7 posts • joined Friday 10th July 2009 22:34 GMT
It stinks of a cartel agreement between everyone except Apple.
Right now I can go to sony.co.uk and upgrade the bog standard resolution on their customisable 17" laptop for a mere forty quid, but no such option on the 15" model.
Outside of education, these will be mostly snapped up by people who already own >$1000-worth of hardware. In multiples for casual/experimental home hobby projects, or just because "so cheap, i'll take two!". A bit sad really.
Watch what's happening around you, fellas. England may not yet have the full-blown characteristics of an oppressive, no-way-out, total surveillance police state, but there's a new brush stroke every day.
How much profit margin in this?
Nice 8gb pendrives only 8 quid these days.
It's hardly rocket science.
GOOGLE VS MICROSOFT SHOWDOWN (???)
The ultimate demise of microsoft will not be replaced by another monopoly. Google admits as much by diving into a crowded distro market, instead of competing head-on with Windows.
The big brand name and the resources behind Chrome will eventually see a large proportion of users jump onboard (at least initially), but if you think a lot of people are wary of Big Brother today, just wait another decade. You'll see Google commanding an incredible amount of space across the spectrum of www/applications, at the same time as governments are pushing through with their most dastardly surveillance plans. That won't jive well with even the most institutionalised in society.
Put simply, the open source movement is truly taking off. The collective power of passionate individuals is being harnessed. In the long term, Google will never be able to make anything significantly better than what the best "competitor" is offering. Their capitalist megalomania will be their downfall; that and the sheer excess of high-quality alternatives.
Gross negligence by ebay
...includes sitting back as hundreds of thousands of truly naive buyers bid in miniscule increments during the final 15 minutes, blissfully unaware that the only viable strategy is to bid your absolute maximum (and, thanks to these same ignoramuses, to do so in the very final second).
If I sold plenty of stuff on ebay I'd be pissed that ebay did not inform its users how to stand the best chance of winning an item, thereby realising the perfect auction and securing the largest returns for the sellers.
Ebay can't survive as long as it strains to ignore the qualms of buyers and sellers alike.
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