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Comment Re:Excellent. (Score 1) 674

I used to think along those lines untill I saw it in action, it quickly devolves towards slavery. My municipality forces people on welfare to do community service. Unfortunately those "voluntary" positions replace actual paid jobs. A famous example was a street sweeper who was asked to supervise a number of "volunteers". After training them he was fired an replaced by those "volunteers" as his job was no longer necessary. He couldn't find a new job and had to apply for unemployment benefits. Upon registering he was told that he needed to community service to get more work experience. He was assigned to sweeping the streets and was forced to do his old job at no pay.

Comment Re:Absence?! (Score 1) 595

So your hypothetical home user has a single IP address and runs multiple web servers. And you feel that "Most home routers" should default to supporting that?

Probably not a classic webserver but appliances with a built in webserver for administration and monitoring are becoming more and more common. It's part of the domotica/internet of things wave. Right now these appliances need to use all kinds of workarounds because they are not directly adressable. For example they relay through a server owned by the manufacturer.

Comment Re:Limited appeal (Score 1) 48

the dream of "millions more streaming online" is just a dream

It's reality, not a dream, and has been for a while. It's hard to find numbers to put this into perspective but I found some info from IEM San Jose (december 2014) and DOTA2. IEM had 4 milion live viewers during a two day event. DOTA2 reached 2 million simultaneous viewers with a total of 20 million viewers. While NCAA is bigger than both events combined the numbers are not that far off either. NCAA is an old organisation with a 50 year television history that has a lot of resources to promote it's events. As eSports have time and demography on their side I expect that eSport will continue to grow. Especially now television broadcasters are starting to pick it up.

The mass appeal of watching someone play video games is just not there.

That statement makes me wonder if you've actually watched eSport. In my mind it's no different than watching people play baseball or tennis.

Comment Re:GPL is about control, not freedom (Score 2, Insightful) 188

It is about freedom, just not the freedom of the programmer. It's about the users. Freedom is not an absolute condition, it's always a balance the rights of various stakeholders. The cliche is that my right to swing my fist ends where your nose begins. Most software licenses restrict the rights of the users in favour of the programmer. The BSD licenses are vary liberal but they only focus on programmers that want to use the code. As a user you don't know anything about your rights if code is based on BSD code. Usually its 'free', but there is no guarantee. The programmer has no obligation to the user. The GPL is about giving assurances to users. If software is based on GPL code the user knows for sure that he will be able to get the code and use it.

Comment Re:Does anyone care what RMS thinks any more? (Score 1) 253

What people fail to grasp is that shrinkwrap software is only a small part of the entire software market. Most software is never sold. It's written to solve a specific problem within an organisation. Most companies are not software companies. They will write software when they have to, but they would prefer to focus on their primary activity. Cooperating with other companies is a way to save money. Someone might think that those companies wouldn't want to share the software because they would lose a competetive advantage but that's usually not the case. Those companies don't want to compete on software, it's not their strong suit.

Comment Re:I love Alibaba/Aliexpress (Score 1) 66

There is a number of intermediaries that try to solve this problem. If you want to buy a product you ask the intermediary to buy it for you. They will judge the seller and buy the product for you if they feel all is in order. When they receive the product they'll unpack it and send you a few pictures. Now you can decide if you want to buy it. If so they mail it to you, if not they will return it to the manufacturer and deal with the refundprocess. Ofcourse you'll have to a pay a small fee for the service but the examples I've seen were very cheap.

Comment Re:It is pathetic that this is being done in china (Score 1) 66

I wouldn't call your examples cases of overregulation. More a case of the law being behind the technology curve, as it usually is. Not that there is no overregulation, but I don't think your examples qualify. Regarding safety. There is no such thing as absolute safety. The law specifies a number of features a car should have to make it safe. How else would 'they' determine if the car is safe? You'll need some kind of guideline.

Comment Re: Government Intervention (Score 1) 495

Yes, really great, compared to the rest of the USA. Over here in the Netherlands I have 500/500 for €60, €50 after discounts. That's from a high end provider which also includes goodies such as a 4G subscription for my cellphone. There is about a dozen others that offer the same speed for less money. 1000/1000 for €40 is also available. My other connection is 180/18 over cable.

Comment Gliding scale (Score 1) 118

I don't think your perspective on this is right. There is no hard cut-off between fully depending on support an doing everything yourself. At the very least you will need someone to talk with support. You will always have someone who is acting as an administrator and who will solve problems. Sooner or later you are going to run into problems that can be fixed without support. If you don't want to keep fixing the same problem over and over you are better of sending the fix upstream. With or without the help of payed support.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.