As far as the phone stuff is concerned, essentially yes.
The first digit being a "1" for long distance is only true in the US. When you come up with the phone system, of course you give your country the first country code.
This is idiocy. The article is talking about Q3 sales numbers, not "in use" not "deployed" not anything other than Q3.
Why are people extrapolating that to installed/user base numbers?
When I read comments from people talking about ditching Netflix in exchange for Blockbuster, because they have better prices, I always assume that you are all under the age of 25 or so, maybe younger. Anyone who was ever a Blockbuster customer prior to them having any kind of competition, knows what kind of epic overcharging assholes they were.
From the article.
"Apple does this by regularly conducting audits and working with suppliers to correct violations, according to the company's 2011 supplier responsibility progress report. In 2010, the company audited 127 facilities and found that 89% of them had waste water management practices in compliance with Apple's requirements.
The same audits, however, found that only 69% of the facilities were in compliance with air emission management standards. Only 70% of the facilities were in compliance for environmental permits and reporting. When violations are found, Apple requires the supplier to complete plans to resolve the problem 90 days after the audit."
Do we have 100% compliance in the states? How does this compare to US rates?
Automatic speeding tickets issued if you get pulled over and your GPS coordinates indicate you traveled from point A to point B in less time than the speed limit would allow.
Given they can strip all the data off of your phone in seconds now, would be an easy to to add some cash after you got pulled over for a broken tail light etc.
Dunno, I currently don't actually own any gold. Might be kind of cool to have a few weight units of gold around the house.
You'd really pass up the opportunity to own some actual gold bullion? I don't think I could.
Were they ever going to be your customers? If not, who gives a crap?
Why is it that none of these solutions involve making a product that people are happy/willing to pay for to begin with?
It's always about crippling something then fixing it later.
That must have been a really, really, really awkward conversation.
Although to be honest, I wonder if this is Apple's secrecy coming to bite them in the ass. If you are uber careful about how many phones you have out in the field, you're a lot less likely to run into scenarios where your product fails in real world situations.
beta testing, google does it for a reason.
Strangely enough, the only person I know that I would qualify as a "super tasker" is a Captain in the Army.
He could be talking to a General on the phone, drinking his coffee and driving in some of the worst traffic imaginable and it wasn't a problem at all. (traffic and rules of the road in South America make the worst traffic in the US look like a driver's ed training session)
One time a car came out of *no-where* and he reacted to it instantly before anyone else in the vehicle had even realized it was coming, avoided it, accelerated out of the situation and kept going, all the while not spilling a drop of coffee and not interrupting his conversation in the slightest.
I don't think I'd feel safe with *anyone else* I know doing that, but with this guy, he could pull it off.