After 14 years and over 15,000 stories posted, it’s finally time for me to say Good-Bye to Slashdot. The internet has changed dramatically since I started here, and that’s part of my reason for leaving. For me, the Slashdot of today is fused to the Slashdot of the past. This makes it really hard to objectively consider the future of the site. Posting stories has always been my favorite part of the job. I created Slashdot to share these stories with my friends from IRC and school. It was never ‘work’. I wish I could continue to post stories forever, but those closest to me know that if I maintained the ability to post, I’d never move on. I’ll continue to read Slashdot and hopefully my occasional story submissions will make the cut.
Knowning when to stop is just as important as being successful in the first place. Respect and all luck in your other adventures CmdrTaco! Wonder, was he an apple fanboy? (more…)
This landscape, centred on a grim little log cabin, seems a bit monotonous and desolate at first, but there’s plenty of adventure to be had here, although not necessarily of the wholesome, survivable kind. | Website
In its farewell to Jobs, TechCrunch invokes Wilhelm Stekel’s quotation, “The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” But what exactly is the cause Jobs lives for?
Jobs’ ambition was to make high technology universal, at the beginning of his career. Apple itself has helped spread this perception since its famous 1984 ad, which promoted the choice of buying a Macintosh as a way to combat a drab Orwellian future.
Yes, it is a sad indictment of lack of common sense, that so many people are incapable of grasping the point that the most profitable thing a business man can do, is bring down the cost of new technology and bring it within the financial reach of “everyone”. However, that goes to a certain point. Being ruthlessly competitive, patent-monopolist and multi-billionaire just because you have design sense doesn’t make it in all houses.
Of course, Apple is a business, not an NGO. But compare its public image with that of another iconic brand: Nike. Both dominated their competitors through the use of iconic design, both inspire rabidly loyal followings — American teenagers have been murdered for their Nikes; Chinese kids have sold organs for iPads — and both outsource production to developing countries in order to skirt U.S. labor laws. But while Jobs is feted as a progressive icon, Phil Knight is a punching bag for activists like Michael Moore. | Read Article