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Comment: Better than the alternative (Score 1) 126

by CurryCamel (#49079557) Attached to: Patent Troll Wins $15.7M From Samsung By Claiming To Own Bluetooth

I'd rather have these guys bleed Samsung for a pittance, than the alternative to not having patentable standards and technology...

Sure, RembrantIP didn't contribute to the invention, but they probably paid a nice sum to the inventor (who now can go invent something else, and not flip burgers).

Now, having secured their financial interest in the a-priori standard of Bluetooth, other device manufacturers actually can make the jump and implement it, knowing some leacher doesn't come along and foil their business. The newcomer doesn't have the non-recurring costs to cover...

For the end-user, this means I'm not tied to Samsung's proprietary protocol, and my Nokia BT speakers work even with Apple's device. The alternative is that only Samsung speakers work with Samsung phones.

Sorry to rain on your two minutes of hate, but I prefer the lesser evil of patent trolls, to walled gardens. Apple fanbois need not reply to this, thanks.

Comment: Re:Indeed, BSD is already a popular desktop OS (Score 1) 393

by CurryCamel (#49072049) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

I don't recall seeing any developer using Mac OS X over the last couple of years.

Ok, I lie. I know two but they run linux in a virtual machine on the Mac, so I guess that doesn't count?

Last time I was maintaining a cross-platform project it felt like every single non-trivial commit broke the CI, and always on the Mac. Many times because Mac doesn't yet support POSIX 2001 fully.

Ignoring its quirks, I do agree that OSX is a great operating system, but it could use a decent desktop environment. On Linux, I can change it so it suites me, not you.

I just realized I probably got trolled. 13.4% share, and you win the desktop war?

Comment: Re:Make it mandatory (Score 1) 288

I am not.
Quite honestly, I thought "writing emails" was not even a question here.

A basic course in programming (coding, CS, call it what you will) must be on the curriculum for any modern school. Something that teaches how computers work, not only how to use them. With the ubiqousness of computers today and in the future, the point is so painfully obvious IMHO that I cannot understand why its opponents don't even bothering to explain their standpoints.

Comment: Re:Why always Ubuntu on these boxes? (Score 1) 123

by CurryCamel (#48951711) Attached to: Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops

RedHat has never been interested in selling a desktop solution (just to contradict me, I believe that recently they have a workstation version comming up)

My HP z840 is not three monts old, and fully supported by HP and/or RH.
It even had a physical RHEL 6 driver CD in the package!
As of a few years back the 3rd party SW vendors have slowly started to add support for Ubuntu, but as of now, only the linux fanatic could even consider switching. RHEL has been the obvious choice on the desktop for the last 10 years (if you didn't want Solaris). I even had RHEL 5 on my laptop for a while back - no problems whatsoever.

How many QA engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 3: 1 to screw it in and 2 to say "I told you so" when it doesn't work.