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The Most Popular Product Of All Time 358

Apple announced Wednesday that it has sold more than one billion iPhones. To understand the magnitude of the milestone, Asymco's Horace Dediu has compiled a list of the best-selling products across several categories. From his post (link shared via email by reader JoshTops):Car model: VW Beetle 21.5 million; car brand: Toyota Corolla 43 million; music album: Thriller 70 million; vehicle: Honda Super Cub 87 million; book title: Lord of the Rings 150 million; toy: Rubik's Cube 350 million; game console: Playstation 382 million; book series: Harry Potter Series 450 million; mobile phone: iPhone 1 billion.
The iPhone is not only the best-selling mobile phone but also the best selling music player, the best-selling camera, the best-selling video screen and the best-selling computer of all time. It is, quite simply, the best-selling product of all time. It is that because it is so much more than a product. It is an enabler for change. It unleashed forces which we are barely able to perceive, let alone control. It changed the world because it changed us. And it did all that in less than nine years.
Update: 07/28 20:07 GMT by M :Dediu just told me that the list doesn't include consumable non-durable products.

Comment Congrats.. they made Fairlife milk (Score 1) 258

Fairlife milk has been on the store shelves for years.. Coca Cola owns it. I was a regular milk consumer - mainly because it was a cheap way to take in more protein. However, I was throwing a lot of milk away since it already seemed to taste bad even before it hit the expiration date. I tried the Fairlife milk and now I won't go back.. It tastes fresher than regular milk even a month after I open it. And, it has a higher protein content. Win Win.. I don't know what 'nutrients' they're throwing out of Fairlife milk.. but protein is protein.

Comment Re:Thanks to (Score 1) 368

Ars Technica allows 30 minutes, I believe, and it doesn't seem to be abused. People that reply will quote the bit they reply to so it's clear what they refer to anyway.

So how about 30 minutes editing window, and a quick, one-button-press to quote the parent post? Just to encourage people to include the original bits in their replies?

For added protection you could colour the edited text in dark purple, say, just to make it clear to people what has been edited?

Comment Re:Summary leaves out a key part of the quote (Score 1) 346

Interesting points there, and you've swayed my opinion a bit, but I think I'm still weighted against such policies. I remember when record labels paid out millions over such a minimum pricing scheme for CDs. I saw that as a consumer victory (if only a short-lived one; they were sued again for artificially inflating the price of downloads). Record stores didn't really compete on service or customer satisfaction, even with minimum prices in force. Sure, the clerk at the mom 'n pop place might share a joint with you in the back room, but it was still just racks full of CDs priced the same as every other store with racks full of CDs. I guess some industries are better suited to minimum pricing strategies than others.

Comment Re:Amazon 'marketplace', wish I could disable it. (Score 1) 346

Curiously Amazon has itself listed as both Amazon and Amazon.com, I have no idea why.

It's easy, you see, Amazon.com is a wholly-owned Irish subsidiary of Amazon, which purchases all of its goods and services directly from Amazon, which is a wholly-owned Irish subsidiary of Amazon.com, who contracts to Amazon through a 5-person office in Ireland operated under a franchise agreement through Amazon.com, an Irish corporation which is a holding company with exclusive license to all rights owned by Amazon, an Irish company.

Minor accounting matter, nothing to worry about.

Comment Re:Got that, Microsoft shills? (Score 1) 159

What is the collected data? last time MS responded, the data collected was no more than what you search engine collects.

1. I don't recall Microsoft ever detailing exactly what data is being collected.

2. It's encrypted, so we can't examine it for ourselves.

3. Microsoft has been deceptive and even telling outright lies since the beginning of the Windows 10 rollout.

I have yet to hear a case where this collection of data was detrimental to an individual.

See 2, above. No one can look and see what data Microsoft is collecting from their Windows 10 PC, so how is one to know whether or not they've been harmed? Your argument is the same one NSA uses to claim they can't be sued over warrantless wiretapping. "No one can prove they specifically were wiretapped, so no one has any standing to sue." I say bullshit to that argument.

Comment Re:License to work (Score 1, Flamebait) 639

Highly unlikely the Sheriff in the small town farming communities is actually going to help without a court order declaring the farmer does not own the tractor the Sheriff is probably going to default to Right of Possession, and Right of First Sales. If you expect a small town Sheriff to understand the complexities of an internet styled licencing agreement you're making the wrong bet. He's more likely to understand that taking the tractor away would cause HIS small towns economy to collapse.

Comment Re:Should be worried about gunfire (Score 4, Insightful) 96

anti-cop racist assholes have killed and shot over a dozen cops in the last couple weeks,

Or as conservatives would call it, "exercising Second Amendment rights to resist a tyrannical government." Well? That's what insurrectionist gun lobbyists and militias want, isn't it? If using force of arms to resist a tyrannical government doesn't involve pointing guns at people and shooting them, what does it involve?

Or is it different when Cliven Bundy types point their rifles at federal agents or illegally occupy federal buildings? Or in the case of the Timothy McVeigh types, blow them to kingdom come?

Yeah, conservatism has no bias at all. SMH.

Comment Only Seen It Done Once (Score 1) 151

My Coworker did this on Windows 8. This was done mostly so that he could get used to the OS long before others started using it so he could field questions if need be. However, this was done after a full system backup, image, which allowed him to back out of it a few days later after he had enough of the Iron Maiden. If you don't do this to your primary device you've defeated the purpose of a Preview Edition. If you don't use the preview regularly then you're not actually Previewing it, and the only device you're going to use regularly is your Primary Device. In the past I've used duel booting for this myself, but Windows has made that difficult over the years.

Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 89

Well, yes and no. You're limited to 100Mbit/s, which is if course a lot slower than gigabit ethernet, But normally a scientific cluster (which is what I'm interested in) isn't really limited by bandwidth as much as by latency. Going through the USB subsystem for all packets is going to give you worse latency than dedicated hardware. But then, I also use a cheap switch that's probably not a speed demon for retransmitting packets either.

And the thing is, the Pi is a fairly slow computer. I suspect that as a ratio of computing speed to transmission delays, the Pi has as effective communication as a "real" cluster of server systems connected with high-end hardware. The CPU is even slower than the network if you will.

Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 89

Any particular reason not to just do it in software, e.g xenserver or virtualbox? Virtual networking is kind of messy, but it leaves less cables around :)

VMs would work well, I agree. But this way I also get real(ish) network latency and delays in the same way a full-size system does. And an actual tiny cluster on my desk is a lot more fun :)

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