This is how hi tech works
Everyone is outraged that their location information is being sold and used by third parties... yet, how many have used their devices to lookup road traffic data not caring where that location data came from.
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0% APR financing is one of the most successful corporate scams ever devised. It works like this. You agree to pay, by check, the total amount in 24 or fewer payments. The balance must be paid off within 24 months or interest is charged and you must pay the minimum every month.
The gotcha is that if you fail to meet the 24mo deadline, interest in charged retroactively and all the money you saved is now tacked onto your bill in a lump sum. You're nearly done paying for the toy and GOTCHA you see a nice surprise, all the interest you were trying to avoid and possibly a service fee.
You review your records and see that one of your checks was "lost in the mail." Good luck proving it. GOTCHA.
This also explains why when I powered on my iPhone 5 I was greeted with a pop-up message: You will update your iOS NOW or you will update your iOS later. Also explains why when I tried to dismiss the message by pressing the home button I was ignored. I had to power off the phone and delete the update from memory which the phone had already downloaded without my permission and contrary to my setting, Do not update anything.
Apple has all their fanboys lined up around the block to buy the latest shiny toys and to download the latest operating system because it has a larger number e.g. 10.0 vs. 9.3. While I'm a user of Apple products I am no longer a fan.
Godwin's law is an Internet adage that asserts that "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1" That being said, it really is difficult not to see the the parallels between our fearless leader and the fascist leader.
The Electoral College is supposed to protect us if we vote in a moron for President. In that event, they are supposed to oppose the majority. They failed.
I've been an Apple fanboy since the iPhone2, then 3, 5, and 7. My previous phone was (cough) Windows based.
Let me tell you, the 3D touch on the iPhone7 was more than a marketing catchphrase. It was a marvelous piece of hardware. But, I took a photograph with the phone's camera and was shocked at the horrible distortion. It's known as the "watercolor painting effect" - apparently a sharpening filter gone amok.
Then, I purchased headphone dongles to compensate for the lack of a 3.5mm jack. The bluetooth headsets had low volume. There is no way to expand the memory. The whole environment is ancient and full of quirks and bugs. Less than 1/2 way into paying off the phone I sold it and purchased the Galaxy.
What locks people in, by design, are the DRM laced iTunes, Apple app store only apps, and lightning connector accessories. Rather than innovating and improving they resort to licensing and patenting to make it annoying to switch. The factory radio in my car refused to work with Apple for hands-free anything. then, they removed the fingerprint reader which they introduced just a short while ago.
Samsung and Google and Android have their own issues - but, I find it refreshing to deal with them compared to iPhone7 and beyond.
I still have my iPhone5 as a media player. It has a headphone jack.
I want my headphone jack back. I trusted Apple to provide an improvement over the ancient hardware design of the audio jack. I've suffered thru splitters, adapters, broken connections, low mic volume, bluetooth horrors, and lightning only headphones costing hundreds of dollars. I miss my ancient audio jack. You know what other hardware design is ancient? The wheel. But, nobody has been foolish enough to try to re-invent the wheel.
Yet more Republican rhetoric which means nothing yet sounds so good. Let's break down this metaphor. Draining the swamp - infers we have three components: Swamp, water, and residents of the swamp. So... I get that the residents of the swamp are the Democrats. Why is it a swamp? A swamp or marsh or wetland is a valuable ecosystem. In the United States wetlands are often protected from "draining" which would kill all the wildlife. Why are swamps undesirable? Why are the residents of swamp undesirable they deserve to die?
What does the water represent, exactly? If we're removing the water from the swamp, perhaps the water is the undesirable component? Why would water be undesirable? I guess the residents are the undesirable component then and removing the water is meant to kill them off? And, the justification for killing off all the wildlife is because we don't like the word "swamp?" If we were to say, destroy the wetlands the whole thing takes on an opposite meaning of something horrible.
If the water were the Democrats, and the swamp was Washington, removing the Democrats from Washington would cause the wetlands to become dysfunctional and unable to support a balanced environment.
Google slurps all your search keywords, browsing history, and if you connect to your car's radio Google will slurp your engine's performance. Apple is bit more polite. They give you shiny new toys, like Siri, yet fail to mention Siri is quietly collecting everything you express interest in. Apple calls it "learning." Amazon Echo places a live speaker in your home which is connected to a server farm. XBox Live puts a camera in your house. Smartphones track your GPS coordinates to provide traffic data then sell you back the data they've collected from you.
So, Windows 10 is snooping? You're just swimming against the tide at this point.
Anyone who knows Apple releases knows the following to be true.
10.0 - buggy experimental version
10.1 - alpha testing version with major issues
10.2 - beta testing version with minor issues
10.3 - pre-release stable version
10.4 - first usable operating system
All it takes is patience for Apple to quit testing their operating systems and google "ios problems" BEFORE allowing the phone to "upgrade" - and, consider upgrades mandatory.
It's the fault of those wanting instant gratification - those who wait in line for days for the latest shiny toy when it's possible to just wait a few months. Look at the minor revision of Apple's software to refer to this chart:
10.0 - alpha unstable pre-release for unpaid testers
10.1 - beta release for those who enjoy reporting bugs
10.2 - official pre-release for those who will accept a few bugs to gain a couple of extra features.
10.3 - first stable release. Be prepared to be disappointed.
10.4 - most but not all bugs have been squashed. You'll have to learn to live with any remaining bugs.
Using Google's cloud storage, read the fine print. You are prohibited from storing a long list of prohibited content, begging the question how would they know and why would they care? Perhaps because they're a bit too generous with sharing your files with the world.
When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing you have added to Google Maps).
Why is looking at porn at work still a thing? Back in ancient times, porn seekers would use the company Internet connection since "the net" was either unavailable at home or was only available on dial-up. Today we've got 3G, 4G, and LTE on our mobile devices - which are often faster than the company network because of all the damn filtering.
Not surprised. My first contract with AT&T included 30 free minutes. When my 2nd month's bill came in, it was apparent that I was not to receive 30 free minutes a month but rather just 30 free minutes... then billed per minute for the rest of the contract. They were fined for that one as well. I didn't see any money back. I was issued a long distance pre-paid card. yippie.
In a perfect world, I should not notice if Windows was version 7, 8, or 10. It should sit quietly in the background and run my applications. I never boot my computer and say to myself, I have to run Windows today. I say to myself, I have to check my email, edit my photographs, write my documents, and do my work.
Operating systems have become beasts which we have to spend weeks asking ourselves, What settings and patches to I have to make to have it sit quietly in the background again?
Apple is a lot more subtle about it. They offer gizmos you don't need, like iPhone Siri and iTunes Genius that quietly collect your personal data. Microsoft just slips it into Media Player. Apple offers upgrades to features you didn't ask for and don't need, like the ability to answer your phone on your computer. Microsoft just surprises you in the morning, when you wake up to Win10 and find all your applications are broken.
They try to out-do each other being dicks.
Months after being caught, Microsoft still lists KB3035583 as a critical update. If you don't have that number memorized and know how to deal with it, you may have already been bitten by those snakes.
I buy a computer to run my applications, not the operating system. Every time someone "updates" the operating system, my apps break. That's a hostile and purposeful act.
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