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Comment Re:What an over sensationalist title (Score 1) 899

So it isn't really Microsoft that can lock you out, it's device manufacturer....

Almost. It won't be the manufacturer locking you out, it will be the vendor. Why would the vendor do that? For the same reason a vendor would only sell machines with pre-installed Windows (choose the one you like: internal support costs, being payed by MS to promote it, alien conspiracy, etc).

I don't know why you're buying a computer with Windows to begin with if you're going to install Linux anyway...

It's fun to read statistics of the number of people who "discover" Linux every year, and start using it conjunctionally or in place of their pre-installed Windows. If we do start seeing locked-down UEFI systems being sold that will curb this trend quickly. The question then is: does a company exist that would have a desire to do said curbing, and would it be willing to coerce manufacturers and vendors to achieve it?

Comment Implying FOSS=communism? (Score 1) 480

I'm surprised no one else has mentioned this yet, starting at 0:25 they have silhouettes of saluting soldiers while they talk about open source systems. Is it just me or do the uniforms imply Soviet soldiers? As in, you know, communists (gasp!) Yes, that old malarkey again. Am I reading this wrong? I welcome other explanations of what the soldiers are supposed to mean.

Geek Squad Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter To God Squad 357

An anonymous reader writes "A Wisconsin priest has God on his car but Best Buy's lawyers on his back. Father Luke Strand at the Holy Family Parish in Fond Du Lac says he has received a cease-and-desist letter from the electronics retailer. From the article: 'At issue is Strand's black Volkswagen Beetle with door stickers bearing the name "God Squad" in a logo similar to that of Best Buy's Geek Squad, a group of electronics troubleshooters. Strand told the Fond du Lac Reporter that the car is a creative way to spur discussion and bring his faith to others. Best Buy Co. tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that it appreciates what Strand is trying to do, but it's bad precedent to let groups violate its trademarks.'"

Comment Re:They never really wanted it to work (Score 1) 473

Not only that, the systems weren't the stock Ubuntu, they changed the apt sources to their own and in the case of my wife's Min 12, never offered newer software past 8.04. Sure the community made it easy to get the latest release, but non-savvy customers would never look past official Dell channels and so would in essence be abandoned.

Comment Re:it doesn't make any sense because (Score 1) 473

I feel like a broken record because I always have to remind people of this: many of your arguments also go for Mac OS X to some degree. You have to make sure your hardware and software work for it before buying. Carbon apps vs Cocoa? PPC, Intel, or Universal, which do I download? Yet somehow Mac converts are on the rise. Maybe it's because I only need to be told once that universal is what I need to download. So if an Ubuntu user is told "use the software center, if it's not there, download a .deb" I don't think that's too hard.

I do agree the app descriptions like "for X11" are arbitrary, and this is being addressed as a papercut. However, all of the apps in the software center will work regardless of the toolkit (or lack thereof) in their description.


College To Save Money By Switching Email Font 306

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has come up with an unusual way of saving money: changing their email font. The school expects to use 30% less ink by switching from Arial to Century Gothic. From the article: "Diane Blohowiak is the school's director of computing. She says the new font uses about 30 percent less ink than the previous one. That could add up to real savings, since the cost of printer ink works out to about $10,000 per gallon. Blohowiak says the decision is part of the school's five-year plan to go green. She tells Wisconsin Public Radio it's great that a change that's eco-friendly also saves money."

Comment Re:Flamebait of a story (Score 1) 306

And how successful were they at these endeavors? Apparently, not very.

Where were you from 1995 to 2003? I couldn't go anywhere on the web without seeing the "best in MS IE" or even "IE Only" badges at the bottom of pages, whether for legitimate reasons like a bank site using ActiveX or out of sheer ignorance like cousin Larry's awesome family site loaded with IE-only tags ('cause he learned them on!) "So just don't use those sites" was the solution, but not everyone had the luxury. Now we see the same thing with niche or industry-specific apps. The .NET indoctrination has lead to many [medical | architectural | graphical design | <YourCompany>'s homegrown] applications that won't become portable anytime soon despite mono's best efforts.

Comment Re:Okay, I'll be the one to say it... (Score 1) 416

Yes but... most consumers will never install anything outside of what their carrier offers them in the "market" or "app store" etc. Which means the great FOSS alternatives that get excluded don't get the user base, the feedback and bug reports, etc. They're limited to the niche of those who seek outside the carrier's limits. Now THAT should be the concern discussed in this article, not the software itself but the control over software distribution channels.

Comment Re:If you have to ask, your ethical compass is b0r (Score 1) 600

So you want to do away with Ask Slashdot? It's a moral dilemma, he's got the potential to do great good but it just as easily might enable those who would use it for evil. Asking peers for opinions or insight doesn't mean he wants to blame others. There might be things he hasn't though of, or a better way to accomplish things. It's just a smart thing to do.

"Dr. is this the correct incision point, or will cutting here kill the patient?"
"If you have to ask, your ethical compass is b0rked. Dumb@ss n00b!"

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