The rest of us have a more subtle approach to social networking. Sometimes we want to share things with some people and not with others.
The subtlety anti-social behavior is lost on me; essentially, wanting to be social with some people but not with others. True it can hardly be called strange behavior, I'd call it cordial behavior or maybe even personable behavior; but calling it social behavior seems disingenious.
why not spell "dependent" as "dependant" when we have words such as "rampant, occupant," and attendant?"
Myself, I do so because I pronounce it that way, rather than as the others are pronounced. It's dee-pen-dent, not dee-pen-dant.
why do we persist in using "right" instead of "rite?"
Got me there. I think it used to have to do with making sure we don't confuse a direction and/or orientation with a ritual, but ever since I started studying the English language as an art and a science (and having a special fondness for phonetics and all languages in general) I've been unable to avoid the conclusion that English is a messed up language.
I consider that just like Microsoft. Apple's may be a bit easier to use but they suffer from the same primary flaw. You have no control over them.
Speaking as someone who learned how to completely control and automate both Apple and Adobe products, both software and some of the hardware, for print and web production by just looking at the code called AppleScript instead of studying a foreign (to me) discipline called programming in whatever flava of script, batch, or letter-plus language, I'd have to disagree. Apple's was way cheaper and way easier to implement exactly how I wanted and needed than either Microsoft's or Adobe's alone or together.
Everyone loves to freak out about this, but the reality is that there is a safe harbor provision for doctors in the patent statute.
Yeah, but are medical thoughts the only ones that get "safe harbor" or do we risk breaking the law for coming up with other ideas (unless we first check that it's not really an inspiration and somehow was copied from a previous idea that has been "owned")?
Naturally, Prometheus Labs sees this whole story differently, arguing that the Mayo Clinic will profit from treating patients with knowledge patented by them.
Breaking encryption should never be a crime.
The satellite companies ahve a very weak business model. It involves sending information into everyoens house.
Then what could be a stronger business model that delivers information (television signal, both satellite and non-satellite) into homes in a manner that is cheaper than competitors which doesn't involve encryption so that people cannot receive their service for free and offer their service to consumers as a competitor just as (or only a little more than) free?
If consumers find another way to view the data in their house, then tough tits for the satellite company.
I'm think'n the chip inside the receiver needs to be covered in epoxy, like the Nintendo game cubes used to to. You're not breaking the law trying to decrypt the chip, but you are breaking the chip - which simply prevents people from stealing the service and making it extremely difficult to decrypt the signal by any other means (which is the whole point of selling the receiver with encryption in the first place). What's your idea? Other than to let all delivery of TV signals slip into an unsustainable business model of "free for all" ideology, of course.
Sex gets boring with old couples because there is nothing new.
That only tells me you have no imagination and is about your sex life, not mine.
Now, be honest. How many of us had our first computer experience with MS-DOS or Windows 3.1?
I see that many have replied that is not the case, and I assume that you are directing this question at regular users more than computer enthusiasts who by nature will have a much wider experience with different types of computers.
I'm a regular user. My first experience with a computer was, I think, in mid '70 with a Casio laptop that wasn't much more than a fancy calculator that my dad borrowed to see if I'd be any good with tech (I was 8 or 9 years old). In junior high school I played with the display model of a TSR-80 at Radio Shack, which was fun but pointless since I didn't want to slog thru programming (seemed far too tedious for me at the time), and in high school I tinkered from time to time on Apple's in the school's lab (tho really liked when I got access to the districts mainframe machine with it's platten disks, orange terminal displays, and stuff - kicked out quick for being able to figure out how to list everybody's locker combination). From there I got a Commodore 64 to write papers for college after having experienced a friend's HP word processor thingy (forget what it was, small screen and two 5.25" floppy drives, boxed up like a suitcase, LPR to a dot matrix printer), so maybe that was my first "personal computer" that wasn't for exceptional or computer-centric use. Then there was the itty-bitty Macintosh, which were new to the market now, the school's recording studio had controlling all the MIDI gear, and after all that I tried using Windows 3.1 to start my own graphic arts business while at the same time used an Amiga with Video Toaster at a wedding vidographer's attempt at being a production company.
All in all, no - neither MS-DOS or Windows of any version were my first computer experience. I feel lucky, to be honest, since had it been I might not have known that there are better systems for different applications than a "one tool for all" approach that is espoused by Windows.
"Of course power tools and alcohol don't mix. Everyone knows power tools aren't soluble in alcohol..." -- Crazy Nigel