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Comment: Re:Strange.. (Score 1) 157

You should be more worried about the air pollution from motor vehicles than my second-hand smoke.

I smoke outside in open air, so second-hand smoke should not be a problem. I don't smoke in front of children and i especially don't blow it into peoples faces. I also try not to smoke near restaurants or other places selling food, as there's nothing less appetising than getting a nose full of someone elses cigarette, so i sympathise with you there. But i don't see anyone giving smokers "priority" over anything in public spaces. Most european countries have introduced indoor smoking bans (including the UK, my home country), so the only place to smoke is outside anyway. And most establishments either have an outdoor smoking area, or a pot of some sort outside for cigarette litter.

Comment: Re:Strange.. (Score 1) 157

I'm british, what's a healthcare bill?

I pay a large amount of tax on my smokes, (16.5% on top of the 20% VAT!) and that extra excise duty "apparently" goes towards funding the NHS because of the increased pressure smoking-related illnesses put on the NHS. But i don't complain, because anyone, from the homeless to the queen will (should) get the same standard of healthcare. I've not needed the services of the NHS since i started smoking, so for the most part, my taxes have gone to paying for someone elses emphysema and not mine.

Comment: Re:Strange.. (Score 1) 157

i appreciate your concern, and i know how unhealthy it is, but if i wanted to quit, i would. Smoking is a lifestyle choice, and like millions of other around the world, i made the choice. I'm not advocating it, and if you've never smoked, i wouldn't recommend starting now. But

Regardless of your view on tobacco, i respect it. but i'd also like you to respect my choice to smoke.

Comment: Re:Spare Change (Score 1) 157

Try being a single 20-40ish male in any first world country and try and get social housing, it's not gonna happen. Why? Because those houses are filled with single mums. Social security can't help everyone, and those who need it least (read: any male who's of working age) are unlikely to get social housing because of the huge demand for it. Of course there are ways and means of working your way back into housing, but if you've been made redundant, lost your house and most of your possesions, it's understandable that people will just be dragged into a pit of depression. If drink helps them get through their day (and most importantly, they don't act like an asshole when drunk), that's fine by me. I like my drink too, and if a homeless guy can get a 4-pack for the same price as i'd buy a pint at the pub, at least he's being more economical with his money than i am.

Comment: Re:Strange.. (Score 1) 157

As a smoker, i know the urge and desire for a cigarette, and when you cannot afford them, it's a really really tough time. In fact, most of the time, if you give a homeless guy a cigarette, they'll be more glad of that than a handful of change. There is nothing worse than watching a homeless guy sift through cigarette butt in the gutter because he can't afford to buy their own, so i like to help out in that way too.

And sure, many of the genuinely homeless do have drug habits, mental disorders and such, but that doesn't mean we should marginalise them for it. Voting for social housing, rehabilitation and retraining is great and all, but it still doesn't buy that guy a sandwich. He's still got to eat, and by giving him a few coins, he can go buy a fresh sandwich instead of looking for one in the dumpster.

Comment: Strange.. (Score 1) 157

As someone who walks around with earphones in most of the time, believe it or not, it makes me more empathetic to the homeless.Nothing says "disposable income" more than having headphones, and as such, i'm very self-conscious about that fact. Instead of aimlessly walking on by when a homesless guy tries to chat or ask for money, i'll often stop, have a chat, and give them my spare change. Sure, they might spend it on Special Brew or hard cider, but at least they'll spend all of my change on getting though their day.

Only 30% of the money you put in collection boxes actually goes to doing charitable work, the rest is spent on administrative costs, advertising, and other costs. When I give change to a homeless guy, i know that 100% of my money is going to do that homeless guy some good, and there's nothing like the feeling of making someone's day. Put that money into a collection box, and only 30% is going to go to good causes, and you'll probably never meet the guy who's day you made.

All in all, i believe charity should start at home. And for the people who get my spare change, a home is something they can only dream about.

Comment: Re:Slashdot is ridiculous (Score 1) 564

by The123king (#46757429) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support
All the ones that haven't been found and/or publicised. There is no such thing as bug-free code, no matter if it was written by a multinational company or some kid in his bedroom.

But back to the subject at hand, Microsoft are only going to stop new updates for Windows 8.1, unless you install the "Update 1" update, which is pretty much just a service pack.So yes, they're ditching support for Windows 8.1 but they'll continue supporting Windows 8.1.1

All in all it's just a storm in a teacup

Comment: Re:You ever get the feeling... (Score 1) 564

by The123king (#46756897) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support
MS haemorrhaged most of it's decent staff in the latter part of Ballmers reign, when everyone suddenly realised the bald-headed coot was a as crazy as a bald-headed coot. If i was a shareholder, i'd rather have a hall filled with typewriting monkeys than have Ballmer in charge. There'd be less monkeying around, produce less buggy code, and most importantly, produce much less shit than Ballmer and his management.

Satya Nadella has perked my interest, and i have great hopes for him and the future of Microsoft. Mainly because he doesn't come across as crazier than a bag full of hammers

Comment: NEWSFLASH (Score 1) 564

by The123king (#46756587) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Microsoft ends support for Windows 8.1 because Windows 8.1 Update 1 is available!

More at Ten!

Seriously, i've never heard so much FUD in my life. Sure, i'll admit it might be a tad premature to end support for 8.1, even though they've released the latest "service pack" for it, but it seems pretty straightforward to end support for what is essentially "8.1 RTM" in favour of "8.1 SP1", especially since that "service pack" is freely available online.

Storms, mountains, teacups, molehills.

Comment: Re:Why would I work for free to make Apple rich? (Score 1) 266

by The123king (#46751875) Attached to: Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry
And this is the fundamental point of the BSD license. It's not an unknown fact that early versions of Windows used BSD networking code. Nor is an unknown fact that FreeBSD is used as the basis of the PS3 and PS4 OSes. Neither of the companies (to my knowledge) contributed code back, but that doesn't mean what they did with that code wasn't a great thing. BSD licensing might be open to "exploitation" by commercial companies, but the fact that it exists at all gives commercial companies an easy stepping stone into building an in-house OS on top of it, without all the legal hoo-ha when using Linux. In fact, i'm genuinely suprised someone like Google hasn't redistributed Haiku as a commercial operating system given its liberal licensing.

Comment: Re:Why would I work for free to make Apple rich? (Score 2) 266

by The123king (#46740631) Attached to: Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry
BSD has many users. The OS for the PS3 and PS4 is based on BSD, Darwin (basis of Mac OS X and iOS) is based on BSD. There's two big corporations using BSD.

And then you can spin it round and mention the many millions of Android devices there are, all running Linux. And all the webservers, IBM mainframes, scientific supercomputers, home routers etc etc etc.

Each license has it's strengths and weaknesses, but all can be monetised in some shape or form. This alone, in a capitalistic world, is the only way licenses will survive

Comment: Re:Why would I work for free to make Apple rich? (Score 3, Informative) 266

by The123king (#46740555) Attached to: Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry
And that's why i believe the BSD licenses are the most open of all open-source licenses.

1) Do what the f**k you want with it
2) If it breaks your stuff, we're not liable
3)if you want to redistribute it, in any way shape or form, give us credit

Comment: Re:Why would I work for free to make Apple rich? (Score 5, Interesting) 266

by The123king (#46740517) Attached to: Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry
Apple didn't just "contribute" to Webkit, they pretty much created it (from KHTML, also open-source). Apple might not contribute financially to open-source projects, but they certainly contribute code-wise. The whole Darwin kernel is open-source, that's how the Goto fail bug was found. I don't see many other big-name corporations developing their own kernel in-house and then open-sourcing it (Android doesn't count)

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying. -- Woody Allen