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  • Apple shares 'Foundation' recap ahead of season finale

    gatorguy said:
    Found it pretty boring, Dune is so much better. 
    Agreed, Foundation moves glacially slow and I lost interest. Maybe next season redeems it. Dune on the other hand was very well done IMO. I'm really looking forward to part 2. 
    Slow? Is that a joke? You guys either have the attention span of a fish or an idealised view of the books. They weren't page turners, in fact they were very slow reading since nothing much happens page to page. The story spans a thousands years, so its the long game Asimov played with regards to the overall plot.

    No adaptation will ever be true to the books in that sense. But this one is very good in that it sticks to the broad plot and has good pace. And its just the start. Goyer is aiming to do 8 series all up! Awesome. 

    entropys said:
    Is it heresy to confess I think what Goyer has done to the story has improved it?
    I'm a heretic like you! Fully agree.
  • Facebook blocks news sites, charities, government pages in Australia

    I’m Australian and we have a right wing government here, many of whose members are big Trump fans with the usual science-deriding, climate change denying, anti-minority etc.. positions.

    The primary news organisation in Australia that backs them is News Corp (of your American Fox News infamy). Here in Australia, they’re losing money hand over fist and Murdoch has long complained about Google & FB eating up "his" ad revenue. The government is concerned that their major backer’s future is clouded so decided to implement this law as a wealth transfer from FB & Google to News (and other major outlets that also happen to be friendly to the government such as Nine/Fairfax and Seven West Media.).

    Its basically extortion, FB & Google have no choice but to link to the News sites and pay the news sites for the privilege. The amount to be determined by a government appointed arbitrator. The news companies were claiming billions for their "costs", not the value they actually provide. They're demanding the right to post the articles on FB and that FB MUST PAY THEM for the privilege! As much as I hate FB, no business can operate under these conditions. In fact, they'd be insane to.

    The news organisations here are so arrogant and entitled that they’re outraged at FB and demanding it reinstate them!

    Also, no one knows more about internet traffic than FB and Google. Their ad tracking networks are all pervasive and they track even when you’re not logged into them or even a member! Can’t wait for iOS 14.5 to stop that, but this means that they know exactly the kind of traffic flows that occur and are able to predict what will happen from this action.

    To cut a long story short, FB knows that this will not materially affect them here in Australia, but it will affect the news organisations.

  • Apple extends dominant smartwatch market lead in Q1

    So much for it being a 'failed' product, which is all I heard from the detractors when series 0 launched (which I bought, was a bit slow but otherwise, I loved it).

    Currently have a Series 3/iPhone X combo but been patiently waiting for the upcoming series 6. Will go nice with an iPhone 12Pro upgrade...
  • Apple Maps improvements conclude with push into Alaska, Central & Southeast US

    ArcaSwiss said:
    I don't get why Apple has their own maps. Google Maps is what I use and don't think Apples are as good
    Apple has every right to compete in whatever market it chooses and the reason they created their own maps was due to Google not bringing turn by turn navigation to iOS (back in the iPhone 4 days) unless Apple was prepared to let Google data mine users the same way it does on Android.

    Apple said no and the rest is history. For what it’s worth, I use Apple Maps all the time now and it works great for me.

    I live in Sydney Australia and just yesterday saw a sedan in my suburb with a strange pole sticking up from its roof with a large bulbous enclosure atop it that looked like it had multiple camera lenses all around it. Was so focused on the weirdness of it I almost missed the writing on the side of the car - “Apple Imagery for Maps”!

    so looks like it’s not just our American cousins who’ll be getting this enhancement!
  • Apple likely headed to court over potential iPhone ban in India

    peteo said:
    Is this just making the app available on the India app store, or must the app be installed on each iPhone sold in India?. To me if its just making the app available in the app store for a user to download I would say apple should allow the app and make message come up when the app is launched the first time that it wants access to your contacts, txt etc... 
    The app is designed to view your call and message logs, not just your contacts. The BJP Indian government is a hard right Hindu nationalist one. As with all hard right groups and parties, they believe in no rights or freedoms other than their own. This government has incited sectarian violence to further its political aims and has begun to undermine democracy in a serious way by going after independent media and journalists (even deploying Trump's favourite catch phrase - "fake news"). 

    What they're trying to do here is lay the groundwork and put in place the basic infrastructure of a surveillance state, so they can monitor everyone, especially those opposed to them. Spam is just a cover for it.