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Comment: Re:Valve needs to use their clout (Score 1) 309

by jedidiah (#49481535) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

That's total hogwash. There is nothing about how Linux works in practice that makes BLOB drivers any less reliable or any harder to deal with. What problems may have existed have been fixed already and fixed for a long time already.

You sound like some stupid Lemming working out of an outdated playbook.

Just take advantage of the fact that Unix is well suited for automation.

Comment: Re: A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 0) 698

by jedidiah (#49478849) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

No. He's just more anal about rules than a German is.

The problem with liberty is when people start deciding to play favorites. Then what you have just devolves into the religious wars that early American settlers fled from.

If you are trying to play favorites in any way shape or form then liberty and equality have just been thrown out the window.

Some people have a hard time with this (especially Europeans).

Comment: Re:They all do usability (Score 1) 183

Then you run through every use case. Confer with the actual users to see what those are.

Medicine is not the only field where you could have a highly complex system deployed that doesn't achieve anyone's requirements. I've seen that myself in banking (Fortune 500) and also in "startups".

Comment: Re:I'm a little baffled (Score 1) 121

by jedidiah (#49444009) Attached to: Has Google Indexed Your Backup Drive?

No, it sounds like they have allowed a machine on their network to become a part of the Google botnet. It's like that brand of TV (LG I believe) that likes to snoop around. All it takes is installing the wrong app and then not fully understanding it.

Any software or hardware you allow on your network could be up to no good and reporting back to the mothership. This kind of nonsense isn't just for Microsoft or Sony anymore.

Unfortunately, most people are rubes and are actively encouraged to stay that way.

Comment: Re:What does it all mean? (Score 3, Funny) 83

by jedidiah (#49433801) Attached to: Patent Case Could Shift Power Balance In Tech Industry

The degree to which Apple is a monopoly in any market is dependent entirely upon the point that a particular fanboy is trying to make that day. They can either be obscure and on the ropes or they can be nearly taking over the planet. It all depends on what that day's agenda is.

Comment: Re:Saudi Arabia, etc. (Score 1) 653

by jedidiah (#49415431) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights

> And after the indiana legislation, several businesses have refused to do business in indiana. How is one boycott bigotry, and the other isnt?

Who wants to go where they aren't welcome? Other busineses have to consider that their employees or their customers will be abused and made to feel unwelcome by the climate in Indiana.

It doesn't even matter if you are really gay or not. Some ignorant hayseed might decide you are gay for whatever strange reason and then suddenly decide not to serve you. It's not just RuPaul that has to worry here.

Comment: Re: Saudi Arabia, etc. (Score 1) 653

by jedidiah (#49415355) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights

Now you're trying to conflate an actual religious institution with a mere business. These are not things that are treated the same. They never have been treated the same in this country. An actual religious organization will actually get MORE slack because genuine religious oppression is a sacred cow here.

This "religious freedom" law is nothing more than a sham that allows any bigot to scream "but religion" any time they want to justify their bigotry. It doesn't have to have ANY thing to do with whatever religion they practice. It could even be CONTRARY to the stated doctrine of their own religion.

The actual governing body of what ever religion these bigots practice might want to chime in here and confirm or deny that their doctrine supports (or demands) discrimination against any person or group.

Comment: Re:Saudi Arabia, etc. (Score 1) 653

by jedidiah (#49415279) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights

So what part of Xian doctrine implores a seller of Pizza to act like ISIS exactly?

That's one of the interesting things that has come of all of this. You have had even religious voices doing a WTF. What brand of Xian actually supports this kind of exclusionary behavior? Beyond the Amish, I can't really think of any.

You see this in the Muslim world as well. It's not so much that certain "traditions" are a matter of religion. They're a matter of culture and religion is trotted out as an excuse.

"You must have an IQ of at least half a million." -- Popeye