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Comment: Re:Dear Microsoft (Score 1) 98

When I've come across corporate internet pages that need "compatibility modes" to work properly in modern versions of IE, they mostly work fine in Firefox, as the developers already catered to standards compliant browsers, and put in exceptions for IE being broken. Dropping IE's compatibility modes would force the cleanup of all these legacy exceptions for IE, which can only be a good thing. Any remaining corporate webapps that were developed solely for old versions of IE without catering to standard browsers of the day, and have not been important enough to update over the past 8 years or so that more standard versions of IE have been available (I'm counting IE7 here, which may be a bit generous, but mostly it's applications made for IE5 and IE6 that are the problem) need to die already.

Comment: Re:That is *not* "free" software (Score 1) 75

by jrumney (#48847687) Attached to: The Free Educational Software GCompris Comes To Android
It depends how it is done. If, like the original Qt license, the license says that the software cannot be used on those platforms without paying the fee, then you are correct, it is non-Free software. But if anyone is free to compile the source themselves, but the authors make a convenient binary package available for a fee, then it is still Free software.

Comment: Re:Bitcoins - Good Enough for Government Work! (Score 4, Informative) 129

by jrumney (#48817061) Attached to: US Government Lurked On Silk Road For Over a Year

The US government holds that Bitcoin is property not legal tender.

Legal tender has a very specific and limited meaning relating to payment of debts - if you owe a debt, then an offer of legal tender to settle it cannot be refused. Not being legal tender is not a barrier to something being used in commerce, even by the government. If both parties agree, they can use whatever payment system they want (as long as the IRS is kept happy by declaring a US$ equivalent where required).

Comment: Re:Very disturbed by tag "writeorexecute" (Score 1) 84

by jrumney (#48815647) Attached to: OpenBSD's Kernel Gets W^X Treatment On Amd64

"Go to bed NOW or you don't get to go to your friend's house tomorrow" is very obviously exclusive to an adult -- but to a kid, they figure they' ve got options.

I'd say the opposite. The kid is thinking if I go to my bed now, I am definitely going to my friends house, and I can get straight out of bed again, because once I've fulfilled the request the outcome is decided and the threat of not going to my friend's house cannot be pulled out again for another situation. It's the adult that figures the options they are giving are not exclusive, and may very well decide the child is not going to their friend's house even though they went to bed NOW as requested.

Comment: Re:Very disturbed by tag "writeorexecute" (Score 1) 84

by jrumney (#48815617) Attached to: OpenBSD's Kernel Gets W^X Treatment On Amd64
Sometimes it depends on context, like a lot of written English, but a big clue is that there is no word 'xor' in the English language, and another clue is that it is common to see 'and/or' written when the author explicitly wants to include the possibility that both options may be true at the same time.

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