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Comment: Re:OEMs probably open to other OS vendors ... (Score 1) 362 362

>In the real world it not only locks rootkits but sysadmins out. Good luck next time you want to recover that botched Windows installed with anything else than "Microsoft approved" tools.

Boot up a Windows recovery disk and then run whatever tools you want. I'm sorry, where's the "locks out sysadmins" part again?

Unless, of course, said tools do not run on Windows, which is often the case.

Your post reeks of being a clueless sysadmin since what I said above is blindingly obvious to a competent one.

If only Windows recovery disks were the end-all of system administration. There is a much bigger world out there in systems administration that what your tiny windows show.

Comment: Re:OEMs probably open to other OS vendors ... (Score 1) 362 362

Locking out rootkits is pro-consumer; I mean really, really amazingly fucking pro-consumer.

Perhaps in your fantasy world it is. In the real world it not only locks rootkits but sysadmins out. Good luck next time you want to recover that botched Windows installed with anything else than "Microsoft approved" tools. Then again, I shouldn't be surprised: your post reeks of trolling.

Comment: Re:Oh God No... (Score 1) 222 222

Independence day also had a few seconds shot with Jeff Goldblum explaining why he could introduce the virus to the alien ship but it made way for a shot of a nutricious Coca-Cola product.

Did it? I actually remember seeing the explanation (something about their building an interface to our satellites meant that we could send a virus back).

Comment: Re:This just in: (Score 1) 302 302

I'm just pointing out that Mike at Techdirt's "Zero Marginal Cost, Infinite Good" argument applies equally well to empty seats at a concert or sporting event, or to lack of capacity crowd at a museum.

Does it? Can you put an infinite number of people in those seats with marginal cost? I would posit you can't so it doesn't.

By Mike's argument, 1) people should expect to be admitted free under such circumstances, and 2) the organizers should welcome them for the possibility of incidental business (concessions, swag).

And they do. Not everyone, not always, but they do. Remember the last bar you went to that didn't make you pay for listening to the music they were playing?

Obviously, it's a ridiculous argument in the case of a rock concert, particularly because the very same people who condone piracy often recommend that musicians make their living by selling tickets at live performances. But what makes it ridiculous is that there is an obvious, visible security apparatus in place at the concert that will either physically prevent gate crashers, or who will likely get them hauled down to the local police station.

Of course, they are there _only_ to avoid freeloaders getting in. Never mind the limits of people in the venue, the need to avoid altercations, etc.

"Poor man... he was like an employee to me." -- The police commisioner on "Sledge Hammer" laments the death of his bodyguard

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