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  • Apple made secret 5-year $275B deal with Chinese government

    flydog said:
    sdw2001 said:
    On one hand, I don't blame Apple for threading the needle with the CCP in order to get access to a market with 5 times the population of U.S.   But on the other, that's a lot of money and resources that are building Communist China instead of the United States.  China is a major competitor, biggest trade partner, and #1 threat to the U.S. all at the same time.  Their government's goal is to be the world superpower by 2050.  This was a long-term plan started in the 1970's.  We dismissed them for decades, thought we "free" trade could liberalize the CCP, and their military was subpar compared to ours.  All that has changed in the last 20 years.  While we still have a superior military, they have the capability to win a battle (for example, Taiwan) before we can respond with full force.  They also have sophisticated enough equipment (planes, missiles, anti-satellite etc.) to give us real problems.  

    Is there any actual evidence that China is a threat to the U.S. or that they intend to become the world's leading super (military) power -- or is it just more propaganda left over from the Trump era?

    We know how that operates:  repeat the lies enough times and they becomes the new alternative facts.
    That China routinely crosses into Taiwan’s ADIZ with nuclear numbers, builds military installations on manmade islands in international waters, and reneged on its promise to allow self rule in Hong Kong is not enough?
    Sherlock, China like the USA (with the red man) was never going to live up to that treaty…Nor will Australia, New Zealand or the Nordic countries with their natives peoples….
  • The best Mac apps for writers and authors

    Pages, Nisus Writer, Omni Outliner, and one and only one good writer is all you need…..

    Multiple contributors collaborating no! That is the single biggest problem in Hollywood today to many hands on deck.
  • Samsung to reportedly build $17B chip factory in Taylor, Texas

    lkrupp said:
    Kuyangkoh said:
    Everyone is moving to Texas, they are all leaving California, hmm i wonder why??? 
    The problem is the California Marxist mentality is moving with them. The people who created dystopian California are now moving to Texas and Arizona, which will slowly turn Blue and the pattern will repeat.
    The fifth largest economy in the world, five of the best universities in the world in California, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_Ranking_by_Academic_Performance, one of the largest harbors by shipping volume, with a economy almost 40% larger than Texas, oh last but not least California has Prop 13 which means something if your house is paid for and you are retired after a life or work, California has nothing to worry about it’s those native Texans and Arizonans who are being bought out and booted out to poorer area’s with the help of the local bankers and local real state companies, worry about them…..

    The actual human Cold War is class, power, and trade (money came later), and has been for nearly 10,0000 years since that first farmer in Asia Minor successfully bought in the first harvest, your party or religion are just side shows the upper 5% do not care if the masses waste time on it, as long as they have class, power and trade (money).

    Gig worker, sharecropper, non union, subscription renter seems to be the future for most…..and which part of the USA is closer to that? Mideast, Southeast…
  • The new MacBook Pro: Why did Apple backtrack on everything?

    Why did Apple back track on the MacBook Pro? Well, customers kept telling them that they were not buying a new MacBook if it does not have the ports they need and a keyboard they can type on. Why don't you ask why Apple did not listen to customers before they made the previous MacBook? Secrecy is killing this company. You shouldn't have to release a product in order to figure out what customers want.
    Now get rid of the notch, it sucks always has and always will…….
  • The new MacBook Pro: Why did Apple backtrack on everything?

    seanj said:
    Sticking old versions of HDMI and SD reader utterly pointless. You’ll be able to get Thunderbolt 4 to HDMI/SD adapters that will offer higher performance than these built in ones, for those that one these.
    Myself, like the vast majority of people will never user these ports. 
    Why would I need an SD card reader? Like most People I take photos on my phone.
    As for HDMI, sorry I don’t use anything with copyright restrictions. I’d use DP, except one the ports I could have used has been sacrificed for the HDMI/SD combo.
    Stupid move, done to please the commentariate rather than real world users.
     :'(   :'(