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Comment Patches tend to fuck up more than they fix (Score 1) 348 348

Very true in my experience. There hasn't been a machine which I've had which at some point I stopped doing updates on because some sequential update killed the machine irreversibly. Rarely, one can roll back or uninstall some update or go back to a restore point, but most of the time the only thing to do is to back up data and do a sys repair/reinstall/ghost.

For example, I got me one of them awesome Gateway P7805u notebooks a while ago and it came with a Vista SP1 license. I installed some stuff and then remembered that I can do updates. So I decided to go to SP2. Long story short, it fucked up some essential drivers and no amount of rolling back would help. Restoring from image was simple, but imagine having to do so with a vast array of installed apps and whatnot just because an update killed it all.

Hence, this is why I can't see a reason for actually buying licenses. I mean, the IEEE gives me oodles of them to use, so everything's all legal and nice...but if they didn't, I'd have no problem installing a Pro build 2600...

Comment I don't see how you can make this work. (Score 2, Interesting) 560 560

>If what you produce is infinitely redistributable, then you can expect to get paid only for the first copy.

This means that you would have to charge an exorbitant amount for that first copy. This is like going back to the old days when great works of art were only made by artists with wealthy patrons.

Comment Re:Sorry (Score 1) 123 123

Personally, I'd like to see NASA get at least 2% of the total budget, which is more than 3 times what it gets now, but I seem to be in the minority on that one.

Not by me you're not. Ask people that tell you that we should redirect NASA budget into "social programs" and more welfare (and there are many such myopic individuals) how NASA's funding compares to the DOD's. Most times I've asked that question the typically ignorant answer is "oh, about equal, I'd say." Explain how miniscule the total outlay for space exploration (expensive as it is) is in relation to our defense spending, and sometimes eyebrows go up.

Comment Re:Who wants to update?? (Score 2, Funny) 1012 1012

Apple does not sell OS X without accompanying hardware. You can grab an OS X upgrade disc for a nominal fee, but it is just that, an upgrade version.

If you want Apple to play fair, you must also play far. "Full version" copies of OS X start at around $599. Not a bad price when you think about it. It is only a couple of hundred dollars more than Windows 7 Ultimate (Full version) and it comes with a free Mac Mini!

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