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Comment: Wrong argument (Score 1) 196

by Grismar (#49158213) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet
Whether not Pluto is a planet is simply a matter of checking against the definition. If we, in doing so, find the definition either to be too vague to allow us to classify Pluto, or we find the definition lacking - then we can have a discussion about fixing the definition. And after that, deciding whether Pluto is a planet or not is a cinch. So, it this guy has valid arguments about the clarity or completeness of the "planet" definition, by all means lets have that discussion. Although I also fail to see how redefining a category has any scientific value if it's not done in the context of being able to make statements about said category.

Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 1) 466

by Grismar (#49146593) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem
If you have an old modem lying around, you can either call in on still existing service providers and do your thing online, or stick a modem in the other machine as well and call that. No specialized software required and unless you threw everything out, you're likely to own some old modems of you own this hardware.

Comment: Re:Its a cost decision (Score 2) 840

You overestimate the value of your time. Or rather, all of use underestimate the value of a blender and the resources (material and otherwise) that go into it. But I guess we'll need another generation that will see the future cost to tell us what assholes we were for wasting perfectly good appliances.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 368

by Grismar (#47875611) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+
Sure, most readers on /. will agree. But most of the people playing Minecraft aren't readers on here, they're little kids aged 7 or over, playing their little hearts out. And they'll play Minecraft from whatever supplier will keep the service and the brand going for the next couple of months, or years if MS is lucky.

Comment: Only 326 ppi huh? (Score 1) 129

You could have mentioned a bunch of non-Apple phones available right now, with far higher ppi than those two Apple devices - without fancy future "in 5 years"-tech. And I'm not talking obscure brands either. But I guess that was kinda the whole point right? A small advertisement with a tech article hardly anyone on here will read.

Comment: Re:Where do you draw the line? (Score 1) 650

by Grismar (#46683757) Attached to: Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Most photocopiers aren't on the internet and even if they are, the essential risk and impact attached to failure is far lower than that of a business PC running XP.

I don't see how the Apple one even maps to the XP question. The problem is with support of an essential piece of software being discontinued.

Google Wave was free and never sold or supported as a piece of business software as far as I know. Apart from that, the Wave protocol is open and you were able to migrate the content to open alternatives at the time.

Windows XP is an essential piece of software to many, replacement of which is neither trivial nor free. It's almost exclusively used on machines that frequently (or continuously) require internet access and the software didn't come for free in most cases. You can call OEM versions free, but we know that's not exactly true.

The article seems to make the point that, unless MS extends support, it's only fair (and possibly legally enforceable) to make MS share the source with parties that want to support XP and offer assistance to such parties. Or, just release the source outright.

Comment: Technology maturity (Score 1) 260

by Grismar (#46497123) Attached to: The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

Social media simply haven't matured to the point where it makes sense to standardize interfaces and infrastructure. Since all of them are allowed to use proprietary interfaces, there is no chance of integration and people are forced to move to the same network to find each other. As soon as I'd be able to read your Facebook post on my Google+ and you'd be able to read and respond to my tweets from your Linkein account, that need goes away. Stuff like RSS was a nice try, but that only carries the content, not the entire service.

But I don't think it will happen anytime soon, at least not without government interfering and I don't think the times are very conductive to that. The reason I say that is the battle for the app space. Suppliers need their proprietary protocols, so they can force you to use their apps and that's one of the ways to control what services and advertisements reach you. Ask yourself: why do we have protocols like XMPP, but do we still need Whatsapp, MSN, ICQ, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, etc. etc.? Again, the protocol doesn't effectively carry the service, but that doesn't mean the services shouldn't support the standard. The companies providing these services have too strong an incentive not to standardize, that outshines any and all incentives that might cause them to.

Comment: What bunk (Score 1) 529

by Grismar (#46493003) Attached to: Religion Is Good For Your Brain

If the research shows that relaxing, avoiding stress and using your brain to think about imaginative things is healthy - say so. I'll happily increase the time I spend fishing and soaking up sun at the beach while reading a scifi novel.

None of that stuff has anything to do with religion per se though.

Comment: Misleading title (Score 2) 261

by Grismar (#46210447) Attached to: German Court Forbids Resale of Valve Games

The court didn't "forbid" anything like reselling games. They simply agreed with the EULA stipulation that you're not allowed to transfer ownership of an *account*. This actually makes perfect sense.

The fact that Steam also disallows/lacks the functionality for the transfer (gifting or resale) of used games on Steam, simply means there's a market for other providers to start a platform that would allow sale and resale of games. Of course, they might have some trouble attracting large game publishers, but that's another matter altogether.

Thrashing is just virtual crashing.