Great way to go out. Ruin the brand name by putting out a phone that lags when you click an icon. Is a 2 second delay on a phone a positive going forward. Make an Android phone that will tick off google enthusiasts because it will not have google play and Microsoft apps instead of ones they are used to. The cherry on top is it is slow as hell. Press a key and wait. What the hell is going on with Nokia. Recall it and fix it and tell the users it is a modified Android so it is not a PR nightmare.
It benefits Microsoft buy exposing google fans to Outlook, Skydrive and Skype. Only problem is Nokia did something Mr. Softy was surprised by. Their in the big league and things change fast. Life in the fast lane.
Careful what you wish for. $4.00 before the open is a rude awakening. When you have a nutty chairman of the board like Nokia does in my opinion, anything is possible. Google won't buy devices. Better hope Microsoft wants a confused handset maker with a nutty board.
Thanks, and I think we both agree that the disaffected minority would have no hope of succession if the majority voted against it. There is such a thing as the tyranny of the majority, and it becomes an intolerable situation when war crimes are involved.
It is also true that Crimea has a large base of ethnic Russian speaking locals who are in favor of joining with Russia proper. However, they haven't suffered any serious abuses as far as I am aware. Still, they might fear revenge attacks since the former ousted Ukraine president is basically a war criminal, and has reportedly taken refuge in the region...
Okay - calling them an enemy might be going out on a limb. However, I still wouldn't call India a close trading partner, or trusted ally of the west. Compared to China, India is more like a cheap #$%$ - looks like great value at first, but might also be inclined to steal your money. Business beware!
Sorry rmbo, but you are wrong about that assertion: it was Pakistan that bought F-16A fighters, and here is a more detailed overview:
The Indian Air Force has been equipped with MiG-29 tactical fighters since 1987. India acquired a total of 80 fighters of this type from the USSR and Russia, including 70 single-seat MiG-29Bs and 10 two-seat MiG-29UB trainers. Delivery of the first batch of 44 aircraft began in 1987, the second batch of 26 fighters was supplied in 1989, and the third batch – a further 10 planes – was supplied in 1994.
It is also widely speculated that Russia was instrumental in helping India develop their nuclear weapons program. China did the same for Pakistan, to provide a counter-balance in the region, and neither China nor India love each other.
To put things into prosper perspective, I would say that India is not exactly reliable for investment purposes. Chinese society is more regimented, and their government provides careful regulation, versus that of India where outright bribery is common and fully accepted. The real question is who is bribing the Indian government to take a hardline against Nokia and Microsoft? I get the feeling this delay didn't happen by accident (shrug).
PS: I love Putin. He's a thug and has delusions of grandeur, but with old Vlad you know exactly what you're getting. He has correctly assessed the west's impotent response to his moves on the Crimean peninsula and he's doing what he wants, not what the west wants. Suck it up cupcakes - Putin is not backing down as long as Obama & Company can do nothing but yammer about possible sanctions.
So no, India is not the enemy of the west. You're such a Nokia fanboy you can't see clearly. You're allowing a tax dispute to jade your perception of the true geopolitical situation.
India's primary air defense aircraft is the US made F-16 (minus the look down/shoot down radar). Like most countries, they use whatever they can get, and Russia has been selling their surplus military kit at bargain prices for a long time.
Actually, WP is holding its own and even gaining slowly. WP8 passed BlackBerry for the 3rd ecosystem title last month in the US. No, WP is not exploding like a lot of fanboys here guaranteed, but it's not dying either. I for one welcome a strong third ecosystem if for no other reason than to push iOS and Android.
You have good points.
Usually annexed nation is minority side; thus if votes include the people in the parent country, the referendum would not go thru at all. Lets take examples. The population ratio was 1:7 between Singapore and Malay and 1:63 for Taiwan Vs. China. Luckly, when Singapore was independent from Malaysia, the Malaysians didn't get invited to vote.
I will make mention of one more issue: it's time western nations helped destroy what remains of the Syrian government and military. There is no point pretending that we are in a position to interfere with events in the Ukraine, but allowing the government of Bashir Assad to remain intact is a colossal mistake on the behalf of western nations. We are most likely doing this to suit the aims and goals of Israel, which demands stability in Syria, but which cares little about the future of it's people. The need for justice and democracy must not be sidelined in order to serve the goals and interests of minority nations. The Syrian government has lost credibility, and I strongly advocate overthrowing that corrupt and brutal institution regardless of Russian interference.
I believe that justification for a particular minority demographic to advocate and implement political and economic separation from a parent nation is generally contingent upon the following:
1.) Deliberate and sustained persecution and/or oppression by the dominant political, cultural, religious, or ethic racial group that controls governing or banking institutions. Persecution and oppression should be defined as mass violations of inalienable human rights, political and religious freedoms, as well as other fundamental quality of life requirements (access to food, education, medical care, etc).
2.) A state of war or historical record of violent conflict between the ruling and disaffected faction, in so much as it would make peaceful and harmonious co-existence impossible. For example, if the ruling faction has committed genocide or other crimes of a heinous nature, then it may not be possible for the minority group to live comfortably under the existing political and economic umbrella.
3.) Referendum questions should be worded clearly and in precise fashion, so as to render the choices available in perfect clarity. The outside population of the parent nation in question should not be permitted to participate in the voting process, but there should be transparency and genuine accountability, such as UN observers or other neutral parties acting as monitors. Peaceful separation must be an option for those who have been substantially wronged, and the United Nations is the perfect body for providing oversight over such transitions, regardless of failings that undermine it's structure.
In regards to the Crimea referendum vote, I don't think Russia has satisfied all of the above requirements. The local population has not suffered any adverse persecution or oppression by the new ruling authority in Kiev, nor can it be said that there are past outstanding crimes that would make peaceful co-existence impossible. The process is fatally flawed, and thus lacks legitimacy.