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"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." — [likely not] John Steinbeck

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I guess from US you see that as something negative; but from outside this culture, it actually seems to be one of the best american qualities, to be honest. You're really lucky if you don't know what's it like to live in a country where all the poor people are certain that things will never change for the best and therefore do absolutely nothing about it.

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You're really lucky if you don't know what's it like to live in a country where all the poor people are certain that things will never change for the best and therefore do absolutely nothing about it.

And yet the social mobility in the USA is quite low compared to other developed countries: "Several large studies of mobility in developed countries in recent years have found the US among the lowest in mobility." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socio-economic_mobility_in_the_...)

Empirically those countries with a highly built-out welfare system (e.g. those where the economic pressure on the poor individual is lowest) see higher probabilities of those poor people working themselves out of poverty.

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You contrast "lazy poor" (that support the status quo) with "busy poor" (of which one in a million manages to leave the poor class).

The quote contrasts "known poor" (exploited proletariat) with "delusional poor" (temporarily embarrased millionaires).

Those are orthogonal: there are enough temporarily embarrased millionaires out there that will never "make it" while self-aware exploited proles can be quite the force.

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Unfortunately, http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_Steinbeck#Disputed (but it came to my mind as well)

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Thank you!

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Where is time spent transitioning from userspace to kernel and back accounted for? And (perhaps relatedly), when does the accounting happen? After each timeslice?

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Seems a bit hyperbolic. Anti-trust laws are still in place, but I don't see anyone seriously arguing that Apple engages in widespread anti-competitive behavior, much less calling for a legal remedy.

Apple certainly is in a place that they could illegally crush competitors if they were so inclined, but the fact that they're not doing so seems to make the natural read of the situation that they've been hugely rewarded for making products that customers can't wait to spend their money on. Hardly a disaster.

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They do engage in widespread anti-competitive behavior, by making really good products that people want to buy! It really hurts their competition's ability to sell cheap plastic laptops.

All joking aside, the fact that Apple could crush anyone but has explicitly chosen not to is worthy of some amount of praise.

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The only reason they aren't able to crush people is because of Android and Microsoft. If you look at how the App Store was run and the general way Apple did things before Android became dominant, it was pretty scary. There were stories almost every other day about Apple just arbitrarily banning apps that might have conceivably intruded upon their corporate interests.

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But they could drop the prices on their devices and corner the market overnight. If Apple offered an iPhone 6 for $99 off contract and a $299 Macbook Air... not everyone would switch, but enough would that their competitors would have a hard time staying in business. And Apple could do it. Forgetting for a second that dumping is generally illegal, selling products at a loss in order to put competitors out of business isn't unheard of.

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The leadership of Apple seems still focused on dominating the "affordable status symbol" sector of IT, which I guess is something they'd want to keep doing for as long as possible because that could be a big part of why they can afford having higher margins.

I guess only time will tell what they'll do if/when that stops working, they certainly have the potential to unleash hell on their competition if they ever decide to go for market share.

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Instead they were just illegally crushing employee wages and e-book markets.

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BBC Radio 4's fantastic "In Our Time" podcast had an episode on Bruegel just a few weeks ago. IIRC, it was more about a different but somewhat similar painting of his, but I believe there was at least a little discussion of this work as well. http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/iot (search for "Bruegel")

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Ran it on my MBP. It crashed:

panic(cpu 6 caller 0xffffff80201b61ad): "NO ENTRY TO DELETE"@/SourceCache/xnu/xnu-2782.20.26/osfmk/vm/vm_map_store_rb.c:118

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I love how much it feels like the MacBook keyboard so there's a consistent typing experience when I'm using my computer at a desk or in my lap.

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It's using a console font:

Ubuntu users may see the message "Failed to set font height." Term Boy uses the setfont command to change the font height, which looks for the font default8x16.psfu in /usr/share/consolefonts. The font can be downloaded from the Kbd project. Download any of the archives and the font will be located in data/consolefonts.

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How is this font able to do graphics like this?

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The original Game Boy display was 160x144 pixels. The font's name implies that it's made of 8x16 pixel characters. So I'm guessing each glyph in it is used to represent a unique configuration of 2x4 Game Boy pixels because that'd mean an 80x36 character terminal, a fairly common terminal size, would fit perfectly. Since the Game Boy display only has 2-bit color depth (so, 4 colors), that means the font would need 4^8 (65,536) glyphs.

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Note that an app could conceivably be made that would on launch allow you to download all of Wikipedia. This limit is just on the size of the app binary as it's downloaded from the App Store.

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I agree that the presets could use some work, but in case you missed it, if you click the chevron to the right of "Suggested Colors", you can set the color/brightness manually.

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Very nice, was wishing aloud just last night for something this straightforward. I expect I'll be using this a lot.

I'd love to see it have a menu bar item option. And I note that the interface would work nearly as-is on iOS. (And I'd jump on paying $0.99 for it, on either platform, if you decide you're so inclined.)

Does it work with the new Lux white-only lights?

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