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Comment Re:Why hasn't MS made Skype the iMessage of the... (Score 1) 47

I'm not trying to start a flame war, but Windows phones occupy less than 0.1% of the smartphone market. And where they have the lion's share of the market, they don't integrate. Apple has integrated iMessage into all desktops, laptops, iPods, iPhones, and Apple Watches so that it's seamless, and it's tied to your identity, not your phone number. It even plays nice with SMS. You don't realize how convenient it is until you use it, but getting an SMS notification on your computer screen, and being able to click and reply without even switching applications, then continue the same thread later on your phone is absolutely brilliant in scope and execution. (And I hate to admit it, but those damn for-pay sticker packs are making iMessage a lot more popular for end users of a certain age, and developers.)

Comment Re:Deeper explanation (Score 4, Interesting) 181

That about sums up the information that I've gathered as well, but it doesn't make sense. Apple counsel was very clear that Spotify was breaking Apple's developer guidelines with their latest app. None of the actions you listed are breaking the guidelines. So, one of two things must be occurring:

1) Apple's lawyer is lying about the app breaking the rules.

2) There's something else in the app that hasn't been made public that is violating the rules.

I don't know about you, but I just can't fathom Apple's lawyers flat out lying about the app. Apple relies too much on developer goodwill to completely screw over a big developer so capriciously. I think there's more to this story than either side is willing to discuss, and it's my opinion that Spotify put one toe over the line in the sand that Apple has drawn, and Apple is threatening to cut it off.

Comment Proof? (Score 2) 143

This doesn't sound like a proof to me. It sound like they disproved the hypothesis at 7,825. It's kind of like saying that they proved that there are no strings of 8 consecutive zeros in the decimal representation of pi. Well, until you get up to about 172,000,000 digits, at which point there is one.

Comment Shill much? (Score 5, Insightful) 211

Comparing this to a MacBook Pro is like comparing a Chevy Spark to a BMW 7-series. The MacBook Pro is Apple's big-boy-pants laptop with a real i5 or i7 processor, and a real OS. This has a Core m processor and ChromeOS. Not even close to the same thing, and nobody who'd be happy with one would even consider the other.

Comment Re:Me too (Score 1) 92

Just because AdBlock *can* allow "non-intrusive advertising" doesn't mean that my copy is configured that way. AdBlock absolutely blocks everything when you tell it to. I concede that it sucks that it's not configured that way out-of-the-box, and ublock may be better, but saying that AdBlock no longer blocks everything is patently false.

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We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"