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  • Self-driving test cars with remote control backup could hit California roads in April

    California... “leading from behind” again. Uber’s self-driving vehicle testing left for a more business friendly state and these clumsy and poorly thought out regulations will continue to affect the competitiveness of the state.
    More business friendly? You do realize some of the entire world’s best entertainment and technology comes out of California-based companies... 

    No, CA is simply leading. 
    The California business climate has become very hostile to employers. I’ve observed more large employers flee for better pastures over the past 8-10 years than ever.
  • Chinese discount phone makers were supposed to rival Apple's iPhone globally. Instead, the...

    Whenever companies compete on price alone, their competition is practically limitless. Apple has wisely chosen not to compete on price.
  • Apple has long-term plan, is working on products 'way out in the 2020s'

    zoetmb said:
    Don't try to turn everything into politics.   Socialism is where the Government owns everything.  Do you think Apple (or so-called "socialists") wants the Government to own it? Just because many people believe that capitalism doesn't work well for receiving medical care doesn't mean they want socialism for everything.    Even socialist countries have lots of capitalism.   
    I agree with your rebuttal, but even so want to dot some i's..

    Government owns everything = communism..
    Socialism  = capitalism + safeguards

    That's safeguards for the weak, obviously, because we all know who's gonna win in a battle between a rich guy and a poor if money is the only yardstick... But apparently that makes socialism something dirty.. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

    That's not a standard definition of socialism.  Here's the definition from the source of all truth: 

    Socialism is a range of economic and social systems characterised by social ownership and democratic control of the means of production, as well as the political theories and movements associated with them. Social ownership may refer to forms of public, collective or cooperative ownership, or to citizen ownership of equity. There are many varieties of socialism and there is no single definition encapsulating all of them, though social ownership is the common element shared by its various forms.

    Socialism, like all forms of collectivism, is a fantasy that doesn’t work in reality because it’s a philosophy based on a hugely flawed theory that people are not self-interested. All people naturally are self-interested, so when the system says “everyone is in charge”, then no one is in charge. Unchecked corruption, inevitable centralization of power, destruction of market responsiveness and misallocations of resources are common results.
  • New video shows drone crashing onto roof at Apple Park

    mpantone said:
    Roberts flew a DJI Phantom 4 Pro over the campus, eventually discovering the crashed drone wedged in between rooftop solar panels. The craft appears to have been mostly intact, and its owner notified Apple about the incident. So far there's been no sign of a response, which may make the property's return unlikely.

    Apple could potentially crack down on pilots, since a future crash might damage equipment or hit someone walking in the campus courtyard.
    AppleInsider's editorial staff has a dreadfully short memory.

    if Apple does not return the property to the rightful owner, Apple would be in violation of the California law that stipulates that a reasonable attempt to return the property if the owner can be identified. 

    California Code, Penal Code - PEN § 485

    "One who finds lost property under circumstances which give him knowledge of or means of inquiry as to the true owner, and who appropriates such property to his own use, or to the use of another person not entitled thereto, without first making reasonable and just efforts to find the owner and to restore the property to him, is guilty of theft."
    This is the same state law that got Brian Hogan of Redwood City (the finder of a prototype iPhone 4 erroneously left behind in a beer garden) in very hot water and eventually led to the sacking of one of Gizmodo's editorial staffers. Hogan's actions were very dishonest as he did not attempt to do the right thing and turn the phone over to the bar owners; he took the phone home with him.

    My guess is that Hogan's legal fees were far more than a $5000 that Gizmodo paid him for the device.

    "Finders, keepers" is not a valid legal defense in California and Apple would be hypocrites as well as thieves if they do not return the drone.

    The simplest explanation why Apple has not returned the drone to its owner is because it's a three day holiday weekend and no one wants to wreck their weekend plans with this silly nonsense right now. They can make the drone owner worry about it over the long weekend. It's not a lost baby or stray dog.

    California law is hazy about deliberate takedowns of drones. Most of California's drone regulations have to do with invasion of privacy, not about property damage or personal injury.

    One option Apple does have is to encourage the appropriate authorities to file charges against the drone operator for violating federal airspace regulations, most likely a federal felony.

    Of course, Apple could return the drone to its owner along with a bill for solar panel repair.
    Nonsense. That quadrocopter is on Apple’s property, it’s not lost. And there’s also a chance it damaged something when it crashed into their solar array. The “pilot” also may have violated FAA regulations by flying this device out of range of eyesight.
  • Apple Watch holiday sales volume beat entire Swiss watch industry for first time

    It’s not useful to compare Apple Watch with $100,000 custom made watches, nor is it useful to compare them to Seiko cheapies. It’s a different category of device which is able to occupy the limited arm space available. Should Apple Watches also be compared with gold bracelets? I think not.