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The Trouble With Harry by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 09:33:19 AM EST
I saw that at the old McLean Theater back in the 80's. I thought then that it was pretty funny. Still do.

That theater was owned by a guy who owned several strip malls locally, and ran the theater as a hobby. As long as he usually broke even he was happy. After he died it got remodeled into a high end gourmet grocery store.

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The analysis is just wrong by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 10:09:22 AM EST
apple's products are spectacularly profitable. But the analyst is quite wrong about it being "a completely new product category"

Apple didn't invent the mp3 player, nor the smart phone, nor tablet computing. They did design and market a very nice, slick, better functionality/capability, but they did not by any means create a new product category.

There was something before the Newton? by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 10:18:36 AM EST

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completely new product category by lm (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Feb 07, 2012 at 07:35:11 AM EST
A fair argument could be made that "relatively inexpensive smartphone wanted by casual users" was a new market category.

Or at the very least, "mp3 player, smart phone, and tablet computing in one device" was be a new category when the iPhone was introduced.

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"relatively inexpensive" by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #7 Tue Feb 07, 2012 at 12:08:48 PM EST
I am fairly certain that the iPhone was no cheaper than other phones of the time.  In fact, I think it was more expensive.

What Apple really brought to the table is a user interface that didn't look like it was written by an engineering intern based on drawings on napkins from a drunk marketing executive.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman

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And by Merekat (4.00 / 1) #8 Tue Feb 07, 2012 at 12:12:29 PM EST
at a time where other phone manufacturers seemed to be getting worse, not better or were just vanishing.

I was a happy Siemens phone user for several years until they basically stopped making real phones, moved to Sony Ericsson where they developed brainfart in design almost from day 1, so the iPhone became the first phone I had owned in about two years that I didn't want to throw against a wall on a daily basis.

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Show how often I buy cell phones by lm (4.00 / 1) #10 Tue Feb 07, 2012 at 06:53:04 PM EST
I guess I did not properly recollect the going price for smart phones at the time.

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I think it'd be correct to say by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #9 Tue Feb 07, 2012 at 01:31:30 PM EST
It was the first touchscreen that didn't need a stylus.

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100 words by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 10:19:46 AM EST
Oddly enough he left out Carlin's 7 words.

I feel this link needs to be in this diary by nathan (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Feb 07, 2012 at 11:53:43 AM EST
Like the communism and highschool philosophy by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #11 Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 09:42:10 AM EST
It's interesting to think about the populism and incentives comments together (in the commie transition article). I'm no great fan of populism - very sympathetic to Fukuyama's point about technocrats actually. But even Jacksonian populism requires some sophistication in the construction of democratic institutions, ie a party. Existing or nascent elites, by contrast, already have a head start in institution formation. They have their own capital or power networks, for instance.

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