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Wednesday 02 August 2017

Tim Cook on the VPN Issue in China

https://sixcolors.com/post/2017/08/live-transcript-apple-executives-talk-to-analysts-after-3q17-results/

Tim Cook:

Now turning to China. Let me sort of comment on what I assumed is that the root of your question about this VPN kind of issue. Let me just address that head on: The central government in China, back in 2015, started tightening the regulations associated with VPN apps and we have a number of those on our store. Essentially as a requirement for someone to operate a VPN, they have to have a license from the government there. Earlier this year they began a renewed effort to enforce that policy, and we were required by the government to remove some of the VPN apps from the App Store that don’t meet these new regulations.

We understand that those same requirements are on other app stores. And as we check through, that is the case. Today there’s actually still hundreds of VPN apps on the App Store, including hundreds by developers that are outside of China. So there continues to be VPN apps available. We would obviously rather not remove the apps, but like we do in other countries, we follow the law wherever we do business, and we strongly believe that participating in markets and bringing benefits to customers is in the best interest of the folks there and in other countries as well.

And so we believe in engaging with governments even when we disagree and in this particular case, now back to commenting on this one, we’re hopeful that over time the restrictions that we’re seeing are loosened, because innovation really requires freedom to collaborate and communicate. And I know that that is a major focus there. And so that’s sort of what we’re seeing from from that point of view.

So some folks have tried to link it to the U.S. situation last year and they’re very different. In the case of the U.S., the law in the U.S. supported us, I was very clear. In the case of China, the law is also very clear there, and like we would if the U.S. changed the law here, we have to abide by them in both cases. That doesn’t mean that we don’t state our point of view and in the appropriate way we always do that. And so hopefully that’s a little bit probably more than you wanted to know, but I wanted to tell you.


Tuesday 25 July 2017

Les Paul & Mary Ford Absolutely Live

https://youtu.be/awjTKeS9Wvo

电吉他界的上古先贤们啊。技术好都不算什么,帅气的是人家不在乎。


Wednesday 19 July 2017

以后的生活

今天快天黑时出门散步,走在平时居住的小镇里。看着一户户人家笼罩在夕阳下,渐渐燃起炊烟和灯火。每栋房子都不一样,有的两层有的三层,带着尖尖的房顶或是木质的窗框,门的式样也各不相同。门前院子里有的种着花草摆着秋千,有的停着房车和装在车后拖斗里的小船。

小镇的街道上很寂静。夏天黄昏来得晚,孩子们都上床睡了吧。

突然想到,如果我在这里度过一辈子,会是什么样。大概我也会在小镇里有一栋这样的房子,会和一个人相爱、结婚,生活在这里。我会把房子布置成喜欢的样子,到处放上喜欢的东西,把房间打点得又杂乱又舒适。晚饭后我们会散步走到小镇外的旷野里,没有灯光的地方,从一片漆黑里仰头看星星。我们说不定也会有孩子,整天调皮跑来跑去,和我们一起生活在那座大房子里。大概是那样的一辈子。

如今还有一年就要毕业了,很快就要决定以后的事。一年后,我要留在这里继续生活下去,还是离开德国,回中国去工作呢。最近总想起这个来。

天渐渐黑下来。我像平常一样,穿过晚霞,走到小镇边的山坡上,看着头顶星空逐渐浮现出来。今晚的月光很亮,把路旁麦田照得一片深蓝。天上北斗七星真是一把勺子的形状,我以前没见过时从来不敢相信。

站在山路边,低头能看见山坡下整个小镇的一片灯火。

吹着晚风,心里渐渐想,如果选择在这里度过这样的一生,我会觉得后悔吧。舒适平淡、一眼能望到尽头的人生,并不是我想活下去的理由。

如今我能回去的中国有很多缺点。那里大概住不到这么大的房子,没有这么好的空气,许多规则也混乱得很。但那里有我能做的事,想做的事,在这里做不到的事。和这些比起来,留下的理由都不重要了吧。既然有想做的事,那就离开这里,去能做的地方,不该为了贪图舒适浪费自己的人生。到时究竟要做什么,怎么做,能否做成,都还没法预见。但尽力去做了,就不会后悔。

路漫漫,其修远兮;吾将上下而求索。

往回走时偶然抬头看天上,星星间突然划过一道细细的白线。那是我这辈子第一次看见流星啊。


Tuesday 11 July 2017

音乐有高下之分吗?

音乐有高下之分吗?

如果你从消费者的视角看待这个世界,那就没有。音乐不过是各取所需的东西,每个人爱听什么就去听什么,不爱听什么就不去听什么,分出品味高下没有意义。

如果你从创造者的视角看待这个世界,那就当然有。假如你是一个音乐创作者,要作一段音乐,在创作过程中你一定会面临选择。这段音乐要作成什么样?为什么要作成这样,不作成那样?因为我觉得这样比那样好。这个「这样比那样好」就是选择,就是价值判断。

再强调「音乐没有高下之分」的人,一旦进行音乐创作,也一定会被强迫做出判断。没有价值判断就没有创造,不做出自己的选择,就什么都创造不出来。

我欣赏价值判断,我欣赏用创造者的视角看待这个世界的人。他们做出自己的选择,创造出新的东西,为这个世界带来意义。

你可以觉得汪峰的音乐比周杰伦好,或者反过来,觉得周杰伦比汪峰好。这些都是不同的价值判断,而这些都远远好过「音乐没有高下」。我不希望这个世界变成一个没有高下、死水一潭的地方。


Friday 30 June 2017

Quotes of Bill Evans

http://jazz-quotes.com/artist/bill-evans/

My creed for art in general is that it should enrich the soul; it should teach spirituality by showing a person a portion of himself that he would not discover otherwise… a part of yourself you never knew existed.