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Kuo love:   From AI site articles you'd think this guy's officially changed his name to "well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities" - it's almost always boiler-plated that way... Oh well. It's nice to be "well-regarded"....  
 I can see possibilities of mischief or more here via false reporting - tho' maybe it's a remote possibility - in the sense that any "crowd-sourced" data system is subject to gaming - depending on the number of reports required to trigger a change in what the system is showing locally. So hopefully the volume of reporters will be high enough to drown out any malicious "noise" in the system.But I can think of things that could be tried.  I wrote down a couple, but decided...
 What you said. I was thinking exactly the same thing, but you articulated it very succinctly.Website ads mostly now show things you've recently already looked at (or already bought).  Magazine ads were often varied enough to occasionally be a useful aid to product and service discovery and were easy to flip past if you weren't interested.Altho' one precept of caveat emptor is still true about ads, wherever you encounter them:  The actual desirability, utility, quality and...
 I am (or rather mostly was - I'm now trying to lighten my load) an omnivorous collector of memorabilia and can tell you they are likely worth a few bucks each (in good condition). Check eBay. Quite a few listed at quite a range of prices. I estimate my first issue of MacWorld is worth about $25 (kept mint) more or less.I have weirder things too:  An Apple Lisa catalog, Apple II brochure, Videotape from IBM explaining the "AIM Alliance" (Apple, IBM and Motorola, i.e.,...
 It's true I don't buy much print either these days, but the Mac magazines had a quality and format you don't quite get on the net making me miss them.  They were characterized by a blend of what's new (where they simply can't keep up with electronic distribution), reviews (where the internet again trumps them in getting these out) and how-tos.... ...which take more time and effort to put together and can't be refreshed as often as today's mix of rumors, press-releases...
There's more everything available from a myriad of A/V free/paid sources than anyone has time to spend listening (and/or watching)....
  I'm pretty pleased with iTunes Radio - even though I'm not quite sure how it works, i.e., is it two things - Apple stations and the ones you make - or more?.  Are their "stations" human curated?  Are the ones I "create" and "tune" purely algorithmic? (Note: the slider that allows you to choose the degree of straying my chosen artist/album/song on my stations is way cool.)  Also, they do play a fair amount of the actual artists I use to create them and also surface new...
Agreed on all counts. Especially the first... I would add it'd be cool if all major (and, yeah, "minor") countries even had a semblance of respect for even the weak, inconsistent and conflicting mechanisms surrounding IP in the first place.
"# of patents received/year" isn't a totally useless metric, but by itself means relatively little in terms of what it says or augurs about a company's current or future success, product pipeline, tactical or strategic directions, etc.  The numbers game is belied by many things, e.g., one "basic" key patent can be worth more than a million that are either trivial or relate to technologies, materials, uses, etc that never get adopted.  And it follows that how key a patent...
 What exactly would you have the US Gov't do....? If China doesn't want to be a responsible protector of of copyright and trade dress, the non-drastic options seem limited.  Because of said lack of shame and ability to absorb a lot of jaw-boning without ever taking real action.We've gotten to a point where China has real leverage against the US on multiple fronts - economic, debt holding, military and diplomatic. Think this can be pretty much kept out of the US and other...
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