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Comment Re:Really? (Score 2) 433 433

Suddenly Pro isn't good enough to allow me to control MY computer?

Who says it's YOUR computer? Just because you paid for it, you think it's YOUR computer? It's no more YOUR computer than your smartphone is YOUR phone.

It's Microsoft's (or Apple's) computer. It's the cellphone carrier's phone. They are nice enough to allow you to pay for it, and allow you to use it --- but in return for those privileges, you've got to toe the line and follow the rules.

YOUR computer, indeed. The CEOS are laughing at you at this very moment, patting themselves on the back because they've allowed you to believe it's YOUR computer, but they know the truth.

Comment Re:spying: good when we do it, bad when they do it (Score 0) 122 122

Would it be that same US government that has the unmitigated gall to complain about a tiny, tiny fraction of that being done to them in return?

I understand your point and I see where you're coming from, but consider: with the breach that took place, people can die. This isn't some sort of political theory or a matter of taking a stand. Real people may die because of this.

Comment Re:Swift (Score 1) 351 351

The same exact thing has happened in the field of writing and publishing. Now, anyone can write and publish their book because there is effectively a zero barrier to entry.

So what's happened? Amazon etc. are filled with unbelievably bad publications. What little of self-published literature that is good (and some few things are very is often drowned in the sea of flotsam.

So, anyone can write and publish. Anyone can make an app. But something good? That's another matter altogether.

Comment Re:Autistic-friendly business environment (Score 4, Insightful) 36 36

I wonder who dreamed up all this open-plan stuff. I have a suspicion that management cloaked this in the guise of management speak like "synergism" and so on, when actually all it is, is a way to keep the cost of office space down.

Did most managers give up their private offices? I didn't think so.

Comment Re:Explain more (Score 2) 36 36

You know, enforcing funny little rules like "actions have consequences", setting expectations for behavior and performance, the sort of thing that seems out of favor in today's world where no kid can be criticized, no kid can be allowed to lose, and so on.

Not to say that everything is better today--- in an older day abusive corporal punishment was acceptable, for instance--- but it seems there ought to be middle ground.

Comment Re:Critical thinking (Score -1, Flamebait) 132 132

The first goal of K-12 education should be to teach critical thinking skills. Kids need to learn to think logically and to understand the meaning of a critical path. The second goal should be to teach English and communication skills. Third comes history and civics, the knowledge to become a functioning citizen. Fourth would be a basic grounding in math and science.

No, you don't understand. The first goal of education is to produce passive drones who will silently work for the lowest possible wage under the worst possible conditions and who will serve and worship big business, and who will consume to the extent that their low wages plus massive use of credit will allow.

Comment Re: What about the rest of it? And Firefox? (Score 3, Interesting) 143 143

You make a good and valid point, but the people who are buying Apple for comfort will buy a new one every few years because that maintains their comfort level.

I learned, with my visit to the Apple store, that buying Apple for most people is not about

1) Being able to tweak and customize (in general; yes, you can do that if you know how)
2) Worrying about cost[1]

It is much more about

1) Comfort and assurance
2) Style
3) Relative ease of use, and lots of hand-holding.

As technical people we tend to forget how hard things can be for non-technical people. (And no, this is not because we're in any way "better" than they are, we just are good at different things.)

[1] It's true that many Apple buyers have plenty of cash. But I'm active in the local writers' community and it's amazing how many really poor writers (poverty is chronic for most writers) will scrape together every last cent to buy a Macbook.

Comment Re: What about the rest of it? And Firefox? (Score 4, Insightful) 143 143

My opinion of Apple and Apple products has changed. Not that I'd ever buy an Apple product, but I went with a non-technical friend to an Apple store; she wanted me to go along when she bought a new Macbook. I was amazed at the high level of service and the extent of the support structure. She paid twice as much total for her Macbook as I paid for my Asus Zenbook (she bought the training and extended support which added $400 to the total), but she has a level of comfort that is rather high for a non-technical user.

I was pretty impressed, and I can see why people might want to buy the Apple brand. They don't care about the closed design and complete control by Apple. They want to have a place to go to get help and support, of a type and level that they can understand and feel good about. This particular Apple store was packed with people and always is. There's a reason, and I learned what it is that day.

Comment Re:Yep (Score 1) 272 272

All of the primary English speaking countries are going down the same over-regulated path; Canada, USA, UK, Australia, NZ. They may as well be the same country as far as I'm concerned. Stifling, oppressive, paranoid, reactionary. Its times like this I'm really sad that I'm a native English speaker. I guess its time to start learning Spanish or something.

So you can live in a non-oppressive country like Mexico, or most of the countries in central and south America?

We need to fight to maintain our freedoms and there's no doubt that things have been getting progressively worse. But get a little perspective.

Comment Re:A story of how women were (Score 1) 191 191

What a load of crap. What we're responsible for today is to make sure those things (or equivalent bad things) don't happen again. Collectively or individually we can't be responsible for what happened when we weren't even here.

I'd swear that there is a whole contingent who just loves feeling guilty.

Comment Re:A story of how women were (Score 4, Insightful) 191 191

Now I understand why most Americans can't come to grips with their slavery heritage.

I don't understand this constant call for retroactive guilt. Yes, America has a heritage of slavery. Yes, it is shameful and nothing about it was ever right.

But that was then and this is now. Why are we today, we who had nothing to do with the sins of the past, and who (with the exception of some wackos) completely reject the idea of slavery, told to feel guilt and told that we have to somehow feel inferior because people in the past did bad things?

Should the Japanese and Germans of today feel guilty about war crimes that they themselves did not commit?

Of course, we all need to remain vigilant, to ensure that the past is not repeated. But that's more a matter of human nature than something specifically American (or German or Japanese or what-have-you).

Comment Re:Does indeed happen. (Score 2, Insightful) 634 634

I'm also sort of curious why someone would interview at the same company four times.

Because she wanted to sue. No, I'm not being facetious here. I don't for a moment doubt that age discrimination is going on at companies like Google, but it seems obvious enough that the woman wanted to sue. Not saying that she shouldn't --- probably she should.

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