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  That's an interesting idea, actually.    The only thing I don't like is the foreverness of it-- many every day drugs we all rely on (aspirin and ibuprofen, for example) would've cost exorbitantly more than it costs now.  And I suspect even the 'expensive' brands would cost substantially more if they didn't have to compete at some level with the generics.  That's just one small example, but otherwise I generally like the idea of "use it or lose it".
News of his retirement is so disappointing... Ballmer's tenure has been very good for Apple. :-)
Is it really any surprise that someone is able to make a legitimate-looking app, and bury some code in there that only activates after some time or criteria has passed?  It's called a trojan for a reason.  Famed security researcher Charlie Miller proved the exact same thing (and subsequently got himself banned from the App Store) by writing a fake finance app.   The part that IS disturbing to me is that I thought that the Contacts and such were supposed to be more or...
Oh, I get that this isn't a sexy upgrade because it doesn't double the year-over-year performance. But the point of this Intel chip is to basically do the exact same thing while using less electricity.  In a laptop, that matters a lot.  In a desktop; well, it still makes the iMac slightly more efficient power-wise (and heat-wise).  May not mean much to you, but spread across the millions of computers that will be built around this chip, it just might.
      heh,  everyone "gets" the concept of the patent system.  If you had a widget, it deserves to be protected under trademarks and patents (and yes, it can be sold). What *you* seem to fail to understand is that there are leaches (Patent Trolls) that are exploiting weaknesses in the system for profit.  They buy or create an overly broad conceptual description of something, patent the idea, then sue in east Texas.  There is no intention of actually making a product based...
    You can replace "electronic books" above with "albums", you are making the same wrong invalid arguments.   We know where albums stand today, in terms of music sales.  It's pretty clear that books are heading in the same direction.  Perhaps a bit slower than albums, but in the same direction just the same.   As far as travel / vacation -- again, ebooks trump actual books. I became convinced of that when I was traveling overseas and wanted to bring 3 books with me.  I...
    I have an iPad, and it's great.  Yet, I also have a b&w (eInk technology, like the b&w Nook) Kindle PaperWhite for reading outside, in direct sunlight, at the pool/beach/vacation, etc.  For reading-only, the PaperWhite is actually a better experience for that.   eInk advantages:  - don't have to worry [quite as much] about damage, given the relative price.  - lighter than an iPad  - can be read in direct sunlight
  And maybe that's part of the problem.   The problem for Amazon was: "We store all the relevant customer information we need.  How can we make it even easier for future purchases?"  And then from there, it's a relatively straightforward programming exercise.  How does become patentable?!   When Amazon announced this new feature, the world wasn't shocked at such a novel concept (it wasn't). Or that they implemented it, or any of that.  The world was shocked that they had...
    Yes, there is such thing as a Patent Troll.  Google it.   Yes, Amazon's "1-click patent" is a trivial obvious thing.  I don't care what they did to implement it, there's nothing there that suggests "wow, having a customer's billing and shipping on file is a novel idea!"
  Do you live underneath a cell tower?  ;-)
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