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Comment: Re:Would not be a loss (Score 0) 278

by dmn (#30424218) Attached to: Widenius Warns Against MySQL Falling Into Oracle's Hands

MySQL is the Visual Basic of databases - clumsy and of poor quality, used most strongly by people who don't know any better. I would be delighted to see MySQL fail as a project and have its mindshare go to projects that are superior, like PostgreSQL.

Agreed. There's an excellent list of MySQL "gotchas" that illustrates just how bad it is - http://sql-info.de/en/mysql/gotchas.html
The list only applies to <5.0 versions - anyone know a similar list for >=5.0 ?

Comment: Re:New ads (Score 0) 837

by dmn (#25083875) Attached to: Microsoft Uses "I'm a PC" Character In New Ads

horrible? I thought it was really *really* good. Not only does it help kill the stereotype, but makes the Mac commercials much less effective as well.

I disagree.

If they were trying to counter the message of the original Apple ads, they failed miserably, because they completely missed their point. The Apple ads are basically saying "Macs are for people who want to do things better, than everyone else (the PCs) - more interesting, more fun and less effort". These ads are targeted at people who want to stand out of the crowd, or at least go their own way. The Microsoft ads on the other hand are saying "be a sheep, join EVERYONE in doing the same thing", which - to the crowd the original ads were aimed at - is the exact thing they want to avoid.

But one might argue, that these ads were actually addressed to a different group of people - the sheep. But the sheep don't need ads - they'll simply follow everyone else. Worse yet - the ads might actually make them aware of what they're doing by blindly following the others and make them stop.

In conclusion - FAIL.

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+ - NBC Chief, "Apple 'destroyed' music pricing-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "With the most colorful description yet, NBC Universal chief executive Jeff Zucker on Sunday urged colleagues to take a stand against Apple's iTunes, charging that the digital download service was undermining the ability of traditional media companies to set profitable rates for their content online.

"We know that Apple has destroyed the music business — in terms of pricing — and if we don't take control, they'll do the same thing on the video side,""

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Censorship

+ - How do you DMCA a tattoo off of a person?

Submitted by dmn
dmn (855563) writes "Shannon Larratt (of the BMEzine fame) recently posted a challenge at modblog for someone to tattoo the recently published HD DVD key on them and test what happens if they go public. From the first post:

"Any site that lists the AACS key/crack is getting legal takedown notices if someone gets it tattooed, would a lawsuit forcing them to never show it to anyone be launched? Would they try and force a removal?".
Well someone did take the challenge. From the second post:

"So how do you DMCA a tattoo off of a person? Am I allowed to tell people that its a 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0 tattoo? Is a magazine permitted to print photos of this tattoo? Can the tattoo artist or shop (Good Faith Tattoos, Boston) be sued? Can the person wearing the tattoo be sued? Can a corporation force a medical procedure (a tattoo removal)? Can they force him to always wear a shirt? Well, Rich from The New Freedom has decided to be the bait!".
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The bogosity meter just pegged.

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