just brew it! wrote:It's an over-priced incremental improvement over its predecessor (which was also over-priced), produced by a company that has demonstrated recently that they'd rather compete in the courtroom than the marketplace.
Good enough is ok and I do have high base expectations of what is "good enough". But these don't include LTE and a bigger carry for now which is why I am still satisfied with my 3GS. Disregarding aging and replacement issues, most anything new with little functional advantage over prior models would be over-priced in relation if the market would allow it. The larger screen and faster connectivity of the iPhone5 offer no advantages for many like me, but would for many, many others. For those with uncapped LTE it wouldn't be merely incremental, it would be like going from 10base-T to 100mbps uncapped ethernet, and unhindered changes of that magnitude usually bring unforeseen revolutions. Just ask the S Koreans.
I also don't see how competing commercially in a marketplace is usefully comparable to competing legally in a justice system, since these are different grounds with different objectives and parties, which process and game systematically in rather different ways.
By some, not by all.
Agreed. Microsoft obviously did not think it worth copying iPhone designs concepts wholesale unlike Samsung.
trackerben wrote:a lowly behavior to be treated with mocking contempt?
I wouldn't say "lowly". More like "silly". And I wouldn't say "contempt" either. More like "amusement". OK, maybe a little contempt too.
Contempt is when one feelingly ascribes despicable, disgraceful attributes to an object mentally considered inferior. I would not use this to describe the reputation of those who line up excitedly to secure something they desire passionately. This would include many people worth listening to like Wozniak, who was at Valley Fair Apple on iPad day and who likely lined up in Australia for the 5.
trackerben wrote:Isn't encouraging consumption in these dismal economic times a Good Thing? Is this what tech sites are about these days?
I've got no problem with getting excited about new tech. I just don't understand why people would be willing to stand in line for hours to get it. Is having it a few days sooner going to make your life so much better that it is worth sacrificing a day, or paying someone else $150 to stand in line for you?
Like you I'm also an advocate of visiting places like Disneyland or San Francisco's CAS at different times against the flow. But I wouldn't normally begrudge those who rush there beforehand or on holiday weekends unless it gives rise to safety issues. For many people, being first to buy into the the offerings of a new musical or new landmark museum or new Apple event brings social bragging rights for making their peers envious. But if one is not in a particular circle (I don't go to Opera or know many opera goers for example), then why dwell unprofitably on their piece of Maslow's country? When your own self-fulfillment or other-religion is there for the racing?