Dutch Provider KPN Under Fire Over DPI
Is it a sad commentary on the US that the general press in NL carry this as a hot/lead story, while over here it would be blip on the general press radar? Perhaps that's my age showing that I 'remember when...' this would have been a big deal in general in the US; now I think it would only be in certain interested groups.
(and I'm with MarkvW on DPI. damn i'm old... :)
Ask Slashdot: How Should Sony Compensate PSN Users?
Amen. I used to read the fine print on packaging of games and hardware to look for confirmation of compatability. Now I want to see what login/access stipulations are required.
I know I'm fighting a losing battle, but I'm just not interested in providing a company with my key personal data AND my hard-earned cash. Let me toil away in obscurity if *I* choose; I know I can expose myself (informationally speaking) at any time by clicking 2 buttons or 'answering a short survey' in exchange for a free 6-pack of coke.
Finding Holiday Discounts on iPods?
... or shall we say 'co-erced'?
I worked for system integration companies for several years (98-02) which sold a large number of Apple based systems. What several others have deduced is correct:
as an Authorized Apple reseller, you agree to sell their products for certain prices or lose your Authorized status. The profit for the reseller varied by the MSRP - the higher the price, the wider the profit margin. So you made barely $100 (US) on an iMac, almost $200 on a dual USB iBook (2001), but $500 and up on a mid- to high end G4. [Makes me wonder how much vendors make on the Xserve and Xserve RAID...]
The only 'deals' you find (outside of free add-ons, as others have mentioned) are resellers who have lost (or are not renewing) their Authorized Reseller status. Then all bets are off and the vendor can clean house....
Unfortunately, there are only a few each year that are in that position, and they tend to have small inventories. The best 'deal' on Apple product otherwise are from those vendors that refurbish products (e.g.- SmallDog). Then you can get $100+ off the products which were returns, open boxes, or demos.