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Comment: Re:We're All Dicks (Score 1) 245 245

Digital music was well on it's way before apple produced the iPod. And let's not forget the LG Prada which came out almost a year before the iPhone, it was the first phone with a capacitive touchscreen and that form factor.

Seriously. You are scraping the bottom of the barrel here. And the "almost a year": LG Prada sales started May 2007. iPhone sales started June 29th, 2007. And by the end of the month they had overtaken the LG Prada in number of sales.

Comment: Re:Why does Jobs always steal the limelight? (Score 1) 245 245

And there were probably asshole CEO level people that could have created "Apple" as well. Nobody is irreplaceable.

Fact is that there have been no asshole CEO level people who created Apple. And a reasonably successful software / hardware company. And maybe the most successful computer graphics and animation company in the world.

Comment: Re:It's just the lazy/untalented employees... (Score 1) 245 245

Someone is lazy and untalented if they think a father who abandoned his child is a dick? There are plenty of other examples of what a horrible person he was, but that alone is enough to damn anyone.

You are very quick at condemning. I suppose you condemn Steve Jobs' biological parents as well, who both abandoned him? And I mean totally abandoned him. The reality is that there are millions of parents who treated and treat their children worse.

Comment: Re:Folklore.org (Score 1) 245 245

Steve Jobs accomplished some great things - with an enormous amount of help from people who actually knew how to do things - but there is absolutely no evidence that he knew anything about coding. So, to me anyway saying you've read all someones work when you clearly have not and could not. Makes you look like a doofus.

It makes you look like a polite host. Jobs knew it wasn't true, Knuth knew it wasn't true. It was just polite. (If Jobs actually said this, since Knuth denies giving the reply he supposedly gave). You know, social interaction.

Comment: Re:Folklore.org (Score 1) 245 245

Not a bad source for stories about Jobs dickish behavior...and before some /.er wants to point it out I'll do so. There's one story with Knuth where Steve looks like a pretty big doofus. It's been reported that Knuth has denied it - in particular in a talk by Randal Monroe's where he was present - the actual quote from Knuth though could easily be interpreted as avoiding the question rather than denying it.

Reading the story, it is inconceivable that Knuth would have said what he said. And surely Steve didn't look like a doofus at all, but as being polite, which makes Donald Knuth's purported answer an absolute dick move. And I'm sure that Jobs knew who Knuth is, and that some employees had told him about Knuth's books and how important they are.

Comment: Re:He was a liar and craptastic 'parent' (Score 1) 245 245

The whole thing with his daughter ...

And I know people who have been worse. A lot worse. Fathers where the problem was not that they weren't there, but that they were there.

And comparing to Gates, Gates got involved with a woman whom he then married much, much later in his life. Jobs also got married much, much later in his life and I haven't heard anything bad about that marriage, and about his children from this marriage. And who says there aren't one or two little Gates' around somewhere in the world who never knew who their father is?

Comment: Re:People (Score 1) 245 245

If you look at Jobs' positives, there are very few people who come close. I mean how many people are there in the world who started a company that is worth just $10 billion today? Very, very few.

If you look at Jobs' negatives, I _know_ people personally who were much worse in their personal life, without any redeeming features. And there are plenty of bosses who behave as bad or worse, again without the redeeming features.

Comment: Re:Perhaps half of us are (Score 2, Informative) 245 245

Concerning Merkel and Greece, it is kind of hard to explain to the people of your country why they would have to work more years to get their pension, so that Greeks can enjoy their pensions a bit earlier. And why they have to pay taxes so that Greeks don't have to.

Comment: Re:Does Uber need executives in France? (Score 1) 327 327

If the contract was void the moment you turned on the Uber app the first time, your insurer would have to refund all your premiums so as to avoid being unjustly enriched.

Slow down, cowboy! The reason for car insurance is mostly that third parties are kept save by having someone with lots of money who has to pay. Insurance companies can't get out of that liability. In Germany, for example, it takes about two months of non-payment until the insurance company can cancel your contract, and a notice of that will go simultaneously to you and to the police, who will make sure that you don't drive around without the insurance having to pay.

However, a lot earlier the insurance will try to recover any damage payments from you, which could easily bankrupt you.

You will obviously not get a refund, because the insurance company still has to pay out (and slim chance to recover the money from you if your victim ends up in a wheelchair), and of course their risk is higher than assumed, based on the premiums they charge commercial drivers.

Comment: Re:Does Uber need executives in France? (Score 1) 327 327

So, the insurance don't want to work with Uber drivers? That would be a terrible, terrible mistake, seeing the ambition of Uber's executives, in a company valued $50 billions, they could just start a business in the car insurance and get more profit.

Fifty billion dollar? So why do we always hear sob stories about little Uber fighting the evil monopoly of taxi drivers?

How many of that fifty billion dollar goes towards convincing politicians? And as with other big companies, if a fifty billion company breaks the law, then any fines must be big enough so that a fifty billion dollar company notices them and changes its way.

Comment: Re:I'd certainl yhope so... (Score 4, Insightful) 63 63

Under what legal theory would it be forbidden to offer a product that blocks shitware? Even if we grant that this 'freemium.com' must be tolerated as legal-but-sleazy, rather than dragged out and hung from a lamp post; is there some sort of 'right to be installed' that software possesses that nobody told me about?

Oh, that's no problem. Freemium claimed (and likely has the numbers) that their income from sleazy installs against the wishes of the computer went down, and that it was due to Avira's software (which they probably also can prove). So Avira _did_ interfere with Freemium's business, there is no doubt about that. The question was whether they interfered in a legal way, or in an illegal way. And the judge said it was legal. I suppose if Avira put up an alert saying "Don't install this, this software will cause cancer" they would have lost.

Comment: Re:Precedent (Score 1) 63 63

While true, judges tend to follow the ruling on the table. If only to appear consistent and not wanting to contradict their peers.

It's also a lot less work to find a case that is quite close and copy what the judge in the other case found. Instead of figuring all the details out himself, which is hard work, the judge just needs to check that all the details of the other court case match.

Comment: Re:Fucking Lawyers (Score 1) 181 181

That pretty much sounds like bullshit. Interoperability is part of fair use. Have we so thoroughly eroded this concept that the copyright lawyers have won?

But tell me, where is the interoperability with Java? Google has its own VM, so they don't really need Java interoperability.

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