Java via OpenJDK has been GPL+linking exception for years. So I guess by 'more free' you mean a slightly different open source license.
The only comparable platform to Java is
And no, dynamically typed languages are not replacements, nor are C/C++. To be a Java competitor you need to match its feature set, which is very hard given how large it is. And you need to be both garbage collected/statically typed. Only Go is even in the right general area, but Go is where Java was around 1998, so that's not really compelling.
The rather boring reality is that Java is safe unless you're an unusually rich corporation who is making something kinda-but-not-really Java. That does not describe most users.
Apple's outlandish profit margins were largely possible because the US carrier subsidisation model, which is now ending. A huge market wasn't really exposed to the true cost of the hardware. Android's market share over iOS has been massive in most markets around the world where phones were not heavily subsidised, and now the US is coming into line with international norms it seems like Apple will either bleed marketshare or have to lower its margins significantly.
Apple cannot buy Google or Facebook, and they have a poor track record of poaching staff from both companies. They have money but they don't exactly lavish it on their staff. So if they can't hire the AI expertise and they can't buy it....
You seem to be skipping over a fairly important detail in that heartwarming story - Apple nearly DID die, in the 1990s, and its turnaround was so incredible it's been studied in microscopic detail by business types the world over. Steve Jobs has movies made about him, this is such a rare and unlikely feat.
Blowing off any criticism or concern about Apple's direction on the grounds that "they didn't die last time" seems to overlook the fact that Jobs is dead and what he did is insanely hard to replicate.
I suspect you're overlooking a more likely possibility on the grounds that you wouldn't like it - maybe he decided to turn on Tor because he eventually realised he didn't agree with how it was being used or run. A guy with his skills could clearly get well paid work in other fields, after all.
PINs are absolutely required in the non-US deployments. It's like an ATM. Get it wrong too many times and it's locked.
The issue is that for mysterious reasons US banks believe Americans are too dumb to remember their PINs. So American chip cards are unlike the cards used everywhere else in the world, they're "Chip and Signature" rather than "Chip and PIN". Not surprisingly, this unique mode of operation causes interop issues because it's never been tested at scale before.
Apple Pay is much worse than the NFC payments the rest of the world uses.
1) You need an iPhone. Apple's marketshare outside of English speaking countries isn't that high.
2) You need batteries. NFC credit cards don't.
3) An iPhone is physically much larger than a card.
4) Apple Pay has to be initialised by putting in your card details, which makes it perfect for washing stolen CC#s. NFC cards are sent to you straight from the bank, so, there's no intermediate fraud-prone step.
One of the first countries to roll out EMV was the UK, where there were plenty of magstripe cards.
Try again. I'll give you a hint. The real reason is that in the USA Visa is an ordinary company, whereas in the rest of the world it was owned by the banks. In one setup there is incentive to fix things. In the other, not so much.
Hmm. Isn't that two sides of the same coin? Mexican imports were cheaper
Sure, unions weren't the only factor in what happened to Detroit, but putting the blame squarely on el Mexicans seems rather Trump-like.
That "proof" image is kind of ridiculous. Its citations in support of Trump tend to come from single people, frequently republicans themselves. The unemployment rate is a matter of public record but your "proof" chooses to cite some old dude who was Reagen's budget director instead of the statistical agency.
This is the same Apple that at one point had more money than the entire US govt?
If there's one company in the world that can start a bidding war with the FBI and win, it's Apple.
You mean like how British citizens have to deal with the bureaucracy of visas when they visit America? They don't, and there's no particular reason the UK would have to make it hard for scientists to visit.
The EU is the only protection citizens have against governments forcing through controversial bills
This is the crux of the matter. Some people believe the EU is a better government than their own and want the UK to stay in for that exact reason - so the (relatively right wing) British government constantly loses power in favour of the (relatively left wing) EU.
Or do you think none of the EU legislation is "forced through" or "controversial"?
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