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Comment Re:resistance is futile (Score 4, Insightful) 157

The word "sovereignty" is like "freedom". People throw around those words as if they can do anything they want. Reality says you still have to work with your peers, it's just up to you to judge the best way to do it (and to accept the consequences when things start to suck).

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 1) 461

Choice is an interesting thing. We like to think that our choices are free because we control them, but important decisions such as career goals aren't really about all the possibilities. They typically boil down to risk/reward.

It is based on what we see as "risk". I fooled around with computers for years before college, and I excelled in math and science. There was low risk in going into CS, and high reward given its demand. But someone without those childhood experiences might have considered the risk too high. Their chosen path may have less reward but much less risk.

Exposure undeniably makes a impact on how we view our choices. When someone's exposure only includes fields with low reward, we can't expect them to deny the risk associated with career goals that are unfamiliar.

Comment Re:its difficult to dispute the position of Apple. (Score 2) 284

I can't answer the first two, but

3. what if any qualifications does a banking institution have that define it as a cogent source for software? Apple has been developing quality hardware and software for a generation now.

Banks have been developing banking software for a long time. Apple has not. That's not to say their software development skills couldn't be transferred successfully, but for the moment I'd place higher trust in banks who understand quite well what the financial implications of poor security are.

FWIW I think a handful of systems is better than 4000, and is also better than 1 or 2. I like for instance that the US has a few credit card processors; enough to gain the benefits of competition but not so many that it is impossible to support the vast majority of users.

Comment Re:What have they got to show for it? (Score 1) 403

And you are better off for it. Sure I'd love to slash the military budget to 1/10th its current size and bring all our armed forces home for pure defense purposes, but Europe has done a piss poor job of showing that it is willing to fund the military presence needed to ensure stability. So we do that. You're welcome, and STFU.

Comment Re:pixel (Score 1) 212

Ecosystem doesn't really seem to be that big of a deal anymore. With a few exceptions (admittedly some of them are deal-breakers), you can find the same apps on Android and iOS and you can do the same kind of stuff on both platforms.

I prefer Android so I can tweak it just right, but ease of sharing photos with my family (who all use iOS) is enough of a boon for me to use iPhone. If I switch I'll probably encourage everyone to use a cross-platform photo sharing service, but you know how that goes... I'll be on the hook for fixing everything then.

Comment Re: Real Problem (Score 1) 365

This is also evolution. But instead of using trial-and-error starting with a few chemicals which happened to be at the right place at the right time, it is intelligence-driven evolution starting with the knowledge gained through all that original evolution.

And the gazelle never drove a car. Driving is only a few generations old. That comparison is a huge stretch.

Comment Re:For them theoretically hacking a private org? (Score 1) 352

Even if they are proven..... really shitty behavior, some of it even criminal, was exposed that we as voters certainly have a right to know about. How dare they expose deep-rooted corruption!

But how do you even know that supposedly-criminal behavior actually happened?

Oh, maybe because our government is launching a cyber war against Russia. This action is pretty much admitting all of it is true.

Comment Re: "Proof" required for the full payment (Score 2) 85

It shouldn't matter anyway. If I buy a car with a DVD player that I had no intention to use, and then during routine maintenance at my dealership they remove the DVD player, that is wrong.

Perhaps I realized its usefulness after having kids. Or not. Doesn't matter, it was unmistakably part of the purchase.

Comment Re: flip flops (Score 1) 523

A design flaw of our election system is that two parties are inevitable and third party or independent candidates are likely to only serve as spoilers... at least until one or both of the major candidates is so unpopular as to incite political revolt.

We need a new voting system, such as ranked voting, which would eliminate the strategic advantage of voting against your conscience and for the lesser of two evils. Democrats and Republicans want to stay in power and will avoid even discussing improvements to the system that gave them that power. Third party candidates are likely to care about that issue, and Gary Johnson at least has explicitly stated support for ranked voting.

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