Photographs by the National Enquirer that were shown to critical-care physician Dr. Samuel Jacobson had him remarking that the 6-foot-2 Jobs appeared "close to terminal.""
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The old "Hello World" sample application can be completed in 2 or less lines long in these languages. C++, C#, F#, VB.NET, etc... all fail to deliver such an accessible learning path, and that is why they fail to surpass 25+ year-old systems.
I believe that this approach has been a success. This year my eldest asked for the Flash development environment for Christmas...
- Email (gmail)
- Videos (YouTube)
- Files (Google Drive or whatever its called now)
- Audio communications (Google Voice)
- Photos (Picasa Web Albums)
- Friendship communications (Orkut and Buzz)
- Personal documents like spreadsheets, etc (Open Office)
- etc etc.
Of course one of the fine print actions that Google 'will do for you' is to mine the contents of whatever you entrust to them. They say that they are looking for information in order to create metadata in order to advertise to you, but no doubt they also are looking for activities, intentions and content that is either a threat (terrorism), subversive (damn commies) or illegal (child porn, etc.)
You might not think that 'Do no evil' Google is really the bad NSA, but this is similar to how they've operated in the past when they want to accomplish something very public in a non public manner. Recall their deal with Howard Huges in the 1970s to recover a soviet sub from the bottom of the ocean under the guise of operating a new mineral mining method.
If you look at the reported income for Google this is also suspicious. These revenue numbers are HUGE and when you evaluate it there needs to be a LOT of people clicking on paid ads or purchasing Google search appliances, etc. My own research indicates that the majority of people I've asked don't click the ads that often, leading the question of where is this nation of ad-clickers anyways? Perhaps it is just a way to launder, er feed money into an organization that is of immense intelligence value but simply doesn't have a true revenue model that provides the income that they claim.
I'd love to be wrong, so please show me how I could be so fooled by my suspicions.
It turned out that the floppy version had a lock built in to it that would kick in after a certain number of installs and by 2004 Microsoft no longer shipped software in floppy format.
I checked out the printed Software License and it made no mention of this install limit or the lock mechanism. Microsoft offered to ship me a replacement CD, but the notebook I was using this on had no CD ROM drive. At this point I demanded a full refund and Microsoft paid me that $850 in exchange for Disk 1 and the Software License.
No court needed.
In the same way that governments ran after nuclear power in the mid 20th Century, governments of today must choose to pursue clean, reliable and safe energy sources like geothermal and deliberately shut down and dismantle our toxic collection of nuclear power stations.
The sooner that our governments move our energy production to safer and more reliable systems like geothermal, the better. Building up an entirely new and stable energy system based upon the vast heat resource under our feet would boost our economy out of the recession we are in while improving our security and safety through the complete dismantling of the toxic legacy of nuclear power generation.