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Comment part of the overall strategy (Score 1) 433

Developing the original larger iPad was probably an order of magnitude easier to design and produce than the smaller iPad...the screen resolution is the same (original non-retina). It was also probably easier to develop the larger Retina iPad than it was to develop the smaller Retina iPad (should be out soon enough). By releasing the iPad's in this order, it allows people to buy multiple iPad's, resulting in more revenue, which allows them to use that revenue to develop the next version, etc. It was all part of the plan. It's just like how they would release the iPod in white and black, then colors.

Comment Re:or maybe (Score 2) 173

[Announcer:] There's just one place to go for all of your spatula needs
[Random Voice #1:] Spatula City
[Random Voice #2:] Spatula City

A giant warehouse of spatulas for every occasion.
Thousands to choose from in every shape, size, and color.
And because we eliminate the middle man, we can sell all our spatulas factory direct to you.
Where do you go if you want to buy name brand spatulas at a fraction of retail cost?
[Random Voice:] Spatula City
[Random Voice:] Spatula City

And this weekend only, take advantage of our special liquidation sale.
Buy nine spatulas, get the tenth one for just one penny.
Don't forget, they make great Christmas presents.
And what better way to say "I love you." than with the gift of a spatula?
[Random Voice:] Spatula City
[Random Voice:] Spatula City

[Sy Greenblum:]
Hello, this is Sy Greenblum, president of Spatula City.
I liked their spatulas so much, I bought the company.

Spatula City - seven locations; we're in the yellow pages under "spatulas".

[Neighbor:] My, where did you get that lovely spatula?
[Singers:] Spatula City: We sell spatulas, and that's all.

Comment Re:US (Score 1) 999

All the money is in the mines in Western Australia, not in Sydney. It's possible to save a good chunk of money in a short period of time, especially because you don't have to pay for accommodation and food while you are working. Sydney is not where the money is at. But where Australia has a huge advantage over all the other countries is that the retirement system (superannuation) is completely funded, it is not a ponzi scheme like Social Security is in the US. The US is completely fucked at this point, what you are going to see in the next 10 years or so is the government is going to become more and more aggressive trying to collect as much taxes and fees as possible until there is nothing left in order to feed it's addiction to debt. (I am originally from the US but moved to Australia 5 years ago. My only regret is that I should have moved from the US much much earlier.)

Comment Re:Florian Mueller is essentially a whore. (Score 0) 165

It'd be a big surprise *to you*, given your worldview. You should get out and actually learn about the world with practical first hand experience, and then you can have an informed opinion. You sound like an academic who is an expert on sex because you have read every single book on the subject.

Comment Re:Not a very graceful move (Score 0) 911

I was born in America and I spent the last few years obtaining PR in Australia, which wasn't easy. In another year or so I'll have my citizenship and be able to renounce my US citizenship. I consider my US passport to be a burden not a benefit. The US is one of only two contries in the world (the other being Japan) that taxes your *worldwide* income (there is a threshold however). So by virtue of being born in the US one becomes an economic slave to the US government. But the main reason I left is because the US government scares me. Laws are being passed to reduce freedom as much as possible. And nobody seems to care.

As the US government needs more and more money to roll over its debt it is going to continually raise taxes on its citizens until they have nothing left. There is a cycle to everything, it's the way energy travels, and the US is long past its peak.

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