.. but the iPhone must really be getting on his nerves.
“Let’s face it, the Internet was designed for the PC. The Internet is not designed for the iPhone,” Ballmer said. “That’s why they’ve got 75,000 applications — they’re all trying to make the Internet look decent on the iPhone.”
Nokia announced that it has today filed a complaint against Apple with the Federal District Court in Delaware, alleging that Apple’s iPhone infringes Nokia patents for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards.
A Dallas police officer who fatally struck a child last October received a one-day suspension during a disciplinary hearing this afternoon.
Senior Cpl. Michael Vaughn appeared before Assistant Chief Floyd Simpson, who oversees the city’s seven patrol stations.
The punishment was for “for violating the emergency vehicle operations policy when he drove over the speed limit without activating the lights and sirens,” police officials said.
A traffic policeman who killed a schoolgirl after reaching speeds of 94mph in a 30mph zone was jailed for three years yesterday.
PC John Dougal was not using the blue lights and siren on his patrol car when he hit Hayley Adamson, 16, as she crossed a road at night last May.
Study author Alistair McIlgorm of the National Marine Science Center in Coffs Harbor said 6.4 million tons of debris reaches the world’s oceans each year.
Of that, 80 percent is thought to come from land based sources, he said.
More than half of the rubbish is believed to be plastic, but McIlgrom said rubber, wood and sanitary products also add to the problem.
“Poor landfill practices are big contributors to marine debris, especially in Asia,” said McIlgrom.
In remarks that will fuel the row around excessive pay, Lord Griffiths, vice-chairman of Goldman Sachs International and a former adviser to Margaret Thatcher, said banks should not be ashamed of rewarding their staff.
Speaking to an audience at St Paul’s Cathedral in London about morality in the marketplace last night, Griffiths said the British public should “tolerate the inequality as a way to achieve greater prosperity for all”.
In his world, “greater prosperity for all” means:
People working in finance grabbed two-thirds of the growth in GDP over the last decade, with the rest of us scrambling for the other third.
Christina Turner feared that she might have been sexually assaulted after two men slipped her a knockout drug. She thought she was taking proper precautions when her doctor prescribed a month’s worth of anti-AIDS medicine.
Only later did she learn that she had made herself all but uninsurable.
Yep – rape is now a pre-existing condition.
Music police have told a grandmother to stop singing behind the counter of the corner shop where she works – or pay for a licence.
Sandra Burt began serenading customers at the A & T Food Store in Clackmannan, near Stirling, after the owners were contacted by The Performing Right Society and told they would have to pay an £80 annual fee to keep the radio on in the shop.
They decided not to bother and now 56-year-old Sandra sings tracks ‘from anyone from The Noisettes, to the Rolling Stones’ as she stocks the shelves and weighs customers’ purchases.
Now, however, the PRS, which collects royalties on behalf of music industry bosses and artists, has told her that her ‘spontaneous outbursts of joy’ constitute live public performance, and she could have to pay annual fees of ‘four figures’.
They’ve already apologized, but apparently only after the idiocy caused a public outrage.
and those of you who are bothered by the idea of a 56-year-old singing Rolling Stones hits, please check how old Mick is these days…
Sand Mandalas are the sacred ancient tradition of highly detailed art, practiced by Buddhist monks in Tibet. With a rare dedication and utmost care they spend days constructing an intricate masterpiece out of many-colored grains of sand – then they sanctify it and (quite philosophically) demolish in a similarly prayerful & dedicated fashion.
Apple’s new product release timing is clearly deliberate, designed to pull attention away from Windows 7. But Apple also is looking to pull away Windows PC sales at the high end, where Macs are strongest and PCs are weakest. Surely, Apple executives realize that the PC industry is hoist with its own netbook petard.
I’ve complained about netbooks for months. They are cannibalizing Windows PC sales at an alarming rate. By comparison, laptops commanded higher margins and average selling prices when their popularity started to increase. PC manufacturers — and even Microsoft — benefited from notebooks’ reversing the trend of falling computer ASPs; for a time. By comparison, netbooks are a plague, because they dramatically lower ASPs and margins and pull away sales from real laptops.
Jason Snell, Macworld editorial director tweeted: “Apple sold 2.3M laptops at an average price of $1,265 per unit. Imagine how much money it could have lost if it had a netbook!” He’s absolutely right, and so is Apple for choosing not to compete in a portable segment where brands and margins are lost to lowest price.
Many analysts, computer enthusiasts and reporters miss something simple: Macs compete against Windows PCs, while Windows PCs compete against, well, Windows PCs. Apple can compete differently because Macs are the alternative to a big, saturated Windows PC market. Macs are the new thing, while another Windows PC is just another old thing. Macs will compete against PCs, but in the PC market Windows XP (and some Vista) will compete against Windows 7.
Yesterday with record Mac sales and today with new Mac products, Apple has declared — at least for holiday 2009 — war on the entire PC industry. To win, Apple just needs to make more money off lower volumes. Apple doesn’t need to gobble up market share.
If Apple really wanted to compete in the PC market, they could simply buy Dell. They have enough cash on hand to buy every share, and still have plenty of money left in the bank.