The tax gatherers and their facilitators among our betters in the Congress are bent out of shape because for-profit entities such as Apple don’t voluntarily pay more taxes than they owe under the tax code. Charles C. W. Cooke explains their reasoning thus:
Along with “loophole,” “gimmick” is the voracious Left’s newest way of describing “compliance with our rules.”
BTW, Apple is the largest single tax payer to the U. S. Treasury, paying around $16,000,000 per day. The government manages to spend its daily collection from Apple by 12:03 am.
These are the folks who want to run your health care.
There are many applications circulating for iOS devices (iPod, iPhone, and iPad) that are not available from Apple’s App Store. Some of them are OK. Some are not.
Apple has very stringent vetting requirements for the apps permitted for sale via the App Store. This provides users with a margin of safety and security not present with unscreened apps.
I strongly recommend that iOS users should not install apps from other sources.
UPDATE—I am informed that I am to be mocked incessantly because of this post. Gee, I hope the mockery is at least somewhat entertaining.
When does the feature start?
John Paczkowski has a post over at All Things D, “confirming” that Apple will release an “iPad Mini” this fall. This will supposedly kill off Android tablets for the holiday buying season.
Maybe. Maybe not.
I’m typing this on an original-recipe iPad that I have been using since the first day iPads were available with 3G. It has replaced my Mac laptop for most applications. It completely replaced my HP/Linux netbook as a mobile device. Indeed, the only other mobile device I still use is my iPhone. All the 7-in Android tablets that I’ve tried were too small to be useful as a laptop replacement and too large to useful as a phone.
I have a Kindle Fire, and I use it around the house for viewing content available in Amazon’s ecosystem. However, I don’t see it as competing with my iPad; what it replaced was my iPod Touch. So I’ll bet that any new product from Apple won’t be aimed at competing with Android tablets in general. The real competition is from Amazon and the Kindle Fire, and the killer response isn’t an iPad Mini. It’s an iPod Maxi. There’s the product line that needs refreshing.
OS 10.8 is up and running smoothly on my MacBook Pro.
There’s a piece of malware that has infected PCs (and some Macs) that will cause users to lose access to the Internet on Monday, 9 July. It works by spoofing IP address and sending users to fake websites. The FBI will shutdown the temporary Internet system they set up as a transitional safety net for infected computers at 12:01 a.m. EDT Monday.
Few Macs were infected because Administrator privileges were required to install the malware on Mac OS X.
If you think that your computer might be compromised, go here to check your system for the infection.
… and admits that Steve Jobs was right about Flash on mobile devices. Android installs will end after 15 August. More here.
I wasn’t going to bother with commenting on the Microsoft Surface, the tablet they unveiled yesterday, but …
UPDATE—The Daily Caller has a gallery of other Microsoft fiascos.
What browser are you using? Odds are, if you’re not on a mobile device, it’s Chrome–unless you’re in the US or UK where Internet Exploder is still number one. (If you are on a mobile device, you are likely to be using Safari).
Safari and Chrome, which both are based on the open source WebKit project, really are the best browsers out there. Opera is nice, but always seems about one step behind these days.
If you’re using a Windows PC and still suffering with IE, give Chrome a try.
Back when I was single, I used to have to spend 20 or 30 bucks before a woman would tell me I was ugly. Now there’s a 99 cent app for that, the Ugly Meter. I bought it and tried it on myself. I scored 9.5 out of 10 on the ugly scale. Mrs. Hoge, on the other hand, scored zero—which is not surprising; she’s a very beautiful woman.
UPDATE—I’m told that Angelina Jolie scored a 2 out of 10.
There were earlier hobbyist computers, but the Apple II was the first real personal computer. It was introduced on 16 April, 1977.
Posted from a Macbook Pro.
UPDATE–As an engineer, I was an early adopter of desktop computing. Before the Apple II was out, I had an HP9830 in my office, and then a Tektrinix 4051, followed by an HP9836. I didn’t get a “home” computer until 1985. My ancient IBM Selectric typewriter had died, and an Apple IIc and a letter-quality printer were cheaper than a new Selectric. These days, my household contains a Mac Color Classic running Mac OS 7.6.5, a desk lamp iMac and an iBook running OS 10.4, two PPC iMacs running 10.5, an Intel iMac and a pair of Macbooks running Snow Leopard, a MacBook dual booting Lion and Mountain Lion, an original OLPC laptop, and an HP netbook running Ubuntu 9.04. And my son is still using that Apple IIc for retro gaming. [Posted from my iPad.]
The Enterprise Blog explores the question. Their predictions aren’t pretty.
This American Life is retracting it’s story about working conditions at the Foxconn factory in China that manufactures products for Apple. Not only that, but they will be presenting a story on how they were taken in by the person reporting the original story.
(H/T, Vodkapundit for both)
Do Not Track Plus It’s a free browser plugin for the most commonly used browsers. Not only does it block companies from tracking your web browsing, it really speeds up your page load times. BTW, other than asking for your email address if you comment at Hogewash!, I don’t keep track of visitors. However, DNT+ shows that four companies attempt to track me when I view this page. DNT+ blocks all of them.
- tynt.com - modifies copy-pasted text
- intellitxt.com - green links with double-underlines
- kontera.com - green links with double-underlines
- snap.com - link previews
- apture.com - toolbar at top of page, with search box
- meebo.com - toolbar at bottom of page, with links to Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Jazz Shaw wonders if the Crackberry is toast?
Well, not exactly. But there’s a lot for fuzzy blue-green stuff growing on it.
The Blackberry was more than a one-hit-wonder. However, RIM has not kept up with the rich user features and user experience of Apple’s iOS. Even more telling than the fall of the Blackberry was the abject failure of the Playbook tablet.
Over the last day or so, I’ve been seeing a lot of Internet traffic about why Apple builds its products in China instead of the U. S. I’ve seen all sorts of comments about quality, vendor responsiveness, etc., etc., but this comment on a ZD Net story explains what is going on:
On the flipside, I’m an Apple shareholder so whatever makes Apple more profit, makes me more profit. And I’m good with that.
Apple is a for-profit enterprise. The late Steve Jobs noted that his company doesn’t exist to create American jobs but to make the best products possible. When asked by President Obama what it would take to make iPhones in America, Mr. Jobs replied,
Those jobs aren’t coming back.
The iPhone’s growth momentum could also carry into 2012. In a survey of 4,000 North American consumers by ChangeWave Research 54 percent of imminent smartphone buyers said they will get an iPhone.
Mrs. Hoge likes her iPhone 4S.
A hoax report earlier this year claimed that people who used Internet Explorer had a lower IQ than those using other browsers. Inspired by this bit of fun, Projection Point decided to carry out a poll to compare the risk intelligence (RQ) of people using different browsers. We found that Internet Explorer users performed worse than everyone else; they had lower RQ scores and were grossly overconfident.
—The Risk Intelligence Blog
Read the whole thing. (H/T, Slashdot, where the best comment so far was “It’s not IE users, it’s users who don’t change their default browser.”) While the results generally agree with my experience dealing with system security issues, I hope the see further results from a larger population of users. And, yes, I’m a Mac/Linux guy (mostly Mac) who uses Safari, Chrome, and Opera as browsers.
Isaac Asimov propounded the Three Laws of Robotics in his short story collection I, Robot.
1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
It seem that the Siri function in the new iPhone 4S obeys these laws, and that is causing consternation for some feminists. In apparent obedience to the First Law, Siri doesn’t seem to be able to find abortion clinics.
Is this more of Apple’s pro-family attitude showing? They don’t let porn into their iTunes/iPod/iPad/iPhone ecosystem.
Allahpundit suggest that it might be something deeper. Steve Jobs was adopted. As an adult, he sought out his birth mother to thank her for not having an abortion. It could be that Siri’s pro-life attitudes are one more dent that Jobs has made in the Universe.
It’s things like this that are the difference between what Guy Kawasaki once called “a complete product” and the Frankenstein user interfaces of so much bad software. (H/T Stephen Green)
Macs are being freewheeled into the office by corporate higher-ups – typically executives, sales reps and other workaholics – who rely on MacBook Pro machines rather than Windows notebooks which are slowing them down.
I’ve benefited from the improved productivity of a Mac over a PC since I made the switch 24 years ago. Even the big time consultants like Forrester Research are starting to figure this out. 9 to 5 Mac has more here.
(H/T Stephen Green)
It seems that some of the occupiers aren’t willing to share their stuff with others. There’s a story going around about how some girl’s laptop has gone missing. There’s also a good deal of chatter wondering why her laptop cost $5,500. See here or here.
I don’t have any sympathy for what the occupiers are doing. I certainly question whether an 18 year old who either can afford an Mac laptop or has parents who can provide her with one is sufficiently disadvantaged to be considered a genuine member of the 99 Percent.
OTOH, I can believe that the total bill from the Apple Store for her laptop purchase could have been $5,500 if she bought software at the same time. The full up version of Microsoft Office is $279.95. Adobe CS5.5 Premium is $1899.95. Maybe she’s a graphic arts major who isn’t smart enough to buy student versions of software.
My Mac laptop cost about $2,500, but the replacement cost of it and all the software on it would be well north of $5,500.