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Comment The problem with "good" ideas... (Score 3, Insightful) 263

...is that the first thing people want to do with them - especially in the TED crowd - is use politics to force them on everyone.

And some of the ideas actually are good - for certain people in certain situations. The problem with using politics is that you're applying these ideas to everyone, by force. This usually results in an overall net negative impact.

We live in a world of incredibly diverse values, beliefs, and practices. Much of the goodness or badness in these areas is fairly subjective. For example, some people prefer more leisurely lifestyles and others value high productivity. Some people want to work and function in highly communal environments, and others are more individualistic. None of these things are wrong, but when you start building strict sets of societal rules around them then you create strong and completely unnecessary conflict.

There are less subjective areas that involve hard science and scientific experimentation, but these are relatively rare and usually uncontroversial. There are also plenty of ideas labeled as "science" that do not involve the scientific method; these tend to be extremely controversial and because the "science" label is misapplied their proponents tend to be very quick to pull out the political guns.

In any case, we also live in a world where far too many people want to force their beliefs and lifestyles on everyone else. The political left and right are fairly equally guilty of this - the left from an economic standpoint, and the right from a religious standpoint, and both from an overall values standpoint. It's deeply sad that virtually none of these people are capable of saying "Hey, it's OK that you're different - go be your crazy-ass self over there and as long as you're not in my face about it then we'll ignore each other and everything is fine." But instead, they demand strict enforcement. These days the left demands that we memorize sixty new gender pronouns a week, and the right loses their shit if you don't say "Merry Christmas."

We don't need 50 new TEDxasfaz talks a week. We need a planet full of people to chill the fuck out.

Comment Debunked yesterday (Score 5, Informative) 153

Geez, Slashdot is now so slow that they're posting rants that are already ancient news.

No, Apple is not putting out a new connector. They've had requests from industry groups to allow Apple-certified cables using this unusual somewhat connector, most likely for attaching professional cameras to IOS-based devices. Apple complied with these groups. End of story.

https://arstechnica.com/apple/...

Comment But does it scale? (Score 1) 155

Apple has the interesting problem of not only having to design products, but often build them in quantities that stretch the limits of production for new parts / technologies. It's one thing to be able to build a few hundred thousands or a million or two; tens of millions is another matter. There have been several speculations that Apple hasn't built phones with OLED screens because nobody can make enough of them...

Comment Well, duh. Google is in bed with the state. (Score 0) 171

Eric Schmidt had is nose firmly planted in Obama's and Clinton's behinds, and with the unexpected ascendency of Trump it's no surprise that he's being a good little marching boy for the new Back to Law and Order administration ("We know how to make all of our broken and stupid rules work: enforce them harder!").

Comment Re:Not me (Score 5, Insightful) 535

This. I had the exact same experience with Linux, and made the exact same switch when the Retina MacBook Pros were first released. I still use Linux whenever possible on servers, but I don't have time to screw around with my desktop and laptop machines. I need them to just work, which Apple mostly accomplishes (aside from a few relatively minor and very occasional issues).

Comment They'll be altering the bargain... (Score 1) 83

After the massive privacy bait-and-switch Facebook pulled with the WhatsApp acquisition, who on earth would trust them with private information? The terms and conditions of just about every consumer software, hardware, and SaaS offerings contain language along the lines of "we'll change this agreement pretty much any time we want with as much or as little notice (posted on the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard.') as we want." Facebook will be just as awful with their business offering.

Submission + - SPAM: Court rules EPA violated privacy of farmers and ranchers

schwit1 writes: A federal appeals court has ruled that the EPA violated the privacy rights of farmers and ranchers when it provided environmental groups their personal information.

I find it interesting that the federal bureaucracy is often very quick to redact vast amounts of information demanded of them due to investigations of their corruption and abuse of power, but here they hand over the private confidential information of farmer and ranchers to their political enemies, without a second thought. You’d almost think they were working in league with these environmental groups.

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Comment Who wants this? (Score 5, Insightful) 153

Adobe Flash is pretty much just an ongoing security vulnerability that lets people watch videos on obsolete web sites, occasionally used by companies that have such complete and utter contempt for the security of their customers that they use it as a shoddy shortcut in web development (looking at you, VMWare, ADP, and others).

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