Unless I misread...
...Big Blue sacked him - he didn't quit.
Ergo the head scratching on how this is even legal.
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Apparently the folks at Vulture Central had already fucked off down to t'pub for the Friday night bevvies, before adding the link.
I'd do the same but I'm stuck in the States. Distinct lack of good pubs here.
Another marketing analytics biz, Wizaly, also advocates this technique to bypass Apple's ITP 2.2 privacy protections.
As if we needed another reason to hate bastards like Wizaly. Those tossers really piss me off - they really don't give a flying fuck about user privacy and will do anything and everything in their power to subvert it.
uBlockOrigin for the win. And screw Google for deliberately helping advertisers trace everything we do, even when where we go has fuck all to do with them.
IR35 treats contractors as lesser permies.
PAYE on both employee and employer sides, plus max 3% expenses claimable, irrespective of actual expenses. No sick, no paid vacation. Nothing.
The tangible loss if benefits and the flexibility of the workforce is why contractors got paid more. They take on more risk.
Sure and hourly rate over a year might be £100k, but if they only do 6 months then that's instantly cut in half.
You show me a permie who is capped at 3% expenses and has to pay both sides of the PAYE bucket and we'll talk. And let's not forget, a sick permie in bed with the cold is a paid permie. A permie drinking Sangria on the beach is a paid permie.
Last I worked in blighty (2001) as a contractor I calculated that my total net payouts from gross came to over 60% if I'd done IR35 again.
Ohio based Vantiv (which itself was an offshoot of the regional 5/3 Bank, and was known as 5/3 Processing Solutions until private equity slinger Advent Interaltional came a calling, brought out 5/3's stake and took the company public) brought Worldpay in 2017, and then assumed Worldpay's name. Then in June, Florida based FIS purchased Worldpay.
So, in the great scheme of things there is no Vantiv - Just FIS.
Sharks eat sharks.
Everywhere you go, your IP address is logged, stored, directed, hashed, rehashed, stamped and stored.
If this is where people draw the line then they're on for some severe disappointment. Every web page with adverts knows significantly more about you than this.
GDPR violation? Gimmie a break! Let's lock up all the advertisers on the web first (actually no, seriously, they're the scum of the Earth and do little or nothing to safeguard our privacy or safety).
"Because it's stupid posting a 'I am not experiencing issues' comment. It would only be useful if the question is whether something was down for everyone or just a portion. But we know the software is buggy, because lots of people have experienced bugs. The fact that you haven't is uninteresting and unimportant."
Oh, I see, we're ONLY allowed to post something if it increases the volume of the echo chamber! No dissention allowed huh? Good to know...
Yes, the software is buggy - again, I never stated otherwise. However my post - and other besides - goes to show that the problems are NOT so black and white. I've two MacBooks I upgraded, one's a 2015 Pro, 'tother a 2018. MY 2015 one is chock full of games and home development tools, my work 2018 one is replete with Dev tools, docker containers and code editors.
The fact that neither have had issues that have prevented me from working is important. Folk often talk about bad things, they rarely talk about the good ones.
Fascinating that folk downvote personal experiences. One wonders if the downvoters just love to hate on anything Apple and can't handle someone not having issues with an operating system.
I never said there were no bugs, just simply explained my particular use case and others who work with me. If downvoting allows others an outlet to just hate on Apple then go right ahead. However just know that none of it makes any difference - my devices are still running fine regardless!
iPhone 7+, iPad Pro 9.7”, Series 3 Watch and 2018 MacBook Pro all updated.
So far I’ve seen zero O/S bugs - although Hazel on my Mac is a dead duck until the devs release a new version of it (which I knew about going in to Catalina).
That said, aside from having to give the MacBook a double-tap mid-install, the rest went just peachy.
Battery life on all mobile devices seems just fine, not noticed any ill-effects. Not saying there aren’t bugs, just that I’ve personally not come across anything obvious - and I’m not alone either: Anecdotal evidence from co-workers (and aren’t most of these issues anecdotal?) also seems to be the case of “all quiet on the Western Front”.
...the executives who swung the axe will reward themselves with juicy bonuses as a reward for taking "strong affirmative action to help lower corporate costs, introduce bi-departmental synergies and streamline product to market processes". Can't be easy for them after all having to develop bullshit excuses.
Joking aside, who the hell uses Oracle cloud these days? I keep hearing about Google, Azure and AWS but sweet FA about Oracle's cloud offering. I'm highly doubtful this action will convince anyone who was on the fence that somehow Oracle's the place to be - far from it in fact: If anything this paints a picture of a corporation desperately trying to IBM itself.
Simply given that Apple's track record is to give folk fair amount notice on such things. iOS kicked 32 bit apps to the kerb a full 2.5 years after Apple started to enforce the '64 bit only' policy for new submissions (and only a couple of months difference for updates) to the App Store. And this was after they told the world in October 2014 that such a cull was actually happening. So, 3 years from announcement to enforcement.
And they gave notice of the same bit-purge for OSX (or is it now MacOS?) In their June 2017 WDC address, thus giving folks around 2.5 years warning (given that they subsequently informed the world that 10.14 would be the last version to support 32 bit applications).
I really can't see them changing tune and issuing another edict that'll severely curtail the apps folk run on their Macs barely 3 months before 10.15 could be announced.
10.16 - sure that's a lot more conceivable, but again possibly too soon.
... and bear in mind I'm an aging techie with little experience in much of this, but, that all said:
What's the technical difference qua interference as opposed to difference qua hardware, between one of these 'open routers' and a small Pi or Linux box with the requisite software and off the shelf hardware bits?
Genuine question because my (possibly incorrect) understanding is that many of these consumer/prosumer boxes are really just just prepacked gear in a shiny box, some flashy LEDs and a small footprint.
If I'm wrong then I'd love to be educated in the difference.
Clarification: the Federal Eastern District of Texas is obviously more than just Marshall, Tx. Marshall however is apparently the most patent troll friendly courthouse in that federal district.
The district does also include the courthouses in Beumont, Lufkin, Sherman, Texakana and Tyler.
Apologies for any inaccuracies - long day, late night!
... because whilst you are correct that this is a federal matter, that has never precluded plantiffs from shopping for patent friendly (Federal) district courts to adjudicate the case with, and the court with the biggest hard-on for patent trolls is the Eastern District, located in Marshall, Texas.
This however somewhat changed in 2017 when SCOTUS ruled unanimously in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods. This ruling has now prevented the previous manner where plantiffs got to pick any court they wanted (e.g. the aforementioned Eastern District in Tx) and instead forced them to have to pick one in same district where the defendant was either incorporated or had business.
So yes, Apple's idea has merit. Whether it succeeds is yet to be seen.
Not totally accurate. Uncle Sam will demand you submit a tax return every year and pay him any difference between any reprocial tax authority and himself.
In truth this can go from sweet FA to a shit tonne, depending on his generosity and the ability of the requisite accountants to position the cash of their US Citizen clients in the most tax "efficient" way possible.
Now if you don't live in a jurisdiction that has a treaty with kind Uncle Sam then yes, there is a risk that you'll end up being raped and pillaged by both (or more) tax authorities.
There's a reason why we've heard of more than a few US Nationals telling Uncle Sam to go fuck himself. Hell, even 'Green Card' holders are on the hook for something like 10 years of reporting and potential double taxation.
Please stop perpetuating the myth of the "Obama Phone".
This program (that is still in affect under Trump and is called "Lifeline") started in the mid 1980s under Reagan, expanded in 1996 by Clinton and then updated again by Bush II to cover cellular devices.
In addition the program only covers monthly discounts on service, it does not directly pay for any devices. That said, if a provider who undertakes to deliver service under the program chooses to also give the end user a 'free' phone then there are no rules stopping it.
The FCC further refined the program in 2012 to reduce abuse and waste.
The term "Obama Phone" was created and used by the opposition at the time in an attempt to paint Obama as a president who just gave shit away at the taxpayers expense (which it never did), totally ignoring its roots in two separate Republican administration's.
Interesting note (and something that should be a surprise to no-one), some members of the GOP introduced a bill designed to curtail the Lifeline program; the totally misnamed "End Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act" (a lie because tax-payers don't finance the Lifeline program, it comes out the Universal Service Fund and, even if passed, the amount phone owners pay into that fund would not change). The bill got no-where.
So this is no no-more a "Obama Phone" plan than it is a "Trump Phone" plan (funny, no-one's said a bloody word about that).
But I digress.
Imho Linux desktop (when talking about everyday users) is an uholy mess of distros, predefined software linked at the OS version level (requiring extra steps to sometimes break out just to get latest versions of apps) and CLI wizardry to perform many simple tasks.
Linux server however is a glorious collection of distros designed for the folks who have a clue, tightly defined software repos and a huge amount of flexibility baked when one uses the command line.
My personal belief is that Linux desktop failed because, despite the likes of Ubuntu and the like, it's still at heart a server OS. That's perfect for folks who need that, but both Microsoft and, to a lesser extent Apple, got it that first and foremost a desktop OS has to embrace idiots who barely grasp the concept of a context menu, yet alone drivers for printers.
So if the 2018 outage was a Microsoft curse, what caused the 2017 ones?
I'm no MS lover, but for Pete's sake this consistent MS bashing is just sad.
By all means slam then for the utter debacle that is Skype/...for Business/Lync/Teams or for the scrawling mess that is Azure etc. But Cloud Services go down all the bloody time.
Even GitLab - https://about.gitlab.com/2017/02/10/postmortem-of-database-outage-of-january-31/
Have some perspective people. It's a Cloud Service - and that means irrespective to the owners or prospective owners, dumb shit that affects a lot of people will happen.
Guess I was one of the odd ones - I actually carried through with my internal threats and fucked off to annoy the bloody yanks instead. They've not kicked me out the country yet so either a) I'm doing something right or b) I need to ramp up my "annoying Brit" ''tude some more.
On the plus side, there's now many an American co-worker who I've taught some new words and phrases to: No longer do I get blank stares when I say things like "I've got nowt", "I'll take a butchers" and "This project plan's a bit like going round the Wrekin, innit?"
Naturally "Wanker", "Muppet" and "Tosser" are standard workplace vernacular as well...
...didn't the then-in-opposition Tory party state that they'd get rid of this Blair-Era tax rule as a pseudo campaign promise, or is my memory faulty?
Granted I fecked off from blighty nigh on 20 years ago just before IR35 really kicked in, so I may misremembering all this.
... That this offer (and a most exciting opportunity it is as well!) is open for just one single day (today, 4/1/2918 in colonial nomenclature)...?
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Odd you say that, given that Apple alone sold around 18 million Watches in 2017, with a 50% growth on 2016.
Meanwhile ALL the Android Wear watch manufacturers managed to get only 5 million punters to buy one of their devices in the same period, estimates in February 2018 have them managing perhaps 6 million in 2018.
Also remember that Apple Watch pretty much requires the owner to have an iPhone to pair it to, this means that bar a microscopic few, those Apple Watches will quite likely be owned by Apple users.
Same is not true of Wear OS watches - meaning that you can own a Wear OS watch whilst sporting an iPhone as well (the one third referenced in the article).
Apple have about 50% of Smartphone sales. If all Wear OS can do with it's combined other 50% of sales is less than (cue back of of a fag packet math performed half awake) 2/9ths of the total market (two thirds of the Wear OS sales of non iPhone users which were themselves less than a third of Apples Watch sales), then that's one hell of a sad state of affairs for Wear OS.
In the meantime, in all likelihood the Apple ecosystem is doing just fine, thank you very much, your apparent desire to ignore sales of both platforms notwithstanding.
We seem to be a lil hotbed for vice such as this in Ohio, especially in the Southwestern corner. Between Little Miami and Elmwood Place (the other 'village' mentioned here although for my British bretheran, please be aware that we have odd names for municipalities here and are just as likely to call a small 'town' of a few thousand a city as we are calling somewhere that is really just a local collective virtually surrounded on all sides by Cincinnati, a village, but I digress), along with the recent scandal of the employees of the Village of Arlington Heights, just a shade North of Cincy, pocketing speeding fines issued to unwary travellers on I-75.
There is a bad reason for this and it's called "Mayor's Court" - a nice con job provided almost exclusively by Ohio law (and first seen in Cincinnati in 1812) that sets forth a court system unlike any other: neither the mayor or anyone else who 'tries' cases such as speeding are required to be attorney's or even, for that matter, have the first clue about the law.
The aforementioned Arlington Heights for example, in a state which averages at 0.2 cases per resident, managed at its height to prosecute 419 people per resident!
All of these however pales into insignificance when one remembers the tale of New Rome outside of Columbus, Ohio. Incorporated in the late 1940s as a village, it ran a speed trap system so punative, and so insipid, that the tiny village of around 60 raised around $400,000 a year in speeding tickets given out by one of the villages 14 part time cops (who, by the way, only worked during the day so you could do any speed you wanted in the dead of night but during the day would be pulled over for doing 26mph in a 25mph zone).
In 2003 the State had had enough and first disolved the Mayors Court, then, a year later, the entire village as a result. These days, New Rome is just another unincorporated community along route 40.
Not wishing to be pedantic, but...
Decimate [verb] (used with object), decimated, decimating.
1. to destroy a great number or proportion of:
The population was decimated by a plague.
2. to select by lot and kill every tenth person of.
3. (Obsolete.) to take a tenth of or from.
Be interested in seeing the citation for that for, as absurd as many T&C's etc. are, I find that just a little too hard to swallow without further evidence.
And are we talking about policies for just one version of the game, or all the privacy policies to date for every single last copy of Tetris ever released?
(This is not an Apple vs Android whine, despite what you might think)
And shit like this is why, last year I switched to Apple. Not that the iPhone is a superior device to many of the top of the line Android phones, nor is the UI better (it's not). Indeed there's much to be annoyed about (Security patches rolled into OS releases? Aw, c'mon Apple).
However, right now, Apple have a far better handle on App & Device security. Perfect? No, far from it, but that said, as of writing, devices from nigh on 4 years ago are STILL getting security [and, by virtue of my annoyance above] O/S updates, and are on scheduled to get iOS 11 as well.
Meanwhile my old Nexus 6 (an admirable night clock - why oh why cannot Apple allow Apps to keep the screen on - such as Clocks - then have the O/S lock the moment you exit?) barely a nipper at 2.5 years old, will receive it's last security update (next month? month after?).
This is a problem; people would like to keep their devices longer AND feel secure.
I've no doubt that Google can fix this shared library issue, but let's be honest, an issue of this magnitude ain't gonna happen until Android 'P'. Already the Nexus 6 is stuck at Nougat (and not even the latest release either).
These are Google devices dammit; people brought them because they were under their control; no carrier interference, no nothing. And yet they're already toast.
I get the LGs, HTCs etc not getting more than a few updates, but Nexus and Pixel devices should be the equivalent of an LTS release - with support for at least security fixes spanning 4 years.
Until then I'll be in Apple's camp. Not perfect (by any stretch of the imagination), but at least my 7 plus will receive patches for years to come.
Did you bother to even Google MSNBC #1 before posting?
The same MSNBC that just last week took the #1 spot from Fox News?
The biggest chunk of the average cable bill isn't the news channels - it's sports such as ESPN and Fox Sports which all together kick upwards of $18 to $25 per month to your bill depending on your market (source: SNL Kagen).
The same research showed that just ESPN alone averaged out at $5.54 per subscriber, whilst CNN was a paltry $0.60 with MSNBC at just half of that.
Fox news however recently stated their desire to hit a buck 50 within a few years. And you picking on two of the lowest cost cable news stations, ignoring the most expensive cable news channel (which is now nigh on a dollar per month per subscriber) makes me wonder if you have a political ax to grind here.
... planes had yet to be fitted with bomb proof holds. That said, what's to stop 3 maniacs checking in 3 laptop bombs into checked luggage, all three synced up took detonate simultaneously?
Or are these measures somehow miraculously going to extend to all checked baggage as well?
I get security, and fully understand the risks, but none of this to me seems to prevent your average religious zealot from carrying out their sick plan of mass murder. No longer is it a case of detonating a bomb in the main cabin after somehow sneaking it onboard, now they can have more in the hold, all placed there by your friendly neighbourhood airport security team.
In addition, at what point do you say that, to all intents and purposes, the feckers have won?
Another missed nuance; when you subscribe to SKY or HBO or whomever, they're granted you a right to STREAM the content. That is under their control. When the license to stream said content expires, or if, as a business decision they choose to no longer stream it, then your rights to stream it stop.
When you purchase the DVDs & BluRays you're purchasing a license to watch that content for as long as you want, no matter what the status of the show is on the streaming platform. You have paid extra for that right (and for the physical media).
When you torrent it you have decided to have you cake and eat it as well.
BTW; don't paint me as some shill for the industry - I think DRM is an absolutely awful idea which does nothing whatsoever to stop the pirates, but does it stop folk from making a copy of a medium that, once damaged is invariably unwatchable (unlike a book for example which I can bend the spine, tear the cover, drop it in the bath and STILL read it). And I firmly believe we should, by law, be able to have backup copies. In addition I hate 'cloud' purchases because they can whip those away in the wink of an eye just because the studio (or other person) whims it.
I also think the industry as a whole is as corrupt as all get out and totally anti-consumer and that, if they began to show more compassion and stopped with this war against us, they'd see a lot more folk legally sourcing material.
Again the nuance is missed - it doesn't matter just HOW that is performed, just the fact it IS performed using their platform and that TPB not only allow it to happen but expect it to be performed knowing full well what the net result is.
Again if TPB had taken steps to block users from this then it looks possibly that they could have escaped this, but since it was the express purpose of the site, they were doomed in the eyes of the court.
They didn't just host links, they hosted curated links and the platform was set up that way.
You obviously missed the nuance of the ruling. The fact that TPB themselves deliberately and methodically categorize, index and filter records according to context and content of the files being pointed to, knowing full well as to the legal status of said content, tipped them over the edge into the waters of illegality.
From what it seems had they done very little in that regard and simply presented the users with an uncurated list of files it found, then they'd have been fine.
So since Microsoft, Facebook, Google et all do not categorize other people's files, posts, messages etc., especially being aware of the legal or illegal status of said content, in the same way, that legal nuance doesn't apply. Any categorization of posts or files is performed by the poster or other users.
... All these 'cost savings' will be subsequently eaten up by executive bonuses, pay raises and golden parachutes? In addition I can't help but think that the executives will still use whatever excuses they can to fly private or commerical first class whenever the whim or desire takes them, regardless of any actual business reason.
/Paris again cause she's got more of a clue on how the little people feel than those wankers that come up with these self enrichment schemes.
... Just another Android phone. Oh goody.
I can see this really upsetting the status quo. Yup, Samsung, Apple et all must all be quaking in their corporate boots over this one. So much originality in one handset. Yup, Mr Android himself has truly pushed the evolutionary barrier here...
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