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  • First cannabis delivery app lands on App Store following policy changes

    mfryd said:
    I wonder how the App handles payments? Most banks are federally chartered, and are not allowed to knowingly service customers running an illegal business.   Under Federal law, pot is illegal everywhere in the USA.  Therefore banks can’t take on pot sellers as customers.  This is why many pot businesses are cash only.  It’s true that the Feds tend not to enforce the pot laws in state that allow pot, but that is not the same as it being legal.
    This was more of an issue prior to the Cole memo. Now there are over 700 banks that will work with cannabis sellers so taking credit/debit cards is pretty common. 
    The Cole Memorandum was rescinded by A.G. Sessions, but an analysis of DOJ cases since then suggests that they're still following the guidance from Cole.  The fact that it was rescinded means, however, that the feds could go back to being stupid about it at any time.
  • New York State Senate passes right to repair legislation

    crowley said:
    swineone said:
    The average Apple tech is much less knowledgeable and skilled than quite a few independent technicianS. I would trust e.g. Louis Rossmann with my hardware over ANY Apple technician. I mean ANY. There is no technician working at Apple that could do their job as well as Louis does. BTW: I’m an electrical engineer, I design portable electronic devices, and I’ve spent quite a few hours watching Louis’ videos. He displays impressive skills. And often he has to fix a crap job done by, guess who, Apple technicians.
    Bullshit. And if he wants to become a certified repair person, I'm fine with that, but your other claims are pure bullshit.

    BTW, anecdotes prove nothing

    The problem of becoming a certified apple repair shop for Louis Rossmann and many others, is that they would lose the ability to offer the services they currently offer. He does data recovery for example, Apple does not. If he became certified he would not be able to offer that service anymore.
    If the company that is currently "Louis Rossmann" were to become a "certified" Apple repair shop, there is absolutely no legal bar to the person Louis Rossmann spinning up a completely separate company that is not certified.  He can then be employed by both of them.
    There's probably no legal bar to a certified Apple shop doing data recovery either, they'll just find their Apple certification gets revoked pretty sharply when Apple finds out about it.  And I doubt Apple would view your two company solution to be acceptable either, and no less detectable.
    I doubt they'd have much choice about accepting it.  The "separate company" tactic is one used by many, many companies to get around restrictions exactly like this one.  If Apple wants to violate their contract with a company that doesn't do restricted items, they can certainly have their day in court.

    No doubt Apple will put all kinds of weasel language in any such contract, but unilateral benefits aren't going to be very popular among the crowd that's likely to be supporting right to repair legislation.
  • Apple won't force updates to iOS 15 from iOS 14

    cgWerks said:
    Would have been nice if they wouldn't have forced my wife's MacBook Air from Mojave to Big Sur. It used to run for hours, now runs for about 5-10 minutes before shutting down.

    And, just the other night.... I look at my phone and it's telling me it's is GOING to update later that day. Apple's getting almost as bad as Microsoft with updates these days.
    WRT your phone, turn automatic updates off.  You'll then have the choice of when, and if, to upgrade.
  • Report details security compromises Apple has made to placate China

    I’m not sure why this is even a story. Every company has to follow the local laws of the country it is operating in. This doesn’t stop Apple providing the very best privacy and security that those local laws allow.
    It's a story because of the disconnect between Apple's public stance of
          "we value your privacy and will work to protect it"
          "unless you live in China".

    Of course companies are required to follow the law in the countries in which they operate, but one could wish they were a tad more transparent about exactly what that means with regard to their stated principles.
  • US Customs seize fake AirPods worth $7M in Cincinnati

    How in the world does something with a different name, in a different color, and in different packaging qualify as "fake" AirPods?

    Given the vague criteria, there are lots of "fake" products running around.