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Comment Inaccurate summary? (Score 1) 465

This is merely one writer's take on the book, 'The Comingled Code'. I would recommend instead to read the book before we get all uppity. It's true they received funding from Microsoft, but I would like to know who else funded them. From the book's homepage, it seems quite a few people are happy with their work, including this guy from Google:

“Unlike much of the writing on open source versus proprietary software, this book offers factual evidence, careful analysis, and evenhanded discussion, while avoiding unsupported opinions, hyperbole, and exaggeration. Everyone who is concerned with open source will want to read this book.”
—Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google

The writer at the Economist seems to have a bone to pick with Open Source, regardless:

"Yet the finding that open-source advocates will like least is that free programs are not always cheaper. To be sure, the upfront cost of proprietary software is higher (although open-source programs are not always free). But companies that use such programs spend more on such things as learning to use them and making them work with other software."

Anyone experienced an implementation of new software, Open Source or not, where there was no cost associated with the learning curve and the integration?

Comment Re:"awesomely bad 80s graphics" (Score 1) 384

Have to disagree. Have you seen how Disney releases DVDs? Pinocchio is out in the 70th anniversary edition. Try to find another edition that's current and you'll be disappointed. They do this all the time. Tron will probably be available for purchase again after Tron Legacy comes out.

Comment Re:I'd feel safer... (Score 2, Insightful) 741

The passengers and crew will now prevent a hijacking just as a Marine would.

The marine could carry weaponry onto the plane, the civilians can't. We'll get a nice police state once we all start asking for it. Military police roaming around our civilian lives sure is better than the gropings, right?

Comment Re:Go for it (Score 1) 1065

Love the radius thing. If ever some example tech becomes available, we should test the blocking range and follow close enough to LaHood to block all his calls whenever he's on the road. That would be hilarious!

Target Practice hears some shuffling

Huh. Who stapled this GPS transmitter to my backside?

Comment If it works for China... (Score 4, Insightful) 390

Love this part under Non-Domestic Domains, Required Actions...
(i) a service provider ... or other operator of a domain name system server shall take reasonable steps that will prevent a domain name from resolving to that domain name’s Internet protocol address;

So, we'll just refuse to resolve any domains that are outside the jurisdiction of the US, but that are deemed to offend the standards listed here? This, to me, sounds a bit like that whole filtering of information thing that Secretary Clinton said was a Bad Thing in China.

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."