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Comment Re:What the fuck?!! (Score 1) 188

Disable ads as a courtesy doesn't work for long. It's a short window until the ads come back. I finally pulled out the adblock tools. Slashdot overstepped the amount of advertising I was willing to put up with. I was one of the first 100 here, this is my third account since I forgot the login for the others. Only people that probably put up with this crap are the new people that don't know better. I certainly don't recommend slashdot to people anymore.

Comment Linux support (Score 3, Informative) 118

To maintain and support an entire OS takes a lot of work. We aren't talking about just development here, but checking to make sure things run properly and making the changes needed to ensure stuff is supporter. The point I would start looking at rolling your own distribution and supporting it is the day you decide to start selling your distribution.

For internal use, sure you might have to have a team to do internal work to modify certain sections in order to make the OS work for you, but they are relatively minor compared to ensuring an entire distribution works as needed. Let another company do the heavy lifting and just have your company modify it and submit changes back through the system as desired. Feedback works as well.

To run an entire distribution and all the subsystems takes billions, look at IBM donating to Linux as a whole they give value back to the community rather than trying to extend and embrace for their own purposes. Redhat does the same and they do distribution and sales. Other companies are the same. I guess you can make the decision on your own but personally I suppose the time to switch is when you have support fees in excess of what it would cost to maintain an entire distribution. I'd assume someone around a thousand people focused on the project would be about right. A thousand people's salaries would buy a lot of support. A better idea might be to hire developers for the subsections of the OS that you need and have them work with the community.

Comment Re:Steam Big Picture (Score 1) 720

Yes and from what I remember of the steam box that is one of the features. You are supposed to be able to have your massive gaming machine in one part of the house but be able to play on any television throughout the house. The big machine handles the heavy lifting and transmits the data to wherever you want to play at. Since this is the designed function there isn't even an issue of plugging and unplugging wires etc to wherever you are at.

I haven't read the literature in a while, but that was my understanding of how it was supposed to work. Granted that is pre-release information before they got the specs set for the steambox and the functionality may have been removed.

Comment Re:Other fugitives (Score 1) 173

In my opinion we need to start holding politicians accountable for their actions. Currently it seems the legalization of bribes and free speech of corporations while the rest of the country has their right to speak publicly only in free speech zones and the removal of their assets without any proof of wrongdoing just doesn't sit well with me.

Comment Re:Oh good (Score 1) 907

Yep, easy peasy. Just let your credit score go to hell, then move out and live on the streets since most places require a credit check before they'll let you rent. We've already eliminated owning your own home since you can't get a mortgage, so I guess you're living in a one bedroom efficiency hotel for 300 a week.

Sounds like a good way to get yourself fixed up.

Comment Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 739

And lets not forget you, since you have to been smart enough and knowledgable enough to evaluated all the work that these people do. You obviously are the best qualified to make that decision. And you have. And by pointing out that Linus is obviously not within even the remotest inkling of talent of these "REAL" smart people and is being an asshat, doesn't that just make you an asshat for calling him an asshat.

Screw off. I like my kernel worked on, Linus gets the job done, I'm willing to put up with him being an asshat at times.

My questions though, is what have you done for me lately?

Comment Re:call them (Score 1) 354

Sorry, but no it doesn't have to be a rental disc. Rental discs were an industry con with earlier releases, higher quality, etc tapes that cost 80-120 a pop compared to 20 dollars or like blockbuster set up profit sharing with the studios in exchange for some exclusive features/releases.

The way I understand it is first sale doctrine enables you to resell anything that you purchase to another. Which is how the rental agreement gets structured if the studios try to restrict use. The rental company contends that they are selling the video to the customer and later buying the video back at a discounted rate. Studios have challenged this and lost. So when studios refused to sell to Redbox a couple of years ago, all redbox did was go into walmart and purchase copies and put those discs into their vending machines.

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