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Comment: Re:Still no jurisdiction (Score 1) 37

by Dragonslicer (#47523341) Attached to: FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined For Lacking Transparency
So here's the first thing I thought of after reading the summary. The quotes in the summary make it sound like a case of false advertising, deceptive practices, and/or fraud. While the FCC might not have the authority to do anything about the problem, what about the FTC? Can the FTC slap them around more than the FCC can?

Comment: Re:So the idea is that.... (Score 1) 143

by Dragonslicer (#47508603) Attached to: For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

If people are illegally sharing stuff, then get 4 pieces of paper, print stuff with ink, and mail it to them? Why bother wasting the ink, paper and postage to send the letters if no further actions are to be taken?

Yeah, they should save the paper, ink, and postage costs and distribute the letters through Bittorrent instead.

Comment: Re:There's no such thing as a "permanent ban" (Score 2) 148

by Dragonslicer (#47469085) Attached to: US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes
I thought the exact same thing, but the summary seems to say that it does change one thing: states that currently have taxes on Internet service are no longer allowed to have them. The word "permanent" is a bit weird, but apparently it only means "does not require annual renewal".

Comment: Re:FFS, that's not what a release candidate is (Score 1) 50

by Dragonslicer (#47414813) Attached to: Plasma 5 Release Candidate Announced

This is the kind of crap that gave KDE 4 such a bad reputation. Labelling things as done when they are still major works in progress. If you don't think it's finished, don't call it a release candidate. Don't label it as a new major version. If it's not finished, then it's neither of those things.

That's completely true. The worst part is that it isn't the fault of the KDE developers. Your quote isn't in the release announcement, it's in the writeup on some website that most likely doesn't have any connection to the KDE developers (or, apparently, a clue). The release announcement says, "This is one last chance to test for bugs and check for problems before the final release next week." That is what a release candidate is.

KDE 4.0 was pretty much the same way. The developers proclaimed quite loudly that it was not meant for everyday desktop use, but that they felt it necessary to call it 4.0 so that the API would be frozen (this decision is certainly debatable). A few Linux distributions took software that they were clearly told was not ready for end users and gave it to end users.

It's a poor workman who blames his tools.