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Comment: Re:Social mobility was killed, but not this way (Score 1) 1032 1032

A generation ago, it was not unheard of for a student from a middle class family to be able to graduate from a relatively prestigious private liberal arts college with zero debt. And professors who made a livable wage back then certainly aren't one-percenters now, so the difference in tuition can't possibly be because the professors themselves are costing the institution more. Something else changed between then and now, and it needs to change back.

Comment: Re:Social mobility was killed, but not this way (Score 5, Insightful) 1032 1032

The hundreds of thousands of dollars are a part of the problem. There is no reason a bachelors degree should cost that much regardless of the institution you go to, and regardless of whether it is in computer science or art history. The loans themselves aren't the problem, aside from enabling the actual problem - that tuition costs are being allowed to grow without bounds. There is no reason a bachelors degree that costs as much as a house should be simply waved off as "a fact of life".

Comment: Re:There is no such thing as non-empirical science (Score 1) 364 364

Perhaps it's both. We have an overabundance of ideas like m-theory and inflation that are still looking for relevant data to indicate that they are even falsifiable let alone confirmed. Meanwhile we have massive amounts of data that so far just confirms what we already know, and it is like looking for a needle in a universe of haystacks to find evidence in all that data for the aforementioned theories.

Comment: Re:Sunset provisions are good. (Score 1) 69 69

To expand on your footnote, a good way to formalize your point is that your rights/liberty stops where another's starts. Shouting fire in a theatre is not covered under your right to free speech, as it impinges on the rights of others' safety and security. Therefore the maximum state of liberty is where you are permitted as many rights as possible without simultaneously reducing the rights of others. This is the ideal that all laws should tend towards (and this one obviously does not).

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 5, Informative) 366 366

One report I read made it sound like they were aware of the bug for a while. It's possible that they had to launch with an old version of the software because the patch wasn't ready yet, and being a secondary payload on a launch you have no say whatsoever as to the launch date. They probably expected to be able to upload the patch after launch, but the log filled up faster than expected.

That being said, it is shoddy programming to blindly write to a log on a resource-constrained embedded platform (or any platform, really. Just especially so on something like this), so somebody definitely goofed. All I am saying is that it probably was caught by testing, but couldn't be fixed in time due to various constraints. It was a dumb move on the developer's part to not do enough diligence and to rely too heavily on QA in the first place.

Comment: Re:How to promote without really promoting (Score 5, Insightful) 147 147

He might have been a disaster as a manager. Now they want to replace him.

That's a good thing. He's a creative genius, but probably sucks as a manager. And it sucks that in the corporate business world, often the only way to advance in your career is to manage people who now do for you what you used to love doing yourself but can't because now you're too busy managing. It looks like Apple recognized all of that, and so to keep their most valuable employee happy and of most use to the company they created a position to promote him to that would allow him to just be the head creative director of design and let the people-managing responsibilities fall to someone else who actually wanted that role.

Comment: Re:Compelling? (Score 1) 244 244

When Apple decided to be benevolent and allowed iOS 4 to run on the iPhone 3G, the result was honestly the most painful technology experience of my life. But if they had cut it off and only let iOS 4 be installed on the 3GS or newer, there would have been the same conspiracy theory crap of supposed forced obsolescence. Having lived through that hell, I am much more likely to give Apple the benefit of the doubt when it comes to what devices they support with which OS versions.

In your case, it is likely that those 3rd party shims helped somewhat beyond just cracking the restrictions, or you lucked out with a specific hardware combination that just happened to work. They may have decided to make the cutoff at some major hardware feature because some instances below that cutoff would be dogs with the new OS and it's not worth their time to figure out exactly which combinations of hardware would work and which wouldn't.

Comment: Re:Sounds like 6 strikes is terrible (Score 1) 186 186

Ok, copyright is by definition a right. Hence the name clearly meaning "the right to copy". And I will buy your argument that piracy is taking away somebody's right in that sense. However, taking away somebody's right to something is not theft. If it was, copyright violations could be prosecuted under larceny laws. If Slashdot turned off your account, preventing you from soapboxing about piracy, they would be taking away your free speech right. Likewise, they can't be prosecuted for larceny in that case. In fact, in the general sense there is no prohibition whatsoever for private entities to infringe on other private entities' rights. That is why it is perfectly legal for businesses to ban guns on their premises, despite the second amendment, and internet forums can ban members for saying stuff they don't like, despite the first amendment.

Since piracy is not theft, an entirely separate section of laws have been written to address it. If it was theft, those laws would be unnecessary. Let's all stop calling it theft now, alright?

Comment: Unsupported obsolete OS (Score 5, Informative) 368 368

To be fair, Apple supported XP longer than Microsoft did. Microsoft has already stated that if you choose to continue using XP, you do so at your own risk. That not only means potential exposure to malware, but also the distinct possibility that third party stuff may at any time stop working. I don't see this a fault of Apple in any way whatsoever.

Comment: Re:Instead... (Score 1) 356 356

Also, this is still relevant. If you are going to punish sites for not having mobile versions, are they also going to punish sites for forcing visitors onto worthless mobile versions? I appreciate added readability if the content is all still the same, but with the resolution on today's smartphones, I can view a desktop site just fine.

Comment: Re:Misinformed (Score 1) 138 138

He may be the biggest Apple fanboy in existence, but he's definitely not a shill. He has always called Apple out on dumb ideas. I think the words he used to describe Apple's plan for webapps as 3rd party apps on the original iPhone was "shit sandwich".

Comment: Re:Ridiculous article title (Score 1) 629 629

Felony burglary, no, as re-arranging potted plants is not itself a crime. It would be perfectly reasonable to charge that person with criminal trespass, however. Knowledge that the key is hidden under the doormat does not mean that you have the right to enter. In fact, the fact that it was hidden, even if weakly so, would imply that the intent is the opposite.

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.

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