Re: Anti-Competitive or just stupid competitors
It wasn't the lawyers who brought the case. The EU (and USA and UK) see such massive "fines" as a way to extort money from large, profitable companies.
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The article's mention of the L2 Orbit made me wonder if orbit is the correct term. That goes of all of the Lagrange points.
L2, the second Lagrangian Point
I wonder just how much stuff congregates at each of the points.
On the other hand, the USA might be reluctant to make its currency less attractive as a medium of exchange. As I remember, moves by Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq under Sadaam Hussein were suggested as possible motives for his removal. China is moving to strengthen its own currency as a medium of exchange.
A simple and cheaper option is to perform the development work using existing Windows on Arm hardware.
My first choice would be the Microsoft Lumia 950xl phone which already runs Windows (no longer supported). You could even use the docking station.
Second hand 950xl hardware is easy to find on eBay. I still use this as my main phone.
You might find this existing Github project useful. https://woa-project.github.io/LumiaWOA/
"can greatly reduce the cost of transfers"
That's a nice theory that isn't and won't be true in practice.
The rest of the world already has an effective international currency system through Visa, MasterCard and others. Most providers of debit or credit cards allow payment cross-border but the exchange rate used is rarely the inter-bank rate (there are those rare exceptions).
As far as I can read, the EU want all servers to be within the EU and no data to flow outside of it and its rules. Plenty of AWS/Azure/etc servers within the EU.
The second objective of Brussels is for the software (as well as the hardware) to be written in the EU.
It all reminds me of Apple's walled garden.
Maybe by default, but if you want to sell a product into a specific marketplace you will have to obey the rules of that jurisdiction. Many USA companies discovered that when selling into China.
My assumption has always been that Huawei refused to include USA Government spyware into their products and that was the major reason why it has been banned there.
Windows 11 is explicitly *not* Windows 10 so you won't be pushed to use it. Windows 10 will remain supported for a number of years.
Don't threaten to switch to Linux, simply do it. It's relatively painless, especially if you use Linux Mint Cinnamon. The UI is familiar enough that you won't have a large learning curve.
We're now waiting to discover whether our compatible hardware will be charged to replace Windows 10 with 11 or be a free upgrade as it has been from Windows 7 onwards.
Microsoft have previous form.
16-bit apps ended up being supported in their own sandbox on 32-bit windows.
The word I heard is that the next Windows will have 32-bit apps running in a sandbox, maybe 64-bit Windows apps in another, Linux in another and the overall Windows management OS will simply become a hypervisor. It may even be Linux based.
If it wasn't for the fact that Apple would throw *all* their toys out of the pram, various flavours of Apple would be capable of running in sandboxes, as they do currently in a VM on Windows.
I'm more interested in whether Android apps would be supported. It would certainly be possible for Xbox to merge into this scenario.
AFAIR Ingenuity was always intended as an advanced prototype. It's there on this mission to learn what works and what doesn't. If it achieves any serious scientific results, that's a very welcome bonus.
Fingers firmly crossed that it does achieve those results, but it's already a tremendous success in this initial phase.
A small array of high speed cameras could capture it as it flies by, whatever its speed is.
To take a sample, you'll need to start moving soon to be able to match speed. Apparently, the Chinese plan to shadow it and maybe sample it.
The coding is the easy part. I discovered during my first job writing programs that the data validation code occupied at least as many lines of code and a lot more brainpower than coding to the algorithm.
Later, when doing support, I discovered plenty of examples of gaps (even in my own perfect code). I then immensely enjoyed testing code to destruction, especially common in edge-effect tests. Divide-by-zero exception anybody?
Facebook (which I don't use) have simply said that they can't guarantee to filter out news links from any other links and don't want to risk being sued for a link that is later judged to be news.
They will *not* pay for the privilege. If Australia succeeds in getting money from them then other countries will follow. Google have gone a different way by striking a deal with Rupert Murdoch.
Previous attempts to force money from Google exploded in their faces. Not linking meant that users did not follow the links and the website in question became invisible and therefore lost money. The website then asked Google to link to them with a simple headline and abstract.
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