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Steve Jobs Lashes Out At Android

yyxx Re:Open? People break both open. (864 comments)

That's an oddity of the American market and American carriers; in much of the rest of the world, people can buy phones and service separately.

And AT&T uses GSM, so you don't have to buy and use their locked down phones. I've been using an unlocked third party phone on AT&T for years, including tethering.

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Steve Jobs Lashes Out At Android

yyxx Re:They are for two different people (864 comments)

Android tends to be more popular with really geeky folks while the iPhone tends to be more popular with people that want their experience ready to go out of the box.

I have both, so let's see.

Android phone: turn on, type in Google account name and password (old or new), and everything works and stays in sync.

iPhone: turn on, and... then it gets complicated. You definitely need a desktop at some point, but then you have to decide... Do you want to sync with Google? That's complicated, you need to set up mail and an Exchange account. Do you sync with your desktop? On Mac, it sort-of syncs with the built-in applications (but not much else). On Windows, it supposedly syncs with Outlook. If you use both a desktop and a laptop, things get even more complicated.

Seems pretty clear which is better for "people who want their experience ready to go out of the box": get an Android phone and use Google's online apps. Apple's ecosystem is a complicated mess in comparison.

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Ray Ozzie To Step Down From His Role At Microsoft

yyxx Re:Let me entertain you (229 comments)

Every licensed hardware player has the same requirement, and it's a lot easier to implement in a piece of hardware. If Microsoft wanted to make it easy to skirt region restrictions, they could, and they could get away with it. They choose to make it hard.

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Ray Ozzie To Step Down From His Role At Microsoft

yyxx Re:End of Azure (229 comments)

Mostly they have been copying where Amazon, Sony and Apple have been copying as well: UNIX, Linux, and software built on those platforms.

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Ray Ozzie To Step Down From His Role At Microsoft

yyxx Re:MS could have owned the cloud (229 comments)

Microsoft never did understand Lotus Notes. It was like a alien language. They just didn't get it.

Who would have thought... there is something Microsoft employees have in common with the rest of humanity after all.

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Ray Ozzie To Step Down From His Role At Microsoft

yyxx Re:Let me entertain you (229 comments)

Every single licensed software DVD player on the planet requires a DVD region code to be set on the drive

Yes, but unlike Microsoft, most of them don't seriously enforce it anymore. You put them into some kind "test mode" by typing a four digit code on the remote and it will never bother you again.

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Assange Denied Swedish Residence On Confidential Reasons

yyxx Re:Is Julian Assange blacklisted? (260 comments)

People need to see what our governments are doing, we need to understand it and we need to stop it before it is too late.

And we did what we could at the ballot box, and many people chose to go into politics after the experience of the Iraq war. That's how democracy works.

I'm also disappointed that Obama hasn't moved more forcefully in support of open government, disclosure, and withdrawal, but that's the president and Congress we got and voted for.

When we violate our own values, the terrorists win. If you kill a terrorist with a drone and in doing so take out a dozen innocents, you turn the friends and relatives of those innocents into terrorists.

True. But do you think the military doesn't know that? What do you want the US to do? Immediate, unconditional withdrawal? Policy makers aren't as stupid as you think they are; they know these consequences. They try to balance long term goals, short term pressuers, and getting reelected. And the outcome is what you see.

Now, if you have a bright idea about what to do about Iraq and Afghanistan, please share it.

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Assange Denied Swedish Residence On Confidential Reasons

yyxx Re:Is Julian Assange blacklisted? (260 comments)

Apathy? What do you want people to do? People know Bush lied, his party was voted out of Congress, and that's it. As for the wars, we started them, we can't just leave. And while they are a colossal waste of money, there are two evil and dangerous regimes less in the world, and two nations have a chance at a better beginning; it's kind of hard to get worked up about that.

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What If We Ran Universities Like Wikipedia?

yyxx yeah, and who would teach? (380 comments)

professors' longevity 'would be determined by the community

In many places in the world, tenure doesn't exist anymore and "professors' longevity" is already determined by the community, through student evaluations and publication records. The result? Professors simplify subjects so that students are happy and conferences get flooded with bad submissions that overwhelm reviewers. That is not a good way of attracting good teachers or good researchers.

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Desktop Linux Is Dead

yyxx Re:no need for Tux to look sad (1348 comments)

It also works for me under 10.10, so you might want to consider just upgrading to the latest version.

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Desktop Linux Is Dead

yyxx Re:no need for Tux to look sad (1348 comments)

On an Ubuntu 10.4 system, I plug in my iPod Touch and it just shows up in Rhythmbox, allowing music to be transferred both ways. It works both on my laptop and my desktop; I didn't do anything special.

Have you tried starting up Rhythmbox?

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Desktop Linux Is Dead

yyxx Re:no need for Tux to look sad (1348 comments)

Well, obviously, you should first convince them to switch to OpenOffice, Pidgin, and Gimp and then convince them to switch to Linux; the other way around is silly.

And given how crappy MS Office, Photoshop and iTunes are, it shouldn't be difficult to get them to switch.

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Desktop Linux Is Dead

yyxx no need for Tux to look sad (1348 comments)

Linux is very much alive on the desktop; it is very widely used inside corporations and universities. These "1% market share" figures are meaningless; they are usually based on device sales or web site statistics of popular web sites, neither of which tell you much about "desktop" Linux.

Linux hasn't grabbed much of the general purpose consumer desktop market, but that market is pretty much stagnant in itself. The new consumer market is tablets, netbooks, and smartphones, and Linux is grabbing a large chunk of that with Android and (in the near future) MeeGo and Chrome.

No need for Tux to look sad.

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Internet Dismantling the State Church In Finland

yyxx Re:No, it means you don't understand irony. (547 comments)

In that case I am going to figure you are a Wiccan, a faith that was invented in the 1950s.

No. Wake up, man, and learn something about the faiths of the world, many of them older than Christianity.

I can think of no faith that believing that homosexuality is not morally wrong and that Christianity is morally wrong are defining beliefs.

Where did I say they were "defining beliefs"? It's the idea that faith is an arbitrary set of rules handed down in holy books and revelations itself that is "wrong", in the same sense of "wrong" in which the flat earth theory is "physically wrong". If you like, that is a defining belief. Beyond that, we don't concern ourselves with Christianity any more than with flat earthers.

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Internet Dismantling the State Church In Finland

yyxx Re:No, it means you don't understand irony. (547 comments)

They explicitly state that "man lying with man as with a woman is an abomination".

The original language is more ambiguous; furthermore, the sentence has a context that you're ignoring.

You are doing verbal backflips, particularly given the clear plan of "man and woman cleaving together to form one flesh" in Genesis.

Well, perhaps I'm doing "verbal backflips" because it actually matters, given that your interpretation has been used to justify everything from discrimination to mass murder.

I always find it astonishing that anyone defending christianity is expected to have a scholarly attention to detail and sourcing, but anyone attacking it is allowed to simply make unsourced statements, and assume them to be true (what is known as begging the question).

I didn't think it necessary to provide a source for something that centuries of scholarship have established. You can find some of the discussion here. There is still disagreement about how exactly the document came to be, but that large parts of it cannot be of Mosaic origin and that it is composed of different source documents is beyond question.

To sum it up, because of His character as demonstrated in the Bible (as opposed to the popular strawmen that are constructed).

The Old Testament describes a paranoid, mass murdering, irrational tribal God. If you choose to worship such an entity, that's your business and says a lot about your character. Of course, the Old Testament is such a corrupted document that even if monotheism were true, it would have little to say about his character or intentions anyway.

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Internet Dismantling the State Church In Finland

yyxx Re:No, it means you don't understand irony. (547 comments)

What faith is that?

If you can't figure that out for yourself, there is no point in telling you, because you won't know what I'm talking about anyway. Go learn something about other religions and then you will probably recognize it.

Saying that your basis to call something morally wrong is your "moral reasoning" is circular logic.

Moral reasoning is part of moral philosophy and moral psychology; they have standard college courses on it. If you want to discuss questions of morality and ethics, at least learn a little bit about them!

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Internet Dismantling the State Church In Finland

yyxx Re:No, it means you don't understand irony. (547 comments)

These verses are anything but clear. They certainly do not forbid all homosexuality. They may forbid anal sex between men, ritualistic sex in non-Jewish temples, or simply tell guys not to have sex with another guy in their wife's bed (which is something probably even Oscar Wilde would agree with).

Furthermore, while Judaism claims that these verses are Mosaic, they clearly are a later invention. So, you have some vaguely specified act that is declared immoral by a piece of text that was fabricated by priests long after the divine revelation from which it originally was supposed to come. What kind of authority do you think such a passage has?

And then, of course, there's the even more basic question why you think that humans even have any moral obligation to submit to God's authority, if a God as described in the Bible actually existed.

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Internet Dismantling the State Church In Finland

yyxx Re:No, it means you don't understand irony. (547 comments)

Upon what do you base your claim that anything is morally wrong?

On two sources. One is my faith. The other is moral reasoning.

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Meta-Research Debunks Medical Study Findings

yyxx Re:well, that's actually mostly true (261 comments)

You are aware that improved public health, hygiene, quarantine, isolation, city planning, etc. are direct consecuence of suggestions supported by medical research, aren't you?

You're playing word games. The scientific results that successful public health policies have been based on have very little to do with, and cost almost nothing compared to, what is funded today as "medical research" today.

more than 4 years ago

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