Isaac Asimov propounded the Three Laws of Robotics in his short story collection I, Robot.
1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
It seem that the Siri function in the new iPhone 4S obeys these laws, and that is causing consternation for some feminists. In apparent obedience to the First Law, Siri doesn’t seem to be able to find abortion clinics.
Is this more of Apple’s pro-family attitude showing? They don’t let porn into their iTunes/iPod/iPad/iPhone ecosystem.
Allahpundit suggest that it might be something deeper. Steve Jobs was adopted. As an adult, he sought out his birth mother to thank her for not having an abortion. It could be that Siri’s pro-life attitudes are one more dent that Jobs has made in the Universe.
It’s things like this that are the difference between what Guy Kawasaki once called “a complete product” and the Frankenstein user interfaces of so much bad software. (H/T Stephen Green)
Macs are being freewheeled into the office by corporate higher-ups – typically executives, sales reps and other workaholics – who rely on MacBook Pro machines rather than Windows notebooks which are slowing them down.
I’ve benefited from the improved productivity of a Mac over a PC since I made the switch 24 years ago. Even the big time consultants like Forrester Research are starting to figure this out. 9 to 5 Mac has more here.
(H/T Stephen Green)
It seems that some of the occupiers aren’t willing to share their stuff with others. There’s a story going around about how some girl’s laptop has gone missing. There’s also a good deal of chatter wondering why her laptop cost $5,500. See here or here.
I don’t have any sympathy for what the occupiers are doing. I certainly question whether an 18 year old who either can afford an Mac laptop or has parents who can provide her with one is sufficiently disadvantaged to be considered a genuine member of the 99 Percent.
OTOH, I can believe that the total bill from the Apple Store for her laptop purchase could have been $5,500 if she bought software at the same time. The full up version of Microsoft Office is $279.95. Adobe CS5.5 Premium is $1899.95. Maybe she’s a graphic arts major who isn’t smart enough to buy student versions of software.
My Mac laptop cost about $2,500, but the replacement cost of it and all the software on it would be well north of $5,500.
Dennis Ritchie has died. He was one of the fathers of Unix and the C programming language. If you use a Mac or Linux based computer, you are deeply indebted to him.
I’m seeing horror stories out in the tubes of the interwebs (here and here, for example) about upgrading iPhones and iPads to iOS5, Macs to OS 10.7.2, and moving from MobileMe to iCloud.
I upgraded yesterday with absolutely no problems. The longest part were the downloads, and all the installs were glitch free. YMMV, so it may be wise to pay attention to Stephen Green’s forecast for Friday when a million or so iPhones 4S come alive:
Folks, tomorrow is gonna be ugly. I don’t see how Apple gets this thing sorted out before the weekend is over. I’d be pleased as punch to be wrong, but mark my words: Tomorrow is gonna be ugly.
The hard drive on my MacBook went flakey on me.
I got it replaced quickly while I waited in the Apple Store in Columbia, MD, under AppleCare.
Even though the store was packed, the service was, prompt, competent, and friendly.
Thanks, James B!
I’m an Apple Developer so I was able to evaluate the pre-release versions of OS 10.7, and I was generally pleased with each succeeding release. I’ve been using the public version since it became available from the App Store. Other than minor tweaks to setting for new functions (such as new track pad gestures), there have been no problems. The only program that I really still used that didn’t have an upgraded version was AppleWorks, and I was only using it to create simple drawings. I replaced it with EazyDraw.
I wasn’t sure how I would get on with the “reversed” scrolling, but I’ve adapted to it quickly. There is now more interface similarity between my MacBook Pro and my iOS devices, and I like that my notebook is now more like my iPad.