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Comment: Re:Linux needs to step up (Score 1) 650

by The-Forge (#46682279) Attached to: Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

I'm sorry, but Linux distros have worse forced upgrade policies than XP. How well does Ubuntu 13.10 run on 10 year old PCs with 10 year old graphics hardware? Not well. How does it run on 5 year old PCs? Not well either. But that is your only real option for Ubuntu since they only support releases for a YEAR AND A HALF! Ok, the LTS versions get 5 years, but still that's much shorter than XP and the system requirements move forward with each release for the GUI.

OpenSUSE, Cent OS, Mint all of them are the same way.

If you're running a PC that is 5 years old or less with XP, quit the whining and goto Win 7 (the new XP for corp) or 8. If it's older than 5, get a new PC because you've probably replaced your TV and got a new game console in that time which cost about as much if not more.

Comment: What's next? Apple suing Wal-Mart for Android? (Score 2) 211

by The-Forge (#42055135) Attached to: Form1 3D Printer and Kickstarter Get Sued For Patent Infringment

These guys suing Kickstarter makes about as much sense as Apple suing Wal-Mart for selling Samsung tablets and phones. Are we going to expect Wal-Mart, Best Buy and eBay to start doing patent checks on everything they put on their shelves or list on their site? If by some strange quirk this case moves forward with Kickstarter attached, that will be the legal expectation by precedent.

IANL, but in the complaint they may have already given Kickstarter cause to get removed. They mention Kickstarter's TOS and the judge should see that as a safe harbor establishment.

Comment: Re:VMware is very easy but (Score 1) 361

by The-Forge (#41940683) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Virtual Machine Software For a Beginner?

There are a few docs in the VMware knowledge base about clock drift on AMD CPUs. 90% of the issues are solved by turning off "Quiet'n'Cool" or any other power saving feature in the BIOS that alters the clock speed. The same advice goes for Intel chips with SpeedStep. The clock fluctuation really screw with the VM's VCPU emulation. I turned it off and my drift dropped to a minute or so a week which is easily fixable with a NTP service on Linux.

Comment: Re:Seems partly justified (Score 2) 227

by The-Forge (#39732813) Attached to: Judge Grudgingly Awards $3.6 Million In DRM Circumvention Case

But if you take that logic to it's extreme you wind up with Microsoft or Google suing the whole net because you're using their intellectual property (the browser) to access a services other than a Microsoft or Google one without getting their permission and making money. I know this thought will never happen, but it's still a extension of the logic.

Back to the crux of this though, The UMaple people clean room reverse engineered the MapleStory server to run a completely separate environment. There was no true profit, it looks like they were getting donations to keep it running. I just can't see the DMCA circumvention here, but I believe Blizzard used this same threat against some users a few years ago who were trying to reverse engineer the WoW server.

It's all out of control. Adapt or die has become adapt or litigate and heading towards litigate or litigate. Shakespeare was right.

"Our vision is to speed up time, eventually eliminating it." -- Alex Schure