Although I'm not a violinist, what I've been told by classical violinists who've had the opportunity to play a strad: it's hard to make a bad sound on the instrument - tone production is easier.
Believe it or not, a lower quality instrument (violin or otherwise) may not suitable for playing certain pieces. Violins and pianos are great examples of this. I overheard a couple of violinists playing the opening page of the Scherzo from Schumann's second symphony (recording and sheet music ). Both violinists played it on a $30k violin and $40k violin. Neither was able to get the passage clear (at full tempo) on the $30k violin, but both could play it easily on the $40k violin. Both violinists were conservatory trained and about equal skill level. That's not to say that instruments are all priced perfectly, but there is something to higher quality instruments being easier to play. Who knows about the luthiers of today? I certainly hope some are producing the strads of tomorrow, but it might not be clear for a century or two.
Given the choice, do you think the average developer would rather work on a netbook or a high end laptop? Both could probably get the job done, but compiling would take longer and everything else would likely take longer.
Anyway, my point is, no one updates device software forever - but most people here on macdot.org are making that assertion. Saying, "Apple updates the old devices... but, that device is too old" is not the same thing as "Apple updates all the old devices continually."
It would seem that many people aren't keeping a phone even two years now. I've known quite a few people to upgrade their phone as often as possible, (including iPhone 4 to 4s) so this all may be irrelevant. I'm 100% sure that Apple, Samsung, Motorola, and friends wouldn't mind selling a new phone once a year.
I can't believe there are so many people on slashdot who actually believe keeping one hand continuously pressed against ones face is perfectly fine when driving. Sure, you can use the hand holding the cell to do things, but I never really see drivers doing that.
It's definitely not as safe to take a hard turn with one hand... one slip and you'll lose control - especially if you're holding a big cell phone in your hand. You can do it, but you can't say that it's just as safe as using 2 hands. But, it is slashdot, where people make a point assuming their viewpoint is always correct. It's cool - like junior high.
I find it hilarious that no one here understands the problem with the conclusion, "there is no difference between using a hands free device and continuously holding a cell phone to your head." Sure, you can drop the phone and then your hand will be free, but I really doubt everyone would do that.
I forget, though - this is slashdot; everyone has to argue everything from the perspective of "I never have that problem - I don't know what you are talking about. No one else's argument is worth thinking about." Oh well, at least it's not another article about something Apple related.
What if you need to honk at someone who's moving into your lane? Sure, you can drop your cell phone or use your hand with the cell phone in it, but I doubt most people do that.
Since 1972, when SSA began assigning SSNs and issuing cards centrally from Baltimore, the area number assigned has been based on the ZIP code in the mailing address provided on the application for the original Social Security card. The applicant's mailing address does not have to be the same as their place of residence. Thus, the Area Number does not necessarily represent the State of residence of the applicant, either prior to 1972 or since.
They even say (you can choose to believe them or not):
Note: One should not make too much of the "geographical code." It is not meant to be any kind of useable geographical information. The numbering scheme was designed in 1936 (before computers) to make it easier for SSA to store the applications in our files in Baltimore since the files were organized by regions as well as alphabetically. It was really just a bookkeeping device for our own internal use and was never intended to be anything more than that.
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