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We've decoded part of that beta invitation... except it doesn't look like it was an invitation. It looks like it was a warning.
You really should've called them out on calling it "BC" rather than "BCE" while you were at it. What's pedantry without thoroughness?
Quite aside from tradition, which is great, there are situations where you need to send a message to a physical address. Maybe the occupant doesn't have a phone or email, or you don't know their contact details, or whether they even have a phone or email. If that message has to get there within three hours rather than overnight, then the $4.30 rate is pretty competitive with getting an express courier to carry a post-it note.
Sorry for the misunderstanding, I was referring to the game called Football Manager that used to be called Championship Manager, with the religious following.
If my experience at conferences has taught me anything, it's that without football we'd have a lot more very sober and very grumpy scientists in Europe.
I should explain for those unfamiliar with Football Manager (nee Championship Manager): it's not really like a game. It's more like an enormous spreadsheet crossed with a fanatical religion. There was uproar when they added a little simulation of the matches playing out using coloured dots... in 2003.
You kind of suspect that there's some huge archive of historical data about football in the back of a project like that, to parameterise the players and teams, but it never occurred to me that they had 1300 of their own scouts performing observations.
That's true for trademarks, but not patents.
Customisation. Pre-2010 there was a lot of aesthetic variety in devices' shape, size, materials, colour, etc. However phones are basically big rectangles these days, while logistics and manufacturing approaches in consumer electronics favour doing fewer models in bigger numbers. There's a desire to be able to reshape these devices to something that suits its owner a bit more.
I would think that going without a case on a £600 phone is a better signal of "I've got money to burn".
It's not plastic that's the issue; it's metal-effect plastic. The mutton-dressed-as-lamb factor of pleather, wood veneer, chromed plastic, and the like is tacky in itself, but a bit of an affront in a gizmo that costs a good part of a month's wages. In a market where all your similarly-specced competitors are using actual metal, being the guy who sends out fake metal sends a message to your customers along the lines of "you'll pay the same, but you'll get less".
I think you'll find that the hipsters are using old Nokias.
iPhone in front, Pleather in the back. This is the mullet of cellphones.
Why would they need a database of your preferences? I mean, it's something they could gather by data-mining what you put in there if they wanted to, but the same's true of Slashdot, and in neither case is it's something that their system actually uses to get its job done. (Their worked example uses a mixture of the contents of the query, your local address book, a couple of cookery sites, and a routing service.)