Re: I thoroughly welcome this not happening.
530 posts • joined 8 Dec 2007
I welcome this. Not from any position of business expertise, or any personal interests, but because a certain level of plurality at the top is essential in my opinion.
Monopolies, duopolies, and cosy little (big) cartels don't serve us great unwashed or our businesses. Competition leads to more innovation and differentiation. If the few biggest players are just Borg-ing up others... Where's the fun in that?
Or am I just an idealistic old-ish curmudgeon?
Instead of trusting an encryption/-ed app alone, add another layer by using an air-gapped offline PGP box either end. Bit of a faff, but worth it compared to a decade in the clink, no?
Things could be streamlined fairly simply too, such as using something akin to acoustic coupling to transfer messages, or a USB stick for heavy loads.
Good point, some treat their finances like that, but personally I'd have a budget in mind and get the best performance I could for the money.
I wouldn't mind paying a few hundred for good headphones if I had that budget. I would mind looking like an iPrat at any price though, if I'm honest.
Telling us it can survive a 6 foot drop doesn't really tell us anything without knowing the testing method.
I can tell you that my modest Motorola Moto G7 Power that I use for work has survived such drops to hard surfaces, aided by its bezel, discreet-ish factory fitted clear silicone (or whatever) case, and a £1.50 toughened glass screen protector.
I'm pretty much the same, but I'm at the final stage (I think) of the final boss (I think) and yes it's a bloody handful (skullful?) to keep track of all the resource management stuff when some arsehole Summoner is flooding the place until you find the git, but just whack it on easy and it's OK. Not easy, but OK.
Feelings set 0: Naughty, fraud is bad, breaking laws is bad, some of that money probably ended up funding genuinely nasty people and activities. (unless he really operated alone and wasn't involved in nastiness)
Feelings set 1: You magnificent bastard!
Agreed! While it's not for the masses, there's always the likes of Lineage OS etc. for us techie types.
Until it went buggerup Monday evening with the usual screen crapouts, I was running an LG G3 as my daily driver and for work.
The 'latest' stock from LG was a completely knackered heap of unusable turds. Lineage gave it life and usefulness again, but jeebus it was a ball ache just to get the bootloader unlocked.
I tried out an app, briefly, with newly minted credentials (email, etc) on my personal 'droid. It wanted permission for contacts, but I specifically told it in the app I did not want it to use them to search for other users.
Who did it suggest as fellow users? Why, only a bunch of folk lifted from my phone numbers, and others linked to them!
It was called "Face Book" I think.
The point of this legislation isn't to wipe out strong crypto to thwart all those naughty 'terrorists'. The point is to make fishing expeditions routine and automated ("How did you know I'd be at this protest?"), and to make those using proper encryption stand out more.
After all, if you're making an effort about privacy, you must have something to hide from
the regime our kind and beneficent government, right?
The odd benefit fiddler is nothing compared to the harm of having almost any government employed/contracted numpty permitted to go trawling people's online business on the flimsiest of excuses.
Remember when the regime had to call privacy invasions "anti terrorism" to foist more snooping on us?
Frankly, if someone needs emergency care then just bloody treat them and be done with it, like we already do.
For non-emergency stuff, why not simply furnish hospitals with a list of people eligible to go on their books, to be checked internally? No surveillance potential, of course, nor can anything even be gleaned from such a list as it covers everyone, everywhere. Also good for citizens and visitors on their own insurance. Exceptions can be handled as and when, as appropriate.
With info being sent to the regime* how long before they're catching Murderers? Fraudsters? Non-violent x/y/z-phobic gobshites? Ganja growers? People with unauthorised opinions? This is a one-way street no matter how slow we're going on any given day.
If this was really about money they'd simply enforce existing tax law and close loopholes. But turkeys, Christmas, etc.
* /reɪˈʒiːm/ noun
1. a government, especially an authoritarian one.
I live in a basic old terraced house in SE London, the type where the kitchen with a bedroom above sticks out the back, leaving a sort of dingy alcove.
With my LG G3 on my desk, by the rear window that looks out to the alcove next to the kitchen, I can still get music on my old 8 quid bluetooth headset on the front porch. About 15m and 2 or 3 brick walls.
I imagine a decent antenna and circuitry could at least double that to the middle of the road.
UBI isn't a wage, it's a baseline income for all, just covering the basics. Unlike a means tested benefit there's (virtually) no administrative overhead, since that balance is naturally 'built in', and it doesn't discourage people from seeking work for fear of losing benefits.
Oh and don't forget to take UK employment figures with a pinch of salt.
If we could make sure $BIG_CORP paid the tax it owed, at a reasonable rate that doesn't permit it to steamroller smaller competition, that would be a good start. Add to that enforcement of environmental responsibility, a living minimum wage (i.e. no need to be topped up by tax credits, etc), and keeping their grubby fingers out of politics.
The elephant in the room is that even with all the advances in productivity, tech, knowledge, and all the rest... We're backpedalling in living standards and politics. Food banks and homelessness on the rise, house prices an utter piss take. This situation is getting worse and is neither natural nor accidental.
Where's our 4-day week, Universal Basic Income, and personal jet packs with friggin' laser beams? Call me paranoid if you want, but I get the feeling the world's uber-wealthy just might not be running the economy for the good of all mankind.
It's more that it has been overpowered by 'free market' extremists and to hell with the little people and basic common sense. We've been reduced to little more than cattle in service of The Sacred Engine.
Little surprise then that a leader who (for all his faults) wants to improve our lot has suffered an unceasing barrage of establishment screeching and shit-flinging.
As soon as I read about facetard AR yesterday I couldn't help but think "Oh splendid, moar stoopid ads, which this time I can't block!"
I do use facespook, but with the equivalent of a NCB Hazmat suit, comprised of Privacy Badger, uBlock, and FB Purity. (superb extension that allows many many tweaks and modifications)
Get fscked, Zuck.
Needed a new charging port, which I was unable to fit, not having a fine enough soldering iron.
Another fault? I thought it odd there seemed to be writing inside the microSD slot. Yup, the repair kiosk numpty had somehow managed to replace the back with the mSD still in the slot. Which was now pretty much buggered. I managed to rescue about 2.5 jpegs from it.
So, given the really utterly piss-taking forced obsolescence of their latest offerings, added on top of their control-freakery and questionable business ethics (suicide nets, anyone?) I have to ask: Apple products - Why?
I used to tell clients that asked that they were very well made and the software/app environment very polished, plus the support is there. But charging £silly for a repair that could be done for £silly/4, while doing everything it can to deny third party repairs, on devices that are designed to develop faults... Nope.
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