Sure, but if you're based in Ireland GCHQ can't use the law to make you do anything. Sure they can blackmail you or hack you but it makes their life more difficult (probably...).
@blowdart: It could still have privacy benefits though:
@cheong: Depends what you want to do. IIRC the USB based attacks can make the machines spit out money. Also chip and pin won't protect you from skimmers on cash points afaik because most ATMs still use mag stripe (fairly sure UK ATMs use mag stripe despite all our shops and debit/credit cards now using EMV. I assume this is in part because you can use other cards (e.g. cash cards) that don't have EMV at cash machines.
It's also common in the UK and Europe to clone the mag stripes and then sell them for use in the states where card security languishes in the stone age. Of course this is a fairly easy form of fraud for banks to spot (although becoming harder in the internet age when you may legitimately make transactions in vastly separated countries within a very short time frame).
@JoshRoss: ah, OK. Makes sense.
@cheong: Obligatory xkcd: http://xkcd.com/463/. Seriously, though, no matter how secure the network it's better to try and ensure they have secure OS too. Especially as just about anyone will have physical access to your ATM. Even if an ATM does have CCTV that still means you need to review the CCTV which you'll only do after you find out something's wrong and if they're wearing a balaclava your footage is rendered useless.
Microsoft typically has paid versions of the "freebies" that they offer. You try the free version and pay for the upgrade to the paid version if you want the additional features. Microsoft makes money if they can convince you that the additional features are worth the money. Sounds like the exact opposite of "lock-in" to me.
With Apple, makes money upfront with the hardware, and they offer you free * so you keep purchasing the hardware. Is that "lock-in"? I think it is more so than Microsoft's revenue model.
They're both the same... it's called business.
? The free version on iPad is no less feature rich than the viewer functionality you get if you don't pay for Office on desktop...
2. Free upgrades to perpetuity.
On top of that, the operator of said "app store" gets a cut of the license fee. Apple would expect 30% of that. The subscription model is a way to work around this.
The real value of an Office 365 subscription is the license to install the software on up to 5 PCs and Macs. There's no way in hell Microsoft is going to give up 30% to Apple when the (intended) primary use of the software is going to be on non-iPad devices.
Microsoft is making no bones about it. They're not trying to sell Office for iPad as a product in and of itself. This move is clearly to drive more Office 365 subscriptions.
Edit: I just read Apple is getting 30% of the Office 365 subscription.
I can't believe they agreed to that.
You could easily work around that by including some kind of app store promo code with the purchase of Office (I don't know exactly how this would work as I've never used Apple's app store, but I'm sure it can be done) that gives a "free" copy of Office for iPad. That way Apple get zero cash from the primary market and the users associate as a part of Office and don't get arsey when they don't get a free upgrade to the next major version.
@Richard.Hein: Now that scares me. Really, really scares me. Here is a future genuinely worse than Orwell imagined (emphasis added):
He took a twenty-five cent piece out of his pocket. There, too, in tiny clear lettering,
the same slogans were inscribed, and on the other face of the coin the head of Big
Brother. Even from the coin the eyes pursued you. On coins, on stamps, on the
covers of books, on banners, on posters, and on the wrappings of a cigarette Packet -
- everywhere. Always the eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep
or awake, working or eating, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or in bed — no
escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull.
A single major number is actually applied to more than one SKU.