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Comment: Re:A really simple argument: (Score 1) 323 323

by Spewns (#35993130) Attached to: Patent 5,893,120 Reduced To Pure Math

For an idea to be patentable, it should not be obvious to someone skilled in that technical area.

Sounds like an incredibly shaky, arbitrary foundation upon which to build a system. I'd like to see someone come up with concrete, objective definitions of "obvious" and "technical area".

Comment: Re:Why is it being removed in the first place? (Score 1) 319 319

by Spewns (#35917586) Attached to: Sony Should Pay For OtherOS Removal, Says Finnish Board

I should care but I dont.

Eventually they will step on something you care about, and it'll be too late by that point since you'd already conceded so much ownership and control of the device you paid money to take home. Shortsighted, unprincipled, and arbitrary responses of "Sony better not remove something I personally like, but it's okay if they remove something I don't use" are great for Sony's objective.

Comment: Re:Why is it being removed in the first place? (Score 3, Insightful) 319 319

by Spewns (#35913718) Attached to: Sony Should Pay For OtherOS Removal, Says Finnish Board

Those in favour say "and? I bought the console, I can do what I like." (These people make up the bulk of /. commenters, but by and large are in a minority if you look at various PS3 forums).

Rational people generally are in the minority like that.

Comment: Re:Them new DE's, man (Score 1) 468 468

by Spewns (#35838492) Attached to: 5 Out of 11 Crashed Unity In Canonical's Study

There is a pretty simple solution to that:

1) Make everything configurable via config files
2) Only include a small level of that configuration in the GUI config tools.

Or you could even have a "customization" level slider in the config tools that shows/hides more options based on how deep you want to configure.

Or like Firefox, where some configuration is in the Edit->Preferences menu, but ALL configuration is on the about:config page.
Or even like Windows, where you have some configurations that are nowhere visible in the GUI, that you can adjust them by directly editing the registry.

That isn't a "simple" solution. Adding that much configurability adds a lot of complexity to code, and in the end you have something like KDE anyway - a gigantic mess of unnavigable menus and GUIs, all for configuration of every last piece of minutia. If you like that, then just use KDE.

But honestly, anyone looking for personalized, super configurable desktops shouldn't even be using GNOME (which I do) or KDE. They don't exist to serve that purpose. You should install something like Arch Linux, install X, and begin perusing all the standalone window managers, taskbars, docks, launchers, widgets, etc, and you can mix-and-match them in any way you want, until you have exactly what you like. That's the unique, personalized *nix experience - many independent programs working together. (And eventually, once you get sick of maintaining all that, you can come back to something like GNOME or Unity and appreciate how much easier it makes your computing life.)

Comment: Another samey language (Score 1) 623 623

by Spewns (#35805260) Attached to: Red Hat Uncloaks 'Java Killer': the Ceylon Project

Oh look, another language that's practically identical to 99% of other languages in syntax, features, etc.

What an innovation! Time and money well spent by the folks that developed it.

(See: masturbation. "Look, we can recreate C++/Vala/Java/C#/etc. too! Just like everyone else has!" And this is why programming sucks. Only fringe academic groups are trying to take programming languages anywhere interesting.)

Comment: Re:The will to be free (Score 1) 648 648

by Spewns (#35730222) Attached to: Bashing MS 'Like Kicking a Puppy,' Says Jim Zemlin

PulseAudio has worked well for more than a year now. The problem is, people got used to blaming PulseAudio for problems back when it was broken, and now they just can't break the habit.

I've heard people saying this about PulseAudio before. But Ubuntu 10.10 came out almost a half a year ago now, and I was having PulseAudio problems with it. I don't have any reason to believe it's any less broken now than it always has been.

Comment: Re:Maximize profit (Score 1) 591 591

by Spewns (#35716958) Attached to: Piracy Is a Market Failure — Not a Legal One

Sure it is, just not for the CDs they're selling. A full CD by a decent artist could easily be worth that much.

Sure, if you're a casual music fan - CDs are priced for you. $12-17 per CD doesn't sound ridiculous when you only spend it a few times a year.

If you have a real interest in and passion for music (especially once you start exploring back through the decades) and aren't filthy rich, you'll likely take a different perspective. You'll have an epiphany and realize that there's no reasonable, rational, affordable way to pursue your legitimate interest without torrents and filesharing websites.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers