The Nation State

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Apple | No Comments »

Some years ago I read “The Business” by the excellent, and sadly terminally ill, Scottish author Iain Banks. The premise of this novel is that there is a shadowy, ancient, global organization with fingers in every pie who are using their wealth and influence to buy a nation to get their own seat at the U.N.

A couple of years later, as Apple’s cash pile grew, I began to wonder if that was what was Apple was up to (along with wondering if the “spaceship” HQ was actually a spaceship).

I’m the first to admit that I’m an Apple fanboy, and I believe Tim Cook when he says that Apple have paid a huge amount of tax (and have paid more than they could have avoided), but the lesson from this is interesting – the greatest amount of power comes from being nation-less. It’s almost the same as having your own nation. To have ultimate power, you either have your own nation (which is a fanciful fiction) or you devolve from nationality entirely.

Apple vs. Wall Street

Posted: January 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Apple | No Comments »

Yesterday Apple reported profits of $13.1 billion for the last quarter, on revenue of $54.5 billion (a new record, for the record). Whilst this is less of a profit margin than in previous quarterly reports, it is still the fourth-biggest quarterly earning of any company in corporate history, and added to the results for the previous three quarters marks the biggest annual earning of any company anywhere in the world ever.

Wall Street reaction – shares drop 10%.

Apple made more in the last quarter than Wall Street darlings Amazon have ever made in total, full stop. Apple now has more cash reserves than the US government. Apple is making more money, faster, than any company has ever made. Apple is now so big that a 10% stock drop is worth as much as the value of two competitors, Nokia and RIM, added together and doubled.

Yet despite all this, the stock dropped 10%.

I have no evidence to support this, but the only conclusion I can draw from this is that someone, or some organisation, is trying to make a hell of a lot of money by deliberately shorting Apple stock. In all of this, that’s the only thing that adds up.

Quick thoughts on today’s Apple Event

Posted: October 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Apple | No Comments »
  1. Fusion Drive is, like so much other Apple¬†technology, existing tech sprinkled with Apple fairy dust. But if it’s as good as they’ve spun it it sounds amazing.
  2. Lots of people are saying that the iPad mini is too expensive. ROFL. Come back to me with that when they’ve sold 80 gazillion.
  3. They’re keeping their new Spaceship campus (suspiciously) quiet. I still believe that it really is a spaceship, but now suspect that they recently hired Red Bull to conduct a feasibility study into safe vehicle-less escape.

OS X Lion

Posted: July 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Mac | No Comments »

I was going to write a post about Lion, but @smithsocksimon’s already written what I was going to say much better than I would have. Some Lion impressions.

iTunes and the modern citizen

Posted: June 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Internet, Music | No Comments »

Excellent post by smithsocksimon on the troubles faced by people such as himself who regularly move country when it comes to iTunes purchases and accounts.

No Schengen for iTunes

Maybe it’s all a hoax

Posted: June 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Apple | No Comments »

Robert X. Cringely on Apple’s mysterious data centre