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Comment Re:Yeah, sure (Score 1) 412

[...] Also note that a similiar mechanism is well established already: Those without other income can get money from social services. [...]

That's different from country to country, for instance in Spain, when you don't have a job and are out of the unemployment aid (maximum two years), you are on your own. Last time I read something about this it was stated that in Spain there are around 2 million persons without any kind of official income.

Comment Re:Stop these stories (Score 2) 107

I would like ./ editors to stop with "future Russian plans" stories, 'cause I can almost give you a warranty that given the today's economical situation in Russia, and given the fact that it's on the verge of collapse next to nothing will pan out in the nearest 20 to 50 years.

I think it is way to early to write Russia off: Russia is big and has most if not all of the raw materials needed for all the important industries, the ties to China are also becoming stronger, and 20 to 50 years is a very long time.

It would have been better if you'd run a story about the Russian ruble. It's dying. [...]

A low value of a national currency makes imports for this country expensive and exports cheaper for buyers, which means a low valued currency is good for export oriented countries. Russia is an export economy. Considering that Russia mostly exports raw materials, and imports goods like cars, computers etc. such the push from the falling value of the Ruble may actually be good for its industry, because it makes these industries more competitive compared to imported goods (e.g. as imported cars become more expensive cars produced in Russia may become more interesting to Russian buyers).

Comment Re: Scary Times (Score 2) 458

Sign of the times. Back in the day at least they gave us a blue screen, now we're stuck with black ...

Or like Neil Young put it ...

Out of the blue and into the black
You pay for this, but they give you that
And once you're gone, you can't come back
When you're out of the blue and into the black.

Comment Re:We COULD get by working 10-20 hours a week (Score 1) 729

If you base it on what people already have, you essentially give them and incentive to spend everything they get to keep their wealth low so they get more basic income.[ ...]

I think you misunderstood the parent. Currently, if you have much wealth, you can invest in stocks etc. to get more wealth without really working for it. If you have little or no wealth and you have a badly paid job (or two) you are busy satisfying your basic needs usually you don't have enough to save something to get out of that treadmill. Hence the current distribution model is based on what you already have and it favours the rich.

Comment Re:License (Score 1) 255

Or everything-and-its-cat now depending on systemd.

It is interesting that you bring up systemd in a GPL discussion. Their was some discussion about how the IPC infrastructure of systemd can effectively be used to circumvent the GPL by providing a GPL wrapper to a GPL library/program that provides a RPC interface and then use this interface from a non-free program remotely. Since no direct linking is involved, this is actually legal, and the a legal way to prevent this is licensing the code under the AGPL

Comment Re:GPL enforcement? I don't want to be involved! (Score 3, Insightful) 44

I don't want to support, or otherwise be involved with, GPL enforcement. It sounds to me like it's the creator of a piece of software dictating exactly what I can and can't do with it.

Wrong, the GPL only refers to the distribution of the software, and here the only requirement is that you pass on all the freedoms that were given to you when you received the software. For what you actually use the software this is completely up to you, in fact restricting the use of the software (e.g. "non-commercial only" or "no military use") is incompatible with the GPL.

The right for somebody to create closed-source derivatives is something that should be protected. Not protecting it is merely the act of taking away freedom.

Here you contradict yourself, because by distributing a closed-source derivative of some free software is taking away the freedom to create a derivative from your modified version.

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 1) 600

Right, but the same applies to Russia too. Russia is pretending to bomb ISIS "terrorists" in Syria, and yet for every hundred bombing raids it's done only one has actually been against ISIS and ISIS territory. The other strikes have hit everything from al Qaeda off-shoots, which we'd probably agree is fair play, through to Kurds and Turkmenis who just want to be left the fuck alone in their particular pocket of Syria just because they also oppose Assad.

AFAIK the Russians never bombed the Kurds, Turkey however did, Turkey also closed the border for Kurds when Kobani was under ISIS attack. There is an interesting analysis about why ISIS survives. Short version: Because the Turks support them in many ways.

Comment Re:AMD pissed me off, I don't buy their stuff. (Score 1) 110

They pulled drivers for "obsolete* GPUs from the Linux kernel, making all of those cards broken, mine included.

That's not true, older AMD cards are supported by the open source driver, and for these older, pre-OpenGL 4.0 cards the mesa implementation is actually quite good, and since it is open source it will probably be maintained for a very long time.

It is true, however, that they pulled support for the Radeon 4XXXHD series from their Catalyst driver too soon, before the mesa implementation was in a good shape.

Comment Re:Wrong industry? (Score 4, Informative) 117

It has everything to do with copyright law. It's what the company is using in order to claim that they have a right to keep information from the court.

No, even if they would show the code, it wouldn't become magically free software or public domain. What they claim here is that they want to keep a trade secret.

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