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Comment Re:Lack of Windows 7 support in new pcs is the rea (Score 1) 202

So... You have turned off the "Diagnostics Tracking Service", right? All users obviously do that. In the last month, I reinstalled two Windows 7 machines (first one, with a recovery disk restoring to a Windows 7 without service pack, the other with an install DVD that went up all to SP1). Before updating, I set the Windows Update settings in such a way it would not install recommended updates (only important).

I still ended up with "Diagnostics Tracking Service" on both machines. Granted, it's easy to disable but it means it's marked as an "important update" and cannot be avoided.

Unless you disabled that service, you *are* being tracked... assuming it's the only one that does. We don't know for certain.

Comment Re:I've never understood the saying: (Score 1) 202

What company doesn't have "share holders"? Think about it. A publicly listed company, means you can buy a "share" (a part) of that company. So, publicly listed have by definition "share holders".

A private company, which means: wholly owned by someone (or a family... or...). Think about it: they own 100% of the company... Or in other words: they own all "shares" (parts of the company). Hence, private companies, have -by definition- also shareholders. They're just the owners.

Can you propose a system where companies do not have "share holders", aka "owners"? I mean, one that works, not one involving gulags and planned economy (and even then, technically, the state would own the company and would be the "share holder", since they too, own all parts).

Comment Re:Frost piss. (Score 1) 202

True... I'm reinstalling my brothers laptop from 2010 right now. The disk was developing bad sectors, and we dumped a 500GB SSD in it. That's going to keep it rolling for another few years. It's got a quad core Sandy Bridge i7, 16GB RAM and now an SSD... Batteries can still be had for the laptop, so even that is covered.

I personally started just buying second hand machines. Lenovo X220? 159€ for a nice base configuration... Add in a small SSD and 16GB RAM and you have a really nifty portable machine for less than 400€. There simply is nothing that beats that kind of price/performance in the "new" market.

I've been saying for year we're at the "good enough" level... now, it's not only that, it's that several year old machines are "good enough".

Yes, I know, some of you do huge simulations, tons of virtualization, etc.... I'm talking for normal users, not you guys...

Comment Re:Wrong! (Score 2) 337

I do not vocalize anything when reading.

One of the key things about learning 20 WPM Morse Code was that you could no longer think of it as dots and dashes because that would slow you down. You had to recognize the entire sound of the letter as just a sound. Similarly, good readers read entire words at once, not the letters, and they don't sound anything out. Those things slow you down.

Comment Re: Recipe for success (Score 1) 287

Most of us don't really have any problems in that department, skippy. It's just you and the other losers who even have to think about things like that. The rest of us have wives, girlfriends, or significant others. When you aren't an anti-social wreck of a human being, getting laid is simple and easy.

Comment Re:Fuck the whiners! (Score 1) 287

No, that's not the way it works. A troll which is called out as a troll does not get to claim said response constitutes a success. Only a response which does not acknowledge the trollish nature of a post constitutes a successful troll. You can't just declare yourself a winner, there are rules, and you're not Charlie Sheen.

Comment Re:Please Read The Entire Statement (Score 1) 474

You are also ignoring the paragraph after the one you cited:

Protection Against Additional Restrictions Usersâ(TM) freedoms cannot be protected if parties can add restrictive terms to the copyleft. The âoeno additional restrictionsâ principle is therefore unwaivable if the GPL licenses are to achieve their primary objective. GPLv2 therefore requires that the only license terms available for works based on GPLv2 works are the terms of GPLv2. GPLv3, in Â7, enumerates a few classes of permissible additional terms, to allow very limited license variations in particular circumstances. But with these exceptions, the âoeno further restrictionsâ principle applies strictly. For these reasons, acceptance requirements or ceremonies, including âoeclick to acceptâ installation routines, violate the terms of GPL.

By this interpretation, both the distributor who offered an additional term and the customer who accepted it in breach.

I should also add that SFLC's interpretation of the GPL is not binding upon anyone but SFLC, and arguably not even them. I certainly don't have to accept it or abide by it.

Comment Re:Please Read The Entire Statement (Score 1) 474

The infringing derivative work is not the software which the Linux developers license to people under the GPL. It is a separate work to which the GPL does not apply and to which the Linux developers hold a copyright interest and the only remedy which can permit its legal use. The Linux developers never intended to license that work, they still haven't, the GPL doesn't apply to it.

Comment Re:Uhhhhhhh (Score 2) 474

I got a copy of the agreement. It's here. It's pretty clearly in violation. The offending language is:

Notwithstanding these rights and obligations, the User acknowledges that redistribution of the provided stable patches or changelogs outside of the explicit obligations under the GPL to User's customers will result in termination of access to future updates of grsecurity stable patches and changelogs.

The entire point of the langauge in section 6 of the GPL is so that another party can not cause you to negotiate away your GPL rights.

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