Common sense and hard data both point to strong social safety nets improving opportunity, and increasing entrepreneurship and the number of small businesses. There are two main reasons for this:
1. The safety net makes it much more possible to take the chance of starting your own business. Failure means you may lose your investment capital, but your family won't starve, won't lose their healthcare, won't lose their retirement, and won't lose access to a thorough education.
2. The safety net levels the "benefits" playing field between small business and large corporations. Not only does the US's system of employer-based healthcare make it more difficult and risky for those who try to start a small business, but it gives large, established companies an advantage because they have the size and weight to push for better deals.
The ONLY people whose economic opportunities are strengthened by the lack of a social safety net are the people who are already on top, who already own large companies and already make loads of money. They don't want competition from employees who can easily quit and start their own company. But even the rich would probably benefit in the long run, because pushing your customer base into abject poverty is not a way to increase sales (IMO right now they're coasting along on their ability to make goods dirty cheap by using third-world labor).
As for search, the full-library keyword search is more than enough 99% of the time I'm looking to jump to an artist/album, but if you want to get more complex, smart playlists let you search your library for files using just about any criteria and combination you can imagine (no regex though, not that I've ever found need to regex search my music). Smart playlists are seriously iTunes' most powerful feature and I've never seen it satisfactorily duplicated in any other music player.
iTunes' database/spreadsheetness is it's most powerful feature - you're not limited to just one set folder hierarchy for navigating your music. iTunes gives the user a myriad ways to look at their data; sometimes too many, really. TBH, all the newer UI views that make iTunes "pretty" instead of looking like a spreadsheet are simply more silly and time-consuming to navigate. Fortunately they've left the spreadsheet-style views available for people who aren't afraid of data.
iTunes certainly has lots of issues, especially on Windows where it's buggy and (from what I hear) slow, and it suffers terribly from a decade of feature-creep and try-to-be-everything-for-interfacing-with-iOS, but if you simply use it as a music library/player it can be fantastic.
Mac Portable came out 4 years after Jobs left the company.
When you posted above saying "there are only Apple zealots and normal people," where does that put people like you who post lies and FUD? Honest idiots?
City roads are not a fucking race course. There are thousands of places where your car interfaces with other vehicles, pedestrians, and stationary objects and these interfaces are not blessed with unlimited sight distance. In places where your vehicle and others potentially intersect, it may be simple to visualize and ensure clear right-of-way at 35 MPH, but utterly impossible at 100 MPH (say, for example, crossing at a 2-way stop sign where the driver can only see a few hundred feet down the road due to curves or curb-parked vehicles). It doesn't matter if you're the most incredibly skilled driver on the planet, you can't predict the future and you can't go from 100 MPH to 0 in the space of a few tens of feet.
The kind of logic you and the GP are spouting is the kind of logic used by douchebags who use public roads as raceways - "hey, *I'M* a great driver, this is perfectly safe! If I ever get into an accident it's some other idiot's fault!" That's obviously fucking wrong on so many levels when you put even the tiniest bit of thought into it, to the point that anyone who spouts false logic like that is clearly the idiot and should have their license revoked for lack of ability to understand the physics and geometry of public roadways.
I could see a small vampire draw to keep a few of the embedded systems online, but the amount quoted in the article seems extreme
You're right. It almost sounds like the electronics aren't shutting down at all.
It seems that the "sleep mode" in the original Model S software--the basis for the owner's manual statements--had caused so many glitches in other car functions that it had been disabled. With sleep mode missing from the current v4.2 software, he said, I could expect to lose about 8-10 miles of range per day when unplugged.
No big mysteries here. Room for complaint that this issue hasn't been resolved quickly, though.