The only way for your words to hurt me is for me to value your words. Since you aren't my mother, and you aren't my friend, nothing that you say can hurt me.
Two problems here with your line of thought. First, people who are capable of completely devaluing others' words (and, by extension, therefore, other people themselves) might just be tending towards sociopathy. This isn't normal behavior, and I'm not sure I'd much like a society where it was, or where it was encouraged to be.
Second, there is the matter of reputation. Even if the recipient of those words is able to emotionally brush them off in their direct impact (or appear to, so as to give a useful impression), the reaction of the rest of society to those words can be rather serious.
And most of that money going to the retired is money that they paid in themselves.
No, that money was spent long ago supporting a previous generation of the retired. The system was set up in such a way as to be pay-as-you-go, robbing Peter to pay Paul, as it were.
But, to take a narrow interpretation of your comment, tablets and cell phones are so monolithic because the big vendors want them to be, so we're forced into their proprietary app store/music store/pay-the-manufacturer-for-flash-memory-at-inflated-prices. It's become a manupulated market segmentation thing. SD card slots have become very rare as a result. But there is no technical reason why this has to be. All the ARM SoCs support SD cards (usually multiple ones). Most of the no-name Chinese tablets actually include microSD slots.
The first product in the EOMA-68 family, also nearing a critical phase in its development, will be the KDE Flying Squirrel, a 7in user-upgradeable tablet featuring the KDE Plasma Active Operating System. Laptops, Desktops, Games Consoles, user-upgradeable LCD Monitors and other products are to follow. And every CPU that goes into the products will be pre-vetted for full GPL compliance, with software releases even before the product goes out the door. That's what we've promised to do: to provide Free Software Developers with the opportunity to be involved with mass-volume product development every step of the way. We're also on the look-out for an FSF-Endorseable processor which also meets mass-volume criteria which is proving... challenging."
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