This patent was applied for in 2009. I'm assuming Apple's engineers were working on the tech for some time prior to the patent being filed. The article you linked to is from 2011. So, in this case, it's not prior art.
Cable TV is still worth it if your household includes someone who is a fan of audiovisually presented national news (e.g. MSNBC, Fox News, HLN)
It's called NPR (npr.org) and you can stream it for free... if you feel guilty you can even make an annual donation that is a FRACTION of what Comcast charges.
or those live sports that are not on the farmer five but still blacked out online (e.g. ESPN, Versus).
It's called a sports bar. Most neighborhoods have them. They usually have AC, big TVs, a few good looking waitresses, and hot wings. No dishes, no cooking, and you might actually make some new friends.
Sure, you actually have to put some pants on in order to watch the big game. But, seriously, do you really watch a lot of sports in your underwear?
Oh, and getting live sports through sports bar is still cheaper than getting them at home via Comcast.
Got kids? Remember: Hooters is a family restaurant... (j/k)
You're supposed to FAILOVER between them, not load balance between them.
You can't hold amazon accountable for your own stupidity.
Beyond that, you have to ask yourself the question: how many outages would you have had with your own facility in the past year compared to this outage? Did you apply the same approach to your use of EC2 as you would to your own facility?
I know where the employees who work for me live. I know what car they drive. I know where they like to go to lunch. I have their social security number and a copy of their driver's license.
I also know a guy named Tony. Tony likes to break things. And ever since some pencil-neck computer nerd posted pictures of Tony's girlfriend on-line, Tony really likes to break computer nerds.
With Google, these things are much less transparent.
Any time you hear a project manager say "God Willing" about a deliverable or date you know they are flat out lying.
This is exactly why Apple doesn't want third-party UI systems on the iPad. They make their own business decision to improve their UI (something Google has needed for some time and something Google needs in order to survive against the likes of Bing) and now they are getting bad press because some lazy programmer can't figure out how to scrape their search results.
Intermediation is not a right. Businesses should have the right to engage with their customers without third-parties trying to intervene.
Actually, when he uses "proprietary" he means what he says: controlled by a private entity.
The only reason to build a device-specific App is to take advantage of device-specific features. If you're building something akin to what is being delivered in the iAd demos, why are you bothering?
The iPhone supported sending pictures taken on the phone using the built-in email client from the very beginning. The best part: this feature was basically free (you'd already paid for the data service regardless).
By contrast, MMS messages require an additional charge (either an additional data plan or a per-message fee).
The only reason Apple ever decided to support MMS was because US-based customers wanted this feature to send pics to non-email capable phone users.
The iPhone also has no serial port sticking off of it. That's how it goes with old, outdated technology.
Does the company have an existing dress code? Do the IT guys follow that dress code well?
Let's be honest: IT guys have a reputation for being a bit sloppy. If that's the case here, perhaps the right approach would be for the team to do a better job of looking professional.
But if the team is already meeting the same expectations as the other employees, this just sounds like a giant waste of time. Money, energy and resources wasted on this would probably be better spent on something worthwhile that would actually have an impact on the team's ability to provide quality service.
Yes. Kinda like IBM does.