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Comment need vs want (Score 2) 851

Most people don't NEED a smartphone. However they WANT a smartphone. Most people also don't know the difference between the two. When enough people have them, the carriers will convince/dictate to you that you NEED a smartphone too. When plain old device service (PODS) is discontinued by the carriers, you will not have a choice but to have a smartphone.

BTW, I claim patent, copyright, and trademark on that acronym. I will sue everyone and Steve Jobs' corpse for 1 Billion dollars if you do not pay my license fee for using that acronym. Even if you are quoting me, you violate the EULA for my acronym.

Comment Re:How about Fedora? (Score 1) 685

Come over to sid. It's "unstable" in terms that it changes a lot. Sid is almost ALWAYS newer than Ubuntu. Because every 6 months Ubuntu draws a line in the sand and says "Nope, we're stopping here." Sure you get bug fixes and can go through and find a ppa that backports. As long as that ppa developer doesn't stop. Then you find another PPA. But it has a different naming convention and it's a (@#* nightmare.

I would go to Sid except for exactly what you's called unstable for a reason, one day I will try to update my system and it will break. Only reason Sid works so well as the baseline for Ubuntu is because they take that unstable and manage it as it if was a stable branch, keeping it patched, dependencies working, etc. Running Ubuntu is like having a happy medium between debian stable and unstable.

Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 392

We do have national and local roads, also state roads and county roads. Each type can get funding from any variety of sources for many reasons. However I think the previous poster is commenting on how a nationally collected tax would provide disproportionate funding to federal infrastructure on a state by state or local level. There might be more online shoppers in areas of higher population and wealth, but that federal internet tax money would be applied to federal projects in areas that may not be contributing to the pot as other words, like every other federal program in existence.

Comment Why would the community care... (Score 1) 591

...about porting Linux apps to the Cloud? TFA talks about how OpenOffice/LibreOffice will never make it to the cloud in time to be competitive vs Google Docs/Office Live...but if the Linux/FOSS crowd wants their software to remain open, why would they use such applications in the cloud? Would providing the app via the cloud into a browser be considered "distribution" of the application or binary, and if so would the cloud provider be required to provide their modified source to interested parties? If not, I see no reason why OSS advocates would even want to use such applications in the cloud...and without those who are most feverishly supportive of Open Source, what real market would "Cloud LibreOffice" or "GIMPCloud" have?

Comment Re:If they're not operating illegally (Score 1) 65

That's not true. Congress can not pass any law that would cause freedom of speech to be abridged. That also means any government entity created by a law Congress passes is held to the First Amendment. That also includes funding of other government entities, including state or municipal entities which accept federal funding which happens to violate someone's freedom of speech. My point still stands. I can tell you to be silent, I can tell you I will sue you if you do not silence yourself. It is not a violation of your freedom of speech. There are no legal ramifications to that. If I own a company, and my company tells you that we will sue if you disclose xyz, we would be within our legal right to say that.

What happens in court if you actually disclose xyz and it goes in front of a judge may be another matter, but the threat is not a violation of your freedom of speech.

Comment Re:If they're not operating illegally (Score 1) 65

Amendment I

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

The government can not violate your freedom of speech. A private person or organization can do whatever the hell they want.

Comment Re:If you want a bleeding edge Linux distro ... (Score 2) 729

... then maybe it's time to switch to Fedora?

or Arch.

Ah yes, Arch, the distro that tries to convince its users that it's a BSD (hint: aur is NOT the same as ports), and contributes nothing upstream. Are you guys still throwing everything in /usr/bin?

I would say Arch is trying to be a blend of BSD/Gentoo without all that compiling everything nonsense. Very easy to build/maintain a minimal system, no release cycles, and piece of cake to unofficially distribute your own software packages to the rest of the Arch community. Arch is probably one of the most promising ideas for a distro we have seen in a long time.

Comment Re:No it's not (Score 1) 192

At least in the USA, the -re suffix (as used in the Queen's English) is typically replaced with -er...when a typical American English speaker sees -re, it is most likely because the word is not English and intended to be pronounced as "ray", since they are aware that the ending is pronounced that way in foreign languages. Libre certainly is a "foreign word" to us. American English speakers do not look at -re and think that it sounds like "er", unless they know they are reading text that is intentionally written/spelled in the Queen's English. To use your litre example, we would not write it as "litre", it is "liter". However we are certainly aware that it is a non-USA spelling of the word and that it should be pronounced the same as if it were liter.

I don't think typical American English speakers have a problem actually pronouncing the -re ending as "ray", however it is a longer sound, we tend not to have to pronounce it as a suffix that often and it drags the timing of the word out. When we say "LibreOffice" it drags the tempo and rhythm of the speech down in the middle of the name in a very odd way with that combination of vowel sounds. In our normal speech there would be a stop or consonant/plosive sound between those vowel sounds but in this case is intended to be pronounced as one word. Because of that, it feels uncomfortable to pronounce. It's not so much the "Libre" in and of's the combination of Libre and Office together.

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