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Originally Posted by teckstud View Post

Perfect. Thank you- that makes sense.
Now I wonder how Apple feels about the AT&T service issues. It's like the baby and the bath water.
It does seem like AT&T is benefitting more in the long term with their mediocre service of the last 2 years.

AT&T stated that sales of the iPhone were so much higher than they expected that they couldn't keep up with the network traffic. Supposedly, neither they nor Apple expected quite as much data usage as they had.

AT&T's got over 20,000 towers, maybe by now, 30,000. They just said that they were adding 2,100 more this year. That's a lot of expansion.

I would imagine that if the iPhone was with Verizon instead, things wouldn't be that much better.
post #42 of 48
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Originally Posted by melgross View Post

AT&T stated that sales of the iPhone were so much higher than they expected that they couldn't keep up with the network traffic. Supposedly, neither they nor Apple expected quite as much data usage as they had.

AT&T's got over 20,000 towers, maybe by now, 30,000. They just said that they were adding 2,100 more this year. That's a lot of expansion.

I would imagine that if the iPhone was with Verizon instead, things wouldn't be that much better.

AT&T is not that bad to begin with --- the wired.com worldwide survey on the 3G iphone speed put AT&T in something like 3rd place among all the iphone carriers in the world. And this is with a 5GB monthly data allowance --- which is unheard of. Only the time-limited special in Canada had a 6GB data allowance for the iphone.

So a Verizon iphone wouldn't be that much better --- because AT&T is pretty good already. What you would get if it's a Verizon iphone would be better coverage.
post #43 of 48
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Will you stop with the stupid smilies already and use them for what they were intended? They don't make your lack of understanding look any better.

We have the avatars turned off in vBulletin, can we also turn off the emoticons from the site? If people still wanted to grab them externally they could but the extra effort would be a deterrent. I find that the old ASCII versions convey an emotion just as well.

PS: Lets get rid of sigs, too.
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post #44 of 48
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AT&T is not that bad to begin with --- the wired.com worldwide survey on the 3G iphone speed put AT&T in something like 3rd place among all the iphone carriers in the world. And this is with a 5GB monthly data allowance --- which is unheard of.

The 5Gb softcap has never been enforced. I used over 80GB on my USB card and over 6GB on my iPhone last month. My iPhone should be even higher this month as Ive been testing the tethering feature in v3.0*.


* When getting solid 3G and streaming video my battery drains on the iPhone while tethered.
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I will respond to just one small segment now. Got to crash soon.

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Economics is far more than that. If that was all it is then people wouldn't be getting Phd's in it. economics 101 would be the beginning and the end.

Of course it is. We are on an Apple forum, not an economics PhD forum. If we were in the latter, I would have been happy engage you more substantively. As an aside, however, unless you get your 101s right, your 701s dont stand a chance.

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I look at economic models all the time. they are very interesting. but the value to a model is its predictive validity. and that's where things fall apart.

What models do you look at? In which branch of economics?

The reason I ask is, you seemed to be somewhat at a loss with cameronj on the 200+year old idea of comparative advantage, which is so central to so much in economics (which is, sort of, how this whole conversation started).

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The government and businesses employ tens of thousands of economists. They are plugging data into their models constantly. They look for trends, hoping to predict what will happen next week, next month, in six months, a year, two years. But they rarely get it right for more than a low batting average.

So what? That is not the economics I am talking about. I am talking about Ricardo. Smith. Mills. Marshall. Fisher. Cassel. Berle. Means. Graham. Galbraith. Hayek. Friedman. Sachs. Stiglitz. Tobin. Miller. Modigliani. Fama. Krugman. Shiller..... I could go on and on.

You have a stunningly limited view (and understaning) of the field if you think that the thousands of desk-bound clerks churning out forecasts and spreadheets in governments and businesses is what economics is all about.

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Remember Long Term Capital? They had several Nobel Prize economists as owners of the fund. They came up with these complex models. They crashed very badly, and almost took the entire market with them. What happened? They forgot that their models only took average moves into account. they never looked at what would happen with a big swing

Of course I do. I even know (although, not well) one of the protagonists. You know nothing about LTCM if you think they "...almost took the entire market with them." It caused barely a ripple in the markets. Please check facts before making statements like that.

It was fundamentally a failure brought about by the disappearance of liquidity, precipitated at that time by the Asia Crisis. (In fact, Myron Scholes, one of the Nobel prize-winning LTCM principals and of the "Black-Scholes" model fame, ironically has a paper on the topic of disappearing liquidity in a crisis). The models they used are actually quite good, but only to a first approximation, since they rely on a mean-variance view of the world. It works 99% of the time.

The other 1% is the "big swing" you refer to. More precisely, it is the 'fat tails' resulting from the fact that many emprical distributions are "Stable Paretian" rather than "Normal" (happy to explain these, but will wait). These are very well-undersood, but cannot, inherently be modeled. (I won't bore you with the details why, but suffice it to say that in theory, variance does not exist in most Stable Paretian distributions).

The fact that we can't model the 1% doesn't in any way negate the importance of a model that can understand/explain the world the other 99% of the time. It is as silly and outlandish as saying earthquake models are completely useless because they can't predict the precise moment and intensity of the Big One.

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What about all these economists working for the other hedge funds that crashed? The brokerage funds? None of them saw what turned out to be obvious, and look at where we are!

You obviously did not look at what I wrote before carefully. You have just proved again, what I noted before: Your notion of "economist" is very different from mine. Let me state it again: I could give a hoot about hedge fund (or any Wall Street) economists. And, I feel sorry for anyone that does.
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(Delete.) Double-post. AI site was having major server problems last night.
post #47 of 48
I'm thinking Apple will announce an inexpensive PHONE soon.

Something that's just a PHONE, but with 1, 2 or 3 nice features, that will have folks wanting more, a maybe moving up to the iPhone (which should be re-name the uPhone or aioPhone)

uPhone which stands for "Utility Phone
aioPhone stands for All in one phone

If they make a Phone, they should be able to sell it for less, and if they are getting some income from the usage / minutes folks are using, then why in hell would Apple not make a PHONE?

Is Apple building the Server Farm in NC, for this reason? Do they know something we don't know hell yea.

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post #48 of 48
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Originally Posted by charlituna View Post

i don't see it. IF the 8gb goes down to $99-150 it will likely be end of line pricing to sell out any last units and then that's it. if 8gb sticks I highly doubt it will be anything more than perhaps a $50 drop until the same terms (no device only at that price, no pre-paid except where local law requires that option)

Why not?

Apple sells iPod Shuffles with buttons and white plastic MacBooks with Firewire (and the speed bump this week on the MB is testament to this not just been stock clearance).
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