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Comment Re:Their Goals (Score 1) 411

And if nobody ever paid for anything and every Tom Dick and Harry could take your ideas and use them for his own profit without compensating you that would solve all the world's problems?

Uhh... how exactly would Tom, Dick or Harry be making a profit using your ideas if nobody paid for anything? Not trying to be snarky, but isn't this something of a circular rationalization for the existence of IP laws?

Comment Re:You underestimate the value (Score 1) 913

I think it's safe to say that “being forced to memorize information which you'll most likely never use (and probably forget” would be viewed by most people as a waste of time.

I was really asking where did the idea that education was about “memorizing random information” come from. It seems like it's a cynical attitude to learning that runs counter to purpose of education-beyond-training (which is, after all, what the teaching side of universities were all about).

I'm not trying to be confrontational -- I'm genuinely curious. Both B.Sc. and B.A. have breadth requirements, partly to encourage inquiry outside of the student's chosen discipline. If you strip those away, you're no longer talking about a university education but a trade-school-style training. Now, there's nothing at all wrong with training, as opposed to education. But why try and turn one into the other?

Comment Re:You underestimate the value (Score 1) 913

There's basically nothing that I've encountered in a gen ed class that I didn't already know either from learning on my own time or from high school.

It's a shame, then, that you selected those particular Gen. Ed. courses. Were the course outlines unavailable when you registered?

Some people just don't seem to have the desire to learn things about the world on their own and have to have it spoon fed to them.

And some people don't seem to have a desire to take courses that might require some learning, but would rather get “easy grades” by taking courses in which they are already competent with the curriculum.

Not only do I not feel like I'm learning anything from them, they actually actively discourage me from wanting to participate in school, because it's depressing to me to do things that are not challenging or interesting.

Then, if presented with the opportunity in the future, elect to take a challenging and interesting set of gen-ed electives. Or are you claiming that you have nothing to learn? As to the general discussion, this seems to be a mismatch between the expectations of training and education.

Comment Re:Obligatory Clarification (Score 1) 427

Citation, please?

take your pick

Nice try. But I think you may want to look up the meaning of the word “rooting”.

My objection isn't that this not-so-clever piece of malware can be installed, with user's privileges, in the user's own directory. That much is clear. Moreover I'm not saying this is harmless, either.

But you've made a claim of “silent rooting”, in your words “a complete p0wn of the most serious kind”. Can you point to any reference saying that there's any sort of privilege escalation here? Or are you conflating user-level executable privileges with rooting?

Comment Re:Obligatory Clarification (Score 1) 427

It was also released in a variant that rooted the machine without needing to ask the user for the password.

Citation, please? The variants that I'm aware of were a) Install in the Applications folder, requiring Adminstrator credentials and b) Not needing a password by installing in the user's folder. In neither case was there any “silent rooting”.

Comment Re:Whistle blowing? (Score 1) 333

There is a big difference between "whistleblowing" to uncover domestic corruption and leaking state secrets of multiple nations.

What if the state secrets are all about state corruption?

Do we have a right to know this stuff? No.

Who gets to decide that? Are you really all that comfortable with the inmates running the asylum, so the speak? Frankly, I think the release of these documents is one of the only positive events about engaging the public in demanding good governance that I've seen in a long time

It is not our right to know private information about either celebrities or diplomats. What is said behind closed doors off the record is supposed to stay private.

I agree with you about truly private information about celebrities. But what's said by diplomats behind closed doors is said while they're being paid a salary to represent us, the citizens of the country they're representing. The widely-reported leaks, at least, seem to involve communications between people working for us.

I would like to keep a sense of privacy myself as an individual

Then may I repsectfully suggest that you don't become an employee of the public, because your bosses might want to know what kind of a job you're doing for them. I find it interesting that there hasn't been the level of partisan name-calling from the usual suspects about things revealed in the leaks. I have hope this whole affair may be a positive educational experience for the public to learn about how their governments work in their name. But that might be hoping for too much.

Comment Re:Apple getting desperate? (Score 4, Insightful) 574

Who owns my iPhone?* That is the heart of the question.

I would think the heart of the question is Who Owns the App Store? Are you really suggesting that Apple be forced to sell particular items through their own store? If that's the case, who would you envision as the arbiter of what they should be forced to carry?

It would be different if Apple's app store were just one app provider, but it's the only way to get apps onto the phone!

If that's a problem for you, or if you generally object to their business practices, vote with your wallet and don't buy their phone. It's not like there aren't alternatives readily available. If you just gotta have shiny, jailbreak it.

It's not like controlling behaviour is something new to Apple.

Comment Wonder how difficult it will be to catch (Score 2, Funny) 145

Tim: Look, that rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide! It's a killer!
Sir Galahad: Get stuffed!
Tim: He'll do you up a treat, mate.
Sir Galahad: Oh, yeah?
Sir Robin: You manky Scots git!
Tim: I'm warning you!
Sir Robin: What's he do? Nibble your bum?
Tim: He's got huge, sharp... er... He can leap about. Look at the bones!

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