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  • Anodizing (Or the beauty of corrosion)

    02/07/2016 2:10:52 PM PST · 23 of 27
    Swordmaker to ProtectOurFreedom
    Thanks for posting. I’m an ME with a few materials courses 40+ years ago, but I never studied anodizing. This guy does a great job of putting the process into easy to understand lay terms. What I didn’t understand is why titanium can use light interference based on the oxide thickness to create different colors, but aluminum uses the dye process.

    i think it's because the the Oxides of Aluminum are either white or transparent unless doped with some impurities such as chrome. However, as he posted out the centers of the hexagonal areas are hollow and will accept a inserted dye, which will give you a whole gamut of dye colors not available with doping.

    The explanation of the titanium seems to show that between the surface and the substrate of the Titanium oxide is always exactly a half-wave length of the inciding light so the thicker the coating the different the wave length that will interfere, ergo, the different the wavelength that will refract while the other colors are either absorbed or scattered. At least that was what I got out of his explanation.

  • Anodizing (Or the beauty of corrosion)

    02/07/2016 11:47:12 AM PST · 21 of 27
    Swordmaker to zeugma; BradyLS
    For both of you and especially for those who may not be aware of what Damascus steel swords looked like, here is a treat.

    The pattern only comes out when the steel is blued or browned. It is only slightly apparent in the steel when
    polished, but when chemically "rusted,"the true beauty of the differing qualities of the carbon contents of the
    various steels becomes apparent.

    The Damascus shotgun barrels where made by hammer welding the pre-damascened metal billet around a
    steel mandrel. This particularly fine specimen shows the spiraling nature of the Damascene metal as it was
    wound the mandrel from muzzle to breech.

    The "lost technique of making Damascus Steel" is a myth. It was never lost, it was merely supplanted by better means of making stronger and better steel for weapons that were safer and longer lasting, if not so beautiful. I tried to find some examples of broken Damascus steel swords, but very few survive as steel was in high demand and value when such weapons were in use, and a broken blade's metal was quickly re-used. However, here are some shotguns that suffer from the problems of Damascus steel aging:

    This sample is probably the result of an impurity which caused age
    corrosion inside the steel, or too much carbon which impeded hammer welding.

    This sample demonstrates clear crystallization between the welds of the Damascened metal,
    resulting in complete failure under overpressure from a modern shotgun load.

    When I managed a gun shop in my youth, among the horrible examples I kept for hunter and and firearm safety training classes of what NOT to do, I had several Damascus barrel failures to show why you should never attempt to shoot Grampa's old hand-me-down shotgun, no matter how good it looked, especially with modern shotshells. Some of them had mid-barrel blow-outs, ten or more inches beyond the chambers where the metal just failed. Others failed at the breech. One cheap model had literally unwound, failing where the ribbon billet had become corroded between the spirals.

    I literally cringed every time I watched the Pawn Stars "experts" claiming that an antique firearm was worth a lot more if they could tell a customer it could still fire, and they'd take it out and fire it, especially an antique shotgun with a Damascus barrel. I never advised shooting fine antiques. There was too much chance of breakage and as long as the mechanism was operational, there was NO additional value in knowing an antique firearm was still fireable. Firing it could crack the metal, the stocks, or irreplaceable springs. In addition, they were literally taking Chum's life in their hands with each trigger pull. If I wanted to shoot antiques, I'd buy a modern reproduction, not shoot the antique.

    "Note that while pattern welding did produce stronger barrels in the 1700s and part of the 1800s, the rise of better steel production techniques made this technology somewhat obsolete. Despite popular culture which assumes that pattern welded Japanese samurai swords can cut through anything, the truth is that even a modern spring from a car suspension has better quality steel than an authentic pattern welded Japanese sword from the 1700s/1800s. The same holds true for gun-barrels as well and modern steels far exceed pattern welded steel in hardness, toughness and durability. The extra labor and specialized skills needed to make pattern welded steel barrels also made it less desirable compared to other techniques. Source: Firearms History, Technology & Development

    The source for the block quote above has some excellent explanations of how Damascus shotgun barrels are made. Unlike the swordsmiths of Damascus, they use square rods and sheets of iron and steel stacked in patterns which were easier to exclude impurities than round wires which were easier to draw out. The more expensive patterns could also use triangles, rhomboids, hexagonal shapes, etc., anything that could be closely fitted and bundled together before heat and hammer welded, then twisted to produced a unique pattern in the final metal.

    Some of the wordsmiths insisted on using charcoal produced only from a specific type of tree for their forges, thinking only that would get what they wanted. in any case, making either swords or Damascus metal of any type was extremely labor and skill intensive and lost out to modern steel formulations and forging. It's now only used for artisan knives and art guns, etc.

  • Scareware Signed With Apple Cert Targets OS X Machines

    02/07/2016 9:52:58 AM PST · 24 of 27
    Swordmaker to Not gonna take it anymore
    Where do I find this magical silencer?

    When something is playable on a tab, it will have an active speaker icon shown on the right of the tab. Click on the speaker and a line will appear through that speaker, turning off any sound from the noisy noisemakers on that website. It has been an embarrassment saver several times when I've been making a presentation with several tabs open.

    Of course, if you still have three dozen tabs open or two or three Safari windows, you will still have a problem finding the active speaker icon.

  • Anodizing (Or the beauty of corrosion)

    02/07/2016 1:49:05 AM PST · 16 of 27
    Swordmaker to Utilizer
    Some of those impurities are the reason "Damascus Steel" was so highly prized in times gone by. So a good look at this process is most informative, as it might conceivably be transferred to other areas.

    The secret of Damascus Swords was in the fact of how their metal was made. . . The hammer welding of iron wire with repeated reheating in a charcoal forge had the effect of incorporating minute amounts of carbon in the iron with the iron wires that were hammer welded. As you may know, carbon added to iron alloys makes steel, which was much stronger than the iron blades of other techniques of the time. Too much reheating and hammering and the blade became brittle, to little and it was no better than iron, wouldn't take and hold an edge, and would fail. The secret was knowing when to stop, when enough had been done for each sword. The wires were welded together by both forging at low temperature and the physical force of the hammering. It made a ply type laminate structure as well of stronger and springier steel.

    The appearance of the Damascene metal was unique due to the patterns of each swordsmith's style of curling the wires.

    Unfortunately, the system also incorporated impururities which resulted in the failure modes of the metal as it aged. . . Points of oxidation would form and crystallization of the metal weakening the blade over time and flexation causing them to go brittle with age. This is the same problem that makes Damascus barrel shotguns inherently unsafe no matter how good the barrel looks on the outside, it may be too brittle on the inside to handle even weak loads because age and internal corrosion has taken a toll.

    The only better system for making swords was that of the Japanese who better understood the physics of the process and the nature of the sword metals with the number of folds they had given each incorporating various amounts of charcoal in each. The very best would have seven different types of steel in the blade. I have a Tanto (short blade dagger or sword) in my collection which was made by one of the finest swordsmiths in Japan who founded a major school or style of sword making. He was last known to be making swords in 1060 AD, so my blade is over a thousand years old.

    The swordsmith was so pleased with the blade when he finished it he signed it. What's more, he went on and commented on the tang, saying "On a good day in late summer," which means he was very pleased with the blade and essentially named it.

    Forty some years ago, a Japanese appraiser valued it at over $50,000. It's not much to look at, it's in a plain bamboo case, but some of the rainbow case hardening colors are still on the blade to this day, and it's still razor sharp. You cannot touch the blade with bare fingers or it will turn black with rust where ever your fingers touched if not cleaned immediately.

    The Japanese appraiser suggested I have it polished in Japan by one of their "Living National Treasures," a man who still made Samurai swords in the ancient techniques. He'd only charge me about $500 an inch or so to do it, but it would bring out the brilliant colors of the rainbow that are still there. He does it with talcum powder as an abrasive and spends about a day working on each inch per side. . .

    But, the appraiser warned me, once the blade arrives in Japan, it can never be returned under Japanese law! I'd be permitted to continue to own it, but I'd be required to place it on permanent loan to a Japanese cultural heritage organization of my choice in Japan. . . but polishing it, he assured me, would instantly double or maybe even triple its value! Whoopie duck. I declined.

  • Anodizing (Or the beauty of corrosion)

    02/07/2016 12:43:46 AM PST · 15 of 27
    Swordmaker to Utilizer; dayglored; ShadowAce; ThunderSleeps; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; Abundy; Action-America; ...
    The actual title of this YouTube is "Anodizing Alluminum: The secret of Apple's durable laptops & iPods" -- PING!

    Pinging dayglored, Shadow Ace, and ThunderSleeps because it's not just Apple that uses this technique.

    Apple's (and other's) durability secrets in anodizing

    The latest Apple/Mac/iOS Pings can be found by searching Keyword "ApplePingList" on FreeRepublic's Search.

    If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me

  • Is This Ancient Greek 'Laptop' Proof That Time Travel Is Real? [in short, no]

    02/06/2016 10:07:58 PM PST · 104 of 106
    Swordmaker to Larry Lucido
    I'm convinced time travel is possible. Otherwise, how did all those artifacts from ancient times end up in our century? Hmmmmm?

    We all travel in time. . . At the rate of 60 seconds per second, 60 minutes per hour, 24 hours per day, 365 (well, 366 this time) per year, and one lifetime per person, always forward. . . And no reverse gear.

  • Scareware Signed With Apple Cert Targets OS X Machines

    02/06/2016 9:48:03 PM PST · 20 of 27
    Swordmaker to Aliska
    How do I disable Flash? Go to Safari>Preferences>Security>uncheck enable plug-ins, ucheck java?, uncheck enable javascript.

    Adobe is now helpful in removing Flash: Uninstaling Adobe Flash Player on Apple Mac Help Page.

    Alaska, turn on tabbed browsing right away! Your life will be much simpler, and you can still have multiple windows if you want. Just drag a tab off the current tab bar and it will create its own window!

    Get Ad-Block Plus immediately. Use it. Some sites act aggrieved, but you can turn it off on an as needed basis from a menu bar icon, or you can green light certain websites to allow ads. Again it will make things much more pleasant.

    Ad-Block Plus website

    The newest Safari browser allows you to silence players on the tab so you don't have to go hunting for what's playing.

  • Scareware Signed With Apple Cert Targets OS X Machines

    02/06/2016 9:31:01 PM PST · 18 of 27
    Swordmaker to Utilizer
    But is HTML5 really all that helpful? In the past few months, I have found that attempting to view vids running Firefox on the YouTube site after just a few views the browser comes to a complete halt and I must necessarily halt the process and restart it to view the rest of the video I wish to access.

    I'd be far more suspest of Firefox than HTML5. Firefox has been developing some problems of late, so much that there have been some forks being developed by third parties and even, IIRC, by the originator of Firefox because he was not happy with the mess of a Christmas tree that Firefox has become with all the bells and whistles being hung all over it, with their potential for bolixing up everything. I saw one Firefox install the other day that had two and three differing versions of the same plug-ins all working at the same time. The owner of the Windows machine was wondering why it was so slow at browsing. She was one who always said yes to installing anything that "enhanced" her browsing experience. SHEESH. I deleted almost all of them and it was amazing how fast Firefox became. Now, why did the underlying FireFox framework allow multiple versions of plug-ins from the same vendor, doing the same identical things, to install without removing or overwriting the previous version? I don't know; I didn't have time to go exploring her system registry to find out what was screwed up there. She's buying a new computer soon so it wasn't worth the extra time to fiddle with.

  • Scareware Signed With Apple Cert Targets OS X Machines

    02/06/2016 9:18:48 PM PST · 17 of 27
    Swordmaker to Utilizer; garjog
    You might also let him know that Unix is the root from which both Linux and OS X derive from, not just that they are incompatible.

    You are aware that OS X is not just consider a derivation of UNIX, but is in fact a certified, POSIX compliant Trademarked UNIX itself, one of only four so permitted to be Trademarked, and in fact the best-selling UNIX in the world, aren't you? It is not considered a knock-off, such as Linux, which was created in a "clean-room" environment, reverse-engineering every UNIX command to duplicate the results of that command without duplicating any copyrighted code.

    Spell check works in mysterious ways. How did "knock-off" in my original post get changed to "Knox" and why? Even more curious because it was correct when I hit 'Post'. Whose spell checker would have "knock-off", which is a euphemism for both "kill" and "burglarize/rob" AND the word "Knox" with a upper case "K" as in "Fort Knox" in its dictionary as potential substitutions? Secondly, where is this spell checking computer which would possibly be loading my posting and altering the reply? I just tried "knock-off" and variations on my computer and not once did it do a substitution of "Knox" for any possible misspelling I may have made. Weird.

    It makes me think more and more there's an intercept server between FR's users and FR which gets our postings first, a man-in-the-middle, listening in, and copying (and censoring) everything before forwarding it to JR's real servers. I know that, in the past, when I've posted the pings, which have had upwards of 500 names on the "to:" list, I'd strangely and frequently and frequently get the ping double posted, as though there were a delay between hitting post and the actual posting, then another would be also sent when I know I had not hit Post twice. I chalked it up to hiccoughs in the network and would request the admins delete one.

  • Scareware Signed With Apple Cert Targets OS X Machines

    02/06/2016 8:45:52 PM PST · 15 of 27
    Swordmaker to Utilizer
    Some websites still require Flash, mate. Hard to get around that until they find another way to proffer their wares, sad to say.

    Not ones of any value, I've found. If they still insist on FLASH they don't get my business. Monst of what I've seen that require Flash are ads. When I run across a major website that still requires Flash, I write to the CEO of the sponsoring company, not the IT guy building the site, he's too stupid to write to, telling him how his IT/webmaster is giving his company a bad reputation by forcing potential customers to load a malware magnet on their computers to buy his products or use his service. I'm quite specific about it and include links to articles on the failings of Flash and the constant number of zero day vulnerabilities and exploits. I also demonstrate there's a reasonable substitute that exists in the HTML5 standard code. I then ask "Are you in the business of selling your products/services, or in the business of supporting and advancing Adobe's bug filled product?" You'd be surprised how often that gets results and how quickly!

  • Scareware Signed With Apple Cert Targets OS X Machines

    02/06/2016 8:31:48 PM PST · 13 of 27
    Swordmaker to garjog
    So you like Ubuntu. Should I add it? What does it do I wonder?

    They aren't Apple Mac OS X utilities. They're versions of Linux, a Knox off of the underlying UNIX operating system of OS X, but really a completely different operating system. None of what you use on OS X will run on them.

  • Scareware Signed With Apple Cert Targets OS X Machines

    02/06/2016 8:27:57 PM PST · 10 of 27
    Swordmaker to Aliska

    Alaska, don’t use Flash. The vast majority of YouTube video is now in HTML5, and will work fine on the Mac or iPads/iPhones without Flash.

    Upgrade your Mac if your Mac can accept a later OS X.

  • Scareware Signed With Apple Cert Targets OS X Machines

    02/06/2016 8:24:31 PM PST · 9 of 27
    Swordmaker to garjog
    This happened to me a couple days ago. Don’t update Flash unless you do a lot of checking to make sure it is legit.

    My best advice? Don't use Flash. Period.

  • Scareware Signed With Apple Cert Targets OS X Machines

    02/06/2016 8:21:16 PM PST · 7 of 27
    Swordmaker to ProtectOurFreedom; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; Abundy; Action-America; acoulterfan; AFreeBird; Airwinger; ..
    Reportedly a new Scareware. Nothing much new here at all. #1: Just always avoid Flash. #2: No website can scan your Mac OS X computer and then tell you in a pop-up that your computer is infected with anything. -- PING!

    New Apple Scareware Warning

    The latest Apple/Mac/iOS Pings can be found by searching Keyword "ApplePingList" on FreeRepublic's Search.

    If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me

  • Canalsys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015:

    02/06/2016 4:24:34 PM PST · 35 of 35
    Swordmaker to ProtectOurFreedom
    The new POS machines are surprisingly scarce over here on the peninsula. They are also a PITA...little on the machine tells you to not swipe, but rather insert your card. The shape and physical configuration of the machines doesn't inform you of the change. Then, after inserting the card, the transaction seems to take far longer than before.

    Yep, I ran into a couple of those this week. They took at least 15 seconds to complete the transaction. . . and one wouldn't give up my card until it was finished. No indication it would take ApplePay or not, so I asked after wards. It would. Next time I'll use my Apple Watch.

  • Canalsys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015:

    02/06/2016 1:55:28 PM PST · 33 of 35
    Swordmaker to bgill
  • Canalsys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015:

    02/06/2016 1:48:38 PM PST · 32 of 35
    Swordmaker to ProtectOurFreedom; bgill
    Take a deep breath, B. If you had fully explained what happened in your first post, it would have helped a lot. The most amazing thing in your tale is that a local PD has the time to investigate a bogus credit card charge. You must live in a very low crime town.

    That's what I have a real problem with bgill's story. Credit Card fraud simply is not the local police's jurisdiction. It just isn't.

    Credit/debit card fraud is usually an interstate or even an international crime unless it's a case of someone stealing your actual credit card from you in a burglary, strong-arm robbery, or petty theft, and then using it to buy gasoline at the local filing station, the local police can do nothing to solve the crime.

    1. The perp is usually not in their vicinity so they cannot arrest him/her.
    2. The victim, which is not the one who has had the card number mis-used, but rather either the one who had services or merchandise stolen, is also may or may not in their jurisdiction.
    3. The crime itself may or may not have occurred in their jurisdiction.
    4. The clearance rate of credit card fraud for local police is almost zero so it does little for their statistics.
    Given all of the above, very little of local police man hours or financial resources will be budgeted to credit card fraud. The usual practice is, that unless it is a physical card theft, to tell the public to call the FBI or their card issuer and let them handle it. If it is a physical card theft, to tell the public to call their card issuer to cancel the card, and take a report over the phone. The only exposure their local member of the public has is, at most, $50. Otherwise, conditions #2 and #3 take precedence and the victims, the issuing bank, is out of the jurisdiction because the banks still pay the local merchant.

    That is now changing with the new smart cards that have been issued. If the merchant has not upgraded his Point of Sale machine to take smart cards and systems like Apple Pay or Android Pay, the loss falls on the merchant. The banks are now no longer responsible for credit card fraud using using their cards, because the cards are now considered secure. That has been in effect since the first of the new year. The merchants were supposed to switch over to the new POS machines October 1.

  • Canalsys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015:

    02/06/2016 1:14:57 PM PST · 31 of 35
    Swordmaker to bgill
    My story has never changed on this but every time you get bend out of shape and go off the deep end. Next time, I'll be sure to ping you so you won't miss it.

    You claim to have a girlfriend. Two can play that game. I don't believe you could get a human female. So, a big fat raspberry on you

    I still don't believe you. You are having smoke blown up your rear because either your local police didn't follow through or they are having excuses given to them from somewhere else. What I know about how Apple handles these things does not comport with your story, but what I also know about how POLICE respond does not compare with your story. They do NOT involve the customers in creditcard fraud investigations. I've been a businessman too long to believe that YOU blame Apple for this kerfuffle. All businesses want credit card fraud to be stopped and cooperate to do so. We are frustrated with the LACK of action by local authorities and what we see as their handing such issues off to the FBI who do nothing much, of to the FTC, who has no teeth to speak of, or when it's international, nothing at all. They leave it to the banks to self-police and handle it through "loss management."

    I know that credit card loss is a big problem for Apple from what our friend says and the stress Apple puts on it, THEY COOPERATE. Apple's staff is available 24/7 for police to help stop it. They would NOT ignore a legitimate police request for information if that request were made through proper channels. If it were not, they cannot help.

    Your insult was uncalled for. There is a photo of my girlfriend on this thread in her new 2015 Corvette Stingray. I do not appreciate the implied insult to her.

  • Canalsys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015:

    02/06/2016 1:04:44 PM PST · 30 of 35
    Swordmaker to Up Yours Marxists; ProtectOurFreedom
    Did you do your math like you're supposed to, Mr. "CEO"? Because apparently you don't have a clue what you are saying. At $200 profit per watch, the maximum gains from 12 million sold is $2.4B. The program cost approximately $5B for R&D, tooling, etc. The first year alone means a total LOSS of $2.6B. 2 months will sell about 200,000 units total, especially in Q1.

    When you create a new product as a MATURE company, it better damned well make a profit, or at least break even. Apple knows this. That's why they set a target of 20,000,000, then proceeded to OBVUSCATE (sic) the numbers to hide their loss. They're 8M short, a loss, loss, LOSS. Not painting a pretty picture for Apple's new "flagship" turd.

    You ARE completely off-the-deep-end delusional.

    Why, yes, I did do my math correctly. . . and there are no quotations around my previous title, you delusional asshat. As I said, you are entitled to your delusional opinions, but you are not entitled to create your own delusional facts out of whole cloth. That's lying, which you do repeatedly.

    Who in hell provided you with these figures, Marxists asshat? Not Apple, I assure you Apple did not, because Apple does not publish such detailed information. That kind of data is considered proprietary company secrets.

    I provided links to my sources of where those data originated which is where YOU got the 20 million first year (12 month) estimate of Apple Watch sales, and it did NOT originate from Apple Inc. It was from Horace Dediu at Asymco and then Philip Elmer-DeWitt at Fortune Magazine both qualified sources, and both of whom were repeatedly quoted by multiple other sources, but neither one of them associated with Apple and neither one received their data from Apple.

    Who told YOU that it cost Apple $5 BILLION, 75% of Apple's 2014 Research and Development budget, which is where it would have been allocated, to develop the Apple Watch? Again that false information did not come from Apple Inc. I've never seen it promulgated anywhere except from YOU. Apple certainly did NOT expend six thousand million dollars to develop the Apple Watch, an iPhone accessory, which is certainly not an Apple "flagship" product, as you mischaracterize it. You, Marxists, pulled that absurd figure out of your tight delusional asshat.

    But, even assuming your figure is correct, Up Yours Marxists, it is ALREADY INCLUDED in the COSTS associated with the expenses deducted from the revenues. That is required by the Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP) that the reports which Apple uses to account for all of its Financial Activities to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In other words, those costs are already accounted for and the profits are the profits. YOU are therefore lying again, because YOU are the one who doesn't have a clue about business, accounting, or pretty much anything about economics.

    So, where is your fictitious "loss, loss, LOSS"? Nowhere. If you think Apple can get away with LYING on a 10K or a 10Q, make the criminal accusation and make it stick! There's a $20 MILLION Federal criminal fine and up to 20 years in Federal Prison for Corporate Officers and Managers who falsify official documents submitted to the SEC obfuscating such Financial Data. You are literally accusing the CEO and the CFO and the entire management team of Apple of perpetrating a Federal felony under Sarbanes Oxley and you have absolutely no evidence to back your claims.

    During the time Apple was developing the Apple Watch, the company was also working on its actual flagship products, the iPhone 6, 6 plus, and then the iPhone 6S and 6S plus, and making major improvements. They were also working on a not so secret major project, the Apple Car, involving over 3000 new employees. Each of those projects alone could account for a lot more of the research budget than $5 billion, yet you attribute Apple with spending that on an accessory. Absurd.

    Where did you get your "2 months will sell about 200,000 units total, especially in Q1" estimate? Again, you pulled that absurd guesstimate out of your nethermost orifice. . . which apparently you also speak from when making prognostications. Apple just sold 12 million in 7 months and now you project only 100,000 per month? WHY? Apple is selling that almost that many Apple Watches every 2 days! What's your rational explanation for the sudden drop from an average 1,714,000 per month to only 5.9% of what had been sold per month before? Can you give any rational reason? Oh, wait, you AREN'T rational. Regardless of segment success, companies aren’t in the business of being segment leaders in LOSSY segments. Smart watches are going nowhere. Otherwise competitors would be flocking to it. I’m sorry, Mr. Swordmaker, if you feel this to be a success, it’s a good indicator why you aren’t a “CEO” at all, or an out-of-work one at best.

    Uh. "Lossy segments?" Only in your delusional Universe which you seem to occupy by yourself, Up Yours Marxists. Must be lonely out there. None of the porducts included in what you claim is a "lossy segment" are posting losses. NONE. Apple has not taken a write down in decades. Sorry, you are not only wrong, you are spectacularly wrong.

    I am only semi-retired, asshat, not "out-of-work." You are really a piece of work. You demonstrate the bankruptcy of your arguments by attacking me personally because you have no logical argument against my points, only lies.

  • Canalsys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015:

    02/06/2016 11:50:30 AM PST · 28 of 35
    Swordmaker to bgill; ProtectOurFreedom
    Well, duh, of course the card company was called first thing. They aren't the problem. Apple is so big they wouldn't cooperate with my little local police dept. and give the name and address of the thief. So, yeah, I blame the merchant. The thief was working out of the Hewlett Packard California office and stole the credit card info when we ordered a computer. Along with Apple, HP is also banned in this house. The thief could have been fined and sentenced to 2 years if there had been some cooperation. Believe me or not, that's your opinion, but you weren't here and didn't have the hassle. I don't need the hassle from Apple and I certainly don't need the hassle from know it alls who haven't a clue.

    Well, excuse me, bgill, but. I DO have a clue. Someone is blowing smoke up your ass. In May I am flying to Hawaii with my girlfriend to attend the wedding of a mutual friend who WORKS in Apple's Credit Card Fraud department. She tells me that Apple is extremely aggressive about following up on any credit card fraud. It is in their interest to do so. . . and it was one of the ways they were able to get the banks to cooperate in accepting Apple Pay. Apple has a hell of a higher cost than did you for such fraud, and a lot bigger incentive to follow up with law enforcement. They DO cooperate with the police every time they are contacted on such frauds. They have dedicated specialists like her who do nothing except follow up on credit card fraud. It's her job to assist and find, and prosecute credit card fraudsters. Apple has over 1 billion credit cards on file and they DO pro-actively manage those cards to protect their customers.

    I suspect the lack of cooperation was located elsewhere than Apple. I'd suspect the lack of cooperation was inter-departmental, or more likely just lack of interest in following through. If you were out of California, then the FBI has to get involved and the banking system as well. If the fraud is small, then they just drop it, looking for bigger fish to fry. Your mentioning of a two year sentence implies it was small fry, rather than an organized ring, so I'd be willing to bet it wasn't worth the FBI's attention, or if you are in California, the local police where the HP office was located and the report from your police department just got filed away and forgotten. If your police department even checked, they might have been given an excuse of "Oh, we didn't get any cooperation from Apple," as a convenient toss off to make the problem go away.

    There's another problem with your claim:

    In what way were you even involved in that investigation?

    I've had such frauds perpetrated on my credit/debit cards if they even bothered to investigate and the police would not even talk to me about the investigation. The reason they gave me? They did not want "vigilante" actions from the public against the perpetrator, nor was the crime against me. The crime was perpetrated against Apple and the card issuing bank.

    What I also found was that it was considered a very low priority for local police. The local police in Stockton, CA, told me to call the FBI, because the perpetrators were out of their jurisdiction. The local police could not be less interested.

    The only time where I was heavily involved in a credit card fraud case was when when our business had a perpetrator create an entire fictitious business using one of our business's DBA's to use to process credit cards. The crook opened bank accounts in our DBA name on line with Capital 1 bank in New Orleans, even using our address in California. Even though I could prove that we were the legal entity with that address and the legal right to that name, the bank refused to reveal any data to me, the FTC who have the authority on such fraud, or later the police and FBI, about that account without a valid search warrant. I was kept in the loop because eventually I was given authority to access the account by a Federal Court Judge. . . and because we had to put a stop to it on only we had authority to close the various accounts the crook opened.

    Over $20,000 of fraudulent credit card charges had been processed though that fake business, and the only way we found out about it was a victim in Massachusetts called us after finding us on the Internet demanding to know why we had charged her credit card for $47.99! Yet not one penny of those charges ever reached the Capital 1 bank, which was interesting in-and-of-itself, and wound up involving even more Federal agencies.

    The account was opened on line by an entity in Canade, using a computer in a cell tower near Modesto, CA, so the US State Department got involved, and the Canadian ISP never did allow access to the name of the Canadian criminal.

    Before the case concluded the banking authorities also were pulled in because the criminal had figured out a way to intercept the transfers of payments after they left the credit card processing company but before they reached Capital 1 bank, something that was thought to be impossible to do. By the time all was said and done, I had a pile of official reports over two feet high! But that was an exception rather than the rule. Ours was not the only business name and Capital 1 the only bank being used by these crooks. . . but it was me and our business that instigated the investigation. (Or more accurately, probably that woman who called me from Massachusetts, demanding to know why we had charged her card for $47.99. LOL! Had she not called me, we would never have known about the charges at all!) So, bgill, I DO indeed know what I am talking about.

    Ordinary credit card fraud investigations that YOU describe is usually never shared with the card holder. The most I've ever heard was the location of the perpetrator when the bank's security people inform me of the originating source location when they check if I had originated the charge when I've called to report the fraud. After that, crickets. They will never involve the customer in the rest of the case because the customer is NOT THE VICTIM! At most, the customer is a witness, and providing any information to the victim can compromise your testimony at trial. So, bgill, how did you learn all of this non-cooperation from Apple and HP?

    Frankly, I even question that HP involvement. Credit card scammers are excellent at spoofing the locations of where they do such charges. . . and unless Apple provided the shipment address which implies cooperation, all they have is a URL which is drop dead simple to spoof.

  • Canalsys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015:

    02/06/2016 12:31:49 AM PST · 22 of 35
    Swordmaker to ProtectOurFreedom
    Sure enough, it’s the disaster predicted by so many people on your Apple threads.

    How so? 12 million is phenomenal. Some over heated anal-cysts were claiming some huge numbers, but those meant nothing. The Apple Watch sold twelve million units in 7 months, the best selling product introduction of all time, the Apple iPad, sold 14 million units in 8 months, having one more month of sales before the end of the calendar year and going on sale essentially a month earlier than the Apple Watch. The iPad was not dependent on another devices existence for sales like the Apple Watch, and the iPad was sold from day one at all Apple retail stores. The Watch actually sold more units in its first full quarter of availability, breaking the iPad's world record for best new product intro for units sold!

    Apple Watches sold more units in each following quarter, than the previous quarter.

    How is it a disaster?

  • Canalsys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015:

    02/06/2016 12:00:02 AM PST · 21 of 35
    Swordmaker to Crucial
    Do you have talk into it like a secret service agent when taking a call?

    Nope, just talk normally. I'd find some private place though. . . It's a new definition of "talk to the hand" because that's where the voice comes from.

  • Canalsys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015:

    02/05/2016 11:35:47 PM PST · 20 of 35
    Swordmaker to Up Yours Marxists
    If being upside down $3B on a first year product that undersold 8 million units and is not broken out on the balance sheets isn't a disaster, what in your opinion WOULD be???

    What ARE you blithering about, Up Yours Marxists? "Upside down?" Who is "upside down?" Apple? Who says they are upside down? YOU? Where is your evidence of such an assertion? "Undersold 8 million"? Didn't you READ the article? The total was 12 million, not 8 million.

    Are you subtracting that 12 million from the ESTIMATE of 20 million Apple Watches to be sold for the first YEAR on the market which will not be over until April 23, 2016???? If so, you are not as bright as you think? This 12 million was counted from April 23, 2015, the day Apple started shipping the Apple Watch, until December 31, 2015. That certainly is NOT an entire year, you're delusional if you think seven months and a few days is a twelve month year!

    "Cupertino is on track to sell 21 million watches and rake in about $8.4 billion in revenue in the first 12 months of the Apple Watch, according to one of the hottest Apple analysts around. Not bad for a company that entered the wearables game late.

    The projections come from Asymco analyst Horace Dediu, who presented his findings at the Glance conference in San Francisco. The conference is headlined by a number of speakers, Dediu included, with observations on the impact of the Apple Watch.

    Dediu's remarks were reported on Twitter by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, an editor at Fortune who is attending the conference. Cult of Mac attempted to reach Dediu, who was not immediately available for comment. Source: "http://www.cultofmac.com/401299/apple-watch-sales-21-million-first-year/" - by David Pierini, Cult of Mac, December 10, 2015

    (Note that Horace Dediu was using a per unit cost of only $400 in his estimated revenue, assuming that the then current $100 off BestBuy sale pricing would continue which is more 20% less than Apple's reported $505 per unit cost as stated. Those sale prices have not continued. The Apple Watch pricing has returned to normal. Philip Elmer-DeWitt editorially reduced Dediu's 21 million to a mere 20 million when he reported the estimate in Forute Magazine. That's where you got your 20 million figure, but YOU want to squeeze that TWELVE MONTH total into a mere SEVEN MONTHS! And then you want to claim it's a disaster? You are delusional. -- Swordmaker)

    You are entitled to your own delusional opinion, Up Yours Marxists, you are NOT entitled to make up your own facts or to distort the established time lines of those facts.

    Apple's 10K is not a just a "balance sheet," Up Yours. It's a publicly available Financial Statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a specific purpose. I would bet you've never read one and are just parroting what you've heard from the anti-Apple echo chamber.

    The SEC 10K and 10Q requirement rules state that a company is not required to break out any specific product line until it's annual revenue goes over $10 billion. In many instances, such information is considered a proprietary secret because it would provide too much information to the competition. For example, in the 10K and 10Q, Apple does not break out the revenue amounts for each various model of Macintosh computer, or even the break out of desktop to notebooks, or the various models of iPads, or even the various models of iPhones, even though there are specific models of iPhones that DO have revenues over $10 billion each, but it is permissible to combine like products under a general category. As long as the revenues are reported, there is no problem. This is a generally accepted practice. There are the rules that are being correctly observed. Sorry, there's no disaster here.

    Just because YOUR curiosity is not being assuaged, there is still no reason that Apple has to satisfy you.

  • Canalsys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015:

    02/05/2016 10:11:46 PM PST · 16 of 35
    Swordmaker to SkyPilot
    When I was in college, I bought a white gold Longines Wittenauer Chronograph. This was in 1968-1969 era. That watch retailed for about $1000 then. I found it on sale at a jewelry store going out of business in Petosky, Michigan for only $500, so I stretched to buy it.

    Several months ago, I did a search of completed auctions on eBay for the same watch. I found several of the exact same model from the period. The average selling price was over $4000 in about the condition mine is in. Such watches hold their value.

    I have never appreciated the value of Rolexes. I think they are a blah watch and that stupid magnifying lens to see the date is, well, stupid. It's a kludge to do something that should not have been necessary had it been engineered better in the first place. I appreciated my Sturhling because it kept excellent time, looked good, was in 14k rose gold, and had a meteorite metal dial, and had a alligator strap. I just liked it.

    I appreciate my Apple Watch for many of the same reasons. . . And for the excellent engineering and thought that has gone into it.

    There are some watches that are sheer works of art in both jewelry and engineering that are a wonder to behold. They are beyond status symbols because no one can know what they are by just seeing them on your wrist. If one can afford them, one buys them for the appreciation of that art. They are literally unique.

  • Canalsys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015:

    02/05/2016 9:51:34 PM PST · 15 of 35
    Swordmaker to fireman15
    I am curious how much anyone here is enjoying the Apple Watch after using it for a few months.

    Speaking for myself and my girlfriend, we wear ours daily and find them extremely useful. I stopped wearing my $3500 rose gold Sturhrling limited edition turbilon meteorite dial watch in favor of my black stainless steel Apple Watch and have not put it on since I got the Apple Watch. My girlfriend stopped wearing her diamond encrusted Movado (well, she will wear that for a special evening occasion), and she hasn't worn her diamond Rolex is sitting in her safe, unworn.

    My Apple Watch is helping me meet some exercise and weight loss goals, and I don't have to continually reach for my iPhone to see who's calling or texting. I can answer the call on my watch if necessary, and I can reply to a text by either sending a quick response from a set of choices, or I can dictate a response through Siri and either send it as a voice message or as text. Siri on the Watch is superb as accurate dictation taker.

    For my girlfriend, she finds she can now see all the calls she used to miss because her iPhone was buried in her purse and the call timed out before she could open the purse, dig around moving all the stuff women naturally carry in the suitcases they claim are purses trying to find where the phone has fallen, usually under her makeup kit. In any case, she now can answer the call, or ignore it without digging only to find it wasn't important anyway, or see a text at a glance, etc.

    The Apple Watches also give turn-by-turn directions while walking, driving, etc.

    As for watch faces, the Apple Watch has multiple choices of watch faces. . . Including some very nice classic faces, and customizable faces where the user can add the complications he or she wants. For my Apple Watch I prefer one that cycles through background photos of my girlfriend, daughters, granddaughter, my cat, my late mother, other family members, and merely shows the date and time in 24 hour format, as well as an indicator of any missed alerts. That's all I want on my watch face.

    The date and time automatically change between black or white depending on the contrasting color of the background photo to best show them.

  • Canalsys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015:

    02/05/2016 9:00:47 PM PST · 11 of 35
    Swordmaker to TexasFreeper2009; ctdonath2
    12 millions suckers who want a watch that screams "i'm a sodomite

    Strange, I've had my Apple Watch for almost eight months, and I've never heard it scream any such thing. My girlfriend has had hers just as long and hers hasn't screamed anything like that either. Ctdonath2, has yours screamed that you are a sodomite? I thought not. I am sure that Jeb Bush's hasn't either. . .

    So, TexasFreeper2009, exactly what evidence do you have for all this "screaming"?

  • Canalsys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015:

    02/05/2016 8:55:12 PM PST · 10 of 35
    Swordmaker to Larry Lucido
    I never use credit cards to pay for carp.

    I can imaging buying gold fish. They are essentially a species of carp.

  • Canalsys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015:

    02/05/2016 7:58:06 PM PST · 5 of 35
    Swordmaker to bgill
    Not to my house they didn't. Apple is banned here since they wouldn't help stop the unknown jerk who was ordering their carp using my credit card. Apparently, it wasn't serious enough for giant Apple, never mind it was big time serious for little bitty me.

    I still don't believe you. It is NEVER a retailer's job to stop the use of a credit card, bgill. I know. I accept credit cards. YOU have to tell your credit card issuer and THEY stop the fraud. The retailer cannot catch the crooks and cannot know that YOU are not trying to pull some scam on the legitimate owner of the card. Sorry, if you called my office and said stop Joe Blow from using my card. I'd tell you to call the credit card company and cancel your card! That is the ONLY way to stop the charges on your credit card. Why should Apple believe you did not charge or authorize the purchases yourself???? They have no way of knowing you didn't.

    Apple now has ONE BILLION credit cards on file. . . There is absolutely no way they can put a watch on for your credit card out of all the cards that may be used and stop it. YOUR card company can simply just not authorize it. It's their card. Simple. YOU bgill, are the one being completely unreasonable.

    Put the charges in contest with the card company.

  • Canalsys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015:

    02/05/2016 7:46:55 PM PST · 2 of 35
    Swordmaker to Swordmaker
    Canalys statistical market analysis estimates that Apple sold 12 million. Apple Watches in 2015, which would mean approximately $6 billion in revenue for about $2.4 billion in profits. The number represents 2/3rds of the smart watch market. -- PING!

    Apple Watch dominates in 2015

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  • Canalsys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015:

    02/05/2016 7:42:26 PM PST · 1 of 35
    Apple has stated that the average price of the Apple Watch is $505. That means that the revenue from the Apple Watch was $6.06 billion. Apple's company wide margin last year was approximately 40%, so using Canalys' figures, we can estimate that Apple made around $2.4 Billion from the Apple Watch in 2015. That amount agrees quite nicely with the increase in Apple's reported increase in the "Other Revenue" category as shown in the company's 10K Financial Report, after allowing for the reduction in iPod sales and allowing for sales of the new Apple TV 4. -- Swordmaker
  • Google And Samsung At War Over Ads

    02/05/2016 10:30:22 AM PST · 2 of 2
    Swordmaker to ThunderSleeps; ShadowAce

    Ping for your lists.

  • Google And Samsung At War Over Ads

    02/05/2016 10:29:40 AM PST · 1 of 2
  • Faced with weak growth, has Samsung lost its vision?

    02/04/2016 11:20:51 PM PST · 42 of 42
    Swordmaker to gunsequalfreedom
    See how flustered you Apple people get us Android fans. You are so intimidating. Anyhow, I’m sure we have much more to agree on so FReepRegards to you.

    We do. I used to manage the Olde Sacramento Armoury back in the 1970s, a stalwart gun shop in Sacramento. I am building some .223 ARs right now.

  • On the biased nature of the media: Apple vs. Alphabet in the ‘most valuable company’ race

    02/04/2016 9:38:25 PM PST · 14 of 15
    Swordmaker to Unrepentant VN Vet
    If you expect facts/truth out of the worldwide MSM that do not conform with their agenda, you are [BLEEP]ing delusional.

    I also learned many years ago that main-stream journalists are as dumb as rocks, and that is insulting the rocks.

    I found this out when my local newspaper published a national editorial from the New York Times bemoaning the fact that even though fewer babies were dying as a percentage in the first month after birth, after a twenty-year federal effort, expending many Billions of dollars, the national effort to fight infant mortality had to be deemed a failure because the infant death rates in half of the nation's cities were still below average. . . and to save money they were calling for the program to be cancelled.

    Let that one sink in for a while.

  • On the biased nature of the media: Apple vs. Alphabet in the ‘most valuable company’ race

    02/04/2016 3:16:12 PM PST · 11 of 15
    Swordmaker to Darth Reardon
    "Apple takes market cap lead" 4.3 million

    That would be including the two previous times that Apple took the market cap lead, not the current time. The RETAKE is the keyword that is important here, not that Apple took it originally. It was big news when Apple took the lead from Exxon/Mobil several years ago. The point here is that Alphabet/Google was touted as big news and they were saying it was going to be the first Trillion dollar company, now that it was speeding away from AAPL. It held that lead for less than 24 hours because their Financials were cooked to do it.

  • On the biased nature of the media: Apple vs. Alphabet in the ‘most valuable company’ race

    02/04/2016 10:22:54 AM PST · 4 of 15
    Swordmaker to gtwizard
    OMG It just hit me WHY Google changed it’s name and became a subsidiary of its parent company now named ALPHABET ... in an alphanumeric sort Alphabet comes BEFORE Apple!!

    I hadn't thought about that. You might be right.

    Sneaky sneaky

    Yep! But typical of their tactics.

  • On the biased nature of the media: Apple vs. Alphabet in the ‘most valuable company’ race

    02/04/2016 10:07:17 AM PST · 2 of 15
    Swordmaker to ThunderSleeps; dayglored; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; Abundy; Action-America; acoulterfan; AFreeBird; ...
    Apple regained the "Most Valuable Market Cap Company in the World" title less than 24 hours after Alphabet/Google wrested it from them to huge almost joyous headlines around the world, and the news is basically crickets. Apple is now out-valuing Google by over $35 Billion after less than a single day with Alphabet/Google at the top of the heap, yet the news media yawns?

    It seems that when anal-cysts started looking at the details of the win, there was really no "There" there. Alphabet had reported their huge quarter using non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) accounting, not a usual practice, and also, it turned out were taking advantage of some unusual one-time tax breaks, resulting in a very rare 5% effective tax rate for their US Income Taxes for the quarter to get the results they were reporting.

    Without these very unusual tactics, Alphabet's bottom line gains may very well have disappeared in a cloud of smoke and mirrors, especially if they use the more accepted GAAP accounting rules. As a result, under this scrutiny, the very high stock valuations of Alphabet's class A stock prices of over $830 evaporated quickly and its market cap dropped. -- PING!

    Pinging ThunderSleeps and dayglored for their ping lists.

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    Back On Top

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  • On the biased nature of the media: Apple vs. Alphabet in the ‘most valuable company’ race

    02/04/2016 9:52:34 AM PST · 1 of 15
  • True scale of Apple’s spaceship campus revealed in new flyover video

    02/04/2016 9:10:40 AM PST · 43 of 47
    Swordmaker to outofsalt
    But, they aren't building any factories here, right?

    Uh, no, wrong. Apple has facilities in Elk Grove, California making iMacs and A factory in Austin, Texas, making Mac Pros. Apple has also built huge server farms in South Carolina, Oregon, Nevada, and I've heard they are planning new facilities in San Jose. Apple has all their Gorilla Glass manufactured in Corning's factory in the USA.

  • True scale of Apple’s spaceship campus revealed in new flyover video

    02/04/2016 8:55:32 AM PST · 42 of 47
    Swordmaker to r_barton
    I wonder how much chinese steel is used in the new building? That chinese steel sure worked out well on the new Bay Bridge. /s

    I wonder how long that bridge is gonna last. The bureaucrats they put in charge selected a CRANE building company to design and build the bridge. They'd never built a bridge before. . . And they fired or transfer any of the state employees who blue whistles on the shoddy workmanship or poor welding jobs coming out of China's steel fabricators!

    I see the sarcasm tag, but Apple went with American Steel makers and contractors.

  • True scale of Apple’s spaceship campus revealed in new flyover video

    02/04/2016 8:47:04 AM PST · 41 of 47
    Swordmaker to AFreeBird
    Skyscrapers, also have a construction cost problem. Above 10 or 20 floors, costs go up geometrically. According to Trump in “Art of the deal”. Of course that was written in 1987, and I’m sure construction techniques have improved since then.

    9/11 taught architects and engineers the problems with the solution they found for that with the World Trade Center design, which also solved some of the core service problems.

  • True scale of Apple’s spaceship campus revealed in new flyover video

    02/04/2016 8:43:54 AM PST · 40 of 47
    Swordmaker to Smokin' Joe
    Yabbut in three months there will be the iTransporter2...then 3...How many upgrades will you need to get back?

    Get back? "Once you go Mac, you'll never go back!" LOL!

  • True scale of Apple’s spaceship campus revealed in new flyover video

    02/04/2016 8:42:32 AM PST · 39 of 47
    Swordmaker to Paladin2
    The Pentagon is a perfect fit within the circle? What are the odds?

    I wouldn't be surprised but if the architect didn't have the scale in mind, but avoided the pentagon shape purposefully. Steve Jobs said he wanted an infinite circle shape for a reason, though.

  • True scale of Apple’s spaceship campus revealed in new flyover video

    02/04/2016 8:40:19 AM PST · 38 of 47
    Swordmaker to martin_fierro

    Great Photoshopping. Can I steal it?

  • True scale of Apple’s spaceship campus revealed in new flyover video

    02/04/2016 2:12:17 AM PST · 23 of 47
    Swordmaker to Liberty Valance


  • True scale of Apple’s spaceship campus revealed in new flyover video

    02/04/2016 2:10:28 AM PST · 22 of 47
    Swordmaker to Liberty Valance

    And here's what my girlfriend Kathy's 2015 Corvette Stingray looks like with her sitting in it.
    It looks as if it could get a speeding ticket while parked!
  • True scale of Apple’s spaceship campus revealed in new flyover video

    02/04/2016 1:56:32 AM PST · 20 of 47
    Swordmaker to Liberty Valance

    This is what my new Lincoln MKZ looks like,
    the photo doesn't do the finish Justice, you can't see the
    gold flecks in the mirror finish.
  • True scale of Apple’s spaceship campus revealed in new flyover video

    02/04/2016 1:02:22 AM PST · 14 of 47
    Swordmaker to r_barton
    For years the site of the Apple space ship headquarters was a Hewlett-Packard site. They must have sold the site to Apple.

    They did. HP shrank.

  • True scale of Apple’s spaceship campus revealed in new flyover video

    02/04/2016 1:01:41 AM PST · 13 of 47
    Swordmaker to Musket
    That looks like a lot of walking. I think skyscrapers with elevators make better workplaces.

    An architect will tell you that skyscrapers have a service problem the taller they get. The more floors, the more elevators they need on lower floors, the more dedicated service space required for the upper floors, and the more structural support for the upper floors required, which takes away from useful rental space in the lower floors. The service core gets to big and there is a point of diminishing returns. One way around it is to have dedicated sub-lobbies where "elevator transfers" take place. You then can have a few non-stop elevators to the sub-lobbies on an upper level which access the next set of floors, and depending on how tall the building is, there may or not be ground floor access to all the sub-lobbies. That can limit the number of elevator shafts required, and therefore the core size. However, that limits the staff entrance and exit times for workers coming into the building, and usually that means staggered work hours. Getting workers to and from a small footprint building such as a skyscraper has its own problems, and requires a completely different infrastructure, than a flat building like the Apple headquarters.

    Given my druthers, I think a skyscraper is much more spectacular to look at. A skyline of such buildings is awe inspiring. Flat buildings, meh.

  • True scale of Apple’s spaceship campus revealed in new flyover video

    02/04/2016 12:52:03 AM PST · 10 of 47
    Swordmaker to Liberty Valance
    E L Y S I U M ?

    Mmmmmmm, nice.

    My girlfriend's brand new (October) 2015 Corvette Stingray feels pretty much like that. . . and the dashboard on my new Lincoln MK Z I got last month also looks a lot like that but it shore don't have that much get up and GONE! But it is fun to drive, especially with all the bells and whistles. Lord knows I don't have the reflexes any more to drive something with that much horsepower. Still my Lincoln is quite powerful when I step on it. . . and so is the Corvette.