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Comment Re:Uber? (Score 2) 640

Too powerful for what? Nobody shoved a Tesla or a Porsche down anyone's throat. This was a deliberate choice on the part of the buyer and/or driver. And the driver was 27, not a 21 year-old excited to have access to alcohol.

The problem here was a series of poor choices on the part of the owners and drivers of the vehicles in question. Companies should not be liable for those poor decisions, nor should the government restrict access to anything that can be dangerous when used irresponsibly, because the list of things that *can't* kill us is 0 items long. Sure, driving tests should be much, much more stringent, but competence is no substitute for using good judgment either, and tooling around at 0.21 BAC is well outside the realm of good judgment.

Comment Re:Whaaa! We don't want those jobs. (Score 4, Insightful) 381

If manufacturing jobs inherently made countries great (at all), then China and southeast Asia would be The Best. What made America great during the golden years of blue-collar workers wasn't manufacturing per-se, it was in finding productive use of a workforce which happened to be manufacturing at the time. Today, the economy is more focused on services than products[1], and we should be focusing on how to expand service jobs rather than easily outsourced and automated manufacturing jobs.

By the way, unemployment is below 5%[2], which is quite healthy. More important than jobs is that wages for all jobs are above a subsistence level so that people actually have discretionary funds at the end of the day. We don't necessarily need more jobs (although there's nothing wrong with having them), but we *do* need better wages. Adding jobs (and demand for labor) is one way of achieving that, but it's not the only way. Minimum wage is another. Capping CEO and executive total compensation as a multiple of company-average pay is another. And for what it's worth, I'm not someone who needs better wages, but I recognize that it's important nonetheless.


Comment Re:Confirmation dialog with all fields? (Score 1) 112

It seems like the best solution in this case is to simply admit defeat -- that autofill profiles aren't a good idea -- and remove the feature. Your workaround, and others proposed, suffer from the weakness that they're more complicated and higher-risk than simply typing the information into the appropriate fields, the way God intended.

Comment Re: Meh (Score 1) 574

Their oath isn't to the president - it's to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

It is, but they serve "at the pleasure of the President," and that's deeply ingrained -- more-so in non-military agencies, actually, which aren't bound by international law. In other words. they're political. For better and for worse. How do you think we got warrantless wiretaps, extraordinary rendition, enhanced interrogation, and extra-judicial executions? It wasn't by worrying too much about the Constitution.

Comment Professional Designers (Score 1) 230

the company can't afford to alienate professional designers and other business customers. After all, they helped fuel Apple's revival in the late 1990s.

Yes, of course they can. If 10% of your userbase represents 90% of your costs, then it's not only affordable to get rid of them, it's profitable as well. Contrarians will argue that these people are "evangelists," responsible for bringing other people to the platform, but a) there's little evidence that's true, and b) even if it is true, they're doing a terrible job at it, objectively. Apple could definitely shut down the Mac line and go one of two ways:

1) Support OS X installations on commodity hardware (not super difficult).
2) Re-write Xcode for Windows or Linux (or both) to allow continued development for its, ahem, more profitable platform.

"Creative types" are more tied to the tools than the OS for their productivity. Most of the popular content-creation applications are available on Windows already, and have been for years.

Personally, I hope Apple doesn't kill OS X (which is the heart and soul of Macs, not the hardware), but they could easily cede the PC hardware market and be just fine, and maybe even better off. Like Microsoft, they could partner with manufacturers to ensure (or "ensure") compatibility.

Comment Re:Terrible decision, regardless of patent feeling (Score 1) 100

Exactly! How the hell do you tease out what part of the profit was derived from the shape of the phone case and the arrangement of icons?!? Especially since the phone may not have sold, or sold as well, without those properties? Samsung's analogy about an 18-wheeler with an infringing cupholder is just absurd -- without A/B testing, there's no way to know whether buyers chose the 18-wheeler based on the cupholder or some other factor. But if the cupholder was the deciding factor (as, in actuality, it often is), then *all* of the profits were derived from that infringement.

Now I think design patents are problematic, especially when things are merely similar rather than indistinguishable, but I agree that this verdict was the worst possible outcome.

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