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Comment: Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (Score 1) 246

by Rinikusu (#48028851) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Amusingly enough, my desktop has a ton of icons on it that I never, ever use. Everything's pinned to the taskbar or I use the run box these days, and if I'm really "lost" I go through the start->program files. I have been amused at times to find out the thing I was looking for has an icon on the desktop...

Comment: Re:Nice, but... (Score 1) 150

by jedidiah (#48027477) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

A lot of work is so old by now that it should be in the public domain. Copyright was never meant to be a new form of property or a means to extract tolls from end users until the end of time.

The point of both copyright and patents is to encourage the creation of ideas/inventions that EVERYONE can use.

"copying the work" is the intended ultimate result.

Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 1, Flamebait) 150

by jedidiah (#48027421) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

No. He just doesn't take Lemming trolls at face value.

Most people whining about GIMP and putting Photoshop on a pedestal are amateurs and consumers that would never actually pay for a copy of Photoshop ever.

Photoshop is a lot of cost for questionable marginal benefit.

Comment: Re:Oh Geeez (Score 1) 181

by jedidiah (#48026851) Attached to: CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

> "fraudulent" is quite an accusation. If you try to outlaw market crashes/corrections, you will kill the market, and then what of your retirement savings?

If you allow market crashes caused by rampant fraud, you won't have to worry about retirement savings. You probably won't live that long.

This stuff is nothing new. People just like to ignore history.

Comment: Re:It's true (Score 1) 256

by Rinikusu (#48022377) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

There's quite a few here in Los Angeles. The issues here are mostly related to population density. Rich tech moguls don't really have to worry about street parking and figuring out how to charge the damned things overnight like the rest of the plebes. And, realistically, the average American is having a hard enough time paying for a mortgage (lol), much less trying to pay for a $70k car that's got limited range, requires a dedicated charging station that they don't have a spot to install, etc. I like Tesla, hope they have long-term success, but I'm certainly not in the market for one, either.

Comment: Re:Issue with FSF statement... (Score 1) 208

by jedidiah (#48008919) Attached to: Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

The BSD layer is pretty IRRELEVANT to the average user.

To the typical person wandering around the Apple Store, it is the OpenStep layer that is the OS. Those people will never be aware of or interact with the BSD layer EVER. For them, the GUI is the OS.

That is perhaps the most important aspect of this situation for normal Mac users. They don't have to worry about bash because it's invisible and irrelevant.

Comment: Re:Yet another out-of-control govt agency (Score 1) 299

by sl3xd (#48003871) Attached to: Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

Dogs have been eugenically engineered by humans for tens of thousands of years, and are therefore an artificial life form. They usually eat food that comes from a factory, and is artificial. Since you have an artificial life form eating artificial food, it's excreting artificial poop. Its urine is water that has been polluted by artificial processes. Hence the impact study.

By some definitions, anything created by a human is artificial, so all of our bodily wastes are artificial.

Comment: vastly stronger symmetry effect is already known (Score 1) 120

by goombah99 (#48003579) Attached to: Physicists Find Clue as To Why the DNA Double Helix Twists To the Right

As light passes by a sun it is subject to an asymmetric situation where the solar atmosphere is in a magnetice field closer to one pole than another, rotating and having a gradient both radially and with the azimuth. thus there's a strong symmetry breaking effect on this light. On average, for all light passing the sun it's an equal handed effect. But if your planet happens to be subject to light that cam from the left side of the sun versus the right, that light could have a net polarization.

this effect would likely be orders of magnitude greater than this weak force polarization effect.

Comment: Re: Only the beginning (Score 1) 236

by jedidiah (#48003513) Attached to: First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

Fixating on the list of distributions that do or don't default to bash really is kind of pointless. The vast majority of impacted systems are going to be servers and especially corporate servers. The real question is what is the distro breakdown there.

So it's far more interesting that Redhat/CentOS/Fedora is on the "bad" list than any of the more obscure options.

SLES/Suse would also be a good one to include for relevant completeness.

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