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Comment Re:What?? I thought Republicans hated handouts (Score 2) 522

So why are they helping companies get corporate welfare?

*checks calendar* oh wait, they must need donations for their upcoming election. Nevermind.

The core Republican political philosophy (before the insane took over the nut house) is that the proper role of government is to make sure the rich get richer quicker.

Of course they would never win elections if they ran on that platform, so they pretend they're actually about anything and everything else, in order sucker people into voting against their own self interests. But you see it in almost everything they do.

Comment Re:Awesome (Score 1) 133

First of all: GTK has OpenGL support, so that's already there. Has nothing to do with the web.

Although WebGL does implement OpenGL in a full-fledged web page, and I'm pretty sure GTK's WebGL just leverages GTK's OpenGL widgets.

Really, it's just a step towards what we've all known: Emacs has taken another step to becoming a modern graphical operating system.

Next, we need to be able to boot to Emacs from Grub, instead of using a hack like Linux to bootstrap Emacs.

Comment Re:Oh, COME ON! (Emacs User here) (Score 3, Insightful) 133

At the end of the day, code that goes in meets a few criteria:

1.) (the most important one): Somebody gives a crap.
2.) Somebody gives a crap and actually writes decent code
3.) Somebody gives a crap and gives so much of a crap that they're willing to do an additional 400-500% of work to get the patch into the main codebase.

Seriously, complaining what some nebulous "they" should do something is just stupid. This isn't a product that people buy, no project manager doing focus research on what consumers want, and no manager telling an employee "do this or you're fired".

There's just some guy/gal out there with an itch to scratch, who couldn't possibly care less what you want.

(S)he who codes, decides. End of story.

Comment Re:Old Habits Die Hard (Score 1) 442

The thing that's insidious about product placement is also the thing which makes it tolerable: "real life" is essentially product placement everywhere, because everything under the sun is branded. Stuck in traffic? Stare at the Chevrolet logo in front of you. Walking behind somebody -- yup, clothing logo. Staring at somebody's tight behind? Little red Levi's tag. That homeless guy walking across the street? Covered in a the local team's old logo...

Comment Re:Old Habits Die Hard (Score 5, Insightful) 442

So if my business is, say, making people unable to turn their TVs on, the people in the TV industry should just "adapt" to people being unable to use their product?

Don't talk crap. Adblock doesn't prevent people from using their web browsers.

A closer descrition: "If somebody is making a technology that prevents TV's from showing advertising, the TV industry should adapt to people not watching ads."

Well, let's look at the situation: We've had DVR's that can skip commercial for nearly a generation now.

Some of the more forward-looking companies in the TV industry has adapted to a model that has no ads: See Netflix, Amazon Prime video, and Hulu +'s ad-free option.

Each of those networks produce their own highly-rated, highly-watched content.

There are, of course, incumbents who refuse to adapt.

Ironically, the ones who refuse to adapt are all advertising companies: the old TV and cable networks. Their refusal to adapt is well described in their anger/frustration that Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon do not report their viewerships (ie. "ratings").

Well, let's think about that for a second: What are ratings for? They're to provide a value for how much an advertising slot during the show should cost.

Well... Netflix doesn't show ads, so what is the point of ratings? Netflix knows how many people are watching, and they know what it costs to stream. As long as they've got a profit, and their customers are happy, why do they care what advertisers think?

It's the advertisers trying refusing to change their habits, and refusing to accept that consumers are so tired of advertising that consumers prefer to pay directly for content than get it "free" with commercials.

In the same way, internet consumers are sick of being monitored and assaulted all of the time by intrusive advertisers who continue to try to force increasingly unpalatable advertising upon consumers.

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