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Comment: Re:Brilliant (Score 1) 194 194

Sure, Linux (and BSD) allows you to maintain (or to pay somebody to maintain) old kernels on old hardware (without allowing a third party to interfere). It does not mean that whatever you need will fall from the sky, on the back of a unicorn.

Free as in freedom, not as in beer.

Comment: Re:And it begins (Score 1) 531 531

The restaurant owner now has more income, so he maybe buys a nicer car.


The customer now spends less on food, so now he buys some nicer shoes.

You forgot the third clause, "and the former cook is now starving".

The money does not disappear, but if they move away from the cook, what is the going to live on? "Find something else?" you say - then the money has been moved around a bit more, but did the general happiness increase?

Comment: Re:RIB: Religion Is Bunk (Score 1) 1237 1237

Before you make that claim, are you going to drink your own medicine and present us with some evidence? Have you conducted long-term studies that show that prayer is useless?

That's easy. Two football teams pray to win. Only one does. Obviously prayer had nothing to do with the result.

The team who won prayed harder! Duh'

Providence is on the side of the big battalions.
      -- Sevigne

Comment: Problems with 'unsigned drivers' (libusb-win32) (Score 1) 401 401

I installed Windows 7 on my three year-old Thinkpad and it worked fine, until I had to install drivers for some microcontroller development boards that I'm playing with. The problem was that they used drivers that ran on top of libusb-win32 and as that is a free software project, it does not have signed drivers. With Windows XP through Vista, when the device manager complained that you were installing unsigned drivers, you could push the 'trust me, I'm an engineer' button. That button no longer works for Windows 7 64 bit. You can no longer install whatever you want on your own hardware using a legit copy of the operating system. The brave new future is here, on your PC.

I spent two days trying to get it to work, then gave up and went back to XP/32 bit.

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil