I totally thought that it was for some scientific reason too. I feel like with the advent of querty keyboard phones and the remarkable adaptation generation Y has made regarding the texting world, that they should increase this amount. Imagine - if people could put together long messages the need for Internet on phones could be reduced (texting replacing email). What a terrific way to save some money!
I think a secure Blackberry is good. How would you like it if the entire country was reading emails you were sending to your kids or wife? Secure is fine - but who is paying for this Blackberry that is going to be used primarily for personal use? I'm sure his wife and kids will have one too. And we're footing the bill? This is one thing that I think should come out of his salary.
...Unless the government wants to pay for one for me and my family. One that will block out their warrentless wire tapping. But I guess that's an issue for another day.
My bet is that the woman with 4 children who is surviving on a welfare check doesn't have much money to spend at this 14 employee company after she buys food, diapers, clothes, pays for the bills, makes the house or apartment payment, etc. She puts some money back in, but not much. The welfare system needs to be there. There are people that need help. Unfortunately, in the United States, the system is very flawed and our dollars aren't being spent as wisely as they could be.
The reason why they did this is because of all of the crazy people out there that are trying to tie every political dignitary, and booming company to terrorism. For some reason there are people out there that can't get their heads around the fact that there can be good, successful people and companies that aren't backed by some terrorist group. Sad, huh?
Companies comparing quarters from year-to-year happen when companies are generally impressed with their progress from the same time the previous. Companies compare to the previous quarter when sales are huge, or in the case of the auto-industries now, when their sales are plummeting. For example, Ford reported a $1.4 billion spend in the last quarter, but compared that to a fourth quarter spend last year of $7.2 billion.
Like in any commercial the product they present is in the absolute best condition the product will ever be in. That is to say, speeds are at a max; sound, color, clarity, and usability are at an all time high, etc. It's kind of like the paper towel commercials that claim you can use them for your whole kitchen. Uh, huh... yeah right!