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Comment: Go elsewhere (Score 1) 146

Host it e.g. in Switzerland.
I work at a Swiss hosting company - few corporate entities from the US go as far as getting a court-order from a Swiss judge (which we require before we do anything).
We get tons of bogus "Hi, I work for .... , we represent this-and-that large company and so-and-so infringes on our client's copyright etc." emails.
We all tell them to come back when they've got a court-order signed by a Swiss judge. Registered mail.
But of course, unless you also live in Switzerland, the lawyers will eventually just target you directly.
It helps to filter out all the "noise", though - I admit.

Additionally, you've got to choose a hosting-provider that has no US ties - else they just go via the US HQ and then you're back at square one...

Comment: Re:Less hands-on (Score 1) 209

by rainer_d (#47242673) Attached to: How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes
Maybe you and some of your friends would roll back.
But that doesn't mean that half of the people who got upgraded to 7 would downgrade to 6 in an instant. That assumption is totally unfounded.
Do you think that the customer satisfaction statistics that show 90%+ results of ipad/iphone would look as good if people hated iOS7 en masse?

Comment: It was a tongue-in-cheek comment (Score 1) 711

by rainer_d (#47158061) Attached to: Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'
For me, having watched the keynote, it was quite clear that it was meant as a light-hearted joke - why anybody would get riled-up about it is beyond me.
Also, I doubt that Apple would be able to achieve and exceed their sales and profit growth targets with only fanbois buying - the number of those is pretty limited and can be counted by counting the number of people who line-up when a new i-device is on sale for the first day.
So, there must be a quite significant number of switchers. And for some, it was indeed a "mistake" to buy an Android phone in the first place.

Comment: I remember (Score 1) 264

When this was still in the decision-phase and the City of Munich solicited offers, Microsoft started to offer big discounts. As the "Linux-option" became more and more credible, the discounts got even bigger.
This, in turn, angered high-level officials because the realized, perhaps for the first time, how much they had overpaid for the last decade.

Comment: Simple (Score 4, Informative) 311

by rainer_d (#46907809) Attached to: Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law
He was going to die. And he knew it. So he was able to take risks that no one else was going to take.
Because he knew: whatever he did (short of doing an OJ-Simpson style stupidity), he would only be judged by his achievements, the products he created.
Nobody remembers Charlie Chaplin for his three teenager-wifes and pre-marriage pregnancies - even though it was a major scandal even back then.
What lives on are his works.

Comment: Re:Price Problem (Score 1) 333

by rainer_d (#46902413) Attached to: Figuring Out the iPad's Place

We have a couple iPads in our house, and I find myself resentful of the price to upgrade, so we haven't. The competitors are nearly as good, and cost half as much. The price points for more memory in particular outrages me. Why is anyone shipping a premium tablet starting at 16 GB of non-upgradeable storage these days!? How can you justify another $100 just to get to 32 GB?! 64 GB should be the starting point for tablets in Apple's target premium price range.

Earlier on I could understand the premium price, as the competition was simply nowhere near the polish and functionality. But the extra bells and whistles Apple has added just are not keeping pace compared to the premium they are still charging.

I long ago realized I was not in their target demographic for phone and PC sales, and now I think my next tablet is not likely to be an Apple one. Somehow they feel they are exempt from following the steady march downwards of electronics prices.

Heck I'd even be interested in shelling out extra for an iMac, but every time I check they are still not upgradeable, and come with rather underwhelming processors/memory/GPU considering the extreme markup.

Oh well.

You are correct, you are not their target-demographic.
Their target-demographic doesn't even know what a GPU ist (or like myself, doesn't game at all and thus it doesn't matter as long as it can drive a 30" display).
But the number of people like you is actually decreasing. That's why Samsung has trouble making their numbers every quarter: the top-product they sell appears attractive only to a small number of people (geeks, people who like to tinker).
They can sell a lot of products that don't make much money, though - to people who are unlikely to spend further money.
I've got technically savvy co-workers who have disabled even the finger-print scanner on their iPhone 5S - simply because they don't want to have the slight delay.
Do you think Samsung can sell those people a phone with all those pseudo-features like eye-tracking and what else they built into their everything-and-the-kitchen-sink model?

Apple is still the king in the "less is more"-department, simply by guessing correctly the stuff people really don't want to have.

That said, I have an iPhone 4S and I've got trouble justifying the expense that is an iPhone 5S - but then, people spend much more on cars and motorbikes that depreciate to near zero after 10 years. And an iPhone is good for at least four years of solid use, if you take care of it well.

If people think Android is better value for money, they might actually be correct - but only for their definition of value.

Comment: Re:But when/if has it been exploited? (Score 2) 62

by rainer_d (#46752027) Attached to: Heartbleed Disclosure Timeline Revealed
There are various reports that efforts to exploit this vulnerability go back almost as far as the introduction of the bug to various distributions.

I wonder if someone discovered the bug and sold it to the "vulnerability assessment" industry (which in turn supplies spooks and other government agencies with their exploits so they can perform "lawful interception").
Such a bug would probably sell for a million these days. Or even more.

It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions. - Robert Bly