Pogue lays out the situation calmly and clearly. Its worth a read.
Some people are O.K. with the goals of the bills, acknowledging that software piracy is out of control; they object only to the bills’ approaches. If the entertainment industry’s legal arm gets out of control, they say, they could deem almost anything to be a piracy site. YouTube could be one, because lots of videos include bits of TV shows and copyrighted music. Facebook could be one, because people often link to copyrighted videos and songs. Google and Bing would be responsible for removing every link to a questionable Web site. Just a gigantic headache.
But there’s another group of people with a different agenda: They don’t even agree with the bills’ purpose. They don’t want their free movies taken away. A good number of them believe that free music and movies are their natural-born rights. They don’t want the big evil government taking away their free fun.
The second group of people is the group I don’t want to be associated with. This is what clouds my support for the entire protest.
Election workers are taking the iPads to disabled voters who might otherwise have difficulties marking their ballots, the AP wrote. These voters are able to pull up the ballot on the iPad and tap the screen to mark the candidate of their choice before printing out their completed ballot. After that, voters will send in their votes in a much more traditional way: by mail.
Apple Inc. donated five iPads to the state for the program, and Oregon shelled out about $75,000 to make the software, the AP reported. According to Secretary of State Kate Brown and the state elections director, Steve Trout, the office tested several different types of devices before settling on the iPad.
Now, how about using iPads so the rest of us can “vote different.”
I get the quarterly magazine of University of Oregon alumni, Oregon Quarterly. In this month’s issue is a piece about a group I used to follow with interest, a tree planting collective called The Hoedads (named after the hoe like tool used to dig a hole and plant a seedling).
I used to run into groups of Hoedads both in rock climbing circles and at various “hippy” restaurants in Eugene. I always admired this group for putting their money where their political mouths were. Most of us complained about our lot in life but did little about it. These folks took the bull by the horns and did something good and it worked for a long time and did good.
The images are wonderful and they bring back memories of Eugene, Oregon in the ’70s and ’80s.
It’s old news that HP has decided to sell off its computer business. The fact that the tablet and smartphone OS that Palm had in the works that HP bought runs faster on an iPad (iOS) or even as a web application under Safari is significant. What’s even more significant to me is the reason for the sluggishness:
The report notes that the TouchPad hardware had essentially already been designed when HP acquired Palm last year, with the engineers tasked with getting webOS running on the existing design. The resulting handicap of outdated hardware reportedly crippled the webOS team’s ability to innovate for the tablet platform and ultimately led to the poor market reception.
This strikes me as a blunder of enormous proportions and this is the place where Apple has consistently done better than the competition: Macs are designed to run OS X and OS X is designed to run on Macs. iPhones and iPads (and other devices) are designed to run iOS and iOS is designed to run on these devices.
Tight integration between hardware and software is one of the many ingredients of Apple’s success. It seems a shame that webOS, what many have considered a decent operating system, is orphaned because HP didn’t built hardware specifically for it. Why they didn’t do that is no doubt all about internal politics.
Which leads me to this: Steve Jobs is certainly a genius when it comes to product innovation and marketing but what may be his most important attribute is his ability to cut through the politics and push through what needs to be pushed through to get well designed products shipped.
Jason Reed on how the press was notified and dealt with the last minute call on President Obama’s televised announcement that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. For those who questioned the process, read the last paragraph. Fascinating.
“I have to tell you, I’ll be right up front about it: I’m the governor of the state of Connecticut and I can’t write anything well,” Malloy told the rapt students. “This is who we are. I can’t write things. I’m embarrassed all the time about that, particularly if people don’t know that about me.”
I knew there was a reason I voted for him (other than that he’s a Democrat).
Now, if American CEOs did this, members of Congress did this, President Obama did this, we might be able to stomach asking working people for so many concessions to make things right.
The least American CEOs could do is what Steve Jobs at Apple does: take $1 in salary and get the rest in stock options, the worth of which are determined by how well the company does.
It infuriates me that members of Congress have excellent health care and pensions and are legislating that everyone else needs to belt tighten. Put them all on commission and force them to buy health insurance like the rest of us.
As a frequent traveler I support this but oh boy, I can see the problems with it already.
1. Profiling will no doubt get a few people into the risky pool who shouldn’t be there. Getting “promoted” out of that pool will be a tough fight.
2. This is akin to having a national ID card and I thought, if memory serves, that there is resistance to this from various groups.
3. Having to pay for the screening seems like a bad idea and will lead to a class system: those who can afford to pay will have it easier. It seems to me that the TSA should pay us for our time in getting screened to make their jobs easier.
United Airlines has my travel history and they know a lot about me. Why can’t I simply okay them sharing some of that information with the TSA so that they know more about me? Then it’s just a matter of making sure I’m me and that I have the “regular” bags I usually bring through checkpoints. I’ve thought this for years, long before 9/11. Without getting into profiling or paying for screening, it would seem to me that more use could be made of our travel histories, much like stamps on a passport.
Where are the open minded systems analysts when we need them?
This is terrible. While I don’t use or support the use of the word “nigger” it’s an important part of the history of the United States and the setting for Mark Twain’s book was early enough so that the word in question was in common use.
I find it interesting that NPR’s comment filter is not allowing the word “nigger” to be posted in comments about a story about that very word. Wake up NPR, you’re doing what you’re reporting about.
There’s a poll at the end of the post:
The scholars doing this hope it will introduce more young people to ‘Huckleberry Finn.’ I think:
That makes this OK.
It’s still the wrong thing to do.
Over 96% of voters think it’s still the wrong thing to do as do I.
The undercover videos showed Kaplan recruiters in Florida and California making false or questionable statements to prospective students — suggesting for example, that massage therapists earn $100 an hour, and that student loans need not be paid back.
This is a fascinating piece and it’s about time these companies were held accountable.