A microentry by Daniel GoldsmithDaniel Goldsmith (View from Ascraeus)
Apple finally made it to the $tn, maybe now they could, you know, pay some fecking taxes or something? Or does that not count for user sat? Apple hits $1 trillion stock market valuation
Apple is paying all the taxes they are legally obligated to pay. But you can spin your own narrative. Haters gonna hate. https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/08/02/apple-says-it-has-paid-104b-of-151b-in-back-taxes-to-ireland https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/11/the-facts-about-apple-tax-payments/

Notes From An Emergency

Notes From An Emergency by Maciej Ceglowski (idlewords.com)

...their software and algorithms affect the lives of billions of people. Decisions about how this software works are not under any kind of democratic control. In the best case, they are being made by idealistic young people in California with imperfect knowledge of life in a faraway place like Germany. In the worst case, they are simply being read out of a black-box algorithm trained on God knows what data.

This is a very colonial mentality! In fact, it’s what we fought our American War of Independence over, a sense of grievance that decisions that affected us were being made by strangers across the ocean.

Today we're returning the favor to all of Europe.

Facebook, for example, has only one manager in Germany to deal with every publisher in the country. One! The company that is dismantling the news industry in Germany doesn’t even care enough to send a proper team to manage the demolition.

Denmark has gone so far as to appoint an ambassador to the giant tech companies, an unsettling but pragmatic acknowledgement of the power relationship that exists between the countries of Europe and Silicon Valley.

So one question (speaking now as an EU citizen): how did we let this happen? We used to matter! We used to be the ones doing the colonizing! We used to be a contender!

How is it that some dopey kid in Palo Alto gets to decide the political future of the European Union based on what they learned at big data boot camp? Did we lose a war?

Hat tip to Nicola Losito for the link to the text version of Maciej Ceglowski's talk given on May 10, 2017, at the re:publica conference in Berlin. However, one part of this is problematic. The right to opt out of data collection while continuing to use services. Someone people consider the IP address of a…

Apple vintage and obsolete products

Vintage and obsolete products (Apple Support)

Owners of iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac products may obtain service and parts from Apple or Apple service providers for 5 years after the product is no longer manufactured—or longer where required by law. Apple has discontinued support for certain technologically obsolete and vintage products.

Is your Apple product on this list?