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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...
There's an interesting pattern to human behavior. The stronger someone stresses their honesty, the more likely it is that they're lying. You see that in the "honestly" of the ad above. Whoever created the ad must have known "it works for work" was a real whopper. Listen to speeches by Nixon, Clinton or Obama and, even if you know nothing else, you can spot their lies just by looking for what they emphasize. Repetition is another truth tester. In long, drawn out political...
To many, paying $3000 for a hearing aid sounds outrageous. After all, isn't it just a tiny sound amplifier? Done right, a hearing aid is actually much, much more than that, with a lot of speech processing in the more expensive models to make them work effectively. Prices can run up to twice as high as Apple's model. Here's a recent Consumer's Report description of the market: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/hearing-aids/buying-guide.htm It'll be interesting to...
The guys in marketing need to think about more that money. If someone's really interested in an Apple product, they'll wait a day or two. One major difference between Steve Jobs and Tim Cook is that the latter seems to have more of a heart. I suspect he doesn't throw yelling, screaming and cursing fits either. I graduated from Auburn University in electrical engineering a few years before Tim Cook graduated from there in industrial engineering. I'm now back in Auburn,...
Just-in-time manufacturing can save money, but you've got to be extremely careful not to single-source components. And that avoidance of single-sourcing means not even having them come from the same locale. If a quake or typhoon takes out the only factories making a key component, you're in big, big trouble. Sometimes I worry that our world is getting a bit too interconnected and interdependent. My father grew up on a farm where they grew or made almost everything they...
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