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Comment Re:Hopeful (Score 1) 362

The two Lions are broken in many ways. The two that I dislike most are the "looks just like your paper calendar" craziness that was overflowing the whole UI

At least for Calendar and Address Book^W^WContacts, both are fixed in Mavericks.

and whatever it is that they've done with memory management that causes 4GB to be too little to really work on. This last one gripes me because I bought a 4GB MacBook Air because (silly me) 4GB had been more than plenty for my Snow Leopard systems.

It wasn't enough for my Snow Leopard MBP (admittedly, a zillion Safari windows, occasional firing up of various VMware Fusion VMs to do libpcap and/or Wireshark development work, and native development work on libpcap/tcpdump/Wireshark isn't exactly a typical load), and isn't enough for the other Snow Leopard MBP in the household (no development work or Fusion, but somewhere between .1 and .5 zillion Safari windows, and occasional Chrome windows on sites where Chrome sucks less than Safari - I'm looking at you,

Comment Re:Legacy Support (Score 1) 362

Apple needs to address legacy support and stop abandoning old software and data. Just because they want to move forward doesn't mean we as users want to give up access to our existing data. We need an operating system that supports all software. This should include all versions of the iOS, MacOSX, MacClassic, AppleII, etc. Even DOS, CPM and Windows. Offering universal emulation is possible - Apple hardware has the computing power and Apple Corporation has the resources. Doing this would set them apart and above all other vendors.

Yes, it'll set them above all other vendors in terms of "spending time and energy on a small group of users who will probably not contribute enough to their bottom like to make the investment make sense". Anybody who cares about CP/M apps, for example, should go get a copy of CP/M if they don't have one already and an emulator for a Z80-based PC and solve their problem that way, not expect Apple or Microsoft or any other OS vendor to care.

Comment Re:Apple press release (Score 1) 362

Curring edge features: interrupt coalescing, memory compression, grand central dispatch, app nap.

Presumably you're either referring to changes to GCD or expanding the use of GCD, given that GCD first appeared in OS X in Snow Leopard.

Comment Re: Proud? (Score 1) 1233

Depends on who you are and what you care about. Want to freely insult people? Germany's the wrong place. Want to have an abortion without being harassed? Germany is a good place. Want to harass, intimidate and lie to make people not have an abortion? Wrong place. Want to start a business and hire and fire people depending on your needs? Wrong place. Want to have children without being afraid of losing your job etc.? Slightly better place than the US but not comparable with e.g. Sweden. Want to have judges that care about justice and sanity, and a constitutional court with teeth that takes your freedoms seriously? Mostly a good place. Want courts that follow the letter of the law to the dot, no matter what was meant? Mostly wrong place. Want to have the freedom to own and use a gun? Really wrong place.

So, speaking of Sweden, how does it compare with Germany and the US on those issues?

Comment Re:"How religious are you?" (Score 1) 1233

He should tell them he is Catholic (lots of brown-skinned, weird-named people are Catholic) and that he is going to see his family for day (in this case, Assumption). Leaning Spanish would probably help too. Just drop a few "senors" in the conversation and they'll probably waive him on through.

Not necessary in theory, although the sort of folks interrogating him would probably be more likely to believe he's Catholic if he spoke Spanish than if he spoke Konkani.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 1) 1233

Gosh, then convince your co-religionists to act like civilized people and stop blowing themselves up. Simple as that.

I.e., convince his co-religionists not to do things such as this?

(Of course you weren't just assuming what his religion was, right, given that he stated what it was in TFA, right?)

(Oh, and speaking of uncivilized people blowing things up for religious reasons....)

Comment Re:Proud? (Score 2) 1233

Dear Not-quite-so Educated Citizen:

From the Encyclopedia Britianica:

"Although many of the Founding Fathers acknowledged that slavery violated the core American Revolutionary ideal of liberty, their simultaneous commitment to private property rights, principles of limited government, and intersectional harmony prevented them from making a bold move against slavery.

I sincerely hope they were not so delusional as to think peoples' slaves were "private property". A slave is stolen property - the slave's life has been stolen from him or her. And a government so limited as to be unable to prevent somebody from completely depriving somebody else of their freedom by owning them is a government that's too limited.

"Insersectional harmony", OK, if that's purely pragmatism, maybe they couldn't, in practice, just get rid of slavery. (Treating "intersectional harmony" as more important than "giving people seized at weaponpoint and sold as property the rights stolen from them" is a major moral failure, just as giving "property rights" or "limited government" priority over that is.)

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