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  1. My main sticking point in the room... After the overall loss of trust, I'm just going to wait and wait and wait until the year is over before I buy. There are more honest, ethical, and responsible developers I'd rather support.
  2. I've been helping to assemble hardware for custom servers for a decade now, and I often wonder if there's gonna be a better method than this. Allowing manufacturers without a deep security expertise to take charge of security is generally a bad idea. This is also why companies exist that build a PCIE or USB security chip implementation to do what Apple's T2 chip does. I cannot imagine the future going ahead if we continue taking security for granted. We already have zero trust in component manufacturers and major software companies, so I think black hats are gonna have a wild fun time in the next decade.
  3. How is that equivalent to the title? Clickbait? Fake news? Hello? Devs were long ago warned about this to port over. They were not blocked like what Google is doing in Chrome.
  4. I'd rather wait for the early adopters to trial the problems and let Logitech improve on the next iteration. They're rather conservative here. They could have pushed for the 1.2mm actuation and an even shorter travel.
  5. I'll add onto that. I'd say (even during ancient kingdoms) every government spies on its own people, its allies, and above all, its competitors/enemies. If we strip away the morality and ethics used in such arguments, the point of spying is to gain visibility over the operating context. Most folks think spying is a personal endgame out to get them or they get disillusioned by the morality and ethics; that's just a distraction from the objective reality. Visibility is everything in governance. It's critical for strategy. It's critical for everything from diplomacy to economics. Objectively, spying is about obtaining and compiling the objective reality of what exactly is happening into a regular feedback loop that updates the system, so that it remains functional. Spying breaks down the state of governance when persons-in-charge use this for exclusive personal self-interest; look at North Korea, Russia, and some states in Africa. However, when spying is used and maintained cleanly (i.e. for the reasons I've outlined above), it greatly uplifts entire populations; this has been true for China, Singapore, and USA in the past 36 years. I've to say it again: When done well, spying grants visibility that builds a strong understanding of objective reality and operating context. This is highly critical for good governance, rather than being drowned in moral and ethical circlejerk. Governments need strong intelligence/spy networks to succeed. What troubles me is whether the persons-in-charge will end up being fooled by their own success and believes everyone in the entire spy network are all selflessly serving their people. This is just untrue. In general, China's Xi Jinping and top leaders have been cleaning up the CCP, the military, and civil service, so I do believe that having their own efficient operating systems (HongMengOS + others) is a good thing for them. USA dislikes it because this is another obstacle layer for their spy network to overcome, but history has shown that the entire system will simply adjust and compensate for it. After seeing how Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google have improved on "telemetry" over the past 3 years, I think my biggest worry is whether all that data is being used for uplifting the populace OR merely to feed into the profit bottomline.
  6. Keep it in context. If I'm making purchase decisions on an individual or corporate scale, there are actually very few options available. This isn't to say that companies like Google or Apple (or Tesla) are being supported by idiots and fools. Sure, you can continue bashing on people if that makes you feel any better about your self-righteousness. My experience in all the projects and people I've met is that people (even the most oblivious office granny) are fully capable of navigating their lives even in the absence of complete information. While I don't know about what folks in USA or Europe are doing, let me share some experiences here in Asia: Story 1: I'm working on IT deployment in Vietnam, and they're insistent on secondhand Macbooks (pre-2012 era) rather new Ryzen Lenovos. Due to dumping from affluent nations, parts of the pre-2012 Macbooks are common, cheap, and durable. As developing nations here continue to improve their manufacturing, I've seen local shops that learned how to repair dented aluminium chassis of Macbooks in minutes. Larger establishments can manufacture fans used in Macbooks. Given the stability of BIOS, firmware, OS, drivers, the overall system architecture is much less of a headache to maintain compared to Windows + Android. This is especially true for nations without governments enforcing a transition to linux distros. In this scenario, it's easy to see why people would still prefer iPads and iPhones. They simply work. Story 2: I was having drinks with friends from China and chatting about smartphones. For a while, the guys were talking about specs (RAM, CPU, screens, etc), but the girls eventually steered the conversation back to actual usage and overall integration. On this point, the guys were trading stories on how easy it is to swap out batteries, RAM, or other board components at the IT malls (I kid you not, they are HUGE in China), or customize their phones. The girls' counterpoint to this was that they don't want to have to change components or figure which .apk and processes to run; they simply want to click-and-run for a few years until they swap for a new phone because they just want to send out emails, look at word documents, and generally get on with life. Look, I know 2 stories aren't enough to form any sort of good data points. But my point to share in the midst of all this table-thumping and borderline derision towards Apple is that Apple is simply the least of the evils. Take a leaf from Intel VS AMD today. If you guys really really care about the future, the negativity and anger will do nothing towards Intel/Apple. If you want a real systemic change that shakes up the industry, it's not hatred that will bring about change. You gotta put in the work to create something good. It's not a platitude. I like the news I get on this forum, but it's been a damn long time since I've seen any constructive thoughtful discussion here.
  7. It's normal as per predictions. As processing capabilities and capacities improve, the rate of automated systems and processes built for hacking will improve, thereby leading to exponential intrusions.
  8. AFAIK, soldering components was also due to some legal cases from their competitors. It's not so clearcut. Unless such new designs are completely free and open, hardware manufacturers won't adopt these.
  9. Why decontextualise our discussion again? I don't think anyone said it's impossible. There are checks and safeguards set in place precisely because of what you copy-pasted from 2010. We're well into H2 2019, and I think we've done quite a fair job, especially compared to other OSes' equivalent of the Linux distro. Lastly, AUR frankly isn't the Arch repo. Gentoo has had issues with malware years ago, but as far as I know, I haven't heard of such incidents regarding the official Arch repo. As for Debian and Ubuntu, I haven't recalled any incidents in recent years regarding official repos. In contrast, Google, Apple, Microsoft have struggled to maintain such track records. Context is pretty important. If you're just out here to feel good about being a contrarian, I think you're missing the context.
  10. Goes to show that Team Group isn't doing their R&D properly... Hmmm... We'll see if they pull the product.
  11. Exactly... Being in the server space, there's actually tons of malware that can run on Linux (centos or ubuntu or otherwise), but you'd have to intentionally download them *and* run them because the operating permissions are extremely granular on what hardware and software interactions are allowed.
  12. And even if you grab flatpak direct from the main devs' sites, you're still quite unlikely to get hit... So you'd literally have to have worse browsing habits than the average grandma...
  13. Doubt it's management spin. There's no way a marketing VP could negotiate with the sales VP and the other executives for an immediate price cut. That reaction time simply isn't possible without prior planning in a multinational corporation based on my project management experience so far.
  14. I think you're confusing that with pro gamer gear. Production equipment is not something any IT department will purchase without warranty or even 24hr on-site servicing. This isn't to mention the need for precision and accuracy, which most of these professional and/or production equipment tend to outclass even the enthusiast offerings.