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Comment Re:"It's not the consumer's job to know what to wa (Score 1) 187

His philosophy speaks to why I don't buy Apple products .. lack of choices.

That's actually why, growing up in the 90s, I preferred Apple products: I was worried we were all doomed to a beige box Windows future and Apple was the only bastion of "choice" where choice didn't represent "Windows" but still actually ran a modicum of software needed to interact with the Windows world.

But for the most part, Apple products were perceived as easy to use and dependable and really were more about packaging existing technologies into better containers that true innovation.

There's a good article from a recent New Yorker that speaks to Jobs' real genius as being exactly what you said: not an innovator per se, but a tweaker and a refiner:

"The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world. The tweaker inherits things as they are, and has to push and pull them toward some more nearly perfect solution. That is not a lesser task."

Comment Re:No reason to celebrate now. (Score 1) 335

Considering that the Chrome browser is based on a minimalist approach (and to the extent that the related Chrome OS is designed largely with netbooks in mind), I think this is a valid complaint. There should at least be the option to minimize the browser chrome for these scenarios.

Comment Re:mixed feelings and abstract hate. (Score 1) 917

Personally, I think the real problem is that there are people who feel a moral obligation to "cure" people of being gay. Apple is censoring, sure, but these people are actively condemning, and I don't believe that you can exclude that from the equation. Your average bookstore doesn't carrying books on white power; even pornography, which has a lot more acceptance in society, is largely relegated to specialized storefronts. And if you open the floodgates, there's the danger that the app store-- which is already annoyingly obtuse to navigate-- would quickly become like browsing /. at -1. But, sure, getting to run whatever software you want is important too.

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