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Wait...so GT has agreed to sell a couple thousand of these furnaces to pay back Apple, but the furnaces have serious yield problems. Who's going to buy them? 
 Those two facts aren't necessarily connected. Just because the devices are selling well doesn't mean they're going to turn out to have adequate memory for iOS 9, 10, etc., even if they're fine for iOS 8. 
 Wow. Somebody's sensitive about adoption rates.  I'm not going to upgrade my herd of iPad 2s. Lots of anecdotal evidence suggests that iOS 8 is sluggish on the 2, I don't feel like sorting out my kids' media and apps to make space for it, and given what my kids use the things for they don't need it anyway.  Fragmentation of versions is probably going to grow over time: earlier versions of iOS had very high and very quick adoption because the relative share of recent...
With all the snide talk about buggy whips and iPod sales being down 70% and Apple not making products for the 1%, you'd think that nobody is buying iPods at all, but the market's not down 99%, it's down 70%.    Not that I own one or want to own one, heh.    Still, I prefer to have the media on my phone. Mobile broadband is inadequate for reliable streaming where I live, and where a lot of people live. It's getting better, but outside of big cities it's often still not...
 Yeah, I don't know what Gmail people are complaining about. The iPad/iPhone and Android apps don't have ads, Adblock or not. Browser ads are easily removed by Adblock, even on Google's own browser; for all I can tell there aren't any ads at all on any of the websites I use, Google or otherwise. The spam filters are 99.9%+ accurate in my experience; I've never had a false positive and I've had only one or two spam mails in the past few years make it to my inbox. 
 Whereas AppleInsider and its members would never engage in clickbaiting or exaggerated argument, I suppose.  I'm afraid almost nobody's hands are clean on this one. 
 I'm flabbergasted that pazuzu failed to follow the clear rules of this thread.
 Well, duh, but it's not like you don't know it's happening. The final screen that appears before you confirm the transaction on Paypal's server shows you exactly what information will be shared with the merchant.  PayPal has an excellent track record with security,* and because of that it's a highly trusted brand. Personally, it took me a few years way back when to trust online transactions and PayPal was a large part of that. Apple's taking a real chance on Stripe, which...
A quarter Macs feels about right at the college where I teach. Almost every student has some kind of laptop. They may also have tablets, but I almost never see students using tablets as productivity devices in class or at the library. Very few of my students have their books on their devices; most buy and bring to class paper copies. When they do have the texts in electronic form, they usually use their laptops rather than a separate tablet or reader, since they want to...
 What TS said. It's not so much the skills as the scale. Chip fabs are so ungodly expensive nowadays that it doesn't make sense for Apple to own one to produce chips just for itself. As big a company as it is, its consumption of silicon is only a fraction of what the big chip foundries can produce. Leave that business to the specialists who have the scale to pay for the infrastructure. If Apple tried to make its own chips without also becoming a foundry-for-hire -- which...
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