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Comment Re:Depends on desired service. (Score 1) 163

The country next to mine considers broadband a basic human right. Mine doesn't, but pretty much all urban areas have citywide LAN with 100 Mbit or gigabit.

I'm sorry to hear your country is on par with the third world when it comes to broadband, but it has only 5% of the world population. Today 100 Mbps is a standard pipe. I sincerely hope your country catches up to that soon. Perhaps the government needs to step in to make it happen?

Comment Re: Yes - known for years. (Score 1) 435

Seven percent is nothing to scoff at.

And while they make more money than Microsoft on their iPhones alone, they also make as much money on their laptops as all other laptop makers make combined.

The Mac is much more already. Apple doesn't care about the budget segment. Competing on price leads to low quality products. That is nothing Apple wants to sell.

Comment Re: Yes - known for years. (Score 1) 435

Quite so. Just like most people don't buy more expensive cars even if they would stand up to harder wear, or buy a premium overcoat even though it will take a beating and still look good enough for a board room. I spend the money on both of those as well, because they pay off with my lifestyle.

But then, Apple sells a fair amount of machines. They are world wide fifth among all PC makers (desktop and laptop) in most statistics I find, and with the low number of SKU's they have this means they can really optimize production. That shows. They have a high profit margin, but they are not overpriced - if you need what they offer.

Comment Re:4/5 in favor (Score 1) 755

First of all, what is your theory for why they are not in school? Because they are lazy? I mean, what I've read about public education in the US makes it seem like paradise on earth, so what could be keeping them from it?

And I didn't say that the kids are starving. They are part of a family, in an impoverished area, with relatives and friends who receive assistance (which they will no longer receive if they get a minimum wage job). In many families, like mine, everyone who can help out to make ends meet.

As to "stealing to eat", I never said that either. You're making stuff up, whole cloth, to create straw men. It's getting rather tiresome. They turn to crime to earn status, which is something teenagers comprehend very well. Consequences is something they comprehend a lot less well. And this is something they have been taught, and see in their surroundings.

Add to this that school does not pay (which is nuts in its own right - how can that be called civilization?) and getting a job means a risk that the family is pushed off of assistance ... well, they're hardly being pushed in the right direction by the system.

Tune society so that education and work provides status for them instead and see the the turnaround. Suddenly you'll have today's youths helping you build a better country for your future.

But to do that they need a fighting chance. When their role models are successful drug dealers, their family barely has money to scrape by and they are disincentivized to get education or a job the outcome is all but assured; a permanent class of poor people, and social instability.

Comment Re:4/5 in favor (Score 1) 755

Only if prices of everything are fixed. Such as in a central economy. Otherwise there is this thing called a "market", which you may have heard of, which actually responds to changes in supply and demand.

Thus, it does in no way follow that increasing the amount of money the workers receive will create unemployment. The market can suddenly handle increased prices (especially of luxury goods), increasing the profit per hour worked, and thus creating work opportunities.

I think you're confusing "minimum wage" with "plan economy with fixed pricing and no functioning market". A somewhat understandable mistake. ;)

Comment Re:4/5 in favor (Score 1) 755

Unless people have something like a guaranteed income to make sure they can actually attend education instead of having to try to find a job or resort to crime, nothing.

It all hangs together. You want to improve the country, you need to improve the people, and in order to improve the people you have to provide them with the means to do so.

Comment Re: Yes - known for years. (Score 1) 435

If you don't care about quality, you're generally right.

But if you manage to find a competing laptop with as solid a chassis, as high a resolution screen with the same color accuracy, and as good a touch pad, you'll be looking at at best comparable prices.

If all I wanted was a specific performance envelope, a light composite chassis and a backlit keyboard, sure, I could save a chunk of money. But I travel a lot, need to rely on my laptop in many environments and after a lot of abuse, and require color accuracy and a good touchpad over gimmicks like touch screens. That leaves very few alternatives for me, especially since Lenovo went to the dark side.

Comment Re: Yes - known for years. (Score 1) 435

One of my requirements is a solid chassis. I've handled Zenbooks, and they are incredibly flimsy compared to Macbook Pro Retinas. There used to be some Thinkpads which were comparable, but Lenovo have abandoned that track, sadly.

Also, the touchpad of the Zenbook is horrible next to the Macbook touchpad. It's better than most PC touchpads, but it's still not in the same league as the Mac ones.

And touch screen is a liability. It's one more thing that can start malfunctioning, sending spurious input to the system. I'm buying a laptop, not a tablet.

Comment Re: Yes - known for years. (Score 1) 435

"The Mac" is not identical to "Macbook". You can't cherry pick one niche machine and by showing that a niche machine does not suit everyone then declare that the whole ranged of Macs are therefore shown not to be best.

For my needs a Macbook Pro 13 Retina is pretty near perfect. I haven't found anything from any other manufacturer which even comes close, no matter how much I am prepared to pay. A Macbook would not suit my typical work case at all, although it would be perfect the few times I spend weeks at the time on the road.

One of my colleagues finds the Macbook Pro 15 Retina to fit all his needs (including robustness) so well he just can't replace it, even if he wanted to. Granted, there is some emotional investment by now (as with all good tools), but it really works well for him.

Are there other cases where there is no Mac which fits? Definitely. But for business use, coding and graphical work there tends to be a Mac for everyone. Is it always the best choice? Too many variables to state that, but it is definitely a very good choice for a vast ranger of uses.

And that very good choice is seldom the Macbook. We know that. Apple knows that. And that's fine. When the Macbook is a good choice, it has pretty much no competition. When it isn't, there is pretty much no reason to pick it. Such are niche products.

Comment Re:4/5 in favor (Score 1) 755

"I hear a lot of people" is a weasel phrase. And corporations are amoral, not evil.

Yes, why would an employer do that? I sincerely doubt such an employer exists.

What is that hypothetical job which generates a fixed income irrespective of how well it's done? Scandinavia is not well known for its massive service industry, so I'm genuinely curious how you came up with such a strange job constraint?

Is that the norm in the US? Then perhaps that is where you need to fix things to make things better for all your poor people. Increase the leverage of their jobs, ensuring employers can pay them more. Something like, say, free education, perhaps? Like Finland has?

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