If Apple can reset your password and your imessages can still be recovered, they can read them.
Apple say that the data is encrypted with a key derived from your password. Okay, that says they could be telling the truth, in so far as they don't store the key.
However, in practice it's meaningless. They could easily make the client send the password to them in plaintext for target accounts (weren't Hushmail suspected of doing that years ago?) For most users they could just brute force the password. We have to take their word for it that the password storage is properly secured, e.g. hashed with a unique salt value.
When the FBI comes knocking with a National Security Letter all bets are off.
Data stored by Apple certainly does generate revenue them. It's a service that requires or at least strongly encourages you to buy expensive Apple hardware. They don't provide it out of generosity.
To be fair they might be screwed by an inability to licence stuff. A lot of services outside the US have poor catalogues. Even Netflix can't compete with BitTorrent.
Here, let me ram this FREE truncheon up your arse. No need to get butthurt about it. Some people are so ungrateful.
Why are you defending them? Technical people like us may understand all these issues but as far as the average Apple user is concerned this unwanted album turned up and now they have the hassle of removing it. Worse still there doesn't seem to be a way of blocking Apple from adding stuff to your music library in the future. Hopefully the outrage will stop them doing it again.
I was a teenager in the 90s and most of it was shit.
Around 1990 a major change happened where music was written before lyrics instead of the other way around. That made songs very hard to sing, if not impossible. The vocals often had to be sampled and sequenced because live performance was impossible. As someone who likes to sing that sucked.
1990 was also when the loudness war went atomic. Bad times.
You can't have it both ways. If you lower corporation tax you either have to cut services or raise other taxes. There is a minimum outlay required to keep the roads drivable and legal system going etc. which corporations demand.
Ireland gets a lot of EU subsidy and the international companies based there are just shells. They bring no jobs or social benefits. Switzerland has high wages and high taxes on individuals.
Corporations want to be in our counties. They want local, skilled workers who can afford to live a reasonable life and be productive. They want education, roads, healthcare, services. They should pay for them, and won't leave if forced to.
So what you are saying is that it's right when Apple does it. Features are pointless and never work until Apple does them. Essentially, only Apple can advance smartphone technology and any mistakes or lies should be forgiven because, well, it's Apple and we should be thankful.
For me the motivation to upgrade will be when I get a 4k monitor and want better high DPI support from Win 8/9. Windows 7 isn't bad but 8 not only looks better but it also supports different DPI settings for different monitors.
I have 7 on my desktop and 8 on my laptop. With Classic Start Menu I don't have any complaints with 8. In fact booting from cold to desktop in 4 seconds flat is very nice for a laptop when I want to quickly look something up.
Most people are fine with it once you install Classic Start Menu. There is some good stuff in 8, and it's not like Vista where performance went to hell and a lot of stuff just broke. Having different DPI settings on each monitor is nice, for example. All they really need to do with 9 is fix the start menu.
Having said that the multiple desktops feature looks nice. Something that should have been done years a go, but better late than never.
Thanks for the tip, I'll look into that.
In the UK the regulator makes them pay compensation if your connection is down for more than a day. It's not much help since you still have no internet, but it's a start. Bigger fines are the answer.
Just ask to see the signed contract where you agreed to the debt. When they can't produce it they can't prove the debt, and it goes away.