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Comment our kids never experienced parental censorship (Score 1) 198

If parents have to rely on censorship, they have already failed in their education. Three of our four already grew up to become happy productive and thriving adults, and we never ever censored them. Right from when they started to walk they were granted their private sphere, and once they were able to read they had unrestricted and unmonitored internet access.

And no, we are not some bogans living in a trailer park. I am a medical doctor and owner of a group practice and one of my "uncensored growing up" offspring will soon be too. The kids already were exposed to viewing a female breast right form birth on anyway, so what point in hiding anything from them?

It is usually not what the children see elsewhere that makes or breaks their future, but what they experience (or fail to experience) within their own family.

Comment Re:Hey US... (Score 1) 650

The US is the biggest single sovereign importer of finished goods in the world and therefore holds an economic trump card over every other nation.

... and they have been paying for the imported goods with worthless paper they just keep printing, hoping that nobody will call their bluff and eventually ask for the value this worthless paper called the dollar is supposed to represent.

Given that Japan, Korea and China are creating their own meta-currency and Europe is realigning its trade with Asia the day could soon come where nations will be prepared to simply write off a huge amount in order to finally get rid of the biggest bully

Comment Re:Naming Names (Score 1) 650

Of course, the unfortunate side effect is that if the US ever really does end up with an authoritarian dictator some time in the future, he is going to have all the tools need to subjugate the american people pre-built.

Even better - he already receives a pre-subjugated american people too!


Comment Re:The US is nobody's friend (Score 1) 417

> Our government is a bit like a sociopath. We are nobody's friend.

I think the rest of the world is intelligent enough to realize that there is a difference between the US government (which indeed appears to everybody else as a sociopathic rabid bully and war mongerer) and the people living in the USA, which are mostly just the same as everybody else on the globe, wanting to make a living, fall in love, raise their children and have a good time.

Yes, I feel threatened by the US government - same as I feel threatened by North Korea and similar totalitarian war mongerers. But no, I do not resent the vast majority of peaceful people in the USA and would like to welcome them as my friends as long as they reciprocate. I guess most educated and thinking people around the world will think similarly.

Comment Re:not where from, where to? (Score 3, Funny) 523

They are going... OUTSIDE.

out....side....? That mythical place said to exist beyond one's room door? You gotta be kidding. There's nothing out there. If there was, people wouldn't sit in front of their screens all day and night long playing WoW, would they? OTOH, there must be something there where the pizzas and cokes come from, Maybe worth exploring. Somebody should write a game about that so we can play it! Because, you know, if one REALLY would go out there, .. it's a bit scary ...

Comment Re:What did I tell you? (Score 4, Interesting) 867

Traveling faster than light does not necessarily violate causality.
If I could travel instantly from place A to place B which is 1 light year away, I would arrive at B long before the light arrives. However, the "absolute" time at place B is exactly the same as at place A, the fact that an observer depending on optical information via photons lazily traveling at the speed of light from B to A would only be able to see me arriving there a year later has nothing to do with causality. If I instantly travel back to A, I am still not arriving any earlier than I departed, and hence have not moved in time, only in space - and once again I cannot violate causality.

Comment Apple falling behind the competition (Score 1) 1052

In a nutshell - their new "flagship" is failing to catch up with the innovation shown in Samsung's and HTC's new models. Comparing specs, the iPhone 5 looks like a yesteryear product. Looks like Apple is following Microsoft on a downwards spiral soon - as soon as the current generation of uncritical gullible fanboys dies out.

Comment Re:Do it yourself (Score 5, Informative) 553

A pretty large number of IT, CS, and other technically-minded folks seem to like Apple's products (and they are generally apathetic when it comes to Apple's tactics, licenses, or how Apple is pushing for the destruction of PCs), and quite a few Slashdot readers are big supporters of Apple.

It is changing. In our clinic we were in the process of transitioning towards an "all Apple" environment (iphones, ipads, Macbooks, imacs and mac minis). However, witnessing with great concern Apple's customer hostile approach worsening rapidly over the last couple of years we decided to reverse the process. In phones it was easy - the Galaxy S3 is a vastly better device. In laptops it is not easy, we still find Macbooks unrivaled in build quality and features, and there is nothing on the market we could find that would come close to the desirable specs of a mac mini.

As a result, we are now transitioning to a mix of generic PC hardware and Mac hardware mostly running Linux (some desktops still running OSX), and Galaxy S3 phones and soon the new Galaxy note tablet too. While it is a slow transition, I can see many like minded people in my area making a similar transition - the walled garden walls have become far too high for many, the sun is not coming through any more.

Only two years ago I probably would have still praised the advantages of the OSX ecosystem. Nowadays, they have become as disgusting as Microsoft had 10 years ago - and that was the last time I used any Microsoft products. The writing is on the wall for Apple too - instead of keeping innovating they merely try to maximize their profit through litigating any competition and locking their existing customers completely in. When corporates become intolerably arrogant it is only a matter of time before people turn their back.

Comment Re:Unfortunately, UK has become Uncle Sam's lapdog (Score 4, Interesting) 1065

the brits are basically good people but they have totally lost control over their gov.

same with us in the US.

if you think its so easy to change, you, maybe, can show us ignorant peasants how its done??

This seems to be a common issue permeating across most developed countries. Decent people just wanting to live in peace, raise their kids, and have some fun - and rabidly mad governments out of control brutalizing their citizens on behalf of the multinational corporations and a couple of hegemonial superpowers without any accountability. The lame excuse for "democracy" in those countries is a mere detractor from the fact that they have long become entrenched oligarchies who will destroy any real competition prior to election time.

Last time the establishment was changed in living history was ... when?

Comment Re:History (Score 5, Interesting) 738

You might be sorely disappointed then. At least with the iphone 3GS and iphone4 we have in our family, we too have to reboot on occasion in oredr to get out of the "no signal" in areas where there is definitely a good signal. Doesn't happen often, but happen it does. It does certainly not happen any mpre often than on my son's Galaxy S2.

In terms of stability and reliability I would rate them "on par", but in terms of user friendliness and features in our family's collective opinion the Galaxy2 wins by a small but significant enough margin for the remaining 4 iphone users in the family wanting to make the switch. Everybody in my family is sick of Apple telling us what to do and preventing us from doing what we want to do through their appstore monopoly abuse.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955