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Comment Re: Dear Apple fans: (Score 1) 471

The big advantage Foxconn has in China is the ability to build very large factories and campuses that can house the hundreds of thousands of employees needed to run those factories. China has over twenty cities with a population over five million and six over ten million. So lots of places with lots of people that are willing to do the work.

Comment Re: Dear Apple fans: (Score 3, Informative) 471

First it was an EU Commission.

Second the commission ruled that Ireland's tax rate (for this specific case) was too low.

Third Apple paid the tax required by the law in Ireland.

Fourth Ireland is appealing the decision.

Fifth it is unknown if the commission's ruling is enforceable on Ireland.

Comment Re:"Adult conversation next year?" (Score 1) 367

Actually the Burglars Association simply agreed heartily with the FBI proposal saying it would ensure increased revenue streams for its members as they increasingly move to online crime with much higher profits. There will also be fewer problems with Local Law Enforcement as they won't be seen out of doors with inappropriate tools or guns. We see a safer and brighter future for our members.

Comment Re:NEVER give out your passwords (Score 1) 276

Slightly harder to set up but possibly easier in the long run...

Have a burner iCloud (assuming iPhone) account set up with appropriate dummy gmail accounts subscribed to some innocuous mailing lists. Have that available as a "backup" for your phone.

When you need to cross the border, backup your phone, restore from the burner iCloud account. If you need to hand out your password don't worry about it. Nothing there to look at.

After the border just restore from your actual iCloud.

Comment Re:Locking out open source hardware (Score 1) 440

If you have a consulting firm you can get an EV. Yes about $1000/year.

Yes it is on a token so it can't be easily shared or stolen. Or if stolen you'll be aware of the fact so you can have it cancelled and get a replacement.

You can login to the token once and then have automated builds that run signtool against it repeatedly. It is still painful as the request/answer from the token is slow, takes a second or two extra to sign anything. So if you are doing multiple signing during your build it will slow down.

It is possible to arrange ssh access (cygwin) into a dedicated windows 10 server that can then doing signing with signtool from the token. So it can be shared to that extent.

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