Nice sample of one proof you've got there, AC.
If the security is so good that they need Apple to unlock it then they can easily prove that it's their mom's device because the active account on the device is her mom.
No idea who modded you "insightful" - no disrespect to you, I make 1000 silly mistakes a day, but looking at other people's texts/comments is always easier than judging your own words so I DO have some doubts about those who moderated this comment up. Unless someone can point out an error in my argument, but I think it's pretty obvious (well, obviously, otherwise I wouldn't have said it, wouldn't I).
Who is a loser? It's not always so obvious. Short term winner may be longer term looser may be looonger term winner. Short term winner may cause others (1..n) become short term and/or long term losers. As so often, nice catchy phrase - and utterly useless. It does not spare you from looking at the individual complex case. This only becomes "simple" when you suppress most of reality. Example: You say the guy who makes the most $$$ is a winner - but he may for his/her entire life lack all the things that are associated with that state. Is a lack of empathy winning or losing, and/or an overblown sense of entitlement ("I did this all by myself" - like the pharao building the pyramids, right?), in this context? Depends on the point of view, but the more of the world you include in your view the harder it becomes to see clearly using simple term such as winning/losing.
> despite his claims
*He* does not make that claim (not in that video/interview, and nothing else from him has been referenced here). You responded to some random Slashdot commenter.
I'm curious, why do you think you can attribute what some random person says about some 3rd person (not present or involved or even aware of the discussion) to that person?
...how you can make such judgment calls for companies you don't even know the name of, all you know is "startup". I'd like to have that crystal ball of yours. Personally, because I don't have such insights, I'm left to trusting that people closer to the action, actually working for those businesses know what they are doing - at least better than me who doesn't even know which business we are talking about.
...because most of them are filmed freehand using totally unsuitable optics of a smartphone. So even when they get that resolution it will just be shaky fuzzy images.
Do you have any numbers about "political" prisoners? It doesn't sounds like you actually *know* anything, except for some media headlines? Knowing Russia just a little (yes I also speak some Russian and have been there a few times, and in the Ukraine) I doubt there's any significant political movement behind bars. You have a WISISTI (What I See Is What There Is) perception - of course your news media don't report on "normal" cases in Russian, all they ever do (understandable and that's okay) is report a few very high profile (well, only that reporting makes them so) cases. Pussy? Khodorkovsky? Anyone else? Not to mention that Khodorkovsky never deserved all that attention.
And don't think I want to defend Russia, it's a cold, hard country (in so more than just nature), but come up with intelligent criticism and not just some random opinion based on very little, no, more like no knowledge except a small number of headlines. Because it is such a f...-up tough country with severe poverty you can expect there to be crime, quite a bit of crime, with all those I-have-nothing-to-loose people. Better criticism would be the wealth distribution that contributes to crime. There isn't a big political movement to imprison ASAIK.
Fourth, use common sense.
Don't even try to come up with extreme cases where something else obviously does make more sense then these text formats. Because also obviously there is no one-size-fits-all. So if you think you have a problem that is better solved using some other format, binary, whatever, just DO it and don't try to use your particular example as "counter point" why everything else is wrong.
First, thanks for ignoring the solution given to the problem mentioned - use common sense, and arrays.
Second, the data that goes over the wire *IS* binary - it is (de)compressed on the fly.
Third, the majority prefers human readable formats. That's why those formats became popular - "popular": "liked or admired by many people or by a particular person or group".
JSON is verbose? That's news to me. Make it any more dense and it becomes hard to read for humans - and having human readable messages is one thing I don't want to give up, speaking as a developer. I don't want binary messaging. It has been tried. (It doesn't prevent anyone from sending natively binary data - as opposed to data that is made binary but might as well just be text - in another way, but for a lot of communication it's great.)
Indeed (see my reply to the other guy). And yet, no entrepreneur looks at tax rates - if the taxes are high they just don't want to sit at home and not become rich any more? So out of spite they say "no, taxes are too high, I refuse to invest and make money just to spite you, government (- that benefits me as an entrepreneur much more than anyone else, but I don't want to pay for it)". My focus is tax rates don't matter for entrepreneurial decisions. Their result is how much money is left with the company - but any business that actually DOES something, like investing and R&D, has enough costs not to pay too much. The only businesses that care about tax rate are the "rentier" types, those that milk assets or have such a market force that they can dictate prices. So claims that tax rates have much to do with business growth are stupid, also given the historic context (I posted links to graphs in another reply).
What does your statement have to do with anything I said? You try to reframe it so that it looks silly - but only YOU look silly, boy. I'm a (small) entrepreneur and I have NEVER looked at tax rates to decide whether a project should be done or not. Also see my reply to the other guy (why should I repeat myself) about who benefits the most from a government (and should therefore pay for it unless you believe in subsidies).
The country had its best time in the 50s/60s after the war - with the highest taxes.
Also, myself an entrepreneur (albeit on a small scale) I know not a single entrepreneur including myself who ever looked at tax rates before deciding to become entrepreneurial.
Last, a good infrastructure - not just roads, the legal system!!! - for the most part benefits entrepreneurs and those with money. The worker classes go to small claims court at the most (I want to say it's about small change 99% of the time when they use the system), those who benefits the most from government provided infrastructure are those with something to loose. So if you believe that those who need, use, benefit from something should pay for it you should be asking for higher corporate taxes and local taxes (meaning don't let companies benefit here and pay (no) taxes in Bermuda.
The there's this:
Corporate tax rates US:
Corporate, income and cap. gains tax rates US:
You are just plain wrong, historic corporate tax rates were higher, and NOW you have the crisis, the unemployment, the anger - the boom time seems to have been the 50s/60s.
Are you trying to say Google is the result of low US taxes? That is such a load. Californian taxes are HIGH. If next you come back telling me "but Bermuda..." I'll have to point to what you said and ask how Bermuda tax rates have anything to do with the tax policy of the country the company is in?
Next go and watch this video about the history of the Silicon Valley and go away with your propaganda: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTC_RxWN_xo
I'm under the impression - supported by the votes on your comment - most people would very much prefer to see YOU leave. That would raise quality here quite a bit. But kudos for not posting as AC - On the other hand, what does it mean you are unable to recognize how you behave?