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Comment: The VB of databases (Score 1) 278

by ABasketOfPups (#30425792) Attached to: Widenius Warns Against MySQL Falling Into Oracle's Hands

...VB was, before Java, extraordinarily successful. There's no reason to believe that if MySQL went away, mindshare would go to more powerful or more capable solutions, when ease and speed were what sold people on MySQL. People would more likely end up with SQLite then with PostgreSQL.

Comment: Re:This is a simple decision for me. (Score 1) 232

by ABasketOfPups (#29367233) Attached to: The Coming Problems For Rolling Out 3D TV
Paper only works when you have two simultaneous images and they're polarized differently. That's unlikely to be in any home 3d system, 'cause it basically requires two tvs be built into one unit: it's expensive. It'll be shutter-type glasses, or nothing, till they figure out some entirely other tech.

Comment: It's with many, many others on a DVD... (Score 1) 987

by ABasketOfPups (#27957807) Attached to: What Can I Do About Book Pirates?

...in other words, even if it's been pulled down 1,000 times, there's a good chance nobody wanted your specific book.

I really believe there's nothing, ultimately, to be done about the masses distributing copies of, well, everything. On the other hand, freely distributed doesn't mean not paid for: plenty of folks who saw Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long blog did so where there was advertising, or bought the DVD (I did). The last Harry Potter book was available online before release, and did that really affect sales in any way?

Some folks won't pay. Wouldn't have. Some would have, but they won't if they can avoid it. In any case, there's no way to stop them. Stopping the search engines assumes that a solution could be found that wouldn't be worked around: don't be silly. This is the way it is.

Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 615

by ABasketOfPups (#27918673) Attached to: Adblock Plus Maker Proposes Change To Help Sites

"No, you cannot. Just like you need permission to make a copy, you need a version to make a derivative work. This is true even if you use one copy to produce one derivative copy."

Take a book you've bought, write notes in it, highlight it, cross some things out. You have every legal right to do those things to the copy you own.

1 1 was a race-horse, 2 2 was 1 2. When 1 1 1 1 race, 2 2 1 1 2.

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