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Comment: The *love* of money (Score 5, Insightful) 201

by Swamii (#43755673) Attached to: Sorry, Larry Page: Tech-Industry Viciousness Is Here To Stay

Ethical behavior is incompatible with the pursuit of profit. This is the essence of the old adage "Money is the root of all evil."

The actual quote:

"The love of money is the root of all evil."

This is an important distinction. When a man loves money more than personal morals and ethics, only then does his business become unethical.

Comment: Windows apps are dying (Score 1) 228

by Swamii (#38281514) Attached to: Download.com Bundling Adware With Free Software
Stuff like this is why people are scared to install native apps for Windows. On iOS, you install apps safely, and with about 2 or 3 taps. On Windows, you get apps via 30 clicks, and you get your browser configuration screwed up, unwanted toolbars, and bonus adware for good measure.

This is the sick, sad state of Windows apps.

The Windows 8 app store promises to address these concerns. We'll see how they deliver.

Comment: Re:makes sense (Score 1) 609

by Swamii (#36327304) Attached to: RMS Cancels Lectures In Israel
Your last paragraph shows your true colors; you believe Israel has no right to exist and is a "made-up" state. That's anti-Semitism.

If you doubt this is anti-Semitism, step back for a moment and ask yourself this: do you apply that standard to any other nation? Do you deny any other nation in the world the right to exist?

If you don't, you're singling out the Jews: anti-Semitism.

Comment: Re:makes sense (Score 0) 609

by Swamii (#36280646) Attached to: RMS Cancels Lectures In Israel
There can be valid criticism of Israel without being anti-Semitic. However, the new anti-Semitism often hides behind the veneer of legitimate criticism of the Jewish state. The Sharansky Test has been formulated to distinguish between valid criticism of Israel and anti-Semitic rants:

The so-called “new anti-Semitism” poses a unique challenge. “New anti-Semitism” is aimed at the Jewish state. Since this anti-Semitism can hide behind the veneer of legitimate criticism of Israel, it is more difficult to expose. Making the task even harder is that this hatred is advanced in the name of values most of us would consider unimpeachable, such as human rights.

His test is simple:

I believe that we can apply a simple test – I call it the “3D” test – to help us distinguish legitimate criticism of Israel from anti-Semitism.

The first “D” is the test of demonization. When the Jewish state is being demonized; when Israel’s actions are blown out of all sensible proportion; when comparisons are made between Israelis and Nazis and between Palestinian refugee camps and Auschwitz – this is anti- Semitism, not legitimate criticism of Israel.

The second “D” is the test of double standards. When criticism of Israel is applied selectively; when Israel is singled out by the United Nations for human rights abuses while the behavior of known and major abusers, such as China, Iran, Cuba, and Syria, is ignored; when Israel’s Magen David Adom, alone among the world’s ambulance services, is denied admission to the International Red Cross – this is anti-Semitism.

The third “D” is the test of delegitimization: when Israel’s fundamental right to exist is denied – alone among all peoples in the world – this too is anti-Semitism.

America Online

60% of AOL's Profits Come From Misinformed Customers 301

Posted by samzenpus
from the check-your-math-again dept.
satuon writes "Ken Auletta's big New Yorker piece on AOL (subscription only) this week revealed an interesting detail about the company's inner workings. According to Auletta, 80% of AOL's profits come from subscribers, and 75% of those subscribers are paying for something they don't actually need. According to Auletta: "The company still gets eighty percent of its profits from subscribers, many of whom are older people who have cable or DSL service but don't realize that they need not pay an additional twenty-five dollars a month to get online and check their e-mail. 'The dirty little secret,' a former AOL executive says, 'is that seventy-five percent of the people who subscribe to AOL's dial-up service don't need it.'"
Transportation

Nissan Gives Electric Cars Blade Runner Audio Effect 553

Posted by timothy
from the downloadable-cartones-just-$10-each dept.
mateuscb writes "A campaign backed by automakers and some lawmakers to make electric or hybrid cars noisier in a bid to increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists has taken a strange, Blade Runner-type twist. Nissan sound engineers have announced that the Leaf electric car set for release next year will emit a 'beautiful and futuristic' noise similar to the sound of flying cars — or 'spinners' — that buzz around 2019 Los Angeles in Ridley Scott's dystopian thriller based on a Philip K. Dick science fiction novel."

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