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  • New 'pro' iMac said to have discrete GPU and Xeon E3 processor, ship at end of 2017

    A pro iMac with the same finish as the current Mac Pro would look amazing. I'd consider getting one even though I'm never going to need pro power on a computer.
    watto_cobra
  • Facebook steps up 'false news' crackdown with tips for spotting and reporting bogus storie...

    This whole issue is so ridiculous. It only gained traction as a petty way to find any reason to undermine the election of the current US president. He won. It happened. It wasn't due to sneaky russians or fake news. There was a battle of ideas and philosophies. And, for better or worse, we have the outcome we have.

    Also, I have yet to see a single fake (factually false) news story. Not a single one. What I have seen is that all the news I get, from my facebook feed to mainstream media sources, is %95 biased.

    Bias is the real enemy of the truth; not some silly fringe 'fake news' that is/was more than likely inconsequential.
    williamhjdgazfrantisekdesignr
  • Ikea launches iPhone-connected smart home bulbs & sensors, but no Apple HomeKit support

    macxpress said:
    No HomeKit Support = No sale!

    I love IKEA and have all kinds of IKEA furniture as well as other items from there, but unless anything like this supports HomeKit, I'm not even considering buying it. 
    Exactly the same with me.
    Mikeymike
  • Apple executives net more than $13M each in vested stock

    paxman said:
    spice-boy said:
    I guess insane bonuses are okay when it comes from a company that you like, right?  I mean if it were a drug company that tripled it's prices so the head honchos could  bump profits then that would be okay too. I mean unleashed capitalism always trickles down to the masses with: great paying jobs, excellent benefits for all employees and a system that takes care of the elderly and weakest. Robber Barons 2.0
    It's always nice how ppl get so knee-jerky when it comes to their blind ideology. You know that Apple vs drug companies is a terrible comparison, in numerous ways, right?
    It is ideology that drives these bonuses, and you have to admit that ideology aside, bonuses like these are crazy no matter what the company is. The last thing these people need is more money. Maybe a more worthwhile ideology to direct bonus payments would be one that dictates performance based payments to a charity of the recipient's choice, in the recipient's name. That would be a win win for the charity, the recipient and the company. Alternatively the bonuses could be distributed to the workforce within the department of the executive. All in the name of the executive, of course. Both these methods of rewarding performance are as valid as the one that actually happened. All are ideologically based but only the first one guarantees that the money goes to the people who really do not need it.
    Ideology is usually only positive on a personal level; extrapolating ideology to larger groups usually works out terribly.

    What drives bonuses (speaking in general terms)* is self-interest, not ideology. In terms of populations, self-interest is the most consistent, predictable, and most powerful force in society, which is why capitalism, which best harnesses this aspect of human nature, is the most productive mechanism for economic growth and general prosperity. In turn, capitalism should also not be viewed in a narrow, simplistic, ideological fashion; capitalistic systems need practical guidelines to prevent fraud and exploitation, as well as mechanisms to fill in the gaps where personal needs don't directly correlate to societal needs (e.g. programs that reduce the personal penalty/risk for doing something that benefits society as a whole).**

    The examples you cite, while they sound nice at a surface level, are full of problems and are generally unrealistic, which is a perfect example of why it's a terrible idea to govern a population based on ideology. What becomes problematic is when people decide they want to put unrealistic controls on other people to the extent that it corrupts the foundational rules of the economy (e.g. Who are you to decide how "these people" spend their money? Maybe they want to reinvest, thus bolstering the economy as a whole, because they think they can be more productive that way, and give even more in the future?).

    In conclusion, ideologies are a convenient, cheap shortcut to trying to understand the world, which is never that simple. So, don't get caught up in being a 'conservative' or a 'liberal' because both are stupid positions to take.

    *I feel that Apple's execs are very far from the antisocial/materialistic stereotype we often see in other businesses and wall street.
    **E.g. Recycling; personally, it is easier to just throw everything in the trash, but incentives and programs that facilitate recycling are a positive overall investment for society.

    Kinda veered off into full rant mode; guess I was trying to skip ahead to the core issue(s).
    SpamSandwich
  • Apple executives net more than $13M each in vested stock

    spice-boy said:
    I guess insane bonuses are okay when it comes from a company that you like, right?  I mean if it were a drug company that tripled it's prices so the head honchos could  bump profits then that would be okay too. I mean unleashed capitalism always trickles down to the masses with: great paying jobs, excellent benefits for all employees and a system that takes care of the elderly and weakest. Robber Barons 2.0
    It's always nice how ppl get so knee-jerky when it comes to their blind ideology. You know that Apple vs drug companies is a terrible comparison, in numerous ways, right?
    baconstang