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Comment IDE or Azure control panel? (Score 2) 89

I don't see an editor in the linked stories. In the setup instructions http://www.visualstudio.com/get-started/connect-to-vs#connectvs it says "5. Now you're ready to check in source, queue builds, and manage work." which sounds like a control panel, not an IDE. This also requires VS2013 which doesn't exactly make it "Browser-Based".

Comment Re:too little, too late (Score 1) 196

Yes, *one mistake*. But Mark 'this isn't a democracy' Shuttleworth didn't make one mistake, he pisses off most users every time he opens his mouth, in his continuing attempt to become a Steve-Level-Asshole...

- "We do not vote on design changes"
- Unity
- Lenses
- MIR
- Teaparty
- Trademark Crap

to list just a few...

Trademark and Teaparty were just addressed, Unity and MIR we technical decisions*, and Lenses were (and are) a huge disaster and abuse of trust. But can you honestly name three other problems? I'm on Xfce/12.04 and wondering what should be next.

*They were open source code, so even if we think they were misguided and poor decisions, they were nowhere near Apple/Microsoft bad.

Comment dedicated controller (Score 1) 104

... a dedicated controller to handle the new “high density group” of access points; and the controller automatically handled configuration tasks like setting access point power levels and selecting channels.

Centralized management of the access points seems to be the solution, which doesn't require directional antennas to work.

Comment Re:I see plenty of people reading (Score 1) 264

The resource intensive and massive centralized infrastructure is only due to digital restriction management. ... Don't dismiss new technologies because of a few political glitch.

Why should we assume DRM can be fixed at the political level when all experience points to the powerful successfully abusing government? Put another way, if we live in a DRM free world one day it wont' be because of the US, but because of India, China, Brazil, et al.

Comment Re:France, the last survivor of the new economy (Score 1) 264

The French seem to not be brainwashed by the propaganda machine enough to harm themselves as pro-WTO trade undermines careers in the global race to the bottom.

Wouldn't Amazon, or a "global race to the bottom" as you call them, make these book sellers more unique? They're independent, quirky, historical, experiential, and stylish ... all of which should make them more valuable in a prefab world. More generally, won't all artisan can craft endeavors become more popular if there's a "global race to the bottom"?

Comment Whats the "bundle" format? (Score 2) 97

Does this bundle format need their client? Is there an embedded scripting engine? (what about security issues?) Is the content encrypted or just blocked? Does it phone-home to unlock? (on every use?) Do you know the price and terms before downloading it, or only after downloading and trying to use it?

I can't find anything on the technology at bittorrent.com or bittorrent.org, either with Google or browsing. I guess this is just another closed-source extension pretending to be "bit-torrent" so they can claim 170 million users.

Comment Re:What do you mean by "can"? (Score 3, Insightful) 259

As we should have learned, the government by large does not care if they "can" (in a legally sense), they just do it. But if necessary: Those rubber stamp courts will surely find a way to make it happen in a way which is legal on paper.

Techies never seem to understand this, even though they read it over-and-over: the law is not a set of rules you work with, "it's the chain I go get and beat you with 'til ya understand who's in ruttin' command here." If an NSL isn't the right excuse, they'll make another.

Comment Need a middleman for FOSS donations (Score 1) 301

FOSS should have an org. that acts as a middleman for donations, tax issues, and foundation compliance. Make a donation to the org (hereafter MITM) on behalf of the software project, similar to Kickstarter but without the projects needing to join or setup a page. MITM can let accounts build-up until it's worth dealing with, find and verify the contributors, then help them with taxes or setting-up a foundation. MITM could also have donation clauses that let them change donations from dead projects to other similar ones, or maybe donations could be restricted by license, or by estimated number of users, etc...

I'd suggest GNU to take this on, but I don't think they'd be pragmatic enough.

Comment show me an orchard without disease (Score 1) 358

Somebody has to speak for these oranges. You all got on this website for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I’m asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make oranges...better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave.

Comment Re:Be careful modifying documents (Score 1) 238

Many states have legislation regarding the font, margins and paper sizes used for some legal documents.

US courts, archivists and many case management / COPS systems only accept documents in PDF/A.

Sadly, the ISO can't be counted on; it's "Office Open XML" again.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PDF/A#PDF.2FA-3

PDF/A-3 (ISO 19005-3:2012. Part 3) allows embedding of arbitrary file formats (such as XML, CSV, CAD, wordprocessing documents, spreadsheet documents and others) into PDF/A as complete archived objects.[9]

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