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18 Carriers Sign Up for Firefox OS Phones

Lemmy Caution Re:Really, Slashdot? (107 comments)

Ooops, wrong parent. Sorry

about a year and a half ago
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18 Carriers Sign Up for Firefox OS Phones

Lemmy Caution Re:Really, Slashdot? (107 comments)

This is one of my favorite trolls, because you can set your watch by how long it takes for someone to post a link to the Jitterbag and saying, "here you go, Gramps."

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Get My Spouse To Start Gaming With Me?

Lemmy Caution Re:Let Me Explain (550 comments)

Oops, that was supposed to be "except when you have a sitter." And then, unless you are insane, you will get the hell out of the house.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Get My Spouse To Start Gaming With Me?

Lemmy Caution Re:Let Me Explain (550 comments)

Everything will become so needy you will have no time at all.

Except when you h

about 2 years ago
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UC's For-Pay Online Course Draws 4 Non-UC Students

Lemmy Caution Re:Overpriced (177 comments)

The people running the UC system now come from the world of business. Most are Republican appointees (look up the list of regents) with little background in education or the public sector. They see the UC as a brand, and that brand as an asset to bring in revenue. That's why they're destroying it.

about 2 years ago
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Want a Job At Google? Better Know Microsoft Office!

Lemmy Caution Re:LibreOffice? (243 comments)

This story attracts the usual solipsistic ignorance of IT drones about what other people actually do. Excel is simply more advanced than Google Spreadsheets. For many casual spreadsheet users, that doesn't matter. But accounting and finance (especially for firms doing business internationally) requires a lot more than figuring out sums and averages.

about 2 years ago
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I'd like us to explore with greatest emphasis ...

Lemmy Caution Re:As a northern Californian... (352 comments)

Trust me, if we can solve LA at rush hour, quantum computing, protein folding and FTL travel will be a breeze.

about 2 years ago
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Compared to my siblings ...

Lemmy Caution Re:But she's more successful than me... (178 comments)

Well, that's one game. Another is "he (or she) who dies with the most offspring, wins." Which has been around a lot longer as a game.

about a year ago
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Barack Obama Retains US Presidency

Lemmy Caution Re:Excellent (1576 comments)

The science and craft of political triangulation is such that popular votes are always going to be somewhat close. That, to some extent, is deceptive. If the popular vote was the way that elections were decide, both candidates would have campaigned quite differently.

What is surprising is how close the races in the "battleground states" *wasn't.* Only Florida was a squeaker - in all the rest, Obama won by a rather decent margin. Historically, the popular vote lead in this race is a bit larger than usual, and the largest for a re-election since Reagan.

about 2 years ago
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Barack Obama Retains US Presidency

Lemmy Caution Re:Tweedledee won ! (1576 comments)

SCOTUS / Roe V. Wade is one reason why so many women voted for Obama.

about 2 years ago
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Barack Obama Retains US Presidency

Lemmy Caution Re:Tweedledee won ! (1576 comments)

This was the election where the simmering misogyny - there's no other word for it - of the Republican base caught up with it. I'm not exactly a hardcore feminist - I even do agree with some of the men's rights issues (in things like custody battles, etc.) but characters like Akins and Mourdock set a tone that no one really sought to repudiate. Opposing the equal pay legislation is another.

The things that you see as respect for law - natural (abortion, contraception) or Federal (immigration) is seen, somewhat rightly, as a smokescreen for nativism and cultural chauvinism and a nostalgia for the dominance of men. When you see the videos of Romney backers talking about having lost "our" America, complaining about the loss of a white majority, it becomes more and more obvious.

The Republican party is paying the cost of the Southern strategy. It's become the party of the white south, of the Confederacy. It will have to reinvent itself to remain relevant. And it will have to realize that the perception that it has become the party of misogyny and lingering racism is not without basis.

about 2 years ago
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In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

Lemmy Caution Re:Either? (707 comments)

What is foolish is to "vote for a person." You are voting for someone likely to implement one or another set of policies within the context of a rather established political system. You're voting that certain legislation be vetoed, certain political appointments are made, and certain political initiatives be promulgated. To a rather unfortunate extent, you are voting for a foreign policy with worryingly few checks on them.

Those are what you vote for. Not for the most likeable guy or even the person you agree with the most: you are trying to influence near-term policy decisions. No less and no more.

I am in a safe state for the one of the two candidates from the major parties that I would prefer be elected, so I can spend my vote to send a political message in the longer term, however. In that case, I am voting for a policy direction that is currently off the mainstream political radar, but which I'd like to see enter into the realm of actual politics at some point. If there were any doubts about my state's outcome, however, I would hold my nose and choose the major party candidate.

about 2 years ago
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Libertarian Candidate Excluded From Debate For Refusing Corporate Donations

Lemmy Caution Re:And your point is? (627 comments)

I think you might want to check into the statistics about smoking cessation. Government intervention has been extraordinarily successful in reducing smoking, in the US and elsewhere.

about 2 years ago
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Libertarian Candidate Excluded From Debate For Refusing Corporate Donations

Lemmy Caution Re:Idealogical contradiction? (627 comments)

I'm not a libertarian, but I think it's worth noting one of the ironies of libertarianism: that the very class they think they are fighting on behalf of - job-creating entrepreneurs and the hard-working upper-middle class - has little interest in their ideas. Because they know that the status quo is already doing a good job of looking out for their interests.

And to be fair, I know some libertarians who seem to truly believe that corporations as we know them are an evil sustained by the government, and with the shrinking of government, we'd somehow return to the simple, honest capitalism of a century ago. (I don't share their nostalgia for that time, on a range of levels, from the conditions of non-white Americans to the status of women, but there you go.) I think that belief is naive: the wealthy castes of the US will always be able to reconstruct the kind of government that they want.

about 2 years ago
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Libertarian Candidate Excluded From Debate For Refusing Corporate Donations

Lemmy Caution Re:And your point is? (627 comments)

does that mean libertarians support regulations requiring the labeling of foods? public health warnings on cigarettes, as explicit as possible? that doesn't sound like any kind of libertarian platform i've ever heard. what other mechanism for producing "perfect information" - or even adequate information - would you suggest?

about 2 years ago

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Apple suing New York City over logo

Lemmy Caution Lemmy Caution writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lemmy Caution writes "Apple, Inc. has filed a suit to prevent New York City's non-profit "GreeNYC" initiative from using a logo that incorporates an apple in its design. Commentators have noted the substantial differences between the two designs, not to mention the irony of this sort of infringement claim. The city of New York has filed to have the claim rejected, and even possibly the cancellation of Apple's logo in light of the long history of the nickname "The Big Apple" to describe the city."
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