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Comment: Re: books are on computers now (Score 1) 149

by Instantlemming (#45146497) Attached to: Neil Gaiman On Why Libraries Are the Gates to the Future
Thanks for your graceful remark, now I'll surely take your advice, being called a fucktard by an anonymous COWARD.
I used the phrase dead tree book, to distinguish between an e-book and/or text on a (lcd) monitor.
Of course I could have simply said 'paper book', but hey, I need to go with the times...

Comment: Re:books are on computers now (Score 4, Insightful) 149

by Instantlemming (#45141467) Attached to: Neil Gaiman On Why Libraries Are the Gates to the Future
You go to a library to look for books.
You go onto the internet to look for .... Oooh shiny thing

A dead tree book beats a text on a monitor, and even e-ink readers. A book you can take with you and doesn't need power (although you do need a light source).
An e-reader is great (use it myself a lot), but for quickly flipping back to a certain bit to check/read it again, a paper book wins hands down.

I found more interesting books/authors by browsing the books on the bookshelves in a library than online.

Comment: Two issues here (Score 1) 504

by RichiH (#32167136) Attached to: Can Employer Usurp Copyright On GPL-Derived Work?

First: If the project was under the the GPL and the libraries are under the GPL, the result must be under the GPL.

Second: Depending on where you live, you might or might not have given over the rights to your employer. You need to take your contract to a lawyer in your country and ask them. As usual, slashdot is _not_ the place to get specific legal advice; we can just blabber about generalities.

Thing is: The GPL does not matter unless you distribute the software to anyone. Before that, the licence does not matter. So you need to check the _second_ point first. When/If you release the software and the libraries are GPL, it's a clear-cut case.

No idea if your employer can go after you for "wrongfully leading them to believe they owned this stuff" though...

Comment: Re:WebOS? Intermeresting... (Score 1) 170

by Phoghat (#32167082) Attached to: HP's Slate To Be Replaced By WebOS Tablet?

From just a UI point of view WebOS is a better choice than both of those for a tablet. So maybe it will be a good alternative to both.

Don't think so. Let's be real. The reason that most people choose Apple is the apps (8 billion served) They aren't too concerned about how incrementally better the OS is. Apple isn'tr the best, but the consumers don't care because it the most advertised, and does what they want to do

Comment: Re:I voted "hang up on them immediately," but... (Score 1) 686

by Instantlemming (#24932757) Attached to: How Do You Deal With Telemarketers?
Just answer the phone and listen to them.

"I'm [name] from [name] and bla bla bla..."
After a while they will go "Hello? Hello? can you hear me?" and after a pause they'll hang up.
But because the number is not a sale/no sale, it'll come back in their loop, and they will call again.
Just repeat this, and try not to laugh at their distress.

I got the floor manager on the phone the 4th time. She told me I could just have said that I wasn't interested. I replied that that wasn't as much fun as this.

Disclaimer: "These opinions are my own, though for a small fee they be yours too." -- Dave Haynie