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Comment: Re:The Navy sucks at negotiating (Score 2) 94

by Richard_at_work (#48673225) Attached to: US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny

It isn't in pristine condition, its full of heavy metal contaminants, asbestos, oils and other problem materials, and requires maintenance just to remain afloat in decent condition - a huge amount of effort is required to do anything with the ship, and the Navy doesn't want it on its budget any more. If the museum project had raised its money, they would have got it.

Having watched a documentary on another scrapping a few years back, the metal in these ships do not command a premium on the scrap market, and any scrapping company takes it on with complete uncertainty as to whether they make a profit or loss as they also have to deal with the toxics and those cost a lot these days.

Comment: Re:WTF UK? (Score 1) 339

by Richard_at_work (#48671649) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

We aren't punishing him for swearing, we are punishing him because his actions have a negative effect on people around him. Just like playing music, having sex, talking etc etc etc. All are fine when they dont affect other members of society in a negative manner, and again all have cases brought because of them.

I dont see why people around him should have to put up with his swearing.

Comment: Re:WTF UK? (Score 4, Informative) 339

by Richard_at_work (#48669141) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

John Terry was suspended because the FA had a grudge against him, he had already been cleared in an actual judicial court of the same offence but the FA decided that they were better than the Crown Court and found him guilty - but he had been subject to a long running series of issues with the FA regarding captaincies etc.

The Suarez case was totally different.

Also you seem to be deliberately mixing up actions by private bodies (the FA) with judicial court actions. Private bodies can do whatever they damn well please, within reason - there is a zero tolerance approach to racism in English football, hence the action against Suarez and Balotelli.

And the "man threatened with life for swearing too much" had a slew of breached orders behind him, so he escalated that himself.

Comment: Re:What a gap... (Score 1) 132

by Richard_at_work (#48632201) Attached to: Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

Myself and my wife switched to the N900 in 2010 - we both ended up hating it, I switched back to my iPhone 3G within 3 months, while my wife stuck it out until she could renew the contract, by which time the keyboards on both our phones were dead (she had to switch to my phone after 9 months due to the fact her keyboard had lost all coating on the keys and several keys had stopped working).

The screen was terrible, the OS was bad, the keyboard was horrific.

Why do people love the N900 so much?

Comment: Re:Embrace (Score 1) 217

by Richard_at_work (#48624543) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

Actually you are wrong - the cross platform .Net Core is a new implementation entirely separate from Mono (the demo they showed running in a Docker Linux container involved no Mono code at all, it was all MS inhouse stuff), although MS are working with Ximaran to expand their development tools and support the Mono platform.

Comment: Re:Embrace (Score 2) 217

by Richard_at_work (#48620567) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

I'm confused - what does Microsoft see as being able to "extend" or "extinguish" by open sourcing their own products? Sure, that may be a goal if they get involved in third party products, but its pretty hard to extend and extinguish other products by being actively involved in the development of their own.

At the moment my .Net stack is looking more and more open each day, but that doesn't harm PHP, Python, Java etc because it doesn't affect them in the slightest. All it means is I'm less likely to use them because my current stack looks better and better.

If you mean they wish to extend and extinguish the entire open source movement, well thats just ridiculous - you can't force people off Python, Perl, PHP, Java etc, you can't force communities to switch wholesale to your platform, they will always go on until the platform is irrelevant, but to achieve irrelevancy in a competing product yours has to be better.

Comment: Re:That's a lot of acronyms, isn't it? (Score 1) 39

by Richard_at_work (#48607957) Attached to: BT To Buy UK 4G Leader EE For £12.5 Billion

Odd, since I rang up EE the day after getting my pay monthly contract (I switched from O2) and had them enable roaming without any issue - wasn't on hold for all that long either, a couple of minutes max.

The only limit they had was that they wouldn't unlock the phone until I had been with them for three months, to reduce fraud (where someone takes out a phone in a stolen identity, has the phone unlocked, and then ships it to Africa before the first bill hits the victim).

Comment: Re:Zoning laws are tyranny (Score 1) 602

by Richard_at_work (#48607875) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

How about we don't just assume its an "either/or" situation, where you either don't let people do stuff or you let people go nuts?

Here in the UK you are by default not allowed to effect major external changes to a property, including changing its use. But we don't have zoning laws, instead we have a system called "planning permission" - you write all of your proposal down and submit it to the local planning authority (which is part of the local council). Your plans are then advertised in the local news and around the neighbourhood you are submitting plans for, and feed back is invited. The planning body then makes a determination as to whether you can proceed with your plans as-is, proceed with them in an amended fashion, or cannot proceed with them at all.

It works very well, and prevents high-traffic shops being erected in the middle of quiet neighbourhoods for example, unless the local populace is supportive of the plans.

Comment: Re:That's a lot of acronyms, isn't it? (Score 2) 39

by Richard_at_work (#48607661) Attached to: BT To Buy UK 4G Leader EE For £12.5 Billion

You are assuming they are all acronyms - BT is not, it used to be an acronym for British Telecom but that changed ages ago as the company was colloquially known as "BT" and thus chose to change its name to BT. EE also isn't an acronym, but again it used to be for "Everything Everywhere" but again the company renamed itself.

The "UK" is, but 4G arguably isn't, its the common name of a technology.

Comment: Re:Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (Score 1) 173

by Richard_at_work (#48602609) Attached to: The GPLv2 Goes To Court

Problem is, what it was intended to do means sod all when it comes to determining what it actually does - the court won't hold you to the spirit, it will hold you to the letter.

Which is why the fine print exists in those other agreements. But it doesn't exist here beyond the wording of the GPL itself. So asking the creators of the GPL in this instance will get you nowhere because their opinion on the matter lacks any weight, its what the actual wording says which determines what you are beholden to. They dont get to have a second bite of the pie by saying "well, what we actually meant was..." - they had that chance when they wrote it originally.

No hardware designer should be allowed to produce any piece of hardware until three software guys have signed off for it. -- Andy Tanenbaum