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Comment The irony here is so rich it gave me diabetes... (Score 2) 611 611

A Libertarian refusing to pay the price borne by the market and instead appealing to regulators, no less than the villainous UNITED NATIONS, for an intervention? How can he not see that this lays waste to his entire political philosophy?

Comment Re:The rats are being thrown off the sinking ship. (Score 2) 487 487

That makes ZERO sense. Stock price is effectively a wager on projected future earnings, it has little to do with unemployment. DJI is just an index. Corporate profits are way up, so stock prices are up, so indexes are up. Apple continues to break earnings records and has a relatively low P/E ratio, particularly measured against AMZN and GOOG. The stock MAY be overvalued (or not), but it certainly isn't as overvalued as its peers.

Comment Terrific, decisive moves. (Score 4, Interesting) 487 487

Forstall sounds like he was kind of a cancer and his excess skeumorphism ruptured an otherwise seamless aesthetic that is a big part of why a lot of people but Apple products. Browett had a bad record and was never a good fit for Apple IMO and his idiocy with trying to draw down clerk hours to save a few bucks demonstrates a cultural disjoint between him and Apple's obsession with customer experience. If your customers don't feel special they will not pay premium margins. A discount retail approach would convert their hugely powerful retail outlets into cost centers.

The Maps issues aren't related to anything but the quality of data as far as I'm aware. I have no idea if that's his fault, or if it was his fault to put Maps on prematurely, but strategically I think Apple had to divest Google from their platform there at some point.

Comment Re:Mormons (Score 2) 1223 1223

I know Mormons. They're people like every other group. Some good, some bad. But the religion is ridiculous. The charrlatanism simply has the disadvantage of having originated during fairly recent (relatively speaking) recorded history (there is a rich record of Smith being a huckster), and of being at odds with anthropology and other sciences on a number of items (he wasn't educated enough to know is his fairy tales which beasts were indigenous to pre-Columbian North America). It doesn't matter that they don't blow up buildings, neither do Scientologists.

Comment Your opinion, while interesting, is irrelevant (Score 1) 1223 1223

Public figures are not allowed to have personal opinions or to voice them frankly!!! /. Which one is running for office? Linus can call whoever he wants whatever he wants. Is he expected to abide by a monklike silence on issues beyond Linux? At least it wasn't as off-color as some of RMS's impolitic remarks--which he also had every right to say.

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