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I would NEVER trust my data to Google. With any Google service (at least a free one), you are a product, not a client.Additionally, back four years ago, they "lost" my gmail account along with 0.0017% of Gmail user accounts. I thought I lost all of my important documents I had there. It took them over a week to restore my account. Since then, I do not rely on any service that is "free".
It's in Beta still, isn't it? Doesn't this mean Apple is working on making it better?I am waiting for iCloud Photos to come out of beta before I consider it.What I have hard time understanding is what happens if your iPhone storage is 64 GB but your Photos library size on the Mac is 500 GB. How will iCloud Photos determine which photos to push to the iPhone since it can't fit the entire library there.I also don't quite get how the iCloud storage size will be handled among...
Apple never wanted to make an iPad Mini or a 5" iPhone. Yet they have.There was not going to be an App Store for iOS, nor was there going to be the iBooks Store because according to Steve Jobs "people don't read books anymore."I refuse job offers if a prospective employer doesn't issue or allow Macs, so I'm no WINTEL fan. However, some friends of mine who work exclusively in Windows LOVE Surface Pro 3. There's definitely a use case for such a hybrid device and not only for...
I thought it was illegal for US citizens to visit Cuba - still. Well, let's just say that Germany lost Sudetenland in WWI - whether those lands were taken away from Germany fairly or not is another question. But Germany lost those territories in a war, and that's the end of it. Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles that finalized the borders of Europe after WWI. German move into Sudetenland was a clear violation of the terms of its surrender in WWI.  Russia, on the other...
First off, if you really conducted such a referendum - which is obviously just for this academic discussion - most likely the overwhelming majority would not want to join the US - for various reasons. I grew up in the mothership that spawned the Cuban revolution, and I am not talking out of my arse here. Secondly, the US has no territorial claims to Cuba (hopefully), so this example is just a bad rhetorical comeback on your part. Let's admit this and move on, shall...
You seriously do not think that the citizens of Cuba would unanimously decide to join the US, do you? I hope this was just a bad rhetorical comeback. 
That's the whole point. The vote should have been held in the UN to allow the Crimeans to decide their destiny by a referendum. Obviously, there was not a chance the UN would ever endorse such a referendum. By all polls, if such a referendum took place, the overwhelming majority of Crimeans would vote (or would have voted) to join Russia. However it's a moot point now that Crimea is taken over by a show of force. You can blame Putin or you can blame incompetent US...
That's not the point. The question was about territorial contiguity (or lack thereof) and how it relates to a legitimate claim to a certain territory.
Crimea wa not always separated from Russia. Even now, it's separated by a narrow straight. The Russian Empire included the modern day Ukraine, so there was no separation from Russia. It's true that 200 years ago, the native population of Crimea was not Russian but was rather Crimean Tartars, which themselves were a collection of different ethnicities under the control of the Ottoman Empire. The State of Hawaii is separated from mainland U.S. by thousands of miles, and...
Crimea was historically Russian until Nikita Khurschev (the former First Secretary of the Ukrainian Communist Party) gifted it to Ukraine when he became the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR. By all international standards, that "gift" was not legitimate, but no one cared when a Soviet dictator took territory from one Soviet Republic (Russia) and gave it to another Soviet Republic (Ukraine). Most of the population of Crimea hated that decision, but...
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