Sanctions did not hurt the ruling class in South Africa. They were a futile gesture at best. Having grown up in SA during the period when the sanctions were in full swing, I speak from first hand experience. The only people (if any) that sanctions hurt were the poor!
I think imposing sanctions was a voter-freindly alternative to actually __doing__ something for western politicians
Nelson was no angel, but he was no demon either, I think he did a good job when he came to power. But I would temper that by saying his methods (and those of the organisations he was part of) were openly "terrorist" earlier in his life and also later after he was arrested. I think it is fair to say that Nelson realised in prison that his actions as a youth did not and would not get the changes he wanted for his country. Diplomacy and level-headed statemanship were his most powerful weapons, these were the things that finally managed to start South Africa heading down the right path.
I don't find this to be "morally tough" at all. I like cows, they are tasty, thus I eat cows.
What they make in the lab is simply not beef, it is tasteless protein. They have to add caramel, saffron and beetroot juice to it to try to make it look and taste of anything. Their is a lot more to a burger than protein. I don't think it is correct to refer to their pan fried protein as a burger
it is an interesting experiment though, who knows maybe some day they'll be able to vat grow fillet steak, but until then, I'm out
Did you actually read anything I wrote or did you just fancy a Friday afternoon rant?
On the off chance that you actually want answers to your questions rather than just a chance to rant I'll try to answer them
Wait, your argument for "the worlds most advanced operating system" not having options is that it would scare your non tech savvy family into not doing work?
I didn't make this argument, you fabricated it. Allow me to re-word my point of view to make it easier for you to understand...
a) I know a bunch of quite different people who all use OS X
b) They all appreciate the simplicity of OS X, it "just works" for them and they like not having to tinker with it to get it to work
c) They like the fact that software developers seem to have taken this core idea of "keep it simple" to heart when writing software for OS X
d) They find OS X to be intuitive, unsurprising and predicable to use
Very funny, you actually want the OS to insult your intelligence. Why don't Macs just have an "advanced" tab for all the deeper stuff like any non-stupid person would do?
My intelligence is not insulted by simplicity. I appreciate elegant simplicity, I find it to be beautiful, I'd go as far to say, it is clever to be simple. As a fully functioning UNIX, OS X does have (as you crudely put it) an advanced tab, it's called the terminal. "deeper stuff" is too vague to be useful to me and so I can't appreciate your point of view; I can only report my own experiences which are that OS X does what I need it to do and is simple to use.
Is that too intimidating for you as their system admin?
As it happens, they don't need a system administrator, the Apple kit just works, whether it's getting new scanners, printers, microphones, cameras, video records or whatever to work, they've just coped without help. As an aside, I'm not intimidated by technology at all, I love the stuff.
In closing... I can only imagine a Mac dropped on your foot once or slighted you in some other way because you have not made any points, you have not presented any arguments. Instead you read my post, made up some bits that you think I should have typed and replied to those. That's odd dude.
For what it's worth, you may be technically correct on some points but, from my elderly mum, wife, seven year old son and boss's perspectives they don't even realise you can change the mouse acceleration, they happily use Finder and have not wanted to change it for something "better" and they don't miss the things you point out as that are "missing" because they never thought to use them.
These and many other people use OS X and like it. It does what they want and more. Admittedly, perhaps they don't ask as much of the system as yourself as they only use the system for word processing, browsing, email, calendar, itunes etc but then again most people don't ask much of their machines
From my perspective, I havn't yet found anything to be "impossible" on my macbook, that includes building my own toolchains, cross compiling for embedded ARM devices, general C/C++ development, enterprise Java development, simple web development, Postgres database, JEE servers as well as all manner of simulators, tool utils etc etc etc. In principle everything I can do on my work Linux notebook I can do on my mac book at home
I use Finder for file management and have never wanted to replace it, maybe it's because I'm on the console a lot, and a lot of my work lives in version control systems but I can't say Finder has ever let me down.
You are clearly not an OS X user. OS X is extremely simple to use when compared with Windows or Linux. The applications that run on it are to an extent required to work in a simplified way by the OS.
OS X is the most intuitive, predictable and least surprising operating system I've ever used. The lack of surprise a user feels directly correlates with their abillity to understand the computer and get it to do what they want it to, this equates to more productivity on a day to day basis.
let me give you some examples from my elderly mum's, wife's, seven year old son's and boss's perspectives; need to find something? whatever it is, it is "in" finder. Looking for a setting in ANY application on the system? click the app menu, then preferences, settings can be found in the same place for every program on the whole machine, hell it's even the same place to physically aim at and click with your mouse. Need to install something? drag it to your Applications folder in finder. Need to uninstall or remove something from the system? grab it's icon and throw it in the bin. The whole system (applications included) is more predicatable and consistent than Windows or Linux. It's hard to explain but you have a lot less to learn when you open a new application on OS X for the first time because each application does not re-invent the wheel with regards to it's layout and behaviour.
I didn't understand that this was a problem until I used a Mac and experienced the benefits for myself, I was overwhelmed by just how simple a computer could (and should) be for the user. When you think about it, their is no reason to clutter up a user's workplace/time/mind with all of the complexity associated with the average windows or linux setup. Applications built for OS X seem to all follow this philosophy of simplicity that is just not present in Windows or Linux at all.
I'd like to add that I regularly use Linux (on my work's notebook exclusively for work), OS X (on my own macbook pro for both work and personal use), and Windows 7 (on my PC for games and *very* ocasionally for work i.e. an SSH session to the server or similar). I've been using all three OS's for many years and while I love Linux and use it daily, it does not compare to OS X for raw user productivity and Windows is not even in the same league as the two *NIXs with it's jaring user experience and maze of clicking to find the setting or configuration thing you need to get the whatever-it-is to work that "just worked" when you plugged it into OS X and Linux.
market share in what? Total worldwide PC sales fell 14% in the first quarter of 2013, this is double what was predicted by analysts. http://www.cnbc.com/id/100632389
I don't suggest that MS is terrified of Apple, but I think if I "owned" 92% of a market in such rapid decline, I would be!
MS seems to be responding to the decline by trying to diversify their business with new ventures into things like Skype, Bing and the new Windows phones etc, but the writing is on the wall for the PC market as we know it; it is going to keep shrinking as ever more users move to mobile/tablet computing solutions for their email and web browsing needs. We'll still have power users buying new PC's, but content consumers and casual users have far fewer reasons to own a full blown PC any more.
It also stands to reason that more developers are buying Macs and Linux boxes because they want in on the Apple app store and Android app store(s) action, it also stands to reason that happy iPod, iPhone, Android users get Mac/Linux curious if/when it comes time to buy a new computer
The PC market MS is so heavilly invested in is being nibbled from all sides, they must change or die (eventually).
For example... Unity. Departing from Windows in that direction was harmful. It's really hard to get used to it, and it isn't exactly self-explanatory. You have to become a power user to have more than half a clue of what you're doing and get it to stop being in your way. That's no good for office workers. It might work just fine for people who just want to surf the Web though.
Having recently inflicted Unity on myself (a was formerly a Gnome 2.x user), I think the only thing I can't adapt to is the global menu auto-hiding itself. this in my opinion (as a daily user of the system for actual work) IS a royal pain in the arse and should not have been done this way.
The dev team have acknowledged that this should be configurable and are working on including the change in a future release. Everything else about the system is a little different, but nothing too surprising or odd that you need a manual to figure it out. The most important feature for me is that Ubuntu 12.04 "just works" out of the box and does not require an excessive amount of my valuable time to get up and running and (more importantly) I don't need lots of ongoing fiddling with it to keep it working.
I had fun in my youth playing with the next cool distro that came out every couple of months, now I just need things to be stable and working so I can do my job. For the most part, Ubuntu 12.04 does this for me.
Top Gear is not a factual/scientific car review show. It is an entertainment show, hosted by three stereotypical caricatures of "the male". Top gear is to serious car review shows what Blackadder is to history documentaries. The tongue in cheek point they were making is that their CHARACTERS were too stupid to cope with an electric car that required some forethought and planning with regards to charging.
Other antics on the show include Jeremy's toolbox consisting of about twenty very large hammers etc