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Comment: 5C is basically a 5 on a less expensive chassis (Score 1) 348

by saunderscc (#44867155) Attached to: Did Apple Make a Mistake By Releasing Two New iPhones?
In the past, outgoing iPhone models stayed around as a less expensive alternative for people. With all of the R&D and other expenses amortized over many, many units, margins were still attractive at lower ASP's for outgoing models. This time around the 5 is no longer available in it's current form. It stays around as a "new" iPhone model on a less expensive chassis--compare the 5 and 5C and you will see the main difference being the housing. The "new" iPhone 5S has the new gee-whiz features, and the 5S will be built on the current, more expensive 5 chassis.

Comment: Re:Waiting.. (Score 1) 449

by saunderscc (#26635111) Attached to: Apple Awarded Patent For iPhone Interface
The example of the 100-mpg car that was patented isn't realistic, but it illustrates the problem with the patent-kept-another-invention/innovation-from-happening argument. First, you wouldn't patent a car, per se. You would patent the systems, processes, etc. that enabled the astonishing mpg. Second, if someone did have a patent for a 100-mpg car, it would pay (in the most ginormous way) to license your technology to other enterprises with the capital to do something about it. Just saying...

Comment: Terra Firma (Score 1) 176

by saunderscc (#20894775) Attached to: New Head of EMI Says 'Embrace Digital Music or Die'
As an investor in Terra Firma's last 2 funds, I can tell you that Guy Hands and his team are smart cookies. TF often invests where others fear to tread--industries in desperate need of change. More often than not, they've been successful in their turnaround efforts. While that doesn't guarantee success with EMI, the music biz certainly seems broken. This "memo" made news this weekend, but it is similar to what we've been hearing for some time. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how this one plays out--fingers crossed here. To read more about Terra Firma and it's previous investments see www.terrafirma.com. Slashdotters might be interested in TF's renewable energy business, Infinis, which was created out of a landfill business, Waste Recycling Group, and now accounts for something like 10-11% of the renewable energy in the UK.

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