Linked by David Adams on Wed 29th Oct 2008 20:55 UTC, submitted by Geir Johasen
Opera Software An interesting NYT Bits blog entry covers Opera's mobile browser. Buried in the middle of the article is this quote: "Opera's engineers have developed a version of Opera Mini that can run on an Apple iPhone, but Apple won't let the company release it because it competes with Apple's own Safari browser." It also talks about Opera on the Wii and browsers in cars. A good read. My Take: But back to the iPhone. As tempted as I am to just shrug it off, since Apple is free to run its App Store any way it pleases, as an enthusiastic iPhone user, I think Apple is shooting itself in the foot here, as it is with all the "competitive" apps being rejected. Apple does stand to lose some Google revenue by letting people use other browsers, but they have much more to gain by unleashing the creativity of the developer community and giving them the freedom to improve or replace core iPhone functionality. Hopefully competition from Android forces them to wake up.
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RE[4]: Ridiculous
by NiceGuyEddie on Thu 30th Oct 2008 00:08 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Ridiculous"
NiceGuyEddie
Member since:
2006-03-22

I'm surprised that your views are so one-sided (considering recent world events). So, Socialism never works, even though your government is nationalizing financial institutions left, right and centre (Freddie Mac, Mannie Mae, etc etc).

Yep, it's clear that market economies are better...until they f#&k things up and go running to the government for a hand-out.

Live by the sword...and then go and hide behind mom when things get too tough.

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RE[5]: Ridiculous
by Adamal on Thu 30th Oct 2008 02:17 in reply to "RE[4]: Ridiculous"
Adamal Member since:
2005-07-06

If you dig deeper in the cause of the economic situation in the US, you'll find it was government regulation that caused it. One of the causes (there are many) is the quota that was placed on Freddie Mac and Mannie Mae to give out loans to people who normally wouldn't be given loans so lower income families could have a piece of the American Dream. Sounds good in theory but it didn't really work out. The the problem right now is people think it was deregulation that caused this issue and that false logic is going to make it worse.

Sorry for the side track...

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RE[6]: Ridiculous
by NiceGuyEddie on Thu 30th Oct 2008 04:08 in reply to "RE[5]: Ridiculous"
NiceGuyEddie Member since:
2006-03-22

I'm not sure I go along with the views of Russell Roberts et al; again I feel that his viewpoint is somewhat partisan.

Yep, sorry, this is diverting off-topic too much :-(

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RE[5]: Ridiculous
by ari-free on Thu 30th Oct 2008 04:36 in reply to "RE[4]: Ridiculous"
ari-free Member since:
2007-01-22

freddie mac/fannie mae was privatized profits and socialized risks (backed up the the govt). It was like a garbage producing virus that grows and grows, without fear of failure, until it dominated the market.

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RE[5]: Ridiculous
by chopstix on Thu 30th Oct 2008 05:42 in reply to "RE[4]: Ridiculous"
chopstix Member since:
2008-10-30

Well said NiceGuyEddie. The media has been feeding us so much crap that we miss the forest for the trees.

There is nothing free-market about FNMA (Fannie Mae) and coercion by justice dept. for banks to make sub-prime loans. The US Banking and mortgage institutions are not market economies because the central bank wields so much control over them and has sole control over the money supply. Fannie/Freddie are also competing with government sponsored advantages against private banks so they can take more risks than private banks can. The banks should be left to fail. Murray Rothbard and Henry Hazlitt have both written great historical pieces that helped me get my perspective straight.

But I digress... As for OperaMini, Apple is missing the boat on this but they should be free to do whatever they want because it's their product and no one else can say anything about that. If one doesn't like it, they are free to associate with any other they wish.

Ciao,
A liberal democratic republican (lower case)

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RE[5]: Ridiculous
by rajan r on Thu 30th Oct 2008 08:11 in reply to "RE[4]: Ridiculous"
rajan r Member since:
2005-07-27

Because Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were the pinnacle of private banking?

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