Wrong. Whole Foods accepts bitcoin.
No Whole Foods here.
Less than 50 listed for all of North America, that's hardly a counter-argument.
Overstock.com, Amazon, CVS, Target, Victoria's Secret, Zappos, the list keeps growing.
Of course most of these stores actually use a payment processor that immediately converts the bitcoins to USD for them, but if more and more stores start accepting it, at some point the currency may become so practical that such conversions will no longer need to be made. If a company does business with another company that accepts bitcoin, they may as well take bitcoin from their clients and then use those bitcoins to pay their suppliers. Transaction fees are much lower than those for credit cards, you don't even need any middle men.
Yeah, and if enough people start trying to pay in tulip bulbs, and if they reeeeally believe...
I couldn't believe Victoria's Secret takes bitcoin, and sure enough they don't. They take gift cards.... that can be purchased with bitcoin. Which is exactly what the parent was arguing, "I can exchange BTC for my local currency and then go about my business, but that's about it."
Things get more interesting with the second category: "non-personal" information, which is any user data that isn't associated with a specific individual. We're talking about details like customers' jobs, real-time location, habits, and the like. That data, the company says, is collected anonymously. Apple has free reign to share, sell, or store it however it damn pleases.
Just because Apple hasn't explicitly tied a name to the information doesn't mean it's anonymous. Even a fragment of the location data is enough to identify most people.
The point is no longer "What $COMPANY does with the data it collects", though that might be unsettling on its own, it's what the NSA (or any other data aggregator) can do with it.
They're not providing any value, they're summarizing a release announcement -- and the only things they left out are three bullet points that are just version number bumps for major apps/libraries in base.
Surely the same criticism came up during the alpha? I know I gave almost the same complaint (minus the Digg threat) in the survey, and other than being a bit more feature complete, the layout looks almost the same.
It has just been discovered that research causes cancer in rats.