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That's ntensely nteresting.
Look at the satisfaction numbers
The key to any business long-term is customer satisfacti. on. You're in business to make money and you make money by making the customer happy. Happy customers do not bother to look elsewhere. Given that, I'd say Apple is pretty well positioned.
So let me get this straight
"Under American law," Roberts writes, "so-called 'personality rights' exist only at the state level – there is no federal law. And only about a dozen states recognize image rights after death."
So this means that, for most states, we can sell a doll of any deceased member of a lawyer's or politician's family as a nazi or streetwalker (or both) and they have no say in it?
I wonder if this research was sponsored by the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 guys ...
Doubt it will work
This might have worked in the 80s and the 90s when much of the buyers simply knew little about what was available and they needed, but consumers are (generally) smarter and savvier now, and they have this thing called "the internet" available at their fingertips; they are going to be less susceptible to salesperson influence than before. (Not immune, and not in all cases, but less susceptible.)
Here in the states
Science is what pays for the humanities as it is. The best funded unis -- Harvard, Cal, Michigan, MIT, etc etc etc -- have one thing in common: big science/engineering. The funding for every research grant requires the university gets matching funds, what's called a 50/50 split, to fund administration, and other departments/schools. (At Harvard, the university gets double the grant, a 2/1 split; and IIRC correctly, Dartmouth was even worse.) Thus the best humanities departments tend to be at the places with Big Science.
Currently I'm working at a startup and a retired chemistry professor is here; he has great stories over lunch, and the other day he mentioned that he alone had had a bigger budget than the entire theater department at a well-known, academically respected state-supported university.
Wait a minute
You mean Steve Jobs was right, that people are basically honest and willing to pay for something they deem worth it?
I'm conflicted; are we supposed to dislike Jobs or like him today?
Another Yank QI fan
And what's more, I think I understand the scoring system: it's merely a prop for more jabs and jokes, a la I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.
Although I do have one complaint with QI, my family all got sore throats trying to do Rob Brydon's man-trapped-in-a-box voice.
I have a Ver1 Macbook Air that I love and that has been a great laptop (though getting a touch long in the tooth and beat to death). I don't think I truly appreciated the engineering of it until I got a hulking Dell XPS at work that seems less solid and weighs approximately the same as a Hollywood ego. However, the other manufacturers' ultrabooks just don't seem to match the overall engineering quality of the Air. It's little things, and each one individually might not be a big deal, but they add up. It's a product where design, engineering, and attention to detail make a BIG difference, and most PC manufacturers have more of a cut-cost-cut-cost mentality.
But "football" is ambiguous, particularly with all the all'merkins reading the publication and seeing the ads. This is particularly true at this time of year, as the NFL playoffs start this weekend.
They may be obligated to do so. Car companies do the same thing, with Toyota subsidiaries supplying Ford and vice versa. That helps the price with economies of scale, but as we saw in 2008/2009, when one falls the rest go with them.
Why am I reminded ...
... of a Mystery Science Theatre 3000 episode where one of them shouts "No. No! They're doing it clown-style!!!!!"
Ok, just me, then.
Just the start
Maybe we can get a Steve Ballmer Mr. Blobby Doll, an audioanimatronic Micheal Dell, and one of the Google founders, now with Invisible Useless Google+ Attachment!
He went to a Catholic school?
"bullied weaker governments like Germany"
Does your brain read what you type?
You would be surprised how many people my age, who were the prime age group to watch WKRP, don't remember the show very much, if it all. And that's in the US; I don't think it was ever shown in the UK. However, anyone who saw that episode, with Les Nessman reporting on the turkeys like the Hindenburg disaster, and Mr. Carl.son's last line, will never forget it.
IIRC, that episode is on Hulu in its entirety. Hm, may need to surf over there tonight after work ...
As long as it wasn't "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."
That would be wrong. Funny, but wrong.
Quite right! Let's do the experiments on reality tv celebrities, welfare bums, and lawyers who advertise on billboards. Who would complain with we did torture experiments on them?
It's a fun but simple car; not particularly scary, though. If you really wanted to scare them, put in a minivan with a Jesus fish on it. *shiver*
lost all credibility when he sold out to a Nike commercial. Not that I thought he had a lot to begin with ...
Thank you for such a well-written, well-thought-out, erudite, sophisticated analysis of the topic at hand. Here's a cookie, now go back to you government paper-pushing.
Given the timeline for product development, I'm fairly certain this was in development when Jobs was still there.
We got an AppleTV last year for Christmas and, while we rarely watch tv (outside of NCIS and certain sporting events), the integration with Netflix and Youtube is awesome. Living in the US, the latter is the only way we can see certain UK shows (QI leaps to mind). As you said, the interface is damn simple; even small kids and senior citizens can pick up the remote and use it the first time.
Don't be surprised if the new "Apple tv" is actually a new AppleTV that allows one to control all things going to a set.
Cue Yorkshiremen ...
Well, we had it tough. Our tv was a 'graphic arts graduate' who had to draw pictures damn quick before me ol' dad knotted him with a ball peen hammer.
All these downvotes for people who talk about Apple providing great, above-and-beyond customer service? Wow, some people's children ...
All I can say is that we've had great service from Apple. Their people have gone WAY above and beyond the warranty to keep us happy. And from what I hear from others I know, we're not the only ones, I know anecdote <> data, but a *lot* of people have very similar stories of quality hardware and great after-sales service.
I have a Macbook Air and I love it. However, a Macbook Air is not a netbook. The Air is about a lightweight, productive laptop that does make a couple sacrifices for portability and weight but can still do some serious work. I've been doing some C++ development for a personal project I may open-source some day; I've also been doing RoR work for work with it. It's not a muscle car like the Cadillac CTS, but it's a Lotus Elise: light, responsive, and balanced. Apple has a knack for knowing what to leave out, and they hit it here. Also, it's surprisingly well-engineered. I've dropped mine, while it was opened, about 4 feet onto concrete and, though the corner bent a bit, a pair of needle-nose pliers put it back. I'll gladly pay for that sort of design and engineering.
Netbooks, otoh, are about cheap, cheap, and cheap. They're the ugly Pacific Rim cars that whose 0-60 performance is measured by a calendar.
The market has shown that people are willing to pay enough for an Air/ultrabook to make them profitable, but not necessarily for netbooks. If I were running a business, I know which market I'd pursue.
Fighting 2008's war, are they?
If we're going to get re-hashes and repeats, could we at least get a new Baldur's Gate? I've been replaying that since it showed up on Antiques Code Show, and even at 12 years old, it's still a damn fun, damn playable, damn absorbing game. Damn it.
Need a Yes, Prime Minister icon
It's one of those irregular verbs, isn't it, Prime Minister? I gather information, you spy, he violates international law by stealing critical security data.
if American companies paid the good engineers more than the hack marketers and hack lawyers, you might get more American students interested in engineering.
I know, crazy thought thinking that market forces just MIGHT have something to do with it.
(Plus, those Chinese students can be charged higher tuition rates by state-funded universities.)
Racist? We're talking about the Chinese government, not the Chinese people. And the Chinese government does not exactly have a track record that makes you think they respect rule of law or liberty.
I'm not saying they're doing it; I'm saying it wouldn't shock me if they were doing it.
Personally, I'm nervous about the next big New Madrid quake. The last time it really let go, it created a hole in Tennessee that was so big that the Mississippi River ran backwards for almost a day to fill it in. (And the Mississippi is a serious river. During the '27 floods, it flooded an area the size of Scotland.)
Warning: car analogy
Apple doesn't have market dominance, but they do VERY well in the key part of the market: the high end. In autos, computing, wine, etc etc etc, this is where you make your money. Owning most of a thin-to-no-to-negative profit segment of the market isn't the way to succeed long-term. So while Android may dominate in sheer numbers, Apple does better in the preferred part of the market.
Also, Apple's key is that the provide a whole solution: they write the OS, design and oversee production of the hardware, provide a one-stop-shop for software and app purchase, have good brick-and-mortar stores, and their after-sale service is considered by some to be the best in the industry. That tight (some say seemless) integration is not something you can just slap together, it has to be part of who you are.
So I'm not going to count them out yet, and their early and enthusiastic embracing of HTML5 gives them another ace in the hole.
On the bright side
It could lead to the end to those annoying Danica Patrick ads(*).
(*) Assuming any Danica Patrick ad isn't annoying
My favorite CES
was the one in 2007. During it, Apple unveiled the iPhone and all flights from Vegas to the bay area were instantly booked.
I hope not
His position at MicroSoft is the best asset most tech companies have.
If you were 70, you'd keep going on about Nixon putting flouride in the water supply or something.
Then I'll Kill My PC
Because lately I have lines and catchphrases from Crabtree from 'Allo 'Allo bouncing around there. I guess they'll be able to handle "good moaning", but his more ambitious pronouncements would short circuit the whole works. Thus we might be able to blame Jimmy Perry and Jeremy Lloyd for an internet meltdown.
Goodbye account then
Surely the commercial use of one's image is not allowed without the express written consent of major league baseb-- er, the individual.
Then again, we now have a legal system of the lawyer, by the lawyer, for the lawyer, so who knows.
That this can be done in Safari, Opera, or Mosaic doesn't matter: why can it be done by an application in the first place? I'm glad that IE and Firefox are not made to cause this, but ultimate kernel security does not belong in the browser. Yes, checks and caution are nice, but ...
I don't trust IE, Firefox is as bloated as a UN bureaucracy, Opera costs money, and Safari is recognized/tested for by major banking and government institutions. So I can see why.
"But does anyone still write viruses designed to crash your machine?"
Based on my last XP work box, Visual Studio 2008 sure qualified ...
"and wondering where the time went"
.... Uh, it went to reading the ebook?
Time is money
"Even when fully charged, the Leaf’s digital dashboard never told me I had a range of more than 90 miles. Fire up the climate control on a chilly day and the estimated range will straight away drop by 20 miles."
So on a winter's day, this is going to cost me half an hour of waiting around a dealership (assuming I can find one) for every 70 miles I drive. And in that half hour, I can ... be at a dealership and do things online, rather than making dinner or washing the dogs or helping the kids with homework WHICH I HAVE TO BE HOME TO DO!!!!
Sorry, but this thing is going to cost me about 45 minutes a day in free time, ie over three hours a week, and that just isn't good enough. I don't HAVE three hours of free time a week.
that bureaucrats are parodies of human beings, ...
Off with their heads! Assuming that would inconvenience them in anyway.
I didn't know Ian McShane was that feisty.
"DOOMED I TELLS YA! DOOOOOOOOMED!"
That'll do, Frasier.
Mine's the one with the Dad's Army film in the pocket.
I heard that someone found the first use of this back in the early 80s, either in a news feed or on a BBS post. The person even explained it.
I see that phrase and think "Preparation H"