Actually Google is an advertising company that happens to have a pretty damn good search engine that you can use while reading the ads or giving them more and more data about you (read raping your privacy rights).
LMAO. I first thought "he forgot an ¡ or /s to mark as sarcasm". I then read on and finally realized he is either very uniformed, off his meds (again) or possibly is a Google troll. Nobody has to argue about Google's "Do No Evil" motto because it became clear years ago that it was nothing more than one of their inside jokes (similar the the Easter Eggs they leave on holidays.
There has been nothing that I have read that indicates anything like what microsoft did. Remember that M$ was forcing OEMs to include IE on the desktop and were even stopping them from including an alternate to the game. M$ controlled the industry -- if you wanted to build/sell computers then you delivered a Wintel solution. They had all but a very small fraction locked up in enterprise, schools, universities etc… It was the M$ way or not at all -- very few companies...
A project like this is usually bid on by GC firms. They submit bids, surety and completion bonds, insurance etc. The firm that successfully negotiates the bid then is responsible for securing the actual contraction permits (plans would have already been reviewed and approved by the local jurisdiction) and then starts hiring subcontractors (that they have worked with to do site prep etc.). The GC supply a lot but almost never all the trades -- on a job this size typically...
Not necessarily a sign of problems. Oft times there are incentives in contracts for finishing before a certain date that are on a sliding scale to the deadline at which time the contractor can be charged liquidated damages (the incentives were forced by the courts after they decided that you should not be able to charge "liquidated damages" if there was not also an "incentive clause". Before that the lawyers wrote into virtually all contracts that the essence of the...
Would have been nice if they had continued to support a "Lite" version (sort of a blue box) but they decided for YouTube to grow and become a full member of the Empire they had to make it fat. Welcome YouTube to the dark side.
Too bad they don't encrypt our IP data -- I would like to know that I can have a reasonable chance of having a private call with someone (although nothing is truly secure) by making it one level more difficult. The cost of implementation would probably not give a ROI that makes sense to any but the most paranoid and those powerful enough to deal with the issue other ways. Kudos to Apple also!
What, me worry about privacy? I am sure that the govt folx with access to these devices will only use them for good and there is no way one of these could get into someone else's hands that might misuse them.
I know lets ask Edward Snowden. He was with the NSA and knows about these things.
I am with you on this and I will be one of the first in line for these (that first gen is getting a little long in the tooth, although my second geb is still great). Amazing that the first one is still chugging along with no problems (4.5 years old) - built to last (same with the 2nd gen).
Diff subject kinda, but do you (or anyone else) know why the Elpida SRAM referred to in bits, i.e. 4Gb and the Sandisk/Toshiba Flash DRAM in bytes, i.e. 8 GB. Is there some context where SRAM memory might be accessed in nibbles or some other strange word size that would make using bytes ungainly as opposed to bits?