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Comment Hey, this is open-source... (Score 0) 684

Hey, this is open-source. People join and quit projects all the time. They do it for any number of reasons. In this case, is the departure over the attitude as stated in the article or is it over the direction (Linus not wanting to include a BSD-style secure level interface)? Both are acceptable reasons. Why? Because the contributors are volunteers and can leave for any reason they want.

There isn't a story here. People already know that people join and quit OS projects all the time, so this departure isn't news. People already know that LInus can be brutally honest in his comments to others, so the reason for the departure isn't news either. Even a fork of the kernel isn't news because there are a number of them.

So, unless I'm missing something, there is no news here and we should all just move on.

Comment Re:Haters gonna hate (Score 1) 170

Yeah, god forbid you actually prefer something that isn't the latest and [sometimes] greatest... You'll be labeled a hater if you do.

Most likely people that did not want to use something that is the latest and the greatest, they would have long ago switched to a different desktop. Things like XFCE or Mate are good alternative. However, the rants about Gnome 3, every time it is mentioned, would indicate that people haven't really moved on (at least emotionally) and have some other agenda fueling their angst.

It's not the dislike of Gnome 3 that causing one to be a hater, it's the rants about any change to the way things were (not just Gnome 3) that causes people to be a hater.

Comment Re:Where have I heard this before? (Score 1) 255

"Just because you know how to write, doesn't mean you have anything worthwhile to write about."

Quite true, but still irrelevant in shaping a future. Geocities, Twitter, Facebook, Wordpress... all be my guest.

But that just goes to prove my point. Look at how those services are used by millions of people, the vast majority of which are not programmers. In the early days of the automobile, one had to pretty much be a mechanic to drive and keep a car running. Today, that is no longer the case. Likewise with programming. Just as driving a car doesn't require special skills anymore, neither will using online services.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 255

"But when coding becomes universal, so will the expectation that websites become accessible to more than just browsers" That's just not true. Website want you to go to the ... you guessed it, the website!

Do you really think everyone will offer access to content without making you see these pesky ads?

Ain't gonna happen dude.

Yes, because in the future, where everybody codes and everything on the web is a service, you won't have ads. You'll just pay directly for the services you want to access.

Comment Do we really want Google... (Score -1) 190

Do we really want Google or Mozilla, or any other browser determining what content we can see or not see in a browser? I understand the security problems with Flash and I am not a fan of Flash, but everybody gets upset if an ISP blocks content, so why is it okay for a browser to do so? What next, will they block? This seems like an awfully big slippery slope and people are just accepting it.

Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 5, Insightful) 417

I'm not sure that is correct. Apple was going under in the 90s. Then Microsoft bailed them out to avoid anti-trust problems.

Apple became more fragmented and thus less simple in the first non-Steve-Jobs era. Look for it to happen again. Without clear focus provided by a leader with forward vision, any company goes sideways. Just look at what Carly did to HP, only looking back. Now I have to suffer idiots in my fb stream suggesting they might vote for her.

I think your analysis is pretty accurate. Jobs had a vision and drove the company towards it. Others, have an MBA where they've been indoctrinated to focus only on next quarter's numbers. While Jobs did not intentionally try to displease or appease the shareholders, they were overall pleased with his results. However, if one's motivation is to please the shareholders, then you tend not to make strategic decisions that might be needed for the long term future. That is what happened at HP (and others) and happened prior to Jobs return. It's too early to tell if it will happen again at Apple.

Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 417

People in general (there's always exceptions) just want something simple that works, not something loaded with useless and expensive gewgaws.

It's ironic, that understanding this is what made Apple so successful in the first place.

I'm not sure that is correct. Apple was going under in the 90s. Then Microsoft bailed them out to avoid anti-trust problems.

Comment Oxymoron (Score 1) 141

Despite the uncontrollable nature of the incident, Google has accepted full responsibility for the blackout and promises to upgrade its data center storage hardware, increasing its resilience against power outages.

If it is uncontrollable, then any changes Google makes won't matter. On the other hand, if using other equipment, hardening the system, installing better grounding, etc. would have kept the loss from happening, then it is controllable. Maybe what they meant to say was unpredictable. Of course, then they would have had to explain why they didn't plan for the possibility.

Comment Maybe (Score 2) 316

Maybe they should have used LibreOffice instead of OpenOffice, then. Of course, if the city had standardized on OO (or even LO), wouldn't the compatibility issue (ie re-paginating), be on the receiver's end, not the city's? Something sounds odd about this, at least the way it is being spun. Then again, Microsoft is involved...

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