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  Your Dad was lucky to have a slide rule.  My dad had stone tablets with all mathematical calculations carved into it by the babylonians to plot the path of the stars in heavens.  And his dad had to approximate long division using sticks and bundles of sticks...   (apologies and ob. reference to Monty Python... the mother of all 'we had it toof  in my day' riffs)   http://www.davidpbrown.co.uk/jokes/monty-python-four-yorkshiremen.html  
Why?  Do you have inside poop on their infrastructure?     No matter what a chrome book would have put more wifi demands on the internal infrastructure, and likely more demands on the Internet Uplink.  That said, everything I read about Ames' infrastructure tells me it's primarily in the cloud.   It's interesting that they are more concerned about providing 'student friendly' WIFI outside of school.   And creating iOS and android apps for parents to 'tap into' school...
wow.  wow.  (NB  I was in Ames yesterday... for a coffee break).   MBAs.... in HS.   How much you wanna guess iPads will end up in 6-7-8 grade eventually (bookless classes).   I do agree, if I'm tasking students to create 5 10 page papers every semesters, I'm gonna hate to read what comes off of an iPad keyboard.   My curiousity is the classroom ergometrics with laptops vs pads...     It also normalizes the low income kids who don't have parents who invest...
  Yes, as consumer computing becomes closer to the human, it will be form, function and fashion.   The fact that they hired a fitness person away from Nike also blends into this...    Nike, YSL, Levis.  All product a 'brand' that can carry a higher sticker price, yet have high repeat customers, a high perceived quality score, and push fashion design (well, maybe not Levi's), and are all international brands.   Makes sense that Tim is forming a brain trust for the next big...
And it took 5 years of losses for xBox to make a profit, and another 3 years to recoup the previous losses.   8 years to break even?  Only Amazon can make that sell to Wall Street;-)
true...   You make em at 300, and write them off at 799.   The tax benefit still won't shelter the whole loss.   "Yeah, we give 'em away, but we make it up on the volume"  
    That's a long view attitude.  And works when you have a quality product compared to the market (I get Better?... for FREE?) and a 5 year plan for recovery.     MS stockholders won't buy it.
I used to (back in the day)... MTV was on the first tier above basic cable.   But in the day of YouTube in particular, and the social media 'maze' (or craze), where outlets are either free for pushing videos out and/or the 'artists' are paid by the facespace, iTunes, Googleplexs of the world to drive eyeballs to their channel on the internet..   It will be the distributors that pay... and then our eyeballs (and those of our children and grandchildren) are purchased in...
This...   The rest of the world's gov'ts, media rights owners hate 'the Internet'  (as opposed to 'THEIR internet').   Apple's method of 'taking 30%' off the top means that that's 30% less to the plutocracy, in markets that are much less lucrative.   Who knows how apple monetizes these channels (obviously less than 30%), but it's not free, and like Google, it gives apple distinct analytics on their customers content consumption, which in the end, gives Apple strategic...
One step at a time.      Me... I live with AppleTV radio;-)   I flip between Classical during work hours, news during dinner, and Reggae/Ska most of the rest of the time.  If I'm staring at the screen, I'd prefer a plot;-)
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