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Comment: Re:At least Microsoft and Slashdot listen to users (Score 1) 236

And that was an example of a company being punished. They lost a LOT of money in terms of lost potential at least. And is likely why they are at least making an attempt to listen to their customers this time around (or the appearance thereof anyway). If they hadn't lost market share, they wouldn't have changed their behaviour.

Comment: Re:At least Microsoft and Slashdot listen to users (Score 4, Insightful) 236

I use a Kubuntu laptop. That said, what we see here is the downside to open source. There is no real penalty for not listening to users and just doing what you want. If you are doing it for free why would you care what others think, as long as you think you're right. Same deal if you have somehow gained a funding source that also doesn't care. BTW, Maybe Google liked Mozilla fucking up Firefox since that would push people to Chrome (yes I know they have a deal with Yahoo now, but most of the stupid shite was done when they got their money from Google). Gnome was a case of this combined with a crew that got too big for their britches. Design have always been uber-gnu and did things as they saw and see fit, and don't have to answer to anyone but themselves and if you don't like it, use Redhat. So there (sticks tongue out). There are a lot of projects that do care. But I think k hubris is easier with open source when you are less likely to lose a paycheque.

Comment: Budgetary Pressures (Score -1, Flamebait) 179

by theshowmecanuck (#49259933) Attached to: Russia Abandons Super-Rocket Designed To Compete With SLS
Due to the sanctions and drop in the price of oil, the Russians couldn't afford to pay for both Putin's chest waxing and the saddle for him to ride shirtless on the exterior of the rocket to the space station. So they just scrapped the whole thing because they were afraid to look bad when people realized he wasn't on it at the first launch.

Comment: Re:OK, but... (Score 4, Insightful) 89

by theshowmecanuck (#49259159) Attached to: Mike Godwin Interviewed
And Godwin says you are wrong. If it is appropriate to make the comparison, then it is appropriate. He does not believe that a comparison should never be made. Neither do I and never have. Your position is horribly dogmatic and is akin to people who believe goto statements in programming should never be used no matter what. This is in fact complete bunk.

Comment: Make it a real deterent or stop. Penalize Mistakes (Score 4, Interesting) 1080

by theshowmecanuck (#49259133) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

Execution is not a deterrent because they take place behind walls and virtually no one sees them. Out of sight, out of mind. If they are going to execute people, then do it in the public square in a way that shocks people (hanging, guillotine, etc). Couple that with executing prosecutors and cops who through malice or complete incompetence cause an innocent person to be executed. Like as not, the latter will reduce to an absolute minimum the former. And when an execution does happen, people will be shown the consequences if they murder in no uncertain terms.

If you don't do it in public, then don't execute people. Without being a real deterrent it serves no purpose and is more merciful than keeping them in a cage (but for fuck's sake, stop giving them TVs and other shit that makes the time go fast).

+ - Godwin Interviewed

Submitted by theshowmecanuck
theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "CBC Radio in Canada has just posted an interview with Mike Godwin, the originator of the famous (infamous?) Godwin's Law. Unbelievably it comes after a week where politicians started flinging the H word at each other. If you haven't been on Slashdot pretty much ever, say lived under a rock for the past 15 or 20 years, you will understand the interest to this site. :) So as a matter of that interest, enjoy."

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