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Comment Re:This is a country that wants in the EU (Score 1) 444

I'd prefer decent parents teaching kids to do the correct thing for the right reasons
Description of 'correct' is carried through centuries with the help of religion. That's the most important part of the religion, that it creates a foundation of moral thoughts. Since it's information age, that you 'reach' everything through a single search query, you think you're god now. But you forget that vast majority of the thoughts that keeps the society awake and in a living condition is because of moral experiences of our ancestors carried to our age with religion.

Civilization has been a long journey. All these 'uber genious' atheists were existed in all ages. 'I know everything better than everyone' people became majority, society corrupted, then a new page with a new "sin" was added to testaments. Even if all these religious sayings, and prophets etc. were man-made, not god-made, someone considering himself clever enough, should respect them. Because an idea that would affect billions of people for centuries is nothing they could dream of to produce.

Comment Re:so? apple is still selling less product (Score 3, Insightful) 298

Stocks go up on profit. And profit does not grow only with revenue. You can also deduct spendings. That's how big businesses work. They spend enormously for marketing, branding, hire unnecessary amount of people, to build a brand. Once they think their product/service in saturation they start cost cutting. Because you need to give dividends to keep your stocks up and these dividends rely on profit.

Unfortunately most of the time these cost cuts are not based on R&D to invent a new method to decrease costs of production or increase the efficiency; which would take time and also uncertain. Remember high-earning managers don't like to wait (their time is money), and their stress level can't endure uncertainty of that level and they go the easiest way of cost-cutting; which is called mass lay off. They know human can increase their efficiency automatically when they are afraid of something, for this case losing their jobs (not steve). They know remaining workers will work twice to secure their places, instead of criticising the bad management etc. And exploit this fact every now and then.

Comment Re:Its the TLD that was hacked (Score 1, Informative) 35

So in the first place, they wouldn't have registered those domains if they didn't trust on an operator. If someone hacked google and this way hacked my box, I can't blame Google for my losses right? I'm hacked, and my security hole is Google. So it's Google, Apple etc. hacked because their security hole is their domain operators. Google and most of the big web services, try to look local with local domains, translations, on the other hand they pay zero taxes to those governments, so it's also their mistake that they don't pay taxes to those governments with which they improve their IT infrastructure.

Comment Whose hands is my data? (Score 2) 277

I'm afraid of big corps than small application developers for giving my data. If a small company, or an independent developer gets my data and use it without my permission and that harms me, I can sue that guy or small company and probably protect myself. A painful process but doable.

On the other hand, I'm helpless against a big corp. I don't think there's any difference, since it includes profit and big corps can make more money out of it, in a way that big or small company can do with my personal data. Major problem is I can't fight with a big corp. I won't be able to have a energy and money to protect myself. They will do whatever they could do and I would be helpless.

It's important to educate people about the importance of their privacy, so there will be a common uprising against the big corps in case they do evil. People ignorantly trust big companies. They will accept any kind of pop-up, or warning you'd put and install their applications. Though they have no idea what could they do and what kind of power they have with these data after they get a big harm. There must be thousands of families or lifes ruined because of irresponsibility of privacy protection of facebook or google. Even I personally know couple of people affected by those. But I haven't heard any case these companies paid for their wrongdoings.

Comment Why does it matter? (Score 1) 625

I don't see why does it matter at all. New technology always wipes out the previous one, time it takes depends on marketing and social changes of people's life. Since people started to be mobile every now and then, mobile devices are rampant now, and I would not think that smart phones that ubiquitous if Telco companies didn't offer data services. On my first desktop i was playing games and now if I want to do that I have plenty of other options to choose from. It's just that technology has entered people's life so much that there's a more market so different gadgets pop-ping up.

I'm sure one day your e-identity (via biometrics or NFC tags) will follow you and you'll have devices all around your environment which can authorize you and bring your data there, so you won't need to carry a separate device. Devices handy could be even a public service at some level. So you'll be able to use any phone you'll around and only that one will ring when you're around. Might look futuristic, but one day it's going to be your identity and data to be mobile, not your devices. Then we'll have desktop "PC"s all around again. Even with cloud computing we're getting there.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 2, Insightful) 224

Security. If Facebook source code was open, security flaws which are disclosed every one day or another, probably ruining life of thousands due to privacy leaks, would have been closed faster and I'm sure dozens of sane coders would report facebook to close its bugs. Moreover Facebook engineers would be more careful. Windows taught the lesson that security from obscurity is flawed decades ago.

Comment Re:Microsoft and open source (Score 2) 333

- Linux still cannot compete on desktop. Much larger competitor to MS is OSX, and even then MS does programs for Mac too.

For me it competes pretty well. I used Linux desktop (Gnome on Fedora) both on my desktop and laptop. After the web era I never need a Windows OS for any reason. I don't say Windows is obsolete, of course it has niche stuff for some people. But it's non-sense to say Linux can't compete on desktop. I have to say that using a Gnome desktop (and I'm sure KDE is on par) is a lot easier than using Windows' interface. That's even true for those got used to Windows way of doing things. Currently Linux desktop is best of both worlds, they get useful concepts from MacOSX or Windows, and it gets mature and mature every day due to open source nature, and beats on stability thanks to Linux. Application support is pretty decent and has all the recent technologies on desktop from 3d acceleration to smart network integration.

Desktop on Linux is improving in a lot faster pace than Windows even Mac, but I don't understand why people keep spreading 'Linux can't compete on desktop' FUD. I got money to pay for Windows, and I actually paid for Windows several times without using it on my computer purchases, (so what market share are we talking about?) and even though I'm not a Free Software purist, I find Linux Desktop much more productive than Windows all the time.

Maybe year of Linux on desktop joke will never get old, but that doesn't change the fact that Linux was on my desktop for years.

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