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I think Woz' brilliance and honesty comes across in this video. I think he was a quite different person in those early days than he is today (but so am I). Seeing just these few minutes of video is far more satisfying than I suspect any of the upcoming Apple/Jobs bio movies are going to be.
Doesn't VAT also come into play here?  Australian VAT is 10%.   There is no Federal VAT tax in the United States (although there are State and local sales taxes which are generally from 7% to 9%, but if you're ordering online, you only pay them if "shipping" to a State where the company also has a physical location.     That's considered "nexus".    However many States consider you to have nexus if you have any affiliates in the State.   That's how New York State forced...
While I agree with the concern over hardware guy vs. software guy, a senior exec doesn't get all that involved in the nitty gritty - they're mainly hired for their overall management skills:  managing budgets, teams, resources, etc.     Look at most CEOs:   they tend to jump around industries that have very little to do with each other.   Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't.      In addition, when working for any specific company, you have to support the...
  You can't get beyond the physics:  sound has to push air and the more air it pushes, the better it's going to sound.   Low frequencies have long wavelengths and a tiny speaker can't produce long wavelengths.  With the tiny speakers and no cabinets that most computers have, the sound is always going to be a compromise at best.   That's not to say they shouldn't seek to develop new technologies to improve it, but just as flat screen TVs, with their tiny speakers, have...
It's outdated from a fashion standpoint - for those who think the iOS needs to change just so it looks fresh.   It's not outdated from a functional standpoint, because it works quite well, although I can also buy the notion that the startup screen should not necessarily be a list of applications, but something that summarizes news/weather/stocks/activity, etc.       Having said that, Apple used to lead in screen design, use of appropriate fonts and general elegance and...
Glad you all know so much about a film you haven't even seen, but I guess that's consistent with the way you criticize products that you haven't used.
THX certification didn't really have all that much to do with surround specifically.    It had to do with certifying that noise levels in a theatre (primarily from HVAC systems) were minimized, EQing the acoustics of a theatre and with certain minimum standards for the amplifiers and speakers, which mainly had to do with distortion levels and frequency response. All of this applied whether the theatre was mono or 70mm split surround.   In addition, THX leased theatres an...
Before the killer response to the iPhone and iPad, 1.5 million units would not have been considered to be bad performance.    But Apple has changed the entire definition of what it means to launch new successful products.   Unfortunately for everyone (including Apple) that has changed expectations to absurd heights.   I've posted this several times before, but these are the amount of times that new technologies took to achieve just 1 million...
I really expect the Apple iPhone5s (or whatever comes next) to be iterative as well. What would not make a new phone iterative? Holographic display? Another doubling of resolution? A far more advanced Siri? It's applications that drive these devices. Phones are becoming a "mature" technology, just as computers are. It's absurd to be expecting revolutionary changes at this point. Screens will get a bit bigger, the phones will continue to get thinner...
I can't believe you guys are still arguing over the election.    Or even any of the pre- or post- election issues.   It's obvious that you're never going to agree.       My ex leans one way and I lean completely the opposite way.    I was at her house and another common friend of ours was there arguing politics with them.    My ex said to me, "how come you never argue about politics when you're here?"   I said, "first of all, I'm a guest in your house.     And...
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