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todd

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Average Apple salary is only $46k (TUAW.com)

Jan 20th 2011 10:43AM Just because they make more money than someone working in a retail store? Or is everyone who makes over $200,000 a year a crook just because they made a lot more money than the average person? If that's your logic, then I could say "Simply more proof that retail people are stupid and slackers." -- but I don't think either is the case and don't judge people based upon their income.

T-Mobile blames lack of iPhone for poor US sales (TUAW.com)

Nov 5th 2010 11:51AM The article is misleading and seems to presume certain facts about T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T. If you look at ComScore's last market share report, from December 2009 through March 2010, AT&T gained 0.2%, and T-Mobile lost 0.1% (as did all other ranked carriers other than AT&T and Tracfone). So you could argue "growth for the carrier has been slow to non-existent" goes for Verizon too, which also lost 0.1% in that period.

Capital One offers you a different loan APR depending on your Web browser (Download Squad)

Nov 2nd 2010 1:53PM "That could be thousands of dollars over a three- or five-year car loan.".. Not really. A $50,000 car loan over 5 years would cost $823 more with the largest difference shown on the screenshot posted (5.09% vs 4.49%). Still a sizable difference and totally bizarre that they'd show different rates based upon your web browser choice -- but "thousands of dollars" is an exaggeration of the facts, unless you're buying a $150,000 sports car (at which point spending another $2k is probably not that big of a deal)

The 800-pound gorillas are in secret meetings to provide premium 'go-faster' Internet service (Download Squad)

Aug 5th 2010 9:47AM Yes, there is actually competition in rural America. My wife's family lives on a farm in southern Illinois and there are a few high speed providers to choose from, not to mention satellite based internet service which is available almost everywhere in the US. They pay about the same for their DSL connection as I do in a large city, but their connection speed is pretty poor in comparison.

The problem is that DSL and cable modem technology, the primary means of connecting to the internet in the US, has a number of technical hurdles to overcome to increase speeds when there isn't an end office within a few miles. IDSL is the best technology available and only works for subscribers within 5 miles, and the further you are from the end office the slower the connection. Cable modem technology suffers from similar issues.

Yet in rural areas, a farm can be 5 miles just to the next farm and 20 miles from the nearest end office. Since there are less subscribers per square mile, and higher deployment costs for high speed internet due to these distance transmission issues, their costs are higher per Mbps of bandwidth.

It makes sense given that it's much more costly for the providers on a per subscriber basis. That's why the government is offering grants to expand rural internet access, like the one you sited in an earlier comment. WiMax is seemingly the ideal solution for rural areas, but it's still too costly to deploy in low population density areas.

More importantly, and tying back into the article, none of these issues are going to be solved (or even helped) by charging $9.99 more for prioritized access to certain sites or a specific type of IP packet traffic.

The 800-pound gorillas are in secret meetings to provide premium 'go-faster' Internet service (Download Squad)

Aug 5th 2010 9:05AM "You understand that America, with its awesome free market-inspired ISPs, has worse Internet than almost all of Europe's ex-communist Eastern Bloc?"

You understand that you're repeating false urban legends? The US is 16th in the world for internet connection speeds. Yes, it could be faster, but we also have a lot more challenges in deploying higher speed solutions in the vast rural areas of the mid-west. Speeds in cities are comparable to speeds in Europe.

Here's the top 16 in order: South Korea, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, Switzerland, Taiwan, Belgium, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Israel, Japan, Finland, Singnapore, then USA. Don't see any former soviet bloc countries in that list.

The 800-pound gorillas are in secret meetings to provide premium 'go-faster' Internet service (Download Squad)

Aug 5th 2010 8:51AM How many people do you think will really pay $9.99 a month for faster YouTube? Look at how unsuccessful sites have been when going from free to paid access. And the comparison to HBO & Showtime doesn't really equate because there's relatively few television channels to choose from, but there's millions of web sites and lots of competition. Combine this with a bad economy and it'll be the biggest failure on the web since its invention. The vast, vast majority of people aren't going to be willing to cough up more money for their internet access. If sites like Google start teaming up with ISPs in a revenue share for better access, it'll only promote use of competing sites that are free.

Microsoft responds to Google's internal condemnation of Windows; puzzled looks abound (Download Squad)

Jun 2nd 2010 10:25AM Regardless of where you stand on which OS is "better", this article is disingenuous when it says Yale "canceling" their migration to Gmail and Google Apps. It was never canceled, but postponed and is still being reviewed. Here's a more recent link to the Yale migration than the cherry picked one by the Sebastian:

http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/university-news/2010/04/09/committee-review-gmail/

Apple boycotts Fox News because of Glenn Beck (TUAW.com)

Mar 29th 2010 1:41PM Well now I'm boycotting Apple for boycotting Fox News. I was waiting to buy a new MacBook Pro when they refresh their line-up (if they ever do), but now I think I'll skip it. If Apple wants to make political statements as a company, that's fine by me, but don't expect loyal customers to have the same beliefs the company. And don't be surprised if some decide to stop buying your product when you take a political stand. Free speech means you are free to voice your opinions. If Apple is truly doing this because they dislike Glenn Beck, that's one form of free speech, but an opinion I cannot agree with nor support.

AEIN tries to bring paid BBSes back from the dead (Download Squad)

Mar 23rd 2010 1:46PM Sounds great, but Mr. Perry lost me at the tree planting part.

Blackberry users ready to abandon ship for the iPhone, Nexus One (TUAW.com)

Mar 16th 2010 3:03PM I actually switched back to a Blackberry after using the iPhone 3G for a year. I mainly use my phone as a phone (gasp) and for emails. Call me fat-fingered or old fashioned, I just couldn't get used to typing on the iPhone. I did have a few apps that I miss, but other than that, I love being back on a crackberry again -- now that T-Mobile finally has a 3G Blackberry with wifi, camera, gps, and hotspot@home feature! (Took them long enough)