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Comment Re:Uh oh (Score 1) 627

The one button mouse was not a regression from the two button, but an introduction. "Kept the one button mouse" might have validity.
Apple didn't "fight USB as long as it could", and display port is new technology. You seem to be claiming that we should've stuck w/ VGA instead of DVI/HDMI/DP.

I agree re: the religion, but choose some better examples. ADC, for instance, was a brilliant failure to push a tech without a serious improvement. x86_64 was definitely AMD, and ppc64 wasn't being pushed strongly.

Comment Um. No. (Score 1) 233

No, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't...

There's not much new in the article itself, though the ideas in some of the non-open licenses are interesting (the "Tofu license" is an interesting activism idea, though it probably misses some of its intention: companies that destroy habitat would be welcome to the software). I think it'd be interesting to see these tested and find what would hold up, and what wouldn't. Also, to the developer that got a Stratocaster out of his license terms: Congratulations.

Submission + - MRSA "the most frightening epidemic since AIDS"? (failuremag.com)

swellconvivialguy writes: When Maryn McKenna covered the CDC for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution she was known around the newsroom as “ scary disease girl.” So when she concedes that the latest news about MRSA (presented in her new book “ Superbug”) might be “too scary” even for her audience, it’s probably worth taking notice. In the following interview McKenna focuses on the failure of science and medicine to comprehensively address the MRSA epidemic. She also highlights the relatively new problems of pet- and livestock-associated MRSA, identifies the countries doing the best job of controlling the epidemic, and discusses where things stand in terms of a MRSA vaccine.

Comment Re:Andrew would be upset, again. (Score 1) 305

That's quite a statement to make with no support... and not true, even if your claim is that the money doesn't move after being income (you could tax savings in that case). In fact, income taxes could be completely removed and taxed payroll side - that just would limit the ability to incorporate deductions.

No, income is taxed because it is considered fair to take more from those who have more, in a greater-than-linear manner, for the good of society. People need income, true, but there is a thresholding effect (beyond a certain threshold, you don't really -need- additional spending power to survive). Not taxing everything above that threshold is generally seen as good as it encourages people to work to better their position, and allows spending to be above that minimal subsistence level so that we can have economic growth.

Taxing other things is often seen as less fairly distributed. GP is suggesting that taxation as regulation/policy should be used heavily, presumably beyond the purported cost of the taxed behaviors, to finance as much as possible. There are significant practical problems with this (black markets and the definition of the discouraged behaviors), but they each have their analog in the income tax system (pay under the table, exemption & deductions).

Comment Re:NICE! (Score 1) 541

Cite your sources for those numbers. I can honestly say none of my dozens of hardcore gamer friends and acquaintances use a Mac. Not sure where this statistic of yours is coming from.

If I read this correctly, the claim isn't for "hardcore gamers," but people who buy premium ($1000+) machines... and while I'll gladly admit hardcore gamers fit that description, they don't comprise its entirety. Numbers here.

Comment Re:Damn! Steve Jobs marketing tactic seems to. . . (Score 1) 170

Maybe if your definition of pod-people means non-technologists, or even technologists who stick within a realm of expertise.

The "sensible user interface" of your post is what allows people to see what the technology can do; those people who don't have the time and/or inclination to spend so much time with technology that could be made to do something cool if you first (a) figured out what that is and (b) made it a reality.

What took phones so long? If the iPhone simply represents a "sensible user interface" (and you'll not get an argument to the contrary from me), that means that older phones simply represented insensible user interfaces. Would not having figured out how to do conference calling from an older cell phone make you a pod person?

I'm not playing down invention. Invention is vital, and more fundamental than popularization. For some technologies, popularization is unnecessary - their domain is limited. However, where appropriate, popularization is incredibly important. Enabling the average person to use new capabilities is what Jobs sells, and it is valuable.

Comment Re:Reach for the switch... (Score 1) 630

If someone manages somehow to prove that a specific religion is correct, then we'll obviously have to rethink things.

Please go back and review what the scientific method is before you talk about proving something correct. (Not a disagreement with the sentiments, but don't weaken an argument with internal inconsistencies!)

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