DownTheLiffeyOnADonut
DownTheLiffeyOnADonut
DownTheLiffeyOnADonut
Oct 15
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In my opinion, the Polish should have called in a British bomb squad to deal with it. Their country left a goddamn bomb down there, and let’s be honest, this could’ve been one of the easier messes on the docket for the former empire to clean up. Read more

Oct 10
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1. I did explain how. You chose to ignore it. Google allows, by choice, Android to be open and forks, which is how you end up with OnePlus and Fire etc. Apple can remain a closed system with approved stores; that’s just a matter of negotiation with the regulators and easily done as they can make a quality case based Read more

Oct 9
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1. There are multiple ways to set standards and interoperability rules. That is a matter of negotiation with regulators. Failure of imagination. Again. Read more

Oct 8
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Of course you could control dev and approval standards; the devices themselves are still Apple’s and opening up to rival stores could still be subject to approval and quality standards. That’s actually the easy bit. Read more

Oct 7
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You can have all of that and price competition by offering multiple stores with common development and approval standards but differential customer incentives (e.g. pricing in the crudest terms).. Don’t drink the Apple koolaid. Monopolies are always bad for innovation in the long run.

Oct 7
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Customers don’t have an alternative in Apple’s case, there’s one app store and most people have one phone. Yes, developers can point people at web apps but they explicitly can’t from other apps in the app store and its by design an inferior experience (you can’t use device GPS or accelerometers for instance) but most Read more

Oct 7
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That’s the quarterly sales share, not the overall installed base for devices, which is the metric you need to assess the App Store’s market reach. 

Oct 7
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You’re looking at it the wrong way around (as most people on here are). Apple’s dominant position is in distribution (iOS currently accounts for 59.1% of mobile devices in the US - I just checked) and the App store is a gateway that only gives developers content owners and retailers a single channel to reach nearly Read more

Oct 7
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24% isn’t sufficient share to trigger a monopoly investigation, 40% is, and if Walmart owned nearly half of grocery you could be certain the farming lobby in the US would be agitating for an anti-trust investigation.

Oct 7
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Can you buy (or sell) an App on an Apple device in any other way than via the App store? No? Then its a monopoly. Now, that wouldn’t matter, except Apple devices represent around half the mobile device market in North America and Western Europe (more in some countries), so Apple are an exclusive gateway to half the Read more

Oct 7
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Of course it’s “anti-competitive”. It’s explicitly “abuse of a dominant position” in anti-trust law (US) or Monopoly law (EU/UK). It isn’t Amazon’s ability to start a diaper company that’s the issue, its the ability to start one and operate at a loss until the competition is crushed, and in the case of the techs, Read more

Oct 6
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It is now, it wasn’t in the Middle Ages, and 21st century 13 year olds are very different animals to their counterparts even a hundred years ago in the western world. My father was in the army at 15 and that was as recent as the 1950s. Read more

Sep 22
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It suffers a bit from the same “anyone could do this if you have a massive backup crew and millions in the bank” problem that the previous two “Long Ways” suffered from; but they’re both engaging characters which more than makes up for that, and the EV approach is a genuinely interesting thing to watch (TBH I’ve been Read more

Sep 1
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I’m confused by the headline; it says Americans won’ t be able to buy Mercedes’ best car, which surely by implication means other people will? But the S-Class Coupe is going out of production so no-one will be able to buy it? Am I missing something? 

Aug 30
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Black people are about 3% of the UK population. There are “fewer” opportunities for black people in F1 because black kids don’t “do” STEM. Is this a flaw in the education system? Maybe not, because South Asian kids do “do” STEM and are well represented in British industry (walk into the back office of any British bank Read more