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So how can I get a smartphone if I'm outside of AT&T's market?
Smartphones on other networks are A. phones for which the carrier imposes a similar requirement of a data plan or B. phones comparable in functionality to an AT&T smartphone.
But in your example, why would I buy a phone from AT&T if I'm going to get a GoPhone sim?
To ensure that it works on AT&T's network. (GoPhone is AT&T's prepaid brand.)
Won't I be paying for two phone plans then? AT&T (unused, but still per month costs) and GoWhatever?
Phones for use with GoPhone are sold up front.
If you are talking something like teachers the ones I know that have done this fulfill their obligations with completing the school year as opposed to the physical year.
Structural unemployment means the labor surplus associated with widespread layoffs in an industry. You're referring to seasonal unemployment, which is generally excluded from structural unemployment. Structural unemployment happens on cycles far longer than a year or is permanent. How is someone supposed to work off student loan debt if he comes to find that nobody is hiring in his location and field?
the courts are wrong
By definition, the Supreme Court of the United States is never wrong. Only an amendment can override the Supreme Court's opinion on a statute's constitutionality.
It also means that if we got a Congress that actually wanted to retroactively shorten copyright terms they can.
I wouldn't be so sure of that. Major copyright owners would consider a term reduction to be "private property be[ing] taken for public use, without just compensation" per the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution (and foreign counterparts) and sue the government for said "just compensation".
What the heck is a feature phone anyways?
A smartphone is a phone for which AT&T will automatically add on a data plan unless you use obscure means to prevent it, such as buying a GoPhone SIM and activating it over the Internet. A feature phone is a cell phone that is not a smartphone.
An informed expert opinion based on thirty years of studying the Apollo program. (Actual studying, not just reading pop histories or getting my urban legends from other equally ignorant people on the 'net.)
Hmm, let's see. The Soviet programs were cancelled in '72 according to you (actually that's not quite right but it's close enough). When was the last mission to the Moon? Oh that's right, December 1972. Quite a coincidence that...
Pretty much, yeah it's a coincidence. Either way, your original claim as to the order and connection of events is incorrect.
android has 78% of the market share, iOS has 18.3%.
Among phones or just smartphones?
That means 95.5% of the people who have a phone that isn't an iPhone, have an android.
Or a feature phone.
There are a couple of problems with your theory, though it could play out that way. Right now the smaller vendors are often more efficient than the larger ones. Smaller players can be more nimble.
Second the larger players all have vastly different models. Just to pick a few examples of the bigger players
AWS -- Generic low quality server experience offered cheaply. Walmart
Sungard -- Highly custom environments quality management lots of value added labor
Verizon (was Terremark) -- Moderately custom environments, mix of high performance cloud IaaS and colo. Some value added services with strong partner service model.
Oracle -- Unified cloud stack offering IaaS plus advanced management especially knowledge of Oracle applications
Azure -- IaaS with Microsoft based PaaS. Good pricing on SQL Server.
How do those consolidate? I think we are looking at a situation more like clothing where stores are genuinely different fulfilling niches for various customers.
The crossover between tricky to move is much lower than the crossover for better to run your own datacenter. Not necessarily the case though for better to run your own cloud out of someone else's colo or better to jointly administer a cloud with a colo provider. So this can happen. The cost of multiple good quality data centers is very very high compared to the cost of getting data out of one.
As far as GP's post. He's wrong. First off clouds are designed to scale so adding another copy of parts of the data for replication is not hard. Second you can do crossover networking from one data center to another if you need to move and the cost of using the cloud provider's bandwidth is too high. Also there are devices that can be physically connected to the racks and then trucked (think backup drive moving physically but 20-100x scale). Mainly a data move is the sort of thing an agent can coordinate easily.
This is demand driven investment. How could that be a bubble? The bubble can happen later when cloud investment starts to outpace customer demand or even starts to generate its own cross over demand. But right now this is not a bubble this is a success.
That's not what's happening, they are buying more servers. The types of computational workloads are also shifting during the cloud migrations. The savings are coming from: staffing efficiencies, reduced real estate costs, reduced power costs, reductions in physical security, savings in the procurement process...