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Valve Joins the Linux Foundation 108

probain sent in this excerpt from Engadget "In case Valve's multi-tiered investment in Linux gaming weren't clear enough from SteamOS, the Steam Controller, and Steam Machines, the company's also joining the ranks of The Linux Foundation membership. Valve Linux head Mike Sartain calls the news, 'one of the many ways Valve is investing in the advancement of Linux gaming;' he sees the move as yet another step for Valve toward its bigger goal of popularizing accessible Linux-based gaming." Cloudius Systems and the HSA Foundation also joined the Linux Foundation today.

Comment Re:Since when is money laundering a "loophole"? (Score 3, Insightful) 406

The article is confusing, but it seems like the fine is actually $16.03 million. What is infuriating is this is a settlement agreement so that the state will not release the names of the donors. It looks as if they are basically paying off the state so they don't have the deal with the public fallout.


Valve Starts Promoting Steam For Linux To Windows Users 474

An anonymous reader writes "Steam is now being used by thousands of gamers running a Linux OS, and Valve has got to the point where they are happy to start urging Windows users to make the switch. Proof of that comes from a 'Join the Beta' promotion on the homepage of Steam suggesting you try Steam for Linux. There's even a download link to get Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, which removes yet another barrier to entry. With Gabe Newell's clear hatred of Windows 8, this shouldn't be a surprising move. We aren't going to see another version of Windows appear for a few years, so in Valve's eyes pushing Linux to gamers makes a lot of sense."

Comment Re:In addition.... (Score 5, Insightful) 287

There is a lot of tax payer funded research that is inaccessible to the public despite their hand in its creation. I think that this aspect needs to be discussed, as well.

I don't even see anything to discuss. Seriously, how the hell is this acceptable?

And Swartz's super serious multi-felony crime was trying to fix this situation? Every time I look back at this case, it befuddles me. The only insane people here are the prosecution, and they need to be called out on it and punished along with everyone involved in this travesty of justice.

Comment Cost of print subscription cheaper than digital? (Score 3, Insightful) 178

Am I reading this wrong? It seems that the cost of a print subscription is $3.85 a week but INCLUDES the $35/mo (holy crap that's expensive) digital subscription.

It kind of baffles me 500,000 people paying as much as ISP service for access to a single newpaper? Are they including print subscriptions in that number

Comment Re:Protecting rights (Score 1) 517

You are seriously using the GPL in an argument on why copyright is a good idea? The GPL is designed to use to use copyright to subvert its fundamental purpose! Instead of saying "you can not sure", GPL says "you MUST share". It goes against every argument the copyright minimalists make the purpose for copyright is. That's why it's called a "copyleft license", it turns copyright on its head.

Comment Re:Of course it does (Score 1) 530

Efficency is were wealth comes from. If everyone is breaking windows the economy will grid to a standstill, there has to people doing actual productive work and software is an important foundation to modern world and shouldn't be squandered or guildified in the name of jobs. I appricate that you don't BS about your motives though.

Anyway as long as there is people still working there will be work for software engineers, actually our job is to put other people out of jobs (regardless of license of the software). I really think "software engineer" will be the last job in existence once we have automated everything else.

Anytime you write software that makes people more productive or automate business processes, you are taking a step down that road.

Comment Re:The real solution is to stop being nice. (Score 1) 287

"Migrate folks to it" with what authority?

I assure you the system administrator teams running those 21 other e-mail systems will not let you touch it with a 500 foot poll, and no strong leadership compels them otherwise.

The problem is this is exactly how those 21 e-mail systems came to be. I bet they all had the idea of becoming the "one corporate e-mail system", but got mired in politics and insanity along the way.

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. -- Pablo Picasso