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Not buying Verizon's position on this. This is seller's regret: they now regret that they sold unlimited data plans and have grandfathered them. The problem with throttling is that it makes the task you're trying to accomplish impossible. If they throttle you while you're streaming music, the music hiccups or stops playing. It's not just that if you send an email, it takes four seconds instead of two seconds, which would be acceptable. If Verizon gets away with...
If that were true, then just about everything Ive has ever done is wrong.  You don't think Apple consistently applies form over function? You may think that it's not rational to use style when making a purchasing decision, but billions of people see value in style and if they perceive such value then I think it's unfair to claim that they're not rational as you would have to claim that most people in the western world (at least) are not rational in their purchasing...
 It may have been true at one time that more creative people were drawn to Apple's products, but as Apple hit the mass market and all types of people from all types of backgrounds, careers and political allegiances now use Apple's products, this is no longer true.    This site proves that many Apple products are used by notoriously uncreative (and some not so intelligent) people. Correlation does not imply causation. Maybe terrorists wear cheaper clothes made of polyester,...
 If you're referring to the ear plugs which come with an iPhone, I never used those until recently, when my Sennheiser headset stopped working (they always eventually short out, due to poor plug construction and wires that are too small).   I was actually surprised as to how good they do sound.  Very crisp, clean high end, and if you stick them all the way in, even pretty decent tight bass, which isn't easy in an ear plug.  Quite the opposite sound of Beats headphones...
While that's true, the deal still deserves a critical eye because you have to wonder why Apple couldn't develop their own superior headphones (and streaming service) for far less than $3 billion.     And also because in spite of Beats' tremendous commercial success, anyone who knows anything about audio would tend to agree that the quality of the audio coming through their phones simply isn't very good.    IMO, getting Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine isn't enough of a reason....
 I've worked since late 2005 in the area of media rights management.   Many of the cable networks as well as other organizations are clients of the enterprise software we produce to manage this. The ISPs themselves, like Time-Warner, Comcast, RCN, etc. actually have quite limited options in terms of what they can offer as they don't own the content (although their parent companies do in some cases). Even the cable channels themselves don't have 100% of the rights and can't...
I think what he was trying to say was that large corporations "cook their books" so that they don't show profits and therefore, don't pay corporate income taxes in New York or they put their headquarters in New York but legally register their corporation overseas.  Meanwhile, everyone else gets screwed.   Freelancers and the self-employed have to pay a New York City unincorporated business tax and a regional commuters tax (even though I live in NYC) and that's in addition...
New York State used to tax all clothing and had tax holidays twice a year.  Instead of the tax holiday, the sales tax has been entirely repealed on all clothing and shoes priced under $100.  And basic food (produce, meats, fish, bread, etc.) has no sales tax either. Sales tax throughout the United States is generally 6% to 9%.  It's 8.875% in NYC, 8% in Woodstock, NY, 9% in Los Angeles, 8.75% in San Francisco, 8.25% in Dallas, 8% in Atlanta, 7.63% in Colorado Springs,...
I really have to disagree with the notion that the market sees Apple as "value".    Anyone looking for value is going to buy some low-end Dell, Lenovo or HP.      The market sees Apple as quality and style and has bought into the Apple ecosystem and therefore sees benefit in buying into Apple for computers as well.    They're willing to pay for the Apple brand and all that brings both in actual quality and perceived benefit.  I also think they're doing relatively well...
That legacy MacBook Pro doesn't show up on the main entry page if you go to the Apple site and click "Mac>MacBook Pro>Tech Specs".  It only shows up if you click the "Buy Now" button.     That makes me think it's not long for this world.    I'm also in the court that Apple should still be making an updated machine with an optical drive and with user-replaceable battery, storage and memory, like my late-2008 MacBook Pro, which I'm still using.   If the machine has to be...
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