A coat-of-arms inscribed by an idiot?
Linguists say "African-American Vernacular English".
What does it say about our society if a group we need to integrate is so isolated it's developing an incompatible dialect?
Ah -- a problem I've been trying to raise awareness to for ages: how to incorporate Linguists into our society, make them valuable and productive members, even. Sadly Linguists appear to be a bunch of stubborn bastards who relish in the esoteric obscurity and unfathomable tenebrity of their patois.
VLC just happily bypasses [region codes] and plays anything.
Sadly there are a number of CD/DVD-drives around where the drive itself checks the region code of the inserted disk and acts (or rather: refuses to act) accordingly -- nothing VLC (or any other software DVD-ripper for that matter) can do. The Matshita-drives used in most portable Macs come to mind. The only workaround would be to re-flash the drive with a different firmware, but often the drives/laptops ar obsolete by the time someone comes up with an alternative firmware. Oh, and of course your warranty's shot if anything goes wrong.
Definition is presently understood to be resolution along an axis. If you hijack it to mean the presence of an axis, what happens when the resolution along that axis changes?
You shouldn't consider a career in marketing, really.
I went from Vista to Win7 RC1 and didn't have any problems. Every time I see a comment like this, I think to myself "Why don't I ever have these problems?" Well?
Possibly for the same reason I can install Linux and not have to keep a terminal window open for every little thing, or constantly tweak it. We are not drama queens
Same here with Mac OS upgrades. When a completely new OS-Revision is released (10.4/5/6), or even just a minor point-release (10.n.n), you should hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth in the Apple-centric forums.
Mind you: you hear (read) mostly from people who have a problem. In my experience it's mostly people who sometime in the past did something to their OS they were explicitly told not to (or at least warned about), because it might cause problems in the future ("Input-Manager Haxxies" come to mind). Now, I by no means want to give the impression that all Mac-OS-updates will run flawless, unless you did something unsavoury (in fact I have been bitten by a pure Apple-Mistake myself (sometime around 10.2.8 -- my USB-Peripherals would suddenly Kernel-Panic my Mac (which had run flawlessly until then)), also there sometimes are 3rd-party programs that use (more or less suddenly) revoked routines (does happen each and every time with parts of the Adobe CS-Suite)...
Having said all that: the really, really bad "upgrade experiences" usually happen to people who at sometime in the past had already b0rked their system.... or did not read the news: I make quite a lot of money with Adobe CS3 on MacOS X 10.5.x. (I'm a designer by trade). I did a little rearch when 10.6 came out, realized, that the (acutually rather minor) problems with CS3/OSX10.6 still were showstoppers for my workflow and continue to work very productively with yesterday's OS (Mac OS 10.5.x) and yesterday's Adobe-"Suite" (CS3).
You claim one was "singing about bombing Iran", but I challenge you to actually find either that actually said anything like that.
Major changes in OS 10.6 are mostly cosmetic from what I can tell.
Well, maybe you want to take a closer look at what's actually new in OS X 10.6 -- I'd say it's a lot more than just a cosmetic change.
I'm not going to go into the details of every major OS X revision, but you should note that the upgrade price for 10.6 from 10.5 is not the usual $ 100, but only $ 29. Apple basically says that 10.6 is what 10.5 could have been, had they had more time. 10.6 has massive changes under the hood (see above), but actually very little "cosmetics" or obvious new features (e.g. TimeMachine or Spotlight in previous revisions).
They're doing something very simillar to what Microsoft appears to be doing with the transition from Vista to 7, but unlike Microsoft they're not charging the users full price for a major system overhaul (this time
I'm not sure you're aware of how the world of high-finance works. There have been hedge funds handling over $10B with FIVE employees. Seriously.
I'm not exactly doubting you (in 2009 sadly someting like this sounds all too believable), yet I'd rather have some (reliable, checkable) corroboration (i.e.: links) for that statement of yours. It was, after all, blindly believing in credible (but unchecked) statements from one trusted guy that got all those investors into the mess they're in.
You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements. -- Norman Douglas