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Comment News?.... (Score 2, Insightful) 195

How's that any f@cking news to begin with?....If your leak looks like advertisement on the hush-hush it usually is. Disinformation campaign 101 - only its' not some spook agency , it's some corporate entity behind it. Apple has to do a lot more of this crap as so many of their sales are to consumers so the the whole FUD strategy has to be rehashed every quarter or so.

Comment Re:What bankers? (Score 2, Insightful) 168

I second that through and through, it's a perverse musical chairs sort of game where those too slow or just plain stupid get left holding a bag full with crap. I've seen the poor souls who combined as a family make like 50,000 a year before taxes and they try to "buy" a house with what's left. I'm not talking about the flippers who if hey were smart dropped out of the market in 2007 at the peak of the price bubble. I mean people who somehow believed that what was meant to happen wouldn't happed - not to them anyway. With sufficient numbers of those optimists all it takes is: A./Friendly credit-rating firms B./ Even friendlier mortgage processors who'd arrange mortgage for anybody with a pulse as long as the risk gets spread afterwards via CDOs and other derivative crap and C./ totally hapless regulators who never really use whatever little powers they have left to actually try and stop this crazy train going. At the end it wouldn't have been anything wrong with the picture above if it wasn't for the fact that the guilty parties more or less survived for number of reasons and therefore completely destroyed the central tenet of the neoliberal economy: allowing the failed ones to disappear is good. Just like greed.

Comment "artificial, marketing-driven barriers" (Score 1) 585

I've got Nissan Maxima 1998, the cheapest GXE version(I like stick shift, but at the time I could't spring up for the SE). My car's got a built-in speed limitation - it won't go over 110mph(or 120mph- sorry, I haven't tried it lately). The only way to do away with it is to replace the current car computer with one picked out from SE(or may be GLE) Maxima from a junkyard or someplace else. Now, GXE, SE and GLE are virtually the same short of cosmetics and few features(ABS can be optional). The fact that the car won't go over certain speed limit PREDETERMINED BY THE MANIFACTURER was/is not advertised of course. This whole thing pertains directly to the market strategy where the flagship model is being downsized by chopping off features from otherwise perfectly good product. I'm not talking about cars only. I am quite leery of anything which I perceive to be even remotely Kmart-ed/WalMart-ed in order to bring "value" to the customers. Windows XP Home edition comes to mind. RedHat/Suse "personal"?! -I'll pass.....Not that I'll ever use all the features, but buying artificially crippled version of anything is really a choice of last resort.

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