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Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 3, Insightful) 595

Su is not a broken concept; it's a long well-established fundamental of BSD Unix/Linux.

You're pretty much making an argument to tradition here. The correct thing to do would be to counter his claims:

what "su" is supposed to do is very unclear. On one hand it's supposed to open a new session and change a number of execution context parameters (`uid`, `gid`, `env`, ...), and on the other it's supposed to inherit a lot concepts from the originating session (`tty`, `cgroup`, `audit`, ...). Since this is so weakly defined it's a really weird mix&match of old and new paramters.

I would like more detail from him on why and how it's broken, and how his replacement is truly different from "su -" but since it doesn't appear to be mutually exclusive with the use of "su" or "su -", other than typical reactionary hate I don't see what the problem is.

Comment Wonderful DRM misfeatures (Score 4, Interesting) 134

When I can buy ebooks without respect to region, I'll hop on board. But as it stands, I can't buy books published outside my home country, and as we've seen in the past, if you take your ebooks outside the country and your reader goes on line (particularly the Kindle) it'll lock you out of your books.

On top of that, the ebooks cost more than the paperback.

Get back to me when obvious negatives aren't being piled on to ebooks.

Comment Re:Obligations (Score 1) 581

Yeah, because abusive, horrible people are in desperate need of protection from those who tell them to grow up!

a KKK member baker from making a black person's wedding cake

Being a member of the KKK isn't protected, mainly because it's optional. They have to serve the public regardless of their immature, childish opinions - not that it'd matter, most KKK members wear their hate on their sleeve.

That's why they're all running to 8chan or Voat - they need somewhere that caters to their emotional immaturity.

Comment Re:Fucking SJW (Score 1) 581

I think the term you are looking for is harassment, which can only be achieved if the harassee looks at the harassment.

Which is hard not to do if you're on the internet and the target of a hate campaign. Guess they should just leave the internet when the hate mob decides it's time for them to go?

Comment No assertion of patents? Really? (Score 2) 355

Given Microsoft’s public commitment to open source, a patent war likely isn’t going to happen; that would make the company look bad at a time when it needs all the developer support it can get.

So why don't they just relicense the .NET CLR and the rest of the packages under the Apache 2 license? It lets people use things as freely as the MIT/BSD licenses as everything else and contains the patent guarantees.

Until then, anything not under Apache 2 is suspect.

Comment Re:boring (Score 1) 126

why are we making video games that intimidate wider and wider ranges of people?

Given the millions playing LoL, I don't get the impression that they "intimidate" anyone. On the other hand, there are people who like to play the game AND like seeing people play it at the highest levels possible, and this is true for many games.

Comment Re:Free software and e-sports (Score 2) 126

Nintendo has already shut down Smash Bros. tournaments

They have? Last I checked they have since backtracked to the point of sponsoring some tournaments. Which one did they shut down?

Capcom routinely requires royalty payments to hold Street Fighter tournaments

If you're for-profit charge people to watch, yes.

Once more publishers adopt that practice, e-sports leagues may have to move to developing games for distribution under a free software license.

The leagues aren't relevant if no one plays the game. And given the leagues are usually for-profit, I'm not understanding the problem...?

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