Do you remember your econ 101 lessons? You know, those about price and demand?
Yes? Well, now read this.
First, the headline:
“Demand For Apple iPad May Be Higher Than Expected”
Fine so far, except, the article goes on to say that “Apple’s major hurdle to selling the iPad is probably price”
So, what is it? Demand is higher than expected, or the price is too high?
But wait! It gets better:
Apple may have to quickly cut prices the way that it did with the iPhone to keep consumer interest in the iPad high..
followed quickly by:
One of the ironies about Apple products is that high prices seem to make them more attractive than their competition
So, what is Apple to do? Lower the price to make it more attractive? Raise the price to make it more attractive?
I don’t mind people being skeptical about Apple products that haven’t been released yet, but this is ridiculous…
Sure, you’ve heard that the Discovery channel’s parent company will give Sarah Palin a show on The Learning Channel, but did you know that Levi’s pitching an Alaska-based reality show called “Levi Johnston’s Last Frontier?” Meanwhile, Bristol is going to appear on ABC Family as herself.
How can you tell the difference between a real report about online vulnerabilities and someone who is trying to scare you about the security of the internet because they have an agenda, such as landing lucrative, secret contracts from the government?
Here’s a simple test: Count the number of times they use the adjective “cyber.” Nobody uses the word “cyber” anymore, except people trying to scare you and trying to make the internet seem scary or foreign. (Think, for instance, of the term “cyberbullying,” which is somehow much more crazy and new and in need of legislation than “online bullying.”)
On the heels of health care, a new Harris poll reveals Republican attitudes about Obama: Two-thirds think he’s a socialist, 57 percent a Muslim—and 24 percent say “he may be the Antichrist.”
My goodness, where did they get the sample?
Let me start by apologizing to anyone who went to see “Battlefield Earth.”
It wasn’t as I intended — promise. No one sets out to make a train wreck. Actually, comparing it to a train wreck isn’t really fair to train wrecks, because people actually want to watch those.
The government is now drawing up plans to amend the Postal Services Act to allow tax inspectors to intercept and open people’s mail before it is delivered. Given the state’s ambitions to collect all communications data this is hardly surprising, but we must ask ourselves how many more rights are seized by government and its agencies before Britain becomes the GDR’s most obvious European imitator.
Currently postal workers have the right to intercept suspicious letters and packages and pass them to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and then at an agreed moment the item is opened in front of the addressee. The change in the law will mean that HMRC will be able to open whatever it likes without the addressee being present or being made aware of the interception.
As usual, the government and HMRC public relations people underplay the wide-ranging and dangerous nature of this proposal by insisting that the new measure is simply designed to deal with the problem of tobacco smuggling. But the change, disclosed in a document published with the budget, means that HMRC will be able to trawl through private mail pretty much at will.