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Comment Re:assistied living (Score 1) 412

It resembles more the shared flat system that Germans call Wohngemeinschaft or WG. The main difference here is that the building and the apartments are actually set up for this sort of arrangement, and that the rules of the WG are set by the landlord instead of by consensus of those in the WG. I actually think it could work, as each has their own private bedroom, and sharing a kitchen and other common areas means more pressure to hold up your side of the deal and keep it clean. The hardest part, really, is landing a spot in an existing WG as the current members hold a sort of casting.

I'm curious, as it has potential. As with everything, it comes down to the execution.

Comment Re:Just to note... (Score 1) 163

Agreed. It would be worse if it was able to circumvent some of the sudo protections, or if it was able to also lock Time Machine backups, or exposed some social engineering flaw in the install procedure that lulls users into a false sense of security, and so on. It just reinforces the principle of never installing software from dodgy sources, and even trusted sources require a bit of wariness.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 563

I think part of the problem here is that Star Trek is not a truly post scarcity society, but the Federation is a post monetary society. Things are kept purposefully murky, such as how the miners are rewarded for the work they are doing, but it seems that they join mining colonies and do things like that for adventure, not because they would starve otherwise or because prospects at home were so bad that they had to emigrate. Merchant ships also exist, even in the classic era, but even here it could be argued that Mudd and Cyrano Jones were in it for the thrill, not for the riches.

What I think Star Trek provides us with is a future where amassing material wealth is seen as slightly immature, as it no longer provides people with the one thing they want to buy most: influence and respect. Those are reserved for those seeking knowledge and adventure.

Comment Re:No (Score 3, Informative) 563

Even that is touched upon, especially in the novel Look To Windward. There, the situation was live viewing for a concert, so that they Mind in charge of the orbital mentioned that people were talking about it being good enough to reinvent money.

I do quibble a little with the opinion that the humans were pets, though some of the ship Minds may have felt that way when talking amongst themselves. Though some of the machines could be downright devious in manipulating the organic citizens, they were just as manipulative to each other. The core belief that individuals have a right to self determination was never questioned, but the Minds entrusted with running things did their job so well that there was no need for any other form of resource management (which is all money is).

Comment Re: Far too late in the game...pun intended (Score 1) 174

Calling something number one implies that there must be at least a number two. Though I do not agree with the grandparent post's usage of "fool", it does seem to be the case that the Apple iPhone does outsell the most popular dedicated handheld game console, the Nintendo 3DS. However, since the iPhone is not a dedicated system, it's harder to compare. He did not claim that they were the only ones in town. If Apple can convince enough developers that tvOS is close enough to MacOSX/iOS to make develop for it, well, the reasons to develop for elsewhere do dwinde

As for why the 3DS and the PSVita are still around in an age where most people simply use their iOS or Android device for mobile gaming, well, the answer seems to be a combination of exclusive titles like Pokemon and the fact that a dedicated gaming thingy is still cheaper than, say, an iPod Touch. Oh, and the accent on offline play.

Comment Re:stave jobs sucks (Score 1) 440

No, Spindler was long after Jobs left. Scott, Markkula and Scully were the first three CEO's, and Jobs left during Scully's term after losing a ham-fisted attempt to oust Scully. THEN you get Spindler, and then Amelio before Jobs assumes the interim role of CEO, eventually dropping the "interim".

Comment Re:No Apple (Score 1) 99

I suspect part of this is because the collected partners are actually afraid of Apple, and so Apple is in a better position to encourage a good open standard by standing outside and holding a big stick. That's why they would rather have an open protocol that no one owns than a popular one that Apple owns. Everyone remembers what happened to Real and to Microsoft's Plays For Sure.

Comment Re:A-10 for the Win (Score 4, Insightful) 502

That's the problem right there: the Warthog is beloved by the Army troops, and that's why the Air Force generals hate it so. Unfortunately, the Army isn't allowed to use fixed wing aircraft due to division of powers, so it remains subject to the whims of the old men who sneer at anything that wasn't meant to fly thousands of feet above the earth.

Comment Re: Yes, but because (Score 1) 189

This is even the model I used before the internet, buying at live gigs if I liked the act. Early internet, I would visit the artist's web site to see if they sold CD's.

SoundCloud, LastFM and such are where I discover non-local music nowadays, and if I like the artist, I buy directly from the artist. I don't trust middlemen.

Comment Re:My guess (Score 1) 653

Well, Palin had her moment, but showed Carly that there's an opening there that she can exploit to get perhaps a veep spot. Running companies into the ground like she did is not a hinderance in the Republican business world –heck, it's a sign of healthy locust appetite to them! So now all she needs is some bona fides on the social front, to attacking a popular CEO in her supposed field can let her appear to be sticking it to the arrogant artsy fartsy liberals. Fnord.

Comment Re:If you demand all your supporters be flawless.. (Score 1) 653

That is, well, a big jump to a conclusion there, son. Not mentioning something is not active refusal. At the moment, the situation in places like Saudi Arabia is such that advocacy there could even hurt the ones you are trying to help. Also the "we" factor is not to be ignored, as in "we Americans are better than that. Stop going backwards, Indiana" works better than preaching from the outside. All this assumes that Tim Cook has enough time and resources to call out every case of discrimination, of course. I personally feel Tim doesn't mention SA because it's basically like saying water is wet.

Though Apple does not release sales numbers by country, it's pretty safe to say that Indiana is still a bigger business than Saudi Arabia is, due to demographics and sales outlets. So I don't give that argument much weight.

Comment Re:Make it DARKER dammit. (Score 1) 233

Without darkness, there can be no lens flares!

But on a more serious note, darkness is often mistaken for depth. Nonstop action for pacing. Fan service hat tips for reverence to the material.

What I feel was lost from Star Trek as it got older was the vast scale of the universe, the sense that these ships were billions of kilometres from the nearest home base, that any message sent would take weeks, and more weeks would pass before any help could arrive. What J.J. Abrams latched onto was the idea of the Starfleet as a military organisation, leaving the research part of the Starfleet by the wayside. But with the current fetishisation of armed forces, it does have the Trek characteristic of reflecting the moral climate of the age, though I feel it lacks the bigger part of the theme –how overcoming discrimination is the key to success.

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