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Comment Fucking cowardly judiciary (Score 5, Interesting) 141

" could not prove that his particular cellphone records had been swept up in NSA dragnets."

U.S. federal judges, you are fucking cowards with your bullshit deference to executive-branch "privilege". You let the administration use bullshit tactics to pervert justice, and you use that as an excuse to not protect citizens' fundamental, Constitutionally enumerated rights. You demand that citizens prove that which cannot be proven without committing a crime, but let the administration just bleat "executive privilege" or "state secrets" or "it's for the kids", and consider that doing your job.


Comment Re:Holding the code hostage? (Score 1) 59

If the software were to get open-sourced, then immediately everyone would have access to it (because you don't need to understand it in order to simply build it). And if it was worth maintaining, presumably OSS developers could make it more maintainable over time.

Comment Re:Photoshop / Lightroom anxiety (Score 1) 413

No offence, but is your business really so small you can't afford a spare Mac?

Not impossible, just painful. Not sure if you've ever run a small business before, but cashflow can sometimes be very limited, especially in the early stages. Bear in mind that cameras and other photo equipment also compete for budget.

Comment Re:Holding the code hostage? (Score 1) 59

I'm not morally offended at his approach, but as a crowd-funding campaign, it does present a risk/reward ratio that I'm not willing to accept.

What would be more acceptable is if he firs developed the software and shows its worth, and then offered to open-source it for some specified amount of money. That eliminates almost all risk related the fact or quality of the delivery.

Comment Re:Photoshop / Lightroom anxiety (Score 1) 413

I think I agree with everything you say, but there's an unfortunate catch, at least for my wife's kind of business. The ecosystem around Photoshop and Lightroom is so extensive and useful, that I really don't think she'd ever be able to edit photos as quickly or as well using the obvious OSS substitutes. It's possible she could come close, but I'd be very skeptical that we could ever justify the time it would take her to adapt her skillset and to adjust her workflow.

That's just an unfortunate reality of running a small business while also being a wife and mother: time is money, and both are often in short supply. So time-efficiency, as well as quality output to make happy customers is huge. So although I like to minimize all kinds of risk (e.g., that introduced by depending on proprietary OS's and apps), we probably just can't afford the time investment it would require.

Now it's possible that there are OSS substitutes for Photoshop and Lightroom (and the various 3rd-party tools, and user communities) that would make the switch practical. I'm just not aware of them. I'd be glad to hear any practical suggestions.

Comment Re:Photoshop / Lightroom anxiety (Score 1) 413

Have you heard about the latest updates bringing this marvellous 1984 functionality to Windows 7 and 8, you know, for you to have one less reason to upgrade to Windows 10? Guess not...

Actually yeah, although I was caught off-guard until I read about them. Fortunately they're optional updates, and I hadn't installed any of them yet.

Comment Photoshop / Lightroom anxiety (Score 5, Interesting) 413

My wife has a small photography business, and Photoshop and Lightroom are huge aspects of her photo editing workflow. She's invested untold hours building up skills in them, and that proficiency really pays off in terms of the quality and speed of her editing work.

Right now she edits on our Windows 7 box. I'm almost dead set against us using Windows 10 because of this privacy crap (and now I apparently have to try undoing the telemetry those assholes snuck into Windows 7.)

I feel caught between a rock and a hard place, because switching to a Mac would be an unwelcome expense for us. Also an business risk, since I can cheaply repair or upgrade a PC, but I have not expectation of being able to do that on a Mac. So if a Mac craps out near one of her deadlines, I'm not confident that I can get it (or a replacement) online as fast as we really want.

I'm just amazed at how hard Microsoft is working to drive us away. They've gone from being a reasonable partner for our kind of business (Windows 7), to being one of our largest sources of medium- and long-term risk. They're now making our decision to use Windows for her business, into a strategic mistake.

I really hope Adobe comes up with some decent solution to people in our shoes. If they have a Linux port of Creative Suite in their back pocket, this would be a dandy time to start selling it.

The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives. -- Admiral William Leahy, U.S. Atomic Bomb Project