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Comment Re: Sure you can. (Score 1) 428 428

Most people need a web browser.

That's for the tasks common to most people, not representative of the entire scope of thing most people do with their computers. The corporate world probably makes up a significant portion of "most people" anyway so the categories listed above probably do apply. But it isn't just the professional market, also amateur developers, artists, photographers, audio producers, videographers, product designers (particularly the maker movement), gamers, etc...

I'd be interested to see where you get this perception that "most users" - however many this might be - just need a web browser.

Comment Re:Mark Shuttleworth, where are you... (Score 1) 428 428

The only way to get a sizable chunk of a market as mature as the desktop one is to be disruptive and innovative. You won't unseat an incumbent by just copying them and indeed in a market this mature the incumbent can't even unseat itself with products like Windows 8.

When the incumbent in a market can release the almost universally-panned Windows 8.x, charge money for it and still manage ~10 times the market share of all the free-of-charge desktop Linux distributions combined it might be time to review your strategy.

Comment Re:Trading one for the other (Score 1) 120 120

Regardless of whether they are starting with open source software, or closed source software........if I ever paid $4.3 billion for some software, I guarantee I would be getting the source for it. If the government pays that much for a system, one of the requirements should be that it ends up open source.

At least.

Comment Re:SD Card? (Score 1) 152 152

I said their premium model is +$50. You said it's not a premium phone. You just reiterated that it's not a premium phone. The fact of the matter is it's their premium offering.

Go back and read it again: "this isn't marketed at the premium price point ".

Oh what a terrible problem! They sell two options, how awful!

The problem isn't with what they sell; the problem is with your argument.

Well no, you just said The problem is they sell two options. Maybe try and work out what you're trying to say before you type.

Your argument is they don't have a premium phone

No, it isn't. Nowhere did I write or imply that.

I've already explained that it's not lucrative to offer SD cards slots on mainline-model phones.

Yet most of them do, it's only a few that don't. Your argument fails.

"Some" being all modern mainline phones

Wrong. Xperia Z3, Note 4, Note Edge, G Flex, HTC One, LG G4, ZenPhone. In fact the only mainstream ones that don't have them are the Galaxy S6, Nexus 6 and the iPhone.

Comment Re:The meaning of freedom (Score 1) 349 349

Ultimately they did. XFree86 outcompeted them.

And that's how it is supposed to work, the better product wins out.

But the years in between were lost. The damage it did to free systems may not have been fixable.

If those competing UNIX vendors had to contribute back then they likely would have used their own fully proprietary implementations to differentiate eachother anyway. Nothing ever stopped anybody from writing a GPL-licensed X implementation either.

So here we have your list. And virtually every example demonstrates the failure of the BSD licensing model. That's the problem a long proven track record of failure.

Aboslute garbage. None of those is a failure of the BSD licensing model, they are all successes of the BSD licensing model. You define failure as the existence of proprietary extensions, a definition devoted to your ideology rather than based on any objective metric. The GPL does not prevent this either, there is nothing to stop out-of-process extensions with GPL software and there are tons of proprietary drivers that get linked to the kernel through loadable modules that aren't in the source and GCC has even gotten to the point that they would rather have bad software than allow it to export the required data allowing proprietary applications like Apple's XCode to do proper static analysis and highlighting which is why Clang has been so successful.

There are may examples where that isn't true.

Then show them, my list is all the successes and you can't even come up with one failure.

Comment Re:Privacy in danger (Score 1) 428 428

All corporations who have the opportunity will be salivating at the chance to do this.

They're all ran by the same kind of greedy bastard, and all the signals Microsoft is sending absolutely scream "you're either going to get ads, or you're going to pay to not get ads, or you're going to pay for what you used to have for free, or we're going to force you to use our online services ... where you're going to get ads, or pay not to get ads, and we'll sift through all your stuff".

Every damned corporation wants to monetize your experience and your data, have access to all of your stuff, and claim ownership to do anything they want to with it.

Microsoft has thus far failed to come up with a compelling way to do this because they keep putting out flops which don't catch on.

With Windows 10, between now expecting money for Solitaire without ads, or sharing your wifi password with people (including whatever government demands it), and pretty much everything else they're doing, Microsoft is trying to set the stage where they have access to all of your data, have everything in their cloud, and an EULA which says they can do anything they choose.

Everything about Windows 10 is screaming this will be terrible for the consumer. And it also tells me I want no part of it.

Microsoft is basically saying they will do anything with your computer, any time they want to, and you don't get a vote. Which means I expect Microsoft to be fucking up a lot of computers and leaving that to be someone else's problem.

Comment How about forced upgrades! (Score 1, Troll) 428 428

I just did 2 new Windows 8.1 images and ran WIndows update. It keeps forcing 10 shitware on me! I tried creating and cancelling a reservation and it still tries to open WIndows update automatically to install.

No matter what everytime I reboot WIndows update keeps popping up trying to install Windows 10 automatically.

I guess if you imaged a PC before July 24th you were fine. UGH.

Comment Buggy as hell. No rush (Score 1) 180 180

Do not bother upgrading folks if what you have works fine unless you have a pyschotic episode with the flat look of 8.1 and can't find classic start.

There are many many bugs. Items do not fill in properly in menus. Adhock wifi not available, disjointed tiles in TV and music, Edge crashing, Edge having no extensions, poor battery life on the surface pro 3, One drive not having placeholders, Grove not having select all on playlists, .NET 4.6 JIT tail bug where arguments get scrambled, and many many others in just the first few days reported

This reminds me 0f XP. Yes, XP pre - SP1. XP was not considered God by users and IT departments in 2001. It was buggy and had compatibility and network probloems before SP1 and SP 2 was where it finally got somewhat solid.

Windows 10 has an unfinished and baked feel. It won't touch my systems until Redstone update 1 something later this fall ... or maybe next summer as I see it more as just hittting beta now as MS rushed this.

Comment Re:Is that even worthwhile? (Score 1) 101 101

Honestly ... do you really thing do not track means a damned thing? Are you that naive?

Do not track says "gee Mr Website, will you be nice and not attempt to monetize my traffic". It doesn't mean a damned thing.

You should pretty much assume that everyone on the internet will track everything about you they can at every chance they can get. You should assume some greedy asshole with an MBA and a tendency to be a sociopath doesn't give a fuck about your desire not to be tracked is making the decision to obey no not track.

Do not track was an industry attempt to distract people from regulations which would have tried to stop them.

Do not track is a complete fucking lie.

Don't be all surprised now to find out it doesn't actually do anything or hold any weight. Which is why you should be actively blocking as many of these things as you can, instead of relying on the kindness of some greedy sociopath asshole who doesn't give a crap that your browser has pathetically announced it doesn't wish to be tracked.

Hell, do not track, when ignored like we know it is, just gives them another point of data. I don't even set it, because I know damned well it's not going to do anything.

When a company publicly says they won't respect do not track, you can pretty much assume every other company is already ignoring it anyway. There is not do not track.

Comment Re:Is that even worthwhile? Serious Question... (Score 5, Insightful) 101 101

Everything about you they can get, all day long, as long as the app is running.

They'll figure out what they can make money off later. Like, do people buy more gas in the winter or summer.

This is just greedy assholes maximizing both greedy and asshole. And this why I look at apps as basically ads and analytics in disguise, and why I don't feel compelled to have a smart phone with a data plan.

You can always not play the damned game.

Me, I want Android to return the ability to selectively turn off stuff that apps can do. If your app keels over because I won't let it access my contacts, I don't want your fucking app.

I view most apps as about the same as if a retail store demanded the ability to rifle through my wallet before I came in the store, only in the case of apps it's pretty much all the time.

No thanks.

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