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  • Facebook reportedly fined $5B over Cambridge Analytica fiasco

    The fine is a joke, thus the Democratic members opposition. From The NY Times:

    But none of the conditions in the settlement will impose strict limitations on Facebook’s ability to collect and share data with third parties. And that decision appeared to help split the five-member commission. The 3-to-2 vote, taken in secret this week, drew the dissent of the two Democrats on the commission because they sought stricter limits on the company, the people said.

    There were calls for Zuckerberg to be personally liable given his role at the company and because a similar settlement in 2011 did nothing to curb Facebook’s bad behavior. Especially with no additional oversight. Suck lied to members of Congress when he appeared before them. The first poster is right: the fine is a fraction of what it should be 
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  • Opposition to new Apple campus emerges in North Carolina's Research Triangle

    ronn said:
    "It'll be terrible from a housing perspective. We have not planned ahead for that," Mai Thi Nyguen, a professor of city and regional planning at the University of North Carolina, told U.S. News.  This guy is stuck on stupid.

    FYI, it's interesting the article says the median house price has increased by 50% over last 5 years but I can tell the price of a given house (not a median) has increased maybe 20% over that same period - I know because I live there and you can check Zillow as well.  The RTP area has very affordable housing and does anyone really think Apple adding 5,000 jobs over a few years to a region of 2.1M people is a big problem?  Keep in mind the brainiacs at UNC also wanted all of us out of the suburbs and back into the city because we were ruining the environment.  Ever been to Raleigh and RTP, there are forests everywhere.    
    It doesn't help your point of view when you can't even get the gender of Nguyen right. She's a specialist in Housing and Community Development that lives in works in North Carolina. And as another poster already wrote, she doesn't so much oppose the Apple campus; she's really advocating that the state takes care to accommodate the needs an influx of workers will require -- it doesn't matter if it's 5K or 20K, there will be an impact. This is especially true for infrastructure and the potentially negative outcome for residents, current and future.

    edited to correct professor Nguyen's name.
    The potential addition of Apple is a nonfactor for the Triangle area since we have been dealing with a constant influx of people for 3+ decades just fine.  Ask why this is a problem now and notice the title of the article is "opposition to new Apple campus emerges in North Carolina Research Triangle".  The opposition only originates from the UNC crowd and my point is these people are anti-growth no matter what it is, I have been hearing this same song from the UNC crowd for years on end.  Of course, we will manage the growth, that is obvious and not even a question for the people of the area.  I suppose Prof. Nyguen would be more pleased if the Raleigh area was more like Detroit.  
    The headline gets it wrong. Again, Nguyen and others stress the state and local governments need to be prepared for such an influx of projects and the resulting population spikes. Even without Apple and Amazon, the area will see more than 20K jobs added this year alone.

    The area currently cannot keep up with the influx of jobs and associated needs of all those people, and has made it harder for residents and local governments in the area. This has been an ongoing problem for several years. With Apple possibly adding 10-20K jobs and Amazon ~50K should they locate their HQ2 there (not to mention there are others adding locations and jobs at the same time), there needs to be adequate planning.

    With the legislature giving out tax breaks for up to 30 years, where will the financing come from for the necessary infrastructure? Roads, transportation, schools, hospitals, etc. won't pay for itself. Especially since they killed light rail as an option, meaning there will be no Federal grant matching. Taxpayers are not keen on having their taxes raised to pay for infrastructure while these rich corps are being catered to and having their taxes lowered, resulting in higher costs all over the place.
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  • Thieves caught in the act of robbing a California Apple Store

    I can understand risking your life to defend someone else's life, but stolen property that will most likely be refunded by insurance? Not worth it. Please don't put yourself in danger for material things.
    Had a former co-worker that worked in a well-known department store's security department. He said he would never ever go after thieves once they left the premises. A fellow security officer had his face sliced open by an accomplice waiting outside the store. When I was a retail manager we were trained to not only never chase anyone outside, to not to confront thieves in store, let security make the call. Emotions and adrenaline took over sometimes for some, but I never physically confronted anyone. It's not worth the trouble and potential harm when insurance will make the store whole.
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  • State Farm sues Apple over house fire allegedly caused by 'defective' iPhone

    Apple should counter claim against both. I seriously doubt a defective phone would take nearly two years to cause damage. In all likelihood she damaged the phone and has to suffer the consequences.
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  • Apple rumored to sell Apple TV 4K, HomePod at cost

    entropys said:
    That large space Trump has been renting and occupying in Gruber’s head...
    My cue to stop reading the reply and consider using the ignore list.
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  • Opposition to new Apple campus emerges in North Carolina's Research Triangle

    "It'll be terrible from a housing perspective. We have not planned ahead for that," Mai Thi Nyguen, a professor of city and regional planning at the University of North Carolina, told U.S. News.  This guy is stuck on stupid.

    FYI, it's interesting the article says the median house price has increased by 50% over last 5 years but I can tell the price of a given house (not a median) has increased maybe 20% over that same period - I know because I live there and you can check Zillow as well.  The RTP area has very affordable housing and does anyone really think Apple adding 5,000 jobs over a few years to a region of 2.1M people is a big problem?  Keep in mind the brainiacs at UNC also wanted all of us out of the suburbs and back into the city because we were ruining the environment.  Ever been to Raleigh and RTP, there are forests everywhere.    
    It doesn't help your point of view when you can't even get the gender of Nguyen right. She's a specialist in Housing and Community Development that lives in works in North Carolina. And as another poster already wrote, she doesn't so much oppose the Apple campus; she's really advocating that the state takes care to accommodate the needs an influx of workers will require -- it doesn't matter if it's 5K or 20K, there will be an impact. This is especially true for infrastructure and the potentially negative outcome for residents, current and future.

    edited to correct professor Nguyen's name.
    watto_cobraddawson100
  • Student sues Apple for $1 billion over false arrest linked to facial recognition tech

    From reading several articles online, Apple is totally at fault here. They busted someone in one of their Boston stores possessing an interim Learner's Permit without a photo (which on its face states "not meant for identification purposes"). Then associated that person (using Bah’s name, address and other personal information) with three additional thefts in stores in Delaware, New Jersey and New York City. They sent that info to the NYPD to have Bah arrested. Bah was released once the NYPD saw that the person in Apple’s surveillance video (from the Manhattan store theft) clearly wasn’t Bah.

    So besides being arrested at home at 4 am, he had cases against him in four states. He had to hire a lawyer and attend an arraignment hearing in Boston although he lives and goes to school in New York.  All cases have been dropped except the case in New Jersey which he still has to resolve thanks to Apple’s negligence. His initial lawyer asked for all alleged surveillance video and allegations of thefts to resolve the misidentification in late June, 2018 -- several months before the NYC arrest -- but Apple and its co-defendant denied having any video and did not disclose additional allegations of thefts. The affidavit for the NYC arrest included a photo from Apple of someone clearly not Bah.  

    Asking for $1 Billion wasn't foolish as the news is out there at dozens of places in a short period of time. While Apple has commented to say that they don't use facial recognition in store, they haven't denied sending Bah's info to law enforcement to have him charged in four states, with an arrest warrant in NYC. Defendants also made an allegation of theft by Bah at an Apple store in Connecticut.

    gatorguy
  • SEC charges former Apple exec Gene Levoff with insider trading [u]

    Talk about idiocy! As the compliance officer, he had to know he'd get extra scrutiny. Greed knows no bounds. So not only does he get the boot from Apple, he is being prosecuted and no matter what, who would hire him after this? Criminals are the dumber than logs.
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  • Woman sues feds over data retention after iPhone seized at border

    dipdog3 said:
    This is why everyone should carry 2 iPhones.

    Just hand them your old iPhone 5s with nothing but some random pics from your trip. Keep your new iPhone X in your carry-on bag.

    You have to place all electronic devices in a separate bin to be screened. If you were to hide a phone in your carry-on and have it discovered, you've just given security a legitimate reason to conduct a more invasive search. Good luck with that.
    dysamoriaStrangeDaysCarnage
  • Judge rules Qualcomm violated federal antitrust laws, orders remedial action

    ronn said:
    gatorguy said:
    red oak said:
    wanderso said:
    Seems that Apple might have wanted to wait a few more weeks to settle. 
    It will take many months to work through the appeals process.  And the outcome is not guaranteed.  Apple needed the chips now 

    But as long as the FTC wins at the end, it will not matter.   The contract will get torn up 
    I don't see that happening. 
    Doesn't the ruling mandate that:

    "...Qualcomm must negotiate or renegotiate license terms with customers in good faith under conditions free from the threat of lack of access to or discriminatory provision of modem chip supply or associated technical support or access to software."

    Which could give Apple a leg up on redoing the contract.
    Negotiate - From a go-forward perspective.  Renegotiate - if terms were negotiated under bad faith and threats.  There's nothing available that says Apple and QC negotiated their agreement under bad faith or threats.  In fact, there's a fair contingent of AI forum members who insist it was Apple negotiating from a position of strength so the conditions for renegotiation weren't really present.  We don't know so we can't assume.  Regardless, that excerpt you quoted does not mandate renegotiation.
    Everything in Koh's ruling points to Qualcomm operating under bad faith. Hell, she stopped just short of calling Q's witnesses/executive perjurers. They lost on nearly every count and she mandated government oversight for a period of seven years. The parties are holding the contract close to their vests, so no one can say with definitive proof who won. But given the previous worldwide rulings against Qualcomm, this outcome and the upcoming German trials, Qualcomm will be in a world of hurt.
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