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Comment: Re:Apple earns by tying customers to their store (Score 1) 407

by d*m*int (#37959944) Attached to: Apple's Secret Weapon To Influence Industry Pricing
Yes, because build cost is all that matters. You get a bunch of parts together, and they magically design themselves into a product, write their own software, test themselves, market themselves, move themselves into stores, and support themselves. No human intervention or thought or anything else for which people expect to receive money is involved at any step of the process outside of manufacturing.

Comment: Re:Of course not.... (Score 1) 154

by Bungie (#30180100) Attached to: Microsoft's Lack of Nightly Builds For IE

The IE guys are going to have to fix any problems in how it plays nice with Windows anyway, and if the development process is so broken that they can't even keep O/S-breaking regressions out of the builds, there's a problem.

The problem is that IE is tightly coupled with several other Windows components. This means it can break many other apps which can depend on it, or also can break itself if it depends on something which is not available.

For example, when IE7 came out people were extracting the installer package and installing the individual components inside to bypass the WGA check. If they didn't install the XMLLite component before the IE application installation, it would break several applications including Explorer. It could be fixed if the user booted to Safe Mode and installed the XMLLite package or DLL afterwards, but many users probably didn't know that.

This is exactly the kind of thing Microsoft wants to avoid...people breaking the system because they don't have the proper dependencies installed or some other factor with their configuration. It's much easier to roll it all together into a release canidate where they can be sure it includes everything it needs.

Comment: Re:Linux Peace Prize? (Score 2, Informative) 541

by ajlisows (#30180012) Attached to: Linus Torvalds For Nobel Peace Prize?

Hey, I'll give Ronald Reagan credit for being a part of it, but Gorbachev is the important one here. Gorbachev had to pull out of Afghanistan, he had to let the Eastern Bloc Warsaw Pact nations determine how to handle their internal affairs. All of this was guaranteed to greatly reduce his own personal influence, and had a good chance (As it turns out, great chance) of greatly reducing the influence of communism in the world. Seeing as how Soviet Dogma suggested that the communist revolution needed to spread across the globe in order to succeed, he was basically blowing up his country in exchange for peace. On the other hand, America pretty much carried on as before.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -- Arthur C. Clarke