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Comment Apple did (Score 1) 251

Apple went into the MP3 market at the top, into the Phone market at the top and into the tablet market at the top.

If you want to learn business, do NOT take MS as your only example unless you got an IBM willing to hand you a market for free.

Comment Re:Failed Marketing (Score 1) 251

I think the core problem is that the market - as a whole - doesn't want real productivity devices. They want things to replace their desktops and laptops, but more portably. They want web browsers and YouTube players. They want messaging. They want simple photo editing. A few people here and there want office suites and development environments, but their numbers are dwarfed by those who just want to "carry the Internet around" easily so they can interact with it in a fun way.

I'd buy a tablet that booted directly into Sublime Text in one window and a shell in another. I'd have a lot of fun with that and it would be my idea of a productivity device. And yet, I don't think I'd have to wait in line on launch day.

Comment Dispute - not often at all (Score 1, Troll) 510

Regulations can be and are often used as important tools for safety

At one point "often" might have applied.

Now it applies perhaps in 1% of the cases where regulation is preventing something.

And yes, I've lived in a country with very few regulations.

Key word: Lived.

I note you bring up pretty much the only valid regulations that exist, among the first before the system went wild.

Comment The reason is as stated - protection racket (Score 3, Informative) 510

They didn't just get made up because it was fun to regulate taxi drivers

No, they got made up because someone could then make money from ALL drivers picking up someone, and furthermore artificially jacking up prices by lowering supply.

No, the whole thing is about protecting people from ending up in the back of "taxis" that couldn't or wouldn't get through

Ha! Spoken like someone who has never been in a real taxi. In London perhaps with the black cabs we could buy your bullshit. In most other cities or most other companies you just need to fork over the VERY LARGE amount of cash required to join the club - your only instructors required being Washington and Benjamin.

Comment Re:What is better, an attempt at truth or nothing? (Score 0) 158

If Apple genuinely gave even the slightest fuck about improving working conditions in China they'd take some of that $100billion cash pile and produce their own or buy out a manufacturing plant and show how it should be done.

Which they did in the U.S. for the Mac Pro.

And of course they used their own money to give bonuses to Chinese workers at FoxConn...

Again your whining just looks like pointless nonsense because Apple is still doing far more than any other company, and you give all those companies a pass. You just bash Apple while using products made under even worse conditions.

And you still sit typing on on-Apple equipment ACTUALLY made by child labor. What a hypocritical bastard you are.

Comment Re:NSA doesn't like the system it created??? (Score 1) 529

THE LAW OF THE LAND declares that some people are only 3/5ths of a person. And women need not apply... Its a shitty document in places. We've done our best to patch it up in places, but it could really use more amending. However that's a long and time consuming process. In the event that time is of the essence, and following it would violate your own moral code to follow the law, you violate the law.

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