And now you're just bashing me because you think you disagree with me.
the way patient law should freakin work
You say you want to change the law - that's great - that's what is supposed to happen. What happens when someone else disagrees with whatever you manage to get it changed to? Does that make them wrong? Not necessarily.
Apple are trying to use the law, as it is currently written to maintain what they see is an advantage. People seem to attach some moral / immoral overtone to this but it's no different morally to exercising any other rights or laws. You may think that the law is silly or wrong - and you may be correct - but that doesn't make Apple immoral or evil. Nor does the fact that Apple spends a lot less on R&D than MS - one could argue that MS is immorally wasting their shareholders' money.
Apple's patents on the look and overall design of their iPad are basically null and void.
That's what lawsuits are for - if they are really null and void then the lawsuit will sort that out. If the lawsuit comes out in favour of Apple though, then you'll be wrong and you'll need to petition to get the law changed. It's all pretty simple stuff. No need to bash Apple - they are just doing what any sensible company would do if they had the chance.
I've seen an iPad and a Tab close up at the same time. There is no way to get them confused.
Maybe that's the problem. Have you ever considered that people who haven't seen them both close up might confuse them if they don't see them at the same time? Especially if they are not a tech nerd.
Why will those numbers be falling?
That's what nobody seems to be explaining - in any other terms than: "You know last year when we told you that 2011 was going to be the year of the Android Tablet (y'know, because of the Xoom, Galaxy Tab, etc. etc.), well actually we meant next year - 2012."
What happens when the 2012 numbers don't support your personal hope/belief system? Will you change your mind on the fundamentals, or will you say "actually we meant 2013"
Whoah. Tone down on the bitterness man. I wish I had some of your insight into the world - on second thoughts I'm glad I don't.
They've targeted customers who are either spending somebody else's money (mainly the children of the wealthy living off of "daddy's money" or trust funds), those who are financially foolish (people who buy useless gadgets on credit), and those seeking a modern religion (the so-called Apple fanatics)
Yeah - those are the *only* people who buy Apple gadgets. Those millions and millions of foolish people living off daddy's money. Damn them! Damn them to Hell!
This has let them put out sub-par products with pretty horrible limitations,
Yeah, those MacBook Airs are just *rubbish* man. I *totally* can't see why Intel is giving other notebook vendors $100m just to try and come up with a reasonable competitor
but they can still sell them outrageous prices, and coupled with third-world manufacturing it allows them to make a very sizable profit.
obviously Samsung (and by extension Google), Amazon, Motorola, HTC and the rest are *good* companies because the fact that they have to sell their stuff at half the price just to try and get people to buy one and therefore don't make a profit at all means that *their* exploration of third world labour is somehow alright?
TL;DR version: OMFG get off your high horse mr AC anti-apple troll.
What planet have you been on for the past 6 months?
Seriously, which part of:
Even if I still had IDE hardware, I don't want to wait several weeks to run DBAN on all of them.
did you not understand?
I know nobody reads the articles before commenting, but not reading the first line of the SUMMARY? Are you guys OK with that breathing and walking at the same time thing or do you need some help?
... anecdotes suggest that they are no worse than EDS / Accenture / and others who work in the same space.
And here is a lesson in how to damn with faint praise.
Considering the reaction here; the OEMs that would do this would get so much bad PR, that a significant number of customers would flee to some other manufacturer.
Of course you're right.
That's exactly what has happened with mobile phones. (cough).
It's so odd how the people that want a tablet with the functionality of a real computer are looked at like they're bizarro. What is so strange about wanting a fully featured device? It's like the people that were going off about how iPad's don't need USB functionality, insinuating that there is no point to having USB on the tablet. Uh, what? Who could possibly see more connectivity or functionality as a bad thing?
If your desires were representative of the general population then the huge number of windows-based PC tablet computers that have been around for pretty much a decade would have taken off in a big way, but no, they didn't. And I say that as the owner of a HP-TC1000 tablet from circa 2001 which was *awesome* at the time.
USB 2.0, even at its theoretical maximum is 20 x slower than Thunderbolt. USB3.0 at its theoretical maximum is 2 x slower. The thunderbolt architecture means that you get a full 10Gb/sec in both directions unlike USB which has so much processor overhead that you never get anywhere near its theoretical maximum. So no, USB is not "Almost as fast".
RS232 Serial ports used to be ubiquitous.
I'll take that bet. If only because they are still including firewire ports, and they have been useless for years and years and years. You must not earn very much to make such a bet.