The funny thing here is that Amazon offers two factor auth with an RSA key (or app for smartphone)
It was not mandatory on launch, but shortly afterward. The US launch was July 2011, and the Facebook requirement came in September 2011.
I created my account in August of 2011, and I did not integrate with Facebook. I still have the original email telling me that I'll need to log in with the username I created and a password. Facebook integration definitely came after the initial launch in the US. Perhaps you found out about Spotify after September 2011? From the Spotify wikipedia article:
On 26 September 2011, it was announced that all new accounts would require users to access via a Facebook login but the sign-up restriction was later removed on 30 August 2012, giving users a choice to either log in with Facebook or create a Spotify username.
Sure, I suppose it's possible to guess my password, but it's very unlikely. Definitely not in any dictionary, upper case, lower case, numbers, and symbols. If I were a betting man, I'd bet the whole retirement account that my password wasn't guessed.
I had my account 'hacked' and the email address changed. I went through a few days of email exchanges with Spotify support before they would restore access. I've had an account since before FB authentication, but I still have a difficult time believing mine is the only one...
There are many stories that are "gotten" but never actually make it to mass media. I agree with the sentiment that a motivated reporter will usually be able to get a story, but that doesn't mean it gets printed or played on air. Most media outlets have giant corporations as their parent, and often those corporations are heavily influenced by lobbyists and others who are actively working to keep negative news from the press.
Let's not forget the cost of the computer to plug these drives into. Also forgetting the management time for backups, and whatever offsite mechanism you're using for DR, whether it's just the price of gas to drive to a friend or family, the power at a second facility, safety deposit box, or whatever it is.
Nobody is saying that you can't do it for cheaper yourself, if you don't place much value on your time. Backing up 1TB at $.02/gb for one year costs $240. A 1TB external drive costs about $70, and we need at least 2 for redundancy. Assuming a 3 year warranty on the drive, and not accounting for any of the additional costs mentioned above, the total cost for 1TB over 3 years would be:
usb drives: $140
That's a difference of $580, over 36 months. In exchange for not having to worry about anything relating to my data's safety, in this scenario, I would pay an additional $16/month. Even if If I only had to spend, on average, an hour per month on the backups, I'd still consider the gdrive a better value, and that's not even considering the additional price of doing the backups yourself. All of the potential time dealing with whatever the DR solution is, re-syncing a failed drive and dealing with the RMA process, or any of the other countless issues there are with backups, I find the "cloud" solution works best for me.
YMMV, of course, which is why we all have options.
you must be new here.
They were completely dominant in the last Summer Olympics. In fact, the Speedo suits were so dominant in Beijing that other suit sponsors allowed their athletes to wear Speedo just so they could be competitive.
I agree with this as well. I work in the Seattle area as a linux professional and there is little difficulty in finding companies interested in my skillset. As others have said, there are huge numbers of MS folks here, which likely makes the market for MS stack developers very competitive.
In the past, I have relied quite heavily on reading through their forums site, hardforums.com.
While I don't necessarily disagree, what about the other side of the argument? Without the bundling, do the less popular channels like those listed above ever become available for consumption?
Yea, because that way you totally don't waste the food......