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Comment Re:No mention of ticket prices (Score 1) 233

I wouldn't say satellite phones were a forerunner of modern mobile telephones, more of a parallel development. The modern phones are a linear descendant of carphones, which were first used in 1946 (Motorola an Bell in the USA - a land that has super-rich people, though the work was done by a state-owned monopoly, so I'm not sure what this says about the ideological part of the argument). The first communication satellite wasn't launched until after portable telephones were well-understood (though still bulky and analogue) technology.

Comment Re:No mention of ticket prices (Score 2) 233

The fuel margins on Concorde were really tight. I had a flying lesson at Exeter Airport that ended up being extended by about half an hour when Concorde came in (and so I got to see Concorde landing from above, which was fun). Apparently if it missed the landing, it didn't have enough fuel to do a complete circuit (it also had a huge turning circle) and so would have to land somewhere else. This meant that when Concorde stated its approach, it got complete priority over everything else in the sky.

Comment Re:Or fuel requirements (Score 1) 233

That calculation isn't as simple as you might think. Airlines buy fuel futures to be able to predict their costs and often over-buy incase they add more routes. They then trade these. If the fuel cost goes up a lot, then selling the futures can be quite profitable, and in a few cases completely cover their cost of buying fuel, so that 15% may include the cost of fuel minus a big profit when they sold some futures to another airline.

Comment Re:That's no app (Score 4, Informative) 242

Even though app seems like it's short for application it is rather short for "Mobile Application".

Bullshit. People have been shortening application to app for decades. NeXTSTEP, OPENSTEP, and Mac OS X all used .app as the file extension for applications, used NSApp as the global variable that holds a pointer to the current application object, and used App in their marketing terminology since the '80s. iOS apps were called apps because that's the same term that Apple has used on the desktop since it was a company called NeXT, trying to redefine the term to only mean mobile apps is nonsense.

Comment Re:We have laws for this already (Score 1) 331

The founders of the USA created a system of checks and balances to restrain the government. This included splitting powers between the state and federal governments and splitting the power of the federal government between the legislature, executive, and judiciary, all of which were appointed by different mechanisms.

They didn't feel the need to provide similar checks and balances on the power of rich people or corporations, because neither was particularly powerful in the US at the time of founding (if they'd looked at the East India Company a bit more closely, they might have done things differently).

Comment Re:United Airlines at it again (Score 1) 107

A few years ago, United was about the only US carrier to make a profit. Unfortunately, all of them made a loss on the business of actually flying planes. They all buy fuel futures to let them plan their operating costs in advance and United made a fairly hefty profit selling some of theirs when prices spiked. I don't know if they've managed to make a profit operating planes since then, but the economics of operating an airline is deeply strange. RyanAir, for example, gets sufficient subsidies from a lot of the small airports that they fly to that they can make a profit even if the plane is empty, the passengers are just there to justify the subsidies (they won't be renewed if they don't deliver a sufficiently large total number of passengers). Anything that they take from their passengers is pure profit.

Over the last two or three decades, there's been such a race to the bottom for airlines that they're basically having to sell their tickets at below cost and make money elsewhere. They're not the only business to hit this. Some of the supermarkets in the UK got bad press about five years ago for paying farmers below cost for milk. Milk goes off sufficiently quickly that unless you have a second customer lined up, if they supermarket refuses to pay your production costs you either make a small loss selling to them or make a large loss disposing of the milk. In the long term, this isn't sustainable, because it just pushes farms out of the milk business. The same seems to be happening with airlines.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 168

Huh? Go to Settings. One of the top items (the top one after the block of device settings) is Notifications. Click on it. You are presented with a list of apps. Click on the app. At the top, there is a global toggle to allow notifications. If it's turned on, then you have more options underneath to control where notifications are shown. Control of notifications is centralised, so it's easy to go down the list and disable them for all apps except the ones that you actually want. On top of that, apps are never given the permission to display notifications by default: the first time that they try, you will be prompted to allow them. You only need to go via the settings screen if you want to change your mind later.

Face it, Apple doesn't care about their users, they only care about their revenue.

The same is true of Google. The difference is that Google gets all of its revenue from ads, whereas Apple gets most of theirs from people buying the devices, so they'll make money from you even if you never run any apps that run annoying popups, whereas Google has a big financial incentive to make it difficult for you to avoid seeing ads.

Comment Re:Just turn that stuff off. (Score 1) 168

Turn off auto-sync for your emails too. You don't need to respond in seconds. It's an email.

That's no reason to turn off auto-sync, just turn off notifications for emails. With auto-sync, the emails will be there the next time that you look at your phone, but won't require you to respond immediately.

Comment Re:And what's wrong with such reasonable assumptio (Score 2, Informative) 362

In some cases, because people in management justify their existence (and salaries) by the number of people that report to them. Add more employees, manager's importance goes up. That provides a strong incentive to have employees that don't do anything useful, but do report to you.

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