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Comment: Re:Dumping (Score 1) 75

by CajunArson (#48412933) Attached to: Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions

Uh.. I thought companies making profits was evil. Shouldn't we be applauding Intel for not making any money? Would you insult the Raspberry Pi project for giving away free devices?

I'd much rather live in a world with a made-up "Intel monopoly" that doesn't exist where Intel is literally the largest contributor to the Linux kernel that isn't a Linux-specific company (look it up, Intel is usually #3 right after the Linux foundation & Red Hat) vs. the very real ARM monopoly of intellectual property minefields, backdoored binary firmward blobs, opaque drivers, and poor support.

Comment: Re:Dumping (Score 2) 75

by CajunArson (#48409971) Attached to: Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions

Venn Diagram:
1. People who claim that x86 can't run Android.

2. People (like me) who actually own Baytrail Android Tablets and have seen what they can do first hand (hint: for $150 I got a tablet that's flat-out better than an iPad Mini. I also get the warm & fuzzy feeling of supporting the only Android hardware vendor in the world that supports Linux with both money, developers, and gobs of GPL compliant driver code).

3. Overlap between the two circles: Empty Set.

Comment: Depends on Embargo Lift (Score 5, Interesting) 473

It's one thing to prevent game review sites from playing one-upsmanship over each other by "leaking" early reviews (that are often incomplete and based on beta versions of the game). However, once you can buy the "finished" product, the only reason to have a continuing embargo is that you know the product sucks but you don't want to share that information.

Another strategy: Have game review sites flat out say that an embargo for a certain game is NOT lifting prior to the game going on sale. I know lots of NDAs have Fight Club clauses (you do NOT talk about the NDA).. but a clever game review site could probably get around that without actually saying "The Assassin's Creed Embargo Does Not Lift Until 11PM" or something similar.

Comment: When in doubt... (Score -1, Troll) 695

Double down on non-scientific extremist rhetoric to maintain power. The IPCC isn't even being original.

Hell, even the IPCC doesn't *really* believe in Global Warming as a scientific phenomenon, but only as a political tool to go after those "evil" western democracies that "unfairly" use resources.

After all, if the IPCC thought of global warming scientifically, they wouldn't have self-censored their own report to intentionally omit data about greenhouse gas emissions from Asia... http://news.nationalgeographic...

Comment: Interesting Cafeteria Story in Reverse (Score 3, Interesting) 54

by CajunArson (#48287251) Attached to: Khrushchev's 1959 Visit To IBM

In sort of a mirror image of this story, some U.S. scientist was led on the usual dog & pony tour of Soviet space facilities (a publicly available one at any rate). Of course the tour included a display of huge rockets, advanced sattelites, etc. etc. to trump up the superiority of Soviet science.

Interestingly enough, after the tour the scientist came away convinced that the Soviet Union was hopelessly behind. It had nothing to do with the rockets though. Instead, he noted that when they ate lunch at the cafeteria, the cafeteria workers had to total up their lunches using an abacus. Big propaganda show-pieces are impressive, but it's the little things that show you what's really going on.

Comment: Re:It freakin' works fine (Score 1) 928

by CajunArson (#48277567) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

"Heh... Have you used *ANY* Linux audio on most Linux distributions? If so, you've used it."

No... really.. I haven't used it.
I have a real soundcard (Xonar) in my main machine that just passes a signal through TOSlink to my receiver. While libpulse is installed as a required dependency, I literally do not have the pulse audio server package installed.

All of my Linux boxes are *highly* customized, no kitchen-sink Ubuntu stuff going on here. I fully admit that I'm not setup to do professional audio editing or anything like that, but sound most certainly works and it doesn't require pulseaudio.

Comment: Just like "free" housing solved poverty! (Score 4, Interesting) 262

by CajunArson (#48264599) Attached to: Power and Free Broadband To the People

Just look at the loving way in which the residents of "free" public housing maintain their residences out of gratitude to the all-caring government.

Truly, public housing solved poverty to exactly the same degree that free broadband will "solve" the digital divide. I'm sure that the upstanding U.S. citizens who live in public housing will take it upon themselves to learn how to code and contribute Open Source software to the world in complete gratitude for this benevolent entitlement.

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