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Comment Exposed our jugular veins to predators (Score 2) 140

I don't care how clever you all think you are, you cannot design a system that cannot be hacked.
We've gone far too far, hooking up control and command to the internet. We did it to fire people and save money, or at least divert the money once given to ticket takers to computer companies.
So, this is what the future is.

Comment Re:Will Starship Troopers Follow Heinlein's Book? (Score 1) 457

Governments are by definition power. They aren't a reading society.

You spend two years serving. Not as a zombie, not as a brainwashed monkey. You could ring the bell and leave at any time during your service. Even active military could resign before a drop, and the only punishment was the loss of the vote and full citizenship.

You simply did a necessary job and proved you could understand the need to put the welfare of your fellow wo/men over your own. The very opposite of Ayn Rand's sloppy love letters to sociopaths. The job could be anything that was sometimes dangerous, unpleasant, but necessary and no one would want to do.

The situation in the novel described a spacefaring society that had actual, real, gosh-darned alien races that were attacking the Terrans, so a military was warranted.

Comment Re: .... Politically Correct Starship Troopers? (Score 2) 457

Semantics was one of Heinlein's passions. The idea that the word "fascist" would lose its actual meaning would sadden and infuriate, but not surprise him. That he would be called one would earn the mouth-breather a well-earned verbal beatdown. The man was the opposite of a fascist. Infuriating.

Comment Re:That was kind of the point (Score 1) 457

The point that is eternally missed is that the required service *did not have to be military service*. For those who could not or would not serve in a defense capacity, there were other jobs to do in endless other capacities. After all, everyone isn't a potential martial artist aged 18. The idea is you put yourself in service to your society. The other main idea is that people do not value what they do not earn and perceive to be worthless: the right to vote. Which today is abundantly clear, given the small percentage who bother to vote.

Comment Re:I beg to differ (Score 1) 319

Ive's design department is controlling their R&D. Not good. And I don't think they care much about their Mac line, no matter what they say.
They've enough money to do ANYTHING, and they just keep hoarding. Their headquarters looks *inward*, and has finite room. They have no imagination. And they're contemptuous of the poor - no other way to say it. It's a world of millionaires that don't want to pay taxes. They don't even care about the stockholders.

I believe Apple is becoming a capital holding company that happens to dabble in computing.

Comment Ive's thinness obsession crippling Apple hardware (Score 1) 319

Ive's ongoing mania for thinness led to this. There's no room for more battery because he wanted to shave 3 millimeters off the thickness of the laptop. If they added a whole *centimeter* to the case depth, there'd be enough battery for days. Ives is crippling all the devices, and no one can tell him to stop-certainly not the users. Who asked for thinness? Like robot cars and connectivity for my toaster, I don't recall asking for this.

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