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Comment Re: Solution! (Score 1) 396

I'm sorry but, when you come to electronic components, mostly everything is "commodity" as the manufacture process is nearly identical for all vendors with just little tweaks and changes for each of the major brands. No major brand uses a component that is the same as another. This is true whether it's desktops, laptops, phones or tablets. The cost of any custom tweaks is minimal for virtually everything except parts that only you use that require specialized fabrication (ie: if Apple had went ahead with having sapphire screens on their iPhones). Apple uses the same general batch of manufacturers that most of the industry does to manufacture their equipment so, I hate to break it to you, but their equipment is not of any higher quality than Samsung, HP, Lenovo, etc.; you just pay a lot more for it.

Apple during those desktop days still played a lot of dirty tricks such as not allowing non-certified hard drive as the boot drive. The difference between a standard PC hard drive and the "Apple Certified" hard drive? It said it was "Apple Certified" in the firmware variables yet cost 2-5X as much. Modern iPhones should be the cheapest to manufacture of all the premium phones on the market as they have the largest single-design unit orders of any manufacturer and tend to use a lot of technologies and processes that are slightly out of date and thus not used by the other premium brands. Though the manufacturers don't release their costs, the iPhone, according to most standard market economics, should be quite a bit cheaper to manufacture than a Samsung Galaxy of the same generation. Apple has just been in the position, envied by their rivals, of being able to get their customers to pay a high-price premium for equipment that is either equal or inferior to their competition.

Comment Re: Solution! (Score 1) 396

At the time I worked there, ~2008-2010, Apple was using crappy Taiwanese manufacturers mostly, including one Dell had dropped due to quality issues. The rest were the exact same companies that Dell, HP and IBM were using at the time. The only difference was the small modifications Apple was doing so the commodity parts could not be used to repair systems. There were a handful of actual different designs, such as the iMac motherboards at the time (with their GLOD issue; which Apple knew was a design flaw with the capacitors and hid it until the warranty ran out) and the whole G4 Cube was was interesting but an final design clusterfuck (ANY product with a 37% DOA rate is a complete failure and should be recalled).

Comment Re: Cryptocurrency Advice (Score 2) 259

Because most economists are not really strong when it comes to IT. They also have a really poor track record, as a whole, of predicting the future of the economy. Plus, those who remain professional economist are usually the people who have repeatedly guessed wrong as they still need a day job to live. Add to this is the problem that a lot of economists have a quasi-religious belief about how the economy "works." See people who fully believe the crap that the "invisible hand" of the market will correct all discrepancies, given time. This is one of the number one arguments made against any form of regulation and has repeatedly been proven to be bullshit. But, it still gets pulled out every time as the people who believe in it cannot be convinced by any amount of evidence that the "invisible hand of the market" is an economic fairy tale.

Comment Re: Solution! (Score 1, Troll) 396

When I worked at Apple, I was astonished at what they charged for parts, a motherboard that I could have gotten an equivalent (but, not compatible) board brand new from ASUS for around $60-90 Apple was charging $695 for a refurbished board! Apple was charging a $600 premium for the part because they knew you couldn't get it anywhere else. Fuck you Steve Jobs!

Comment Re: Well, he did admit to breaking Swedish law... (Score 1) 325

The charge has never been rape. That's just the way it has been reported in the media. The "crime" he is charged with in Sweden has no equivalent in the UK or US and the woman was pressured into making it by the police once they figured out who the complaint was against. She only wanted a STD test done.

Comment Re:should be interesting (Score 4, Interesting) 325

Ok, I keep hearing "rape" being brought up but, the charge is not quite what it seems. The women in question did not go to the police with charges of sexual assault. One of them discovered that the condom came off, during consensual sex, and after she was unable to locate him, went to the police to locate him for the purpose of taking a STD test. After a short time, federal authorities and US authorities were involved in the case (for a STD test!) and they convinced one of the women to upgrade her complaint to failure to cease sexual activity immediately upon request; namely he didn't stop instantly when the condom came off, it took a few moments. This does not qualify as any sort of a crime in most countries, including the US and UK. Yet, for this, even by Sweden's standards, minor charge, he was wanted by Interpol and had an international manhunt for him to the point of having to take shelter in an embassy. And there's been a 24 hour guard around the embassy ever since in case they try to move him or he comes out. US and UK authorities still try to claim that this has nothing to do with his involvement in Wikileaks or US authorities' interest in him, they only want justice for the women in Sweden. Smells like bullshit to me.

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