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    China: Zugzwang
    • As it is now clear - decision to make total lockdown and quarantine 500 million of citizens had been wrong.

      Issue is that big and nice looking bureaucratic machine wanted to repeat that worked with SARS and previous cases.

      But they faced "small" issues - they started to do it too late (had been very afraid of huge protest movement if they won't let people go home on Chinese New Year) and infection is very different as it has asymptomatic stage where owner already spreads the virus. So all this temperature checks do mostly nothing.

      You can observe how very strict lockdown and quarantine works on cruise ship docked in Japanese. Small tip - it works horribly. Everything that can go wrong goes wrong (but with previous cases of viruses same things worked).

      Now it is time to make next move, and in modern China it means to start full fledged work almost eliminating any protections. And this can lead to coup, right (becoming total US protectorate) or left (throwing out opportunists and rely on people, making second Cultural Revolution).

      Btw, China also has no masks for everyone for each day to even start working. And it is big idiotic secret of government.

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    Coronavirus: Taiwan as small big secret
    • Media try to shift attention from Taiwan.

      As local government is now hiding most cases of virus to not loose the chance to restore back high tech economy sector, even at the costs of many deaths.

      They also quickly need lot of Chinese migrant workers to return to make things run as normal.

      But first real outbreak that will become publically known can actually mean end of Taiwan as independent country (even if it is only few countries that support such opinion still).

      As it's dependence on high tech and advanced sectors is very big, and China will make sure to use virus as reason to fully cut any supplies and try to destroy remaining economy.

      For US and allies it is very important to hide information regarding situation in Taiwan as loosing it can be big issue.

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    Capitalism: Internet also turns into set of monopolies
    • The top 10 sites saw a total of 167.5B monthly visits in 2019, this is a 10.7% increase in traffic over the past year. The remaining 90 sites saw only a 2.3% increase.

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      Google is doctoring results to guide people into their sites

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      Mordor is quote strong still

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      Also mobile traffic now takes more and more and it is low quality traffic, where visitor usually check only 20-30% of search results and has much less free will compared to desktop user.

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    Good design: Vaio SX12 and SX14
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      Ports

      • 1 x USB Type-C
      • 3 x USB Type-A
      • HDMI
      • VGA
      • Gigabit Ethernet
      • 3.5mm audio
      • SD card reader

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    Bad guys: Apple anticompeititve practicies
    • Tile is a software and hardware company that helps people find lost or misplaced items. In particular, Tile sells devices that attach to items like your keys, wallet or purse and also embeds its finding software into 3rd party products. All Tile-enabled devices are compatible with the Tile app, which provides a simple user interface enabling customers to find their items.

      Tile has over one hundred employees in the United States and over one hundred and eighty patent assets. In all, we help our customers find over 5 million items every day.

      Much of our success can be attributed to our ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of partner companies. Tile has partnered with some of the biggest technology companies in the world to integrate our software into their own products—including Bose, Hewlett-Packard, Google, Amazon and, importantly, Apple. However, beginning early last year, our partnership with Apple took an ominous turn.

      Tile enjoyed a productive and mutually beneficial partnership with Apple for years. Our app is available on the Apple App Store and Apple began selling Tile devices in its retail stores in 2015. In 2018, Tile sent an engineer and a designer to Apple’s headquarters to help develop a feature where Siri could help consumers find their Tiles with their voices. That feature was showcased on stage at Apple’s biggest annual event, its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

      In April of 2019, however, reports started surfacing that Apple was launching a competitive “Tile-like” hardware product and was enhancing its “Find My iPhone” app into something more resembling our service.

      In June of 2019, Apple informed us that they would no longer be carrying our products in their stores. Apple has since hired the Tile engineer we sent to help them develop the Tile/Siri integration featured at WWDC.

      https://docs.house.gov/meetings/JU/JU05/20200117/110386/HHRG-116-JU05-Wstate-DaruK-20200117.pdf

      And it not single case, huge number of same behavior examples.

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    Bad Design: Modern M.2 NGFF SSD drives
    • Look at the Samsung PM963 photo

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      Notice lot of tantalum capacitors, they are here for a reason. During sudden electricity shutoff SSD firmware is designed such that drive will safely finish operation using remaining charge (you can still have written file errors, but all else will be perfect).

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      Modern drives (except some server parts) got rid of this $3-5 (total) parts, and instead put thin alu "heatspreader". Such thing overheats instantly (up to 60 seconds before throttling) even at open bench. But placing $2 heatsink is beyond most brands them. And even ones that do it like to put think thermal pads under it and allow designers to decide heatsink shape and form (read - make it 5-10 times less efficient).

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    Good Design: U.2 SSD disks
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      This seems like only one of SSD standards made by engineers, where you have proper size, proper connection and proper cooling.

      Yet U.2 mass implementation had been quickly shut down by leading motherboard manufacturers, in consumer and HEDT segments they limit U.2 ports to one or two intentionally.

      With making lot of U.2 ports standard feature you significantly simplify board design compared to any modern advanced board and this can lead to much faster penetration of Chinese competitors. Add to this that U.2 ports make it quite hard to segment motherboards (now MB with 3 NVME slots is considered top one and they charge premium). Also most MB manufacturers are players in the M.2 NGFF SSDs market.

      SSD makers are also not fans of 2.5" form factor with proper cooling. They much better sell you small board without any of it.

      M.2 NGFF had been designed for fast thin notebooks (With Apple being main driver at the time). And also for blade servers. And not to be bough and used by end users (only static electricity kills around 3-5% of such disks during install).

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