If so that means at the 32GB level you'll have to pay $180 more to get an iPad mini with worse resolution.
They do it because they know the masses will pay that much for it and insist it's better.
So! I hope Google will be equally as cheerful when the government comes in and wrenches all of their technologies away from them because they've become so ubiquitous! I mean, if there's anything "everyone" uses on the Internet nowadays that ought to be "shared," it's Google search, right?
You too can create your own search engine to compete against Google. Google doesn't have a patent on that, only their particular algorithm for doing search. Create your own search engine algorithm and you're good to go. What you can't do, however, is create your own algorithm to search multiple sources on a phone, or create your own slide-to-unlock algorithm for a phone, because Apple has patented the very idea of doing that. And somehow you think those are the "technologies" that need protection from the government wrenching them away.
why should they spend any money on getting a new version of the OS onto an already sold and accounted for phone?
Because customers are unlikely to come back if their last phone never got updated? This attitude sounds like a good way to get customers to switch do a phone that gets timely updates.
I realize this is fanciful, and the odds are really high that this didn't happen, but who is to say that six thousand years ago something didn't just pop everything into existence fully formed, *including* all of the evidence?
And how is this *not* creationism? If you're trying to prove that not everyone that doubts evolution is a harboiled creationist, you probably shouldn't base your argument on a slightly reworded form of creationism.
On serious note: what are the alternatives? Are there any other menu-based window managers, that look nice? I mean, I can tolerate the Fluxbox, but my wife definitely cant
Linux Mint. Based on Ubuntu, but with a reasonable desktop manager plan. I use Cinnamon, which is trying to make Gnome3 look similar to the Gnome2 desktop but it still a bit of a work in progress. It also comes with Mate, which is a full fork of Gnome2. Either way Mint is more oriented for desktop-friendly interfaces in the long term, as opposed to thinking a tablet interface is a good idea.