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Comment: Re:The actual solution will be different (Score 1) 314

by Dude_here (#38675890) Attached to: The Coming Tech Battle Over 'Smart TVs'
We have better smartphones because of the iPhone (Visual Voicemail, a browser that displayed HTML just like our desktops, a trustworthy online store to buy apps for phones) We got a better iPhone because of Android (cloud syncing, usable notification system, multitasking.) Competition between Apple and Google drove better smartphones more than the open source community. The open source community helped raise the bar but it isn't the primary driver. Battery tech and chip manufacturing processes also drive smartphone quality more than the open source community. Better hardware drove better routers; N standard, on-board USB ports for printing and NAS, better chips for improved power efficiency. I really haven't seen any new software features for non-geeks (90%+ of the population) on routers in several years.

Comment: Re:Clearly (Score 1) 173

by Dude_here (#36942712) Attached to: Ruling Upholds Gene Patent In Cancer Test
It is also immoral to develop a cure for cancer. Think about the effects a cure for cancer would have on the food supply (more mouths to feed,) public and private retirement benefits, and social/political culture (do you think legal gay marriage would happen sooner or later if the "Greatest Generation" didn't die off.) Extending human life without improving the quality of life is unethical.

Comment: Fond Memories (Score 2) 104

by Dude_here (#36322818) Attached to: Linux Video Tutorials From 1995
Brings back memories of building the 2.2 Linux kernel on a 486 in 2000. I was a poor freshman CS major and this was my introduction to Unix. Took 8 hours to build it I remember right. After someone told me I'd have to repeat this process after each update, I quickly looked for another Unix based OS. I think OS X was released within a year. I'm very happy Linux and my hardware have made this process less painful.

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