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Agreed about the "snide comments about the man himself"... ...and feel for your own living hell... ...nonetheless.......if Apple were a privately held company, the owners would have every right to be as private about the matter as they wished, but it is not and only the two posters below seem to have any idea how the real world of public corporations works and why...Maybe an analogy will help some of you get that this is more than a matter effecting only the man and his...
Search = why? Way outside their current core competencies; and one and a half (Bing) big barriers to entry. "Span of control" is a huge management issue for any large company. You can only drive effectively in so many directions at once before cohesion and mission are seriously compromised. Mapping software and cloud-based content creation (both alive at Cupertino), on the other hand, seem like more logical places to play which are related to today's and near-future...
The average cut that a retail store gets is 50% of selling price.You mean of course an Independent Apple Reseller, no? Consumer electronics sellers of all kinds tend to work on incredibly thin margins in a brutally competitive atmosphere. And small operations, unless a) their bread and butter comes from other sources - e.g., repair, non-Apple branded accessories, software sales (which the Mac App store will now quickly or slowly steal from the IAR's) - or b) run as...
My rent, staff, shipping, time and advertising amounted to much more than 30% of my costs to sell and distribute my (sometimes self-manufactured) product and I was stuck in an out of the way location. THAT makes sense to me. My point is that 30% to take over all those functions, while also distributing free product for others, is in no way egregious to expect from a small biz.
None of my edits have ever been contested and no food fights either. This happens mostly when the subject is living famous people, politics or religion, not when it's on historical or technical topics. Wikipedia is vast and the last independent study I saw said it's on the whole as accurate or more accurate than any comparable source. So not that I doubt there's plenty of web-office politics in an enterprise of this scope -based on high-sounding principles, but run by...
I ran a retail store and bought my merch generally at "Keystone" (50% off retail) and sometimes at "Triple key" (66% off), but my suppliers did nothing to drive traffic to me nor handle distribution, collection, deposits, etc., or to improve my "location." Seems very reasonable to me on a crowded web. Thanks for saving me the keystrokes. Apple also incurs lots of extra cost for all the free software it does host, post and deliver, btw. Yeah, that's greedy. As is, for...
Just for the record, when I did my first "New Every Two" some years back the credit was $200 - and I only found it had dropped to $100 when I went to get my next phone. So Verizon is very "flexible" about what they "do for you."
I think his elephant in this room is not PhD's (tho' many are stuck in the rarified atmosphere of academia and lack of interaction with "the folks"), rather the relative lack of input by the 53% of the pop which is female. However, that's NOT because there's any "pink ceiling" on WikiP, and even I, with my mere Masters' have found myself free to post. As is anyone. So get on it, gals if you want more "womyn's input in our digital herstory." On the other hand, people...
Enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1HYUyhujl4
This has been an extremely meaty thread for AI (except for "reading the great spammed information that didn't draw my attention." Three times. ) Probably because only the truly geeky who care about the infrastructure and societal/economic underpinnings of technology gravitate to the threads that veer away from the Apple-MS-Google gadget and PC wars and invective filled "iPhone!" "No, that's POS, Android" religious disputes.I could quote any number of interesting posts. ...
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