No, Apple didn’t delete that guy’s movies. Here’s what really happened - CNET 

“Any movies you’ve already downloaded can be enjoyed at any time and will not be deleted unless you’ve chosen to do so. If you change your country setting, some movies may not be available to re-download from the movie store if the version you purchased isn’t also available in the new country. If needed, you can change your country setting back to your prior country to re-download those movies.”

I think the fact that he changed regions should have been part of the original complaint. That’s a big one that bites people with all kinds of digitsl content. It even can result in physical content that is effectively DOA.

Quantum Computing and Cryptography - Schneier on Security 

At its core, cryptography relies on the mathematical quirk that some things are easier to do than to undo. Just as it’s easier to smash a plate than to glue all the pieces back together, it’s much easier to multiply two prime numbers together to obtain one large number than it is to factor that large number back into two prime numbers. Asymmetries of this kind – one-way functions and trap-door one-way functions – underlie all of cryptography.

Lasts Longer | Asymco 

Of course, there would be not much business without an environment and we should all strive for sustainability.  But this is an existential observation, and it’s defensive. The important call to make is that Apple is making a bet that sustainability is a growth business.

Fundamentally, Apple is betting on having customers not selling them products.

Comicsgate is the latest front in the ongoing culture wars | J A Micheline | Opinion | The Guardian 

Until they and other industry personnel take a zero-tolerance approach to abuses of power from within their own houses, Comicsgate will never truly die. Brexit and Trump are no different. The passivity of well-meaning white Britons and white Americans with regards to racism and xenophobia in their everyday lives indicated to a less-savoury segment of the population that their aggression would go unchecked.

“Do no harm” to Facebook’s business model – Monday Note 

This Darwinian necessity has justified scores of questionable practices, like frequent abuses of a dominant position, preemptive choking off a nascent competitor, due diligence that turns into corporate espionage; the list goes on. In the tech world, this trend is amplified by the speed of development and the extreme fluidity of the workforce. (A Stanford professor told me once that the absence of a non-compete clause in California’s labor laws has been a key factor to the rise of Silicon Valley against the startup ecosystem of the East Coast.)

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