Beginning today, Microsoft will begin downgrading Windows 7 machines and upgrading Windows 8 machines to Windows 10. The new operating system is free, and it’s worth every penny users pay for it.
Ben Smith has a piece up at BuzzFeed called Can Bill De Blasio Turn Uber Into The NRA?, and it contains several interesting ideas.
So will Bill de Blasio pry the Uber app from his constituents’ cold dead hands?
The article goes on to deal with some of the ins and outs of the coming fight between the Mayor of New York and the popular ride sharing service as seen from a leftwing point of view. It ends with a line musing over
whether Uber becomes as partisan and polarizing as guns, or as American as the iPhone.
Hmmm. Notice the implication that being associated in any way with the NRA (which is, after all, the country’s oldest civil rights organization) is an undesirable bug rather than a feature. Uber is popular because it provides people with more options in how they travel and in how they earn a living. Through its advocacy of Second Amendment rights, the NRA has helped people be free to defend themselves. Both organizations provide more freedom to more people while being opposed by elements of the nanny state. While the company may or may not like being in the same philosophical boat as the NRA, it is.
Read the whole thing.
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—Wernher von Braun
Simplicity is not the absence of clutter, that’s a consequence of simplicity. Simplicity is somehow essentially describing the purpose and place of an object and product. The absence of clutter is just a clutter-free product. That’s not simple.
There is no reason that function should not be beautiful—in fact, beauty usually makes it more effective.
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