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Comment Re:This is a toy for geeks having nerdgasms (Score 1) 496

Isn't there a better product that already does all of this without requiring a link through Google's servers? Amusingly, an Android device available at the Apple Store?

As far as I can tell, the Oakley HUD is a pretty good example of what companies should be doing with these head mounted computers (in spite of a fairly niche market). Glass is both too limited and too ambitious.

Comment Re:Sign of the times (Score 1) 252

I can't speak to the obfuscation, but indexing the files provided a huge performance increase compared to other DAPs when the iPod was released. The responsive, intuitive click-wheel interface is definitely the key to the iPod's success and it wouldn't have been possible using a traditional FS based system.

Comment Re:I suspect there are more to meet the eyes (Score 5, Insightful) 165

Samsung has a lot to lose by alienating Apple. Apple is a huge customer, very few organizations buy in the volumes that Apple works with. Losing a big account would suck, but Apple pouring billions of dollars into Samsung's competitors to improve their manufacturing technology will make a large impact on Samsung's ability to compete.

Also consider that Apple's order volume enables Samsung to run their factories at higher capacity, reducing overall operating costs by reducing or eliminating downtime. In some cases this could mean that a factory would not be able to operate profitably. Could Samsung's US fab maintain their price points and sustain their infrastructure development plans without Apple as a customer? I have no idea but it doesn't seem like an obvious answer.

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