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Best Buy CEO: iPad Cannibalizing Up To 50 Percent Of Laptop Sales (UPDATED)

Best Buy CEO: iPad Cannibalizing Up To 50 Percent Of Laptop Sales (UPDATED)

Commented Sep 19, 2010 at 20:46:36 in Technology

“"These things are for addled X-boxers and people who cross the street while texting."

That's cold.....ice cold.......”

Vernon Brown on Sep 20, 2010 at 00:00:03

“That's how we roll -”
Best Buy CEO: iPad Cannibalizing Up To 50 Percent Of Laptop Sales (UPDATED)

Best Buy CEO: iPad Cannibalizing Up To 50 Percent Of Laptop Sales (UPDATED)

Commented Sep 19, 2010 at 20:39:38 in Technology

“" Apple must make crap. That must be why they are the world's 2nd largest company by market cap. You know nothing. Really."

Umm respectfully the top three firms (converted to $m) by market capitalisation are: PetroChina (329,259.7), Exxon Mobil (316,230.8) & Microsoft (256,864.7).

The figures come from the the FT 500 list (March 2010) but I take your point that Apple is a successful company. My little sister has one and swears by it, I prefer my 'chunkier' laptop. We've both got PCs of course and I think Ericsson (now of course SE) make the best phones on the market. My little sister is not so convinced and goes for Nokia everytime.

I would argue it it depends on what the buyers like to use rather than any 'theological drive' to dislike or like Apple!!”
Best Buy CEO: iPad Cannibalizing Up To 50 Percent Of Laptop Sales (UPDATED)

Best Buy CEO: iPad Cannibalizing Up To 50 Percent Of Laptop Sales (UPDATED)

Commented Sep 19, 2010 at 20:23:26 in Technology

“Awesome....and of course WOPR had the capability to be connected to 'proper' input and output devices.......”
huffingtonpost entry

The Music Industry's New Model: Where Is It?

Commented Aug 27, 2010 at 12:35:57 in Entertainment

“To be fair, it isn't just the music. I bought vinyl and then CDs. I actually enjoy buying the CD's and seeing them sit on the shelf grouped by artist. I like reading the sleeve notes and album commentaries but in recent years that has started to slide.

Perhaps the 'music business' doesn't think that such touches are quite so important anymore but I think that if the CD actually comes with a bonus e.g. DVD of concert footage, unreleased pure studio work or such like then fans will buy it.

But the 'music business' has to be far more proactive and say, "yes, it isn't free but for all you true fans out there this is the latest work from your favourite singer 'X' and it comes with studio demo's, thoughts about what the artist was aiming for...oh...and some close shot concert footage from concert 'Y'.”
huffingtonpost entry

Apple's iPad Is for Moms Now, Techies Later

Commented Apr 1, 2010 at 18:53:04 in Technology

“"The poster is spot on, if this doesn't work with the rest of the ecosystem all users will care."

Concur, I suspect most users want their devices (of what ever type) to work with all the other devices they possess. I mean I want my mobile phone to work with my MP4 player to work with my PC all the time and so on and so on.”
Gunnar Sandberg, High School Baseball Player, In Critical Condition From Baseball Hit To Head

Gunnar Sandberg, High School Baseball Player, In Critical Condition From Baseball Hit To Head

Commented Mar 24, 2010 at 01:20:24 in Sports

“When I was at Uni. in the UK, studying materials engineering, one of the group projects we dealt with was the design of a 'modern cricket bat'. There was a programme developed for material designers called the Cambridge MATS Selector. Disalllowing all but the most basic constraints, the metal bats gave higher performance in terms of energy returned but required far more skill to use,

So from a personal standpoint perhaps non-professional baseball players really should use a wooden bat.

Composite bats give a 'wickedly' quick 'rate of return' but the ball direction is about impossible to control given the relative striking areas. In other words, using a composite meant the ball would go for bloody miles but the standard shape of the cricket bat meant the ball could go anywere!!!”
Luxury Cruise Ship Docks On Private Haitian Beach, Just 60 Miles From Devastation

Luxury Cruise Ship Docks On Private Haitian Beach, Just 60 Miles From Devastation

Commented Jan 19, 2010 at 01:46:37 in World

“"Smart businesses have moral considerations embedded into their culture. For example, Google (which has the formal creed, "Do no evil")....."

Umm, I hate to be really, really boring but Google in the UK is actually based in Ireland enabling it to dodge a tax bill on it's income of around $1.6bn .

http://www.computerworlduk.com/management/government-law/compliance/news/index.cfm?newsId=18100

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04/20/google_uk_tax_bill/

Still, I suppose we should all buy the idea Google is a 'nice company' while other companies are 'mean and nasty'.”
Amanda Knox VERDICT: GUILTY, Sentenced To 26 Years For Meredith Kercher Murder

Amanda Knox VERDICT: GUILTY, Sentenced To 26 Years For Meredith Kercher Murder

Commented Dec 4, 2009 at 20:24:01 in World

“Hmm, the Prosecuting Magistrate doesn't have to be a 'nice chap'?!! A Prosecutor simply has to do their job. It's not a popularity contest (with respect),”

Alexandre Laudet on Dec 5, 2009 at 09:34:39

“But this one is under investigation in another case for illegal conduct”
huffingtonpost entry

Over $44,000 an Hour to Fly: Putting the F-22 in Perspective

Commented Jul 13, 2009 at 21:28:43 in Politics

“Major K,

I've suggested (here in the UK) at least that the best course of action would be to scrap our Eurofighter procurement programme but then buy the rights to make the A-10, the Harrier II (and even the A-6 if need be) to give UK forces decent, sturdy GA cover.

However, I'd be interested to know your thoughts on what sort of aircraft would be best.....”
huffingtonpost entry

Over $44,000 an Hour to Fly: Putting the F-22 in Perspective

Commented Jul 13, 2009 at 21:17:08 in Politics

“Leakman,

I concur with your thinking.......in the UK our Chief of the Defence Staff keeps harping on about 'fast jets'......

If we need to keep the UK aerospace industry going (which we do) I'd scrap Eurofighter and simply buy the licences for the A-10, Harrier II, hell, even the 'old, low and slow' A-6 to give UK forces decent GA close support capability.

As for the UK's well know shortage of combat helicopters, I see on the 'Net that the US Air National Guard has dozens of airframes 'stood still'. I would suggest that even a 'Huey' (or ten) would be better than moving UK forces around by road.

Will our UK politicians do the sensible thing and spend more....will they.....insert expletive of choice.”
British Airways Asks Staff To Work For Free

British Airways Asks Staff To Work For Free

Commented Jun 16, 2009 at 15:50:19 in Business

“Amanda,

From what has been in the UK Press, Virgin is basically run by Singapore airlines and has used heafty finanicial instruments to boost 'profits' eg disposal of assets i.e aircraft and such like.

There is some speculation as to what Virgins position really is. Sir Richard though is a superb marketing man!!”
Michael Martin Resigns After Backlash Over Expense Claims

Michael Martin Resigns After Backlash Over Expense Claims

Commented May 19, 2009 at 19:54:20 in World

“Umm, I think spending £1400 on chauffeur driven vehicles to attend football matches is hardly trivial as it is taxpayers money he is spending.

His handling of the Damian Green affair was also terrible and he has not exactly covered himself in glory in relation to the lack of help he gave to the Fees Office who were trying to cap MP's expenses.

Of course his case hasn't been helped by this getting into the public domain either:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-509290/Speaker-Michael-Martins-wife-claims-50-000-free-flights-support-husband.html

Or perhaps this also casts some light on the man:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sunday-mirror/2008/02/24/commons-speaker-michael-martin-in-new-expenses-scandal-98487-20329121/

Speaker Martin isn't standing down because he is Scottish or Labour but rather because of his poor performance and judgments over various issues.”
Moscow Gay Rights Protest: 40 Demonstrators Arrested

Moscow Gay Rights Protest: 40 Demonstrators Arrested

Commented May 17, 2009 at 09:39:00 in World

“Given that the parade (or march or provocation depending on your point of view was originally banned) and then the marchers tried to re-stage it, what exactly did you think the police authorities were going to do?

And they arrested a number of counter-demonstrators according to the report.

I would bet that if I tried to call a parade in Central London (or Paris or Bonn or Washington), had the permit refused and still went ahead, I'd be hauled off to the cells.

I agree that you can argue that the banning should not have taken place or was correct depending on personal philosophy.

But once those marchers hit the streets, the die was cast. Arrests were going to be made, just as they would be anywhere else.”

Steamboater on May 17, 2009 at 16:00:44

“As in das fuher's Germany, laws can be made to specally target a minority for oppression and worse, and often when there is a free vote, and for all intents and purposes in Russia there isn't , there's no free press to advance info about opposition leaders, then what you have is the tyranny of the majority.”

dm10003 on May 17, 2009 at 15:31:10

“let's see if they govern with a more reasonable touch the closer to the olympics we get.”
huffingtonpost entry

In Defense of the Speaker of the House

Commented May 16, 2009 at 19:31:27 in Politics

“3rd Citizen,

Respectfully, I would suspect that a fair minority of your fellow citizens don't quite feel the same way:

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/05/06/poll-dont-investigate-torture-techniques/

The figure regarding the approval of torture has also remained constant at around 45% (and even higher in certain cases).

I don't wish to appear overly cynical but no Administration is going to start investigations based on those figures however much certain sections of the public demand it. If you feel you have the time, I've tried to explain my rationale in these previous posts:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-cusack/basic-algebra-what-will-t_b_170443.html?page=6&show_comment_id=21453207#comment_21453207

Apologies for any spelling mistakes but I can't seem to locate my glasses.”

sviolette on May 16, 2009 at 21:25:02

“It doesn't matter if the public approves of a crime. It's still a crime. A large majority of Americans believe that weed should be legal but there are people arrested for it every day.

You neocons are grasping for straws trying to blame Pelosi for torture when it's the republicans that committed torture at least 266 times.”

sloLes on May 16, 2009 at 20:06:47

“This is an excellent point! Americans don't want to investigate other Americans, unless they are low level scapregoats.
Pelosi's real problem is playing dumb! This is the same strategy that Hillary used, when she claimed that she didn't know that she was authorizing the Iraq invaision. People who care about principles probably can accept that others went along, because they were powerless to stop torture or the invaision. But they don't want the dumb or naive representing them, And they think playing dumb is a lie.
Just compare this dumb posture to career FBI agents writing reports condemning torture they personally witnessed in Guantanamo. Or Red Cross reports. Or the widespread international criticism. People like Pelosi and Clinton were willfully 'in the dark,' because they were ashamed of being powerless and too timid to admit their impotence.
Is it fair to asked whether we want leaders like Pelosi, Clinton, and Obama? It sure is. But the answer is that these might be the best people that we can elect at this time. And these people represent the better inclinations of America, not the worst ones. The best people don't even want to go through our election process. They don't want their families investigated, and their personal lives to become public property. So, let's be real! And let's not crucify our better leaders for being less than we'd personally desire.
So, all three previous commentts are good ones. Pelosi made mistakes, but she has her limits.”
Hoping For A Boy Or Girl? Sweden Legalizes Gender-Based Abortion

Hoping For A Boy Or Girl? Sweden Legalizes Gender-Based Abortion

Commented May 16, 2009 at 16:00:49 in Healthy Living

“CGpunker,

I Concur.......the headline is a little misleading though.”
huffingtonpost entry

The Cure for Layoffs: Fire the Boss!

Commented May 14, 2009 at 19:11:46 in Business

“Hate to douse the optimism with a touch of cold water...but in most of the examples above the disputes revolve around redundancy pay (which should be paid in full) not keeping the company going.

As to the AM steel riot, the shareholders lunch and meeting wasn't even disturbed!!

Which brings me on to my next point......there comes a time when the really big businesses start to fold e.g. steel plants or car factories. Given that these firms often owe billions to banks and employ thousands in a complex process, how can worker sit-ins actually change a closure plan?

For example, Waterford put 10m Euros into a severance pay fund. Sounds a huge amount of money (around 9m in UK pounds) but a large integrated steel plant on average uses about 60,000 pounds worth of electricity per day so the 9m would last less than a month.

So I would argue that any worker action must be focused on ensuring that major infrastructure projects go ahead as that drives the rest of the economy.”
Graham: CIA Gave Me False Information About Interrogation Briefings

Graham: CIA Gave Me False Information About Interrogation Briefings

Commented May 14, 2009 at 18:39:45 in Politics

“Precisely,

The argument as I see it is that one believes either

(a) simply the CIA are correct in saying "...we told lots of senior people the main points about some highly sensitive plans and operations and here's our paperwork to prove it..."

OR

(b) Graham supporters are correct in thinking that it is prefectly acceptable to use notes written by Graham as 'evidence' that the CIA covered up or mis-lead in the briefing. Obviously his supporters think it is quite clear that Graham's documents are better than the CIA's and no other data is required.

Seems it depends which side of the fence you stand one drives which set of notes you trust.”
huffingtonpost entry

American Torture: I Know Who's Going to Pay

Commented Apr 21, 2009 at 20:10:25 in Politics

“LN1971,

Hate to be a cynic as well and cast a stone on the process of the ICC at the end of the war but if you were a German considered important enough to the development and success of the Allies post-war R&D programmes, you got your past history sanitised or simply deleted.

The prosecutors at Nuremburg never got to hear about you.

I think this was all done as Operations LUSTY and Paperclip.”
Opposition Grows To Obama's Decision Not To Prosecute CIA Agents

Opposition Grows To Obama's Decision Not To Prosecute CIA Agents

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 09:38:48 in Politics

“Concur.....it is possible that one day the current President may well be involved with something that some may consider illegal but was done for the right reasons. No questions asked.

And that of course dosn't include long-term insiders in DC who knew what was going on. Hell, there would be that many pardons to sign, the President would be as quick to buy a page in the major papers and just list the names. Either that or he'll have to get a stamp with his signature on and very big ink pad for signing those pardons.”
Opposition Grows To Obama's Decision Not To Prosecute CIA Agents

Opposition Grows To Obama's Decision Not To Prosecute CIA Agents

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 09:32:58 in Politics

“And the huge collection of Congressmen and Women who knew what was going on, had detailed briefings and still said nothing.

Not to mention the polls showing consistently that about 40% of Americans favour 'enhanced interrogation'. http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/1114/p1s3-usju.html or perhaps http://voices.washingtonpost.com/behind-the-numbers/2009/01/on_torture.html

Thus in a jury room, even if you could get the moderates to convict there is a good chance that nearly half the jury will not convict as they think that torture as applied to terrorists is an acceptable practice.

And the current Adminstration is aware that just one failure to convict will end that process stone dead. I would argue that no POTUS or Administration is going to play that game unless they already know the answers to the questions.”
Opposition Grows To Obama's Decision Not To Prosecute CIA Agents

Opposition Grows To Obama's Decision Not To Prosecute CIA Agents

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 08:54:25 in Politics

“Cherubim,

Respectfully given that all the key movers in Congress knew what was going on as early as 2002 (never mind the excuses as to why remained silent) perhaps this is a more accurate quote:

"All colours agree in the dark" - Francis Bacon - Essays (1625).

Or perhaps in the circumstances as the POTUS & his administration know full well that

"The greatest art of a politician is to render vice serviceable to the cause of virtue" Henry St John

As the previous Adminstration did when they sold their actions to the vast majority of the US public. And the approval ratings showed that the public were happy to know that terrorists were being interrogated (and what's more the public didn't care).

Thus being a cynic, I think the current POTUS will use the St John philosophy as he knows that any attempt to prosecute would 'lock up' his programme for the rest of his term. Perhaps he is pondering how to sell a proportion of the US electorate the notion that it is in the nations interest to avoid any investigation.”
Opposition Grows To Obama's Decision Not To Prosecute CIA Agents

Opposition Grows To Obama's Decision Not To Prosecute CIA Agents

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 07:51:45 in Politics

“UN peace keeping forces have alleged to have been involved in all sorts of dodgy practices in areas they are in including arms dealing. For example,
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/un-sri-lankan-peace-keepers-involved-sex-scandals-haiti

Or perhaps:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/24/united-nations-internal-justice-council

Or perhaps there is this;
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tower-Babble-United-Nations-Fueled/dp/1400054753

The UN is a hardly a shining beacon.”
Opposition Grows To Obama's Decision Not To Prosecute CIA Agents

Opposition Grows To Obama's Decision Not To Prosecute CIA Agents

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 07:34:25 in Politics

“Dems08,

Key members of Congress apparently all received briefings about interrogations and such like from the CIA. This select group of law makers also included Speaker Pelosi.
(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/08/AR2007120801664.html)

Or perhaps, there is this article:
http://www.pubrecord.org/torture/839-what-did-democrats-really-know-about-bushs-torture-program.html

Therefore I would guess, being a cynic, that a 'work-around' is already being developed.”
Opposition Grows To Obama's Decision Not To Prosecute CIA Agents

Opposition Grows To Obama's Decision Not To Prosecute CIA Agents

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 07:16:29 in Politics

“I wouldn't go with the 'people demand it' argument too much. Given the length of time this type of information has been in the public domain, I wouldn't bet that there would be a huge desire for this in Congress.

To many members (of all colours) of that esteemed institution knew precisely what was going on and offered nothing.

Also after factoring in the political effort required to keep the process going, with an uncertain course and outcome, it makes it more likely that the current Admistration will quietly let it drop. After all the new POTUS, is well aware that one day he too may be called on to make a decision (or tacitly sanction) an operation that is not strictly within the Law, for the good of the US and her allies.”
Opposition Grows To Obama's Decision Not To Prosecute CIA Agents

Opposition Grows To Obama's Decision Not To Prosecute CIA Agents

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 06:31:26 in Politics

“Umm, if you were a German and deemed important enough to either the US or the UK, your past would have been 'sanitised' to allow you to work for either the UK or the US after the war.

You would have been deemed to be a 'good' German (at least officially)...........”
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