Ideally, you'd pay those ISPs with Bitcoin.
Else, the money-trail just leads back to you.
Unless you've also setup a network of shell-companies that rent the VPSs you use (mixing companies and countries...)
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AFAIK, when the invoices were questioned, he claimed it was hardware for a secret project aligned directly under the CEO's office and details were "need to know".
That shut up most of the nosy beancounters, apparently.
BTW: our boss is said to have a habit of checking all invoices about the equivalent of 100 USD, personally.
At least he did until recently.
We don't think it's a good use of his time, but it's his company.
I remember that in 1990, when I watched the Football Worldcup, the camera would occasionally show scantily-clad female fans whenever a team from South-America was playing (Brazilian fans being the worst "offenders". Commentators would often point out that while the matches were broadcast in IRan, too, it wasn't live, but "live +5s". During these 5s, a gentleman in the IBC working for the Iranian government would switch the stream to a different camera so that his fellow citizens wouldn't have to get an eye full.
A couple of years later, we got "Nipplegate" and US television took a page from the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and also adopted that "live +5s" broadcasting, for basically the same rationale as in Iran.
I certainly don't want a multi-billion dollar US company (nor a multi-billion dollar Chinese company) to decide what I can see and what not or what is good and not good for me. I think it was the Cloudflare CEO who has in the past remarked that he hated even being in the position to be able to decide something like this.
In this single isolated case, that may actually align with what I and many others think.
But as they say: even a broken clock is right twice a day.
I don't even have a Facebook account (the whole premise of the platform is absurd).
That said, it didn't really surprise me that somebody would stream a shooting. In fact, it surprised me that it took so long. The technology has been here for years. All it took was for someone to go all the way to the end.
I remember an article about WhatsApp (before it was acquired).
They said they can't really do any serious load-testing. What they ended up doing was to fade-in chances on a server-by-server basis and see how it played out.
WhatsApp had very few servers back then, even though it had 900 million users.
That said, because of the lack of a FB account, I couldn't care less about their outages. The sooner they go away, the better for humanity.
But as others have noted, there will very likely be almost no decent software taking advantage of this form-factor.
Especially now, that the usual Android fragmentation on the OS side has fully spilled over to the hardware side.
Who in his right mind is going to adapt his code for two niche-models?
Especially as there will likely be more vendors going down a similar-but-not-quite-the-same route and doing things ever-so-slightly different.
> My bank is obsoleting OTP tokens and forcing all customers
> to use or the banking app or SMS.
Can't you visit the local branch?
My bank is phasing out SMS in favour of their app (you need to point the mobile at the banking-screen, which shows some kind of flicker-code, IIRC, and then the mobile shows a code that you have to enter into the form on the website).
SMS still works - but I've got no idea for how long.
They have the older, original mobile app that works without SMS but seems to use some sort of private key on my phone for authentication.
Apparently, because of the wide spread misuse of SIM-swaps, SMS is no longer considered secure.
> You could sell it, last time I looked Risc PC was going for silly money on ebay.
Yeah. Dad gave mine to the electronic waste disposal site, when he cleaned out my basement room at my parents place.
I had probably spent 5000 DM on it over the years, if not more if you count the (pretty high-end) Iiyma-displays, which were also disposed-of at the same time.
It could run NetBSD/ARM and that was the first Unix I ran, after painstakingly downloading it on about 20-ish floppy disks at the university lab.
If the prez was Clinton or Obama or old Bernie, it wouldn't be such an issue.
At least on the surface. The principal issues would still remain, of course.
But with Trump being who he is and where he is, people seem to actually warm up to the idea that having the military-industrial complex rule the country could have negative consequences for a lot of people.
> Assuming this chap wasn't just a script kiddy, and had some decent skills
Such is the state of it-sec awareness among the people's representatives in Germany (and probably elsewhere, too) that I'm rather confident in saying that he is just a script-kiddie, almost 100%.
All these people need to have their internet-privileges revoked.
Apple doesn't really have "brand-ambassadors" like other companies.
And I'd say Apple as a business-partner is important enough that you really make sure you don't mix-up like that. Huawei clearly wasn't ;-)
I guess if Apple's GSM chips (well, Intel's) get better in a few iterations, one can cross-off one more excuse for not using an iPhone for such a function....
Recently saw a presentation on the Oracle Cloud.
It doesn't look too bad, TBH.
Pricing I don't know, but it looks like a large, solid OpenStack implementation.
I wouldn't rule it out if I was tasked with choosing a cloud-provider.
AWS may be cheaper in some (or all cases) - but the lock-in is IMO even worse than what you ever had with Oracle databases.
And Jeff's ships are bigger and more expensive than Larry's, so you can make an educated guess as to where this is going...
Are they signing petitions soon to not collect any data from users and not monetarize it towards the evil ad-buyers?
That's like working in the defense-sector and keeping saying to yourself "It's only for defense, see, it's in the name". All the while working on a compartmentalized bit of a Reaper drone...
can store BLOBs in S3 buckets. But their support made it clear that the bucket has to be completely public.
We actually have a private S3-implementation on-site, but it has to be public-public.
Their support said, it wasn't a big deal because the actual URL of the bucket was "not public".
We store the BLOBs on the local filesystem now.
I don't have amazon, netflix (or any TV at all), my employer pays for broadband and the cellular contract.
Once every couple of years I get myself a new iPhone and use it for a couple of years.
My car is 17.5 years old at this point.
Insurance, tax, fuel, maintenance adds up to more than what a new iPhone costs, every year. And I use it maybe twice a week.
I actually have the "black screen" problem, too - but with a 2012 MacMini connected to a 30" HP LP 3065 display via a TB-to-DL-DVI adapter (it's a very old display, probably ten years old, got it as a hand-me-down from my boss when he bought a new one).
It happens very rarely, though.
Sometimes, unplugging the adapter (sometimes a few times) does work, sometimes I reboot.
Dad threw out my RISC-PC during a clean-up of the basement a couple of years ago :-(
I had spent almost all the money that I received during my year of mandatory service at the German Armed Forces on it and a 17" CRT from Iiyama (which was pretty high-end at the time).
I upgraded it to the StrongARM CPU daugherboard when it became available (even pre-paid for it and received a reservation-number - Acorn was ahead of the curve there, too: they preempted Kickstarter by a decade..). It had SCSI-disks, SCSI-CDROM...
I loved the integrated vector graphics program ("Draw", IIRC), as well as TechWriter.
And the ChangeFSI picture-format conversion utility...
RISC-OS taught me many important concepts of computing - and it truly was a joy to use.
But look into the mirror - if your own life was put under a microscope, what would people find?
Also, he didn't write books to encourage people to follow his lifestyle, as other rich people have and continue to do so. He was probably aware of the fact that the planet is big enough to accommodate only a single person of his character.
At least, his kids seem to have turned out well, unlike other billionaire's kids.
He made sure the one and only authorized biography appeared after his death, so he wouldn't be bothered by the comments.
He's been dead for seven years.
It's easy to spit on a grave.
Let's give him some rest.
AFAIK, you can't easily make ANFO anymore, because they changed the recipe of fertilizer to contain less nitrogen.
As for "doing something": anything that would be done now would only impact the (very) far out future because of the number of legal and illegal guns in circulation.
We know how good politicians are with such far-out timelines...
The sheer availability of weapons is not the only factor in reducing the number of shootings.
I live in a country where every able-bodied citizen has to join the military for compulsory training once he turns 18. Everybody who completes that training gets a fully functional, automatic assault riffle to take home and keep, in case the country is attacked and quick mobilization is needed.
Ammunition is not handed out anymore (since 2007), but that is not a big obstacle.
While murder-suicides did and do happen, but they usually involve close family.
Why is that?
Maybe because a functioning social security system exists, that doesn't leave people completely hopeless? Even criminals can have hope here (up to a point, of course).
Maybe it has to do with the amount of holiday people get, the amount of work-related stress?
Also, the amount of prescription drugs consumed is way less here (well, pretty much everywhere else but the USA has lower consumption).
I'm in favor of restricting gun-ownership (unless maybe you live in the mid-west and actually own a farm or go hunting nobody needs a gun).
But it's unfortunately only a very, very small part of the puzzle and it will only slightly reduce the problem, for a very long time: the guns will be around for decades to come.
Pinochet came into power through a coup in which the CIA had a substantial role.
The US never cared who its allies were, as long as they went along the party line and lined the pockets of US corporations.
Revolving doors between CIA, private corporations, contractors meant that they were often indistinguishable anyway.
you realize it sorely needs somebody to shake it up.
Car manufactures got to be software-manufactures quasi-overnight and for some it seems it still hasn't registered.
Tesla may have better software, the infrastructure to deliver and update it - but it was always clear from the beginning that Tesla would struggle with ramping up production beyond the original couple of thousands of cars per year.
Maybe some people at Apple thought they could excel where Tesla has failed - maybe at least at the beginning of "Project Titan". But the manufacturing challenges are real.
I think they'll go with the "Designed in California, made in China" scheme on this one, too.
They'll probably partner with somebody like Geely and just have them execute their designs.
This is not a laptop. As you say, it's more of a desktop-replacement.
How much does it weigh?
Personally, I can't stand Windows 10. I'd rather pay more for something I like to use than pay less for something that I hate switching on.
I don't need any of the Windows-apps, there would be no benefit for me to switch to Windows, except saving a bit of money every couple of years.
That said, I currently don't need a laptop anyway. My hardware-requirements are very modest (satisfied with a 2012 i7 MacMini, 512 GB SSD, 16GB RAM).
I liked the form-factor and haptics of the iPhone X, compared to any other iPhone.
I still have the 4S. Will look into the SE successor.
I tried all of non-SE, non-X iPhones in the store and they seemed too "light" and a bit flimsy.
The all-glass iPhone X - while easily shattering when it does fall down - had a certain weight that made it comfortable to hold and yet wasn't as huge as the 8+.
So, it's either last year's X or an updated SE.
Whatever you say about the price, the X is a remarkable piece of technology.
Apple actually does make money from the phones beyond the sale. Apps, iCloudStorage, accessories, add-ons.
That's why they have no problem extending the life of the iPhones 5S(!) another year by giving it iOS12.
Android OEMs? Nope.
You can make an educated guess as what to expect from this race to the bottom.
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