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Comment Re:"safe and could withstand an earthquake" (Score 4, Insightful) 241

The building itself might be able to withstand an earthquake, but the ground it's built on might not. In SF, that'd be a concern - especially since the very fact that the building sinks indicates that the ground underneath might be of the type that loses its strength when shaken.

Comment Re:Did they ban VPNs, TOR, etc? (Score 4, Insightful) 250

You think so eh?

Well, they don't need to ban TOR: companies like Google and CloudFlare already make sure you can't access vast swathes of the internet from a TOR exit node. The powers that be don't need to ban TOR because it's effectively been rendered useless by unaccountable privately-owned companies.

In short, these companies do the government's bidding and they're pretty happy to do it - which, incidentally, is a trait of Fascism.

Comment Re:Impossible (Score 1, Flamebait) 105

This makes no sense. If it were true how did Trump get elected?

Actually it makes total sense: the reason why there's an apparent drop in cases of dementia in the US is because the rest of the population is getting it. When Americans select a dangerous populist as POTUS, clearly they've started to forget the past and behave erratically. If that's not dementia, I don't know what is.

In other words, when the entire country is starting to go gaga, the real gagas go under the radar. Hence the drop.

Comment Re:Note to 5-0 (Score 1) 215

I only send encrypted files about my criminal activities to smart criminals. I don't send anything that could compromise me to Boss Hogg.

My point was, only dumb criminals get caught with readable shit on their cellphone. Those who are serious about doing illegal things know better - or don't use computers, cellphones or tablets in the first place. In fact, the more the man turns on the heat on digital stuff, the more smart criminals will stay the hell away from it, ultimately defeating the man's purpose.

Comment Note to 5-0 (Score 3, Interesting) 215

I don't trust Apple no more than I trust government agencies, because despite their pro-privacy posturing, they really work for the man - just like Google and all the others. Therefore, when I want to commit a crime and store files about it on my cellphone, PC or transmit said files to my fellow criminals, I encrypt them *before* saving them. Savvy criminals do the same.

I'm a smart criminal, so you ain't gonna find no clear-text file on none of my computer devices, regardless of the brand.

Comment Re:Yeah... (Score 1) 34

You are no longer the norm. My teams build and support a web ecommerce platform for 9 name-brand apparel companies (names you'd recognize) that all are under one parent publicly-traded corporation. The platform does a huge amount of online sales every day, and individually the brands hit $1m days on a regular basis. The brands have very divergent market segments and product lines, from high-income outdoor enthusiasts, to midwest soccer moms, to teenage punk rockers.

Want to know what's common across all the brands we manage on our platform? For at least the last 2 years, they have all seen over 50% of online sales coming from mobile visitors.

Comment Re:SO? (Score 2, Insightful) 259

Actually, it's less about having access to the underlying code (what MS was guilty of with Office), and more that they build to the APIs their OS provides.

Adobe has to build it's video editing products with an extra abstraction layer because they want the same application code to run on multiple platforms. The same premise applies when building something on GTK/Qt for cross-compatibility with Linux/Win/OSX, or when building something in Unity3D for iOS/Android cross platform support. That extra abstraction layer introduces overhead, and there's always performance-related features that you can't leverage because the functionality of the APIs underneath aren't 1:1.

If you only target a single hardware/OS platform, then you can focus on best using the APIs that platform provides.

Granted, there is some additional benefit for Apple's software teams because they get early access to what's coming and are pressured to actually use the new features that a 3rd party might be too conscious to implement.

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