The big problem is getting genuine products. Found some instructions how to spot fake Sandisks. And any 1TB drive cheaper than 256GB SanDisk is obviously fake, just common sense.
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There is being in dispute, and there is being in court proceedings, that the other side had long planned. Epic was in deliberate and well planned violation of their developer agreement. They intentionally hid their changes so they were not detectable during a review. As a result, Apple is refusing to have any business relationship with Epic.
It's more like "Epic lost its developer account. So Apple isn't doing _anything_ for Epic right now. " Amongst other things, if _Epic_ asks Apple about "Sign in with Apple ID", they get a 403 access denied. Or is it 401? Or if Epic tries to send a push notification. That's one of many things Epic's 30% pays for.
The problem is that Epic didn't just manage to get Fortnite removed from the App Store, but they got their developer account removed. So anything related to Epic will stop working. I suppose to login with AppleID, these third party apps call an Epic server for help, and Apple doesn't talk to any Epic servers anymore. Well, it is a bit messed up.
The third party apps can probably fix this by doing login with AppleID on their own servers, under their own developer accounts.
"*Any* payment provider would make in-app purchases _secure_. "
Nonsense. Any payment provider would make _the flow of money_ secure. That doesn't help against inevitable hackers who will find a way to make in-app "purchases" that don't involve any actual payment going through any payment provider. The same problem that people fight against with jailbroken phones, that are mostly jailbroken so that people can install apps _without any payment_.
Read my post again Gordon. It is a fact that many abuses are made impossible by the review process. In this case, Epic didn't pass anything that would have harmed consumers, it was just a blatant and intentional violation of their contract with Apple. Epic shot themselves in the foot. No consumers were hurt in the process.
"Remove unreal engine from Apple store."
The unreal engine is not on the Apple store. Epic needs a developer account to do serious development, but since they sell this to other developers, they don't need a developer account to put it on the app store because it doesn't go there.
I could in principle do my job without my employer's developer account by using my private one, which would be slightly inconvenient and of course impossible to put the app on the store; how legal that would be I don't know.
I have Netflix on my phone, and I paid through Netflix' website. No problem. That's what the developer contract says. Epic can make as many purchases as they like through their website without giving Apple a penny. Absolutely within the contract.
Everybody loses because the big money makers don't contribute to the cost of making free apps or apps with small sales numbers. And with their attitude, you can be sure that 150 countries would be a hard time getting their VAT payments. Which would probably come back to haunt Apple. And finally, Apple does indeed provide lots of services to the users of these apps without payment, and they get paid for this by taking a fixed percentage from everyone who makes money from their apps.
"Apple's end of the so called in-app "purchases" is, in reality, and in practice, offering nothing more than a payment system/broker,"
You just swallowed Epic's self serving propaganda. There's a lot more than a payment system / broker. If you look just at payments, Apple handles all the taxes for about 150 different countries. That's worth a lot. At the end Apple hands you the cash, and all taxes (VAT in all kinds of countries) have been taken care off. Your credit card company doesn't do that.
Next, Apple does indeed run the App Store, which costs money.
Apple makes in app purchases _secure_. You can be sure that there are no forged in-app purchases, where the developer doesn't receive any money at all.
Apple provides lots of services to the developer, like push notifications, secure login with the user's AppleID (which is broken for Fortnite right now), maps, iCloud storage etc. etc.
And finally, Apple takes the same percentage from everybody. Including from free apps. So companies like Fortnite contribute by financing the same services for free apps, for apps from small developers, and so on. If Apple gave in to the real big money makers and reduced the percentage for them, they would have to increase the percentage for all the little ones.
Being one of the little ones, I'm all for a Chinese owned company to help paying for my app to get on the App Store.
Actually, as a software developer, I want to be able to use my phone without having to bother about security and all that. It's extra work that I can do without. But the review process also makes lots of abuses impossible. Your fart app wants access to my address book? Can't do that because Apple says no. I don't need to decide what is more important, my privacy or your fart app.
"You can sneak past Apple until you get caught. Then they can sue and chuck you off the platform."
They don't have to sue. There is a contract, and about the worst violation of the contract is submitting an app for review that changes its behaviour later (in a way that it wouldn't have been approved). In that case what happens: 1. Apple removes the app from the App Store, without any need to sue. 2. Apple can cancel the contract with the developer, without any need to sue. 3. If Apple decides that the app is a danger for users, then it can prevent the app from running on users' devices altogether. Without any need to sue. Apparently Apple doesn't think Fortnite is a danger for users.
Malware is restricted to the app itself. Just like with Epic & Fortnite, their hack only affected payments in that app, and in no other app. And for things like accessing the address book, the app MUST ask Apple for permission to have that feature and gets it only if there is a good reason. Malware can't access it _unless the app already had a good reason to need it_. Yes, you can do sneak things past a review, but it's impact on security is limited.
Note that Apple hasn't removed Fortnite from users' devices, which they could have done and would have done if Fortnite was malware that hurts the customer.
So what's the problem with pentalobe screws? Pentalobe screwdrivers are widely available. And if there is a pentalobe screw anywhere, and you can't figure out where to get the screw driver, then frankly you shouldn't open it.
(I still have a screwdriver somewhere in my toolbox that was needed to open an original 1984 Macintosh case :-)
Right now there is a huge range of Intel Macs available. In a year's time, there will be a large range of Intel Macs available. For obvious reasons, Apple will start replacing the low end Macs first and work its way up, because they have to build powerful ARM processors first. On the other hand, people requiring VMs usually need powerful hardware, so the hardware they needed will be available for the longest time.
And if you really need an Intel computer, Citrix or something similar should be able to display the output of any Intel computer on a Mac screen, no matter what the processor is. Citrix can either display the whole Intel screen in a window or on the Mac screen, or can display Windows windows mixed with MacOS windows; you often don't even notice it's not a native window. Usually the Windows computer is a big server far away, but it might as well be a little box connected through a cable.
When there is one thing a judge hates, then it's a smart arse. Try that kind of defence, and you will get the maximum punishment. Just because it's open doesn't allow you to enter. Software is not capable of giving you that permission. You had no permission by the court to enter, so it's all the things that you are accused of.
When Assange decided to hide in the embassy of Ecuador, I thought that was a bad mistake. Turns out it was.
He would have been extradited to Sweden, worst case spent a year in a comfortable jail. Since he was extradited to Sweden from the UK, Sweden would have had no right to send him to the USA, only either back home or to the UK. At that time the Obama government was still running the show, and they didn't care too much about him. And importantly, the UK wouldn't have been pissed off with him in a major way. So there would have been no extradition request, and if there was one, extradition would have been much less likely.
I don't know about your understanding of money transfers, but paying bail via Western Union will be accepted without any problems. Western Union will absolutely 100% safely get money from Person A to Person B. The only problem is when Person B is a crook, there is no way for Person A to get their money back. So if "a rich uncle who is a Nigerian prince" pays bail via Western Union, that money is indeed paid.
Read "Freakonomics", and the chapter "Why drug dealers live with their moms". They checked out a reasonable large gang of drug dealers. The one at the top made good money. The next three made less than a youngster in an office job. The rest were dead poor. What's worse, their life expectancy was lower than that of convicts on death row in Texas (within one year, one quarter of them died. Life expectancy on death row in Texas is five years).
It should be clear to anyone by now that there is no such thing as Artificial Intelligence yet. We have Artificial Stupidity.
Really, for Artificial Intelligence to happen we need a lot, lot more. We need real _understanding_ and we are nowhere near that. We actually move further away, because the technology supporting Artificial Stupidity are progressing at an incredible rate, and all the computer science courses teach impressionable youngsters about Artificial Stupidity.
Every employer in the last years has had my private phone number and my permission to call me in an emergency. I’ve had one call in the last five years, Saturday 4pm to 8pm, with one colleague and four guys quite high up with a customer in the call. Major contract depending on the result, and it got signed Monday morning. That’s an emergency.
Your EE phone: Apple gives one year manufacturer's warranty (not required by law, but no warranty makes it hard to sell stuff). EE by law has to give you a "reasonable" amount of warranty, but after six months can demand that you prove the phone was defective when you bought it. Both Apple and EE MUST fix problems according to their warranty, Apple per contract for twelve months, EE by law for longer. Neither has the right to palm you off to the other.
Since Apple ends up paying for the repair anyway unless the phone got damaged while in EE's possession, they may not bother going all legal and repair your phone anyway. Makes a happy customer, and in the back room they will swear at EE.
One million dollar. In Bitcoin. After the operation has succeeded, so the employee has no way to enforce payment without going to jail. Do I have "mug" written all over my face? No way I would accept this.
Chances of actually cashing in would be quite low. Chances of being caught would be considerable, followed by years in jail, bankruptcy, no chance of ever getting a well-paid job again. And since this is in Nevada, I'm sure there are some companies there who are run by quite unscrupulous people, so there is the risk I wouldn't even make it to jail.
"Apple are monopolists within their own store. Also petty, capricious, controlling, grasping and demanding."
That kind of "monopoly" is called a "natural monopoly". Yes, Apple has a monopoly on Apple products, Ford has a monopoly on Ford cars, etc. But these are not _markets_. Apple doesn't have a monopoly in the smartphone market. Ford doesn't have a monopoly in the car market and so on.
And since nobody dares mentioning it, Epic makes its money by exploiting gullible kids to pay lots of money for digitial tat. Instead of paying £40 for a video game, the stupid kids pay hundreds on stupid in-app purchases. I'd be really pleased about laws stopping that kind of exploitation. Epic was a decent company before they sold a huge part of their business to China.
"But if Apple ends up slashing fees, all of us devs will benefit; 30% is taking the piss".
Maybe I've been in the game a bit longer than you. Back in the day, there was no way to get even 50% of the end user price if you sold through a brick and mortar store, so getting 70% is a huge improvement. The 30% also pays the cost for all the free apps.
Will anyone need a 281 TB database? Don't know, but that's not the question. The question is did anyone need a database over 140 TB. And apparently, SQLite developers think someone does.
And I _can_ connect over 140 TB hard drive space to my Mac. One 7 port USB hub, with seven 7 port USB hubs plugged into each one, and I think I can get 5TB for less than £100, or 245 TB for about £5,000 :-) Not that it makes any sense, but I can. I think 5TB is the cheapest per TB at the moment.
And the same thing in another port for backup. Someone can calculate how long it takes to copy 245 TB :-)
You are supposed to install the app, give it all necessary permissions, and then there’s nothing you have to do except taking your phone with you when you leave your home - which you would do anyway. You would only use the app if you test positive, or when it alerts you that you are at risk.
Ride sharing, even kind of commercial, was quite in fashion in Germany even 30 years ago. If you wanted to go from A to B over a 250 mile distance, you would call a company to either tell them that you had space for a paying passenger, or you called them that you were looking for a driver.
And it was indeed rude sharing, two people wanting to go from A to B, and one having a car. Fares were low, so the driver just saved a lot of petrol money but didn’t make any money.
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