Re: Blockchain next..
That's how I treat it - the moment someone mentions blockchain, I immediately move them to the 'I'm dealing with an idiot' bucket
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I apologize in advance for using you as an example, but you have mentioned just that single facet and discounting the others that are far more important (such as the backing of tender rendered legal by government) - and unfortunately, that has allowed such fads to proliferate. Again, apologies for calling out your example
I'd gladly buy the author a beer (with real fiat money) for pulling no punches and saying it like it is.
I've often pontificated on the lack of financial education and common sense of the cryptozealots / 'cryptobros' - was there an underlying layer of inherent grift all along, or just sheer zealotry born of ignorance? Doesn't matter - stupid is as stupid does, fool and his money soon parted, etc etc.
I enjoyed reading this article, and as usual, was fascinated by the comments.
Blockchain and "cryptocurrency" have both shown themselves to be solutions in search of a problem.
Refreshing to see the former PM of the UK (despite his prior missteps) point out the obvious - \what's the real use case?' and the need for regulation - I was to a lesser degree intrigued by his off topic meandering into Twitter etc.
I imagine he's not getting invited back there any time soon, even though he said it far more politely than I would have (This Friday, I'm leaning towards something alone the lines of 'I extend to you ungracious greetings, you bunch of charlatans' or some other Shakespearean sounding rubbish)
I get that, but then it begs the question - did this article provide value? Was it necessary?
I pointed out some things that to me were worthy of mention.. with 2 of them being after the actual presentation. Is it too much to ask for the author to have provided just a tad more insight?
Hey Article Writer Person,
You had the luxury of time to wait and provide more insight beyond the WWDC superlative laced presentation.
For instance, you didn't mention that Stage Manager is coming to iPadOS too. Instead you focus on somebody's snarky attack on the feature even though it's not been released yet.
Or that the Fitness app will be available on iPhones without the Apple Watch.
And then there were the new features that didn't get mentioned at WWDC - you will now be able to see your wifi password, third party 2 factor support directly within the browser/settings, etc.
Come on - do better please and thank you
I don't pay more for a book or music as another poster mentioned - that 30% take doesn't apply to that.
Unless I'm very much mistaken this morning...
My view: if I create an app platform, I can charge what I like on it, with my payment processor, etc - letting the consumer / developer market decide if they want to sustain it.
Epic's claim is just without merit.
Considering this being a UK based site - have we already forgotten the help provided by the US then?
History matters - the Chinese are a threat, regardless of what happens in the US.
Why you ask - because the western world plays by the rules - the Chinese don't.
You have the freedom to be able to criticize without repercussion - something you would not have in a Chinese run world.
This is not paranoia, this is factual - how the world works.
You've become soft in the western world, thinking anyone in authority will listen to you - try that attitude in China and see how far it gets you
How about just creating a new paid for app? Publishing app2 that is the paid version.
I see a lot of apps doing that.
Also, full agreement on the subscription based models - I don't care for them, as a consumer.
I understand the desire behind them, etc etc - but they should be the exception, not the norm they have become of late
I hit reply and the posting system put my comment where it chose to.
Your idyllic scenario does not have anything to do with creating a new store of value.
All you're doing is using a word salad to make what you're saying seem plausible (hint: it's not working)
So, I'll ask again, how does creating a new store of value prevent the creation of a deficit and/or debt?
Just cannot be surprised by this anymore.
Yes, one could argue that privacy laws keep them from doing such things so blatantly, but trying to prove it in today's 'everything is a sodding conspiracy' world where the signal to noise ratio has deteriorated to such a degree, is quite another thing - especially when high-priced lawyers exist and the will to prosecute beyond a fine doesn't, for some bizarre reason.
As I write this long-winded (but ultimately, impotent) expression of outrage, I can already see a possible reasoning, one pointing to incompetence, rather than malice - due to their investment in ADT, these devices start listening and learning when put in 'Guard Mode' - this is not new behaviour.
Alarm systems listen for the sound of glass breaking anyway. And that's what Amazon Echo units do if you turn on 'Guard Mode'. This is an extension of that technological aspect which makes sense - however, the linking of data collection A to B to C and so on, the way an advertising company does - that is concerning.
Sir - can you please substantiate your remark?
Else it's rather unhelpful.
Allow me provide you with some information: A sovereign government backed currency means that it has government revenue and taxes, economic data (imports, exports, GDP calculations) to provide the said currency with a preferred (or non-preferred) rate of exchange in the world currency markets
Wouldn't you rather focus your efforts and criminal proceedings against the actual perpetrators rather than the head of the business who is being forced to make a business decision because of the ineptitude of their IT department?
Someone in IT fucked up - and allowed this to happen, it's that simple. Direct your rage there.
While I agree with you that the point of the blockchain is to have every transaction linked to it - there is also that 'washing' thing done for Bitcoin by exchanges.
I suppose it comes down to how extensive (and how present/available) logs of such activities are.
If the 'washing' does remove/obfuscate the bread crumbs trail, then it's rather more anonymous?
PS: just an opinion on the workings. I still contend that any non-sovereign government backed currency is a scam and waiting to be unloaded onto the next sucker
I see your point - I misunderstood the 'used' / second hand aspect (mea culpa)
So to start afresh, caveat emptor applies here - with the onus firmly on the buyer.
However, the used phone would likely have limited usage scenarios - though from a security perspective, an Apple product would likely be less vulnerable than an Android device.
I do hate to be pedantic, but the first amendment to the US Constitution just prevents the govt from suppressing your freedom of speech (among other things).
(and yes, i know there are exceptions for certain scenarios in the world today, like say, yelling 'fire' in a movie theatre, or saying 'bomb' in an airport)
A private (ie, non-govt) company can choose to censor as they wish.
This article/discussion reminds me of Musk mindlessly spouting off a couple of months ago how fighter pilots were obsolete, and drones were the future etc etc.
It sounds great to the latent science fiction fan in people, but reality as it often does, taps one on the shoulder and asks some uncomfortable questions.
Don't take it from me, I don't have any military flying time (just civil) - but pilots interviewed mentioned quite a few pertinent points - some of which you smart folks have already covered in the discussion (be nice if the article had those, eh?)
Some of these points were taking the advantage in choosing to attack at an advantage before getting to a head to head fight, visual verification of friend or foe, jamming, breaking of encryption and subversion of technology, and lastly human ingenuity - the AI-powered drone is learning as well, and in a fluid fast moving situation, recognizing the better option may still be something the human pilot can do faster today.
Yet there are some important ones in the AI-powered drone's favour: faster time to market compared to training a human pilot, no concern about the human loss, going past human endurance, etc.
I do wonder about the scale of operations though - think the number of alien ships in Independence Day vs. the human pilots.
At some point, all these issues get overtaken by technology - so maybe in a few generations, we'd reach that point. Just not today, or anytime soon.
And yeah, the F-35 is an amazing aircraft in terms of what it can do, but to shoehorn it into every bloody role on the planet, is just hurting its' own cause.
Especially, more so, when the cost of the thing is considered (and the bloody bugs). So, it's not the be all end all standard regardless of what its' manufacturer wants air forces to think.
Actually, in Canada, a big book store did exactly that with Herr Hitler's Mein Kampf.
They chose not to carry the book as the owner felt it went against her beliefs.
Based on my following of Snoopy from Peanuts getting his book(s) rejected by the publishers, it would suggest to me that publishers can choose what books they want on their banner/platform.
Accordingly, Amazon has the option to say 'yes/no' to what they want.
On the other hand, censorship brings up the entire 'Who guards the guards?' bit.
I'm honestly unsure on this one.
I'll say it again - Android is garbage.
How can one user app delete another app?
What sort of exotic root permissions are being given to the app to do this?
And if they can delete the app, then what else can they do possibly without the user knowing?
Way to miss the point.
Teamviewer did not show typed/saved passwords.
It shows (only to you) the credentials to be used to provide to someone else so they can connect to you.
Naturally, they did not (and can not) plan for some pillock taking a screenshot of that to the entire bloody world
Yes, the uproar is because of China - and it's rightfully justified.
I agree with you - if the country you're in, any country, decides that you're a person of interest, they can look at your expenses to see what's going on.
However, the question is that measure of becoming a person of interest. If that bar is set incredibly low, as countries like China are wont to do, there you go - welcome to dystopian realities.
Loved reading this - Task Manager was my favourite, NT4 onwards.
And yes, in later versions, it just became unwieldy and in 8 onwards - useless junk taking up too much room. (And what really grinds my gears is you can't have it auto startup minimized in windows 8 onwards)
But at least till Windows 2003, even Windows 7, very very good.
Oh look another anonymous coward parroting rubbish.
Fossil fuels are not going anywhere anytime soon - so slow your roll on that one.
One country owning another country's sovereign debt doesn't really mean anything without the political will to actually engage with other means (Clausewitz)
It's a matter of diminishing returns and escalating risk. It seemed like a good idea at first, but at no point does it become 'I say, good lad, we'll take that state and that other one there, then in lieu of payment, thank you very much'.
If you think China cares about climate change, you're rather mistaken.
What they are doing is attempting to use leverage by building out things in other countries (as part of their Belt and Road initiative.
The current world scenario is one of upheaval (long before COVID-19) - and it's exposing rather ugly cracks in the edifices of many a nation (the US included).