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Comment Re:Afraid of bugged hardware? (Score 1) 397

"As long as Americans continue to elect politicians that worship companies and the "free market" over their own countries interests [...]"

This is capitalism. Big corporations control politics. It doesn't matter who the American vote for. Capitalism is eating away democracy. In a culture that seeks infinite growth and ever growing profits, eventually more and more people will end up picking up the tab.

Comment Period of Relevance (Score 1) 564

Why is it so hard to imagine a technology that "only" stays relevant for 8 years or so? The iPod became relevant in 2004 and stopped being so shortly after the iPhone's introduction. That's less than 8 years of relevance. The iPad is in its Year 3. By the way, there are so much dissing around here that it seems Slashdot has become just another site where haters and fanboys gather.

Comment Re:The "shortage" is there (Score 2) 580

Thank you! I'm one of those dumb people who now wished he had gotten a BA degree instead. Wear a suit, go to meetings, eat lunch with well-dressed men and women, being highly regarded (because of the suit) and moving up the hierarchy without actually doing half of the real work I'm doing now. Engineering has been in a race to the bottom for a while now. The "engineer" title has long lost its prestige and real meaning because countries like India and China are producing cheap "engineers". Companies can hire plenty of cheap engineers to do *any* technical work. So yeah, why invest time and money to become a technician? So I don't blame our kids for not aspiring to become an engineer -- they are smart.

Comment Not new technology but new market (Score 3, Insightful) 504

Apple's success is not about new technology (tablets and smartphones already existed before the iPad and the iPhone, respectively); it is about creating a new market -- they transform a niche market into a maintream market. They have been incredibly successful in doing that because: 1) they make technology accessible and, more importantly, 2) they create awareness. They manage to create awareness not only with excellent marketing but, and this is their very unique advantage over any other company, because all eyes are on Apple. Whether it's tech media or maintream mass media, whether it's the Web, TV, newspaper or radio, every media is following and reporting Apple's every move. Any company can make technology accessible, very few, if any, can create awareness like Apple can.

Comment Re:China is the new Arabs (Score 0, Flamebait) 319

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This is just "business as usual" in American -- the business of fear and hate of the foreign. When we start seeing Chinese prominently portayed as the bad guys in Hollywood movies, we'll know America has changed target (ref.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reel_Bad_Arabs).

Comment Re:Obious Reason (Score 1) 163

So are you saying that if the developer clearly states that it was a BitTorrent app, Apple would have accepted it? I don't think the developer was entirely surprised that the app ended up being rejected. They knew that if they advertised it as a BitTorrent app, it would have had no chance of being accepted by Apple. So they tried to trick Apple knowing that they might be caught anyway.

Comment Google Wimped Out (Score 1) 64

It's just amazing how Westerners in general and Americans in particular view this latest event as a win for Google and see China just wanted to "save face". Reality is the redirect to google.com.hk did NOTHING at all in terms of bypassing censorship -- users in China couldn't even go there! It's just a smokescreen for us Westerners aiming to give the image of a righteous Google rebelling against China censorship (and judging by the comments here, that smokescreen worked marvelously). Bottom line is Google wimped out by once again offering filtered Google search results to Chinese users -- they follow the money as any company would do. Equally amazing is some people believing that China had more to lose than Google in this "standoff". In the grand scheme of things, Google is practically insignificant to China's economy whereas, to Google, China is the biggest yet-to-be-conquered market on the planet. This goes to show that, often times, media manipulation and propaganda are much more effective than censorship.

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