Firstly the reason I won't have Android is I won't have a Google account.
Secondly Microsoft are not forcing the MS account they are just urging strongly. You can install with a local account.
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Someone asked me for laptop advice for their young child. They had found a Windows 10 machine with 4GB RAM. I assumed that when they said Laptop they wanted Windows so I said that 4GB would be horrible to use. Instead we selected a Chromebook which was cheaper than the Windows 10 machine but worked much better. No complaints that it was not Windows 10, perfectly happy with what the Chromebook does.
I think Windows is only needed for legacy support. If the user does not have prior Windows requirements then they more choices.
Businesses generally update to stay out of trouble. They don't want to find no one can support their computers because they are too far out of date. However many will take that risk and stick with what works, never looking to improve what's good enough.
The computer industry on the other hand is always excited about the amazing new things computers can do. In many cases these are worth while but only makes sense if someone is there to applied these new abilities to the business.
With a few tweaks people are running the leaked Windows 11 on all sorts of hardware. On installation there is a window that pops up telling you the hardware is not suitable, however that's really the only problem. There are methods to get past that.
Back in the 1980's when PCs were first 4.77MHz and then increased to 8MHz or even 16MHz they started fitting 'turbo' buttons to cases so you could switch down to 4.77MHz to play old PC games.
The games ran too fast at 16MHz.
My new 1989 Viglen 386DX33 came with a turbo button. The machine felt much faster on turbo. Then one day I went inside the case to fit more RAM and discovered the turbo button was not connected to anything.
Sometimes when you share you have the thing all to yourself. If you're the only one in the park then it's much bigger than your own back garden. However when everyone turns up to the park your back garden may offer more space.
The thing with Covid is everyone started using the shared service. This may still have been a problem with Internet bandwidth using your on site servers but at least the servers would have been fine.
The Cloud can be handy for many reasons but mostly because you get excellent performance at a decent price. However you really can put in your own cables and run your own Internet servers from your own office. It's not difficult, you just buy a bit more bandwidth and a few extra servers. After that there is no difference between Cloud hosted or Office hosted servers, they are interchangeable.
If you're watching something load then that can be entertaining in itself. However what usually happens these days is a delay with nothing happening then it all arrives in an instant. If you're staring at nothing happening then you think it's broken and move on. Those gifs resolving themselves would keep you on the page because you could see it was getting there.
At this stage Apple should charge what ever it wants. It's a business decision. It need have nothing to do with the running costs as long as they are covered. Does the Apple service provide enough value for people to continue paying. Clearly if Epic are trying very hard to get round the Apple payment system then it does not.
It's obviously it was just about worth it or else EPIC would not have stayed for the $700 million. It's not about whether Apple provided that much value that Epic would still have chosen them if there was a cheaper option, it the fact that Apple had seen to it that the choice was be on iOS or don't.
If Apple has every right to police it's store how it sees fit then it has every right to charge what it likes. If Apple is charging too much for the market then they will simply go elsewhere. Oh they can't do that? Then Apple has a monopoly and does not have every right to police it's store this way!
Locking the Castle Door after the horse has bolted. Why would you have a warm fussy feeling? The fact that Rob Dyke has a copy of your data is the least of your problems. I bet there are people who spend all their time creating a mirror of everything on github. They have a lot of hard drive space and are desperate for something to store on it. Data Hording is a known fetish.
Letting them know he had access was the step too far. How can he prove he did not download the data? Whether he did or not is irrelevant to him staying out of trouble. Fuck the morality, if he wanted to let them know of the problem he should have done so anonymously. Him playing Rob Dyke the hero means he gets the kick in the balls he deserves. The only reason he would put his name to this was so they could thank him personally. You don't need thanks if you simply want to do what's right.
Trusted bodies? Yeah right. You can't even trust the people you're helping so why should you trust one of the cover up agencies? Talk about wet behind the ears. This is a division of the NHS, the most sacred of all our institutions, beyond criticism and must be worshipped on Thursday nights. The loyalty of NHS staff is beyond reproach, their loyalty is to the NHS and screw the patients. Same goes for any threat even to the feelings of this corporate conglomerate. Every part of the NHS is on full defensive alert, shields are up. The trusted bodies are allies of the NHS.
Relevant Authorities? If he has loyalty to his old firm and he is trying to keep them out of trouble then bringing in 'authorities' is the same as dobbing them in. He was trying to be honorable (which turns out to be a mistake) but if he had sent a copy to the 'authorities' should he have asked his old firm first or told them or simply done it in secret?
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I use Telegram to talk to my friends about all sorts of things some of which might be considered criminal in <current_year%>. It's actually not that secure because someone could get hold of my computer and all the messages would be visible. If I was really interested in security I would spin up a brand new virtual machine which I would delete after use. There would be no computer with saved passwords.
In order to get power over Bitcoin you need a huge amount of computing power. You'd need as much computing power as is currently mining the coin plus a bit more. Now maybe you could take control of the existing power which I think has been tried but the conventional route would cost a fortune. So no, unless there are backdoors into Bitcoin no one "can take control any time they want".
I will say that crypto based on CPUs or GPUs should be more secure against that since every gamer has the hardware to mine where as the dedicated ASICs is something only miners have. Power to the people rather than the corporations.
After Monero based Electronium took their mining private and implemented Know Your Customer the coin crashed in value. It was no longer what you'd want from Crypto.
Fiat money is created in the form of loans that must be paid back. That saddles the borrower with a load of work to do. He has to work his arse off to pay that money back. It's the work that he does that gives the money it's value.
However Fiat money can be generated as loans and no one does any work. That causes inflation as value is drained from all the existing money. You can't do that with crypto, it costs too much to produce.
With crypto the value is in the cost to produce the coin verses the cost to exchange it for something. If you want some crypto you could sell something in exchange. If you have some crypto you could buy something with it.
Why would any one want crypto? The same reason why people want money, so they can buy things they want.
That's not how it works. Blocks can only be generated at a fixed rate no matter how much compute power is thrown at it. If you personally have more compute power you will get more of the reward, proportionally.
The less electricity cost you spend then the more profit. When the value of the coin is less than the electricity to mine it then you stop mining.
Everyone keeps expecting it to crash, which it does sometimes but it won't go away until there is something better.
As for your graphics card value it has a cost to produce and deliver with a sensible mark up, that's the recommended retail price. Then it has a value depending on who wants it and what it can do for them. Right now an RX 480 8GB is £350 and an RX 470 4GB is £200 on ebay. They are the same card and in games they are practically the same yet one can mine Ethereum and the other cannot. In November the RX 470 4GB was £70 and the 8GB was £110.
People are always looking for weaknesses in the market in order to make a profit. For instance at one time it made sense to pare an RX 470 with a Core 2 Quad for a cheap system. You did not get the full speed from the RX 470 but it made for a workable system. However with the same GPU now costing £200 it makes more sense to pair it with an i7 or better CPU because that gets all the performance from the most expensive component. Consequently the i7 chips fetch good money where as the Core 2 Quad have crashed out of the market. Also due to the fact both would use the same DDR3 RAM which is better invested in an i7 system.
So no, the value of something cannot be taken in isolation. What can it do for the various people who might want to buy it? What else would they be spending their money on that might be better value?
I was thinking the same thing. Computers are deterministic in that given the same state, data and inputs they get the same result. The problem is the AI computer scientists have lost track of what 'state' their AI is in and what processes are happening to return an answer. No one knows why it gave that answer. We dumped a load of data into it, not quite sure exactly what data and it did some 'learnin' and now it says this when you ask it a question.
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