Except that Apple doesn't pay any dividends.......
9 posts • joined 16 Jul 2010
What a dickhead
The author has exposed himself to be an idiot, who doesn't understand American Tax regulations and laws.
The NYT article is well researched and strongly grounded in evidence. Even Apple themselves haven't raised any objections to the basis of the article. See:
El Reg continues its slide into irrelevance........
So what's the problem.....?
So Google has invested in a wide range of ideas. OK, now - isn't that good? When Zuckerberg launched FB, he had no idea it would become massive. Neither did Apple when they launched the first iphone or ipad. It's called having the courage of conviction (or blind faith, if you will!).
There is a difference between the philosophies of Apple and Google. The former wants absolute world domination in a single field, the latter is less evangelical in a wider range.
My view of Google's forays is that they unleash their ideas and work to the public, and let them (especially the developers) make what they can out of it. If they don't like it, that's tough but at least they tried. If developers don't like the product.......well, don't bother with it. Android is exactly such a project. Yes it's not completely "open", but anyone can build it for a given purpose.
Apple has instilled in developers a child's mentality, where every piece in the jigsaw is done for them except for the last bit.
Google bashing and Apple fawning is very popular these days. Tech commentaries are rife with outcome and hindsight bias, and simply not worth the pixels they take up! MAtt Asay is simply one of them.....
A more accurate analogy...
In a shop, if you don't like the price of a card, you go elsewhere - i.e. you have a choice. That is the crucial element missing with Apple apps: you can't get them *anywhere* except the app store! In other words, it is a monopoly supplier who can dictate terms and conditions, and doesn't allow for competition.
Good on you FT: they will also probably save on building multiple versions of the app for different platforms.
I was the same - compiling kernels and stuff from source! But like you, feel the need to get out a bit more.
I agree - Ubuntu Unity and Gnome 3 are taking us to Apple's lala land of idiots and dolts.
However, I find Linux Mint's Debian edition (LMDE) fantastic, and as it's a rolling ditro, all you need is to keep updating to keep with current software. And it's mighty stable too (given that it's based on Debian testing)!
To all you out there complaining about Gnome 3/Unity, give LMDE a try!