Tangled web: Playing games with Apple’s accounting games

Which is worse, Apple’s maybe too-clever accounting that keeps it from paying taxes on its foreign cash or pretending that cash might as well not even exist?

Writing for MarketWatch (catch phrase: “We watch it, but we don’t really understand it.”), Brett Arends warns that “Apple’s real cash pile is 99% smaller than you think.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Joel Teitelbaum.)

Arends sets the table with Apple’s cash hoard before deliberately trying to pull out the table cloth in such a way as to send the plates flying everywhere.

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The catechism’s out of the bag: Apple is a religion

You tried to deny it, Apple fans, but you’re about to get schooled, because now a professor says Apple is a religion. Yes, your arms are too short to box with these contentions that you think Steve Jobs is God.

“We asked a cultural historian: Are Apple Stores the new temples” (tip o’ the antlers to Krinn DNZ)

Where else can a man ask for forgiveness and be anointed with a bro’s gold iPhone?

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Bubble thinking: When Apple doesn’t fit your world view

Apple is not perfect. This is true. What the Macalope doesn’t understand, however, is how that so routinely gets converted into “We must deny any Apple advantage in order to convey simply how bad Apple is.”

It’s 2015 and Dan Gillmor has a fist full of quarters and won’t get off the slowly rocking horse ride outside the Piggly-Wiggly that says “Apple is too draconian!” (No one’s exactly sure how it got installed there.)

“Will Apple’s Control-Freakery Turn Personal Computers Into Big iPhones?” (Tip o’ the antlers to ghibby!)

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Uninformative: Half the analysis, all the rage

A lot of people ask the Macalope “How can I get into the business of complaining about everything Apple does?” It’s easy! Simply take a thing that Apple has done, write up the bad aspects of it and completely ignore the good aspects. It’s just that simple. Here, let’s look at an example.

Writing for The Huffington Post, Damon Beres warns that “Apple Could Trap You Forever With Its New ‘Upgrade Program’” (tip o’ the antlers to Chris Anemone).


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