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Comment company structure will kill any medium (Score 1) 601

I guess that such state of the email can be attributed to the structure of that company (and all large organizations in general), not to the email itself.

In my opinion it is down to policies and tactics like CYI (Cover Your Ass), micromanagement, dictatorship, "I know it better than techies", ... and plain old bureaucracy to name a few. They lower the quality/usefulness of any communication medium.

If those are not addressed, nothing will be solved. And any new communication medium which will be chosen to replace email will be killed in short future too.

Maybe we can also look at "paperless office" to learn the same. :)

Comment Re:Locked Bootloaders (Score 1) 282

Well, Ericsson seems to be either helfull or bowed to some pressure but they offer to unlock the bootloader for some (newest I presume) phones: Unlocking the bootlader. Thus, unlocked bootloader does not seems to prevent the adoption of Linux/Android. Locking migt be simply seens as a needed step from childhoot to maturity. :)

And quoting LWN's Android, forking, and control:

The Android developers, beyond forking the kernel, also took the position that the GPL is bad for business. The project's original goal was to avoid GPL-licensed code altogether; the plan was to write a new kernel as well. In the end, a certain amount of reason prevailed, and the (GPL-licensed) Linux kernel was adopted; there are a few other GPL-licensed components as well. So, James said, we can thank Andy Rubin - from whom the dislike of the GPL originates - for conclusively demonstrating that a handset containing GPL-licensed code can be successful in the market. It turns out that downstream vendors really don't care about the licensing of the code in their devices; they only care that it's clear and compliant.

it seems that also the GPL is not that great block to the Linux/Android adoption either. Again, companies simply needs some time to understand it properly, get comfortable and than move along to doing the actual business instead of fighting petty wars.


Comment Re:He's right (Score 1) 487

IIRC, In Slovakia, we already do have such a law. It states something along the lines: if you have/operate a network which connect more than X users (X is around 100 or so) you need to do some stuff (some stuff meaning notifying telecommunication authority). You fail to do that, you are operating in legally risky waters.

Now, yes, it does not outlaw private networks. But it for sure is a road block for the growth of private networks. At minimum, it is an increased operational cost thus making it less appealing to operate "bigger" networks for common citizens or small companies. And I guess there might be more to that: as soon as you notify the authority, then some "officers" will arrive latter on when they found your network of interest and demand something (user info, snoop access, ...) citing some other law as excuse. And that again means more operational costs and ... less free network.

Comment I'm a long time user ... sort of (Score 1) 646

I'm a long time user of Mozilla, later on Firefox. Sort of. Because I've been using it mostly as Galeon - lightweight browser which uses Mozilla's renderer.

That being said it does not matter to me that much how many features Firefox has or does not have. Galeon feature set (and Feirefox renderer abilities) matters most to me. And while Galeon is something like "dead" for few years (no new features, only minor maintenance tweaks to get it running with newer Firefox releases), I have to say that my browsing needs seems to be stable for now and I'm satisfied.

But there is one big concern growing: library bundling by Firefox. It's against Fedora packaging policies, it's against what I consider good software engineering. Coupled with slower "inivation", why would I want to destabilize my whole desktop just to get slowly evolving Firefox?

So, either Firefox goes to its roots or I have to look for another browser.

Chrome is bundling forked libraries too, so out of question for me. That leave WebKit based browsers.

So, we'll see.

Comment future of science (Score 1) 495

So, will Science become some kind of secret, underground guild in the US?

How then they plan to maintain their position of global bully and thus their standard of living?

Because with a lot of manufacturing (and more recently also some R&D) being moved out of US, what else can they use to maintain their status?

Comment Re:Logical (Score 1) 703

To protect "ideas", they (US) still need physical power.

And if they do have physical power to enforce their "ideas" world-wide, they can lower the costs and improve earnings by simply dropping the "creative business" altogether. Replacing it by simple "protection service": you pay us and we do not beat you up.

So ... I guess the future of US is to become a protection racket (if it is not already).

Comment Peter F. Hamilton: Commonwealth Universe (Score 1) 502

IIRC in some book from Peter F. Hamilton, set in Commonwealth Universe, there is a composer from alien world visiting an artificial human habitat controlled by powerful A.I.

Essentially same question has been raised in this post has been asked in the book by the composer character when talking with the A.I., something like:

- it took me few month to compose this, can you compose something like that too?
- yes
- can you do it quicker?
- yes
- then why you wanted me to do it if you can do it as good as I and much quicker?

Well, I recommend finding that book and read it - much better than me trying to remember and reproduce the argument.

Comment Re:Forget bit torrent. (Score 3, Insightful) 303

If I understand and remember correctly, regulation is the culprit of your current local monopolies. So you want more regulation to solve that?

If you want "customers" to be able to "go somewhere else", you need to create some competition. I think you can get that if you allow anybody to put fiber in the ground with only regulation being "do not destroy our property" and "the net gain for us - customers - have to be positive too".

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