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chasm said:I'm fine with Samsung having some truly competitive phones (unless you like security that is) at competitive price points. Competition is good, it keeps Apple (and everyone) on their toes.
That said, I don't care how great their cameras allegedly are ... after the reading I've been doing, I wouldn't touch a Huawei phone if you gave me one for free. Google and Android are quite bad enough about personal info, but China takes this to a whole new level.
I find the Apple Watch to be a more amazing and wonderful product than anything Steve ever produced -- and I say that with enormous respect and gratitude for all that Steve did for our world.
Increasingly the Apple Watch is morphing from a fashion trinket to a capable exercise/activity monitor to a health promoting tool to an essential safety device.
It is that last that I'm not sure that even Apple comprehends: I have spoken to Apple Store reps about the watch and how it promotes personal safety and every time I was met with a "huh?" -- like the thought had never before occurred to them.
But, one more aspect of that: My 12 year old grandson is increasingly in places without parental supervision and where he cannot carry his phone (like swimming or playing football with friends). So, today I have arriving for him a Series 3 with LTE (thanks to a great deal from B&H that I learned about here on ai). Now, he will be able to reach out for help wherever and whenever he needs it -- and his parents will be able to check in with him as needed -- so he can gain independence while remaining as safe as possible.
Thank you Steve for creating the organization and the environment that made this possible!
spice-boy said:williamh said:spice-boy said:tyler82 said:If we had true capitalism in this country Goldman Sachs would no longer exist. But us lucky taxpayers got to subsidize this corrupt socialized industry who ruined millions of lives by destroying investments and retirements of hardworking Americans.
The word "social" and the words "socialist" or "socialized" are not interchangeable. Regardless of what you find when you look up the word "socialized," in practice it means to be controlled by brute force, to have no consideration for anyone, and to make sure you have something whether or not others have anything under the guise of ensuring that everyone is sharing misery equally. You can dream about Scandinavian socialism all you like but it ends up like Venezuela. You have to be naive to think that socialism isn't driven by greed and envy.
I think you are thinking of a totalitarian system or dictatorship?
We have been overrun by extremists on both the left and right and neither seem to understand basic terminology -- or perhaps they don't want to understand it and instead redefine it in order to demonize and disparage those on the other side.
The "Democratic Socialists" speak of the evils of capitalism (usually by picking the most egregious examples and then exaggerating them)
The Libertarians decry anything leaning towards socialism (or anything that involves government control) as "the sky is falling in" kind of evil.
And, increasingly both seem to be justifying their own position by attacking the other.
The truth is: A country needs a bit of both wisely administered. Pure capitalism doesn't work long term -- that's why we abandoned it. But, at the same time, pure socialism doesn't work long term either -- that's why China abandoned it.
tyler82 said:And here I am perfectly happy with my new SE. I like it when Apple keeps it simple and beautiful.
They need to do a lot more of that....
Apple is entering a mobile computing market where their restricted, simple, minimalist product lines may be too restrictive and existing and future customers will have to look elsewhere to get the hardware they want and need.