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In Europe, with much more stringent mandates on throughput and availability, I can get a no-contract, pay-as-you-go plan with unlimited data, 1000m voice and 1000 SMS for something like $15/month. US prices are a rip-off due to the revolving door between industry, legislature and regulatory bodies.
The problem with Apple is what I call the peacock syndrome: healthy, shiny feathers signify a healthy male with good genes, and as a result evolutionary pressure was on for such features; with peacocks they spiraled out of control: the feathers are so long and so pretty and shiny that they attract predators and turn the male into a clumsy, "useless" bird.When it comes to Apple, the keyword isn't "shiny & pretty" but "simple": reducing complexity is a good thing *IF AND...
 That's a naive point of view. A single cookie, from a single website isn't a danger per se, because it's restricted to that web site.However, we now have tons of "pagelets", i.e. HMTL code snippets loaded from other places, e.g, FB like buttons, etc. which allow a central site to collect a massive crosssection of your browsing habits, even if you're not directly accessing their...
 I fully understand your point. My point however is, that the failure of the judge and/or US Legal system, is that it defines harm simply as monetary loss or loss of property.IF the judge makes that assumption, THEN of course it's hard to show/prove harm, after all, likely you're not poorer (monetarily) because of that, unless of course targeted ads made you foolishly spend money on things you don't need that you otherwise would have been wise enough not to spend. HOWEVER...
 The point of using cookies is to track user's behavior. In other words, Google collects my private web usage habits and preferences, my likes and dislikes being my personal secrets and information, which by means of my preferences I clearly stated that I have no intention sharing with a third party.Their algorithms thus find a way to steal the information from me, which is the information about my likes, dislikes and browsing habits.Them having information I don't want...
 The problem with your reasoning is simple: in civilized countries, privacy is considered a good in itself, and personal information and identity are considered property. Therefore someone who has possession of private information without consent stole something from you.  Therefore the loss of privacy automatically, without further proof, constitutes harm. Privacy should be treated like a civil right. I mean, what "harm" is done to some person when they denied the right...
 If the reasoning for the decision is faulty, the decision is faulty, even if different and potentially correct reasoning could have led to the same conclusion which then would potentially be a correct conclusion. In particular anglo-saxon common law is MASSIVELY dependent on case law and legal precedent. In other words a judgement like that, which essentially seems to establish that no harm is done, unless it results in loss of money or property, sets precedents for...
Two words:Revenue stream!Just like "software as service" (e.g. Adobe) the next step is "hardware as service",In the end you will own nothing and everything you use will require a meter or a subscription; welcome to the new slavery...
Redarded judgement, if only "loss of money or property" constitutes harm. I guess under this judge's view, the only reason you can't kill someone or beat them into a pulp is because hospital and funeral costs constitute "loss of money"...
No, what this says is there are two kind of 'droid customers: those who want cheap stuff, and those who for some reason need/want a big screen.Nobody wants a premium 'droid phone, which is why the HTC One sell poorly, despite excellent hardware.By and large people who can afford it want an iPhone. If they can't afford it they go for a cheap Android phone, and if they need a big screen, they buy the big-screened top-end Android phones for lack of a better alternative.Should...
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