Since when does the author of an article speak for the whole of a population? Come now, you can't be that daft. Most people are not elitist douche bags in the SF bay area. Sure there are some, and yes they tend to gravitate to a select few companies, but the overwhelming majority are down to earth regular people. I tend to see as many since I moved to the bay area as I did when I lived near Detroit. Obviously a less crime and nicer weather here, but people are people where ever you go.
@ s.petry who was talking about dual booting saving them money in their job. You know why your job exists in the first place? Because there are different companies that have created separate, yet popular ways of doing things.
Why my job exists is because I'm awesome (in addition to being modest)! I started working IT before Windows existed, but I have not been locked into Windows, Redhat, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, IRIX, SCO OpenServer, TRUE, OS-400 or MVS. I have surely worked on all of those things at some point, but absolutely none of my career has relied on a specific company or "popular" product. I'm adaptive, I can deduce and solve problems, I can look at large environments and implement my own software when no product exists. Don't assume everyone is dependent on a particular vendor for a job, because many of us have no problems moving around. Many of us that are good at our jobs enjoy doing just that every once in a while for a new view of the world.
To claim I should have to purchase 2 devices to run two operating systems for the same device is foolish. The whole point in developing dual boot long long ago was so that we could increase productivity in addition to saving money on hardware. Companies have no rights to force this either, look at the feedback from Microsoft's secure boot for an example. Consumers don't want it.
A company should have every right to sell expertise in setting this up for people with no knowledge or limited knowledge. This is what entrepreneurship is.
Your "outdated socio-economic system" is someone else's "reality". While we are rapidly eliminating jobs for people on the left side of whatever IQ test you wish to use, we still have to pay people for food and to build stuff. When we automate THOSE jobs, we'll STILL have to pay for the energy production, energy usage, and maintenance of said automation, energy production and energy distribution.
I dig that. The outdated economic system is my reality too, but I can only speak for my society. I'm not saying that people wouldn't have to work. I'm saying we could all work less. Stuff will still need to be manufactured and energy produced. But I also know that i live in a society who's needs (overall) are overfilled. Businesses create new markets now to sell their products. They are not meeting a need, they are creating one. It seems that we could reduce our production, work less, and still meet our needs. It just wouldn't be as profitable. That's when the powerful people come in with their needs of more and more profit.
"Powerful people" aren't the problem. Energy and materials science is. Until energy production and transmission is zero cost, or close enough to it that it becomes an advertising expense, the leisure society isn't going to happen. I also don't believe that "Powerful people" are hiding the near zero cost energy production silver bullet. To speculate that it is so leads down the dark hole of conspiracy. Near zero cost energy not going to be in my lifetime, and probably not in my child's either. If the NIF (or any of its analogs) produce a self-sustaining fusion reaction, that will be tipping point. The materials science problem is nearly taken care of, but said materials (Iconel, among others) are too expensive and (again) energy intensive to produce in large quantities.
There is speculation that if we actually get to the zero cost for energy society, mankind will inadvertently self-exterminate. I can see this being a very real possibility.
Sure, I agree that we will need new and better power sources. Zero point energy sounds intriguing, but that's about it at this point; it's vaporware. I'm all for conspiracy theories (I believe they happen more than most people think) but that one has a lot of heat and not much light. I also think that powerful people exert more control over society than most people believe. But there is not one reason for the world being the way it is.
Whether it's a niche market or not makes no difference. Many of us dual boot systems because our jobs require us to have knowledge of numerous operating systems, and to stay abreast dual booting has been a cheap way of using hardware I purchased to learn and grow in knowledge. I know many people who use dual boot for the same reason. Whether it's a phone or a PC makes no difference. It's "my" hardware that "I" purchased with "my" money. In my case, my company also purchases hardware and dual boots for the same reason that I do.
Neither Google or Microsoft give away the hardware, so they should not be able to force customers to use their operating system. Obviously they should not be at risk of a device gets bricked by someone setting up dual boot or a 2nd OS, but that's not the same thing.
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I happen to agree with this perspective, but do notice a huge difference in training Police get today compared to when I was growing up long long ago. Police today are trained to believe that everyone out there is criminal. Not all officers buy into this, but it is being taught and drilled into them. Police are also taught that they are supposed to stick together no matter what. In the 60s and 70s this happened to some degree but it was not discussed as training material and only used when questionable methods were used to catch real criminals. Unlike today where cops are filmed beating a mentally unstable homeless person to death, or shooting a def person for not obeying voice commands, and fellow officers don't speak out.
I'm not biased, and will tell you openly that the majority of people claiming police abuse on youtube are deserving of brash treatment and crossed the line. I also believe that most people joining the force have good intentions.
I think the cameras will help, but as you mention only when they can not be tampered with. I think the training officers receive should revert back to decades ago where they are grilled that their job is to defend and respect is earned even with a uniform. I believe cops that turn whistle blower should be given medals and receive praise to boot.
that does not work _at_all_ if you have a halfway decent content- and tracking-blocker installed
...well, once you've blocked the content, and once you've blocked the tracking, there's not much left to work with, yeah?
The US has never been a Democracy, it's been a Democratic Republic. A Republic closely matching the definition in the book by the same name authored by Plato in ancient Greece over 2,500 years ago. If you wish to appear pedantic at least do so correctly. Study the book, it's pretty amazing how close we got until the government was successfully undermined. Socrates describes human nature in that book too. Reading that book is discouraged and the knowledge it contains is not well known. Most people don't read the book, and most people that claim to have read it have only browsed a couple chapters.
Don't mistake what I said, I never claimed US Government was perfect. I said it was as close to a perfect government as we have seen. Humans have been trying to undermine it constantly because it would distribute power if it actually worked as Socrates defined.
Finding two witnesses is a simple task. Start with the whistle blowers and work your way out. Of course they will need to declassify data in order for us to have "proof" of their wrong doing, but that's a court issue not a Constitutional issue.
As to the NSA declaring war on America lets run down a list. If they have been planting malware on computers in the US they have waged war against their own country and destroyed property of US citizens. If they have spied on Americans against the 4th amendment they have declared war on America. If they have handed data on US citizens to foreign agencies (which they have done), and compromised the integrity and credibility of the government they have further declared war on the Republic. If they have caused undue harm to US citizens by violating their basic human rights they have declared war on America.
Their declaration of war is exactly what people claim "terrorists" have done to declare war on the US. The difference is really one of scale where the NSA is far worse. And before you make a silly statement, "terrorists" are not a country so it is not an official declaration of war being referred to in the "War on Terror" either.