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Comment: Re:Ain't freedom a bitch... (Score 2) 551

by Curtman (#49013047) Attached to: RMS Objects To Support For LLVM's Debugger In GNU Emacs's Gud.el
That's one way of looking at it. I see RMS as abrasive and pedantic, but all-in-all a visionary and due some respect. RMS has always marginalized himself, and life has gone on anyway. In his view GPL is more free because it ensures freedom to the user from being trapped in a ball of proprietary shit, or tries to anyway.

Comment: Re:Ain't freedom a bitch... (Score 3, Interesting) 551

by Curtman (#49012521) Attached to: RMS Objects To Support For LLVM's Debugger In GNU Emacs's Gud.el
I believe his position is that the mainline GNU Emacs should not accept patches that cater to non-GPL licensed plugins. The freedom exists for any user to apply those patches anyway. RMS is the original author of Emacs, and personally has copyright of a lot of that code. The current maintainer has said he will apply the patches anyway so it's really a non issue. None of that seems to be mentioned in the summary at least.

Comment: Re:WTF (Score 2) 297

by Curtman (#49005527) Attached to: Canadian Climate Scientist Wins Defamation Suit Against National Post
The Sun Media "news" outlets are much further to the right.

Even with the shady journalism discussed in this story, I think The National Post would have better judgement than to publish anything said by Ezra Levant for example.

Ezra Isaac Levant (born 1972) is a Canadian media personality, conservative political activist, writer and broadcaster. He is the founder and former publisher of the Western Standard, is a broadcaster and columnist for Sun Media tabloids and television, and has written several books on politics and public policy. He has become involved in several legal and other controversies on free speech issues. Other issues that he has dealt with include multiculturalism, immigration, and economic deregulation. He published the book Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada's Oil Sands in 2010 and Groundswell: The Case for Fracking in 2014 through McClelland & Stewart. Levant has been successfully sued for libel on two separate occasions.

Comment: Re:a better question (Score 1) 592

by Curtman (#48844299) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?
The only reason I'm not using Linux on my Mac right now is poor HiDPI support. Strangely hidpi is working properly in Linux for almost every application except Chrome, which works in OS X and Windows just fine.

I got the Retina (15-inch Late 2013), and love the hardware. I've got a small Windows partition that gets booted once in a blue moon (Last time was to run "Odin" to unlock my wife's S5). Buying a Mac gives me the ability to run Linux, OS X, and Windows. Before I got this I purchased a HP laptop with Windows 8. It was horrible. By the 3rd day it would not turn on anymore. I will avoid PC hardware because it seems flimsy and prone to failure.

Comment: Re:Apparently Not (Score 4, Interesting) 59

by Curtman (#48815761) Attached to: Samsung In Talks To Acquire Troubled BlackBerry For $7.5 Billion

"They typically don't comment. Denying something that is true is a great way to get sued by shareholders."

I don't know about that. They denied that they would make an Android or iPhone BBM app for the entire time they would have been developing them.

I am most curious about what Samsung would do with QNX if it was to acquire it. QNX is something that should not be allowed to die. Samsung could afford to do this deal, and release QNX as opensource. It's of no particular use to them unless they want to ditch Tizen and Android.

Comment: Re:VLC (Score 1, Interesting) 313

by Curtman (#48475323) Attached to: Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC
VLC is an open source project though. Microsoft used to be the evil empire who spoke of the GPL as a cancer. It took being humbled by Google in the mobile market to make them decide to embrace open standards. It's impressive, but it's still Windows. Wake me up when bash is the default shell.

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