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Comment Re:Locked Bootloaders (Score 1) 282

> While not impossible to get into the radio, the FCC (I could be talking out of my arse here, so someone with more knowledge can confirm or deny this general memory of mine) doesn't want the entire population walking around with fully open phones, even if the companies would supply them. They would fail to get licensing. If you're not sure what you're talking about, why are you making claims that defend bullshit policies? Factually, there are several software controlled radio products that run fully free software and don't have significant problems from the FCC.

Comment Re:Why trust the OS? (Score 1) 298

Very simply, because the OS developers are usually pretty smart and when you try to outsmart them and fail you look like a tool. And you're going to fail. If I knew that everyone who I posted a response like this would pay up, I'd bet you $1k that you'd fail and make mad cash.

Comment Re:Fully Automatic Weapon (Score 1) 463

or someone WILL get hurt.

That sucks.

But banning dangerous equipment just because people frequently and predictably get hurt is absurd. Anyone who wants to can go down to any hardware store and every aisle has five things that they could seriously injure you with. Mostly they don't, and if they did you'd file charges.

Comment Re:Sorry kids (Score 1) 739

You are absolutely wrong.

The PS3 was advertised as having a set of features, including the ability to run an alternate OS. The alternate OS feature was explicitly publicized and reasonably well supported by Sony when the PS3 was released. This isn't some third party hack - the PS3 was being promoted intentionally as a Linux based Cell dev kit.

Anyone who purchased the PS3 in order to use both the alternate OS feature and the online gaming feature has been defrauded by Sony.

Comment Re:The sad thing (Score 0, Flamebait) 678

maybe it is time to switch to a console

Why does everyone insist on making irrational choices here?

For single player video games, the best option - by far - is to pirate PC games. A pirated PC game downloads overnight for $0 and just works with absolutely no bullshit. In 20 years, you might have to run it in a VM for the old operating system, but it'll still run.

With that option on the table, buying games is silly and even considering doing the console thing is absurd.

Comment Re:SFLC Sues 14 Companies for Copyright Violations (Score 1) 309

It would amount to free software developers giving away their code as charity to proprietary shops, who would then sell it for a profit.

Who would buy it? One guy so he could rip out the license enforcement malware and share the result with everyone else?

Sure, lots of people would have a bunch of binary blobs on their computer until people realized that releasing blobs was a waste of time, but if any of them were actually important it wouldn't be that hard to re-create source for them.

Comment Re:Oh much the same way, HOWEVER (Score 1) 380

Right now China has a per-capita GDP of about $6000, while the corresponding figure in the USA is more like $50,000. The per-capita GDP of the USA + China is about $14,000 - about the same as Mexico.

So... when everyone in china "gets rich" we can all live like Mexicans?

That's also ignoring the increasing divide between the rich and the poor. In an economy based on "intellectual property", it's not people who work for a living who get rich. It's people who invest in the correct government-granted monopolies. Only entities with money will make a ton of money.

And, just to be clear, you're better off buying scratch tickets than hoping "luck out" and be the next Bill Gates.

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