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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-10 11:33 PM
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Here is what I find amazing
and no, this is not about Mac, but our present "industrial" system.

Right now there are clones for the IPAD (running Android) and the latest version of the IPHONE.

Now some folks on the old GD might sing the "end of Apple," but truth be told they miss it. This is not about Apple, after all Apple is just selling a brand these days, and so is Microsoft. I am sure I could find them.

And for the OS, hazy as fog, but still

http://techrights.org/2010/01/01/clones-of-microsoft-yl... /

Ah yes a Microsoft Windows CE device

http://www.goodsatdeal.com/xp-Windows-Mini-iPad-iSlate-...

And trying to pass that as a full OS machine ah yes Caveat Emptor comes to mind

Oh lookie I found a game...

http://n4g.com/news/331763/china-clones-monster-hunter

See here is the problem which a lot of people don't understand. Apple product, Microsoft product... Hillfinger product. are made in the same region, and by the same workers. Hell I am guessing the IPHONE clone is using the same case, if not more from the tech, and assembled two doors down. The same goes for the Microsoft stuff, or the clothes.

And if the companies are not willing to defend their brands against obvious copyright infringement, it is time to stop being loyal to them.

by the way here is for Apple, Iphone

http://www.goodsatdeal.com/xp-16GB-i9-iPhone-3G-Clone-C...

And of course IPAD

http://www.goodsatdeal.com/xp-Mini-iPad-II-iPed-aPad-Ta...

Reality is they stopped being loyal to the United States a while ago, but that is another story. In the end our present generation has forgotten two lessons that Henry Ford knew, with all his defects by the way.

1.- If your workers cannot afford your merchandise, who the hell are you building them for?

Translation, your main market is that same worker building the widget at the line.

2.- The second is truly a lesson forgotten by our politicos, if you do not regulate them and enforce the rules, they will naturally go to maximize profits... and by the way Adam Smith warned against that and why he was ALL for regulation and breaking monopolies.

Oh and third, I expect this to sink as well, since I have concluded most people really do not realize what this means... but hey... maybe the tech heads will.
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canetoad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:00 AM
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1. I dunno Nadin
I think about this frequently. The time we live in has no modern parallel except the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries. There have been three great 'revolutions' that changed the way humankind operated; the advent of the stone age; the industrial revolution and now, the digital revolution.

We are still in the absolute infancy of the digital age. Sure there were computers, usenet, servers before 1994 but the World Wide Web really kicked it off. That was only 16 years ago.

In the meantime, adults have been assailed with 'toys' left, right and centre. Whether they need them or not is another thing. It's the job of the marketing guys to convince people they DO need them; that they are technologically or socially inadequate if they are not at the cutting edge of the latest gadget.

So people will buy their toys and if they can't afford the real thing, they will buy a knock-off because it's better than being inadequate.

Another thing Henry Ford said was the money is made on spare parts. Today's equivalent is printer ink!
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