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Comment Re: Curly braces = good. Indents = bad. (Score 3, Informative) 173

So you're saying a) you have a team that doesn't know how to turn on the 'show whitespace' characters option in every single IDE / code editor, b) a team that doesn't follow a style guide that dictates whether you must use tabs or spaces, and to know why this is important, and c) an important consideration for your work is how to copy and paste code from Stack Overflow. If you get stuck up on indents being a problem, I'll respectfully submit that it's not the language's fault...

Comment Re:Parliment Hill != The White House (Score 1) 529

On the contrary, the Queen has *all* the legal authority. Literally. Every law in Canada is only a law when it receives Royal assent. In practice, this is the Governor General, but the Monarch can override that should he or she wish.

When you pay taxes, you pay them to the Canadian State. The Monarch is the head of the state. So you are paying taxes to the Monarch.

The Monarch is also the Commander-in-Chief of the military. When you join the military you must swear allegiance to the Monarch of Canada.

"I, [name], do swear (or solemnly affirm) that I will well and truly serve Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her heirs and successors according to law, in the Canadian Forces until lawfully released, that I will resist Her Majesty's enemies and cause Her Majesty's peace to be kept and maintained and that I will, in all matters pertaining to my service, faithfully discharge my duty."

Comment Re:Jony Ive should be in charge of everything ther (Score 3, Informative) 487

I have no idea what you think they should get for "recognition" that they already haven't gotten. Ive has been knighted, given wheelbarrows full of awards, and will retire a very, very wealthy man. Wozniak -- I think he got all the recognition he wanted. He was a big player back when floppy disk drives were a new technology, and is (so I hear) still on good terms with the executives at Apple. But he left almost 30 years ago.

If I were Ive I wouldn't budge from my position. He's basically in the heart of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, with any toy, process, tool, material, and workforce he needs to get something done, and essentially no responsibility for some of the more tedious parts of running the business. And now he's got the software side of things, so hopefully we see the end of some of the more...creative...apps and back to something that's more functional.

Comment Re:Tim Cook's leadership ... (Score 3, Insightful) 487

If Forstall refused to sign the letter apologizing about Maps and instead forced Cook to do it so that they could have some public response, that's not a very smart move on Forstall's part. Making your boss take the heat on something that was your screw-up is never a good play, especially at the executive level.

Comment Re:trust of the community???? (Score 5, Insightful) 487

If we were to replace the word "computer" with the word "washing machine" or "refrigerator," then you might start to see how people don't even _want_ to seek even the smallest amount of computer competence. You're essentially asking them to re-install the OS on their washing machine, or re-wire the heating coils of their dryer for some abstract goal of "increased knowledge" and "freedom".

The computer is an appliance. You press a button, it sends an e-mail. You press another one, it plays music for you. If it breaks, you call someone to fix it or you toss it to the curb and get a new one. I'm not saying these people are stupid, I'm just saying they have different priorities.

Comment Re:How do we work this (Score 2) 988

It's quite likely that any patents Palm has are in part derived from -- guess who -- Apple, since Palm was essentially a spin-off from the Newton project. And Newton had icons on a grid before Palm even existed.

And Apple bought the company that first commercialized multi-touch gestures (Fingerworks), so they likely own the patents on that too.

Comment Re:No, it really isn't (Score 2) 1799

Most protests don't start out with any idea other than "something's wrong here." It's only afterwards that we can see that they changed something; while it's happening it's pretty much just chaos.

And they do have a list of what's wrong: You have to look no further than the fact that they're occupying Wall St. instead of the National Mall. They're protesting the disproportionate financial imbalance between those who drove the economy into the ground without having to take responsibility for it, and those who are actually shouldering the burden of their actions.

As many people have already pointed out, this is very similar to the conditions which led to the French Revolution, so I wouldn't dismiss them too readily. After all, that was organized by a bunch of largely illiterate people who got tired of bearing the burden of a collapsing but insulated monarchy. It didn't end too well for the monarchy.

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