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Comment: Re:Do they charge patent royalties for Windows Pho (Score 1) 97

by Grishnakh (#49553017) Attached to: Microsoft Increases Android Patent Licensing Reach

That's a good point and an interesting story; I didn't know that before. You're right, that really shows the danger in being a greedy asshole and insisting on high patent royalties or worse not licensing because you want to be the only manufacturer. IIRC, the guy who invented the first working intermittent windshield wipers was like this too; instead of just selling rights to his design to Ford, he insisted on making them himself, and Ford just went around him. He eventually prevailed in court and won a large judgment, but it took a couple of decades or more, plus losing his marriage.

Luckily, we are finally starting to see more and more Robinson and Torx stuff. Philips screws are awful, though the Posi-drive variant is a little better.

Comment: Re:Do they charge patent royalties for Windows Pho (Score 1) 97

by Grishnakh (#49551115) Attached to: Microsoft Increases Android Patent Licensing Reach

Close, but not quite: Microsoft still has the vast majority of desktop OS installations, and they only support their own filesystems.

It's not quite like the screw thing, because there's no single company that dominates screws and screwdrivers. People keep using the same screws because of inertia: everyone's used to flat and phillips screws, and everyone has tools for them, so we keep using them even though they suck. Luckily, more and more stuff is finally moving away from those crappy standards, to Allen (recessed hex), Torx (recessed 6-point star), and Robinson (recessed square). You can get a multi-bit screwdriver and a big set of bits for every kind of screw for less than $10 now.

Comment: Re:Do they charge patent royalties for Windows Pho (Score 1) 97

by Grishnakh (#49551087) Attached to: Microsoft Increases Android Patent Licensing Reach

Just a quibble: IIRC, FAT32 is not covered by any patents at all. It's the "exFAT" filesystem which is patent-protected. FAT32 stopped being useful when portable flash cards passed (IIRC) 2 or 4GB in capacity. exFAT does a somewhat better job with large devices like this, but still, you're right, the only reason people use it is because it's ubiquitous and everything supports it, most importantly Windows, not because it's a great filesystem. So yeah, you could argue that this is illegal leveraging of their desktop monopoly. Too bad no one wants to spend the $$$ to challenge them in court over this.

Comment: Re:Unity next (Score 1) 453

by Grishnakh (#49547525) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Released, First Version To Feature systemd

No, you're entirely missing the point. Kubuntu gets next-to-no-usage because it's not a prime-time distro, it's just a small obscure variant of one. Not only that, Kubuntu is just a vanilla KDE setup (which is fine if you like regular KDE Plasma).

My proposal is that Ubuntu dump Unity and the GTK3 plumbing it sits on and adopt KDE instead. People already complain a lot about Unity being slow, and all evidence points to KDE being lighter weight and better performing than Gnome or Unity, due to superior architecture. However, Ubuntu likely doesn't just want to be a KDE distro for whatever reason; obviously they're trying to explore and push different UI concepts with Unity. That's OK: KDE lets you do that, when you have the development resources that Ubuntu enjoys. KDE already has several different versions of Plasma for different devices (desktop, netbook, mobile); the architecture allows you to have a completely different UI sitting on top of KDE's infrastructure. So Canonical wouldn't have such a difficult time developing their own UI (just another version of Plasma) which sits on top of KDE and benefits from its excellent under-the-hood architecture and performance, while letting them easily explore whatever new UI trends they want to try out. And then, anyone who doesn't like that can *trivially* just switch back to plasma-desktop and get a vanilla KDE experience if they want, without needing a whole new distro (or distro variant).

Comment: Re:Unity next (Score 1) 453

by Grishnakh (#49545647) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Released, First Version To Feature systemd

No, Gnome shell is no better than Unity, and probably worse. They both suck.

Ubuntu should just switch to a customized version of KDE. KDE has a far better underlying architecture than Gnome, and it's not that hard to make a different version of Plasma if you're a distro that wants to do things a bit differently.

Comment: Non Sequitor (Score 5, Insightful) 331

by eldavojohn (#49539223) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology

I'm not disappointed at all. Drones are so much better than actually invading Pakistan, and reduces the number of kids that get killed in war.

I never got the hate for drones in the first place. Why would you want to launch a ground invasion instead, which means MORE kids getting killed?

Sure, if you want to kill someone, you're right. I think the argument against drones is that if you push a button and someone dies on the other side of the Earth and you didn't have to go to war to do that ... well, fast forward two years and you're just sitting there hitting that button all day long. "The quarter solution" or whatever you want to call it is still resulting in deaths and, as we can see here, we're not 100% sure whose deaths that button is causing. Even if we study the targets really really hard.

And since Pakistan refuses to own their Al Queda problem, we have to take care of it for them.

No, no we don't. You might say "Al Queda hit us now we must hunt them to the ends of the Earth" but it doesn't mean that diplomacy and sovereignty just get flushed down the toilet. Those country borders will still persist despite all your shiny new self-appointed world police officer badges. Let me see if I can explain this to you: If David Koresh had set off bombs in a Beijing subway and then drones lit up Waco like the fourth of July and most of the deaths were Branch Davidians, how would you personally feel about that? Likewise, if Al Queda is our problem and we do that, we start to get more problems. Now, that said, it's completely true that Pakistan's leadership has privately condoned these strikes while publicly lambasting the US but that's a whole different problem.

Also, we must always assume that war = killing kids. The fact that people think kids shouldn't be killed in war basically gives people more of an incentive to go to war in the first place. When Bush invaded Iraq, the public should have asked "OK, how many kids are we expected to kill?" Because all war means killing kids. There has never been a war without killing kids.

The worst people are the ones that romanticize war, by saying war is clean and happy and everyone shakes hands at the end. War is the worst, most horrible thing, and we need to make sure people understand that, or they'll continue to promote war.

Yep, think of the children -- that's why we should use drone strikes, right? Look, war means death. Death doesn't discriminate and neither does war. If you're hung up on it being okay to take a life the second that male turns 18, you're pretty much morally helpless anyway. War is bad. Drone strikes are bad. There's enough bad in there for them both to be bad. This isn't some false dichotomy where it's one or the other. It's only one or the other if you're hellbent on killing people.

News flash: you can argue against drone strikes and also be opposed to war at the same time. It does not logically follow that since you're against drone strikes, you're pro war and pro killing children. That's the most unsound and absurd flow of logic I've seen in quite some time.

Comment: Re:They should be doing the opposite (Score 1) 298

Yes, it's ultimately the producer that provides it in one format. And if patent law were structured sanely, so that the patent fees were paid by the producer - and not the consumer, that'd be fine.

They're paid by the software producer. Now, sure, they pass that cost on to the consumer, but complaining about that is like complaining about capitalism in general. "Why should I have to pay extra for my food because the farmer has to buy seed and fertilizer?"

It sounds like you're making a pseudo-libertarian argument for letting the market dictate formats and platforms. But patent law operates in opposition to that. In a market dominated by one or two players, a state-granted monopoly on file formats locks any upstarts out of that market.

Except it's (i) only a state-granted monopoly on a single file format, and those upstarts are free to make any other file format they want (see, e.g. Ogg, MP3, WAV, AIFF, etc., etc.); and (ii) it's not even a monopoly that locks people out. It's a standard, so it can't be used for an injunction - they just have to pay a reasonable royalty.

Compatibility with existing content is vital.

Hence AIFF and WAV, formats that have been around for decades and are free and clear of any patent protection. Full compatibility, hooray!

Oh, wait, that's not good enough - you want access to the latest and greatest perceptual audio coding systems, but don't want to pay even a small royalty for it... So pirate it. That's what everyone else does, and they're not going to go after an individual for a single copy.

But, wait, that's not what you want either... You want to become a commercial distributor, making thousands or even tens or hundreds of thousands in revenue, a new "upstart" in the marketplace, but you don't want to have to pay your suppliers. Yeah, I can't sympathize. Sorry.

Comment: No, This Is Important for People to See (Score 5, Insightful) 254

by eldavojohn (#49536145) Attached to: Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis

Wait. A person who made dubious claims that had no scientific backing to them was actually lying? What next? Water is wet?!!

I think pretty much everyone but the nutjob, true believers in psuedo-science knew all along that this woman was lying.

So you're saying everyone knew she was lying about her charity donations as well? Or was it only the charities that knew that? From the article:

The 26-year-old's popular recipe app, which costs $3.79, has been downloaded 300,000 times and is being developed as one of the first apps for the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch. Her debut cook book The Whole Pantry, published by Penguin in Australia last year, will soon hit shelves in the United States and Britain.

So you're saying the 300,000 downloads are by people that knew they were downloading the app architected by a liar? And they were paying $3.79 to Apple and this liar for a recipe app that contain recipes that someone lied about helping her cure cancer? And you're saying that everyone at Apple that featured her app on the Apple Watch knew they were showing a snake oil app on their brand new shiny device? And that the people at Penguin did all their fact checking on any additional information this cookbook might contain about Belle Gibson's alleged cancer survival? And that everybody involved in these events know society's been parading around a fucking liar and rewarding her with cash money while she basically capitalizes on a horrendous disease that afflicts millions of people worldwide ... that she never had?

No, this is not the same as "water is wet" and it needs to be shown that holistic medicine is temporarily propped up on a bed of anecdotal lies ... anybody who accepts it as the sole cure for their ailment is putting their health in the hands of such charlatans and quacks.

Comment: Re:Please don't link Newsmax... (Score 2, Insightful) 676

by CajunArson (#49535547) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

So you're saying that old people like Snowden and Millenials hate his guts?

Your summary dismissal of facts based on the source not being politically correct enough shows that you are very enlightened and tolerant.

During WWII, did your grandpappie tell his bosses to not trust that E=mc^2 crap because the guy who thought it up wasn't an Aryan pure blood?

Comment: Re:AdBlock Edge. uBlock. AdBlock Latitude. (Score 1) 278

by Grishnakh (#49535535) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

Hmm, that's really weird. I'm currently using 36.0.4 on Linux Mint, and everything's mostly fine. It does seem to have a memory leak in it, so I seem to need to kill it and restart it every week or two, but it is normal for me to just leave it open all the time (on a laptop which gets suspended every night) with a couple dozen tabs in two windows. So not perfect, as I had said before, but not any worse than I've had with most browsers over the years. And FF is really good about remembering all my open tabs so I'm always right back where I was when I restart it. (And unlike stupid Chromium, it waits until you actually look at a tab before loading it, instead of trying to reload every single tab all at once when you restart and restore.)

Comment: Re:It's my choice to kill my kid! (Score 3, Insightful) 605

by Grishnakh (#49534439) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

Did you not read my post? It isn't just anti-vaxxers, there's other people who are susceptible to these diseases: people who can't take the vaccine (allergic or immune-compromised), and also the unlucky 1-2% who *did* get the vaccine, and it simply didn't work for them.

Also, we're talking about kids here; the anti-vaxxers' kids don't deserve to catch diseases. If it were just anti-vax parents catching diseases themselves because of their stupid choice to not vaccinate, then yeah, who cares? Hoist by their own petard and all that. But this isn't the case; it's innocent people, mainly kids (both theirs and other peoples'), who are suffering because of these idiots.

All syllogisms have three parts, therefore this is not a syllogism.