Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Feb 2012 14:46 UTC
Mac OS X Well, this is a surprise. Several websites have a preview up of Apple's next Mac OS X release - it's called Mountain Lion, and continues the trend of bringing over functionality from iOS to Mac OS X. Lots of cool stuff in here we've all seen before on iPhones and iPads, including one very, very controversial feature: Gatekeeper. Starting with Mac OS X 10.8, Apple's desktop operating system will be restricted to Mac App Store and Apple-signed applications by default (with an opt-out switch), following in Windows 8's footsteps.
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RE[7]: Comment by kaiwai
by boxy on Thu 16th Feb 2012 17:01 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by kaiwai"
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As for 'spoiled digital pussies' - get used to it.

No thanks. This is exactly the problem that the Raspberry Pi project wants to address. There is a severe lack of digital education (and educators), at least in the US. You don't solve this problem by ignoring it. You solve it by addressing it. The only question is whether or not it's a problem worth addressing. In my opinion, it is. I think getting a proper computing education as just as important as getting a proper reading, writing, and/or math education.

The world is designed for the lowest common denominator - the Nascar watching, Budweiser chugging, McDonalds chomping, SUV driving, credit card debt accumulating, mouth breathing, reality tv watching, Jersey Shore emulating knuckle draggers who believe that the friendly Nigerian who sent them an email is really going to share some of his wealth with them if only they hand over the bank details.

No argument there at all.

That is whom Apple and Microsoft (along with others) target

Understood - they design for the user base with the largest market share.

so it is time to accept that you, I and most people here are in the minority and move on with life.

I definitely accepted this long ago.

The frustration you're exhibiting I went through 15 years ago when I was a Linux fan boy dead certain if people just pulled their head out of their ass and spent some time learning how to use their computer they would see the benefits of Linux.

Indeed. The key here is that you can't teach someone that is unwilling to learn, and trying to force people to learn something usually has the opposite of the intended effect.

The sad reality is that as I've aged I realise that society will never change and to hold out the maybe some sort of collective consciousness occurs is simply putting far too much hope in humanity getting its collective shit together.

I occasionally find myself thinking along those lines as well, but it's almost always after I've had a frustrating time dealing with someone that, despite my best efforts, just didn't get what I was trying to show them. It sucks. And I certainly can relate.

However, society definitely will never change as long as this is the attitude of its population. I think the best way to change this attitude is by educating the population, which was the point I was trying to make in the last sentence of my first paragraph.

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