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Comment: Re:Only a Matter of Time Now (Score 3, Insightful) 132

A stable driver ABI would lead to more proprietary drivers and nobody wants that.
Proprietary drivers are usually only supported for a few years before the vendor drops them to increase the sales of new hardware.
In the meantime, almost all libre drivers in Linux enjoy support for decades, on a large number of system architectures.

Comment: Re:7 year old laptop with Linux is valuble? (Score 2) 340

by xororand (#45740663) Attached to: Free Software Foundation Endorses a "Truly Free" Laptop

Why do people still think that taking an antique computer and adding Linux is such an amazing thing?

This is a 7 year old laptop - and while someone may have replaced all the batteries with new ones, dismantled it and cleaned the internals with an air duster, and cleaned up the case it's still a diverted piece of e-waste.

Charging people $320 for something that probably cost them less than $50 to acquire is gouging - especially when people have problems with them.

I assume your time is worth nothing and the new batteries are free.

Comment: Deal with bullying managers (Score 1) 473

by Beliskner (#45172257) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?
Deal with bullying managers that impose tight immovable deadlines in front of senior management, and then when I tell them to reset the client's expectation and blue sky renegotiate the entire contract with the client because the deadline is unachievable in front of senior management they get upset and then start bullying you and physically attacking you and I walked into a Police station and the Police officers refused to take my official report of a harassment incident. I wouldn't get any witnesses anyway because they were junior management and everyone's scared of their careers - they all have families to feed. That was in my old company, now in my new company my predecessor's predecessor had a breakdown and tried to commit suicide, but these get covered up by corporate management.

Comment: Re:proving parent right... (Score 1) 356

by Beliskner (#44787227) Attached to: Indiana Man Gets 8 Months For Teaching How To Beat Polygraph Tests

Let's be clear: If the government wants you, they're gonna get you. The laws aren't there to uphold social norms, they're there to club you over the head and drag you off in a way that seems justifiable to the unwashed masses, should the authorities so choose to do so

So what do you want - for the government instead of using laws, lawyers and judges to use some sort of random voodoo guesswork? Get the bad laws changed!

Never trust a computer you can't repair yourself.