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Yes, I agree it's a parent's responsibility. But it's also not their *fault necessarily* when the child does something wrong like the charging $5,000 example. And it's often how things are dealt with afterwards that makes the bigger difference and sets the path.Absolutely. Things are so complicated these days, where a legit 10 year old's plaything has 10 layers of menus and is more complex than anything we had until we were 30 and we don't even want to try to get to...
Well, I wouldn't say that it's the parents' fault necessarily, but it sure is a different issue than the controls on the device they used to order it. If they want it, they'll find it, and if you lock yours down and they are determined to do it they'll do it from a friend's. Device controls can be a good thing, but they solve only one aspect of a larger issue: they move the cookie jar higher. They don't make anything go away.
Allow me to quote the esteemed SpamSandwich, who summed up my post very concisely:"Parents think they can buy the latest 'whatever' gadgets for their kids and forget about monitoring their activities. Pretty stupid, but also pretty common."We're not talking about a box that explodes into a million poisonous shards when touched in the wrong place. It's a gateway to an internet merchant, for cryin' out loud. Plus, they bought a gateway to Amazon and its products. They...
Nope. Two females, 19 and 14, smart and healthy, if I do say so myself : ) My point is you either buy this widget which offers some things you want and some you don't, or you don't buy it. You either tell your kids to not do something and accept what happens when they do it anyway, or you don't. Your kids might do something excessive with a loophole they've figured out, and if they buy $5,000 worth of porn you simply ream them out and then when they're out of...
I don't get it. Pull up "Iron Giant", hand it to your kid in the back seat and remind him that only Mom or Dad can put movies on it. When we used to eventually get to grandma's, grandpa usually was playing poker and cussing and drinking. And my folks told me not to go in the den when he was. (Either way I didn't turn out much of a cusser, drinker or gambler, though it wasn't for lack of trying). I don't get it. You don't want to tell your kid how you want him to...
I think that's it, although not the stigma part. Refurbs can be great but, really, $50 off on a $500 item for a refurb version isn't enough to generate any interest. This is much more realistic in terms of moving refurbs. Now that I think about it, they probably did have a backlog of refurbs not due to big numbers of failures but because the refurb price wasn't attractive. Now with the new model rumored for Feb. gotta move 'em now.
I'm not making that argument, though it might seem so in response to the quoted post. My honest opinion is that there is nothing in it for Apple to follow the strategy of those who advise Apple to get with the non-closed system program. They have a model that works for them, unsatisfied as some are with it. It's similar to their "professional" applications strategy. They have alienated a huge portion of their pro audio/video/photo user base by releasing the products...
A lot of what you say is true, but the basic premise that Apple is sinking and needs to fix anything is misguided. According to who? Possibly users who want it to be an open system, but certainly not to stockholders or according to any yardstick of profitability to the company.When you have 20% of a market but to the world at large it seems like 80%, it's your competitors who are doing something wrong. Apple serving that 20% the way they are would still make them the...
What are you smoking? "you have to try and hunt down apps"? LOL. Just Google Android and Torrent and you get 300 sites. Then it takes 10 seconds to find every available android app on any of fifty torrent sites, and then 30 more to down load them. Not that I own any Android devices (please), but the fact is that jailbreaking is a faaaaaaaaar smaller percentage of IOS hardware than pirate apps are of Android. Jailbreaking is an infinitely bigger a deal than...
Don't know how it is elsewhere, but I've had Verizon in NYC for over a decade, family plan, four phones, one data plan for a smartphone, and I would liken the experience of walking into any Verizon store in an attempt to solve a problem to holding out your hands and allowing someone to repeatedly jab hot rusty needles under your fingernails. It really is a parody of how insanely horrible the service side of a company could possibly be run.
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