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You can't violate the laws of physics. If you want good sound, you have to push air. The smaller the speaker and the smaller the amp power, the worse the sound. The smaller the cabinet, the less the bass.Modern TVs have the same problem because the cabinets are so thin. TVs had better sound in 1954 than they have today.It's a miracle Apple's products sound as good as they do. But when they prioritize "thinness" over every other aspect, there are going to be...
  Actually, you can't discuss prices when speaking to another distributor about prices in the U.S.    When I was in the CD-ROM business and negotiating a distribution deal with a potential partner, the one thing the lawyers told us we were never permitted to discuss is what price they were going to sell it for.   The minute you discuss prices in that context, it can be construed as price fixing.   Having said that, what's very confusing about this whole thing is that the...
Total b.s. Serious crime in NYC is at its lowest level in 40 years. Thefts are up, but it's mostly phones and pads.
  Congratulations on your very good taste and emotional maturity.
Both brilliant in their own way and both terribly flawed in their own way. But both are types who only come along once in a generation, if that. But I also think that CBS News is making too much of a big deal of Gates' "emotional moment", which was so brief that you had to stop the frame to see it.
I actually don't understand why Apple has to negotiate with the record companies at all.    I was under the impression that Congress has mandated rates for digitally delivered streaming music via the Library of Congress and Sound Exchange manages all this.    I personally think Sound Exchange's rates are absurdly high and they almost put Pandora out of business, but it's there.    I thought you HAD to go through Sound Exchange.    I do know that Sirius/XM does not use the...
What taxes do they pay when they make products? NoneWhat taxes do they pay when they issue dividends? None that I'm aware of. It's the receiver of the dividend who pays taxes.The only taxes Apple pays when they pay employees is their share of Social Security and Medicare. Those aren't income taxes.They presumably pay taxes on earnings but most Fortune 500 companies find a way not to.So, while I have no idea how much In income taxes Apple pays, it is not necessarily...
Disagree about the simplicity factor. Making it non-repairable makes it harder to manufacture because components have to be glued, etc.Isn't it easier to just plug in a drive, battery or memory rather than making it permanent and hard to access
It's not the same at all. When you speed, you break the law. The fine is because of that.Apple's strategy is not breaking current law, but it is breaking the spirit of the purpose of the tax code and the economy.Almost no Fortune 500 companies pay Federal taxes most years. This is why the country is broke. Our Congress, especially Republicans, are like Leona Helmsly. She said, "pay taxes? Only the little people pay taxes," but she went to jail for it (for not...
I've only tried a Windows phone in a store for a few minutes. Maybe I'd hate it, but at least during a short demo and use, it seemed fine to me. And among the people in my office, I see more Android phones than iPhones. The reality is that for most of the things that people do with a smartphone, especially those people who either because of cost or lack of need, haven't bought a smartphone as yet, just about any phone will suffice. What do most people want to do most...
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