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Comment Re:Advertiser versus advertiser (Score 1) 426

Can you imagine major sites doing that now?

Yes, I can. Only this time the message is "IE6 is not supported, please upgrade to Firefox" and this time the message is a good thing.

Google stepping forward and banning IE6 is an all-year christmas present to millions of web developers around the world. Can you hear the collective sigh of relief? Now that a major website has locked out the beast we can do the same without worrying too much. Google can't be ignored, IE6 market-share will drop dramatically into insignificance over the next months.

Thank you Google!
I'll buy an android as soon as I can afford, promise.

Comment Re:Advertiser versus advertiser (Score 1) 426

I somewhat doubt that a hosts file can be nearly as effective as adblock.
Who maintains it, how often do you update it (manually)?

Yes, a hosts file is a good start and may take some of the pain away. But why bother with a half-baked kludge when you can have the real deal, ad-free surfing, for free as in beer?

Comment Re:There is only one keyboard (Score 1) 523

Just to provide a counter-example: I had a model M and it died.
Well, it didn't die entirely, but I bought it second hand, it worked for about a year and then the right shift key stopped working.

I disassembled the beast, cleaned it, but the bug didn't go away - the spring mechanism worked fine and was making contact, it just didn't send a keypress.
It was manufactured in 1991 I think.

Comment Re:So once the big guys are down... (Score 1) 250

I didn't say that this is an ideal situation. I just said that this might be the situation that we're getting into if stupid lawsuits like this would succeed. And frankly, even if we end up there - it could be worse.

As you explained yourself, linux already *is* about downloading all the little extras individually and will probably stay that way anyways.
You get a robust core distro and powerful tools to customize and extend it according to your wishes. This is not necessarily a drawback against the commercial OS'es, in fact it's a big selling point to many of us.

Moreover the metaphorical Grandma is not the target audience, never will be.
The typical grandma doesn't go to a shop and buy a computer or thinks about things like "trying out a new operating system". She delegates all these tasks to a younger relative and if this relative chooses linux for her then he likely also knows how to make such a system usable.

Comment Re:So once the big guys are down... (Score 1) 250

Sure, that option is also possible but I tend to believe that for a feature as popular as thumbnail previews, word of mouth would work quite well.
The information about how to install the required patches would quickly propagate across all the newbie-forums, howtos and other resources.

Keep in mind how newbies are introduced to linux: Either through a friend or through some sort of "trying out linux"-article.
Both sources will likely introduce the step of "and then install X and Y for bling, because some asshole sued over it in 2008".

Comment Re:So once the big guys are down... (Score 4, Interesting) 250

Step 3, 4 and 5 do not involve Canonical, Debian or any other distro.
The DEBs and RPMs could be hosted anywhere and if they sue the hosters then the packages will just move to bittorrent and p2p.

That's the beauty of OSS at work here. You cannot effectively ban a piece of software that many people find useful.

Comment Re:So once the big guys are down... (Score 3, Interesting) 250

Interestingly if this would pass (which I strongly doubt) and MS, Apple etc. were required to remove the previews - then Gnome, KDE would benefit from that.

It kinda works like this:

1. Idiot sues Apple
2. Apple must remove the previews

1. Idiot sues MS
2. MS must remove the previews

1. Idiot sues Gnome Foundation etc.
2. Gnome, KDE etc. must remove the previews
3. One day later an unofficial patch pops up somewhere
4. Two days later that same patch is wrapped up into RPMs, Debs etc. for one-click install
5. Due to popular demand this patch is continuously maintained

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 353

We have similar "No-Compete" clauses in our contracts here.
They basically say that we are not allowed to enter competition with our (then former) employer for 5 years after the employment has ended.

Is such bullshit even enforcable anywhere in the world?
I mean it's obvious that I cannot work at, say, motorola, take a blueprint from them and start selling a knockoff later.

But I don't see why I shouldn't be allowed to start my own mobile phone business after having worked in one.

Comment Re:Notification for everything (Score 1) 403

Well, 20MPH on snow means a braking distance of about 8 car lengths - easily more if you're unlucky or have your fat cousin on the backseat.
If you really think that entrances are the only possible obstacles on a freeway then well, I can only hope we'll seldomly drive on the same freeway in bad weather...

And yes, common sense obviously applies. On a sunny day there is no reason to go slow on a freeway. But people overestimating their own capabilities and underestimating physics are the primary reason why you see so many of those funny domino-accidents in the winter.

Comment Re:Notification for everything (Score 1) 403

drive 20 MPH on the freeway because it snowed half an inch are morons.

Welcome to my "famous last words" cookie jar.
Some of those snails may in fact be smarter than you and live longer. The way you are talking indicates that you have probably never had to perform a full-brake on snow. I'd suggest you go and attend an advanced driving class someday, the only way to grasp these things is to actually do them once (not on a public street, please).

The short version is: Your traction on snow, even "only half an inch", is unpredictable. 5 seconds ago you may have been driving on a fresh snow carpet with good traction but right now you're riding on an area that recently froze over. You never know, your car doesn't tell you and you only notice when you have to hit the brake - which is a tad bit too late.

Trust me, the moment you hit the brake and realize it does nothing is a very sobering one. Expirience that once and you may understand the 20MPH guys a bit better in the future.

Comment Re:OK, which CA must leave the trusted list? (Score 1) 300

Well, yes, you and a few hundred other nerds will do that.
Probably close to the number of certs that comodo issues per hour...

Nobody, not comodo nor anyone else will ever notice a "stain".
Mass effects just don't happen on such events. There have been much worse security bugs in Internet Explorer and Windows - people don't care.

As for "erasing the stain": There is no way. A revokation is final, they can beg for forgiveness all day.
And there is a damn good reason for revokes to work that way: Their CA is tainted now and can never be trusted again.

They could have issued certs for amazon.com, yoursite.com, citibank.com etc. and every browser in the world will trust these certs until they expire or until the certificate chain is broken by revokation. Do you know what the maximum expiry for these flawed comodo certs was? Me neither. Could be 3 years or 10 years. Plenty of time for some nice phishing.

But no worries, we won't see a revoke. Comodo would go out of business if they invalidate certs of millions of customers. They'll certainly spend some money to avoid that, if needed.

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