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Comment Re:I see the problem (Score 1) 294

No, it's not about being "Christian", dominionists are a particular strain that wants Christians to have dominion over everyone, hence the name.

It's just like how only some Christians believe in Prosperity Theology ("God loves rich people more, and that's why he's blessed them with wealth." Dominionists are closely related), and only some Christians believe in speaking in tongues. Christians aren't all the same.

As for Cruz's claims, obviously he keeps that quiet. His father spells it all out.

Comment Re: She killed the calculator group. Never forget! (Score 1) 294

No, it doesn't. It's a compromise, just like anything else. Having dedicated, high-quality keys with excellent tactile feedback is ideal, however it isn't always practical. There's no way you can do that on a phone with apps, for instance, because every app is different and you need to be able to reconfigure it on the fly. Having it on a Model M keyboard works fine, because you don't expect it to change and there's plenty of room there for lots of keys, unlike a phone. And the keyboard sits on your desk; it's not mobile, so there's no real penalty for it being big. The HP48-series calculators were great in their time (though slow for a lot of things, especially anything involving the menus), but they were about as big as a modern phablet, and that's all they did.

If you're already carrying around a 5" screen smartphone, why not have an app that does most of that stuff (esp. when you can just use the free version and not pay anything)? Maybe you like hauling around a dedicated calculator everywhere you go on the off change you want to convert degrees to radians, but I'm not going to; an Android app works just fine for that.

Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 2) 294

It's been repeatedly demonstrated that it wasn't, in fact. It was just a better effort than similar devices which preceded it.

Right, but not innovation. That's not what this is about.

Oh please. I hate to defend Apple of all companies, but "innovation" is not being the first to come up with the very first version of something, that's "invention". The two are not the same. Putting together existing parts (and refining them significantly) into a new overall package is innovation; it's really the same thing as engineering, but also combined with design.

I still remember when the iPhone first came out. It was truly intuitive and easy to use for people who hadn't used one before, and it was actually attractive; this just wasn't true for preceding devices with their tiny screens with resistive touchscreens and crappy OSes. Thankfully, Android came along later (though it has major problems too, namely mfgrs abandoning devices quickly), but I have to give credit where it's due. The iPhone is the whole reason everyone has a smartphone now; no one cared about them before because they really weren't easy to use (nor attractive).

Comment Re:Sad to see the HP culture disappearing (Score 1) 294

Is this what USasians think is a generous vacation policy? You're seriously impressed about being able to take a whole week of vacation?!? LOL.

He's talking about the tech industry. Not every place in the US is like that, nor is every tech company, that's really more about the high-profile (=high pressure) ones.

In most industries, 2-4 weeks per year is the norm, sometimes more in government positions.

But yeah, if you work at Apple, don't expect to take much vacation time.

Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 0) 294

Throw in Cruz and Carson and Santorum and Huckabee too. I'll spare Walker since he dropped out.

This is really a horrible set of candidates we have this time around, except for Sanders. The top three IMO are Sanders, Biden (who isn't even running yet), and Trump (and that's just because there isn't anyone better).

Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 1) 294

Oh please, this is just dumb. The iPod click-wheel isn't innovative? The iPhone wasn't innovative? No, Apple never was the absolute first to market with something, but under Jobs they were frequently first to market with something that people actually really liked, and which caught on, and a big part of that was doing a good job with product design (e.g., compare the old WinCE phones with the first iPhone--who the fuck wants to use a stylus on a phone?).

Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 1) 294

Bernie is great, but in a hypothetical scenario where you have to choose from the Republican candidates, which one would you pick? That's kinda what we're talking about here.

Personally, I'd pick Trump easily. All the others are either religious wackos, Objectivism fans, or one of the worst CEOs in recent history. Trump is the only one of the bunch who's sane and connected.

Comment Re:I sure hope one of the other ten candidates (Score 2, Insightful) 294

Carson is a young-earth creationist and a crackpot. He's definitely not "thoughtful".

Cruz follows Dominionist Theology and keeps trying to shut the government down.

I like Sanders, but I'll take Trump any day over these two wackos. Biden would probably be OK too.

Comment Re: They are enabling criminals (Score 1) 464

I'm not saying the drivers don't have rational reasons for discriminating. But the OP claimed that taxi drivers can't discriminate, when in reality, they do constantly; they're infamous for it.

At least with Uber, it's normal for you to punch in your destination on the app, so the driver can see immediately where you want to go and decide if he wants to take you there. So a black guy in Manhattan who just wants to go from Midtown to the Upper West Side won't have any problems getting an Uber ride, while taxis will pass him by and refuse to pick him up (because the taxis think he's going to the Bronx).

Nonsense. Space is blue and birds fly through it. -- Heisenberg