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Comment Re:BSD is more threatening than proprietary (Score 1) 551

Some of us prefer others to voluntarily give back rather than be forced to.

This statement has always confused me. Nothing in the GPL requires anyone to "give back" anything. What it requires is that if you give a GPL-ed program to somebody, you must give them (and only them) the source code to that program. Modifications to the source code must be distributed with the original code under the same license. So if you modify a GPL program and give it to a somebody, they get that code and all the rights to it that are protected by the GPL. You need not give it to the entity that originally wrote the GPL-ed code.

Comment Re:USB? Excellent! (Score 1) 169

My chief complaint was that in the original announcement, they were only going to support wifi for networking, yet it was supposed to be useful for gaming and streaming video.

The problem is that wifi is terrible for both of those use cases. It's bad on its own for latency purposes, and then there's spectrum contention. I raised these points in response to their Kickstarter drive, and it looks like they turned around and added those features. If I'd known they would, I would have donated on the Kickstarter.

Comment USB? Excellent! (Score 2) 169

When their Kickstarter began, I sent them a message (along with many other folks, I'm sure) that it needed _some_ means of getting a wired internet connection and/or access to by-wire accessories. USB was one of the possibilities I offered.

Now devs for Ouya can turn around and leverage that USB port to allow the Ouya device to latch on to a PC's network connection. Excellent.

(Page doesn't seem to show if it's USB2 or 3. At this point, I sure hope it's USB 3...)

Comment Re:Sure but.. (Score 1) 596

Now how can we apply this to software. Well some precautions can be taken but they generally aren't very effective. It only takes one person out of billions to figure it out and share it. So you have to weigh the costs of implementing copy restrictions which includes the man-hours to develop that code and the inconvenience to paying customers. The shrinkage rate needs to be taken into consideration. Software shrinkage would be unsustainable if you actually lost product every time but you don't. There is opportunity costs but no costs associated with replacing the product.

I have three or four apps on my Android devices which implement DRM features. Some of them are 'phone home' features. Some of them are 'buy a crypto key to activate this app instance' features. You know what? That's fine. I like these apps enough that I'll pay for them. I also like Android's "broken" model enough that I'll stick with Android; Android's "broken" model let me root my phone, clean the ROM's crap out and integrate the Dalvik cache. I can't hope to explain how much this has improved the phone's performance for me.

Given the choice between something like Android and a feature phone, I'd probably go back to a feature phone. Thankfully, Google opened the barn door, and even if Android stops being produced, alternatives like Cyanogenmod and WebOS will take its place. Given the rate hardware's getting commoditized, we're not that far off from someone like BeagleBoards coming out with devices with CDMA, WiMax and GSM modems.

Comment Re:wow (Score 3, Insightful) 158

I doubt Linus is getting more bitchy than normal. He's just had more 'popular' exposure and attention of and to his rants than normal. It's easy to guess why: Google+ gives him a lot more exposure and spread. Prior to his posting the rant against the root password requirement on Google+, I don't think I'd seen any of his opinions outside of near-fluff interview pieces or, possibly, LKML emails.

Certainly, people didn't care as much until they saw him lambast OpenSuSE developers. That got their attention and interest, and so folks like Slashdot and NetworkWorld are more likely to cover it. Heck, this kind of story is even out of character for /..

Linus only seems more bitchy because people are looking at him more.

Pascal is a language for children wanting to be naughty. -- Dr. Kasi Ananthanarayanan

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