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To: Zen Dollar Round who wrote (210954)10/7/2021 5:21:29 PM
From: Doren
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I didn't and don't think the ratios were real world. A vulnerability doesn't mean anyone has exploited it.

But I do think Chrome is about as safe as OSX and most likely Chrome and Safari are roughly equivalent. I worry much more about corporate laxity. I use cash for almost every thing I can't deduct, never ceases to amaze me people will use a card to pay for something at the Dollar Store. I use paypal for websites of smaller companies I feel probably don't spend as much on security experts.

Details1 lists just 55 vulnerabilities for Chrome OS. Compare that to 1,111 vulnerabilities for Windows 10, and a whopping 2,212 for Mac’s OS X; with five percent as many vulnerabilities as its closest competitor, it’s a pretty simple matter to declare Chromebook the safest option.

Like I said I may buy another Mac, particularly if my plans work out when I sell my home. But it'll be an iMac, not a portable. and it'll have OSX on it, I don't like screwing around with OS's. OSX is still better than the alternatives running software.

I'm just going to buy the Chrome book to surf the web, get emails, check my bank account with an up to date browser. I'd never do that with Windows... they are just lazy jerks over there in Redmond. Why they haven't improved their OS is beyond me.

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To: Doren who wrote (210955)10/8/2021 7:19:43 AM
From: Zen Dollar Round
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A vulnerability doesn't mean anyone has exploited it.
Of course not, but with an increasing number of reports that patched zero days have been exploited, the trend is going in the wrong direction.

Fact is, most zero day exploits that we know about are targeted attacks at specific individuals from very well-funded state sponsors.

So far...

However, once a zero day exploit is known and patched, the methods uses are often published or often show up on the dark web for hackers to purchase and use against those who are behind in keeping up with security on their electronic devices –– namely people like you.

The big difference here is you know about these risks yet choose to do almost nothing about them.

You can continue to bury your head in the sand and refuse to update your sometimes decade old computers and software, just be aware of the danger you're putting yourself into. I guess you'll be safe until you aren't.

An example of this is the switch to the HTTPS protocol over HTTP for a more secure internet, and your anger about it. Instead of looking at yourself and your staunch refusal to upgrade as the culprit, you choose to blame Google for the change because you can't use an outdated version of macOS and an outdated web browser that are years past their sell-by date.

You're literally the only person I know who is having problems using your choice of web browser and can't reach some websites due to your stubbornness about these changes.

The world is changing and you are very slow to do the same, at least in computer terms.

Adapt or die, it's simply evolution at work.

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To: Doren who wrote (210955)10/8/2021 9:51:40 AM
From: Zen Dollar Round
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While most hacks today are the low hanging fruit of big business that doesn't adequately protect their corporate networks, it's only a matter of time until ransomeware hackers figure out how to create ransomeware for individuals in a large scale way, IMHO.

The Biggest Hacks of 2021 (So Far)

Kaseya ‘Ransomware
Apocalypse’ SolarWinds
Megabreach Microsoft Exchange
Hackathon Colonial Pipeline’s
DarkSide Intrusion
Twitch Data Dump CNA’s $40 Million
Ransom JBS Meets REvil Metropolitan Police Department
Exposed Accellion’s Oil Spillover Flaw

Original post from Don Green: All Things Technology - Media and Know HOW Message Board - Msg: 33521926 (

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From: NAG110/8/2021 9:58:03 AM
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Coming as no surprise, Tony Saconagghi thinks Apple is overvalued here

Last comment from Horace Dediu in the comments section is worth reading imo.

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From: Moonray10/8/2021 4:55:52 PM
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World leaders reach landmark deal
on a global corporate tax rate

The group of developed nations agreed to a global
minimum corporate tax rate of 15%. This marks a
huge shift for smaller economies, such as the
Republic of Ireland, which have attracted international
firms — to a large extent — via a lower tax rate.

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I liked the old days, where Apple, Inc paid virtually no Irish tax.

o~~~ O

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From: Sr K10/8/2021 10:58:58 PM
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Apple Filing Notice of Appeal in Epic Antitrust Case, Looks to Stay In-App Injunction

The iPhone maker wants a stay on judge’s order to open in-app communications that could allow cheaper payment options

Apple CEO Tim Cook testified in May in the antitrust case brought by Epic Games.PHOTO: NOAH BERGER/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tim Higgins

Updated Oct. 8, 2021 7:49 pm ET

Apple Inc. AAPL -0.27% told a federal judge on Friday it plans to appeal a verdict in its high-profile antitrust case against Epic Games Inc., a contest that has brought new attention to how big technology companies manage software and applications on their platforms.

The iPhone maker also is seeking to put on hold an order by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers that requires Apple to loosen some restrictions on how App Store developers seek payments for their online offerings.

Epic, the maker of the popular game “Fortnite,” already had filed a notice of appeal to the Sept. 10 verdict issued by the Oakland, Calif., federal court following the 16-day bench trial in May. An Epic spokeswoman declined to comment on Apple’s plan to appeal.

The case put on trial the ways in which companies such as Apple control access to their users. Lawmakers and regulators in the U.S., European Union and beyond are closely monitoring the issue.

Apple faced a deadline to file its notice of appeal, a routine procedure that doesn’t include details of its argument against the one of 10 claims that the judge ruled on.

Most of Epic’s claims were rejected by the judge, including that Apple was an improper monopoly in its control of distribution of software onto the iPhone and its requirement that forces developers to use its in-app payment system. Apple collects what Epic calls an unfair commission of as high as 30%.

Apple had argued its rules protected users and its fees were in line with industry norms and fair for the services it provides. Following the original verdict, Apple has cheered the findings as a “resounding victory.”

Still, it wasn’t a complete win. The judge ruled that Apple was wrong to prohibit developers from using in-app and out-of-app communications with users to send them to alternative payment methods. She issued an injunction to force Apple to stop this ban.

Tim Sweeney, chief executive of Epic Games. The videogame maker has said Apple collects an unfair commission of as high as 30% on in-app payments.PHOTO: DAVID PAUL MORRIS/BLOOMBERG NEWS
Apple wants a stay on the injunction while it works on a solution. The company already had agreed to a settlement in another case to allow out-of-app communications, but it remains unclear how Apple wants to address in-app communications.

“The company understands and respects the Court’s concerns regarding communications between developers and consumers,” the company said in a court filing. “Apple is carefully working through many complex issues across a global landscape, seeking to enhance information flow while protecting both the efficient functioning of the App Store and the security and privacy of Apple’s customers.”

Some legal observers have said they think an appeal to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could take a year or more, and the case is likely to ultimately go to the U.S. Supreme Court, the nation’s top court.

Epic co-founder Tim Sweeney has suggested the process could take five years. Meanwhile, Apple isn’t allowing Epic back on its developer platform until the appeals process is completed.

The legal battle emerged in August 2020, when Epic sneaked an in-app payment into its popular “Fortnite” videogame that violated Apple’s rules. In response, Apple booted the game from the App Store, and Epic’s lawsuit followed.

The case gave a unique window into Apple’s secretive App Store business, revealing that about one-fifth of operating income in fiscal 2019 came from its cut of app revenue, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of court records that were made public as part of the trial.

Apple has said the figures released were flawed and too high; still it has acknowledged that much of its App Store revenue came from videogames.


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To: Doren who wrote (210951)10/10/2021 11:11:28 AM
From: OldAIMGuy
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Re: Many of my friends have had horrible experiences with ATT.

Direct TV was pretty good until ATT bought them. Then it got expensive and harder to get help.

ATT is sort of curse on performance and expense.


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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (210924)10/10/2021 10:58:59 PM
From: JP Sullivan
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Very sad, but so true.

As far as I'm concerned, Siri is garbage!
The error rate is so high, I never use it.

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From: Zen Dollar Round10/12/2021 9:20:19 AM
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iPad Mini review: Small, but mighty

Apple's redesigned iPad Mini is tiny but powerful

The question always arises when a new iPad hits the market - even though the tablet computers have been around for more than 10 years now: What’s the point?

People always have to ask what would you use an iPad for when you already have a phone and a computer that do almost all an iPad can do.

It’s a daft question, of course - the iPad is better at some things, worse at others - and whether you should buy one depends on what you want to do.

The Mini is a perfect case in point - to some its diminutive screen size compared to a regular iPad or computer will make it less useful. For others, portability brings many advantages.

The portability is obviously the Mini’s biggest selling point - it’s small and light, but powerful and features 5G connectivity for fast data when out in the wild.

And it can do everything a bigger iPad can do.

In fact, this newly-redesigned Mini shares more in common with the mid-range iPad Air than it does with the base model iPad. That goes for it’s looks, its compatibility with the second generation Apple Pencil, and, of course, the all-screen front with no home button.

There’s no FaceID, but unlocking is simple - the TouchID sensor has, like the Air, been built into the sleep/wake button on top of the device.

Essentially the new Mini fills the gap in sizes between the largest iPhone and the regular iPad.

The screen is 8.3in diagonally. And it has absolutely nailed the sweet spot for various activities.

It is the perfect size for reading, watching video, and comes into its own as an ultra-portable games console, especially as Apple’s Arcade gaming subscription continues to grow.

It’s also very light - you can hold this thing all day and not feel it.

It’s not exactly a writer’s dream machine - Apple isn’t even making a dedicated keyboard case, as it does for all other iPads. It's good for dashing off emails and texts, but it’s a little cramped when it comes to more long-form efforts- with the touch keyboard open there’s not a lot of room left.

Pairing with an external bluetooth keyboard might just fix that, though.

Performance is blazing - the Mini features the same chip you find in the new iPhone 13 variants, and we already know how fst and power-efficient that is.

So for creating, while the screen size might limit things a bit - especially for things like video editing - the power to do that is certainly all there.

The Mini borrow’s another feature from its big brother - wired connection to external devices is done via USB-C rather than lightning, so there’s much more compatibility. It’s a lot easier to connect to things like cameras for fast data transfer.

This also brings support for connecting to an external display, although this feature remains frustratingly limited in iPadOS.

I found the screen size to be perfect for one creative pursuit - music making with Apple’s own GarageBand app is a delight, especially when it comes to playing the on-screen touch instruments.

Compatibility with the Apple Pencil also makes this a very good on-the-go notepad and drawing canvas.

And the new ultra-wide angle front camera brings a feature from the iPad’s Pro models - Centre Stage. This keeps you in fame while moving around your room when making video calls and it makes for a much more natural interaction.

Whether you want this iPad will depend on what you want to do with it. It’s certainly a spectacularly designed and well-made product - I’m pretty sure it’s one of those that if you love it, you really love it. But you’ll only really know when you have one in your hand.


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From: Zen Dollar Round10/12/2021 12:43:54 PM
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Apple iPhone Wait Times Are at Multiyear Highs. What It Means for Sales.

If you want to buy the new iPhone, you’re going to have to wait. That usually would be a good sign for Apple stock, but the picture is a bit more complicated this year.

Wait times for the iPhone 13 family of devices remain extended across the board, analysts at Credit Suisse said Friday. Customers who want the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have to wait more than four weeks, the longest in at least four years, the team at the Swiss bank said.

For the iPhone 13, the wait time is also long at two to four weeks, the analysts noted, with wait times remaining similar or even growing modestly longer between Sept. 4 and Sept. 8.

The analysts’ methodology for calculating waiting periods involved measuring shipping lead times for iPhones purchased directly from Apple (ticker: AAPL) online in major markets around the world. They exclude demand through Apple’s physical stores as well as distribution through carriers and other retail outlets.

Wait times have in the past been viewed as an indicator of demand for devices, which would suggest the iPhone 13 is headed for blowout sales. That would be good for Apple investors, because, as Barron’s reporter Max A. Cherney wrote last month, “Apple stock practically lives and dies on the company’s iPhone sales every year.”

But this year, in a world gripped by supply-chain issues, wait times for some models being at multiyear records might not be the clear green flag it would have been in the past.

“We’d highlight that while wait times are a rough proxy for initial demand, the metric is only one of many variables impacting iPhone sell-through; supply availability is a key unknown, particularly this year,” the analysts said.

They added that it was encouraging to see wait times for the more expensive higher-end models such as the Pro and Pro Max remaining most extended, but that supply likely also plays a critical role in longer waits. This makes it even more difficult to analyze underlying demand for the iPhone 13 family.

Apple has not responded to a request for comment.

Credit Suisse has a price target of $150 on Apple stock, which was trading hands around $143 Tuesday. The company’s shares fell 0.6% when trading began this week.

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