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  • PayPal gets Passkey support on iPhone, iPad, Mac in U.S.

    I just closed 2 PayPal accounts. 

    Bye bye. 
  • Elon Musk moving forward on Twitter deal, and might mean it this time

    Tech stocks crashed after the made his announcement which would have made it a terrible deal with the promised fixed price. 

    Seems they recovered now since they're picking it up again. 

    In the meantime Twitter lied about how many bots they had. Unsurprisingly. It's not in their interest to find out, and it is in their interest to have the smallest of plausible deniability fig leaf internal analytics to come up with the smallest possible number...

    People who do not understand the constitution should not talk about free speech at all. Ever.
    People who don't know why the 2nd amendment exists should not comment on this at all, ever. 

    Those who do know why it exists know that it's the only thing that stands between a totalitarian fascist dictatorship and them.

    Who controls the information controls the minds of the people. Simple concept. 
  • Apple pushes back on India's demand to support GPS rival in 2023 iPhones

    lkrupp said:
    Why? Because if the government owns the GPS they can track your whereabouts much more easily.
    Not if you keep that tinfoil on nice & tight. 
    Both these comments are strange.

    Governments always know where you are through the cell towers. That's how cell phones work, and if you want to use a cell phone, the network must be able to track you, so they know where you are and can route data / calls to you. It's built into the technology. 

    Since government has full access to that data they always know where you are as long as your phone is on. 

    Comment 1 is strange because the government doesn't need GPS to track you. They're already tracking you. 

    Comment 2 is strange because the fact that they track you is not a theory, it's how cell phone work. 

    Which government branch can access the tracking data at any given time is another matter - but they are tracking ya.
  • Apple pushes back on India's demand to support GPS rival in 2023 iPhones

    JP234 said:
    This will come down to which party needs the other more. Pretty sure Apple wins this one.
    Government always wins, unless it's a very small, unimportant nation. 

    Apple will do what the government demands. 1.3Bn customers are at stake! 

    They're just negotiating at this stage. 
  • Apple ditches physical SIM cards from all US iPhone 14 models

    Amazing how Apple is now using its monopoly just like Microsoft used to - doing things that are good for corporate and carriers and bad for customers. 

    Maybe they have a secret plan on how to usurp the carriers with this - who knows. 

    But on paper, it makes no sense whatsoever, so they are clearly lying about the reasons they're doing it. 

    They're also making an iPhone a bad choice for travelers. It's the all in one approach where you're married to a US carrier and if you wanna leave the country well you better pay for the roaming plan! 

    I am in Asia, no way you can get an eSim for travelers. 

    The SIM card empowers the user, the carrier has no say in what phone you use, neither does the manufacturer of the phone. It's a standard and I can buy a SIM card and use it however I want. Carriers and manufacturers support the SIM standard. 

    I had an eSim on my XS when it first came out. Then I got an 11 pro - turns out the eSIM is married to the phone and can't be transferred. Apple has a transfer eSim function, except it doesn't work. It told me I have to go to a service office of my carrier to transfer the number. Meaning - total carrier control! No thanks. I eventually ditched the number and got a physical SIM card, after keeping the XS forever just for that eSim phone number which I needed for banking. I was out of the country. So basically this prevented me from selling the phone. 

    eSim may be OK if its is under full user control - it's basically just permission to access the network, the same as a SIM card. But there would need to be standards. And they don't exist, so currently eSim is the worst of all worlds - you are now controlled by both Apple and the carrier! 

    Think you can transfer your eSim to a device not made by Apple? Fat chance of that. Not gonna happen. One more lock on your Apple prison door. 

    I won't be affected since I will be getting an overseas version, but so far I believe this is a very bad move from Apple.

    I am wondering about the true motives. So far - I don't know. Saving that tiny bit of space - not it. Apple carrier - maybe.