Socialized medicine. That seems to scare the crap out of everybody.
>>>you'd think they'd choose something other than NPR trying to mute gay bashes as an example
The Maine citizens who produced the "marriage is for heterosexuals" advertisement doesn't have a right to free speech? They deserved to have their ad taken-down from youtube??? This is the anti-free speech position you are adopting?!?!? Not very progressive of you.
Movie business model:
1) Make a trailer that looks cool
2) Fill the other hour and 29 minutes so the trailer seems to have had a plot
3) Hope people pile into theaters on opening night, before word gets out that it sucks
4) Buy TV advertising to tell the non-moviegoing crowd you can have it at home
5) Make sure the advert contains only those parts of the trailer that list the headline stars
6) Hope people pile into something other than a video rental store to buy before word gets out that it sucks
In other words, it's the world's only product you are expected to purchase sight-unseen with no refunds. Sure you can buy other things unseen, but this is the entire business model.
I would say that the biggest change that DSL/cable brought is that you got a connection that was always on with a flat monthly fee which transformed it into something that was always there, instead of something you had to actively enable each time you wanted to use it, and having to worry about staying on too long because it would rack up a huge phonebill.
What does Apple's App Store offer that XBox Live doesn't?
You can buy games. You can buy add on content. You can buy media. You can even download demos and upgrade them in-game to the full game.
The only benefit I can see to the App Store is that I can see in dollars what something costs.
Again, it is a matter of engineering. Consumers mistreat their devices. The more portable the device is, the more people mistreat it. A cell phone is extremely portable, and if you designing a cell phone, you should design it to withstand the conditions that people subject other cell phones to: pockets, bags/briefcases/backpacks, dropping, hot environments, vibrations, dust, moisture, etc. No, it does not need ludicrous tolerances; it does not need to operate underwater or inside a volcano, but if it stops working because it was stored in a pocket on a 95 degree day, it is a poorly designed phone.
but Canonical engineers have not been exclusively focusing on performance optimizations with this release
that's where I stopped reading... If they think Ubuntu Linux is written entirely by Canonical, then I don't give a shit about these Noobs' opinion on anything...
It's an existing mechanism for inhibiting John Galt from excessive, unwarranted greed, and it can be used to redistribute wealth in a directed fashion.
The ability to effectively, purposely redistribute wealth to meet certain social needs is beyond the capacity of any human institution. Humans are flawed, and the institutions we create are flawed.
The chaos created by countless individuals making decisions in their own interest is preferable to the ruin created by arrogant attempts to directly dictate results through wealth redistribution. Good results often come from the former, achieving the latter is beyond human capacity.
For example, to fund a health care system that provides health care for all. Western civilization would still be a good idea.
I suggest you emigrate to a country that has the type of civilization you prefer. If it doesn't exist, there's probably a solid reason for that, given the number of countries out there and the length of recorded human history.
What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.