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Comment: Re:Parliment Hill != The White House (Score 1) 529

by ahankinson (#48205565) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament
On the contrary, the Queen has *all* the legal authority. Literally. Every law in Canada is only a law when it receives Royal assent. In practice, this is the Governor General, but the Monarch can override that should he or she wish.

When you pay taxes, you pay them to the Canadian State. The Monarch is the head of the state. So you are paying taxes to the Monarch.

The Monarch is also the Commander-in-Chief of the military. When you join the military you must swear allegiance to the Monarch of Canada.

"I, [name], do swear (or solemnly affirm) that I will well and truly serve Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her heirs and successors according to law, in the Canadian Forces until lawfully released, that I will resist Her Majesty's enemies and cause Her Majesty's peace to be kept and maintained and that I will, in all matters pertaining to my service, faithfully discharge my duty."

Comment: Re:Jony Ive should be in charge of everything ther (Score 3, Informative) 487

I have no idea what you think they should get for "recognition" that they already haven't gotten. Ive has been knighted, given wheelbarrows full of awards, and will retire a very, very wealthy man. Wozniak -- I think he got all the recognition he wanted. He was a big player back when floppy disk drives were a new technology, and is (so I hear) still on good terms with the executives at Apple. But he left almost 30 years ago.

If I were Ive I wouldn't budge from my position. He's basically in the heart of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, with any toy, process, tool, material, and workforce he needs to get something done, and essentially no responsibility for some of the more tedious parts of running the business. And now he's got the software side of things, so hopefully we see the end of some of the more...creative...apps and back to something that's more functional.

Comment: Re:Tim Cook's leadership ... (Score 3, Insightful) 487

If Forstall refused to sign the letter apologizing about Maps and instead forced Cook to do it so that they could have some public response, that's not a very smart move on Forstall's part. Making your boss take the heat on something that was your screw-up is never a good play, especially at the executive level.

Comment: Re:trust of the community???? (Score 5, Insightful) 487

If we were to replace the word "computer" with the word "washing machine" or "refrigerator," then you might start to see how people don't even _want_ to seek even the smallest amount of computer competence. You're essentially asking them to re-install the OS on their washing machine, or re-wire the heating coils of their dryer for some abstract goal of "increased knowledge" and "freedom".

The computer is an appliance. You press a button, it sends an e-mail. You press another one, it plays music for you. If it breaks, you call someone to fix it or you toss it to the curb and get a new one. I'm not saying these people are stupid, I'm just saying they have different priorities.

Comment: Re:Execution, not innovation (Score 4, Insightful) 544

by ahankinson (#41056455) Attached to: Who Cares If Samsung Copied Apple?
Except they didn't. In what way did Samsung make a better tablet than the iPad?

Samsung was not interested in making a better iPad or iPhone. They were interested in riding the wave of Apple's success, and hoping to score some cheap marketing by making their products nearly identical to Apple's.

Comment: Re:How do we work this (Score 2) 988

by ahankinson (#37790570) Attached to: Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android
It's quite likely that any patents Palm has are in part derived from -- guess who -- Apple, since Palm was essentially a spin-off from the Newton project. And Newton had icons on a grid before Palm even existed.

And Apple bought the company that first commercialized multi-touch gestures (Fingerworks), so they likely own the patents on that too.

Comment: Re:No, it really isn't (Score 2) 1799

by ahankinson (#37671254) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You View the Wall Street Protests?
Most protests don't start out with any idea other than "something's wrong here." It's only afterwards that we can see that they changed something; while it's happening it's pretty much just chaos.

And they do have a list of what's wrong: You have to look no further than the fact that they're occupying Wall St. instead of the National Mall. They're protesting the disproportionate financial imbalance between those who drove the economy into the ground without having to take responsibility for it, and those who are actually shouldering the burden of their actions.

As many people have already pointed out, this is very similar to the conditions which led to the French Revolution, so I wouldn't dismiss them too readily. After all, that was organized by a bunch of largely illiterate people who got tired of bearing the burden of a collapsing but insulated monarchy. It didn't end too well for the monarchy.

Comment: Re:Lameness (Score 1) 1613

by ahankinson (#37625398) Attached to: Steve Jobs Dead At 56
Yes, you're right to a degree. But there are thousands of talented engineers at hundreds of other firms that are making nowhere near the impact that Apple had. The CEO is the person who recognizes genius and puts it forward as the driving force of the company. So, yes, Apple would be nothing without their engineers, but the engineers would be nowhere without a CEO that recognizes their work and places it at the centre of their corporate strategy. I think that when most CEOs look for genius they go to their marketing department, while Apple turns to its engineering and design departments.

His name is on 300+ patents from Apple. Not all patents from Apple, which makes me think he actually did something substantial to earn those 300. He's often not listed first, but sometimes he is. (Source: Draw your own conclusions.

Comment: Re:Einstein replied "Check your measurements, son" (Score 1) 1088

by ahankinson (#37487200) Attached to: CERN Experiment Indicates Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos
I'll bet these scientists, who have advanced degrees in this field and have been working on this problem for *years* are all reading your comment on Slashdot and collectively slapping their foreheads and saying "Of course! WHY didn't we think of that. That *must* be the problem."

Seriously? You think they didn't check that?

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun