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Spotify makes an interesting argument. If HBO Now was downloaded from Apple (a fairly small service by Apple), does it mean Apple collects 30% of revenue for the first year and 15% thereafter? If so, that seems excessive, just for providing a download portal to its users. Apple could then compete with HBO on a lower cost structure and do its own shows, which apparently it is doing. Netflix, same? How about Amazon Prime revenue?
There is precedent to suggest that Apple can't simply charge a 30% toll on all the revenue producing activities that happen across iOS. Apple has some arguments that it created the platform. The literature on railroad competition provides many examples of monopolistic pricing that had to be made illegal. Usually the solution is to remove the barrier to entry, or if that is impractical (as building totally duplicate rail lines is somewhat impractical), to allow multiple carriers (= other App Stores) on the platform.
Spotify may be right that the current status quo on iOS App Store may be illegal. Just my opinion as a hobbyist on these topics, not a professional.
godofbiscuits said:genovelle said:Pay is subjective at best. Gender gaps can exist for a number or reasons that are not discriminatory. Would it be fair to pay one woman with no outside obligations to limit her availability for professional development and who invests more of her time on projects for the company the same as someone who can only do the bare minimum? It even that.That is the beauty of sales positions. They a general performance based pay and you pay your own way. While unfortunately favorites might get perks like being handed manager referrals, You make your own path via your actions. Want more money, do more work.
A gender gap does not imply any particular discrimination. In fact, discrimination may be going either way. It is possible the gap should be larger.
i guarantee this new MBP will smoke your old crap in every meaningful performance test any day of the week. your big ass removable batteries, hard drives and ram do me absolutely NO good for completing my work. i max my machines out from Day 1 and start generating value. when they get too slow i replace them. (usually by reselling!). that's it. i've never upgraded a notebook hard drive, that's absurd. if the battery fails i drop it off with service.
these are tools, not hobby machines for tinkerers. get a raspberry pi for that.
I appreciate your conversation. My style is not your style. It sounds like my style is far less expensive and more efficient. I bought my MBP in 2010 for $1100. Today it has 8GB/1TB, 2.4 ghz core 2 duo. Still my main Apple machine. I also have a 16GB iMac from 2009. Yes, it's not a gamer king rig. I am also not a Final Cut movie editor. It's not much, but here is my point for you. A 2GB RAM / 250GB machine would suck even more. And with today's Apple, an under-specced brick is what you will soon have., unless you want to get raped by buying a heavily-specced machine from Apple. I understand they want $3k per computer but for me, that is excessive. With non replaceable battery no less. Hahahaha.
My work machines are extremely unglamorous too, because I use them for work, not to glorify my boyhood.
China will become the most important market? Based what? China is shrinking for Apple...
This whole thing is unbelievably pedantic on Apple's part. Virtually none of the press release is even true. "We realize.." No, you don't.
"legacy connectors" - No, professional, necessary connectors.
"a transition" - No, Apple, you will make the transition, not others.
It is astounding that a "computer" cannot interface with USB or with a disc anymore. I am getting old! These are not real computers. They should cost $300 maximum.
I have superior equipment that is older (much of it Apple). With things like replaceable hard drives, replaceable batteries and upgradeable RAM. I am amazed that new equipment you buy today is inferior to what I have. My MBP has Firewire, several USB ports, optical out (which I use)... etc. And 1TB storage. And it was cheap! Rawr I am old, time for my nap.