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While there are still some shows that attract crowds and seem to do pretty well, I think the exhibition industry is slowly dying, which is why I laugh when some politician proposes a new or expanded conference center.   The web, as well as changes to the retail industry in the U.S. (like huge consolidation and the dominance of national chains) has made many of these shows unnecessary (and unprofitable).    But it's not always logical which shows succeed and which don't.  ...
 At first I thought he was confused and thought that Apple bought Bose, not Beats.   But what I think he's trying to say is that if Bose wins the lawsuit and Apple has to take all the current Beats headphones off of the market because they violate Bose patents, Apple would regret the deal.  And he'd be right.   While Bose does seem to have these patents, the concept of noise reduction goes back many decades and is well known and there are other headphone manufacturers who...
Why the hell would anyone want that?  What a nightmare!
What I don't understand is "why?"   How much money does any one person need?   He has more money than he could ever spend in his entire life.   What does he get out of bullying companies? Apple stock did go up because of the stock buybacks and the dividend, but it mostly went up because of great sales and Icahn has nothing to do with that. While he's certainly a big shareholder of Apple, Apple should pay him no mind.   Jobs certainly would have ignored him. 
Well, it's like a conversation with my 89-year-old mother, which does drive one to distraction and road rage.   The only thing Siri doesn't do that my mother does is first say, "Speak up, I can't hear you" and follow that up with "Don't YELL at me!" Siri is fantastic, but there's no question that it still needs a lot of work and frankly, I've been surprised that there hasn't been continuous improvement coming from Apple in this regard.  
 Exactly.   So it's not Apple's fault or responsibility - Real was the culprit.  They should be suing Real, not Apple.   If Real files were convertible to MP3, they could have been used in iTunes and on all Apple music players.  
Exactly.  So what stopped Real users from converting the Real format to MP3?   The iTunes app would have then found those files and they would have worked.    Unless Real stopped users from doing that, which is not Apple's problem.   And in any case, it's not that Apple locked in owners with DRM.  It's that they locked out Real users.   Right?
While the three major record companies are so desperate for any revenue, they may be browbeaten into agreeing to lower streaming fees (although I think this would be largely controlled by Sound Exchange, not the labels) if they thought total revenue would increase, the record industry is dying and they're not going to want to take any cuts.   The only areas that are growing are vinyl (but that's from such a small base that it's still insignificant) and streaming.  ...
Not a market leader?  They sold 10 million phones in one weekend - I assure you it's a market leader. Secondly, one case of a phone being damaged from a fall does not indicate the overall reliability of the phone in such case.   I've seen lots of people with cracked screens, but that doesn't mean anything either.    I had the opposite happen:   I slid my iPhone 5 into what I thought was the inner breast pocket of my winter coat, but I actually just put it through the slot...
I used to think people were tin foil-hat paranoids before all the revelations about just how far the government had gone in terms of domestic spying on Americans who had no relationship to criminal or terrorist activity.   I used to think that the Government wasn't capable of organizing a lunch, never mind an organization that was spying on everyone.  The approach of attempting to spy on everything because "we might need it later" not only violates our freedoms, but this...
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