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Comment Re:It's a nice framework (Score 1) 110

Except the fact that Django, TurboGears, Zope, etc are not ORM frameworks. They're entire web frameworks, that happen to have an ORM inside them.

The work on multiple frameworks helps to innovate and drive the others - one monolithic technology stack as the only option is double-plus-ungood. Sure, it's good for those who can't do research and choose the right tool for the job.

I was personally turned off by the attitudes I saw on the mailing lists for Rails. Granted, this was a few years ago, and I hope things have changed, but I'm sure they haven't. It's almost like expecting the JBoss team to grow up. Nice in theory, probably won't happen.

Comment This is just inaccurate. (Score 1) 473

FreeDOS and Linux systems

In that result, you see a Vostro v13 Ubuntu, a Latitude 2110, etc.

Yes, if you want a laptop with Ubuntu preloaded, you need to buy from the small business section. It's basically always been that way. You're more likely to find the hardware you want in the small business section anyhow. How many of us actually want glossy screens, for example?

Comment Re:The JVM is a dying platform. (Score 2, Informative) 109

Can you provide some evidence to back this theory?

Sure, no one knows what Oracle is going to do here except Larry Ellison, but that isn't stopping Java development.

Android?

IBM?

There's already Apache Harmony, and IBM has their JDK. If the Sun/Oracle JVM goes away, it's not the end of the world. As a matter of fact, that would probably be a *good* thing. Java has languished behind C# and .NET in terms of language features (you can argue all you want if they're useful or not), and JDK7 is still a pipe dream. The community would be able to solve these deadlocks and such without Sun's BS control of the language.

Comment Re:Firewire may possibly be a solution (Score 4, Informative) 554

Firewire must be available, but it does not mean that the content is accessible.

Many providers choose to use the 5C DRM scheme to block your ability to record via Firewire.

http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Firewire_Cablebox_Compatability

Take a look at Myth's compatibility list for examples.

Comment Re:People need to stop bitching (Score 2, Insightful) 454

And if Microsoft were bundling lots of applications (third party or otherwise), people would be bitching that Microsoft doing so limits choice.

There is no winning for Microsoft here, clearly.

XP is almost 10 years old - they have to move on at some point.

I have a 2008 Nissan, but the 2010 has a better navigation system. Should I be insisting that Nissan upgrade my navigation software to match that of the newer model of my car? After all, it is software.

Comment Re:Summary is dead wrong (Score 2, Insightful) 555

The summary is not wrong. You may be lucky to not be caught, but my brother and his wife were - they had an absolutely outrageous bill.

They were suckered in by Verizon's "unlimited" wording. They lived in rural Texas where no other form of broadband (except satellite) was feasible. They got the USB modem and used it, until the first month's bill showed up for nearly $1000. (The wife loves her MySpace and Facebook and YouTube)

You can claim it's their fault all you want, but expecting non-computer savvy people to understand what 5GB is, and the fact that it's not "unlimited" like they state is deceiving and unethical.

Comment Re:Verizon = US, right? (Score 3, Informative) 555

Here in the US, the Droid is a CDMA/EVDO variant, which means it is only capable of operating on two carriers - Verizon Wireless and Sprint. Verizon can basically charge whatever fees they want, as they do have the largest 3G network in the US. Verizon works in remote areas better than any other carrier. Verizon also has the Droid device locked to their network.

It is possible to buy an unlocked Motorola Milestone and use it in the US, but that would only gain you 3G access on AT&T Wireless and not T-Mobile. T-Mobile uses a different 3G band than the rest of the known GSM world.

Remember, we don't have to protect consumers or competition in the US, only our large corporations bank accounts. I do wish we had Europe's model though. I noticed how great it was when I was in London for a few weeks.

Comment No suitable codec? (Score 3, Insightful) 133

You may recall from some time back that HTML5 no longer specifies which video codec(s) a browser should support due to there being, unfortunately, no suitable codec at this time.

That's a bit misleading. There are several suitable codecs. The problem is the major players involved with their "Not Invented Here" mentalities.

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