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Nothing comes without costs. We should all pause a moment to remember those doing dull, repetitive, tedious work on assembly lines far away to make this possible.
 I assume you're speaking in jest with "means exactly what it says," After all, "the language of politics," when stated by a politician as corrupt, dishonest and ill-mannered as LBJ, means exactly nothing. I was right to be suspicious. Lie enough, and you'll not be believed even when you're honest. Remember the tale about the boy crying "Wolf." By the way, a friend of mine was the USAF still photographer selected to accompany LBJ on a tour through Asia and can he tell...
Quote: "Not ordinarily in such an incendiary mood, the Journal may be coming to the aid of its News Corp. stablemate and Apple's fellow antitrust defendant, publisher HarperCollins..." What a silly comment! You don't know squat about the WSJ, News Corp, Apple or HarperCollins. Report the news, stick to the story and don't add any ridiculous embellishments. Apple's getting stuck with huge fees for an intrusive lawyer who knows almost nothing about anti-trust law and who...
Quote:"The move by AT&T follows smaller carrier T-Mobile..." Yes, the three largest cellular providers are marching in such lock-step, market changes are driven by #4 T-Mobile. Yeah, T-Mobile! Apple is also working quietly to introduce more competition. Depending on the country & model, some of the latest iPhones let you switch to a wider array of providers. Unlocked, the A1533, for instance, will work with AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. Details...
Google has been in California for ever so long. It ought to know that anything new or different would excite the anger of the state's myriad of regulatory bodies. In California, you can't build until the weight of your filing paperwork, surveys, environmental studies, and the like exceeds the weight of what you want to build. There's a host of rent-seekers that want their share. That's also why that $80 billion train line will never be finished.
Actually, I lived in Dallas for four years. I'm not sure how those guys making about $2,000 a month could afford a $4,000 a month apartment, but I did have a garage apartment in pricey Highland Park for $17 month (essentially utilities). I did yard work and babysat in exchange for the rent I wasn't paying. And I used to know someone who lived in a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan with three roommates. How she managed I never found out.   Where there's a will there's...
Color these switchers stupid. Over a two year contract, the price difference between a 5c and a 5s works out to about a quarter a day, and that's money they're likely to get back when they sell an iPhone 5s. in 2015, the 5s will still be hot. The 5c will be a has-been. As for how they got those income stats, when you get a cell phone, you give up a lot of information. Just your name and your address can be linked to find out a lot about you. An age, for instance, can be...
It's probably inherent in how Android and Apple devices are sold that iPhone users will use them more. iPhone: Someone who uses their smartphone a lot, particularly for business and on the go, doesn't mind paying more for an iPhone, particularly since a two-year cellular contract quickly wipes out the price difference. They'll also buy more apps and spend more time online. Android: On the other hand, someone who just wants a phone that sometimes does other things will go...
Thanks for the technical details. I left tech writing in the late 1980s, so my knowledge there is relatively rudimentary. I would add that getting rid of old emails does need some expertise. There can't be an old backup lying in some closet. There can't be an old hard drive that was pulled but still works erratically.    Obliterating email doesn't really apply to what I do: write, edit and publish books. But I am concerned about the downside of all this peeking and...
What's the most secure email application? Given how much trouble the big tech firms get into when their email is exposed in court, one that utterly and totally destroys every copy of that email after some period of time. Not just encryption... total oblivion. Does Good Technology offer that? One day I found a paralegal I know with a foot-high stack of paper in front of her. It was printed emails from a firm her law firm was suing and her job was to wade through that stack...
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