Like I said, it's nearly impossible to assimilate for the person who was raised in another country. Far too many things are ingrained at early age; the best we can do is consciously mimic the norms of the new society, but that kind of self-control tends to be blown away in stressful situations.
That is not to say that one doesn't acquire a lot of new habits. Not all things are that deeply ingrained, and even old dog can learn new tricks. The result is that most people who have lived for several decades in another country still don't look like natives there, but they also become different from the norm in their country of origin, sufficiently so that it is immediately evident from their behavior if they ever visit that country.
It's especially funny when it's a person from the "returnee" category who is disparaging the culture from which they've returned - there was one coworker of mine like that, who returned from the States after living there for 17 years. Every time he went on another rant about how stupid and soulless Americans are, speaking Russian with a definite American accent (occasionally slipping into English when he couldn't remember the Russian word for what he wanted to say), and accompanying it with distinctly American hand gestures, I couldn't help but chuckle.
The real criteria for assimilation is the second generation, children who were either born in the new country, or arrived there as kids. In families who want to assimilate, such children usually do so, and, short of appearance, you'd be hard pressed to tell any difference between them and the natives. This happens naturally even if their parents are mostly ambivalent about the whole thing.
In families that consciously resist integration, the parents actively preclude their children from assimilating by restricting their social circle to children of other similarly-minded immigrants, speaking to them only in their native language (and reprimanding them if they speak local language at home or in other social settings restricted to their cultural group), trying to limit their access to local mass media and products of local culture (TV shows, music, movies etc), and so on.
you make some very good points. i was about to post a similar objection (i.e. that the android model is similar to shareware / freeware and the black hats can exploit that so it's "caveat emptor") but your post stopped me in my tracks. i still abhor the iphone marketing model. maybe something like a peer-review process could solve this...
also there is alot of crap the bible says that no one is enforcing...... religious zealots pick and choose which idiotic ramblings randomly to further their hateful political agendas depending on what day and age it is.
i've been a lurker for years..
*FULL DISCLOSURE* I used to work for smartronix, so yes i know some of the employees, and processes that go through getting the government contracts.
basically, they have main office in maryland, and they send contractors to various locations to do work. i moved up to lexington park, to work at NAWCAD naval air base. there we worked on classified and non-classified projects.
there is a long process for submitting bids, and there is a strict process for getting approvals from the government for these bids.
yes, there is a lot of overhead involved. i don't know the full financials.
i worked as many things there. UNIX admin/NT admin/SUN/DEC/Secure HP unix admin. then i moved onto writing documentation, and requirements for other projects. i finally ended up doing a lot of web-development for a dHMTL based project.
that was a few years ago. i suspect things haven't changed that much there.
they were a first class company when i worked them (i left another less reputable company)..and they had serious/smart and dedicated workers. even the president had technical knowledge, and would get involved in the project work.
i know they are coming under a lot of scrutiny for this project, and i'm sure they'll come through.
i've moved to another company know in a different state, but if i need a job, i know i can go back there, and not have to worry if they are doing good work or not.
i was always treated fairly, they treated their employees like family, and i NEVER had an issue once while i was there..
Is that people seem to be buying into your implication that the previous administration's FCC was somehow AGAINST Network Neutrality...
There is no comparison, this being a good example, and anyone who suggests otherwise is smoking something.
Are you just trying to be funny or do you honestly believe this? Inquiring minds want to know...
I bet there's a Firefox extension for that. Opera can do user stylesheets and disabling scripts/images with one key anyway.
So you can still use all the extensions and features that you still might need. (Or are you one of those that would prefer surfing trough emacs as a combined telnet and OS shell? ^^
Little known fact about Middle Earth: The Hobbits had a very sophisticated computer network! It was a Tolkien Ring...