I can't say I'm the most knowledgeable here, but I do recall during the last election that some of the more salients facts us liberals discovered included that even if all the oil surrounding the American continent could be drilled, it would only satisfy the current demand (7.5 Bn Barrels / year) for 2 years (14 Bn barrels of recoverable crude). In fact, it's estimated that the oil extraction would add no more than a few hundred thousand barrels of oil to the yearly tally for roughly over a decade. So, while the amount of oil seems incredible (say 1 MB/year), the American demand is more than exponentially larger (7.5BnB/year). The addition of these barrels would have little or no discernible impact on prices at all and would hardly be a drop in the bucket unless oil consumption is decreased. Thus, the idea that we are extending our 'energy lifespan' is complete bumpkis.
Now, contrast that with both the real and the potential ecological damage drilling in such sensitive areas will cause, it's hard not to come down on the side of extreme caution.
You're problem with moving windows in low resolution is FUD as well as plain ignorant. For someone who claims to have used many OS's you might want to at least show some proficiency with something other than Windows to back up your claims.
Windows XP loses windows off the screen all the time, and there is no way to get them back because the only draggable handle is the title bar. I can't even express the frustration this has caused me over the years due to buggy video games and such causing resolution problems.
However, it is a standard feature of most Linux desktop managers (gnome/kde/etc) that any window can be grabbed at any location using ALT + LEFT MOUSE. So, with even the slightest proficiency you would have had no problems at all.
from the article:
"Our approach, however, reflects the original intent of copyright protection, which was conceived not as a welfare program for authors but to encourage the creation of new works."
I'm in complete agreement with you.
If Linux became another Windows it would not be better, but rather worse. As another poster put it, Windows has been designed for the lowest common denominator. It is 'good' by design in the same sense that Britney Spears is 'cool' by design. Why would we do that to Linux?
You aren't required to pay fees for electronic distribution (yet). Most CC works are distributed this way.
We just need someone to invent the 'streaming' radio for your car.
What's with all the "the industry is evil and stoopid and I'm just gonna ignore copyright" comments? Are you really that dumb? You want to go to prison?
Look, people, the CC exists for this exact reason. You want to enjoy socially beneficial creative works? Then stop download or buying commercial works, stop creating and distributing commercial works, and get it through your head that the CC is the right and legal way to circumvent this whole fiasco.
The problem with your argument is that intelligence has little to do with being 'good'.
Isaac Asimov has written many novels exploring the pitfalls of 'logic' vs. 'feeling'. Suffice to say, the dumbest thing you could ever do is give anyone or anything unchecked power over you.
Yes and no.
In my experience
Meanwhile, in Linux land that 1 in a hundred friends is almost always ready, willing and capable of helping you. The times when she can't, you go to the forums and get 10,000 friends jumping over each other to answer your question.
Just so long as the music industry doesn't come back in 10 years with new lawsuits targeting little-old-lady-X because 10 mil. people somehow ended up with 'pirated' copies of music with her name in it.
Since this watermark must be fairly easy to modify, I can't really see how useful it would be in tracking piracy. It could probably have some uses for marketing research. Though, honestly, I can't think of any myself...
I hate to rain on your parade, but that 1k machine isn't all that impressive.
Overall, this system is clearly designed to be a PVR and/or word processor. A performance/gaming rig it is not.
I don't know if the poster you responded too was trying to build a gaming rig, or just wanted some serious performance, but their computer is far better than what you've suggested. On the other hand, if all they wanted was an average computer to do work then there are perfectly decent low-end models on Dell starting at $400.
"Just think, with VLSI we can have 100 ENIACS on a chip!" -- Alan Perlis