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Comment Re:Summary is flat out WRONG (Score 0) 394

Tell that to the many people from California arrested at the border checkpoint in Texas with weed on I-10... These checkpoints are a bad thing, and most Americans live in that border zone. All of the largest cities do. (NYC, LA, Chicago, Houston...)

Comment Re:America (Score 4, Insightful) 394

What is the point of very good karma, if you do not risk it occasionally saying what needs to be said? I do that often. I have a few -1s, and if you read them, thay are just against the popular view. But sometimes, it actually makes it through like your post did. Well said.

Comment Re:Innovation: first != successful (Score 4, Funny) 92

In the history of technology, the first to develop a technology and attempt to bring it to market is usually not the one that is ultimately successful.

That's why Microsoft was so successful: they let the market test ideas, and then stole, bought, or cloned only proven ideas.

When they did NOT follow this formula, such as for Bob, Zune, their first tablet, and Windows 8 tablet/desktop mishmash, they failed.

Funny that you mention Bob. Yes it was a failure... But one of the marketing team, Melinda French, did all right by it. ;) Also, Bob was ported into Office as the "Office Assistants" that created much derision, but also saw a lot of use with non-tech types. And the concept behind it, especially the heuristic learning of behavior tied to content, is what eventually became Cortina.

Comment Re:Analog DRM, no way (Score 3, Insightful) 92

using an analog form of DRM

So, that'd be "RM", then.

In case you're wondering, it was simply that only the rental store could rewind rental tapes (cartridges).

Not so much rights management as blanket functionality removal.

DRM is "blanket functionality removal." That is it's intention. It fails, but that is not the point...

Comment Re:The Linux community is destroying itself. (Score 1) 232

Treating users in such a horrible way never ends well. These users just won't put up with it. The most talented, experienced and knowledgeable Linux users have already moved to FreeBSD, or are in the process of doing so. These are the kinds of users who are needed the most by Linux; they're the ones who push for its adoption and use. Linux won't disappear all at once, of course, but a gradual decline is inevitable now that these critical users have been forced out.

You can really see this in Ubuntu and the Ubuntu Forums. Back a long time ago... :) There were many active Ubuntu LoCos and knowledgeable people on Ubuntu Forums. Then the LoCo requirements got weird, and regions got arbitrarily changed. (Like Texas being one region since it was one state... Forget the fact that Dallas is closer to Chicago then El Paso.) And the LoCo community started to fall apart. Then Ubuntu Forums got hacked, and they went to the Ubuntu universal account that would not keep you logged in, and was less then elegant about logging in from within a thread... Suddenly help on the forums became less frequent, and much less educated. Then Unity... Now the level of comment on the forums is laughable. And FreeBSD has all the cool kids.

Comment Re:The Linux community is destroying itself. (Score 2) 232

You have got to understand one thing : Linux is the playground of Red Hat. From top to bottom Red Hat does and the others follow or die. The idea that there is freedom in the open source movement is pure illusion. He who has control of the infrastructure components has control of linux. The other guys are just small fish. Even Ubuntu doesn't go anywhere without Debian, and Debian doesn't go anywhere without Red Hat.

Ironic that you post this in an article that is in no way about rpm... :) I think it is more about developers that have become user unfocused. The "We know what they want more then they do" mentality. That never works well.

One of the chief duties of the mathematician in acting as an advisor... is to discourage... from expecting too much from mathematics. -- N. Wiener