Weekend tech reading: Apple after Steve Jobs

By Matthew · 13 replies
Oct 9, 2011
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  1. Apple after Steve Jobs: The men who will decide tech giant's fate The day before Steve Jobs’ death, newly minted Apple chief executive Tim Cook strode across the company’s vaunted showroom…

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  2. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +113

    "In Gurry's view, the Web would have been better off if it had been locked away in patents, and if every user of the Web had needed to pay a license fee to use it (and though Gurry doesn't say so, this would also have meant that the patent holder would have been able to choose which new Web sites and technologies were allowed, and would have been able to block anything he didn't like, or that he feared would cost him money)."

    Better for who? This guy is a *******. The internet would not be 1/1000000th of what it is today. Companies wouldn't have invested in it and users wouldn't use it.

    As far A Stalker 2 having permanent internet connection..

    "Part of the content will be located on the server and downloaded as the game progresses," he said. "Text information, code and quests will be loaded through that connection."

    So they intend to sell me 50-60$ game and not give me all of it until I reach certain points? Sorry.. I'll just go buy a different game. Thanks for playing.
  3. ihaveaname

    ihaveaname TS Enthusiast Posts: 107

    Finger scanning for roll call? Just sayin', that's pretty cool....
  4. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    Well naturally Gurry would say that; he's an Orwellian communist. That's how they think. In his mind, the flow of information should be controlled, and closely monitored (the "thought police").
  5. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    So sick of people using 1984 as their go-to as analogies for abuses of power. Good for you, you've proven that you've read one book. Only, clearly you didn't understand it. WTF is an "Orwellian communist"??!?!?! George Orwell was a pen name for Eric Blair, who was not a communist. He was a democratic socialist. More democrat than socialist. Go look it up if you don't know the difference between them. And communism--whether as a political philosophy, social movement, or philosophical outlook--is not synonymous with the control of information, people, or the monitoring of either. That's called totalitarianism. Again, clickity clack that sh*t into google if you haven't ever taken a history class or watched anything on the History channel (since about 90% of what they do nowadays is WWII-Hitler). Just please, please, quit making the interwebz dumber by posting nonsense wherever you go...
  6. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile. You must comply.

    Think about it... Do you really want your fingerprint(s) to be part of a database that could, one day, be turned against you? Let's say a crime is committed somewhere that you didn't have anything to do with. The police find fingerprints at the scene and begin searching different law enforcement databases for them, but they hit a dead end and don't find any. They know that schools are implementing biometrics for roll call, so they get a warrant to check the different area schools for a lead. BING! They get a hit off your index finger, and now you're a "person of interest" that they can bring in for questioning, and possible detention for the next 48 hours...

    "Pretty cool" indeed.
  7. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    I never said that Orwell (Blair) was a communist did I? In fact I never implied it either. The fact that you're sick of people using "1984" as an analogy, is moot, and I honestly don't care what your narrow minded opinions on the subject are, otherwise I would have asked. According to Karl Marx, Communism is the foundation of Totalitarianism, and Socialism is the foundation of Communism. "Orwellian Communism" refers to the principles that Orwell was in opposition to in his book "1984", and the term applies to Gurry's views very well. I suggest you take your own advice and "clickity clack" into Google instead of slinging insults at concepts you yourself don't understand. Have a nice evening.
  8. Finger scans: What's the problem with roll call? Why is the old method no longer cutting it? Sounds like an excuse, unneeded expenses and could be open to future abuse.

    @raswan: I understand what you say, but you don't give your view on the article. It feels more like an attack, rather than being objective.

    @Wendig0: Sounds like Gurry wants the internet to become like the dark ages. Not good at all.
  9. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    We use this fingerprint technology at my work in order to gain access during non-office hours. It's not a true fingerprint capture, it only identifies a small portion of your fingerprint - just enough to make an identity check. It couldn't be used in a court of law to identify or prosecute anyone.

    So far all you conspiracy theorists about Big Brother tracking your every move - you're going to have to look elsewhere.
  10. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    Well, you're right that you never directly called Orwell a communist, though you should have been far clearer in your use of the phrase with respect to it as a designation of Orwell himself or ?something he was attacking?. I'll give you half a point. And then I'll take it all back because you couldn't keep your mouth shut around your betters. The most obvious and easy mistake to correct is that 1984 does not belong in quotation marks. I understand that Microsoft Word doesn't automatically fix it for you by underlining or italicizing it, but at least give proper g,p, and s the old college-try, will you? Second, "narrow minded" should be hyphenated ("narrow-minded"), since both words act, together, as a modifier to my opinions, which may indeed be narrow but are probably not, as your sentence structure implies, merely "minded." Third, and most importantly, I think everyone who's ever read Marx just went into collective apoplexy: "According to Karl Marx, Communism is the foundation of Totalitarianism"? Did you read Marx whilst having a stroke, perhaps? Communism and socialism exist on the imaginative left side of the political spectrum. Totalitarianism is far right. From <The Communist Manifesto>: “When, in the course of development, class distinctions have disappeared, and all production has been concentrated in the hands of a vast association of the whole nation, the public power will lose its political character. Political power, properly so called, is merely the organised power of one class for oppressing another. If the proletariat during its contest with the bourgeoisie is compelled, by the force of circumstances, to organize itself as a class, if, by means of a revolution, it makes itself the ruling class, and as such, sweeps away by force the old conditions of production, then it will, along with these conditions, have swept away the conditions for the existence of class antagonisms and of classes generally, and will thereby have abolished its own supremacy as a class…” (15).

    Political power as your puny mind thinks it understands it does not exist in the end-stage of communism. I think you'll have to pay big bucks to persuade a political or social scientist who would argue that totalitarianism works the same. As such,"Orwellian Communism" is just a nonsensical pairing of words.

    It's a scary thing to be faced with the fact that you maybe don't understand things as well as you thought you did, Wendigo. But it takes an even bigger person to swallow that lump in your throat and go fix it. Don't worry, we'll be waiting here when you get back :)
  11. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    I think Gurry is a hack who doesn't know what he's talking about. :)
  12. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    Raswan, I didn't realize I was in the presence of the grammar Fuhrer himself, but I don't use Microsoft Word to write my TS posts.

    I do enjoy a good debate, though you seem to be unable to engage in one without resorting to unprovoked personal attacks (after reading some of your previous posts, this appears to be a common thing with you).
  13. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    Ok, I thought I would never say this about another member on this site, but seriously. Chill out, maybe go outside and see the world isn't as bad as you make it out to be.

    Or you could just stop attacking other members on this site and become a troll on some political forum? That would suite you nicely I would imagine.

    Also your comment on a "Puny Mind"? Thats just down right rude. If your ramblings are anything to go by, this is a very hypocritical Statement to make.
  14. Mr772

    Mr772 TS Rookie

    We are glad you like it, resistance is futile.
    ~ The Government ~

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