My first thought is that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is behind this. Wouldn't be the first time they've corrupted the Indian government. Anyone remember not that long ago when they were going to allow their indigenous pharmaceutical companies to start manufacturing and selling drugs to their massive population for cost, before Bill swept in with funding to pay for drugs for the upper and middle classes in exchange for leaving the law as it was? It was covered here on Slashdot.
Windows 7 was the first version of Windows I actually enjoyed using since Windows 2000. Microsoft lost me when they came out with Windows XP and I switched to Linux. I would never have considered going back to Microsoft, but then Gnome and Unity both tried to force their own vision of Metro on me. I used Windows 7 in the office, and was actually ready to buy a new computer and go back to Windows. But, when I showed up with my money, there were no Windows 7 computers to be had, and I needed a laptop, so I've got Windows 8.
I hate it so much. Every time I click a file and it opens a metro app and obscures the entire screen, I grind my teeth and swear.
But there's just nothing else I could install that has any real critical mass of users that wouldn't suck just as badly.
The technology that used to empower me have been fucked up at every turn by the influence of the advertising and entertainment industries. Sometimes I just want to abandon IT and go be a farmer.
The right way to do mobile computing is glasses and a glove that detects subtle hand gestures. Touch screens covered in fingerprints with buttons you can't distinguish by feel are not an optimal way to do ANYTHING.
When is this stupid fad going to end?
I'd rather live in Brazil. They still respect traditional gender roles. That trumps everything in my book.
yesterday's hardware does what 99% of end users want.
When the hardware gets good enough, we won't need carriers. That's something to look forward to.
Reminds me, I haven't looked in on Serval lately. Last I checked power consumption was one of the major blockers...
I do not consider these studies to be an activity that increases knowledge. It is my position they create ignorance. Paying "scientists" to do this type of work makes them insular and ignorant. Leading people to believe that this research is capable of providing them answers as to how they should improve their health makes them lazy and misinformed.
As I clearly indicated in my original post, I feel that we should be redirecting resources away from this wasteful "research" and putting better tools in the hands of the individual, to allow them to understand the particularities of their own needs.
For example, diabetics are given tools to measure their blood sugar, so they can make better informed decisions about their diet. This has been going on for decades.
I had an experience when I was younger and working in a call center for a period of time, and I was able to see patterns in my own biorhythms. I'd never been the sort of person to keep a journal, I'd certainly never have thought to rate my day on a scale of how I feel and track it on a chart, but my employers kept track of my performance, and I noticed that I'd have an off week every 6 weeks. Didn't seem to co-relate with anything in my external world, was just a pattern that was uniquely mine for reasons I don't claim to clearly understand.
But if I'd been provided with access to more sophisticated tools at the time, like my diabetic girlfriend was given, I might have learned something that improved my health.
So, I don't know what YOUR agenda is, but I guess one of my agendas is to prevent career "scientists" hoping to make a name for themselves as "the man with the answers" from hogging resources, dominating the discussion and keeping people ignorant as they live in their little insular little bubbles and pat themselves on the back for being so clever.
But, it goes deeper than that, really.
Imagine that you were going to sit down and design a diet for your chicken farm. You want to maximize meat production. If you increase the protein levels in your food, you get bigger, meatier chickens. But, there's a problem... some of the chickens will have a heart attack and die with these increased protein levels.
So, you make some charts, and you determine that if you increase it to 50%, chickens will start to die, but the weight of the dead chickens will be dwarfed by the increase in weight of those that survive. If you increase it to 80%, so many chickens will die that you have less meat than before you started. But, if you increase it to 65%, you will hit the sweet spot, where the overall amount of meat generated is maximized.
At no point do you actually take the time to observe any of the chickens and tailor their food intake to what you see. The individual chicken is irrelevant to the equation.
That is the underlying attitude I see in this study. It might serve the interest of enterprises that view humans as chickens, but it doesn't serve the interests of human beings. That actually makes me kind of angry.
This is begging the question:
"Do you still beat your wife."
And yes, that is what you're doing. Makes you look stupid.
Why are you begging the question?
I got in a serious car accident and spent the second half of the year recovering in the residence I'd already paid for without going to class. Then, for a lark, I got totally hammered and wrote the Calculus exam with my mates.
Aced the exam, passed Calculus despite having not gone to class at all or done a single assignment.
I still find it hilarious, but my mom was not particularly proud of me.
These types of studies are everywhere you look. There is only one consensus among them:
One size does not fit all.
These types of studies are a waste of time and resources. They are looking for something that does not exist.
The way to achieve progress is creating methodologies for individuals to use to understand what suits them as an individual, and designing and distributing tools to give them access to additional data to help them do so. This will lead to much larger strides in fighting poor health.
What I'd like to know is, why does PETA hate chickens so much? You don't have to be a genius to foresee what will happen to the chicken species if we abandon them as a food source.
That said, being able to grow slabs of chicken breast in a nutrient bath at home would be pretty sweet, if it could be done.
The Keurig was free at my last job. So were the snacks.
Apparently, you haven't been paying much attention to how the govenment has handled everything else so well and so cheaply...
Yeah, private enterprise is good at being cheap. By cutting every corner. While no one is looking.
That's the problem.
It's good on so many levels. Entitled old bastard, attempts to screw society out of a bunch of money in secret, the corrupted officials try to secretly pay him to go away, but the whole thing blows up in everyones faces. Entitled old parasite gets nothing, corrupted officials are exposed and its a happy ending all around.
Confidential agreements should not be enforceable in the first place. I love seeing people who sign them get fucked over.
"if you punished them so hard that they went out of business, then they wouldn't be able to clean up" So you're saying they should pay huge deposits before they get to do such potentially catastrophic shit? Agreed.
Maybe this type of work, so important to all mankind, shouldn't be left in the hands of private enterprise?
And what if even the free version is a failure? Can't give it away...
That's the thing. When I hear people complaining about Windows 8, it's *never* about the price. Lots of people just flat out hate the product.
I really doubt making it free is going to significantly impact adoption rates.
If their first impression is based on trying a friends computer running "Windows 8.1 + Adware", it will probably make them hate it even more