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Comment Re:OpenOffice vs LibreOffice (Score 5, Informative) 236

You've got it the wrong way around license-wise. LibreOffice can pull anything they'd like from OpenOffice, but OpenOffice won't because they don't want LGPL/GPL code polluting their code-tree. OpenOffice spent a long time rewriting GPL/LGPL code to ensure they could keep their license pure which is one of the reasons they're so much further behind LibreOffice.

Comment Re:V34.0.5? (Score 1) 237

Yes and no. Chrome, in general, has more between version patches than Firefox. Version 33 was a notable exception due to the landing of off-screen GPU renderring though. So, even though Mozilla's release cycle is 15 days faster, Chrome is still pushing out more new browser versions. Source: I have to package every version of each for portable use, so I know about every new full version and patch version whereas most local users don't notice due to automatic updating.

Comment The Majority Of People Can Use It Now (Score 1) 237

It'll start with users on Windows that are using better browsers (Firefox and Chrome as well as variants) as well as some of the 8% of the world that runs Mac who've grown beyond the often-outdated Safari (since it's OS tied and you have to upgrade your whole OS to update it). And it'll start on the majority of smartphone users that use Android. So that means most users can either use this now or upgrade to a better browser that can use this now. It'll come to the #2 mobile OS later once Apple adds it in to Safari but then it'll work for every browser on iOS since every browser on iOS is actually just Safari with a pretty UI on top.

Comment Re:This just makes sense... (Score 1) 253

If you're talking about hard goods like washing machines and lawn mowers, their cost with respect to wages and inflation has decreased dramatically over time. Why? Because people value price over quality. And don't consider ten year investments anymore. So, we have cheap washing machines that don't cost much more than they did in 1962 (and that's WITHOUT inflation) that are basically disposable and meant to last 10 years. A washing machine cost nearly $200 in 1962. A basic top-loading washing machine today with no bells and whistles similar to a 1962 model costs a lot less than $1,550 today (the equivalent in 2014 dollars). Or maybe a basic, single-set cordless phone that was $129 in 1982. A basic model today costs a lot less than $330. You can get the same support you used to, but you have to pay A LOT more for it. Why? Because most people just want it cheap and won't pay for quality and support. So the quality and support side of things loses the economies of scale that it used to enjoy. So, you can get the quality and support, you'll just have to pay a lot more for it.

Comment Re:This just makes sense... (Score 1) 253

Sure it does. If they had to provide support, they would build in the cost of said support to the price of the software. Instead, you have the option of paying for live technical support on a contract or incident basis if you so choose. You're free to pay for technical support if you would like it.

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