The chief problem is one of cultural bias against mathematics. In today's culture, we teach our children that it's ok to "not be a math person," as if the ability to do mathematics requires a certain set of genetic traits. Is it any wonder that the bulk of people you meet every day have no clue as to how to go about logically working through a problem and coming to a decision on it? Is it any surprise how many people can't form a coherent argument, lacking any basis in logic?
Contrast this mindset with other subjects. Suppose I came out with the statement, "I'm just not a history person. I just can't get my head around it." Or, how about, "I'm just not a grammar person. It's all so hard, I'll never use it, so why bother?" I'd be labeled a blithering idiot.
And as I understand it, unlimited data is actually cheaper on the iPhone than on other phones (at least, at the time of the launch) due to the fact that the iPhone really needs it and Apple demanded it.
I'm pretty sure you didn't quite understand it correctly then. When the original iPhone was launched, the data plan was $20/month. When the 3G launched, it jumped to $30/month. No change when the 3GS hit the shelves. I've been paying $15/month for unlimited data on AT&T for years now.
The iTunes program is key to synching music on computers with iPod portable players, and the latest version, iTunes 7.1, comes a month after the iPod and Macintosh computer maker warned PC users against installing Windows Vista until Apple could fix the problems.
Apple removed that outright warning from its Web site on Monday and stated instead that the updated iTunes is recommended for use with most editions of Windows Vista. But Apple also conceded that some glitches, including possible corruption of a user's iPod player upon ejection from a PC, remain. Story continues below advertisement
"Apple is actively working with Microsoft to resolve a few remaining known issues," the posting stated.
Apple representatives declined further comment and would not say how much longer users would have to wait for iTunes to be completely Vista-friendly.
According to the notice posted on Apple's Web site, the previous glitch that prevented Vista users from playing music or video purchased from the online iTunes Store is no longer an issue.
But in addition to the iPod-ejection problem, Apple warned that iTunes 7.1 may still exhibit difficulties synchronizing Windows contacts with an iPod. The text and graphics of iTunes running on a Vista machine also may not be correctly displayed, though resizing the iTunes screen should correct the issue.
Apple also reminded users that iTunes remains unsupported on 64-bit editions of either Windows XP or Windows Vista.
Microsoft has said it is working with a long list of partners, including Apple, to make sure their software is compatible with Vista. The new operating system launched Jan. 30.
Though Microsoft and Apple are partners in some cases — iTunes works with Windows PCs and Microsoft Office has a version for Macs — the two are also longtime rivals. They compete in computer systems, which Microsoft dominates, and in the digital music arena, which Apple dominates.
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