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Comment: Re:More accuratly "self preservation" (Score 1) 151

Only if those European Microsoft customers broke a US law and used Microsoft to house the data about such criminal activity on their servers.

Seriously? You don't read much on the FOnly if those European Microsoft customers broke a US law and used Microsoft to house the data about such criminal activity on their servers., apperently.

Comment: Re:More accuratly "self preservation" (Score 1) 151

by Frosty Piss (#47793589) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

No, it won't. Europeans will still have the same protections they do under their laws. However, US citizens committing a crime in the US won't be able to store their data on foreign servers of American companies and have it safe from authorities. In otherwords, if a US crime is committed, it doesn't matter where the US company hosts its server farm, it is still under the control of that company and subject to the authorities.

You are incorrect. the case would impact Europian Microsoft customers as well. Indeed, the account in question is almost certainly held by a non-American.

Comment: More accuratly "self preservation" (Score 1) 151

by Frosty Piss (#47793163) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

It is a rational self-interested decision that may be good for consumers.

Of course it's "self interest", and more accuratly "self preservation". Micrsoft is a business that ultimatly has to answer to their stockholders. If it comes to pass that US "law enforcement" can reach out and get personal data from non-US servers, it will completely destroy Microsoft's European business, due the the much stricter data privacy laws in Europe. It would be "game over" for Microsoft in Europe.

Comment: Re:Let me guess (Score 1) 93

by Frosty Piss (#47742827) Attached to: A New Homegrown OS For China Could Arrive By October

Most people don't need more functionality than Libre Office can provide.

People keep saying that, but I don't know very many of these "most people", and believe my, most of the people I associate with are not "IT professionals". Many "regular people" use Excel for more than you might think, and Libre Office Calc simply does not cut it. Also I think this "most people don't need more than Libre Office" sets a pretty low bar. Yes, you can get by with Libre Office if what you mostly do is write letters to the home owners association... Much more than that, and "most people" are going to be unimpressed. I'm not trying to trash Libre Office, but it still needs a lot of work.

They have also implemented the classic change it to be different approach M$ always has. The true irony is how people complain about "fragmentation" Seriously? These people have clearly never used M$ products for more than a couple of years. Stalwarts of consistency they are not.

I think you confuse cosmetic changes and things like the Ribbon Menu for the more important core functionality of MS Office, which has only improved. Lots of people who are set in their ways trash the Ribbon Menu, but if that's your focus, you're not looking too deep. There are things I simply can't do with Libre Office Calc (but would like to very much) that are basic functionality in Excel.

Having said that, I've got used to Gimp's shortcomings verses Photoshop (yes, I know - "most people don't use the advanced Photoshop features"), and though I might try a different distro, RHEL6 and CentOS v6 desktops are perfictly functional to me. However, if the standard excuse for Linus desktop and application shortcomings is "most people don't need that", well, that's a seriously weak excuse that keeps Linux desktop down

Also, I notice you use the "M$" meme. Did you know that many Open Source companies are in it for the money as well? Certainly Red Hat is (I own stock - it's a publically traded for-profit company). I'm not a Socialist, so I really have no problem with Microsoft or anyone else seeking to prfit from their business. That includes the many many for-profit Open Source businesses.

Comment: Re:Let me guess (Score 2) 93

by Frosty Piss (#47742349) Attached to: A New Homegrown OS For China Could Arrive By October

I gave up Windows at home a year or so ago. I use RHEL6 on the desktop, though I'll bet Ubuntu is a smoother "consumer" experience. My main problems are not "bugs" - and of course Windows is far from bug-free - it's that Open Office (and the various permutations) simply doesn't stand up to Microsoft Office, but fortunatly I don't use it that much at home. I'm not a "gamer", but it seems to me, that's one of the big hold-backs for the Linux desktop.

At work, it's still Office, mostly for Excel and Outlook.

+ - Amazon stirs up culture clash over France's bookstores->

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Frosty Piss (770223) writes "Amazon’s rise has provoked fear and suspicion from the French government that its tactics may be undermining a treasured part of French culture, its bookstores. The French government recently passed legislation with the goal than to thwart what Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti called Amazon's dumping of low-cost books in France, in order to protect independent bookstores. It prohibits online retailers from discounting books or offering free shipping. Amazon's expansion in Europe has run into roadblocks, as everything from legal constraints in France to union battles in Germany to public shaming over tax avoidance in the United Kingdom threaten to slow its growth. The battle in Europe is as much cultural as it is financial. Read more from the Seattle Times."
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Comment: Re:They asked for more money... (Score 1) 361

by Frosty Piss (#47734415) Attached to: "MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

They asked for more money... ..and the show "went back to its roots." Nothing to see here, move along

The show was (has?) "jumped the shark" and they had to do something to revive the franchise. Getting rid of the Pretty Inturns is a great idea to breath life back into a show that should have been canciled several years ago.

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