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Comment Re:Killed by DRM and licensing (Score 4, Informative) 263

Battery life was fine on mine. It ran for ages off one AA battery.

Mine wasn't a "Net MD" player, so I got music into it by recording. I had a TOS Link cable out from my sound card, and just played a playlist while it recorded. Ya, it was a bit slow that way, but MP3 players at the time were expensive and very small capacity and CD players were chunky.

Comment Office Dependence (Score 1) 270

Back then Office wasn't as entrenched in the business world, either. It was one of several competing systems. Businesses *depending* on Microsoft Office is something that sorta developed gradually in the last 15 years. (Document sharing over the net sorta contributed to that, making the need to get onto a single suite more urgent.)

Comment DSLR... sorta (Score 5, Insightful) 316

I love my DSLR. Its photo quality is amazing. It is my favourite camera.

However, with it I take a fraction of the amount of photos as the camera in my phone. Why? My DSLR doesn't fit in my pocket. I'm just happy my phone has a reasonable lens and sensor in it.

Anyway, there's an old quote I heard once: The best camera is the one you have with you.

Comment Re:Dumbing down (Score 1) 183

I live in Southern Ontario, which is generally flat as a board.

I also commute on the busiest highway in North America, which is stop-go during rush hour and packed 18-wheelers. That, and my neighbourhood has notoriously awful stoplights and drivers of a certain unrefined skill set.

So ya, automatic works for me.

Comment Re:Dumbing down (Score 5, Insightful) 183

I honestly don't see what's wrong with that, as long as it's not the dumbing down of *all* computers.

Car analogy time: I can't fucking stand manual transmission, but do I understand why people like it. They can have it. But the people who like manual transmission look down upon automatic transmission and complain "it's the dumbing down of cars."

Comment Freeloaders "Not Beneficial" (Score 2) 458

Oh, and as for "freeloaders" not being beneficial, consider this:

Firefox was established to end IE6's reign of terror on the web, and bring web standards back into play, benefiting everyone. Would they have accomplished that without the millions of "freeloaders" who eagerly downloaded and installed it, slowly chipping away at IE's numbers?

I realize that doesn't apply to every case, but it certainly does in some.

Comment Re:You forgot to read before replying (Score 2) 458

Many FOSS developers put donation links on their websites. Many users donate.

Friendliness and openness towards users leads to donations. Hostility doesn't.

I don't know what software you write, but:

a) Do you even have a donation link?
b) Are you hostile towards users? (I think I know the answer.)

In any case, from the sounds of it in this thread, you don't seem to care if another person on earth uses your software.

Comment Re:No contribution = whining about a gift (Score 5, Insightful) 458

So basically what you're saying is that in order to have any right to complain about open source software you have to have knowledge, experience, and skill in programming? Because when you say "Why don't you submit a patch?", that's what you're implying.

Newsflash: Not every user of FOSS software knows how to program. Nor should they need to know. Unless you want it to turn into some sort of exclusive little club, in which case the worldwide share of Linux would drop by a good 99%.

Users aren't complaining because they want to be whiny or difficult. They're complaining because they see a flaw. If you want your software to be widely accepted, listen. If your software is just coding for self satisfaction, and you don't care about user adoption, then don't listen.

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