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Comment Outraged for many reasons:big 1 collateral damage (Score 1) 288

This is so completely outrageous because if you read the law they basically force the schools into taking technological steps that have significant/and or insurmountable costs and/or incalculable collateral damage. The schools must impliment one of the folling technological solutions to inhibit piracy and it MUST work or they have to try another (with reviews). There are four categories of "technology-based deterrents" they can choose from: 1. Bandwidth shaping 2. Traffic monitoring to identify the largest bandwidth users 3. A vigorous program of accepting and responding to Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices 4. A variety of commercial products designed to reduce or block illegal file sharing Bandwidth shaping? This means that I'm screwed if I want to download an Ubuntu ISO. Traffic monitoring? I'm screwed if I want to download lots of GNU/Linux ISOs- not to mention my privacy. Respond to DMCA notices wouldn't be acceptable because of the insurmountable costs to forward notices to students unless you correctly interpret the law-at least my interpretation of it. That being if the school hosts the content on there servers they must act. If a student hosts it on their private servers the DMCA doesn't apply and they must bring a lawsuit. The university should still be protected under the DMCA since they still made a good faith effort to comply with correctly filed DMCA complaints. Lastly we all know that commercial products that are designed to reduce or block 'illegal file sharing' have both collateral damage on fair use rights and content that isn't held by the copyright owner in question claiming copyright whose copyright is being refused- not to mention degrading performance of the network. Interfering with network traffic should be illegal. It doesn't matter who does it. Neither ISP nor government should should interfere with a users traffic. We should all have unfiltered access to the internet without any firewalls and if the technology is shared bandwidth evenly distributed amongst users to whatever alotment they've purchased or otherwise obtained until it is utilized at which point they can be charged for more or be throttled. Of course bandwidth prices should never be costly- and the more you purchase in a given month the less it should cost as you are contributing more to the maintenance of the system- and therefore entitled to lower prices as is the case with ANY OTHER PRODUCT- when purchased in quantity (just about).

Comment Re:It's not about the cost. (Score 1) 458

If you are in North America (USA only I think at the moment) is working on developing the free and open source market: They make an effort to only sell systems with free and open source drivers/firmware (wifi, graphics, sound, etc.) as well as accessories like USB wifi sticks, printers, etc.

Comment Re:But (Score 1) 458

I think the BIOS is a work in progress. The problem right now is NONE of you are buying these systems. You need to actually hunker down and start supporting companies that are trying to support the GNU/Linux market-even when they are doing it with 'off the shelf' parts at 'ridiculous' prices. Right now we need more technical people working on developing supporting applications for GNU/Linux so that we can support non-technical GNU/Linux users better so that we can grow the market. If the market grows we'll be able to work on getting the LinuxBIOS onto these boards. People don't realize how expensive all this is in comparison to the number of people actually willing to put money down on this stuff. I know it's something that both Open PC, ThinkPenguin, and the founder of the LinuxBIOS project are interested in doing.

Comment Re:Microsoft builds Linux powered OpenPC (Score 1) 458

That wasn't the goal here. The goal was to put together a FREE system that worked out of the box for ordinary users and techy people alike without having to build it yourself. I shouldn't HAVE to build a computer myself. We don't all have the time to do this kind of thing. Some of us have more important things to do like design nuclear reactors.

Comment Re:$500 (Monitor Sold Separately) (Score 1) 458

Low-end isn't the same as crap. You've compared crap to something decent. Acer is crap. Having to replace something costs time, money, and knowledge. This system is more than capable for the majority of people and adding more ram would be overloading it. In your case adding more ram would be a necessity for most people and cost $150 in labour and parts offsetting any savings- not to mention the screen being too small and needing to be a separate keyboard, screen, and mouse and still only getting a barely functioning MS Windows system (or is this a Linux pre-install? still- probably not really designed for GNU/Linux-so.. barely functional). You are an idiot.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 458

You miss the whole point of commercial efforts like this. By purchasing from small companies like this who are giving back you help create a market for GNU/Linux. That market increases the products that support GNU/Linux. You don't have to get this for yourself- especially if you are on a limited budget. Get it for a friend- or family member. This is a worthwhile cause-and not some gimmick by a large evil corporation. Dell's effort to support GNU/Linux is a total fraud. This one isn't.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 458

The difference between the two is you bought a laptop that by chance worked with GNU/Linux perfectly (somehow I doubt it) and they designed a computer for GNU/Linux. The chipsets in your laptop were not designed for GNU/Linux. You the manufacturer install wifi card that had open firmware and open source drivers? How about a open source graphics drivers? Without either of these your're missing suspend to ram and your system won't work with all flavours of GNU/Linux. The support is non-existent with your setup. Something you get with these systems. You've paid the devil's tax- not here. The MS Windows system NEEDs more ram- this system might not have as much ram-but needs less- so your system is actually slower in practice. Now- if you don't value your time- ok. but I do. Chances are you had to install GNU/Linux and that means it cost you $100 (since you are smarter than most and make more money probably)... so, now who.. add it all up the better deal isn't with the system you bought. This probably isn't the best system for you- but neither is the one you bought. The best system for you is probably a higher end system from ThinkPenguin, System76, or somebody else with GNU/Linux on it.

Comment Re:There must be something more (Score 1) 323

Give me a break. Shutting services down never works. Nobody every succeeded in restricting stuffs on the Internet this way. It just doesn't work that way. When you shut one down another pops up. The internet is global and you can't possibly control what goes in it to any significant degree. Thus it makes no sense to try. It is just a waste of resources. ISPs shouldn't have to respond to these complaints. Period.

Comment Re:No GPS thanks (Score 1) 792

You know what. You make a good point. I don't want the government to know even how much I drive. Maybe taxing tires would be a better idea. At least then I could pay cash and the government doesn't have to know how much I drive. I imagine that wear and tear on the tires also equates to some degree to size/weight/use of the tire. Just determine the number of miles a car's tire will go and tax based on that. If it wears out quicker than another car it most likely is due to the weight of the vehicle. I only wonder if we would be unfairly taxing those who travel on less well maintained roads allot-and given they were maintained less it probably is almost like a double tax. Then again those who travel on those types of roads probably are in the middle of nowhere and/or those people deserve to be taxed more cause they travel heavily trafficed roads that need repair more often and are more expensive to repair.

Comment Re:hacking (Score 1) 792

I bet if you made an exact copy of a license plate and didn't get pulled over for speeding or some other vehicle violation and the other cars plates weren't turned in- or owner's license suspended, or the other vehicle's owner gets a warrant for arrest or something like that-years and years and years. As long as you are duplicating a plate from the same make/color vehicle as you a cop who checks the plate number won't have a reason to pull you over and if you aren't pulled over for violating traffic laws... you'd probably survive a long time. I think there is a huge difference between the two though. The license plate is harder to duplicate. The duplicating of a RFID is easy and chances are you could probably even just not report the miles or not report them correctly. Or maybe just report the wrong vehicle. YOu might get screwed if these RFID readers also have cameras though and suspicion arises for one reason or other. That's why you get multiple RFIDs for vehicles of the same make/model though. If the bills aren't significantly larger and the owners have nothing to compare to... your in the clear.

Comment Re:Yeah, right (Score 1) 759

MS Windows 7 has many of the same problems as Vista. It still has issues regarding DRM. The interface still sucks. MS Office 2007 hasn't exactly changed-and don't tell me that this isn't part of MS Windows cause every single user almost has it and you can't buy an older version. It is for all intensive purposes the MS package that we're talking about- and that has largely gone unchanged in any significant manner. The whole MS ecosystem is crumbling before us. Even if you ignore MS Office 2007 nightmare the system is supposedly leaner according to the hype- yet I know for a fact that what hasn't been cut is still bloated just like Vista. The reviews pre-release are just like Vista- great. Now you say it has been released? Not it hasn't. Not in practice. You can't get it. Until you can actually get it on a computer it isn't out. The fact we still don't have it makes everything hype. Until I actually see it running for more than 6 months on a low and mid-range machine I'm calling it crap. Nothing more than hype suggests otherwise. Microsoft is bound to release lots of services packages that screw it up. We also don't have the compatibility that Microsoft Windows XP has- and definitely nothing like what GNU/Linux has. GNU/Linux actually has the best compatibility - despite what all the MS Windows fanatics claim. You aren't forced to upgrade every time Microsoft releases a new operating system because the printer manufactorers fail to provide updated drivers to the proprietary crap they release on MS Windows.

Comment Re:Jealousy (Score 1) 344

This isn't true at all. I can name plenty of non-clone applications. The Helix Player for instance is an open source player that is not a clone of anything. Firefox isn't a clone of anything. OpenOffice isn't a clone of anything. Certainly many applications start based on ideas from other applications that people are trying to scratch an itch over- but calling them clones is absurd. You may say GIMP is a clone of Adobe Photoshop- but anybody who has ever used it knows it is nothing like it-which is why so many people who lock themselves into it dislike it.

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