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NC #647 Dumb Equation Error, iOS 11 & watchOS 4 Delight Me, Security Bits

In this mammoth show, I’ll tell you how I’m an idiot, then I’ll talk about what surprises and delights me in iOS 11 and watchOS 4. Then Bart is back with Security Bits that includes a giant tutorial about cookies, and why third-party cookies are a bad thing.

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When an Engineer Makes a Dumb Equation Error

Area of a circle explainedRemember last week when we played Which Screen is Bigger, iPhone 8 Plus or X? AKA Fun with Geometry? I went through, in rather excruciating detail, how to calculate the size of the screen on the iPhone X vs the iPhone 8 Plus.

I wrote it up as a blog post, and Steve (also an engineer) checked all of my math before I posted it. The blog post was up for two days, when many of you read it. Continue reading “When an Engineer Makes a Dumb Equation Error”

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NC #646 Clarify, NIST on Two-Factor Authentication, Duplicating DVDs, iPhone X vs 8 Plus Screensizes

This week we’ll talk about some sad news from the makers of my beloved Clarify, then I’ll do a crazy deep dive into the National Institute of Standards and Technology about two-factor authentication. I do this to help you understand what your bank needs to know about using SMS or email or a phone call for authentication (spoiler, they shouldn’t). Then I’ll tell you about how much fun Sandy Foster and I had figuring out how to rip a (non-copy-protected) DVD in a modern version of macOS. In the last segment we’ll have fun with geometry as I try to figure out which screen is physically bigger, iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus.

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Which Screen is Bigger, iPhone 8 Plus or X? AKA Fun with Geometry!

In last week’s show, I said that iPhone X actually has a bigger screen than iPhone 8 Plus, even though the phone’s physical size is closer to iPhone 8. In the live chatroom for the show, George from Tulsa called me on that statement. He pointed to an article on phonearena.com/… where Victor H had determined that iPhone 8 Plus actually has the bigger screen.

Now I could have gone over and just read what Victor had written but what fun would that be? You know where this is going, right? I had to prove (or disprove) this myself. Continue reading “Which Screen is Bigger, iPhone 8 Plus or X? AKA Fun with Geometry!”

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