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Comment Re:RTFA? (Score 1) 248 248

I don't know who this "us" is, but I quit using Windows 10+ years ago. Since then, I've been using your "operating system that gives us everything we want via functionality and interface, without any of Microsoft's control and invasion" and nobody's ever "bullied" me for it.

Please don't confuse your personal/social identity issues with the matter at hand, because it sounds like this is what you're doing.

Comment Re: Sure you can. (Score 1) 248 248

And you can't just drop a Ford motor into a Chevy and expect to drive it away, either.

You're the one dwelling on complexity, not the average user, to whom a computer is a thing that you turn on, it shows you little pictures on a screen and you click on one or more of these in order to view web pages or email, write an office doc, make a Skype call, etc. Whether the logo on the case is a little window, a little apple, a little penguin, or the likeness of Kim Jong-Un, it's still a computer, and this is what computers do. End of story.

Comment Re: Sure you can. (Score 1) 248 248

The average consumer hasn't had a Windows virus?

Alas, the average consumer thinks he's had a "computer virus" because that's the phrase used in the mass media.

Whenever someone asks me about "computer viruses", my response is always along the lines of, "Do you mean *Windows* viruses? Well, I don't use Windows, so I never have to worry about those..."

Comment Re:Mickey Mouse copyirght extenstions... (Score 1) 132 132

You're conflating trademarks and copyrights. No-one's disputing Disney's right to hold a *trademark* for the Mickey Mouse character and likeness to use in representing their company and its products.

As for *copyright*, you're asking the wrong question. This is because copyright is not a right, but rather a privilege granted by the State. So the proper question in this case is, "Why should the government continue grant Disney the privilege of copyright on the Steamboat Willie cartoon *indefinitely*?"

Comment I have a dream... (Score 1) 116 116

...of a Slashdot where the editors actually edit submissions and turn them into something approaching standard English.

When actual fucking EDITING commences, I'll consider that worth coming up with the bucks to fly out to Oregon and meet you guys at *Con. Thanks for the invite, though.

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