I haven't calculated the odds of both of the UPS units and the generator attached to the porn cluster failing at the exact same time, but that's just not a chance that I'm willing to take.
Funny that you mentioned Pyrex. Corning patented Pyrex in 1915 (#1304623). So far as I can tell, there hasn't been another one issued for Pyrex, yet Corning seems to be doing just fine despite ~80 years of imitators and competition.
Which makes it all the more important to be positioned to take the lead when the stumble occurs. Particularly in the tablet market where there's already a presumed #2 (Android) looming and other players in the space already making moves. Microsoft would be lucky to enter the top five at this point. Dropping Courier, which could have given them a unique niche in the tablet space and therefore at least some credibility within the tablet market as a whole, may have been the biggest mistake in their long history. After all, the iPad didn't become a huge hit because it was dropped into the public consciousness out of nowhere; Apple laid that groundwork for years with the iPhone and iPod Touch lines.
Broken window fallacy implies lack of choice and/or value in loss. In the example given, the yacht was a voluntary purchase that retained intrinsic value, therefore being a simple demonstration of the "invisible hand" of the market at work.
Only if they used the money to drop a SAN in his cubicle and walk away.
True, but I'm not going to chance buying any product that is specifically designed to catastrophically fail. I was considering going to the Droid X in November, but now I'm not sure I'll be using any Motorola devices after I replace my Droid.
I've bought a couple of apps that were well reviewed but that turned out not to be for me. Big deal; uninstall within 24 hours for a full refund.
You won't be scoffing when the world floods and Kevin Costner finds out that you have that precious, precious paper and steals it. But you'll still have that iPad!
The real problem that I have with it is that they actively block alternative means of installing applications, making their store an all-on-nothing affair. You either use the apps that Apple tells you that you should be using or you don't use them. If I have to utilize a technical solution to fix a policy problem then the product is inherently flawed. If I feel like using Flash to slow my device to a crawl and kill my battery (which I can speak to being bullshit arguments firsthand having used Flash on my Droid for a while now) then I'm going to kick my device's ass playing Flash games. THAT'S magical.
That said, Android has the opposite issue with the uncontrolled state of the Market actively dissuading developers and users, but given the choice I'll go with openness without question. I would prefer that Google put more restrictions on the official Market in order to provide more incentive to developers and users to adopt Android while still allowing alternative software repositories to exist. If someone wants to release an Android application that either violates Market terms, such as a hardcore pornography app, or that only runs in unsupported configurations, like rooted devices, then they are still perfectly capable of doing so and it really isn't a big deal for people to install those apps.
Very much so. Some people prefer one or the other. I like the regular keyboard better, especially since neither of those line-based keyboards have a voice button and I use that all of the time.
Nah, plenty are open: http://android.git.kernel.org/. Dunno about Market, though.
Not sure what source you want for the functionality of an application that is provided with nearly all Android devices. I guess www.android.com might work. Unless you were referring to apps to install the
Apple seems to be doing alright splitting their attention between Mac OS X and iPhone OS, although I did see gripes from some of their customers after their last developer conference regarding Mac OS X being treated as an afterthought. Yet the next Mac or i will likely still presell hundred of thousands of units sight-unseen.
Damn straight. Intel is a company that has always served multiple niches. Just as some people prefer Symbian, iPhoneOS, and Windows Mobiles, others will choose from Android and Meego. Smart move on their part to leave the all-in on a single platform strategy to other companies.
Wouldn't that be "nearly normal?"