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Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 434 434

It should be noted that no updates will go out to regular users until they have been vetted through several rings of testing, including over a million people in the Insider Program.

I am using Windows 7 (for gaming) since it was released and can testify that several updates caused severe troubles that could not have been fixed by ordinary users. You need to check each update for problems before installing it.

There is no reason to expect that Windows 10 will fare better in that respect, and I would never recommend a system with automatic updates to anyone.

Comment Re:Ever heard of the Stasi prosecuting KGB? (Score 4, Insightful) 69 69

Well, the German BND was directly funded by Nazis under US oversight and the German Verfassungsschutz (counterintelligence agency) was pretty much directly involved in the recent right-wing radical NSU serial killings, so it's hardly surprising that they don't give a fuck about privacy (or democracy, for what it's worth).

Comment Re:Or... just hear me out here... (Score 2) 1156 1156

Say that again after you have been filmed by a drone in your living room. It happened to me, and there is ordinary no line of sight into my room. The experience is very unpleasant and intrusive, because you don't know how long you've been filmed, who has been filming you and why.

Comment Re:Right to Privacy in One's Backyard? (Score 5, Insightful) 1156 1156

Of course he has the right to privacy in his own backyard. How on earth could anybody question that?

And yes, I personally also think that shooting down the drone was also justified. There should be jammers that bring down these things and it should be legal to possess and use them in the appropriate circumstances such as a drone hovering over your backyard.

Comment Re:GPL is good but flawed (Score 2) 250 250

The real problem is that in order to monetize software under GPL, a company will benefit from making it hard to compile, hard to install and hard to use, because most of the money will come from the service you offer and not from the software itself. Even worse, the GPL encourages dual licensing for commercial purposes, using the GPL as a corset from which a customers can free themselves only by paying a hefty fee. Companies then use tricks in the legal grey zone to discourage the use of the GPLed version, for example delaying publication so it always lags behind the version with commercial licence.

AdaCore is a good example. They offer a GPL version of GNAT, but in contrast to the FSF version it is under the full GPL and not under the mGPL. Since Ada more or less requires a runtime engine, this means that all your executables from the GPL version will be licensed under GPL. Or, you can pay a hefty fee for the commercial license. At the meantime, they make sure to bundle their GPL version with a lot of essential, but GPLed code that is not in the FSF mGPL version and ensure (with delayed contributions) that the FSF version lags behind. With that strategy they have managed to boost sales for their commercial license, but it is probably also one of the main reasons why Ada has not gained and will never gain any widespread popularity.

Your suggestion is not good, though, because it would just institutionalize the bad behaviour that companies are already demonstrating currently in a legal grey zone - delaying the release of source code, making it hard to understand, branch, compile on your own, etc. The only one who would win from this change would be proprietary software makers, and they are constantly being unfair already by taking away essential freedoms from their users.

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