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Comment: Re:Unpaid labour? (Score 1) 71

Could someone tell me why we would want to do unpaid labour for Microsoft?

I'm quite prepared to test and help support Linux and open source projects. Microsoft? Not so much....

I'm sure the Linux distro makers (which often are commercial entities) gladly take your free labor, and laugh at their way to bank.

The phrase is actually, "laugh all the way to the bank".

In any event... You imply that I can't use Linux to make money without selling it. That's pretty silly.

I make a pretty good living using Linux, in spite of neither paying nor receiving any money for Linux, and I am quite sure I'm far from being the only one. Why should I care that the maintainers of my distro sell a commercial version of it? They're not taking any money from me, and they've bills to pay same as most folks, including me, so it's all good. I conclude that you're ignorant and/or trolling.

Comment: Re:Easily done: (Score 1) 325

by harrkev (#48196889) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Well, since you asked:

Estimates over the number of defensive gun uses vary, depending on the study's population, criteria, time-period studied, and other factors. Higher end estimates by Kleck and Gertz show between 1 to 2.5 million DGUs in the United States each year.[1]:64â"65[2][3] Low end estimates cited by Hemenway show approximately 55,000-80,000 such uses each year.[4][5] Middle estimates have estimated approximately 1 million DGU incidents in the United States

I also love the "FOR THE CHILDREN" argument. To stop child porn, we need to outlaw all encryption. To protect our children from obesity, we have to outlaw fatty foods. Sheesh! Grow up!

Also, lots of children are killed by cars each year. Do you propose banning cars? How about a woman who scares off an intruder with her gun. Is her life and the lives of her children worthless? Put your agenda away and put on your thinking cap.

Comment: Re:Link to the study. (Score 1) 420

by Zontar The Mindless (#48182543) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

That's the impression I get also (not going to read the whole thing tonight--it's after 1AM here).

I used to drink them avidly, but gave up soft drinks on anything like a regular basis about 10 years ago, mostly in reaction to my dentist's lecture on what an effective combination sugar, carbonation, and the acids formed when they're no longer under pressure make for destroying tooth enamel--not to mention how much it was costing me to get my teeth fixed. I think I'm even more glad now that I did.

(I also recall reading somewhere that warm Coca-Cola is a very effective spermicide. Anybody know whether this is true?)

Comment: Re:WHO owns the property rights? (Score 2) 100

by the gnat (#48182327) Attached to: Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

Just shows what big pharma actually does for the money they get. Not much it seems.

Why would Big Pharma waste time trying to cure Ebola? It's a disease that affects a relatively tiny number of people in (mostly, until the past month) Third World nations. It is only notable due to the terrifyingly (and unusual) high mortality rate, but there is absolutely no financial incentive to go after it right now.

Comment: Re:One crap audio brand battling with another (Score 1) 328

I seem to recall that it started after an "No Rock But Rock" ad campaign that got turned into "Butt Rock" by various wags because it was being used to push stuff like Nickelback and Seether. That was in '91, IIRC. "Glam" to me means New York Dolls, Roxy Music, and Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane period. KISS were also sort of glam. Not the same thing at all as Glam Metal/Hair Metal which is not the same thing at all as Butt-Rock.

Maybe it depends on who you talk to, or what part of the country you live(d) in.

Comment: Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (Score 1) 328

I'm not responsible for the Wikipedia article.

I'm not responsible for the fact that he was stupid enough to play with a gun while he was high.

I'm not responsible for the dog-crap his band started putting out after he offed himself.

But he was an excellent and innovative guitarist, composer, and bandleader who deserves heaps more recognition than he got.

I've long since outgrown idols. But I continue to admire him for his music.

Who cares what the man looked like? The point is to listen.

Comment: Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (Score 1) 328

Bose headphones have always been overpriced, and don't hold up under heavy use.

In my experience, real professionals use Sennheiser. At least, when I worked in radio, about 80% of the DJs and engineers I knew used Sennheisers, and laughed at me when I asked whether Bose was really any good--"on TV, sure".

Comment: Re:are the debian support forums down? (Score 1) 284

by Zontar The Mindless (#48177407) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings? normal phones have the ability to video chat.

Where I live, a "normal phone" is a smartphone.

Lots of smartphones support video calls. Both of mine do, at least. They're both off-the-shelf Samsung Galaxys--one's an S1 and the other's an S3.

Which reminds me, I'm about due to sign another 2-year contract with my telco so I can get a free S5 and catch up with my wife, who already has one. Which also supports video calling.

It's also hella cheaper to use Skype for this than to dial it directly, even for local video calls.

Comment: Re:are the debian support forums down? (Score 2) 284

by Zontar The Mindless (#48177165) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

Good luck getting my mom to use it.

Shit, I've been trying for ten fucking years to get her to quit using HUGE BOLD HTML for her emails. I've explained to her over and over again that she can use plain text, set her mail client to display it at a size that's comfortable for her, and let me view it at a size that's reasonable for me. And failed. Too complicated/scary.

Now... You were saying...?

HELP!!!! I'm being held prisoner in /usr/games/lib!