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  • TSMC chairman confirms Arizona plant will begin chip production in 2024

    rob53 said:
    doggone said:
    rob53 said:
    I would hope this would benefit chip production in the US but why Arizona? Cheap land and taxes? TSMC is not an American company and all profits (after taxes) will not stay in the US. Will the citizens of Arizona accept a Taiwanese company or will they boycott them as being non-American? I guess money talks more than anything else but how much is Phoenix paying them to build there? Are they selling out the citizens like Wisconsin did with the failed Foxconn major installation?
    You could say the same for car companies.  There are plenty of foreign manufacturers for cars in the US.  There are no complaints about that anymore.  Maybe in the beginning but now it just means jobs for locals and revenue for the city. 

    It would be great to see that site successful and pave the way for more high end manufacturing in the US.  
    It's interesting that foreign automotive companies are building cars in the US because it's cheaper while American automotive companies continue to outsource to Mexico and Canada for the majority of their car production. Tesla is the leading American company using the majority of American made parts and construction. 
    If you're making cars in Germany for the American market and you're taxed on emissions including transport of vehicles to customers, it makes more sense to manufacture in the US. If you're in the US making cars for the American market and you're not taxed on the emissions...
  • UK Parliament calls for 50/50 streaming royalties split between artists and record labels

    What gets my goat is the argument that streaming is not analogous to a radio station, but rather to a record store. Really? You're claiming that with a straight face?

    If I go to a record store and buy music, I own a copy of it. I can pretty much do what I like with it, including (with limitations) loan it to a friend.

    The ownership rights for a song I stream? Zero.

    Streaming is exactly like a radio station, except I'm the DJ. Pay the artists on a 50/50 split for streaming, just like for radio.
  • AT&T shows new applications of 5G, from gaming to 'Space Jam'

    Or you could use higher-throughput wireless technology like WiFi that's connected to a fibre line at the gateway in your home.

    This sounds like people wanting to discontinue running cables to multiple locations (capital-intensive, regulatory issues, long time to provide coverage) and instead push users to services that are more profitable for the provider. There are benefits to this approach for some of the userbase, but I'm not ready to give up my wired connections that have lower latency, greater resistance to environmental factors and lower operating costs - especially lower energy use.
  • Microsoft announces Apple Silicon compatible browser-based Windows 365

    I've been working remotely using a Citrix-based solution (via the MS Remote Desktop Mac client) that provides a user shell running Windows - this for about 9 months since the work-supported VPN (Pulse Secure) had issues with an upgrade. It has been flawless for my use case (software development and support), allowing me to RDP to our servers as required, hooked into the relevant Active Directory domain controllers... the whole works.

    This announcement from MS sounds like an effort to go direct to the customer (the big organisations needing "PC" management) rather than cede money to Citrix, and from a strategic perspective is a no-brainer. Even if they have implementation issues, their size and budget mean they can force their way into this market and ride out short-term problems. They're basically copying AWS here, which first built the capability to provision VMs with set capabilities (the MS version is Azure) and then granted the capability to have non-server versions of Windows VMs to be used as user shells (now MS has "Windows 365").

    I fully expect the licensing and configuration of this stuff to be convoluted beyond what a normal person would put up with (although of course once it "clicks" you are fine with it), and it will end up part of the landscape five years from now.
  • App Tracking Transparency having big impact on ad effectiveness

    My question is this: how do they know this if we are not being tracked?  How do they know how many have not opted in?  Either they’re pulling numbers out of their butts or some limited degree of tracking is still being done.

    I guess they could compare before and after datasets (everybody vs those opted in).

    The app will get some sort of notification from the OS that the requested entitlements have been refused. They're probably comparing that number (which is likely to be very accurate) to their estimated number of individuals being tracked (which will be surprisingly accurate, but nevertheless still an estimate).