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Comment Re:If you think Windows is bad (Score 2) 356 356

It was those fat French* who demanded that Microsoft deliver an OS without a web browser at all, wasn't it?

* I'll assume Gerard Depardieu represents all French people, just like McDonalds represents all American cuisine and heavy drinking represents all Irish.

Comment Re:Not Quite (Score 1) 66 66

For many software patents, I'd agree with you.

The problem with video compression is that many of the patents involved do represent real research, the expensive kind. They aren't one-click shopping patents. They're fundamentally pushing forward the state of the art. The people who do that work are expensive and need a lot of time, so, there has to be some way to pay for their efforts. Google's approach of subsidising all research via search ads is perhaps not as robust as one might hope for, even though it's convenient at the moment.

I don't know if DASH specifically is complex enough to deserve patent protection, but if you look at the massive efforts that go into the development of codecs like h.264, h.265 etc, the picture gets more complex. It's not pharmaceutical level research budgets but it's probably the closest the software world gets.

Comment Re:Closed Ecosystem (Score 1) 91 91

No, the issue is that it's open source and carriers customise the components. Android had a working online update infrastructure since day one, actually since before Apple did. But that's no use when the first thing OEMs do is repoint those mechanisms at their own servers and make huge changes to the code.

The comparisons with Linux are especially strange. Guess what? Upstreams who develop software for Linux and see it get repackaged by distributors are in exactly the same boat as Google. They see their software get packaged up, distributed, bugs possibly introduced and then upgrades may or may not make it to users. Yeah yeah, Debian say they backport security fixes. That's great when it's a popular package and a one liner. When the security fix in question is a major architectural upgrade, like adding a sandbox to an app, then users just get left behind on old versions without the upgrades because that's the "stable" version.

And of course many users are on Linux distros that stop being supported pretty quick. Then you're in the same boat as Android: old versions don't get updates.

Comment Re:Under what authority? (Score 2) 298 298

Agreed. It clearly comes under federal purview, since he was in another state and using telecommunications. Imagine if the Hammond leadership decided it didn't like Bill Cosby and ordered the local TV stations and cable companies to block his TV shows and movies. This is the same thing.

Comment Re:Two birds with one stone (Score 1, Insightful) 571 571

I can see you're a single-issue kinda guy.

So the fact that she broken government regulations and hid confidential emails on her personal server doesn't bother you?

The fact that she dismissed the disastrous terrorist attack on the US embassy in Benghazi doesn't bother you?

Comment Re:Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 1, Troll) 571 571

Everyone else is selfish and shortsighted, but you're not-- right?

Shouldn't we collectively agree on what is needed, before we collectively decide to pay for them? Is this a democratic republic?

Some people, like myself, buy green energy and reduce our energy use because we want to. We don't insist on taking money from hard working people so that the wealthy can install solar panels on their 3,000 sq ft homes and the green energy cronies can make millions.

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis