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Comment: Re:Apple is nicer now than it ever was in the past (Score 1) 722

by Lalo Martins (#35396236) Attached to: Is Apple Turning Into the Next "Evil Empire"?
I would say, if anything, it magnifies personal responsibility. The company needs to be “good”, therefore you as a decision-maker for the company need to be “good” not only because it's the ethical thing to do or for fear of legal accountability, but also because it's part of your job.

Comment: Re:Apple is nicer now than it ever was in the past (Score 1) 722

by Lalo Martins (#35395988) Attached to: Is Apple Turning Into the Next "Evil Empire"?

Sorry, that just isn't objectively true.

Even in a capitalistic context, companies can and should be judged by the net value they provide to the market, and by how responsibly they act.

I'd go one step ahead and add that, IMHO, the way many (most?) Americans buy into this BS about shareholder profitability being the only measure, is one of the major sources of problems in the modern world. Yes, many people buy into it outside America as well, but there it's less damaging, because in most countries with any economic/social influence, this is not the prevailing view. Maybe China could deserve to be included in this “part of the problem” too, I guess. But an European or Japanese companies gets in serious trouble when it's perceived as not serving its market well, or not being a responsible “corporate citizen”.

Comment: java. (Score 5, Insightful) 336

by Lalo Martins (#34002524) Attached to: In the Face of Android, Why Should Nokia Stick With MeeGo?
Can't tell you why Nokia thinks MeeGo makes business sense. Or Intel. I can tell you why I'll buy it if/when it comes out (and my current phone is an N900): because it's not Java. I can write stuff in Python (comes pre-installed), I can run stuff not specifically written for the platform (emacs, kobodeluxe), I don't have to put up with anything I don't want to. That, for me, is a sell.

Comment: A different point of view (Score 1) 892

by Lalo Martins (#32390102) Attached to: The "Scientific Impotence" Excuse
Science routinely makes new discoveries that contradict or invalidate old data. Keeping up require setting aside the time to read and understand all the relevant research. If the research is not personally or professionally relevant to me, this becomes more trouble than it's worth. So in most areas, I choose to believe whatever makes most sense to me, and disregard scientific data. If I'm ever in a position where my opinion/belief about something actually matters, then I take the time to actually do some homework. I don't see anything wrong with that; I'm much more appalled by the ridiculous notion that every layman should know all the latest scientific point of views and agree with it.

Comment: In a friction-less environment... (Score 1) 195

by Lalo Martins (#31779476) Attached to: Kojima Predicts the End of the Console
In a reasonable world, I suspect he'd be right. Early-gen consoles ruled because they were cheaper and easier than computers, later-gen consoles ruled because, by being specialised hardware, they could deliver better performance than price-equivalent computers. But now we don't honestly need more performance than we already have, and the benefits of gaming on demand will outweight performance soon.

But we don't live in a reasonable world. We live in a world ruled by marketing. Manufacturers will keep finding new gimmicks to sell consoles for many years, rest assured. There's more and more expensive motion tracking (camera-based now, which takes a lot of CPU to run). Then there's 3D. Then there's things like facial recognition, gesture tracking, etc. Then brainwave controls. And Live and PSN have proven to my satisfaction that consoles can do gaming on demand via internet as well.

Comment: How serendipitous (Score 1) 631

by Lalo Martins (#28564341) Attached to: FDA Considers Banning Acetaminophen-Based Pain Killers
While living in mainland China, I've been preferring those based on paracetamol. It works well for me, without any side effects I have noticed. But now spending some time in HK, all their popular pain-killers are based on this acetaminophen, which I had never heard of before. So I held off buying, decided to research a bit online, and then of course, forgot to actually do it. Thanks Slashdot :-P

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