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Comment: Re:Stop buying crippled devices (Score 1) 228

by Val314 (#29482849) Attached to: Google, Apple Joust Over Rejected Voice App

I get you point, but what if the device just does the things that i want it to do?
My TV has (at least I've read it in a forum) a Linux-based OS in there to do the menus.

But i can't install any arbitrary app that I want.

Is it crippled? maybe. But it does the thing that i want from it (watching TV) so its ok for me.

Same with my iPhone/Xbox/PS/... They do the things that i want them to do.

Would they be able to do even more? Yes! They could run any arbitrary application.
Do I need them to to so? No, they do the things they are supposed to do.
Would it be better if they were unlocked? Yes.

Comment: Re:Pondians? (Score 1) 447

by Val314 (#29309125) Attached to: Back-to-school time means ...

Are university attendees not called students?

In german there are different words for university students (Student) and students in schools (Schueler).

Pretty much every university here in Austria would strongly object to being called a school. (the whole system how you learn is structured completely different)

Comment: Should HW Vendors block (unsigned) Firmwares? (Score 1) 275

by Val314 (#28914567) Attached to: Apple Keyboard Firmware Hack Demonstrated

So what does /. thinks?
-) Block all unsigned Firmware, locking out the hacker community for the sake of "security"?
-) Allow hacks and custom firmware? (with the possibillity of security issues)
-) think: my Firmware will never have any bugs, i'll put in a ROM (with the risk of recalling the HW when a serious issue is found)

Comment: Re:Can they do that? (Score 1) 60

by Val314 (#28816945) Attached to: <em>Spore</em> Patch Nearly Lets Creatures Into Other Games

That's only because the tools that you mention don't put any copyrighted content that they haven't given permission for others to distribute into what those tools produce.

What about the fonts from Office?

Someone has to have the copyright on Arial, Times new Roman,...

So in some way, i *am* distributing copyrighted material with a printed .doc(x) File

(the Word license most likely says that this is ok...)

Comment: Re:Or... (Score 1) 250

by Val314 (#28072699) Attached to: Malware Found On Brand-New Windows Netbook

You know, I always thought it would be a good idea to ship PC's without the OS loaded. If the end user had to set up the OS it would force them to learn the basics...But that's why I'm an ex-tech support asshole I guess.

you mean just like cars are sold without the software installed?

I'm just now installing the software on my new camera to "learn the basics"

dont think so: Installing a OS is not learning the basics.
how to use it properly is learn the basics

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