Re: "Pixel sales have been unimpressive"
> but news flash, most people don't want to spend £600-800 on
> a handset!
I'd say most Android users don't want to spend that kind of money.
iOS users on the other hand...
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AFAIK, you can't easily make ANFO anymore, because they changed the recipe of fertilizer to contain less nitrogen.
As for "doing something": anything that would be done now would only impact the (very) far out future because of the number of legal and illegal guns in circulation.
We know how good politicians are with such far-out timelines...
The sheer availability of weapons is not the only factor in reducing the number of shootings.
I live in a country where every able-bodied citizen has to join the military for compulsory training once he turns 18. Everybody who completes that training gets a fully functional, automatic assault riffle to take home and keep, in case the country is attacked and quick mobilization is needed.
Ammunition is not handed out anymore (since 2007), but that is not a big obstacle.
While murder-suicides did and do happen, but they usually involve close family.
Why is that?
Maybe because a functioning social security system exists, that doesn't leave people completely hopeless? Even criminals can have hope here (up to a point, of course).
Maybe it has to do with the amount of holiday people get, the amount of work-related stress?
Also, the amount of prescription drugs consumed is way less here (well, pretty much everywhere else but the USA has lower consumption).
I'm in favor of restricting gun-ownership (unless maybe you live in the mid-west and actually own a farm or go hunting nobody needs a gun).
But it's unfortunately only a very, very small part of the puzzle and it will only slightly reduce the problem, for a very long time: the guns will be around for decades to come.
Pinochet came into power through a coup in which the CIA had a substantial role.
The US never cared who its allies were, as long as they went along the party line and lined the pockets of US corporations.
Revolving doors between CIA, private corporations, contractors meant that they were often indistinguishable anyway.
you realize it sorely needs somebody to shake it up.
Car manufactures got to be software-manufactures quasi-overnight and for some it seems it still hasn't registered.
Tesla may have better software, the infrastructure to deliver and update it - but it was always clear from the beginning that Tesla would struggle with ramping up production beyond the original couple of thousands of cars per year.
Maybe some people at Apple thought they could excel where Tesla has failed - maybe at least at the beginning of "Project Titan". But the manufacturing challenges are real.
I think they'll go with the "Designed in California, made in China" scheme on this one, too.
They'll probably partner with somebody like Geely and just have them execute their designs.
This is not a laptop. As you say, it's more of a desktop-replacement.
How much does it weigh?
Personally, I can't stand Windows 10. I'd rather pay more for something I like to use than pay less for something that I hate switching on.
I don't need any of the Windows-apps, there would be no benefit for me to switch to Windows, except saving a bit of money every couple of years.
That said, I currently don't need a laptop anyway. My hardware-requirements are very modest (satisfied with a 2012 i7 MacMini, 512 GB SSD, 16GB RAM).
I liked the form-factor and haptics of the iPhone X, compared to any other iPhone.
I still have the 4S. Will look into the SE successor.
I tried all of non-SE, non-X iPhones in the store and they seemed too "light" and a bit flimsy.
The all-glass iPhone X - while easily shattering when it does fall down - had a certain weight that made it comfortable to hold and yet wasn't as huge as the 8+.
So, it's either last year's X or an updated SE.
Whatever you say about the price, the X is a remarkable piece of technology.
Apple actually does make money from the phones beyond the sale. Apps, iCloudStorage, accessories, add-ons.
That's why they have no problem extending the life of the iPhones 5S(!) another year by giving it iOS12.
Android OEMs? Nope.
You can make an educated guess as what to expect from this race to the bottom.
My brother works at a French University. At another department, a professor was screwing his secretary.
It worked well, until someone reported it. Apparently, the French also have regulations against this (Mon dieu!) and the professor was sacked and the secretary is since then sick at home.
Because the professor is suing the university, they couldn't hire a replacement and his department is/was headless for a while.
So, it's not all "nudge-nudge wink-wink" in France either anymore.
I get it that amazon shop is better run than most other IT shops on the planet - but having all these businesses sign up to them and basically marrying their business-logic to their cloud-provider can't be a good long-term strategy.
Once Amazon has enough market-share, they'll really want to make money and start milking their customers.
See the German Wikipedia: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhold_W%C3%BCrth
He's also a billionaire, but he founds museums and art-galleries (free admission) in various countries and pays for an orchestra in his home-town.
People always complain about Apple being the big tax-cheat - but in reality, Amazon is much worse. And at least, Apple didn't hold a silly contest about where to build campuses.
Bezos acts a lot like a late-19th-century capitalist, who thought all workers were lazy bastards that needed to be held down and kept on the short-leash, else they would spend all the money on booze and stop coming to work a few days.
I work in a 60-odd employees company and what little and inconsequential pieces of news we produce, the boss doesn't to want to leak to the press ahead of time.
If anybody would do that, it would certainly be a bad day for the person if the leak could be pinpointed to a specific individual.
In a company the size of Apple (both in number of employees and profit), the stakes are much higher.
Leaking is, in the end, a very egoistical thing: you get to feel special and relevant, for five minutes, but it doesn't really help anybody else. Especially not at the company that pays you money for not leaking.
Apple went with the NeXT codebase and the BSD-userland.
That should have told them something.
But they were probably too much Java and Linux fanbois.
Steve and Larry were good friends, neighbours at some point....
Maybe, when the cheque comes through the mail, Larry will put a flower on Steve's grave and silently mumble "I did it, buddy, I did it!"
When will this be available for sale?
Ah, so I see it's already available, at least the non "Pro" version.
It has "HD+" resolution, it looks like. I was confused by the use of the word "3k" display in the article.
So, comparing it to the MacBook is really difficult. They use completely different CPUs etc.
This one looks like it's a bit more "modern" - but as the article hints: you have to run Windows on it.
Having recently had to use W10, I found it nearly unusable. At least, from an "occasional Windows 7 and mostly X-Windows / macOS"-user point of view.
Maybe, if all you do is switch between a browser and an office app, that's enough.
The slight price increase of the Apple MacBook compared to this one, as well as the ability to spec it to 16GB would be totally worth it - for me.
> Pissed off that Google is doing this? Think about AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobil, Sprint, EE ... they all do it.
But they don't know as much about me as Google does.
That's the problem with the Big G: once it slurps up everything in your life, it becomes a very powerful target. Not for hackers or crackers but for governments around the world.
There's a reason Apple anonymizes as much data as possible they get from their users - they know governments are greedy.
And before everyone chimes in with: "It's all according to the law...etc.bla.bla". Yes, it is, sort of. In Europe. But what if you travel to Turkey and the government there wants to know your search-history?
And maybe you set next to some guy in the metro they don't like?
And maybe you have a friend that happens to be a Kurd? That could get very interesting.
I rarely order clothes online (hate the returns) - but for some people, that Amazon buy button is apparently the equivalent of the daily prayer for a monk.
So, some retailer will have it (virtually "trying" on clothes) soon-ish and all other will quickly follow.
There are already apps for make-up, so you can superimpose different "styles".
Needless to say, I don't need that. But it's IMO a no-brainer to understand that there is a market for this. And that's just the beginning. The iPhone hardware is so powerful, the possibilities are limitless, almost.
> But what would be the point of listening to a million phones, what could you do with that?
> Nothing, because it would take forever to find the one or two conversations that you could monetize.
I think, the changing AI-landscape might force you to re-evaluate that position.
Just because you and I can't come up with a way to profit from that in five minutes doesn't mean somebody else (with more criminal energy) can't come up with one next month either.
Anybody who relies on Google for anything more than search is IMO a fool.
Sure, businesses rely on it for mail and apps and whatnot - but at the end of the day, search the ads that get displayed are their lifeblood and if the shit hits the fan, that's what they're going to keep running. Because everything else is at best a distraction and the impact on the bottom-line is minuscule, compared to search.
They pay Apple several billions per year just to have google-search as the default on the iPhone.
> With the money they had made from phones, they could have become a major player.
Microsoft thought along these lines, with their phones.
But the PC market is shrinking. Why would you take money from a good business to invest in a bad business with small ROIs?
I got a 2012 i7 in 2014, about 6 months before the 2014s landed. So I'm covered until 2019 or so, whenever the hardware gets obsoleted and no new OSs work on it.
I like its ability to drive a 2560x1600 display and a 1920x1200 on HDMI.
They've recently updated everything bar the MacMini and the MacPro (and the MacBook Air) to Kaby Lake.
They delays are mostly due to Intel no being able to deliver the CPUs they want/need for their products. They always have higher-end integrated graphics for example, and those only come later on the roadmap.
The people that Apple is selling to aren't looking for 249 UKP bargains. Though, with the prices of the latest models, I see a certain threshold reached.
(Even ignoring the FX effects specific to the UK).
I think people will even pay the silly prices that are rumored for iPhone 8 - but as for the PCs and the laptops, there's a certain point where more people will have to say "No" than what you can make up with by the price increase. But Apple is clearly testing this limit.
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