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Data Sovereignty and India

Data sovereignty is on the rise across the world. Laws and regulations increasingly require that citizen data be stored in local data centers, and restrict the flow of that data across the internet. The European Union’s GDPR policy is one example, although it’s relatively porous. China’s relatively new cloud computing law is much more strict, and forced Apple to turn over iCloud data of Chinese users.  Now, it appears that India will join this policy movement.

According to sources at Reuters, an influential cloud policy panel has recommended that India mandate data localization in the country in the name of security.  That panel is headed by well-known local entrepreneur Kris Gopalakrishnan, who founded Infosys, the IT staffing giant in the region and quite honestly the bane of IT professionals across the world.

That report would match other policy statements from the Indian political establishment in recent months. The government’s draft National Digital Communications Policy this year said that data sovereignty is very important to the Indian Government.

The report called for the government by 2022 to “Establish a comprehensive data protection regime for digital communications that safeguards the privacy, autonomy and choice of individuals and facilitates India’s effective participation in the global digital economy.”

It’s that last line that is increasingly the objective of governments around the world. While privacy and security are certainly top priorities, governments now recognize that the economics of data are going to be crucial for future innovation.  Maintaining local control of data through whatever means necessary ensures that cloud providers and other services have to spend locally and thus reverses or at least attempts to correct the unintended fallout of globalization and bad deals.

Works Cited

Crichton, D. (2018, August 04). India may become next restricted market for U.S. cloud providers. Retrieved August 20, 2018, from https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/04/india-may-become-next-restricted-market-for-u-s-cloud-providers/

 

 

 

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New four figure iPhones

Apple’s gamble on higher-priced iPhones is working, with the iPhone X showing that plenty of people are willing to spend multiple car payments on a delicate and feature rich phone.

There have been reports of Apple Pencil support for future iPhones, encouraged by Tim Cook, in which he talked of having used the two together. Offering iPhone compatibility could significantly boost sales of the accessory.

Additionally, sources expect both OLED models to offer three storage tiers rather than the two of the iPhone X. Sources suggest that in addition to the existing 64GB and 256GB tiers, Apple will also offer a 512GB option. If even a relatively small percentage of buyers opt for this, it will still help apple maintain its status as a trillion dollar company.  Just to give you an idea of how much storage 512GB is, that is over 100 DVD Movies in 720p resolution, which most people are ok with.

For the LCD model, expected to offer something like the iPhone X design at a more affordable price, tech reporters expect Apple to offer 64GB and 256GB tiers, and for the phone to have 3GB RAM in contrast with 4GB for the OLED models.

They say that the LCD model is a low $600, but when you could get: a PC with games and all the fix ins from a custom builder, or a few months of car payments and car insurance, that seems steep to us.  In short, along with the t-mobile and sprint merger, I’d say it’s for the best to skip this round of iPhones, wait until the big four carriers merge into the big 3. Wait for your phone to completely die, and maybe switch to a nicer android that you can modify to your needs like the Motorola mods phones.

Works Cited

Lovejoy, B., & EU. (2018, August 14). 2018 OLED iPhones to support Apple Pencil, with 512GB top tier – Trendforce. Retrieved August 14, 2018, from https://9to5mac.com/2018/08/14/2018-iphone-specs/

 

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Why the new i9 macbook pro is too powerful

Remember our articles about cooling?  Remember Steve Jobs liking thin design with no fans?  Then after this read, you’ll understand why you shouldn’t buy the new Mac-book Pro with an i9 processor.

  1. Apple took it’s existing 15 inch chassis intended for i7 and put an i9 in it.
  2. The i9 processor from Intel is the most powerful consumer CPU yet, and has high thermal output.
  3. The i9 processor is very expensive, and that makes the new Mac-book Pro cost over $2800.
  4. The 15 inch chassis and fans can’t cool off the i9 CPU enough to meet the needs of the i9, thus it benchmarks not as well as a thicker windows machines.
  5. The same problem occurred in the first gen Xbox 360 consoles, and cost Microsoft and end users a good deal of time, money, and productivity that could be better spent.

We don’t recommend you buy a thin laptop with an i9 processor, these processors are power hungry and need bigger heat sinks and fans than most manufactures are willing to put in, thus making you the owner suffer when high heat warps motherboards and messes up your CPU and GPU.  Let us make you a proper i9 system made just for you with proper thermal management.

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Blockchain and it’s deeper applications

No matter the application of blockchain, all chains have one purpose: removing the middleman from transactions.

To understand this, it’s helpful to think of the way traditional money transactions take place.

Lets say you order a pizza.

  • Cash
    • You Give Cash to the Pizza Driver.
    • The Pizza Driver verifies your money is good.
    • You get a pizza.
  • Credit Card
    • You Give the store your card number.
    • The credit card company verifies everything between the bank, you, the pizza shop’s bank.
    • You get a pizza.
    • The pizza shop pays a fee for accepting your card, you don’t pay this fee.
    • The pizza shop has a minimum for card purchases to cover the fee.

In blockchain, validation and verification still happen, but instead of a credit card company doing it, you can do it yourself on a distributed network called a blockchain network.

The big takeaway is people can authenticate their own payment methods online, much like Facebook allows you to self publish your whole life.  This system is unproven though, and not a store of value.  The main benefit is a distributed ledger that is trust-less and secure, not a get rich quick scheme.

Since anyone can make a blockchain, please use caution when dealing with these things.  Never pay a data ransomware attack with cryptocurrencies since there’s no guarantee the criminals will honor your payment due to a network error or blockchain processing delay, or the simple fact that they are criminals.  Also note that transaction management can be confusing, and most times irreversible.

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Pros and cons of liquid cooled computers

  1. A liquid cooled system can perform better because the processor is cooled by liquid, not air.
  2. The heatsink is a bit more efficient, so the boards are less likely to warp due to excessive temperature difference on different regions of the boards.
  3. You literally have a series of tubes in your computer.

 

  1. It’s more expensive than air cooling.
  2. There’s always a risk of a spill or condensation that could cause a short.
  3. It’s not portable, it’s not easy to build, and it’s not easy to maintain.