“Sounds like you don’t understand what’s going on – please educate yourself.
4chan is being SYN flooded, various ISPs were getting a lot of collateral traffic from the resulting ACKs going back to spoofed IPs. Since those ISPs had nothing to do with either the attacker or 4chan, there was nothing they could do but pull the plug on the source of the collateral ACKs (4chan). i.e. the ISPs who blocked 4chan weren’t trying to protect 4chan from an attack, they were protecting their own networks from the fallout.
Sadly, like you, the vast majority of users are clueless and won’t investigate to see what is only going on. I’m sure there will be a kneejerk reaction against AT&T and the other ISPs who tried to protect themselves and everyone will make out that they are the bad guys.”
“Is this true? How is it possible? NPD vice president of industry analysis Stephen Baker says it’s simple: “The average price of a non-netbook Windows PC is under $600. It’s hard to see what functionality you could add to a Windows notebook to make it worth $1,200 to $1,500 to someone.”
So what is Apple giving people for an extra thousand or two thousand dollars? “Apple is giving them Apple,” Baker said. “They’re the only ones willing to sell computers at that price level. They’re like Mercedes that way. In tech, we tend to think performance is most important, but most people want functionality. Yet there are lots of people who want to say, ‘I want to be cool and drive around in a fancy car.’ An Apple computer makes you cool, it makes other people jealous.”
In other words, you’re getting nothing much more than brand kudos for spending the extra $1000 on an Apple laptop.
(Please note before commenting: I don’t actually agree with this. But I think it’s worth reminding people that “Apple has 91% of the $1000+ market” has a negative spin, as well as a positive one.)
“Also, I wonder what Apple’s share of the sub-$1000 computer market is. I’m guessing it’s less than one percent. In a recession. When everyone is avoiding spending money, so they’re buying sub-$1000 computers. My guess is that as much as we all want this to mean that Apple is finally rising to destroy PCs everywhere, all it really means is that there are far more crappy sub-$1000 non-Mac computers being sold than normal, so that the decrease in normal PC sales in the above $1000 price range is being mistaken as a huge triumph by Apple surging forward to success. I mean 91% of what? What were the total dollar sales during June? I need more data. There’s every chance that the 91% of June above $1000 market is actually less in raw profits than the 66% it was in Q1 2008. That would seem probable given Blodget’s report that the Mac market is still shrinking.”
But CK! Asking questions like that is heresy. Didn’t you get the memo?