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Comment Re:The first thing to come to my mind... (Score 1) 541

Trouble there is that you then have to deal with the shortcomings of the X Window system (just try talking to Jonathan Blow about that one) and then anticipating anything the user might have activated on the other end that might conflict with it. In theory, it's easy: in practice, it's highly complex to get it working on all Linux/BSD systems due to fragmented and variable configuration.

Comment Re:Free anti-virus with Internet service purchase! (Score 1) 577

AFAIK, it doesn't work on pirated Windows, nor does it work on Win2K.

So it doesn't work if:

  • the software is stolen (yes, I know this definition of piracy is moot, but still)
  • the OS you're using is ten years old and will cease to be supported in July

So that's still the vast majority of users covered for free. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

Comment Did *anyone* actually RTFA? (Score 1) 441

True, the App Store model is monopolistic and overall has rather nasty side effects, but the rejected description stated that the app had been a finalist in Android's developer challenge.

This information was simply irrelevant, because the Android app is a completely different beast to the iPhone OS one. It's like Microsoft advertising Office 2007 by saying that Office 5.1a for the Mac won an award, somewhere. True, it was probably inadvertent, but if I was browsing the synaptic repositories and came across the Skype package, I wouldn't want to know about how well it runs on AmigaOS.

Comment Re:Your logic is flawed. (Score 1) 467

They'll try, but eventually their software will plateau and stabilize into an Office suite that has all of the features anybody would ever want.

This is a very flawed way of thinking, because it fails to take into account the fact that expectations change. User requirements will change, as will operating environments, user expectations, communications protocols, hardware standards, standard formats, user interface standards, etc. etc.

In essence, you're wrong because as far as software goes, anything that plateaus and stands still will stagnate—and Microsoft are smart enough not to let that happen.

Comment Re:No, "compete" will involve bringing prices down (Score 1) 467

In fact,, in its present form, is pretty poor tech (there are many reasons for this, which I shan't quote here for the sake of brevity.)

BorgOffice is superior in practically every technical aspect. However, as Microsoft knows all too well, if the price is right, the sheep will flock to it, even if it is complete and utter shite.

Comment Re:Mod parent up (Score 1) 491

You definitely don't want grade crossings (or level crossings, or whatever you want to call them): then you get crashes like this and hair-raisingly near misses like this

As I understand it, it's not permitted to build new road/rail level crossings in the UK (and probably the rest of the EU, too) because they are simply too dangerous.

Comment Lockers? (Score 1) 438

Not taking sides on the actual case of not permitting laptops in the cinema, my local establishment (the Camberley Vue) has lockers, I believe, so that customers can dump their bags before entering. Maybe Cineworld would do well to implement a similar scheme, which would make the idea of not being permitted to take your notebook into the cinema far more palatable.

FOSS Sexism Claims Met With Ire and Denial 1255

Last Friday Bryce Byfield gave us a little insight into the fallout surrounding his article on sexism in the FOSS world. Unfortunately it seems that FOSS junkies did little better than the rest of the world with respect to sexism, displaying similar levels of denial, abuse, and ignorance. "But the real flood of emotion comes from the anti-feminists and the average men who would like to deny the importance of feminist issues in FOSS. Raise the subject of sexism, and you are met with illogic that I can only compare to that of the tobacco companies trying to deny the link between their products and cancer. Because I took a feminist stance in public, I have been abused in every way possible — being called irrelevant, a saboteur, coward, homosexual, and even a betrayer of the community. I know that many women in the community have been attacked much more savagely than I have, so I'm not complaining. Nor am I a stranger to readers who disagree with me, but the depth of reaction has taken me back more than once. I think the reaction is an expression of denial more than anything else."

Submission + - Marge Simpson poses for Playboy (

caffiend666 writes: 'Marge Simpson poses for Playboy....the magazine is giving the star of "The Simpsons" the star treatment, complete with a data sheet, an interview and a 2-page centerfold.' ... '"We knew that this would really appeal to the 20-something crowd," said Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey.' ... Playboy even convinced 7-Eleven to carry the magazine in its 1,200 corporate-owned stores, something the company has only done once before in more than 20 years.

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