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I don't listen to rap and hip-hop and I personally despise Kanye West, whose personality I simply cannot stand, but IMO, and despite the naysayers and those who defend Apple no matter what, he does have a point, no matter how ridiculously obnoxious he is.    Since its peak in 1999, the record industry has collapsed.   Even before that, only the biggest artists ever got anything from the record labels beyond their royalty advance.    Most record labels saw to it, through...
I don't necessarily think the Beats acquisition was as terrible as others feel, but when you compare the two, which is more important?  Seems to me that voice recognition is harder to build than streaming radio, which Apple already actually has, even if it hasn't gained all that much market acceptance.   And while Beats does sell a lot of headphones (for better or worse), Apple certainly has the capability to produce their own high end headphones or work with a different...
Even though Siri apparently uses Nuance only for voice recognition and not for AI, it seems to me that this would have been a more important strategic and defensive acquisition than Beats was. 
This is no surprise.   Even aside from the regular Apple-bashing, Yahoo Finance is nothing but gloom and doom.    Every day there are articles (or links to other sites) predicting that the economy is going to collapse and that Obama is going to be impeached.    Yahoo Finance is the Enquirer of finance journalism.      And the people who comment on Yahoo Finance are largely a bunch of racist, homophobic idiots with the maturity level of an immature junior high school boy...
Only if you also consider the return on investments. According to ProPublica, as of June 10th, the Government put out $611 billion in money spent, invested or loaned.   Only $387 billion has been returned, but the Government earned $255 billion in revenue on those investments and loans.   This has resulted in total income of $643 billion for a profit of $30.6 billion. (By the way, if a poll was taken, how many people would know that the Government actually did make a...
All true and a number of Wall Street and Banking execs should have gone to jail.   And there's also tons of cheating done on Wall Street, whether it's firms who use automated buying and selling systems that manipulate the market, analysts who write negatively about a stock because they want to short it or the sorts of inane financial manipulation that almost no one understands and is still taking place.   And of course, there's also the arrogance displayed after the...
Of course it is.   Such a ruling can effect all tech companies, not just Intel.   And since the story also states that the EU is investigating whether Apple is properly paying taxes in Europe, it's relevant.   Furthermore, since Apple uses Intel processors as a core component (and probably one of the most expensive components aside from the display), it's an Apple story.   And, if as a result of a fine, Intel feels the need to raise wholesale prices of their processors,...
I agree.   When I want the ultimate in quality (not that Blu-ray is perfect) for a film I'm going to watch more than once, I buy Blu-ray.   I'm realistic enough to understand that physical formats will eventually disappear, but that doesn't mean they're not better.   There are only a few cases where consumers chose quality over convenience.   Just because Apple chose not to support it doesn't mean it's not a technically superior format.  Of course if you're watching on an...
If you're talking about personal taxes, you can have a simplified tax system but still have progressive rates.   Those who propose a flat tax or two rates, as you have, usually have in mind having poorer people pay much higher taxes.   That's inherently unfair as poorer people spend much more of their income (frequently 98% of their income) on the basic necessities of life:  shelter, food, clothing, medical and transportation to school or work.   In ZoetWorld, you would...
While I'm in general opposed to a tax holiday, it is not accurate to say that Apple has cheated the U.S. Government out of taxes.   Apple is following the law as it is today.   The law may be unfair, as is much of U.S. tax regulations, but it is what it is. However, I do believe that the laws are out of date and need to be revised.   A large percentage of Fortune 500 companies do not pay any U.S. income taxes and that's one of the reasons the Government is starved and we...
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