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Comment Re:Where should we start? (Score 3, Insightful) 786

Anti-Trust is a joke in this country, and a sad one at that.
Actually, I should say Anti-Trust was a joke back when we had it.
Now we have Too Big To Fail.

With the incentives in place now, we are well on our way to having One Big Company, invulnerable to laws it doesn't bother to follow even though it wrote them all, and paid for all the votes.

Comment Re:Can any one help... (Score 1) 786

"A bit of a Palestinian"??

Seriously, Anonymous Coward, that doesn't help clarify things at all. It's going to mean vastly different things to different people. Personally I find your analogy's implications offensive, but I won't go into detail because that would be following that distracting path further out into the woods.

Second, you have a typo missing a pretty important word - it should be "Linus does NOT want to do this in ideological grounds".

Also it's not so simple as it being an ideological objection. Linus argues that a major kernel addition that only runs binaries specifically and individually approved by a commercial entity with a history of actively trying to destroy linux, is perhaps a bad idea. He even uses the phrase "requires a lot more thought". Sure, later on he gets more angry and forceful in his arguments, but I agree with his decision here.

Trust and past behavior matter in human and corporate behavior - especially in the installation of a new system to manage trust at the very lowest core level of the operating system. Microsoft is has not proven to be, in my experience, technically competent or worthy of trust.

Comment Re:If you can work remotely... (Score 1) 455

Yeah but there's no reliable search engine for reliable people who can do the work from the other side of the planet, and there tend to be issues involved with international hires, including paperwork, time differences, and language/accent interpretations.

Besides what has an office got that isn't available on the other side of the planet too? They do have offices there.

Comment Re:Legal and you know it, Ortiz doesn't (Score 2) 175

No it wouldn't have been ok, not even might. I only know from hearing the stories of others, to be fair, but if I had gone to prison for 6 months on trumped up charges because of something I did to try to increase the amount of freedom in the world without profiting from it, I would not find that acceptable, fair, ok, worth living for, etc.

It is sad to realize/say this, but Swartz probably did the best thing he could have done to draw attention to his cause and try to get it fixed. I hope it makes a difference.

Comment Re:Start your own business (Score 1) 232

Really unless you are nationally known for doing some horrible crime at the school you got your PhD, I can't imagine any moral problem with not including a PhD that you actually did get. Moral problems could certainly arise from pretending you have a PhD that you actually don't have, but pretending to have done less with your life.. who gets hurt?

Comment DVORAK! (Score 1) 307

Yes, it is worth learning Dvorak just for such an attempt - but you will not be faster with it for at least a couple of weeks. It's worth learning Dvorak for many other reasons too - one of the most important being minimizing long-term wear and tear on your hands, which gets to be absolutely crippling at times if you aren't careful.

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