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Comment Re:Do we have to let the winner out of the arena? (Score 1) 53

With regards to your first question about the $31 billion in revenue and the $22 billion in profits: The marginal profits seem a bit excessive. For example, they could put some of those profits into improving the security model.

Let me see if I understand you new complaint. Google spent $9B in cost for Android. $9B which included security and you are complaining they should have spent more. How would you know? Google didn't break down the cost into how much it spent on each component.

Need I remind you that no one is forced to use Android. And that Android is open source.

No matter how large the profit, there is a bigger number available. You can't cure greed with any amount of cash or booze.

No you missed the whole point. Google is a business. It has to pay for its operating expenses somehow. You seem to think that being altruistic will keep their doors open and their people paid. It doesn't. Now the amount of money of profit is another thing completely separate of whether Google is evil or not.

Comment Re:Do we have to let the winner out of the arena? (Score 4, Insightful) 53

Kind of boggles my mind that the google thinks they made $22 billion profit on $31 billion revenue from Android. Talk about magic money? Some kind of projection of the effects of Android's success on their stock prices? Already we're dealing with fantasy here.

Why does it boggle the mind? Most of the Android revenue is licensing. Google doesn't have a lot of cost when it comes to licensing.

However, my two primary reactions were sadness and amusement. The sadness is at the loss of the google's innocence. I used to think they were sincere about the "Don't be evil" thing, but now they are just another giant EVIL company and the corporate motto has become "All your attention are belong to us." I can't decide whether I was a gullible fool or if the transition was just inevitable under the rules of the American business game as encoded into law by the most cheaply bribed politicians.

Again, why? Sure Goggle has done some evil things but you're saying making money is inherently evil. How do you think Goggle can afford to be not evil as a company. Some money has to come in from somewhere.

Comment Re:I'm an immigrant (Score 1) 851

You can't leave the border wide open

Clearly you've not taken geography or civics or history. The US border with Mexico is 3,201 kilometers (1,989 mi) long with much of it over rugged terrain. The Canada US border is 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi) long. The Atlantic coast is 2069 miles. The Gulf Coast is 1631 miles. The Pacific Coast is 7,623 miles. The Arctic coast is 12,383 miles. So how do you propose to "close" the border? My rough estimation is almost 30,000 miles of border to close. That's just geography.

So which countries maintain a closed border? Only the totalitarian ones like North Korea, East Germany, etc. The vast majority of countries have open borders because the logistics of closed borders is too much to handle. That's history and civics.

Comment Re:A defect is a defect (Score 1) 204

So, you don't consider cancer or diabetes to be diseases? Non-communicable diseases cause far more deaths worldwide than communicable ones.

First of all I NEVER said any of that. Second, a phone is not a biological entity. It can't get a disease. It suffers from a defect.

Comment Re:Apple is jumping the shark pretty hard now (Score 1) 495

There is no excuse to eliminate an audio jack from a phone, much less a Macbook.

Apple has their reasons and you may disagree with those reasons but they have them.

Too many complications with wireless headphones and microphones, and peripherals to add the functionality back just add to clutter for a portable device.

While I agree that generally wireless headphones are sometimes troublesome to set up, it only Apple worked on a set of wireless headphones where they optimized the setup. If only they developed a whole new chip just for this application. . .

Comment Re:Apple's suicide (Score 1) 495

Those were all technologies that were in some way vastly superseded in quality or functionality. The standard audio jack is currently extremely high quality (yay push-pull transistors) and universally standard and will remain so, outside of the apple-verse, for decades to come.

I don't know about "high quality" when it comes to a standard headphone audio jack. Now for the MacBook Pro as well as some other laptops, the headphone jack is also a digital audio out port as well. So ditching that would affect those customers like DJs and sound professionals that use that port as a digital signal.

Comment Re:I don't need faster, I need cheaper (Score 1) 324

If your current iPhone is still relatively new, it will be at least a year or so longer before Apple cripples it with an iOS update designed with that in mind.

[Citation Needed] And when has Apple done that?

iOS 10 Compatibility List
The oldest iPhone: iPhone 5 (September 21, 2012)
The oldest iPad: iPad 4th gen (November 2, 2012)
The only thing you could say is the iPod Touch has to be new.

If anything newer versions of iOS work well with older iOS devices. You can't say that about Android devices.

Comment Re:Everyone overlooks the number of pixels (Score 1) 324

For example, the iPhone 7 Plus is 1920x1080; the Samsung S7 Edge is 2560x1440. The Samsung device is pushing 78% more pixels.

Which is more a function of GPU and not the CPU. Apple uses PowerVR for their GPU and Samsung used a Mali (ARM) or Adreno depending on where it is sold. Reports are Samsung devices with Mali are sluggish compared to Adreno variants.

Comment Re:iPhone 7 = the new pet rock (Score 1) 324

The OP said: "It isn't technology-related, since both Sony and Samsung fit far more features into less space - again, without sacking the headphone jack." Specifically he disavowed that it had to do with technology so your post is sorta irrelevant. As far as the Gionee Elife S5.1 is concerned it isn't ip68 so, again, irrelevant.

Comment Re:Apple CPU design (Score 1) 324

Not sure if their license allows them to sell their chips to 3rd parties, but I'd think both the 9 and 10 series would be attractive to many systems designers (aerospace, etc).

Apple has an architectural license so yes they could. They chose not to do so.

Also wondering if Apple is moving toward at least a dual-CPU (x86 + A10, say) design for the next generation of Macintosh.

I don't see any benefit. x86 is far less energy efficient so that's why Apple does not use them in mobile devices. As for x86 they work with Intel on power and space efficiency. The only benefit is software porting as a transition; however, since they control OS X, they could move the whole thing to ARM like they when moved to x86 instead of PowerPC and not blink.

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