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  I've no idea how mainland China is going to be a threat in the chipmaking space, at least in the medium term.  There is very little 300mm manufacturing there, let alone advanced geometries.   While China continues to have low-tech 200mm fabs, everyone else is about to start the arduous shift to 450mm.  Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the US are still miles ahead of China in chip manufacture.
  So many things wrong with this comment.   One of the reasons Apple have $100bn is because they are sensible.  Yes, if they wanted to get into manufacturing quickly, they could, but it would cost them massively.  They could buy the talent they need to have it happen, but every person they needed would over charge them relative to what everyone else pays, and paying over the odds isn't how Apple came to have so much cash.   UMC would need to do much more than just build a...
  Intel could easily make ARM.  All they need are the process steps (recipes) and with a bit of development could be banging out ARM chips inside 6 months.  I think it's unlikely though.  Intel's manufacturing processes are really first class - industry leading, but they are not really suited to being a foundry, where cost is a key driver.   TSMC are a quality company.  They have had some glitches with NVidia, but that could (and probably is) be a problem with NVidia and...
  You don't know how many "second chances" he might have already had.  For all we know, this was the straw that broke the camels back. Besides, this is the case when you get towards the top of an organization.  When something goes well, you get more credit than you deserve (since the actual "work" tends to be done by others) and if something goes wrong, you get more of the blame than you deserve.   The reward is large salaries and stock options.  The risk is losing your...
  They do fix the POI's eventually.  I reported the fact that a station in the village I grew up in had been closed in 1969 and demolished in 1972, and after about a month, they removed it.   Thanks also to MStone for posting the link to the web version of Nokia Maps.  I rather like it.
  I didn't realize that.  So there's no reason why someone other than Apple couldn't develop an app for Blackberry or Android and where, say Fandango says, "add to Passbook", it could equally go into a third party app on Android or Blackberry (assuming of course you are using the Fandango for Blackberry app)?
  I know it won't happen, but this is why I wish Apple would make Passbook open source and hence available on all phones.   The convenience of having everything in one place is fantastic, but that's not going to happen until there is one (or maybe two) standards for everyone to get behind.
I like Passbook, and really hope more and more companies support it.  I use it in Starbucks every couple of days, really liked it for my Giants baseball tickets, and it's great with Fandango as well.   My wish list is:   Southwest Airlines (their own app is so dreadful, not needing to open that anymore would be great!) NHL.  I'd love to have my Sharks season tickets all appear in Passbook.  While the NHL isn't staging any hockey, perhaps they could spend their...
You guessed right, I did type Ballmer, although it was actually one of his nicknames.   C**t.
  I'd back that.  OSX 10.9 - Tabby!   Having spent some time in the Microsoft store in Valley Fair on Saturday, I'd say Apple need to do a whole zero work to stay ahead of Windows.  What a pile of old bollocks Surface is.   I did however amuse myself by opening Powerpoint, typing an offensive word, then closing it!
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