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Comment: Re:And the game continues (Score 1) 147

by BasilBrush (#48953199) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Is Back Online, Properly

Prohibition on alcohol didn't go on forever, and neither will the war on drugs. The war on cannabis is already fading in America.

Overwhelming opposition just comes down to politicians believing they will get 1 more vote for decriminalising than criminalising. (Plus the lack of corporate bribes to maintain the prohibition.) Such is democracy.

Comment: Re:And the game continues (Score 1) 147

by BasilBrush (#48953165) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Is Back Online, Properly

If the pirates wouldn't have paid to see the movie anyway, for example they are too poor to pay, then that piracy is no loss to the studio whatsoever. And that certainly is the case for a sizable number of pirates.

Of course there are other people who would have paid, but don't pay if they can get a pirate version. Those people do represent a loss to the studio owners.

The split between the two is unknown.

Comment: Re:From nothing... (Score 1) 409

by SuperKendall (#48949545) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

The thing is, the phone built on the foundation of the Apple Newton and what they learned from that.

I think a lot of that knowledge went fallow and they mostly started from scratch.

it isn't like Steve Jobs was seized by inspiration, locked himself in his office for a week and then walked out with a fully functional iPhone

Only die-hard Apple Haters (of which Slashdot holds many) ever come up with drivel like that, meant to belittle others who have the audacity to like something. People like you though seem to want to pretend the whole thing was just about that easy to produce, to make sure Apple gets no credit whatsoever for the work that went into it.

Comment: From nothing... (Score 1) 409

by SuperKendall (#48947713) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Perhaps your problem is the definition of nothing, but to me that part is accurate since Apple did not sell any kind of phone or touchscreen device up until that point... and it really was a dramatically different device than any smartphone sold at the time.

From the standpoint of what Apple had done until then, it was from nothing. Resource wise, they had some money coming in from the iPod at that point, but they were tiny compared to all other companies making smartphones at the time. Lots of people dismissed the chances of Apple's making any kind of dent in the market based on that alone...

Comment: Re:Create a $140 billion business out of nothing? (Score 2) 409

by BasilBrush (#48947583) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

But Jobs didn't want third party applications on it. There was no App Store. And when prompted about third party apps, Jobs envisioned some kind of web app system. But he didn't want the perfection of the iPhone soiled by third parties.

I understand that's entirely wrong. Apple understand the danger of pre-announcing. The "no apps" position was to get people to buy the iPhone as it was in version 1, rather than wait. The "web apps" position was to have something to tell developers at a time when the SDK was far from ready to announce. But Apple were intending to have third party apps right from the point they selected a cut-down OSX OS.

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