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There have been cases where they've had super high speed printers printing thousands of lines a minute directly into trash bins for shredding because there were legal requirements for a paper record but no rules for how long the record had to be retained.
 
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Now if only you can define a printer that's been locked by the manufacturer so it won't print even if you install a full cartridge of ink as "broken".
 

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I don't think I've ever had ice cream from McDonalds, but I say let 'em at it!

Most of the time the machines are not broken. The employees are too lazy to clean the damn things so they claim they are broken. How is iFixit going to fix outright laziness? 🤔

I am so thoroughly fed up with this kind of bullshit.
 

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Pretty cool.

You can now create your own emoji combinations directly in Google Search. The company has launched its Emoji Kitchen feature on the web (via 9to5Google), which lets you mash up existing emoji to create different combinations, like an angry pumpkin or a panda wearing a cowboy hat.

To start using the tool, all you need to do is type “Emoji Kitchen” into Google Search and click on the “Get cooking” prompt. From there, you pick from dozens of different emoji to combine or play around with the randomizer. Once you’re done experimenting, you can click on the resulting emoji to copy it to your device’s clipboard, allowing you to paste it as a sticker into a message or document.
Look, I've created ghost-pumpkin:




I wish we could resize it through the tool. Emoji's should not be so big...
 
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I like this (pink eye!):




But the outcome of this is unexpected (cyclops tango?):

 

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In 2019 Intel sold its baseband processor unit, because they figured out that competing with Qualcamm is undoable. Apple back then bought it for 1 billion dollars, and 2200 employees with equipment, leases and IP switched the owner.

The goal of this acquisition was clear: Apple wanted to build a SoC with own baseband modem, and cut costs. The SoC would contain the CPU, GPU and baseband. People estimated that building the first version of such a thing would take 3-5 years.

Fast forward to 2023: Apple just recently renewed its contract with Qualcomm for many years. Why? Because their homebrew baseband processor is a failure. Apple underestimated the complexity and technical challenges. The prototype chips Apple produced were slow, and at least three years behind Qualcomms chips.

Or as the WSJ puts it: "Apple found that employing the brute force of thousands of engineers, a strategy successful for designing the computer brain of its smartphones and laptops, wasn’t enough to quickly produce a superior modem chip."

So instead of using Apple basebands in the newest iPhone, Apple still has to rely on Qualcomm for more years to come. Huawei, who recently introduced their own baseband, is also in the same boat, because their thing consumes more power and heats phones up, which is bad for performance.

Apple is to be expected to continue working on it, and most likely will try to have something better available in 2026, when the contract runs out.

The main obstacles of building such a modem are that there are tons of different regulatory rules around the world, which you have to abide to, as well that it is really, really tough to avoid solutions, which are part of Qualcomm's huge patent portfolio.

 
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Near the end of their article they mention a site listing 288 programs Google has killed off. Killed by Google . I read through the whole list. Well geez, I think there is only one I actually used ever. That is their url shortener. There are plenty of replacements for that. So good riddance to bad rubbish.
 

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Clever obfuscation, but then what's the point of the RGB lighting?



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