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  1. Coverage is unfortunately never 100% though. Especially a surgery, I had a minor arthroscopy with good insurance and still had to pay out a few grand, since we hadn't hit our family deductible yet. Fortunately they are smashing their fundraising goal which is great.
  2. Industrial espionage is not what is occurring here. That is when two companies are involved in an act of theft. China is a different case. Their government was the one breaking into companies, like my former employer Nortel. Then the IP gets handed off to a company, usually headed by a former army officer. State sponsored corporate theft is where the line needs to be drawn. It's being done to grow their economy at an astronomical rate, and at everyone else's expense. Another problem is having to open up your technology to the govt just to do business there. Chinese govt used to demand design documentation and code to get into the market, sure they still do. Then gets handed off to a retired officer to go make money with. Efficacy of tariffs here is debatable, personally I don't think it will do much except screw consumers. But China is cheating at our expense, and at some point we have to do something substantial about it.
  3. Electronic toys and porn figurines. Now that's an interesting business model!
  4. Who cares if they take over manufacturing. Let them ruin their environment like we did for decades, go for it. What matters is they cheated to win. Nortel going down fast and Huawei enjoying explosive growth at the same time was no coincidence. One of many reasons Huawei needs to be shut out of the global 5G game, IMO. China also needs to crack down on counterfeit goods. Amazon is enjoying the profits too much though so it probably will never happen. Our own military is concerned about counterfeit overseas components polluting the supply chain. The forgers have real skill. Only way to know the part is fake is to run it through mil-spec qualification and it will fail. But it will pass commercial grade qualification and look visually like a real mil-spec part, with fake testing stamps and everything.
  5. Yes, SCRUM is a certified method of software development within companies. It is also literally, verbatim, how 'hackathons' are run apparently. Same exact concept, why rebrand?
  6. I don't see how i'm bucking anything honestly, not dismissing what anyone does. I'm just dismissive of what they call it. Working collaboratively isn't hacking. It used to be called 'teamwork'. Last time i checked the meaning of teamwork didn't change. I can call changing the oil in my car 'fred' but what's the point? Calling collaborative work 'hacking' dismisses the actual skill work involved in true white/black hat hacking. Seriously, it just craps right on them and everything they've dedicated their lives to learning. True hacking is an actual thing, not just linguistics. And it takes real skill and talent.
  7. @bluesmanI'd consider that more of a SCRUM dev tactic than "hacking". Small teams dedicated to a dev goal in rapid time. The term hacking has gotten hijacked to mean other things now. There are sites dedicated to "life hacks" whatever the hell that's supposed to mean. People don't 'hack' their phone by installing some app that roots or jailbreaks it. They installed an app and well that's about it. To me, hacking means you are breaking something to gain access. Either for good or evil.
  8. Hacking saves development time. One company invests a fortune writing a customized software package. Another comes along and steals it, investing nothing in R&D, coming to market at the same time, with no apologies. That's why it needs to be stopped. No shortcuts, earn it.
  9. When I worked at Nortel, the chinese wrote a custom worm targeting us, and it sneaked right through corporate security measures. It was amazingly aggressive and tough to kill. Eventually, it contaminated the entire network, even machines in the lab I worked in got hit. When it had activity peaks, whole segments would go down. Nortel went bankrupt, sold off assets, then got sued because the assets were STILL highly contaminated with chinese sourced spyware. The data on the servers, our many years of hard work, had all been stolen so it was now worthless in terms of dollar value. Here's a nice read for you on how high up this espionage goes in chinese govt: https://www.afr.com/technology/web/security/how-chinese-hacking-felled-telecommunication-giant-nortel-20140526-iux6a It literally had a major effect on our downfall. Granted, a lot of our problems had to to with senior officials being liars. But then again, this was one of the things they were lying to us/ the public about. They knew our IP was worthless but tried to hide that fact.
  10. To me, as a consumer, MQA removes choices from the buying decision. If you are DAC shopping, there aren't near as many MQA capable DACS out there as other types. If you have a price ceiling, and need MQA, there usually is 2 maybe 3 DACs to pick from at that price point. Compared to literally hundreds if you don't need MQA. As a linux guy, anything that doesn't play nice with GPL is a no-go for me. We won't see unfolding because daemons like MPD refuse to handle anything that violates GPL. I considered MQA briefly because I had a Tidal hifi acct and was DAC shopping. Then Qobuz came along and there was no need for MQA at all. Regardless of technical issues/problems.....Just from consumer choice standpoint MQA is a joke.
  11. From as far as I can remember back, digital music (at least to the masses) has always been about access/convenience. Having a ton of music right at their fingertips in the beginning. Now they want it at the tip of their tongue while they cook dinner. The precognitive implants are coming, we all know it What it actually sounds like is irrelevant. Most people think Bose is the pinnacle of fidelity and Beats are the best cans you can buy. It's just clever lifestyle branding.
  12. It's the Alexa integration that's drawing them in. I'm avoiding it like the plague. Alexa is like MQA to me, but worse. MQA isn't going to record everything I'm doing and phone home.
  13. 5G will take care of most mobile bandwidth issues and won't take long to roll out. In the past week I was at an ear/nose/throat specialist at a hospital, large veterinary hospital, an ER after slicing my finger with shears, and a dentist waiting for my wife. All had open wifi with great speed. Hell of a week too, TGIF. Definitely not going near that downed tree with a chainsaw like I was planning.
  14. Amazon picks up a lot of subscribers due to prime membership. We have prime, get the basic music service for free, and never use it. So we count as a subscriber, but we were never active. Bezos is a master at smoke and mirrors to boost his company's profile/value. Most of these #'s for subs are pure BS. Music services are getting bundled with phone purchases now, but how many are active on any given day? Or were ever used at all? Like facebook subscriber counts in their quarterly reports, 50% of the reported "users" are bots.
  15. TV always gets consumers to adapt quicker than audio though. Walk through a Best Buy and those big OLED's just grab your attention, no way around it. Pulls you right in, almost always with native resolution nature films. You just have to stop and watch for a few minutes. Then you see the price tag, and it plants the seed in the back of your brain that you have to have it someday. Audio can't be sold that way. Turn all amps on at the same time and people will run to the exits. So the demand for audio is automatically a fraction of sales right out of the gate just due to store merchandising and layout. Then the fact that a high end audio system is physically large, people just go for the soundbar for a few hundred bucks. They would rather take up the whole wall with a TV, that's just "cool".
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