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Comment Re:Damming the flood/whack a mole (Score 1) 190

Mainly because a free market will never remain that way, once one party gains enough power to subvert the market they will do so.. Competition only benefits consumers, it hurts suppliers, so those suppliers will soon work out that colluding is more profitable all round than competing.

Comment Re:Damming the flood/whack a mole (Score 1) 190

Well these destructive qualities are what you end up with anyway, so using a system which embraces but tries to control them seems to be the least flawed option so far...
Your idea of a system that promotes the collective good is very noble, but it would rapidly be destroyed by corruption and greed, then probably end up much worse overall.

Comment Re:Ah, the PRICE of fame (always the same)... apk (Score 5, Interesting) 237

Linux has been attacked for years, there have been rootkits and exploits out there since the early days of slackware... Linux has had a significant presence on servers almost since its inception, and is now starting to make inroads in many other markets.

On the other hand, what people think of as "linux" in this context is a multitude of different versions of the linux kernel with various modifications and all manner of different userlands running on top. Literally anyone can build a linux-based system and pile whatever garbage software they like on top of an ancient version of the kernel.
Windows on the other hand comes from one place, in a small set of versions, and all of the vulnerabilities attributed to windows are present in this version and usually in a default configuration.

Microsoft fully control the versions of windows being released, and if a third party produces a device that bundles a windows install but has some additional vulnerable software running on top of it or a stupid default configuration (eg default passwords) that vulnerability is blamed on the device vendor and not on windows.

There are no shortage of such devices, and they routinely get compromised not only due to their own poor configuration but also because of vulnerabilities in windows itself (eg eternalblue).

When it comes to embedded devices, Linux is massively more widespread than windows, most people are likely to have more linux devices than windows and usually don't even realise it, only a subset of these devices are getting compromised because the manufacturers of those devices make stupid mistakes when building them and then fail to either provide updates, or provide a user-friendly way to apply them.

Comment Re: 13.5 million people (Score 2) 295

Because cities are where the jobs are. People don't want to live in cities, but most people prefer living in the outskirts of a large city and spending half their lives commuting to a job in the center than living with space in the forest.

Given the choice, I (and many others) would choose to live in a large house in a small town or village, and have a short congestion-free journey to work or work remotely.
If i live outside the major cities, i can afford a much larger house which includes dedicated space for home working.

Comment Re:BS (Score 1) 397

Important point...

While a lot of products are manufactured in china, they are not all equal... The same product could be made in china and sold in europe/usa/asia, but the one destined for the european market will cost more and be manufactured to a higher standard because it has to comply with european law. The ones sold in asia, where many countries have no consumer protection law whatsoever will usually be made as cheaply as possible.
Rich people in asia realise this too, and will actually pay much higher prices to import products from europe (which were originally made in china).

Comment Re:No problem! (Score 1) 397

A house has a higher number of parts too, it may be made up of hundreds of discrete bricks or planks of wood.
A smartphone has to be small, so it's made up of a small number of highly integrated and extremely complex parts. You could achieve the same functionality by connecting together a number of discrete parts but then you wouldn't get the form factor, you'd have a desktop computer or even a mainframe rather than a phone although it would be much easier to repair and replace individual components.

Comment Re:No problem! (Score 1) 397

And now, consider this: car and appliance manufacturers manage to stock parts for their products for decades, and they have a vast, physical distribution and repair network.

Many countries have laws which force car manufacturers to continue providing parts for several years...
Many cars also use standard interchangeable parts, and a lot of parts will continue being used in many subsequent models of car... I had a car built in 1998 with a mercedes gearbox (, this gearbox is still being manufactured today and being installed into current model vehicles.

The technology going into domestic appliances and cars has been around a lot longer than smartphones, they are tried and tested and much easier to make reliable. There are also far more relaxed weight and size constraints in cars and especially domestic appliances.

An F1 car breaks far more often than a family car because its cutting edge technology, where weight is a serious concern and performance limits are being pushed. I can't remember the last time i watched a grand prix where at least one car wasn't forced to retire due to mechanical problems.

Comment Re:Modular TV (Score 1) 397

Well a lot of people use various set top boxes, so the tv itself is basically just a monitor - it just needs to accept an input feed and display it.
It's now difficult to buy a non smart-tv, even if you have no intention of using those features. My tv will keep defaulting back to tuner mode, even tho it hasn't got an antenna connected, and it's very easy to accidentally press a button on the remote causing it to switch to tuner mode too. I want it to remain on HDMI mode all the time, the only controls i want from the TV are on/off and to switch between several hdmi ports.

Comment Re:Let's do some research first (Score 2) 597

That's going to depend on the individual...
If you assume that paedophilia is a medical condition (after all, its a matter of sexual preference which the individual in question has no control over), then perhaps a doctor should diagnose wether the individual will benefit from the use of a robot or not.

Submission + - SPAM: "Freedom Fued", MC Frontalot's song about free software.

mjhuot writes: For Independence Day, the godfather of nerdcore rap, MC Frontalot has turned his lyrical genius toward the subject of free software. In "Freedom Feud" he explores the age old issue of "free as in beer" vs "free as in freedom". The song features a video by the award winning animator Chad Essley and was commissioned by The OpenNMS Group, creators of free software solutions for network monitoring. The song contains a number of "in-jokes" for those familiar with the free software movement, and the video has some entertaining easter eggs for those who like that sort of thing. In the spirit of openness, the song is available for download (free as in beer) as well as being made available for remixing under the Creative Commons Share-Alike license (free as in freedom).

Comment Re:Could this benefit physical media advancement? (Score 1) 134

Which is why DRM is such a bad thing...
Digital brings the benefit of perfect copies, you can backup the media and keep the original safe. A spliced VHS tape may be playable while damaged, but a digital backup would be perfect.
When dealing with kids, or media that will be played/kept in hostile conditions, it's always sensible to make backups.

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