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Comment Re:I'd expect that... (Score 1) 404

Android and IOS just don't have really good tools to integrate with business.

I'm curious what you feel they are missing.

E-mail and calendaring, I prefer Android and iOS's tools to what is available from Microsoft, and that is connecting to a Microsoft's own Exchange servers on the back end. I imagine Android should be even better for businesses that have migrated to GMail for their back-end.
Remote wipe features for mobile devices are available on all platforms.
Document creation and perusal seems to be pretty inter-operable across platforms (although animations in presentation packages aren't always compatible across platforms).
With more and more business software migrating to web apps (accounting systems, customer management, ERP, etc), it seems that most business software will be more rather than less device-independent.

Comment Re:Lots of Money (Score 5, Insightful) 404

I think Microsoft can. It's a matter of how many billions of dollars they want to bleed first. It worked with the XBox. Of course the XBox was also helped by Sony's stupidity.

I was going to ask what you were smoking after reading the first sentence. Reading the rest of the post lends credibility to the possibility, though.

If Apple seriously screws up the next iPhone and Microsoft manages to come up with something far, far better than any OS they've put on a phone ever ... than they might stand a chance of Microsoft coming out over Apple.

It would be hard to beat out Android on all fronts, though ... there have been some seriously crappy Android phones, but I don't think the market has been without great Android phones from at least two different manufacturers in years. So that would require a failure from Google that applied to all manufacturers of Android phones, which doesn't seem too likely.

Comment Re:What's next? (Score 2) 272

Unless those bar/pub's are retailing computers/tablets/phones (who knows, maybe they are), they are not in the same "trade" as an Apple store and would not be affected.

Trademarks are specific to a single trade.

Servicemarks are broader, but also much more difficult to acquire.

Comment Re:Daft! (Score 2) 272

Note that coffee shops are not in the same "trade" as an Apple store, so they are not impacted.

Now, if Apple had requested a servicemark instead of a trademark, that would be a different story ... but a service mark is much harder to get.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 272

No ... no patent was asked for, and none was given.
They trademarked (not patented) a particular set of features, which is fairly common. It only prevents people in the same trade from incorporating the same combination of distinctive features and leaves the enforcement up to Apple's expense to detect and pursue.

Car examples:
Much like Jeep trademarking vehicle's with a "7 vertical slot grill between a pair of round headlights" or Harley Davidson trademarking the sound of their V-twin motorcycles.

Comment US Agencies warning about other US Agencies? (Score 5, Interesting) 292

They are mentioning StuxNet and the like as a threat example? So, the US is in danger of malware created by the US ... perhaps loosing viral code on the world wasn't a good idea.

"We're finding espionage, advanced persistent threats (APTs), and other malware sitting in networks, often for more than a year before it's ever detected," Martinez says.

Now, to "protect" ourselves from our government we need to do what ... turn over more information and control to the people that created the problem? Why would I want to give more power to people that have already proven they can't be trusted with it?

This sounds like nothing more than multi-faceted spin control and manipulation.

What I hear being said:
Look, we need a larger budget to monitor this situation.
And more power to get the information we need without the red tape of actually getting warrants.
For your protection against what we've done, you should just give us all your info, all the time.

Comment Re:Looks like a cash cow for ten states (Score 4, Interesting) 732

Very true.
Many, many people in Kansas City, which sits on the border of Kansas and Missouri, buy their gasoline in Missouri and the busiest stations are the ones just on the Missouri side of State Line Road, because the difference in gasoline taxes amounts to about seven cents per gallon.
At current prices in the area, that's about 2%. So it is a fair comparison and a good predictor that people would likely do the same thing for credit card purchases.
I would guess most people, though, could switch from credit purchases to debit card purchases for routine shopping.

Comment Re:Idiot. (Score 1) 633


Instead of completing his/her final year at a traditional high school (as would be typical in the US), the student starts attending a 2-year degree and/or vo-tech school. Completion of the two-year program serves the same function as high school diploma in the US and (depending on the school and program completed) may also serve as an Associates degree.

Usually people complete a program like this before turning 20, but there are many reasons why that isn't necessarily the case.

Comment Re:This is a country that wants in the EU (Score 1) 444

Religion exists because lights in the sky go boom and it doesn't rain when you want it to and things happen you can't understand.

Guess what, today we can understand those things and so religion is quite literally at odds with modern life.

Will you marry me? No? Probably for the best ... but I'm going to quote you, at least.

Comment Re:Dancing around race issue? (Score 1) 412

In the US:
The test is administered in US public schools.
Many of the wealthier people in the US send their kids to private schools, where the test is NOT administered.
Those with lower income backgrounds are almost universally in public schools, where the test could be administered.
So, people from lower income backgrounds are more heavily represented.

Some countries (although usually not "1st World"):
Wealthier people send their kids to school, where the test may be administered.
Those with lower income backgrounds may not even attend school, so the test would not be administered.
So, people from higher income backgrounds are more heavily represented.

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