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SCO vs. IBM Battle Over Linux May Finally Be Over ( 153

JG0LD writes with this news from Network World: A breach-of-contract and copyright lawsuit filed nearly 13 years ago by a successor company to business Linux vendor Caldera International against IBM may be drawing to a close at last, after a U.S. District Court judge issued an order in favor of the latter company earlier this week.
Here's the decision itself (PDF). Also at The Register.

Comment Good job, now... (Score 1) 373

You guys should look into hiring some of the older /. and SF community members. Many of us actually remember when it was good here/there, and some would help you do it for cheap. Hell, I'll take minimum wage instead of my normal $75/hr consultation rates if you're willing to ask questions and listen to the bluntly honest answers.

Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 5, Insightful) 592

That's a huge stretch to claim removing safety markings reduces crashes.

I'd expect drivers are slowing down because the road is less safe without the lines, and are adjusting their speed to reclaim that lost safety factor. So they are making a somewhat arbitrary adjustment to reduce road safety, so that people respond by making an equally arbitrary counter-adjustment. How they figure +x-y ends up being a lower value when x and y are completely unknown, is astonishing.

At the very least, they are creating a more hazardous condition in the hopes that random drivers react by over-compensating to create a net improvement in safety. I sure don't want to be on that road when someone in oncoming traffic says "screw it I'm not slowing down" and significantly increases the odds of me colliding with them. Given that people have a reason to go faster or at least maintain their speed (to stay on time) and have essentially no reason to slow down unless you give them one, this is a setup for failure.

I feel bad about not being able to say much more than "this is fundamentally flawed". I want to say more, but it's just too simple to expand on. How they don't understand this is beyond me.

Comment Charge them in the USA with RICO violations (Score 1) 354

"Big websites can pay a fee not to be blocked. And it is these proceeds that finance the Cologne-based company and its 49-strong workforce."

Pay up or be blocked - sounds like a RICO violation right there. I bet some legal fuckery could be twisted out of one of our treaties to make it happen.

Comment Re:Monero (Score 1) 267

Communism. China is a single-party republic ruled by the Communist Party.

International Relations Theory:
China is a right-wing Leninist State, not a Communist one. Leninism is the political theory that a single party rules the government and governs all affairs as opposed to individual politicians. The confusion stems from the fact that the single party in China is the Communist Party even though they do not practice Communist political theory, but rather state-directed, right-wing economic and political theory.

CIA Factbook:
The CIA classifies China's government as a "communist state". The CIA further defines communism as:

"a system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single - often authoritarian - party holds power; state controls are imposed with the elimination of private ownership of property or capital while claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people (i.e., a classless society)."

However, the actual functioning of Chinese society and economy is a bit schizophrenic. In its attempt to become a more powerful economic force in the world and to improve its industrial infrastructure, China's laws about private property and private companies have become more and more capitalist in nature. Property rights are starting to be taken seriously, which encourages private development and private investment in the Chinese economy.

The communist tendency to control all industry is still at odds with this growing quasi-capitalist economy, and they have not yet worked out the difference between "restrictions for the sake of government control" and "protecting consumers from dangerous products and fraud".

Comment Re: Cryptocurrency Advice (Score 0) 267

"Because most economists are not really strong when it comes to IT. They also have a really poor track record, as a whole, of predicting the future of the economy."

And you think a bunch of IT nerds are going to be any good at predicting the future of the economy?

Most IT geeks fail to remember history, let alone learn from it. That's why we've got the current SJW shit infesting Reddit, Twitter, and crap like Tumblr spreading around and fucking things up. That's why you've got laws going around restricting the internet well past what should be allowed, and bandwidth caps, and more.

And those IT people have lost all control to higher-up talking heads, all in the name of money. They can't control what they once built. You think they're in any position to even ATTEMPT to control the economy?

Can I get the number for your drug dealer?

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