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  1. Simple Java Array Question

    You could use the IntStream.range() method if you want int[] b = IntStream.range(1, 17).toArray(); But other than that your options are most optimally to just use for loops.
  2. Not the type of tracking I'm talking about, web tracking !== app tracking. I'm talking about how Apple only gives devs access to your advertising ID and gives you the ability to create a new one OR disable it (which sets it to 0), also how the sandbox prevents apps from tracking you across installations (if you change your ad ID).
  3. AWS instance as a VPN

    It depends how much traffic you're going to make. Data transfer costs are quite costly, so if you're looking to be moving a lot of data a traditional VPN service would serve you better (or even renting from a provider that gives you a lot of data transfer for a lower cost).
  4. Apple Products are great.

    The notch is really not noticeable with use What's wrong with the MB and MBP? LOL, don't disagree with you here To be fair, this targets quite a different market. You can't draw on a the screen of a MacBook Or a bigger screen to use for media consumption? My phone doesn't sit on my wrist though... Sounds like you have a selection bias, what sector do you work in? How is it "very rare" when Macs are still very popular in art, tech, business and education?
  5. iOS requires explicit consent before any permission is granted, and allows your to easily disable permission (on a per-app basis). Apple also has made it so it's nearly impossible for apps to track the users (you can disable targeted advertising, which removes any ability for apps to track you).
  6. root is not always enabled, it's by default disabled. Ubuntu also gives you the option to leave root disabled and use sudo--exactly what MacOS does. My understanding is that root is disabled by default and the first attempt actually enables the root account, but since the account has no password, on the second attempt you can login with no password.
  7. Except researches have been able to defeat the fingerprint readers on all the smartphones which have them? Regardless, this article sums up the discussion nicely. https://www.troyhunt.com/face-id-touch-id-pins-no-id-and-pragmatic-security/
  8. "Non-compete" agreements are legal in a lot jurisdictions (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-compete_clause)
  9. PUBG is now using Azure for multiplayer rather than AWS

    Why would you spin up a server for the game, run the game, then kill it? That's needlessly expensive & time consuming, and especially for something like a game where it would be so easy to recycle nodes instead (slightly modified service discovery and you're done). Higher performance, lower cost, better UX I suspect that there is money in it, but I'm not sure if it's as large as other sectors. The most expensive line items for a lot of cloud-hosted services is bandwidth cost (which can exceed $100/TB for small services), so just imagine how much money a CDN/video streamer would then be paying to host on AWS/GCP/Azure. Now, game state updates are significantly smaller than images/video, so I'd wager that they have significantly lower hosting costs then their media-serving-based counterparts. AWS has a fine GUI for 98% of the people who should be using it. The reality is though, if you're trying to do anything advanced you should no longer be doing it in the GUI, instead you should be using software to do it for you. Like, I can't imagine doing a red/black deployment by hand, that sounds like hell.
  10. Generally, companies are not allowed to fine employees unless the employee has agreed to it in writing. Regardless, big tech companies (especially Apple) are starting to have zero tolerance for leaking information. "Non-competes" are not a thing in tech/are illegal in California
  11. Trying to rotate points within 3 dimensional space.

    What if he's trying to make a browser game?
  12. Although this discussion has been going well so far, it was brought to our attention that it is still a political one. Sadly, that means we have to lock it per the CS. Don't worry, I only gave myself a warning for talking about politics
  13. Google runs an ad exchange. Basically, whenever you visit a web page, an auction is held for people to sell an ad to 'you' (kind of? in reality they only get a kind-of ad profile for you, if you meet their target criteria they place a bid). The servers participating in this bidding can be one of Google's (if you use DoubleClick), or some other sort of advertising platform which interacts with Google. Anyway, the point is, the advertiser doesn't "pay extra for directed ads", instead, they set budgets for spending on each of their target platforms. If they discover that you're placing their ads on content which they dislike, all they need to do is set the budget to 0 to "pull out" from your platform. And that's entirely fair. BuzzFeed News (note, this is different from BuzzFeed Entertainment, couple years ago they seperated them and hired a bunch of super legit journalists from the likes of Politico, etc) is actually a pretty reputable source (recently they released a great in-depth investigative piece on Breitbart). I know less of Al Jazeera, but as far as I know they've never been too egregious (anymore than any other state run news organization). Regardless of all of this, it's down to the advertisers themselves to decide who they're willing to be shown next too, so beyond what I've said, IDK really what to say
  14. Eh, these kind of things are still relatively unclear, mostly because there's been no real precedent-setting rulings on the issue (different courts within the US have ruled both for and against protection). Passwords aren't even guaranteed to be protected (just google "us password ordered to be revealed").
  15. I think you missed part of my comment Content from a major news organization is one of those "Oh hey, this is controversial... but its the NYT so it's fine".
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