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Comment: Re:So Kind of open? (Score 3, Interesting) 194

by alci63 (#47515357) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264
So, this is a software only patent... so it's not legal in Europe (or is it). Some Linux distro might consider integrating this code directly, and compile it instead of letting FF grab a blob from Cisco. Maybe distribute it in a special repository, that users would activate where it legal... Notice VideoLAN for example does play HEVC (aka H.264), and does not licence anything...

Comment: Re:informal poll (Score 1) 641

by alci63 (#46661397) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer
Sure I do ! In fact, it has been my only OS since 1998. Since I unplugged my old Amiga. And no, I never had dual boot. Did I have some tougth times? Sure, I did. I still can remember the "optimized for IE" web, and activeX, and lack of hardware drivers... but, now. Well, it's just working out of the box, and I don't see any reason one would not use Linux (expect for gaming maybe, but this is slowly changing also, it appears).

Comment: Re:I disagree. (Score 2) 1293

by alci63 (#44900327) Attached to: Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?
You're right. This is the very definition of integrism.
You can change Christianity with any religion, and tell the exact same thing. That's what is scaring with religious belief: there is no place to doubt. And humans are only secondary to deity (so they can deserve to suffer, or to die, for the sake a 'God'). This is the exact opposite of what the Age of Enlightenment gave us: humanism.

You can see these books on the history of such thinking (reaction to Enlightenment):
- Zeev Sternhell, Les anti-Lumières : Du XVIIIe siècle à la guerre froide, Fayard, coll. L'espace du politique (ISBN 2213623953)
- Dan Hind, The Threat to Reason, Verso (ISBN 9781844671526)

Comment: Re:Yep (Score 2) 181

by alci63 (#44214069) Attached to: US Spies Have "Security Agreements" With Foreign Telecoms
Well, the point is US corporations dominate the Internet an mobile phones industry (OS), and the reverse is not true. Being a foreign country citizen, this does really matter to me. Really, why are the US trying to hard to become the bad guy ? I am now wondering wether I might be better off using Kingsoft Office rather than MS Office, from a privacy point of view, can you imagine that ?!

Comment: Re:Soviet Microsoft (Score 3, Interesting) 543

by alci63 (#44166799) Attached to: Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?
I always wondered : when Microsoft has these special "show me the source" programs, does it mean that the final client also does compile Windows by itself for deployment ? Or is it more like, "hey, just have look, you see, nothing to be afraid of, trust us. Now take our binaries." ?

Comment: Re:More testing required (Score 1) 1121

by alci63 (#43304129) Attached to: USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise
Don't know if this is true, but this is scary. I think many europeans can be depicted as atheists, and probably as well as communists regarding US standards ! Reminds me when I went to the USA and was asked by the customs services if I was in relation with "communists"... Well... God bless America :-)

Comment: Free-market innovation (Score 1, Insightful) 124

by alci63 (#43161335) Attached to: Bruce Schneier: A Cyber Cold War Could Destabilize the Internet
I liked this one ! Innovation on the Internet never really came from "the free market" and stating otherwise is pure ideology. It came from the ARPA, universities, the CERN, RFCs, etc... Profit minded companies mainly used the Internet and would really love to rule it, but did they bring innovation ? Seriously ?

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