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Comment Re:What about the rest of it? And Firefox? (Score 2) 143 143

If you knew anything about computer history you'd know that the GUI was inevitable. Steve & Bill may have popularized GUI interfaces through their positions but they weren't the only people thinking about computer graphics. In the same year the Macintosh was released 1984, Digital Research announced GEM & MIT announced X, Xerox was already developing their own graphics system.

In 1985 we got GEOS, AmigaOS, and the first shaky Windows.

The world could have gotten along fine without Apple or Microsoft. I personally would have been happy with an Amiga dominated PC industry. Hell, people were quite happy with VisiCalc before Excel ever appeared, and IBM did most of the work of killing off VisiCalc with Lotus-1-2-3, the first graphical spreadsheet program.

Speaking of myopic, most Apple fans would believe Apple not only invented fire, but made fire more stylish and desirable if Apple told them so.

Comment Re:Wrong tool (Score 5, Insightful) 143 143

...Just in the last week, I have seen spreadsheets used for a program logic workflow, a timetable, a university course schedule, to compute an FFT, to exchange student marks, to discuss a budget (with lots of deletions and remarks), and even for a presentation. In each and every case a more suitable, open-source, freely available, multi-platform application exists.

You've just stated the reason people use spreadsheets right there. One multi-purpose program vs umpteen specialist programs, each with their own UI quirks that have to be learned to make the most use of the programs. Why bother when a good old spreadsheet will work.

Comment Re:What about the rest of it? And Firefox? (Score 1, Flamebait) 143 143

Or possibly stop using a Mac and switch to the platform it's optimized for, ie PC. Apple may own the phone, but they're still 2nd bastard cousin on the desktop.

Besides, are you authorized by Cupertino to use ghetto opensource software on their sleek Williams Sonoma OS? Aren't you supposed to be using iLife or whatever it is the reanimated corpse of Steve masturbated out of his dessicated gonads? Wouldn't surprise me if there's code in the OS to slow down unapproved applications just to keep you in the Apple fence line anyway.

Comment Re:Not the right tool (Score 5, Insightful) 143 143

People use the tools they are familiar with. There are plenty of business types who are goddamn magic wizards with a spreadsheet who completely freeze up at the thought of putting a database together. I've seen spreadsheets clicking over into the 3-400mb range that have been used for years in organizations and you know it could be managed much more efficiently, yet people resist because it's easier for them to make quick modifications than passing along requests to a database admin.

Comment Re:We're a tech company... (Score 1, Interesting) 244 244

You claim it's an absurd monopoly, but offer nothing to prove monopoly (most cities have more than one taxi service) nor why it's absurd. The laws regulating taxi services didn't come out of nowhere for no reason. At one time taxi's were unencumbered with regulations and as people were cheated, swindled, injured, griped to their local representatives, bit by bit regulations were forced onto the industry to keep things reasonably fair and responsible. That's the problem with people who don't understand history, and only see that they can't have their own way.

Unless you own stock in Uber, why are you a supporter exactly? Does Uber come home with you and give you a blowie or something? Was Uber best corporation at your wedding?

Comment Re:We're a tech company... (Score 4, Insightful) 244 244

We also have laws against just randomly shooting your neighbors. Either you respect that some laws exist for good reasons or you chuck them all and live in anarchy. A corporation is not a person. A corporation only wants laws relaxed so they can maximize profits, not because of any moral reason.

The truth is that the laws over taxi services have been built over decades to try to balance the needs of businesses with protection of the customer. Uber only wants to skirt those laws because meeting them would cut into their profits, not because of some great liberation of the people.

I swear, some of you capitalism apologists won't be happy until corporations are back to selling toys with razor sharp edges that catch fire as soon as they're unpacked, food "bulked up" with rat droppings and rope, whatever it takes as long as profits aren't harmed.

Comment Re:Quite a few reasons (Score 5, Insightful) 633 633

I've often thought the greatest mystery in the world was how corporations convince otherwise rational people to sacrifice their lives, their health, their families all in the name of "THE TEAM" or "THE COMPANY", as if the company will ever return even 1/10th of that devotion to the employees. Corporations are the ultimate Stockholm Syndrome with some serious Manchurian Candidate brainwashing behind them.

Comment Re: Does indeed happen. (Score 1, Offtopic) 633 633

When a company lets a group's "culture" set the terms for hiring, that's when you end up with only one kind of worker (DudeBros) who cluelessly say they don't discriminate, that black/woman/asian/etc didn't fit the "culture". It's pathetic because it's so transparent. It's like churches whining that their right to discriminate is being discriminated against.

Comment Re:I've said it before (Score 1) 391 391

Ask a Native American about land being stolen. Ask the natives of South America about land being stolen.

But I said resources, which is more than just land. It's minerals and the rights to mine them given over to colonial corporations at the point of a gun, it's timber and oil and water and anything else that has even a glimmer of monetary value.

Regardless, you seem to cling to your stupidity like a man on the edge of a cliff clings to God, so desperate to be right you won't even try to save yourself. I'm done with you as well.

My mother is a fish. - William Faulkner