is taking aim not just at Bromwich, but also at U.S. District Judge Denise Cote herself.
Posted December 11th, 2013 @ 06:45pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Android may have the market share lead, but iOS is still where it's at:
iOS-based devices drove more than $543 million dollars in online sales, with iPad taking a 77 percent share. Android-based devices were responsible for $148 million in online sales, a 4.9 percent share of mobile driven online sales.
Posted December 10th, 2013 @ 06:33pm by Erik J. Barzeski
29 Dumb Things Finance People Say:
1. "They don't have any debt except for a mortgage and student loans."
OK. And I'm vegan except for bacon-wrapped steak.
3. "Earnings missed estimates."
No. Earnings don't miss estimates; estimates miss earnings. No one ever says "the weather missed estimates." They blame the weatherman for getting it wrong. Finance is the only industry where people blame their poor forecasting skills on reality.
Not on the list: "What kind of monthly payment are you looking for?"
Posted December 9th, 2013 @ 06:20pm by Erik J. Barzeski
How Square moves Cash is a simple article. Nothing I didn't know already, but only takes a minute to read.
I've been on PayPal for a LONG time, and I use a combination of PayPal and Square when a customer wants to pay me (often a golf student).
Posted December 8th, 2013 @ 06:01pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Everything fits on the screen at one time, too!
Posted December 7th, 2013 @ 05:11pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Major league baseball's schedule affects the lives of millions of Americans. For 25 years, the masterminds behind the massive undertaking were The Stephensons. A husband and wife duo working with a computer, a pencil and a great deal of cooperation.
ESPN has a great video on the husband-wife team that have crafted MLB's schedule for 25 years.
At about 0:40 in you'll hear this:
In ten years you can generate more possible schedule solutions than there are atoms in the universe.
Posted December 6th, 2013 @ 04:32pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I hadn't ever thought about it, but apparently concussions are common in baseball among catchers (foul tips can be especially dangerous). In fact, concussions are causing arguably the best catcher in baseball to try out first base.
Posted December 5th, 2013 @ 04:10pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted December 4th, 2013 @ 02:26pm by Erik J. Barzeski
That's pretty nifty. And an effective way to get rid of ants, too.
There's more at anthillart.com.
Posted December 3rd, 2013 @ 12:48pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Have you ever heard of Cary Schoen? He seems to get banned from lots of places very quickly.
Posted December 2nd, 2013 @ 12:04pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted December 1st, 2013 @ 05:04pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I'm posting that because it's pretty interesting, and the seatbelt is largely unchanged.
I'm also posting that because I've seen a long thread on a forum somewhere in which a few people keep posting rants about how the government is tyrannical and should not be legislating seat belt use, and blah blah blah.
Posted November 30th, 2013 @ 05:47pm by Erik J. Barzeski
This video shows:
Christmas Tree harvesting at Noble Mountain Christmas Tree Farm in Oregon. Pilot Dan Clark flying a Northwest Helicopters, LLC 206B3 Jetranger November of 2008. Oregon is the nation's biggest producer and exporter of Christmas trees, selling about 7.3 million trees a year, more than twice that of No. 2 North Carolina.
The largest Christmas tree producer in the state is Holiday Tree Farms of Corvallis, shipping about 1 million trees a year. Manager Dave Silen says a shift toward more family gatherings this year could help sales. The holiday trees represent a $101 million industry in Oregon.
Posted November 29th, 2013 @ 04:44pm by Erik J. Barzeski
2016 turns out to be an interesting year coming up, a kind of watershed for online and mobile gaming. Almost 80% of the gamers worldwide are playing as mobile customers. Mobile gaming, with its large surge of players in 2013, a surge that is expected to continue, will double its growth by 2016.
What we find particularly interesting (even more than the demographic stuff like age ranges or gender or behaviours of gamers) is how popular tablet gaming is becoming. Can you guess the expected growth rate for tablets in particular?
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