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Comment: Re: .NET is NOT “Open Source” .. (Score 1) 253

by qzzpjs (#48979735) Attached to: Microsoft Open Sources CoreCLR, the<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Execution Engine

Okay, it's MIT licensed, and there's a patent promise - which i personally don't trust, but you're welcome to.

I don't understand this fear that people have over this patent promise. Are there that many people out there who intend to write their own version of the .NET core components? The only group that may be affected by Microsoft changing their mind is the Mono project team. It wouldn't affect anyone who just wrote their own applications using the .NET framework.

This is basically like Oracle suing Google because they created their own Java runtime engine for their Android phones, Dalvik. Microsoft has promised to not to be as stupid as Oracle.

Comment: Re:Great Start.... (Score 2) 253

by qzzpjs (#48979585) Attached to: Microsoft Open Sources CoreCLR, the<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Execution Engine

Now make the whole Visual Studio suite available for free to home users.

They did... The 2013 Community Edition was released a couple months ago and includes all the languages and even supports the Visual Studio plugins. It's not Ultimate, but can do pretty much everything a home user would need. The older express versions have been free for years too but didn't support plugins.

Comment: Re:DVD (Score 1) 251

by qzzpjs (#48917559) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

There's usually a 2 or 3 year period between media type transitions where both are available on the same PC. That should be plenty of time to migrate to the new types of storage hardware. For example, I moved all my backed up data from IDE drives to SATA drives with an easy robocopy one day.

This question of storing something for 5 or 10 years or more never made sense to me as we're always collecting more and more data to store. We're not going to stick the data on a hard drive and then hide from computers for 10 years. We're always going to be upgrading to the new hard drive types or optical disc mediums and will be pulling our older data along.

Comment: Re:Is this not a red herring? (Score 3, Informative) 172

The ISP's are not monitoring us here in the case of this law. The copyright holders are obtaining IP addresses from Torrent sites, etc like they do in the U.S.. They then create the letters and tell the ISP to forward them to the customers at those IP addresses. The ISP cannot provide any customer detail to the copyright owner due to Canadian privacy laws unless instructed to by a court order. Even the police and RCMP are still fighting to get access to simple customer information without warrants.

That said, I'm sure the ISP's here do have some sort of traffic monitoring for their own purposes. Rogers was found to be doing that in order to slow down p2p networks and gaming.

Comment: Re: Why wouldn't it be? (Score 1) 209

by qzzpjs (#48647913) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

Both. Falsely assuming the identity of a living person is identity theft (criminal,) and violating a contract is breach of contract (civil.)

They can probably get around the criminal part by just creating a fictional person. It's only criminal if they steal a real persons identity. I doubt the cops care anything about civil law.

Comment: Re:I.D. Please (Score 1) 209

by qzzpjs (#48647873) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

I think the judge's ruling simply makes it legal for the police to use the evidence created from the account during the prosecution. It has no binding over you to keep the account on your system if it violates your terms of service. If they want to request your help to keep the account active, they can ask you, but they shouldn't have any power to compel you to help.

Comment: Re:A step too far? (Score 2) 191

by qzzpjs (#48597451) Attached to: Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

That is an option. Wouldn't it be lovely if Google offered to bring back the news aggregator only if subsidized by the papers?

I always thought this might be a good solution for Google. The news clips they publish on the search page are technically adverts for the full article. Google should charge the news sites for that advertising which would include the cost that Google pays to the news site for copyright, plus a nice 5-10% or so to pay for the extra administrators Google would need to employ to manage it. A useless waste of time and money transfer, but that's the way their law demands it now.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." - Bert Lantz