While I'd love to see them resign in protest, I'm not surprised that they don't, because the monkeysphere is real (http://www.cracked.com/article_14990_what-monkeysphere.html).
Agreed. Random access on the e-readers I've used sucks compared to flipping a few pages on a paper book. I'd never want to read reference material on my Kindle
That said, for linear content (novels) I love my Kindle and haven't bought a paperback novel in years.
If only they'd do the same for BigResource...
Sigh. The Tasmanians had all this figured out years ago. Haven't these guys watched Young Einstein?
All you need is a chisel!
I'd like to see Google make an effort to build GPG into their product and make it easy for people to use.
If anyone can do it, it's Google, but they won't. It's hard to deliver targeted advertising when you can't read your users' email.
Nothing to add other than that I have a 2010 Genesis with the V8, owned it since new, and I love it. Great power and amenities for the money and the post-sale service has been good.
The geek in me would rather have a Tesla but I've never regretted buying "Jenny".
There is quite a huge market for frivolous items which make your character "look cool". It was a long time ago that I played World of Warcraft, but there was a certain % of people who paid vast sums of in-game money for basically cosmetic reasons. Similarly, Valve's Hat Fortress 2 has had great success in selling purely cosmetic items.
Yup, vanity is alive and well in these games.
In World of Warcraft there's now a "transmogrification" feature where you can apply the look of older gear to your current gear. It lets your character continue to look cool after a new expansion comes out and you're replacing your awesome looking epics with ugly vendor trash. The transmog feature costs some in-game gold to use but not much in the grand scheme of things. Some players spend a great deal of time running old dungeons to get gear for the purpose of acquiring a certain look.
Then there's a huge market for pets (critters that follow you around and do nothing useful), mounts (critters that you ride to travel more quickly, and some look better than others, but they almost all fly/travel the same speed), etc...
Apple has different UI frameworks for OS X and iOS. One will not run on the other and vice versa. Thank God!
As is this stackoverflow accepted answer for a higher level overview:
Why is dying for a war in Europe OK, but not in Syria?
Wan't are problem that people where being gassed.
I hope you're just trolling. It's not about location, it's about scale. The civil war in Syria and the conquest of major foreign nations by the Axis powers during WWII are not at all comparable.
One way to decide if you should support a war is to ask yourself this:
Would you support a draft that would put you and your loved ones on the front lines?
For me, World War II was the last war that I would have supported in that way. All the wars since then would be a big hell no.
Sorry I was being trollish. My spouse actually likes the series quite a bit, much to my dismay. I have tried on several occasions and it is simply too childish for me. I can't understand how a college educated woman can read what is maybe a year further along than one fish two fish.
I tried to watch some of the movies and they were just as bad. I watched one quite drunk and that made it pretty manageable.
It's just plain fun!
Maybe she finds intellectual stimulation in other areas of her life. It's nice to be able to relax and read a story without putting a lot of thought into it. I've met people who only read "literature" and look down on works like Harry Potter, and I think those people are nuts.
For what it's worth, the Potter series did get darker as it went on, as if it was aging along with its initial audience. It didn't end happily ever after for all the characters.
Having people at work during those 8 hours per day means they're available to provide service all day whenever a customer comes calling, so there's certainly advantages to the 40 hour week. Not so sure how well it would work if my barber or grocer only worked 3 hours a day...
Still, you're right, certain types of work, especially creative / knowledge work where you need "think time", do not benefit from 8-9 hour days at the office. One can think just as well (or better) at home or on a fishing boat. I get some of my best ideas in the shower, and my traditional employer considers me "not working" during that time.
Everybody knows that the value of a life depends on your monkeysphere: http://www.cracked.com/article_14990_what-monkeysphere.html
Indeed. On large software products like those Microsoft is famous for, is often necessary not to know how every component of product works at a detail level. There are abstractions in place to allow the work to be easily divided amongst a large number of developers, and you typically won't know the implementation details of modules that you didn't have a hand in creating. There's simply too much code for anyone to truly know how everything works. "I don't know" is often the right answer.
That is, unless you're actually responsible for the implementation detail in question. If you don't understand your own code then you are going to a special hell reserved for H1B sponsors and people who talk at the theater.
End consumer (commoners) always end up paying, one way or another, in all situations. Nothing new there.
Sometimes I think that instead of being a obedient sheep, waking up early, working 10 hours and generally being exploited while barely having enough for comfortable "life", I should turn to let's say.. victimless crime*.
(*) = As a programmer, that would be let's say hacking wordpress sites and selling them to someone or using them to make a profit.
If you're working a middle class job in western society and you are healthy, your greatest burden is probably deciding what you want to eat for dinner. The standard of living you enjoy is higher than what most people have endured since humans began walking the earth. Your life or the life of someone you love has probably been saved at least once by the pharmaceutical companies you rail against.
And on what planet is "hacking wordpress sites and selling them to someone or using them to make a profit" a victimless crime? That wordpress site belongs to somebody. Perhaps somebody whose life is not as good as yours.