...is my motivation to work in such a system?
If I do nothing, but am guaranteed a minimum basic income that lets me live, why should I work?
The motivation to work is much more than for simple survival alone. Now granted, when survival is at stake, motivation is going to be very high, and you can get all kinds of people to do unpleasant things in exchange for continuing to exist. But this is not the reality that we (the general
Yes, there are trade-offs in both directions. Apple made the choice for ref-counting so that you have a consistent UI experience and generally lower memory overhead. For phone based apps I think this is the right choice. By the way, I don't think you can say that a GC is faster, just that it can be faster, in the real-world it can also be slower depending on how it's being used.
Personally I find GC to be a pain the rear due to the fact that it's generally a lot harder to resolve GC performance issues that are affecting you than RC problems. I think that for strongly typed languages a GC is the wrong choice, but it's certainly not a black and white issue, and most of the time it really doesn't matter.
Attitudes like yours really piss me off. Who is trying to push an agenda here? Your calling me a "wowser" whatever the *fuck* that is, because I "dared" to call out the bullshit that is your happy world view that if we just got the "man" out of everything then it would all be better. Well, news flash dickhead, the world and the universe does not give a fuck about what you think. Societies are too fucking complicated to model, so simplistic solutions such as "oh, if it were legal then everything would be better", don't always work out as planned. Smart people then look for something else.
In my opinion, the people that are keen on editing want Slashdot to be more of a forum so they can respond quickly without thinking, fix up any egregious errors, and otherwise try and dominate conversations with speed and volume rather than quality. We don't need a lot of "your an idiot", "no you're an idiot". The preview button exists so that you can proof read your work. I think this was a very deliberate decision, and moving away from it would change the nature of the content that you see in these discussions.
BYTE editors are people who separate the wheat from the chaff, and then carefully print the chaff.