Cringely pulls some amusing speculation outta his piehole on why a) iTV has a hard drive and b) iTV, Mini, and the new-model Airport all are designed as stackable components. Where others would boldy solve the conundrum with cries of ‘design obsessives!’, der Cringler connects the dots via Unca Stevie’s recently declared jihad on DRM and foresees Apple edging out the cable companies via install-base numbers and cheap-ass hard-drives.

I’m not buying it, but the case is solid enough that someone is going to be shipping 200+ gb drives wrapped in networkable set-top boxes that cost nothing except a subscription promise by the end of the year. i think I’ll sign up for all of them, just to to strip-mine the drives and sell ’em on ebay for the first year.