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Comment: Re:Avoid even-number OS major releases (Score 1) 221

That's a good rule of thumb for Windows and Linux. Not sure about Apple :)

On the Apple side, the rule seems to be an iOS-only thing (and even then only recently... thanks iOS 8!)

On the OSX side? 10.0 sucked pretty hard, and (IIRC) 10.2 had some problems, but it's been rather rock-stable since then (at least from my POV - I've used OSX from the ill-fated 10.0 all the way up to Yosemite, but YMMV).

Comment: Re:Or they're just proxying their connections (Score 4, Insightful) 219

You do know the internet started as a government funded initiative right?

If anything, the powerful interests are losing control... not gaining it.

I disagree, and one need look no further than Facebook. Most of the political distraction/messaging being passed around positively reeks of being astroturfed by competing mega-interests. Also, consider that the proletariat is too easily distracted, ignorant, and tribal, so getting them to ask the wrong questions means you never have to worry about the answers.

The control is still there and stronger than ever - just that they're now using new methods to do it.

Comment: Re:Or they're just proxying their connections (Score 1) 219

Agreed.

I also find it interesting that they discount the growth of Pandora, Spotify, etc... and the fact that you can more easily pass around music via a digital version of sneakernet these days (long ago it was blank cassettes and hanging out at a buddy's house. Now it's "what's your dropbox addy? I can snag 'em that way." Then again, I know for fact that for quite awhile the smarter kids --and not just a few adults-- were passing around USB hard drives / geek-sticks full of music to each other as well...)

Comment: Re:Minimum Wage (Score 1) 1073

by Penguinisto (#49737293) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

If the payroll increases 30% while sales remain flat, either someone is saving money(hard to do for minimum wagers) or you have inflation.

This is of course assuming that debt isn't being paid off at a slightly faster rate, savings aren't being accumulated in a rainy-day fund, college savings account or 401k, etc. Oh, and the businesses that raise costs in order to compensate for higher wages will probably hoover up the rest.

End state? little-to-no improvement, and everything remains more or less status quo... just with a bit of inflation kicked-in.

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