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Comment: Re:Clouds Need To Be Free (Score 4, Informative) 152

by mckorr (#41762671) Attached to: Does OpenStack Need a Linus Torvalds?
I think you might have to think this through again with the launch of Windows 8. The new interface means that a lot of people no longer "know how to use it." The desktop paradigm that everyone has been using for decades is still there, but Microsoft seems to be doing their best to hide it. But I must agree with you about the cli. I use it constantly on both Windows and OS X, but then I learned in the days of DOS. Most of my high school CS students have no idea it even exists, much less have any idea how to use it. I get a lot of looks of fascination and horror when they see me use it.

Comment: Re:Godwin (Score 1) 179

by mckorr (#36426060) Attached to: France To Launch a National Patent Troll
I'd have to question that definition of a failed state. The United States government has never had a monopoly over the use of force within it's borders. The general populace has always been better armed than the state, and it is a founding principle that this is the correct way to do things, that the people should retain the ability to overthrow the government should it turn tyrannical. While I would find merit in a statement that the US is failing, indeed seems in danger of imminent collapse, it has nothing to do with force, or a monopoly on violence.

Comment: Re:not necessarily (Score 1) 494

by mckorr (#36217416) Attached to: Corporate Mac Sales Surge 66%
I have to agree on this one. It seems the one thing the Mac haters refuse to acknowledge is that, at it's core, OS X is a *nix. I have the Terminal app on my dock, and spend as much time on the command line as I do clicking things. BootCamp takes care of games, and VM's for any Linux/Whatever application I need that I can't either find a port of or compile myself.

Once I got "under the hood" (on my teacher issue Mac) and realized what I was working with, I ditched my Windows machine in favor of one that "just works" when I need it to, and does serious work when that is required.

Comment: Re:He will shortly find himself in court... (Score 2) 236

by mckorr (#36120794) Attached to: 16-Year-Old Discovers Potential Treatment For Cystic Fibrosis
Which brings up an interesting question: does patent imply copyright? Does having a patent on a compound confer copyright on source code used to simulate that compound? And if it doesn't, how long until the lawyers claim it does, and you all start calling me a bastard for bringing it up?

Comment: Re:Question/Opinion I have about song value (Score 2) 167

by mckorr (#36120392) Attached to: LimeWire Settles For $105 Million
Actually, that's kind of brilliant. I'm sure some bright lawyer for the defendant will do just that, and I wouldn't be surprised if he pulls it off.

Now, how do we start a class action against the RIAA for price gouging by charging us 99 cents a song? They set the value, let's make them stick to it!

Innovation is hard to schedule. -- Dan Fylstra