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Comment Re:poor vim users (Score 2) 406

I wholeheartedly agree. I've been a Mac user for a decade, and I bought my first Mac (a Core Duo MacBook) because of its well-polished Unix operating system out of the box. I loved my MacBook. Its RAM and hard disk were easily accessible and upgradeable; I originally bought mine with 512 MB RAM and upgraded it to 2GB a few years later. I also upgraded its hard drive twice; once to expand its capacity, and again when that drive failed.

Unfortunately for me and many other power users, sometime after the iPhone came out and became successful, Apple started changing from a computer company to a consumer electronics company, and with this transition Apple started actively making decisions that have been frustrating to us power users. Upgrade cycles have become very lengthy, and Macs have also increasingly become difficult, if not impossible, to upgrade to the point that even the Mac Mini featured soldered components. I thought about switching back to PCs in 2013 when my MacBook was long in the tooth, but I didn't want to move to Linux or Windows 8, so I held my nose and bought a MacBook Air, making sure to max out on RAM and get more storage than the default.

Now I'm facing the same decision given that my MacBook Air's AppleCare expired recently and I'm due for another laptop upgrade. On one hand, I still believe OS X is the best desktop operating system out there. Linux, in my opinion, is still rather inconvenient at times, and I find Windows an annoying operating system to use. On the other hand, Apple has shown repeatedly over the past four years or so that it doesn't care about power users and other highly-technical users. Based on what's being leaked, this upcoming keynote appears to be my final straw with Apple. What's the point of having a wonderful desktop OS if the hardware you're forced to use is dumbed-down, compromised, and non-upgradeable?

It would be nice if either Apple offered licenses to run OS X on non-Mac hardware or if a team would work on a Linux desktop that meets the needs of disaffected Mac power users. But I'm no longer going to wait for Apple to change direction and release my dream product: an updated 2006 MacBook or MacBook Pro.

Comment Re:It'll only get worse (Score 4, Informative) 141

I'm glad I don't use AT&T and dropped Verizon a few years back. Can't be sure, but I bet CREDO will be very unlikely to do this sort of thing.

Credo is an MVNO running on the Verizon network. Therefore, Verizon can do exactly the same monitoring of your calls as they do with those of their own customers.

Comment It's an unmitigated DISASTER (Score 1) 328


NOAA: U.S. Completes Record 11 Straight Years Without Major Hurricane Strike

(CNSNews.com) â" Today marks the completion of a record-breaking 11 years without a major hurricane striking the U.S. mainland, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ...
The current 11-year stretch with no major hurricane striking the United States is the longest since record-keeping began, according to NOAA data going back to 1851.

Comment Re:Just curious... (Score 2) 182

It is mostly due to Mathematical calculation vs. Visual observation.

The Planets part of the Solar System have been found using visual observation. A Dark planet so far away would be nearly impossible to find.

The Planets we found outside our solar system are from Stars that are having particular traits that that fit a mathematical model.

So just as how we found the mysterious 9th real planet basing the observation of the sun. Vs looking into the darkness to see if we find something.

If/When we do visually find it. I hope it isn't an upsidedown earth.

Comment Re:if you want to purify cyberspace... (Score 1) 46

You bring freedom back. You stop turning it into an Orwellian mechanism for social control and surveillance.

It is a beautiful dream - it would have appealed a lot in the 60es and 70es, but it is just a dream. Just like the myth of unregulated capitalism or perfect communism. People don't really want "Freedom" - they just want their lives to be comfortable, safe and satisfying, tomorrow the same as today, give or take a few inches. I don't even think the people who talk about some idealised, perfect freedom actually want that; they just want enough freedom to do the things they want to do without having to pay too dearly for it.

The Chinese, and to some extent the Europeans too, come from a different place than the Americans, with respect to freedom (As a European myself, with a Chinese wife and family, I do have some relevant background). Especially to the Chinese, it seems that "Freedom" in the way the Americans imagine it, sounds a lot like being alone, outside family and society; not at all an attractive thing. It is the same with democracy - they look at the American elections, laugh and say "Why would anyone want that?" I'm pretty convinced that the overwhelming majority of Chinese want their government to clean up the internet and get rid of corruption and organised crime.

It doesn't seem unlikely that big data technology can be used for this purpose; not nonsense like Facebook and Twitter data, which is only a small corner of what big data is really used for: scientific analysis of huge datasets.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 524

Only if there is some inherit difference between the genders that would result in them approaching problem solving differently. If there is the problem solving would be enhanced, if there isn't then you would expect it to be the same.

Not entirely correct - the difference doesn't have to be inherent, only factual; ie. it does not matter whether the difference in performance is because men and women are fundamentally different in some way, or they have become different because of cultural conditioning. I'm not denying that there may be inherent differences between the genders, when it comes to certain skills, although research suggests that the differences are very minute; but that whole debate have moved on from "nature vs nurture" to "nature via nurture": each individual's skillset is the result of natural traits modified by the environment, and the sometimes surprising thing is how much our inherent traits can be modified, especially when it comes to the brain.

Since men and women do seem to tend to have different ways to solve problems, having a balanced mix of both genders in an office will increase the number of ways the team is able to solve problems; I think that much is indisputable. Of course, if your particular office doesn't require much in the way of problem solving, that may be irrelevant, but another perspective is that everybody tends to modify their behaviour in the presence of the opposite gender, which is quite often not a bad thing in itself.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 1) 524

Because often culture pushes them away from doing what their hearts wants them to do.

In high school how many boys will admit that they would want to be a Nurse? vs how many may had found a rewarding career as a nurse?

Society tell us that a Nurse is a Womans jobs so when choosing a career men may not even consider it.
The same with Computer Science. It is said to be a man's job, so woman who may love such a career wouldn't even consider it an option.

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