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Comment: Re:Police?? (Score 2) 296

Personally I'd wait to be retired before going public with suggestions done as a police officer. It is true that everybody can suggest laws, but those whose task is enforcing it should stay well damn separate. Separation of legislative, executive, judiciary power, do you remember?

Comment: Re:Stallman would be proud (Score 5, Insightful) 208

by marcello_dl (#48009107) Attached to: Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Moron: Yeah I wanna redistribute your software but not abide to the license it comes with it, because it's not freedom enough! I mean, give my source modification to everybody who asks? Avoid patenting and so effectively closing up the work you intended for the world? Why should I do that?

Dev: how about you write your own damn code and license it as you please? And I suppose you are perfecly fine when your own licenses are being ignored?

Comment: Re:About Time (Score 1) 173

by marcello_dl (#48001039) Attached to: Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

Missed that an a fuckton of other stuff. OTOH, all scientific stuff can be discovered from the inside, so why should a sacred text bother. To become more believable? But any cult can be based on scientific facts, and it probably has done since some clever guy figured out the eclipses and wore a cape and told people to do X so that the sun might return. And, whatever the sacred text proclaim in the domain of a god remains unprovable, a god intervening in the universe is indistinguishable from a sufficiently powerful impostor.

Comment: Re:Long/Short comment (Score 1) 252

by marcello_dl (#47972633) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

But android is getting more and more dependent on online services (Export import contacts or notes in a file? use of device as usb storage without funky protocols? dev tools non free?) and the other major OSes were not free in the first place. App ecosystems resemble the shareware scene of the 90s with all its good and bad effects.

That means that if marketing decides you can bloat the thing to make people buy newer phones you can do it.

So specs may matter.

Comment: Re:Bad idea. (Score 1) 101

by marcello_dl (#47953163) Attached to: Android Apps Now Unofficially Able To Run On Any Major Desktop OS

The IT market is based on incompatibility so fragmentation helps. Google, unofficially, can't care less, they are winning against apple, they basically have the mobile equivalent of windows plus crippleware.
Luckily the free software movement helps against this abomination, but the battle will be everlasting.

Comment: Re:Trustworthy Computing was a sham (Score 1) 99

by marcello_dl (#47952535) Attached to: Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

If Microsoft, or anybody else, cared for the UX, we wouldn't have to relearn how to do the same old things every time a new edition of their systems is released.

When you read user experience, think about user lock-in through interfaces. Everything coming from MS Apple Canonical Gnome et al. will be understandable.

In 1869 the waffle iron was invented for people who had wrinkled waffles.