Hei, cross platform dude. It's only cross platform in a sense that you can run phone apps on a TV and PC. Try to push anything more serious and you end up developing two apps for the price of one. Phone ecosystem in windows phone is nearly non-existant, same for tablets. But don't let that stop you from flashing the "the apps are cross platform now" banner in order to hide, that those platforms will require different approach to interface, energy saving, available power and memory management.
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And what would that " greater things this country has produced" be? Crappy internet or TelCos gunning to extort money from big players and customers alike? Gee, what a nice service you have their, would be damn shame if we would let only 1% of the bandwidth the user has already paid us to provide and would use the rest of 99% bandwidth as a reserved lane for our magestic competing service that only costs twice as much.
It's not about avoiding Facebook. It's about a screwed up system that doesn't serve it's purpose. Seeking communication outside prison walls for extended periods of time without intent to harm anyone is barely a worse infraction than taking a life of another human being, and yet is punished more harshly. That's the issue here, not Facebook.
Estonia, 100MB fiber-to-home, 26 euros. 300MB for 32 euros
Guess how many of those "happy customers" are to touch anything Ubisoft anytime soon? The answer is - as soon as it pops up on a torrent site with all the BS cut out. I'm not here to defend said customers or Ubisoft, but Ubisoft's arrogance is going to hurt their sales, that's a fact.
Heh, that's right, throw in whone countries, that are poorer than an average US citizen to dilute the statistics. When people talk about 1% they talk about 1% in their country. That's where the inequality strikes, because governance is done within that country and ability to influence the outcomes of political struggles is dependent on the resources one has.
Don't remember third-party Skype clients and look how well it turned out for ICQ and MSN.
Good luck "going and getting" something from a server location in Russia or China. That involves risks of data falling into the hands of those governments, but it's a question of who you fear more and who can hurt you more.
Legality of tax evasion schemes is flaky, moreso - it's quite hard to nail corporations for it, because they follow the letter of the law and game the system in order to minimize their taxes. Now telling FBI off and refusing to comply with a court order is entirely different game - penalties can range up to total halt of all services google provides on US soil and confiscation of every tangible item feds can get their hands on. You want change - go whine at government for insilling the rules not at corporations playing by them.
Actually it does. Raising a ship from the depth of the ocean by slowly filling it with inflatable baloons was non-patentable because this idea was shown in a disney cartoon, so fiction work does qualify as prior art.
Have you actually taken a look at the log format that journald uses? Text is stored verbatim in them, so you can even dig through them with grep. Binary meta-data being added to it makes wonderful things possible - getting logs by unit, time and other parameters without whipping out a mile-long regexp. So please read up on the topic you attempt to bash or you will end up looking pretty stupid to anyone with a clue. Just like you did now.
Well, hello there friend. It must have been very uncomfortable to sit in a cryo cam for all these years, but while you were gone messaging apps have become more relevant than SMS-es and any carrier trying to ban them is to have a fecal storm on the matter, with billions of users for WhatsApp, FacebookMessenger, Hangouts, Viber, Line and whatnot.
They claimed it's TextSecure's algorithm, but, client is closed-sources, so who's going to check? Also, big question is key handling - if server assigns them or even generates them or at least verifies them - then whole "end-to-end" is just theater. I would believe them if key verification was given into user's hands and client's code was opensourced to check that it won't start black carbon/copying all the messages to some "friendly third parties".
The problem with WhatsApp is that it is closed-source, so you can't really check. You'll have to take their word for it. Also, they facilitate key exchange, so the whole "end-to-end" stuff is actually moot, since user is taken out of the loop and server can, at any time re-negotiate the keys and verify that MITM as a person A, that person B is trying to get in contact with. So it's all, once again, a lot of buzzwords, and zero security.
b. Personal Computer
h. Cellular Phones
i. Smart Phones
All hit stage 5 of mass acceptance at work before hitting mass acceptance.