No issue if "Facebook" decides to not publish. That's their call.
Given the lousy thumb-on-scale scheme to decide "what you want to see", seeing nothing would be an improvement.
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"Republicans, known for their fiscal conservatism..."
That was the case decades ago. Now it's alternate conservatism and profligacy depending upon the recipient(s). So a $1.7 trillion tax cut for companies and high-rollers is fine - no offset needed. But funding for laid-off workers got the axe Friday night.
Even the Trumpites are cr***ing themselves about this because they can see the disaster unfolding during the convention in a couple of weeks. What it means, of course, is that the GOP Senators have given up on T. If they thought he had a reasonable chance then money would be showering down like the balloons at the convention - but they won't be having that this year either.
The Great Trumpet has not yet sounded its last but it is most certainly off-key.
It's amazing that it's 2020 and we still have the same-old same-old whinging about iPhones.
These folks have been proven wrong for over a decade and still they blather. I guess they just can't read the financial reports. Lots of people have voted with their wallets. Many have bought some variety of Android phone, fewer but still a goodly number bought iPhones. And Apple has cornered almost all the profit in that business (about 80% last time I looked).
With the current massive unemployment in the US, all the companies will have an annus horribilis. The wonderful-Wall-Street-analyst isn't telling us anything that was not already bleedin' obvious. Anything to get clicks, I guess. Put "Apple" in the headline and get more - that's all it is. Just blather.
It's really funny when Brits talk about the ability to change and update standards, such as moving from the "old" microUSB to USB-C connector.
"No problem," we're told.
Then we point out the standards evolution of the BS 1363 Type G plug - and fall about laughing.
Seriously, it's well past time for UK to move to a transition. I might suggest that new dual outlets have one type G and Euro C and F sockets, with a fuse in the outlets to handle the ring-main characteristics of UK wiring.
No-compete restrictions are very limited in California but do operate at high levels in companies. No idea whether he was at that level or not. But Apple knows this law well and will have pegged it appropriately.
The more serious question is whether he took anything, *anything*, other than what was in his head. To do so is fatal in this environment. As is trying to recruit staff. No notebooks, no papers and certainly no electronic files of your designs. Your head is yours, and that's all.
You can do this "involuntary spinoff" thing in California but you have to be very, very careful.
A dull knife in the drawer. In private industry there is elasticity, as one poster rightly noted. But these scenarios are usually for salaried staff, not people billed by the hour. If that's your gig then bill only those hours you actually work.
Of course, he's doubly-screwed because his clearance now is worthless. Dumb move, dude.
Immelt was only the most recent in a long line of GE managers who got it wrong.
GE was running trans-Atlantic time-sharing in the late 1960's. It was worldwide in the early 70's (meaning US, western Europe, Australia, Japan and probably a couple of others I've forgotten). The "Information Services Business Division" used email for its daily business from the early 70's - long before it was legally permitted to offer it as a service to others.
Some observant folks might have noticed that GE's class A (in old-speak) IP block is 3.xxx.xxx.xxx. That's right - the first one allocated (0, 1 and 2 were reserved). By contrast, Apple's is "17" and Microsoft is "92".
We GE folks were there in the early days and helped build it all. Then crass, stupid management pissed it all away. Immelt was not the worst, just the most recent.
Being not from UK and driving while on holiday I was nailed for one of these. I admit that it's an awkward place but I suspect that it has been left as-is to be a speed trap. A long downhill that suddenly becomes 20 mph. Doing 27 will get you busted.
So you're out £40 for the rental car company to inform plod who you are, then you get a £100 splat from plod. Which you can avoid if you attend one of the classes offered but, of course, you have to be in the UK for that. No concept of on-line class - in-person only.
Whap. Whap. Great way to encourage me to visit again.
p.s. most people like me spend more brain cycles remembering to stay on the left side of the road. By pissing us off with overly-stupid speed traps you're forcing us to spend our attention elsewhere. Be careful of the mayhem you invoke.
"Comey admitted he became a leaker – giving his notes to a friend to pass to journalists"
This is NOT a leak. Comey was a party to the conversation and is entitled to report it however he wants (excluding obvious exception such as classified info, or legal advice, etc that don't apply here).
If it had been someone else's conversation that he'd heard then that would be a leak. But if it's his own then he owns it (jointly with Trump, I guess) and he's free to report it.
Absolutely KEY comment. Thank you.
What Apple did is instantly obsolete all the "special web page" stuff that had been previously required. "Pinch to zoom" with the multi-touch capacitive screen was the game-changer. And Apple had to have that so you could connect to the various WiFi networks that were starting to become available.
A neighbour has a PC with a forced update to Win10. Networking was dead. Stone dead, so she called me - the "Mac guy" for help. It was trivial to plug in MacBook Pro and verify that the network was indeed alive and well. A bit of work with Mr Google released that many others were in the same sorry state because of the borked fix a month or so ago. No help from Redmond, of course.
But some suggested that reacquiring a DHCP lease might be a help but - of course - there's no way I could find to do that within any of the Control Panels. I did try for a while - total zero. Then I remembered that the command-line might help (last time I used that on Windows is longer than I care to remember) and BINGO - networking was networking again. Fortunately Redmond figured out its fiasco and applied Band-Aid#2 so I haven't been called back on this.
Then she mentioned that none of her printers had been working since the unwanted, forced update. It turns out that all the Win7 print drivers are c**p for Win10 so you have to funky-fiddle the de-install of the old ones and then manually install new ones from the vendor.
Funny, but my Apple MBP had no problem finding the printer and printing to it - although it had never seen that variety before.
So, the "usual story" is that Apple mostly gets its stuff to work, straightforward, right out of the box. If you others want to buy other stuff and then complain that *that* doesn't work - that's your problem. I choose not to spend my life doing that.
No-one said that Apple invented the "smartphone". Maybe the "smarterphone" but we quibble.
But Apple most certainly DID invent the "smartphone industry" and promptly took all the money.
SOZ, Samsung, HTC. Nokia, Microsoft. Oh, and Blackberry. I almost forgot :)
Apple won't do it for the high-performance machines but you should expect to see MacBooks with A-xx CPUs in the not-too-distant future.
I expect that by now Apple is capable of building a Rosetta-like tool but even if not - who do you think owns the Rosetta IP these days ?? IBM, that's who. And has anyone failed to notice the cozy relationship between IBM and Apple? Not if you're this side of dead.
x86 on ARM will happen. The fat lady has sung.
Back in the day (late 70's) BA had a cool fully auto-land system. It was on BAC-111 and maybe some others, although not heavies. This was a 100% hands-off landing, all the way.
Worked great through testing and acceptance and then one day the full-thick fog reduced visibility to not much more than your nose. But BA could land, and then ... LHR had to send out a blinky "follow-me" to lead him to the gate. Poor pilot could not even see the ground in order to taxi.
There were certainly networks available before "the Internet" and it's often difficult to differentiate the two.
Most here think of "the Internet", lately retitled "the internet" as the descendant of the ARPA/DARPAnet which was certainly available in the 80's but only for non-commercial access. CompuServe wasn't part of that in those days, but used other networks AFAIK (as did many other services, including AOL).
Verizon conveniently fails to note that it is an ISP and not a transit service (although it may do some of that).
So the Netflix traffic it receives is destined for its own end users, who have paid for the delivery all the way through Verizon's network. The fluff about asymmetry is just that - fluff.
In one gig, access to the networking source was absolutely crucial to be able to build in-kernel network plugins. To say nothing of how different the packet handling was from the STREAMS code in classic Mac OS.
In another, we were building custom kernels with added security. Some of which Apple has incorporated (our changes went back to Apple under the open-source rules).
The disinterest might be widespread but it's far from total.
I am very pleased to see that this is becoming more common in companies. When dealing with security issues and expenditures, the bean-counters frequently reduced or eliminated security aspects of IT budget proposals. They saw it as a dead expense, completely ignoring the fact that what they were doing was self-insuring the company.
Once cyber insurance becomes commonplace, IT managers will have a way to push back against those cuts by arguing that spending on security will recede the price of insurance. Just as installing better fire protection will cut those premiums significantly.
Cyber insurance should be mandatory for businesses dealing with customer data (which is most of them) just as liability cover is required for your car. You aren't required to have full cover but you should at least have cover for customers. Why don't we have that yet ??
I don't think that would be sufficient. After all, isn't that exactly the situation with Microsoft? There's a separate EU company (HQ in Ireland, I would guess) and it's wholly owned by Microsoft. Yet the U.S. is trying to force disclosure of the data in the EU datacentre.
I think that the EU company would have to be fully independent for the separation to work.
Having had my account info swiped a couple of years ago while I was on a short visit to Europe, I have never been amazed at the level of pwnage going on at Skype.
If MS thinks that this is a good way to deal with mobile and social media then it will confirm all that they've done with killing the PC business.
Any company that handles web pages in the kernel deserves all this problem, and more.
I expect that Apple is actually rather appreciative of Swift's letter.
It was clear right from the start that this was a bad decision on *someone's* part but Apple could reverse it without losing face. But after Swift's letter, they can claim that they were caused to seriously reconsider the [inexplicably poor] decision. And everyone will be happy.
Had this kept going - without Swift's involvement - then it would have become a PR disaster for Apple. They don't do this often but this is a doozy.
“I just bought an album on iTunes: how much of that money goes to tax havens and how much is taxed in Australia?”
For the answer to this - they'll have to haul in the record companies. Apple takes a 30% cut but pays all the sales cost, delivery, billing etc. The 70% for the record companies stays mostly with them - the artists don't see much.
"The current US administration has been remarkably generous to Silicon Valley. Obama's administration treats Big Tech as generously as Bush's treated Big Oil. Google staffers can be found at all levels of this administration, and Google is a significant campaign funding contributor.
It's not just Google. The Department of Justice handed Amazon a very favourable settlement in its "price fixing" case against publishers. The order handed Amazon something very valuable: a retail monopoly (technically, a "monopsony")."
Uh, no. It gave Silicon Valley, Apple to be specific, a raw deal. And this was to the benefit, as you say, of Amazon which hails from Washington state. Your premise might be correct but your example contradicts it.
I've used Apple Pay at a few places but most don't have NFC yet. That will change by next October because terminals have to be upgraded/replaced to support chip cards, and most will include NFC.
In some ways, a not-so-fast rollout is an advantage as it allows firms to get bugs fixed while they don't have a large impact. For example, one large hardware chain has AP working for Visa, but for MasterCard the transaction shows on the phone as "done" (i.e. "Done" with a green check-mark) and then "Declined". The account is good however and using the actual plastic works just fine.
And said chain does have chip-readers in the terminals. Just not active. Having been hacked one might think that they would have flipped that switch. But - no. Go figure.
CurrentC from MCX has several "issues".
1. you have to provide direct access to your bank account, via either direct debit (via ACH transactions) or debit card info
2. you have to give them your SSN (social security number) and driver license info
All this goes into the database-in-the-cloud and makes an extremely juicy target for identity theft. Everything you want all in one spot !
With a credit card there are at least some consumer protections. With CurrentC/MCX there are none. It's a disaster in slow motion.
>As for the man currently occupying the corner office in Redmond,
>Satya Nadella – who kicked off his tenure as CEO by announcing
>18,000 layoffs – Ballmer told Vanity Fair, "I am giving him space."
How considerate. Given the task facing Nadella, a reasonable person would instead have given him a shovel. A big one.
Too much water under the bridge with this Board ?!?!?!?
Steve, you're lucky the Board was as incompetent as it was or the water would have been a lot higher, and sooner.
Microsoft would be in better shape if you had been swept away in, say, 2002.
And immeasurably better had it not appealed the breakup order. But hindsight is 20/20.
Beancounters are beancounters. And security is a cost, with no upside.
It is very, VERY hard for IT folks to put up reasonable numbers for risk, exposure and the like. Beancounters know about buildings and fire risks, and accidents and cost of insurance against that, but nothing at all about risk and exposure for information systems.
In addition, much of the cost of breaches is NOT borne by the company. If your credentials were compromised at Target and your identity stolen - do you think they will compensate you for a couple of years of effort to straighten it out? No, they do a deal for "monitoring" at low cost to them, and this only alerts you after the fact that you have a problem. Nothing preventative at all.
So, try as they might, IT managers have little success in showing Boards the real cost of a breach (except in banks, I guess). And until that changes, Boards will spend less and less on security.
"That is, the most important reason that the tech companies aren't using Wall Street is that they don't seem to be very good at using Wall Street."
Not quite it. It's that "they seem to be very good at NOT using Wall Street".
There have been many deal in the last few years where Wall Street didn't bring much to the table but certainly took a lot off it.
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