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Comment Re:Hearing Aid Batteries (Score 1) 253

Every time I ask Apple users about the non-replaceable batteries, their reply is **always** -- (ie. without fail) "you just don't get it", without **ever** being able to articulate exactly what I don't "get".

For the most part, it's an aesthetic choice. For example, a battery door would interrupt the smooth surface of an iPod. The device wouldn't feel quite as nice to hold in the hand. The cost of that aesthetic is a more difficult process to replace the battery every three years or so. Is the exterior aesthetic worth the triennial inconvenience? I dunno. Maybe? It seems like a pretty subjective question.

Comment Re:Easy detection (Score 1) 224

There can't be any 'paleo vegans', ever, though; they'd starve to death.

How do you figure?

The caloric content of fruits and nuts is quite high. No reason a person can't survive indefinitely on that.

Plenty of large mammals survive on vegan or nearly-vegan diets. Gorillas, for example, eat a diet that's about 97% plant-based. And those guys need a lot more calories than we do.

Comment Re:Is that (Score 1) 389

You can show that actual harmful data is being sent and not just the telemetry that MS claims, right?

How about this:

When you encrypt a disk using Windows Home, Microsoft silently transmits the key to themselves, in case they ever need to decrypt your disk in the future.

Does that count as harmful? The data is not anonymous. Its transmitted silently, and it can be used to compromise the user's privacy. That at least lands in the "potentially harmful" category, right?

Comment Re:Is that (Score 1) 389

Windows 10 does send information back to Microsoft, but nothing personal aside from anonymous telemetry data... it's doing the same thing OS X does

That is not the case, at least with respect to encryption.

When you encrypt a disk with filevault, the system will ask if you want to share the key with Apple, or if you'd prefer to keep it private.

When you encrypt a disk with bitlocker, the system will send the key to Microsoft, without asking. The key is tied to your email address, in case Microsoft is ever asked to decrypt your disk.

Doesn't that reveal a fundamental difference in two operating systems' attitude toward user privacy?

Comment Re:And this (Score 1) 1092

not paying your employees a living wage, isn't that kind of making it personal?

No. It really isn't. I'm sure it feels personal, but like ten percent of the city is earning minimum wage.

That's what Ms Jane doesn't seem to realize: her experience is not unusual, its ordinary. Like super-ordinary. And both problem and solution are in the realm of public policy. San Franciscans raised the minimum wage a recently. Maybe they should raise it further.

I think if she had focused her letter more specifically on the wage issue and made it a bit less personal, it would have been better received.

Comment Re:And this (Score 1) 1092

I'm not saying its a crime or something... but doesn't it kinda feel like a bridge-burning move?

Taking it to the dude's home makes it personal. Makes it clear her grievance is with HIM rather than with the company.

I'm not saying that's a bad thing. It sounds like the guy needs a wake-up call. I'd like to congratulate her for having the guts to give it to him.

I can imagine the company firing her for publishing her story even if she hadn't gone there. Which would have been shitty of them.

But the way it went down? Calling the boss out personally like that? It was awesome, but it feels more like quitting than being fired.

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