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  Oh, absolutely... but I'm not concerned about Apple's sales, I'm concerned about the health of the Apple market. These two go hand in hand, don't get me wrong, but they're *not* the same.   But there's a fundamental difference between computers and, say, stereos. For stereos, you can sell dramatically overpriced gear as long as someone buys it and you keep your margins. That's because (generally) anyone can plug any bit of stereo into any other bit of stereo. So buying...
Margins? Who cares? Apple has what, 129 billion in the bank?   *If* the odd price of the mini *was* based on margin, then Apple is playing a losers game. They are probably the only company that *can* afford to buy share, and they aren't.   I fear a loss of developer mindshare if they continue with the high-right policy, and the in-house everything. I've been around long enough to see the obvious parallels with the Apple of the 1990s, post Steve-1.0.
Yeah great, just what the world needs, ANOTHER proprietary POI database.   OpenStreetMaps has all of this stuff already. I'd be much happier if Apple just used them.
  Every single one. None have been fixed. All of Ontario is broken. Not a little broken. BROKEN.
At least you can see it. Apple's solution is almost invisible, and doesn't work at all for the multi-lane hiways. Zoom in on Google and you can see different colors for individual parts of the hiway.   The good news is that there are apps that overlay Google data on Apple's vectors. That works fine.
  LOLZ.   I live in Ajax Ontario. My parents have a cottage outside Algonquin Park. During the drive we sometimes stop in Bowmanville, Peterborough, Young's Point, Bancroft, Maynooth and Whitney.   Of these cities and towns, Maps displays Bowmanville as Clarington, doesn't know Young's Point or Maynooth (but, amusingly, does know POI's in them), and completely ignores Whitney and doesn't even display the streets there when you zoom in. Bancroft is placed in the middle of...
This article ignores the problems that Maps has with basic display. For instance, the color choice. That's right, color. It is a basic rule that you should use muted colors for large areas, saving bright colors for only the most important things or very small patches. This advice appears in the original Inside Mac when color was introduced. So why does Maps insist on using REALLY BRIGHT green for parks and forest, and almost as bright purple for airports? These colors...
  Probably not. QuattroPro for Windows was widely regarded the first *Windows* spreadsheet program with the tabs.   The patent does not cover the concept of a 3D spreadsheet, it covers a specific implementation of them, under Windows.   I highly suspect you are either referring to non-Windows products, ones that post-date the 1992 release of QPW, or ones that use some other visual display.   But feel free to list your examples.
You're arguing for a free market and invoking enforced monopolies to support it?!   Good to see your sophistry has improved so greatly in the last 15 years.
I believe this patent has exactly zero chance of succeeding. Let me illustrate why, in depth. Start with the patent. Recall that a patent's legal force is basically equivalent to its Claims. Those start here: http://www.google.com/patents/US5463724?pg=PA49 Read the claims. They fall into two basic groups. The vast majority of the claims cover the existence, visual display and manipulation of a tabbed spreadsheet display. The only claims that do not apply to the tabs...
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