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Comment Re:Hell yes! (Score 1) 660

what's not fair competition? apple's selling computers+osx to compete against dell+hp+lenovo+whomever+microsoft

with apple gone, the only player in the consumer PC market would be windows.

linux still isn't there as an option (though it's getting there slowly slowly)

Comment Re:It's not that complicated (Score 1) 821

that's like saying a home builder will sell you a "Starter Edition" house that, once you open the door (he threw the door in as a bonus!), find out the house is basically a shell on top of the foundation.. no fixtures, cabinets, flooring, drywalls, just framing.

And if you just use mostly F/OSS, getting basic would probably annoy the hell out of you.

Comment Re:Oh come on.... strawman (Score 1) 821

and this is exactly why a room full of MBA's can only stagnate a company, and not innovate.

Market segmentation only works when doing so has benefits for the consumer, the customer demands or understands what they're getting or not getting, and it doesn't cause confusion.

Your example of GPS and stereos has nothing to do with segmentation. You're just talking about companies charging for the convenience of having something pre-installed on delivery.

The pricing tiers with Red Hat is there because not all businesses need the same thing. Businesses like to pay for only what they need.

The reason why Microsoft is being picked on for their practice of segmenting a consumer product marketed towards the general public is because the general public isn't a business.

And this is something that microsoft doesn't understand. The Mojave thing by microsoft illustrated very clearly that non-computer nerd consumers can't identify Vista. What chance is there that they'll know what to buy between the different versions of Vista/Win7? If anything else, it'll turn customers off, and they'll just stick with what they know - which just so happens to be whatever OS their computer came with.

Comment Re:Here here! (Score 1) 187

the problem is with what the stock market's evolved into.

originally, the stock market is there for people to invest in companies and to participate in its success

what the stock market is now are millions of day traders who care nothing about the company they're investing in, and are staring at stock tickers, waiting to profit off of intra-day price changes.

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