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Also I've never understood how Microsoft got taken to court for bundling Internet Explorer with Windows - yet Apple can not only do the same thing with Safari on iOS but also not allow users to install a different browser?

(Yes there's Chrome and Firefox for iOS but they're still webkit-based so essentially Safari with a different interface).
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A lot has been written over the past year about how the internet/social media have affected things like the Brexit referendum/US election - and of course they have - but not due to the supposed filter bubble/echo chamber effect to which many have apportioned blame.

Although there clearly is such an effect, it has always been around; in fact it was worse in the days before the Internet - studies show that people who use social media are actually exposed to a much broader range of news sources and points of view than they would have experienced otherwise - and I think it is this that could be the source of much of the turbulence that we're seeing at the moment.

Now, I come from a background where we were encouraged to argue and debate fact and opinion constantly - even take up a position contrary to the one we actually held simply to see what it was like arguing from the other point of view. But I've learnt from personal experience that the majority of people don't argue/reason/debate in this way and actually can find it quite upsetting and uncomfortable to be put in that situation if unused to it.

So, the burgeoning use of the Internet and social media in particular is putting a lot of people in a position they've not often found themselves in before now - that of being exposed to very different viewpoints that challenge their own deeply-held beliefs. And that's pretty difficult to deal with; so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised when it creates a very strong reaction, even an initial entrenchment back into those deeply held values, regardless of what facts they might be presented with.

It seems to me that perhaps that this reaction is an example of 'extinction burst', a term used in behavioural psychology to describe a sudden 'last gasp' of a behaviour shortly before it dies out and is extinguished forever. At least, that's what I hope...

https://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/of-course-social-media-is-transforming-politics-but-its-not-to-blame-for-brexit-and-trump/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extinction_(psychology)#Extinction_burst
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Chocolate, a surprise AND a xenomorph?! Wow, thanks Mum!
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in 2015, OS X and iOS had more security vulnerabilities then Flash...
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