I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
I met a traveller from an antique land
I accept that all else being equal, a plug that doesn't care about orientation is slightly better. But all else is not equal here. The Apple connector adds complexity to the design that increases cost and failure rate. To add insult to injury, some of that complexity is added specifically to accomplish a goal that is detrimental to me. A universal power connector is too important to let a single sue-happy corporation control it.
As for the Linux thing, I choose Linux FOR it's usability. Offer me a free copy of Windows or OSX and I will still choose Linux.
Because the keyed side and the smooth side is so very clear, with or without looking.
So you acknowledge that adding a bump on the top would address the issue adequately.
Officials say expanding the law on consent to include the taking of photographs, in addition to their publication, merely codifies existing court practice. However, Hungary's photographers call the law vague and obstructive, saying it has left the country of Joseph Pulitzer and photography legend Robert Capa out of step with Europe."
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City tax (the NYC income tax, or the Philly income tax) is a whole different animal and creates the worst tax headaches when you are a commuter or only work in the city part time.
It's not worth fixing with a proprietary socket that actively detects generic versions and rejects them while more than doubling the cost. It would be worth fixing with a fully open design. Or it could be fixed with color coding the shell around the connectors. It could even be fixed by putting a bump on the top of the connector to make orientation clear.
At the same time, I don't see a bunch or people ripping their hair out because their house key needs a particular orientation.
Look up the evidence that statins have any effect whatsoever on morbidity or mortality. Hint, there is no such evidence. None at all. That's a whole heap of money being spent for nothing based on the claim that correlation==causation. That's a whole bunch of refunds people should be expecting but will never see. At least the old snake oil would give you a buzz for your dollar.
The problem I have with Vioxx is that nobody ever demonstrated it to be better than generic NSAIDs. It was, however, more expensive and less well studied (in fact some of the efficacy studies were found to be frauds). That goes well beyond being blindsided by a subtle problem.
It's really quite simple. New drugs need to actually be superior to the existing drugs (and in particular, generics) for the particular patient to even be worth considering. Not just for cost considerations, but because of having a longer track record. Instead, our medical costs spiral out of control because of expensive new drugs being prescribed when cheap and old drugs would do the very same thing with less chance of an unknown side effect cropping up.
Medical research isn't easy, but results that cannot be re-produced are less then worthless. Sadly, those same irreproducable results are too often taken at face value for approving and prescribing drugs. Some of those studies are fudged or outright fraud. Others are the result of study shopping. Commission 10 studies, bury the 9 with unfavorable results and trumpet the 1 remaining one from the rooftops.
All of this is creating a huge credibility gap. Then when these same bozos say "you need this vaccine, it's safe and effective", more and more people say "Yeah, sure it is". Yes, the vaccines really are necessary and safer than not having them but it's like the one case where the used car salesman is actually trying to sell you a great car for a steal.
On a stock phone without any hacking, rooting or other tricks needed? HTC hero must have been an awesome phone to come fully open like that.
"... the rates are required by law to be based on the probability of that disaster occurring to you, and the cost of treatment."
And even that should probably say "were required" rather than "are required", because since Obamacare was passed, insurance isn't really insurance anymore.
"That's not what socialism is, that's insurance."
NO. Insurance is a fund YOU pay into, and if some particular disaster you are insured against occurs, they pay you. That's a contract between you and your insurance company, and the payouts are determined (by law) to be based on the probability of that disaster or accident occurring.
However, when you are forced to pay for someone else's insurance, a rates-based-on-probabilty scheme is no longer possible. Instead it becomes nothing more than de facto socialized medicine. The very foundation of what insurance is, according to both the commonly accepted and legal definitions of "insurance", no longer applies. Even more so when you force acceptance of pre-existing conditions. It isn't possible to "insure" against pre-existing conditions! That's not insurance, again by the very definition of what insurance is. It's socialized medicine.
"Are you entirely forgetting about the mandate? Where do you get that fewer young people have insurance? That, like the other anecdotes about huge cost increases, sounds entirely made up."
I'm not "forgetting" about anything. It's a fact you can look up. More and more young people are foregoing insurance altogether, because it's cheaper for them to pay for their own minor health issues and the fine at the end of the year, than to pay the new inflated rates. For the very reason I mentioned above: the rates are no longer tied to THEIR probability of disease or accident, but instead they are forced to pay for other people as well.
Not only is it a fact you can look up, it is a fact that anybody with a brain should have expected to happen, for the reasons I already mentioned.
By the way... I am one of those people. I have zero intention to sign up for Obamacare. And most young people I know are saying the same, if it isn't 100% paid by their employer.
They'll make you an offer you can't refuse.
Chris Christy isn't the only one with machinations.
What, you don't think it's coincidence that the NJ State Flag has a severed horse's head at the top, do you?
Well there's still ads. He didn't say anything about blocking ads, just tracking and content. Of course, I'm not sure why you'd want to do that.
Pro tip, the correct response when the cable won't go in with normal pressure is *NOT* CAPTAIN CAVEMAN!!!! WHAM!!!!!!! WHAM!!!!!! WHAM!!!!!!!
That takes care of all but the few exceptionally crappy connectors that would be made just as crappy if they were non-standard.
The only actual features of the lightning connector are that it can be used by people who have suffered too much brain damage to understand spatial orientation and Apple can use dirty tricks to make sure only the unique Apple special snowflake cable can work.