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Comment: Re:Getting sued costs money (Score 4, Insightful) 52

it might if it draws more customers to TekSavvy.

Americans have to understand that Canadians actually more than one or two ISPs to choose from in all major cities. Granted, most lease their infrastructure from the big players (Bell, Videotron, Shaw, Rogers, and I believe Cogeco), but those smaller ISPs still compete for customers.

If TekSavvy turns around and advertises the fact that they are an ISP willing to standup for their customers that would work well in their favour I'd imagine.

Comment: Why does Microsoft even need a browser? (Score 4, Insightful) 317

by i_ate_god (#49277853) Attached to: Microsoft Is Killing Off the Internet Explorer Brand

I don't understand why Microsoft wants to make a browser so badly. The consumer world has moved on to Firefox and Chrome and Safari and this is propogating through the enterprise world now.

What is the business case for having your own browser? So that bing can be the default search engine?

Comment: Re:Look and Feel case of the music industry (Score 4, Interesting) 386

this is a fantastic video that demonstrates how stupid this court case is. when debating music originality with people, I often make them watch that video and this TED talk:

There may be only 12 notes on on the western scale, but only certain combinations of those notes actually sound good.

Comment: Re:End copyright and all kinds of IP protection to (Score 1) 386

Ok, so how are the costs of producing music recouped?

It's not going to be tours, and merchandise has a very, very small margin.

I completely agree that copyright / IP laws are messed up. But since Napster changed everything, no one has yet been able to find a successful business model to replace what we have. Sure, some bands like Nine Inch Nails dropped their labels like dead weight but they already achieved critical success and had plenty of money to do so.

New artists and small labels that publish them, not so much.

Comment: Re: You're doing it wrong. (Score 1) 199

by i_ate_god (#47672589) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

One of the benefits about the teams I work with is just that, we're TEAMS.

So if I'm working on my part of the project, and something breaks from the other teams and the error is non-obvious, a bug report is filed saying not only how the error was generated, but that the error message itself is not clear to me and needs to be fixed.

QA has also been trained just enough to know when an error message doesn't make much.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"