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Apple can’t count….

My opinion of Apple and its practices has never been high. But this is just stupid.

Type in “1+2+3=” in an iOS 11 device’s calculator app, and you get 6 (correctly), but type it in quickly (as demonstrated in this video) and you get 24.

Sure, it’ll no doubt get patched soon and Apple will twist the incident to prove how fast they can push out updates compared to Android. But the point remains – how did such a bug make it past testing? And what OTHER, similarly stupid bugs that have yet to be detected, also make it past testing. And what if one of those bugs was in something fundamental? Something that breaks the functionality of the device? Something like the 1/1/1970 bug that would brick the device, or even the infamous “effective power” bug that would annoying reboot someone’s phone. Or even the famous crashsafari site that was only meant to crash safari but managed to crash the device too (originally, anyway).

OR, was there even ANY testing?

Fitness & Health

Zombies Walking

I dug out my old login credentials for Zombies Run and reinstalled to see of they’ve gotten any better since my departure. So far, I’ve been able to do a run (well, walk). With Apollo running without the app crashing on me, which is a definite improvement on what I had previously.

I seemed to have lost my entire base so I’m now having to rebuild from scratch. No matter, I’m replaying Season 1 again right now, anyway.

I also lost my ability to renew my legacy subscription so I’m on standard monthly subscription right now. The S1E1 story has changed slightly with a few additional clips explaining how to play the game and there’s a few new episodes which are showing as I haven’t done yet, which is weird since I’m pretty sure I did all of them.

Finally, got this after my return run.

And just in case you don’t get the references, Sam is talking about the song “500 Miles” by The Proclaimers.

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Reviving running and new goal

I’ve been slacking in my running for a fair bit, and not doing my usual distances.

This last week, I’ve been through the painful process of saying goodbye to my uncle from the viewing in the mortuary, to the final viewing, the funeral, and the internment of the ashes.

Cancer is a horrible condition, indiscriminate and relentless. But it doesn’t always mean death. Research has allowed cancer patients a good quality of life compared to a few decades ago and it continues to grow as research progresses.

In 2014 I did the Royal Parks Half Marathon (completion post here). It was a painful experience, but one I’m going to attempt to go for again. I’m going to train up for another Half Marathon and this time nominate a cancer charity. The current primary charity I’m thinking of is Cancer Research UK.

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Why everyone is so convinced Facebook is spying on their conversations

Bipul Lama believes Facebook is spying on him.

And he’s got proof, sort of. Lama performed a test. For two days, all he talked about was Kit-Kats.

“The next day, all I saw on my Instagram and Facebook were Kit-Kat ads,” Lama said.

After his Kit-Kat experiment, he successfully repeated it with chatter about Lysol. The 23-year-old musician is now more convinced than ever that Facebook is listening to his conversations through his phone’s microphone.

“It listens to key words. If you say a word enough times, the algorithm catches those words and it sets off targeted ads,” Lama theorized.

Lama is far from alone. The belief that Facebook is actively listening to people through their phones has become a full-on phenomenon. Facebook has, of course, denied it does this. That has done little to dampen the ongoing paranoia around the theory.

Because it is just a theory… right?

Source: Why everyone is so convinced Facebook is spying on their conversations