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Comment: Re:Liberated? What about the hardware? (Score 1) 227

by Torp (#48862843) Attached to: Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

The GPL is the only license practically that lets you dual-license with a proprietary license.

You can give it freely to people who want to spread it freely, and you can charge people who want to close it. That way, you get a return on your investment either way.

Actually if you're the copyright holder for something you can license it in as many ways as you want. It doesn't make much sense if one of those options isn't GPL though.

Comment: Re:too expensive (Score 2) 227

by Torp (#48857881) Attached to: Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

Actually it's more expensive than a retina macbook pro with the same specs. $2359 "earlier bird" price vs $1999 for a rMBP, if you configure the Librem with a 250 Gb SSD, 16 G ram and the hi res display. The CPU seems to be the same. You do get an optical drive, if you care about those things.
The 'normal' price if you miss all "early-ish" bird discounts is $2609 for the same configuration.

But considering they're only doing a 500 unit run as opposed to a few million for Apple, i think it's a pretty good price.

Comment: Heh (Score 5, Interesting) 151

by Torp (#48843843) Attached to: Being Pestered By Drones? Buy a Drone-Hunting Drone

There was that old sf story by Robert Silverberg, I think, that went like this: They made automated police drones (they weren't called drones back then) that prevented any violent crime from happening. Unfortunately they had learning circuits and decided even killing animals for food or harvesting crops was violent crime, and the society ended up starving. The solution was to create a new kind of drone to kill the existing drones - but this also had learning circuits and it decided it had to kill everyone.
Looks pretty realistic these days. Anyone remember the name of the story, and the author if i got it wrong?

Comment: What Windows? (Score 1) 633

by Torp (#48804029) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

I run mostly OS X these days, and do work with native OS X apps or inside Linux VMs, but I have a Windows 7 installation for games. However, over the past few years an interesting thing has happened: I can't be bothered to reboot any more. If a game has a Mac version or runs in Wine, I'll play it. The rest of my Steam collection of 200+ titles is gathering virtual dust.
So not only I'm still on 7, but I don't use that at all any more.
What's that Windows 8 thing that everyone is talking about?

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