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Comment: People made their choice 30 years ago... (Score 1) 528

by jdickey (#30841904) Attached to: Obama DOJ Sides With RIAA Again In Tenenbaum

...and again in 2000 and again more recently. Americans too young to have lived through the Depression, World War II or the Korean War have consistently gone along with those who would sell them a smug sense of material comfort in exchange for their freedoms. Two quotes come to mind:

"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security" - Benjamin Franklin

"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it" - George Santayana

What goes around may well come around, but that will be scant comfort to the multitude of generations who will have to fight their forefathers' battles all over again, courtesy of our self-centered laziness.


Sam Ramji, Microsoft's Open Source Guru, Is Moving On 155

Posted by Soulskill
from the onward-and-upward dept.
barking_at_airplanes writes "Some called him crazy a few years ago when he joined Microsoft to run the Open Source Software Lab, but Sam Ramji endured and made real differences to how Microsoft treats open source and how open source people view Microsoft. Ramji is now heading back to Silicon Valley to join a cloud computing startup. Sam comments in his announcement: '46 months later, I am amazed at the changes that have occurred for the company, for the team I belonged to, and the sentiments of the industry.' It's a statement which, 46 months ago, few Slashdotters would have thought could come true! With Sam leaving, can Microsoft's positive momentum into open source continue successfully? Bill Hilf says they're 'actively seeking someone to fill Sam's shoes.'"

Comment: Feet? Who said anything about FEET? (Score 1) 334

by jdickey (#28891735) Attached to: EMI Only Selling CDs To Mega-Chains From Now On

With the new, RIAA-approved, liquid-sodium-cooled BFG 33-1/3, the EMI executives can, without rising from the comfort of their Aeron chairs or even wrinkling their Savile Row suits, lay waste to the entire anatomy of battalions of roaches^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hcompeting industry execs with ease. This is, of course, in addition to the legions of customers whose faith in the free market, not to mention their pocketbooks, have been permanently damaged by the BFG 33-1/3.

At this point, all we can do is fervently hope that The Best Government Money Can Buy will screw up catastrophically and actually take remedial action in the public interest. Vast amounts of RIAA/MAFIAA money have been invested in "campaign contributions" to avert just such a calamity,

Comment: Wish list for Version 60 (Score 1) 367

by jdickey (#28891665) Attached to: Emacs Hits Version 23
  1. Usability
  2. Intuitiveness.
  3. Memorability by people who don't live completely within the program.

That's not really too much to hope for in another 37 releases, is it? Seriously... I used to call WordPerfect 4.2 the Control-Alt-Shift-Left Elbow-Q software for its obscure key combinations. I take back everything I ever said about WP; after more than ten years of intermittent usage, I can't sit here and actually recall any keystroke combinations for Emacs. This tells me that, if there is a sweet spot for software usability, then Emacs inhabits the single point in the omniverse which is most distant from that spot. Geekiness was kind of fun 30 years ago when I was a teenager; I've better things to do with my time now - and so do you.

Comment: Ten dollars? Close, but no Cohiba - yet (Score 1) 586

by jdickey (#22930686) Attached to: Must a CD Cost $15.99?
By the figures in TFLA, Wal-Mart could get it below $10.50 if they cut out the middleman (the label), but they're not going to make it down to $10 without taking a (bigger) hit in their own profits. I can see them (or one of their big-box competitors) making a big(ger) push into online sales; no physical media, much lower production/distribution/overhead costs. Do they buy a chunk of ITMS or Amazon? Or go through the pain of setting up their own system? If they did that, with competitive pricing (relative to AMZN/AAPL) and without DRM, I think they'd definitely make a big splash. If nothing else, they'd convince the iPod Generation's parents and other technology trailing-edge folks (who largely overlap with the "typical Wal-Mart customer base") that digital music is "real" and "legitimate", opening up heretofore largely untapped (by digital music) markets.

"The number of Unix installations has grown to 10, with more expected." -- The Unix Programmer's Manual, 2nd Edition, June, 1972