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Comment Re:No Steve Jobs (Score 4, Insightful) 133

Yeah. Apple software NEVER had bugs when Steve Jobs was alive. iOS never had point releases before Tim took over.

Oh wait, no, there were bugs all the time. It's been conventional wisdom to NOT upgrade ANY device of ANY kind from ANY manufacturer with software from ANY vendor on day 1 for over a decade now, if that device's ability to function is critical to you.

Even a 1 in a million bug will affect a thousand people when you're talking about a billion devices.

Also: I'd be willing to bet that most of Apple's executive team DOES run beta software on their phones -- at least late betas. But you're talking about a couple dozen people -- not a really significant sample size, you know? -- and they probably all have pretty new phones. No one on this page is still using a 4S just for shits and giggles. And you know what? They shouldn't. They're busy running a company. They're not QA specialists. They have teams for that. Just because a team isn't perfect, that doesn't mean they're worthless.

Feel free to provide a counter-example of any perfect software or hardware from any company, ever. Bonus points if it was a point-oh release.

Comment Re:Google is fine - It's about ROI (Score 1) 74

> Anything that doesn't ultimately generate more advertising
> profits is very likely to get the ax at some point.

Which makes it all the more baffling why they cancelled Reader. They had millions of people voluntarily telling Google what their favorite sites were and they couldn't find a good use for that information?

Comment Re:Outlier succeeds, news at 11 (Score 1) 88

> This is the problem with taking advice from successful people: it's tainted by self-selection bias.

+1,000,000. I know plenty of people who have "followed their dreams" to varying extents and they aren't doing that well.

Meanwhile, I've given up most of my dreams and I'm getting by OK. :-/ (Only half kidding.)

Comment Re:I'm making a note here (Score 1) 88

> it's amazing how the harder I worked at something, the luckier I was.

My favorite saying: "Luck is when preparation meets opportunity." (Seneca the Younger) The more you think about it, the more you realize how true it is. Short of finding cash or winning the lottery, almost all "luck" is when something good comes your way and you're in a position to take advantage of it.

Or, if you're a fan of Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) (or Louis Pasteur), "Chance favors the prepared mind."

Comment Re:That's bullshit (Score 1) 323

> The bottom line is that the "conservatives" advocating abstinence training
> are actually right. The only actual way to reduce teen pregnancy is to
> encourage them to stop fucking so much.

Like many things, the theory is perfect -- I agree, abstinence is 100% effective, and other forms of birth control are less than that. But in the real world... how, exactly, do you stop teens from fucking?

The old joke is 100% true: What do you call someone who advocates abstinence-only education? Grandma.

Just like with computers: security in layers. How about teach abstinence and make birth control available?

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