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About harryk

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  1. It costs Apple money to host, serve, and advertise Apple Music or any other first party app. This is equivalent to charging Spotify fees to be available on the app store. The exact fair percentage to be cut is another question. 30/15% may or may not be reasonable, we'd have to see some detailed numbers to determine this, but I doubt it was chosen arbitrarily. Heck, if my ISP can provide an equivalent or better streaming service than Netflix for cheaper then I'd subscribe Netflix pays their internet bill like every other Tom, Dick, and Harry. The ISP's have overhead to cover for as well as the long term investment in infrastructure. This is analogous to Apple running the app store, selling iPhones, and essentially building a market for developers to sell their wares. There are overhead and regulation fees associated with every marketplace. If Apple were to ban Spotify from the App Store outright, that would be a huge issue, but asking them to pay their share of overhead is not. Everyone keeps referring to Microsoft being split up but this never happened. The initial ruling was appealed and Microsoft settled with the DOJ. Besides some bruises and legal fees, Microsoft lost very little. The controversy and ruling didn't even have much of an impact. Every OS comes with a bundled web browser and has for a long time now.
  2. Except this will result in harm to the consumer. Spinning off Apple Music in to its own entity will ultimately cost more and thus as a consumer I would have to pay more. Part of Apple's mission is to use vertical integration to build a vast ecosystem for maximum efficiency and the best consumer experience. If Spotify can't produce a better product to compete then too bad; that is the definition of a free market.
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    Bad Video Titles

  4. Actually yes. I built an Unraid server last year, if all you want is NAS functionality then I'd argue its easier than installing Windows. https://lime-technology.com/getting-started/
  5. Pretty sure LTT has multiple videos on NAS stuff, particularly with Unraid, but I think there's a video on FreeNAS as well.
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    Scrapyard Wars 2019

    Interesting idea; I think it would be entertaining, particularly if there was no budget and a longer time frame. The challenge in production would be finding benchmarks which can be run on potentially a 2+ decade span of hardware.
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    Software vs hardware career

    They're both hard once you reach a certain level. But software has a lot more low hanging fruit and a significantly lower barrier to entry.
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    Getting a job

    If you're interested in getting into the component industry I would suggest getting a degree in electrical engineering. Alternatively physics or mechanical/general engineering. Your typical CS degree will be focused on programming and software development which could get you in, but its not as relevant if you're actually interested in the design and engineering. That being said you will still need to know how computers work and ideally you would want to get a CS degree and an engineering degree.
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    A Mac as a work machine?

    My very first programming class was in C++ in Visual Studio and made me think coding was complicated and needed complex IDE software. Then I took a class on Linux. Now I wonder why anyone would code in Windows unless you are making a Windows program.
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    Mac Pro upgrade video idea

    Perhaps the long fabled hackintosh build guide. Its hard to make a sleeper build video interesting, but a hackintosh inside an old cheese grater case would be fitting.
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    A cheep way to record my old PC

    If you don't have to record it at HD resolution, there are many USB capture devices that are much cheaper than an elgato. Otherwise a good camera with proper setup(tripod, lighting etc.) can be used to record a screen and actually get good results.
  12. Except Youtube is in a very key, and very powerful position. Essentially I'm frustrated they aren't taking a stronger stance. Being an 'open' platform which will host controversial content, there will always be a battle between Youtube and those who are buying ad spots. Rather than bend to the advertisers whims, they could've drawn a line in the sand and said 'hey, you can buy ad spots but let us determine the best way to serve them and manage the community'. Maybe I'm wrong, but I suspect the Youtube market is too big for the advertising industry to just ignore.
  13. There are some obvious advertising opportunities there (echoes that time Target determined a teenage girl was pregnant). Based on my knowledge, and some friends I have on the inside, the industry is currently in a mode of collecting as much data as possible, even if it seems useless or mundane. Then throw machine learning and AI at the whole thing and see what comes out. You never know what the data actually holds. Same. To limit their reach I've disconnected FB from everything and only access it through a browser now, which is why this article stood out to me. Even if you are not using FB products, they are tracking you.
  14. Original story by WSJ (behind a paywall) reposted by MacRumors: https://www.macrumors.com/2019/02/22/ios-apps-sending-private-data-to-facebook/ In the latest revelation of how Facebook is watching your every move, it turns out many popular third party apps are sending data to Facebook behind the user's back. These apps have no obvious connection to Facebook and there is no apparent notification that this data is being shared. Scary to imagine how Facebook may be using some of this sensitive data. Personally I think this is yet another red flag in the continuing revelations in how much data is being traded in the industry. This one particularly caught my attention because of the lack of obvious connection to Facebook. I am increasingly expecting to see some form of major crackdown on privacy, either from the big players such as Apple or Google, or perhaps even from governments; EU is already making moves, lets see if the US will do anything.