47 posts • joined 23 Oct 2009
Re: reason Apple scoops so much of the industry's profit
"The reason is because they are a fantastically run business that sells a lot of stuff.
Sales = Profit"
Not that simple. There are a lot of companies that have more sales but make less profit.
Margins = Profit.
...but do they come in 'sonic'?
Sorry....suffering from Doctor Who withdrawal.
Will "HD Ready" for a TV turn to be what "Vista Capable" was for computers?
I know I'm going to get slammed for this, but....
I was a happy Windows 7 user, but put together a new PC and decided to give Window 8.1 a try. I fully expecting to be disappointed and downgrade to Windows 7. While I did install Classic Shell to get rid of TIFKAM (and Microsoft should have made this a selectable option during install) I find it to be stable, fast and have had no problems with it.
Yes, it is different. No, Microsoft should not have shoved the new interface at us without an option. But in the end, if you give it a chance it works at least as well as anything that came before.
and down-votes starting......NOW!
Re: Two problems actually
"Oh Canada! Where the current MINIMUM plan that comes with new phone costs $70 a month, and includes - hold on! - 250 megabytes of data. If you want more than that you'll wind up paying a nice round $100 a month."
Hmmm...I'm currently paying $45 for a plan with Koodo (subsidiary of Telus) and for that I get:
Texts: unlimited texting (in/out and includes international)
Phone: unlimited nights and weekends (nights start at 5pm), unlimited incoming calls, and 400 anytime minutes (which I will never use since I work days)
Data: 1GB (additional is at $5/250MB)
If you watch for sales you can usually switch and save, but you have to care enough to actually check. The deal I got at the time was double minutes/double data.
Also, if you are paying the $70 it is because of the hidden charge for the phone. My provider has options when you get a phone - you may have to pay some up front, but you can put the bulk on a tab and 15% of you bill goes to paying off the tab. You always know where you stand because it shows on your bill ever month. Want to put more on the tab so you pay less up front? Ok, then get a larger tab and pay an extra $5 a month to pay it off within 2 years. There are a number of providers in Canada who do this now.
Re: Amazon cornered the market all right...
"Best sellers wholesale at $11 a title, Amazon sell them for $9.99, Apple wanted to sell them for $12.99 and not be undercut by anyone."
Check your numbers. Apple wants 30%. So if they were to sell the book for $12.99 they would only be paying about $9.10 to the publisher, not $11. If the publisher wanted $11 then that means the "fixed" retail price that Apple would be charging $15.70.....and no one could sell for less.
There is an expressway that rings the city I live in and it has an amazing feature - for most of the route I could take my hands off of the wheel and my car will happily motor along, staying centered in the lane, even following the minor curves in the road. How is this accomplished? Simple....all you have to do is allow ruts to wear through a layer or two of asphalt until the groove is sufficient deep that the sloped prevent the cars from moving out. I tested in on more than one occasion (with my hands at the wheel but not gripped) and the car didn't even wiggle back and forth. Reminded me of those old toy slot car tracks, or car rides at theme parks.
The downside is that lane changes are hell...it takes a bit to move out of the lane, and each time a wheel crosses a groove it wants to stay there and fights you moving out.
Android just works....for me.
My first Android phone was a Nexus S. I had it for years and the OS was, over time, upgraded from 2.3 to 4.1. It was, and still is, a great phone. When I moved to a Galaxy S3, my wife switched to it from her BB and she loves it. Both my phone and hers continue to work well, and we have each customized our screens to compliment the way we use them.
I would prefer to have the option of removing some of the apps that Samsung included on the S3, but I simply removed them from view on the screens so I can pretend they are not there. On the other hand
I like the ability to pop in an SD card....I like the ability to drag and drop movies/pics/music to my device (or from it) and be able to expand the storage as needed.
Also - S Voice is actually pretty good. When asked "What is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything?" it properly spoke the correct answer. (which I shouldn't have to tell anyone who reads The Reg.)
Re: How many cables run to Iceland?
If you are referring to traffic limitations, it shouldn't be that big an impact. They have the torrent info, not the actual content itself.
...unless you're reference was to a plan to have some diver's plunder the cables (as has happened in recent news, in which case.)
Paris - because she probably knows more about "cables" than the rest of us.
"..Musk offered Broder a second test drive of the Model S "in a few months," once the new East Coast Superchargers have come online."
Right.....and when we're into Spriing and not the middle of Winter. Right.
"But while they say "You can't polish a turd" "
...actually...there is a show called Mythbusters, and they have proven that you CAN polish a turd. Just saying.
With eBooks, one it is produced there is only the cost of data traffic. No big inventories sitting in warehouses and in stores to keep the channel full, and none of the shipping costs to move them around. Yet the price is the same as an actual book. Oh...and with the book I own it. I can pass my library along to a family member or friend when I die. With an eBook you don't really own it. When you die there is nothing to pass along. You only get a lifetime lease.
Looking to sue someone because you accidentally jumped into a contract without reading the "fine print"? Well, not sure I'd trust this lawyer with the details, but at least you'll get a lot of empathy.
Drumming up business?
Wow. I can only imagine that this guy is trying to get his name out there and drum up some business. While he may be successful with some of the masses I would hope that the majority of the people would look at his common sense (or lack thereof) and decide that if his lawyer skills are directly proportional to his knowledge of mainstream computer gear....well, they had best be looking elsewhere.
I think someone at Microsoft should ask to see it, wipe the memory and say, "Here you go....32MB all there for you." (I'm sure someone out there will suggest that that wiping the memory would be an upgrade.....please resist).
Phone or Behavior?
I agree with a comment from a previous poster - It may not have been entirely about the phone and rather more about the person being intrusive to other passenger's. The person may have been moving about a lot and snapping pictures (maybe with a flash) and was disrupting other passengers.
Then again maybe it was about the phone. The person may have had the latest Droid/iPhone and was all about the "look at me" and "look what I can do". People in this mode can be very annoying.
Quick to judge
Wow. It never ceases to amaze me how quick opinions from all sides fly on every rumour. You haven't seen W8 phone so don't slam it down so hard.
I'm an Android user, currently on a Nexus S that went from Gingerbread, to ICS, and then to JB). It's a great little phone, does what I want and I can count on regular updates without bloatware. It's not the newest, and it's not perfect,...but it suits me perfectly.
I'm a Windows 7 PC user, not a Mac user (my son and his girlfriend both have Apple laptops)
Things that keep me away from Apple
- Same programs I have at work, and wide range of products available
- Games (there....I said it)
- I build my own computers as a hobby and am always tinkering/upgrading. Apple won't let me do that.
- I am free to choose any hardware components I want, at a good price, from a highly competitive market
- iTunes - this alone would keep me away from Apply products. I like the freedom to drag and drop files/media from any computer to my phone with a (very) standard USB cable.
- If I want to transfer files or charge my phone and I don't have my cable I can easily borrow one from almost any other smartphone user out there
I like Apple products. They are well designed, easy to use, and very standardized. They are just not for me.
You can have your opinion, and others can have theirs, and you can both be right. No solution is perfect, you just have to choose the product and the company that works for you. You can prefer the flexibility or Android and deal with late upgrades (if/when they are released), or get walled in by Apple's "Do it our way" but have a more standardized product. You can support a company like Samsung who copies another company's designs and denies it, or Apple who is out to use silly patents to crush competition and stifle innovation.
I love and hate aspects of each. I don't know what will happen when MS/Nokia release the new phones, but at this point a third choice looks like a pretty good option. I may not go that way, but I will certainly have a look.
Re: Hand goes up
" I have a Galaxy S2, and I don't need to see the spec sheet of the iPhone 5 to know I won't buy one whatever the resolution/memory/processor. My wife has an iPhone, and again she doesn't need to see the spec sheet to know she'll prefer the iPhone 5 over a Galaxy S3. Horses for courses, each to his own.
Wow. Finally a true reflection of consumerism not plagued by fanboy comments digging at either company. Marketing can promote all of the new shiny it wants but, in the end, customer preference should win over marketing hype.
It's just too bad that there are few opportunities to actually try and compare working phones (fully actvated) in a store side by side. Advertising and marketing heavily cloud the waters and most people make their decisions based on whose commercial they saw last or wha their friends have. There is no doubt that the marketing departments are doing their jobs as most people are lemmings and desperately need the new shinies as soon as a new release comes out.
I'd like a chance for a fair comparison, but manufactureres wouldn't. That would negate a lot of the massive dollars spent on marketing. Selecting a phone based on what is actually best for you personally while ignoring the hype? What a concept!!
Details of the crime?
So they accessed the account. Yes, that is illegal, but if all they did was manage to guess the person's password and log in there wouldn't have been much in the way of warning flags. the more interesting part of the story would be: what did they actually do while there? Did they post nasty comments, pictures, or make any threats?
Re: Hmmmm...... Doesn't feel like a monopoly....
So if you buy an ebook online (say...Amazon) you can access that book on any number of devices, including iPads...and have the freedom to change devices and keep access to your books.
If you by the same book through Apple, can it be used on a number of different devices, or do you lose access if you stop using the iPad?
"The bacteria population BECOMES BETTER at battling antibiotics otherwise there wouldn't BE more antibiotics-resistant strains right now."
The bacteria don't become better at battling antibiotics. Random mutations occur and those mutations that permit the new strains to function/live in the presence of antibiotics.
1) Bacteria thrive in current environment. Random mutations occur that introduce different attributes. One might have the effect of allowing the bacteria to be better able to survive in the presence of antibiotics. In the current antibiotic-free environment, they are not as successful as the original strain and their numbers are kept low.
2) Antibiotics are introduced to the environment which kills most/all of the original strain. The new strain is not affected by the antibiotics and now, with few of the original strain of bacteria to compete with are now able to reproduce to greater numbers and become the new dominant strain.
Mutations happen all of the time, but only the ones that give the species a better chance of surviving to reproduce survive. Even in man's genes there are a lot of dominant and recessive genes. The recessive ones are still there (good and bad) just waiting for the right opportunity.
"over 30 days battery life" ????
"So if you think about that, you can take the full Windows 8 capability into an x86 processor in a tablet system that lasts for over 30 days battery life. That is very much within the realm of our capability."
...uh, yeah...until you turn the display on.
"In Florida, as with *any* populated area, the apex predator is the human."
Huh? The Python is naturally equipped for its role. If you were just walking through the grass and one of them started wrapping itself around you there is nothing you could do. Man is only the "Apex Predator" when prepared and hunting with tools/traps. On a straight bare-skin one-on-one we're a tasty treat for many of the animals we kill.
@The First Dave
"If all you did was make a copy of my credit card number, then you have done no harm at all. The real crime would be in making use of that number, or selling it on."
Sooooo...if I had you CC info, banking info, etc and posted it all over the web, but did not use it for financial gain you would be OK with it? Please...feel free to post it all here. Surely no one would use it for any personal gain. The point is that this would put you in a bad position and increase the likelihood that a fraud was committed against you. Same thing when a financial company allows records to be compromised and peoples' account info, tax info, mother's maiden name, etc. goes into the wild.
In the case here, while she did not gain financially herself, she did cause potential harm to the business when she posted confidential info that customers and competitors could access, and she certainly intended it to cause the company harm.
Driving prices up
So Readability had a business model with a $5 monthly subscription with 70% to the content provider, and they kept 30%. That meets the agreement they have with the content providers and satisfies their revenue model.
They want to be at the App Store so if Apple takes 30% then both Readability and the content providers income is reduced by 30%, or Readability decides to give up all income....not likely. To make up the difference they would have to increase the price to $7.14 ($5 / .7). That would allow them to give Apple it's 30% and maintain both its and its providers current revenue.
So if they want to sell the same service/content on their own web site they could still charge $5 and have the desired revenue, but no, Apple forces them to increase their price there as well.
Just as when you by a product in the retail market, some stores will have a competitive price advantage due to the efficiencies of their distribution channels, so should online shopping. If someone needs to charge more to satisfy the increase costs of selling through the App store it SHOULD NOT impact a company from distributing through other channels and pricing according to their distribution costs.
I think Apple makes great products, but Apple/Jobs has spent so much time fighting to get to the top they be changing their philosophy of just building better products. Now they are becoming controlling and are more Big Brother than Microsoft/IBM and the PC makers were of old. I'm a lifetime PC user (Windows, Linux) and Apple has good stuff, but I will never buy under the current model.
"the wealthiest and most powerful organisation yet assembled by the human race – to wit, the US government "
They have the ability to spend a lot of money, but if you look at their current debt and the way the annual deficit keeps piling it on, the government itself is running like a lot pf people nowadays: behind the 8-ball but keeping things running on credit.
"The environmentally-friendly, electrically powered Segway Personal Transporter (Segway PT) is a novel and alternative form of personal mobility transportation. The Segway PT can take you places that a car or bicycle can't "
The statement should be: "The Segway PT can take you places that a car or bicycle can't , but can't take you places that a car or bicycle can."
Look at it another way....
Say the police had a warrent to search your house and you had done something to make that impossible. You are obstructing justice. Whether the warrent is justified or not, once it has been issued they have the right to the search.
Once the police obtain the right to search the laptop any method used by the owner (i.e.: encryption) is interfering with a lafful search.
the whole encryption thing is intended to protect company secrets or personal information and I cannot think of any reason why the police should not be provided with the password. If they misuse the info I also believe that the owner has the right to sue the heck out of them.
Times are changing
Give a whole new meaning to "Excuse me, I have to go use the John."
License or own
There needs to be clarification on purchasing movies. Media keeps changing: VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray. If we BUY a movie on DVD we should be permitted to do with it what we will - we should truely own it. Transfer it to a portable media player, whatever we want.
If when we take possession it is truely a license deal, then if I have a "license" to watch Batman I feel that, when the primary media formats change I should be able to turn in my physical media and pay a minimal amount to update the media. I don't believe that I should have to buy one license to view it from a VCR, another one to watch it on a DVD player, another one to watch it on a Blu-Ray player, and another one for the next format.
Wonder why movie sales are not what they used to be? Maybe people who invested thousands of dollars for a movie collection are tired of seeing their collections get outdated and start having trouble finding players when their old ones fail.
Sell me something at a higher price is fair as long as I can recoup some of the cost by selling it when I no longer have use for it.
If it is just a licence, make it available for me to view in whatever format I wish without making me pay full price for each type of media I wish to view it on. If you aren't wlling to do that then drop your price!!
I suppose that works, after all it was day time and as far as I know they don't issue "day sticks". Besides, upholding the laws of the land was one of the duties held by knights. Being chased by cops would put some fear into the guy, but having a knight on horseback chasing you with a lance pointing at your tail-end? That would be a little scarier fear....well, that or cause the guy to fall down laughing.
Netbooks are not laptop replacements
I don't think you get it. Netbooks are no more a replacement for a PC laptop than an iPad is a replacement for a Mac laptop, though they come closer in that they have much more of the functionality of their big brothers.
Netbooks do not have the power to replace a full laptop, but they have much better battery life and are lighter and even more portable. They are great for people who travel or just want to have one handy. While they lack the "cool" factor of the iPad they can do more than the iPad and have more flexibility.
Both products are needed because not all people use a computer the same way. I think it is important that both markets exist and people being critical of the one they don't use is wrong. Just because it is not your thing doesn't make it wrong. A family with a van may be critical of a little 2-door coupe saying that it's too small to be useful....can't work with it and no room for kids and luggage. The driver of the coupe may think the van is a gas-hog and no fun to drive, Who is right? THEY BOTH ARE!
Relax....enjoy your thing and let others enjoy theirs.
To Marketing Hack - "IT'S"
Uh..I think you have that backwards. "It's" is a contraction of "It is". So used as a contraction "it's"- "It's a nice day" or as a possessive is "its" - "the dog broke its leash.
Can't we just all agree to start a new language and leave all of the alternate spelling behind? Of course, that would only work if we spoke as we wrote and stayed away from slang. Right....will never happen.
Tasers donot work based on pain
Whether a person can feel pain or not is not really relevant. A taser passes a current through the skin that trigger muscle action - enough that it over-rides your own nervous system's attempt to move them. I'm damn sure it does not feel great to have your muscles start twitching all at once (and no shock ever feels good) but I still think it is safer that having the police take somone down forcably. In this case especially the police tried traditional methods and resorted to this as a last measure.
If it comes down to it, I'd rather see a person get tazed than a police officer injured.
Swappable - the good, the bad...and the ugly.
So the obvious good and bad has been mentioned before:
Good - enables longer range travel by quickly swapping out the battery instead of waiting (hours?) for it to charge.
Bad - you get a lovely new battery with your new car...only to have it swapped out by one years old which no longer holds as big a charge.
...the Ugly - membership fee?
Let me clarify that last. One of the issues I have with Hybrids is that they have batteries. While battery technology is getting better, they eventually will not be able to hold enough charge and will need to be replaced. Not sure if most owners think about that at the time they purchase their car. Likewise with the new eCars, their batteries will eventually have to be replaced. But wait...you are constantly swapping out batteries, so does that mean that you will not have to ever pay to replace your battery?
Someone has to eat the cost of the battery replacements. If it is a battery-swap business they will either charge you a good premium for the service or require you to pay a membership fee. A membership locks people in and limits competition. Add all of the infrastructure, distribution, inventory and other costs and this will be a convenient but pricey travel option.
Better living through sterilization
One of the biggest threats to the Earth is overpopulation, so for all those Greenpeacers out there who have kids: shame on you you bunch of hypocrites.
We'have a normal sized fridge and have done 11kg turkey's for big family gatherings before. It's a tight fit...certainly want to make sure you don't keep a lot of extras in there but certainly can be done. Where possible we try to buy a fresh one so we know it will not still be frozen in the middle when turkey time comes.
Some people complain about turkey leftovers....but if there isn't enough left over for a couple turkey pies and some sandwiches it leaves me wanting to pick up on of those 14 pound birds just to have "leftovers".
I bought a copy of Vista 32-bit when I built me last PC (last Sept.) and had a nice quick and clean install. I never had any issues with it.
This summer I pre-ordered a copy of Win 7 Home for two reasons:
1) Vista had to much baggage and even Microsoft was going to be writing it off. Since I was going to be keping my PC for a while I might as well move up while the price is right.
2) Decided the time was right to go to 64-bit version (so Windows could see all 6 GB or RAM)
I did a nice clean install, which I must say was the quickest and easiest install ever. It found all of my drivers (except an old TV tuner card (which was old and cheap anyhow). No problems. Some of the ease-of use features are actually quite handy. No complaints.
Now....one of the reasons I had no complaints with Vista is that I had all new hardware when I intstalled it. Quad core Intel chip, lots of memory, good vid card.
When you buy a Mac, Apple limits your selection of hardware, and forces you to pay premium prices. They have a limited number of hardware they need to support so everything plays nice.
Windows has to deal with a vast number of components from various manufactures. They can be mixed and matched in a PC in many different ways and there is always a chance that you can come across some that don't lay nice together. It will happen. BUT you do benefit from being able to put a system togher for a lot less money than a Mac.
If you look at the price of a Mac, and build a PC from the top hardware vendors using high end components until you approximate the cost of a Mac, you will doubtless have a pretty kick-ass machine that will not have any problems with Windows.
...then again...there is a lot more software out there for Windows....and Microsoft cannot control what kiind of crap you choose to install, becuse you all install totally legally purchased software from only the top brand vendor, right?
Hey, both M$ and Apple make good OS products and each (rightly so) have their fans. But it remains that Apple users will likely have fewer issues because they are restricted to approved hardware, and are limited in software. If Windows users spent more on their hardware and were careful in what software they installed they would have an equally satisfying experience.
Tax on illegal activities?
Ok, let me get this straight....there is a tax on all devices that can store media (CD/DVD, etc) regardless of how I choose to use it because I MAY use them to store copyrighted content. So if I choose to place copyrghted content on a DVD, then I am performing a legal activity and am being taxed on it.
...but wait...they they are also telling me that copying that content is illegal. But it must be legal becasue they are taxing me on it. They can't have it both ways. "Well, it is illegal, but until we have a way to stop it we want to make as much money off it as possible." AND they are making law abiders pay a fee because they COULD use it that way?
Well, sir, if I am going to pay a fee for doing it, I ight as well go ahead and get my money's worth.
How does that logic work for you?
IMy last processor, an Intel quad-core, was the first time I bought an Intel chip in years. After buying a box with a Pentium 100 MHz hip, I started bulding my own PCs and AMD was always the flavour of choice because they were....well, better. At the very least they were at least as good and definitely cheaper..
I went with Intel this last time because they improved. I did what was best for me at the time, but I still felt like a traitor. After all....the reason Intel was able to catch up was because they beat down AMD by ensuring a limited market for their CPUs. Less sales, less revenue, less money available to R&D new CPUs.
It was in the news....we all talked about it and cursed. It burns me that it took this long for something to happen. I still do not think that the U.S. would be bringing this action if Intel hadn't already lost it's previous legal battle.
As much as I like the idea of Intel not getting away with what they did, the fact the the money is not going to AMD to be put towards new CPU development is a problem. AMD is improving but, as a result of Intel's previous actions, still has a lot of catching up to do. Intel will now suffer reduction in cash to put to R&D. So.....Intel potentialy loses more money which does not lead to better or cheaper CPUs for the consumer. AMD gets nothing, which again does not lead to any benefit by the consumer. The only ones benefiting now are government and the legal carreers of prosecutors who smell the blod in the water.
While I have not seen the picture in question, I have seen the movie and recall the scene and can create a pretty good mental image of what the picture in question looks like. I can't say I'd want little Timmy and Sally to have a gander at this, but despite the nudity, there is a lot of other aspects to the picture that would draw your attention (the hands in the roots). While containing nudity, the picure itself does not seem to promote an overyly erotic image.
While not something I would normally have watched, I am a fan of horror (non-slasher style) movies and the title drew me in. The movie was disturbing and will best be enjoyed by people with an open mind and thinkers. This is not a movie that you sit down, turn off your brain and enjoy the ride. There are issues and meanings that you can discuss/argue about with others afterwards.
Still....not for the faint of heart. Park your morality at the door or stay out as this will mess you up if you aren't prepared for it.
If I can lift my head out of this cesspool of blame-assigning, company bashing 'tards I have a neutral opinion.
For all three companies this is the time to buck up and just fix it. Everyone is so afraid of being in the wrong. Guess what? Shit happens. While I would love to do bisiness with a company that never produced an error, y next wish would be a company that would acknowledge the possibility of an error and put some resources (ncluding cross-company cooperation) to get it resolved ofr me ASAP.
Intel needs this fixed or risks it's reputation and sales.
Microsoft needs this fixed - they have what (from personal experience) appears to be their best OS yet and need to keep customer confidence high if they are to pull themselves back up.
Apple needs this fixed because 1) they need their phones and iTunes to work on what is still the largest segment of the OS market, and 2) to have future potential MAC computer buyers remain confident in the harware behind their OS.
Now....just everyone stop pointing fingers and fix the stupid thing!!!!
Apple needs this fixed
I just didn't put it in and clicked next. I believe there was a screen for Microsoft's EULA, which I did agree to but I have yet to enter my CD-key.
I also either declined to check (or perhaps unchecked) the option to Activate Windows when I connected. That was one of the prompts during the install. I checked the taskbar and there was no indicator like the little yellow shield from XP/Vista telling me how many days I had left to activate my copy. At this point I assume it will hit some pre-programmed time limit and eventually prompt me.
I know the CD-key is on the inside flap of my box and expect to have to use it, just not sure if/when it will force the issue, or if the fact that something went wrong....I will not be prompted for the info, and will have to re-install.
The biggest question for me is:why it didn't even prompt for an old XP/Vista CD. This was not what I expected. It would be nice to go ahead and update my wife's PC also, but I want to keep the key available just in case.
Upgrade didn't require validation
I purchased a new HDD to use with Win7 (upgrade pre-ordered back in June) and had removed the HDD containing Vista. Despite backing up my data I did not want to take a chance that I missed anything. Plus if aything went wrong I would be immediately back where I started.
Now the strange part.
I booted from the upgrade and followed the prompt for a Custom install. The complete install took about 20 minutes. I had my Vista CD handy expecting to be prompted to put it in for validation....but it never happened!! There was no other HDD connected at the time so there was no other way for it to validate that it was a legitimate upgrade. I'm happy with the way it went, and it was certainly more convenient, but it flies in the face of everything I heard.
Note: I also skipped the prompt for the CD-key during the install. Knowing that MS limits the activations I wanted to be sure that everything was working (programs re-installed, files restored from backups, etc.) before I activated it. I have not yet received the pop-up reminder to activate windows, but it's only been 2 days. I believe with Vista you had 21 days...not sure what it is with Win7.
Anyone else out there able to skip the CD on a clean install with the upgrade?
Rebates are a way to coax you into a deal with potential lower costs. In this case you pay $200 up front, with the manufacturer offreing to send you $100 after you make your purchase. and they will. This is an additional "sale" over whatever local merchants charge.
The catch for the consumer is that they generally have to clip the code off the box, and send in a copy of their receipt....then wait up to 6 weeks to get their rebate. For those who are good about doing this correclty and immediately they get a $100 additional savings.
The benefit to the manufacturer is that they can lure consumers in with the promise of hte rebate, knowing full well that <50% will ever actually mail in the rebate request. Generally hte larger the rebate the more likely the consumer will follow through. Smaller rebates have <20% follow through.
IF you follow instructions you can potentially get a larger rebate than would otherwise be available. The manufacters get to promise a bigger rebate and draw in extra sales knowing that in reality the actual rebate per unit sold will just be a fraction of what they offer.
Some stores have easy online rebates where you submit a form online....no paper, no postage. This is the preferred way to go and it's in the stores best interest to get you the rebate as it costs them nothing.
Chip & Pin
Chip and Pin is here, but not rolling out very quickly. My cards have all been upgraded/replaced but not everyon's has. Add that to the fact that merchants seem even slower on the uptake and there will be problems. Even our chipped cards have the old magnetic stripe for use where merchants have the old equipment.
....and let us not forget consumer laziness. I was at a restaurant last week, and a person I was with had the waiter take his CC away to be swiped because he was too lazy to get up and go ot the machine to use his PIN. Some places have portables that let you use your CC at the table, but I''m not sure if these have been upgraded yet.
Opinion from another Canadian
Fortunately for us, Canada is a rather unique name, and while properly referred to as Canadians, we are generally ok with the term Canuck as it is generally used in a friendly manner.
When we refer to the people of the United States of America, we refer to them as “Americans”, not “Americans of the United States” or “United States Americans”. The term “American” refers to nationality, not geographic location and also refers to those not living in North America (e.g.: Hawaii).
As for geographic location, Lewis should have referred to the country as “U.S.A.”, or even U.S. would have been ok. Americans use “America” because saying “The United States of America” is too wordy and, let’s face it, we all know to what they are referring. But out of respect for all countries “U.S.A.” would not only have been more accurate, it would have been fewer characters to mash out on the keyboard.
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My work here is done, eh? Time to go to Tim's for my 'double double' to wake up so I can go for some beer!
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