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Comment Re:Good decision, but there's some dishonesty... (Score 1) 259

I suspect we're going to be having this same fight over Li-Ion batteries as well.

Anyone who's tried shopping for a replacement battery for their laptop or camera knows what a cesspool that market is. Some of them are indeed ethical and trying to build a reputation. But there are hundreds of off-brand vendors of "refurbished," "remanufactured," or "compatible" batteries, which invariably turn out to be crap. Good luck telling the difference when shopping on Amazon.

Comment Re:Reasons why this will never fly: (Score 1) 141

3a. Who the bloody hell told him it's his business how many friends and family I have over to watch a goddamned movie!? Bugger off!

The following story is apocryphal; I haven't seen an authoritative reference for it.

It seems that, ages ago, before the emergence of the Betamax and VHS VCRs, Ampex developed a consumer video playback deck that had no rewind function, and no easy physical access to the spindles that would allow a user to rewind the tape themselves. The idea was that the consumer would rent the video from a store, take it home and watch it. If they wanted to watch it again, they had to take it back to the store, where they would pay again to rent the video, and the store would rewind the tape on a special rig. Essentially Pay-Per-View home video, but with all the infrastructure costs borne by the user.

Ampex presented the idea to $(A_HOLLYWOOD_STUDIO) to see if they might be on board with the idea. They liked it as far as it went, but then one Extremely Successful Executive asked, "What if there's more than one person in the room?"
"...Sorry?"
"What if there's more than one person in the room watching the movie? How do you charge for those viewers?"
"Uh, we don't. Not with this setup."

The studio thanked them very civilly for their time, but indicated they had no interest.

A couple years later, Sony comes out with the Betamax, and Hollywood shits a brick.

These patent submissions make it seem like they're trying to count the number of viewers in the room, so they can charge "admission" for them. I'm sure $(A_HOLLYWOOD_STUDIO) is absolutely giddy at the possibility of clawing back all that money that got "left on the table" back in the 1970's...

Comment Re:Collective bargaining makes no sense (Score 2) 75

Spoken like a true Fountainhead-thumping Objectivist:

If you aren't good enough to deserve a favorable contract, why should someone better lend you their merit?

Fine. I have contacted all your underwriters and canceled all your insurance policies. I fail to see why my safer driving and healthy diet should inure to your benefit.

Comment Re:Pro = expandable (Score 5, Interesting) 219

You say "cheese grater" semi-sarcastically, but I rather liked that box. It was very well designed, solid, easy to get in to, and plenty of expansion. Its only real drawback was that it was heavy.

Hey, Apple! If you're really interested in maintaining control of the HW design -- and I mean in a meaningful way, not the cheeseball gee-whiz pretentious way where indicator LEDs are entirely absent because they disrupt the "line" of the machine -- then may I suggest you start selling... Motherboards. Yes, design a motherboard you're happy with, then stick it in an anti-static bag alongside an OS X DVD. The owner can then add their preferred CPU, RAM (quad-channel DDR4, natch), and GPU, and put the whole thing in a case that meets their needs. Hell, you'll probably be able to squeeze even higher margins out of the thing, since you won't have to design or build custom casework, which can get kinda spendy.

Comment News to Me... (Score 1) 167

Here in the San Francisco bay area, AT&T has been running an ad for the last couple months or so on one of those electronic billboards advertising gigabit fiber service. Well, if they're actually offering it somewhere on the peninsula, I have no idea where, because every time I check on their site, they claim it's not yet available in my area, despite the fact that I've seen their trucks running around the area apparently putting up new cabling of some sort. Google seems to have gotten bored with Google Fiber, so I'm not holding my breath for them anymore. In fact, the only ISP I know is offering gigabit fiber service in the bay area is Sonic.net, in a very slow, limited roll-out.

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