Parents are used to multi-tasking... they'll be fiiiiiinnneee...
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So HP bought Autonomy, decided it's actually a bit of a bad deal, and proceded to split their hand so as to be able to offload Autonomy as part of HPE Software...
MicroFockers buys HPE Software, determines it's actually a bit of a bad deal, and has now decided to split so as to
probably be able to offload HPE Software/Autonomy as part of Big Data...
Biiiig Data! Big Bountiful Data!! Get your Big Data 'ere!!!
*Paris, coz it seems MicroFockers need someone with some experience of seeing things comin'!
Not FISH - a contextual argument about gradual adoption of once-unpalatable concepts into the mainstream e.g. heating most homes in Europe without using Gas, or driving a car without a seatbelt, or I dunno, Smartphones without user-replaceable batteries or 3.5mm headphone jacks..?
Unique offering being the hardware/software COMBINATION developed alongside each other and exclusively for each other - even you cannot deny the amount of work that's gone into making macOS a lot more mainstream consumer-friendly than <insert_a_distro_name_here>. Surface has arrived (relatively) recently from Microsoft and is effectively a concession about the need to apply internal controls and standards on both the hardware and software.
Market-influencing technology integrations refers to being right at the top of the "how do we take the best of what's out there and wrap it up in a useful, attractive, performant mass-market product" chain.. What component did Apple include in the original iPhone that didn't exist on the market prior? Probably none. Had ANYONE managed to package the same 'existing' technologies in such a compelling way prior to Apple? No, and yet now EVERYONE folows the formula - give Apple THAT if nothing else. I'm not on top of the entire Catalina hoopla but the little I understand is that a lot of outcry is about 32-bit applications no longer being tolerated (after repeated warnings from as far back as what, Lion or earlier) - sorting application compatibility before upgrade has been common sense since upgrades existed..
I concede that Apple products are not 100% recyclable, user-repairable or upgradable, but no comparable product is - even a dead ASUS motherboard is a dead motherboard.. As a business in a market where their most lucrative expertise appears to be (I hate to go there again) 'Market-influencing technology integrations', they have to strike a balance between GIVING their advantage away and doing the best they can to limit environmental impact. I note you don't defend the injection-mould plastic casing on a £299 bargain-basement laptop - if you took the 2019 MacBook Pro and the £299 PCWorld/BestBuy loss-leader brand new and buried them in the ground, which degrades more kindly for the planet after X years? They're not perfect but my personal opinion is not many are even close..
I'm sure most security experts will tell you if someone has physical access to your machine, you've got greater things to worry about than whether mashing return will give them root access.
The T2 issue i think you're referring to is the 3rd party component management capability - my perspective aligns with the business value of trusting that the replaceable hardware components one bought with their server are still in situ, vs possibly having one's components replaced with a dodgy device that does a hell of a lot more than the original was intended. T2 didn't make it impossible to replace certain components with 3rd party - it just required the involvement of Apple or certified resellers to (arguably) ensure what is being fitted is at known risk and with visibility to the manufacturer (who might get blamed when that 3rd-party SSD upgrade sends all your blueprints to <insert_h4ckor_here>)
I stand by my original arguments - it's all about context
When (if) you bought your car, did you not observe that your options are performance/capacity limited depending on use case? If you live in Europe and you want to drive a diesel car, your diesel-driving days are numbered - nothing you can do about that (or seat belts for that matter)
When (if) you bought your house, did you not observe that houses are capacity/feature/layout-constrained depending on budget, location, market value and other such factors? If you live in Europe and you want to heat your home with gas, your gas-central-heating days are numbered - nothing you can do about that
The Apple 'offer' (which is ALL it is) represents a lot of things that people somehow REFUSE to concede influence other purchases they make, such as:
- Unique offering to the market of Hardware/Software integration to Pro capability (despite MANY howls, NOBODY has achieved/offered similarwith commitment and longevity, and IMHO that's sufficient for them to associate an abstract additional value to the bare bones that constitute the technical offering, as well as the invisible but ever-present LIKE IT OR LUMP IT label)
- Market-influencing technology integrations (often ahead of time, researched fairly well given complexity and inevitably copied by the less creative lot (READ: the rest of the market who cannot afford or won't invest in design innovation)
- Consistently high resale value on typical 2-to-5-year ownership cycles (duration of course depending on product; e.g. when I buy an iPhone I KNOW I'm getting half the retail value back if I take care of the phone over 3-4 years and it helps that Apple continue to issue relevant updates all the way through those cycles, unlike some)
- Highly commendable environmental credentials (NOTE I did not say perfect coz nobody is, but surely a laptop made from recycled aluminum carries better base credentials and inherent value than the £299 plastic injection molded offering from <just_about_every_other_mainstream_manufacturer> )
- Better control over 'secure-by-design' ambition than anyone relying on a less tightly-controlled Hardware/Software integration in the mainstream Consumer space especially (How many years did it take Google to admit that checking code on apps submitted to Play Store was a good idea?)
I think I speak for a fair few Apple users who are willing to engage with the options (flaws and all) - most of us really don't need to hear constant winging and trolling from seemingly jealous entities who will inevitably align with that which they complained about.
Even before that, the new Mac Pro can be upgraded by the user (once again)
Maybe this IS a reflection of his grip being loosened..
After all - the golden thread of his design philosophy is clear and Apple can make a big load of bank on that for a while yet; the key is to keep people happy which (for now) seems to slowly be manifesting as the focus..
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Both of you need to take a second look at what you've just typed, and compare it starkly with what has been stated in the article.
The very specific issue of 'unwanted' bias was highlighted with respect to the jobs, housing and credit ad placement scenarios, not tampons and lipstick.
@Mark 85 - "..So now it has to be gender neutral and ethnic neutral advertisng only.." NO - but where there is NO NEED to target people along these lines, the platform should not be seen to be doing so anyway. Why aren't both genders and ethnicities receiving ads for both jobs? White people can't janitor? Black people can't lumber..?
@Martin Summers - so you're saying white people in USA shouldn't be shown janitorial jobs because black people were "...never offended and didn't realise they should have been in the first place..." ..? They complain about this ALL the time; literally ALL the time. They DO feel offended and they DO realise there's a bias. It's usually impossible to prove and subsequently gain recompense from a biased ad platform with the clout of FaceBook, but that doesn't mean their 'systematic bias' suspicions are incorrectly placed or non existent..
Read carefully folks - perspective looks like a caliedescope, not a telescope....
"...When you're Red Bull, all you need is a little extra oomph to be able to leverage that awesome aero package and overtake around the outside ANY corner you like.."
They're after BT and Virgin customers alright; they're just gonna bring their own carrots not wait for the leftovers from Old McOpenRoach's farm :)
For all the positives of Pokemon Go (outdoor fun, meeting new people, common interest/common cause draw, game title nostalgia etc), I feel a game developed by people with a sense-of-duty/mission-to-achieve the level of standards that Nintendo had set with its software would have stood PoGo in better stead..
The application is HUGE, highly power inefficient, very buggy and the objectives change like the weather - it doesn't 'feel' Nintendo despite being heavily associated with Nintendo..
I don't know what HP fans expect from their game but I hope they get more from it than PoGo fans got..
Here's to JK Rowling's next billion hey :)
Industry-level joint development of Apple's 'Secure Enclave' system to get to a stage where it would 2-factor requests for information/authorisation and just releas a Yay or Nay without ever releasing or sharing the actual data...? Is it not time for this to be embraced on a much wider scale?
"...Provide more encouragement for young girls to take up technology subjects (in a non-patronizing way) and more female role-models, and that will do more to address sexism in the workplace in our sector than anything else..."
I reckon that's a consultancy niche you could operate in (to the benefit of potential entrants) based on your experiences and expectations, to great success - I'll be the first to toast your new little side-earner
### iWatch that's half as thick and heavy, uses LCD and reflected light or backlight at night, 4 days battery life?
--> Progress, but not DISRUPTIVE..
### earpods that use aptx quality level Bluetooth and barely weight more than current ones?
--> Progress, but not DISRUPTIVE..
### A wide open Apple TV that people actually want to buy, one that offers ALL major streaming catch-up services (after all, IOS does...)?
--> Supporting such products 'The Apple Way' would prove expensive, and factoring the Apple premium on the TV itself, means it's likely unattractive to Apple. They don't have mobile geniuses, and they'd need to fundamentally re-work their logistics.. CANNOT FLY - Get Apple TV
### A competitor to Spotify at about £6 per month in the UK?
--> Apple Music offers you a deal where up to 6 people can use the same Apple Music Account for £15/month WITH full, segregated access if you want it.. So if you can get 3 people on one account you've already got it down to £5/month per person.. ARGUABLY AVAILABLE - not disruptive as Apple was late to the party...
For me, disruptive is something that fundamentally shifts the entire argument of how things are done, and though Apple does a lot of things well, it can only be expected to hit the world with a true gamechanger once every half-decade or so..
LikelyFact! AI could kill off all humanity eventually..
When? When AI mathematically determines that it's capabilities have superseeded what humans can do, against it's self determined measure of what it can achieve vs what humans can achieve
Why? Humans will have served their purpose, and will be redundant/surplus/expensive/unreliable
What purpose? To exist (mostly through their legacy) beyond the human life cycle(s)
What can we do? NEVER allow AI to exist in the first place, OR be glad you exist in a time where AI is not as capable as the best brains we have (YET)
I've first-hand experience of living in parts of the world (Africa, 3 countries) where the kerosene/paraffin lamps are used.. They're fairly bright and they are PORTABLE; you're talking about replacing a lighting technology that you can lend to someone so they can light up the way to the next village along in gusty conditions, or light up the way to the pit toilet outside..
This won't solve that - it's a very good attempt though..
Wind-up technology is better at the moment for a fair number of people...
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