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Comment Re:Real target is not Android (Score 1, Interesting) 272

Won't work because as long as 90%+ of the PCs out there (which is what folks are gonna want to get those pics on to for editing and sharing) run Windows getting rid of support for MSFT file systems would be slitting your own throat.

Now as for WHY does MSFT and Apple own 90% and 10% respectively and every other OS not even owns above the margin for error? I will get hate but truth is truth, nobody has offered a compelling product with the ease of use of OSX and Windows. Even Win 8 and Vista, as shitty as they are/were is a better OS than Linux because of the devs breaking shit with itch scratching (Yeah just throw out KDE 3 and gnome 2 when shit FINALLY gets good and stable, oh and crap all over audio by replacing ALSA with Pulse, that's the ticket!) and its obvious that Google isn't any "nicer" than Apple and MSFT and by refusing to make ChromeOS anything more than a glorified thin client has made it clear they don't give a shit about the PC market.

So until you come out with a product that is truly better and easier to use than Windows you can give it up Chuck, any camera manufacturer that charged more or refused to support NTFS and FAT would get slaughtered by those like Nikon who will just write this off as a cost of doing business and keep right on selling their cameras.

Comment Re:Confusing press release without context (Score 2) 272

And maybe if the guys here actually read that they will see that YES Android and pretty much anything else having to do with computers infringes so the more relevant question SHOULD BE "Why are we letting such basic concepts be patented in the first place?"

And THAT is the problem in a nutshell, software patents has made the system so broken companies can make more money spamming the USPTO with vague concepts and then suing when a few of these stick than in actually building products.

These articles are like complaining "I'm tired of getting hit by punks with bats!" while ignoring there is a guy on the corner handing free bats out to the punks. Stop THAT guy and the punks won't have the bats to hit you upside the head with.

Comment Re:i like to limit my DHCP scope (Score 1) 884

So you've never even tried the actual device as its marketed and sold, and think pfsense is a viable "solution" when you don't even know what the competition does or how?

Its obvious that your ass ain't never worked in retail because with an attitude like that you'd be having a going out of business sale before the year was up. You can NOT offer "solutions" if you don't even know how it compares to the competition and I can promise you pfsense is a bad joke compared to the ease of use of modern routers. I have seen customers who don't even know what a router is other than "I can hook up by wireless" that have managed to set the whole thing up with nothing but the CD. They know NOTHING about IP addressing, nothing about LAN or WAN, yet they have functioning networks and THAT is what you are competing against.

And do NOT give me that elitest "Well they better fucking learn, stupid noobs" bullshit because that is a classic "is ought" problem which again is a reason why Linux never goes anywhere, the devs think "They OUGHT to be able to do this because i can" while ignoring that reality IS the fact that people who don't even know what an OS is can do all the basic tasks they require because there is enough hand holding and dumbing down that those with zero education can use these things as easily as one uses a toaster.

Comment Re:Sweet! (Score 1) 158

You can say Blender and Gimp is built by "artists" all day long, don't make the UI not suck. Again I don't blame them for that, UI design is fucking HARD which is why there are companies that make crazy money JUST focusing on UI design and advising companies on good UI design. That is why I had to LMAO at how bad Win 8 was because even with all that money it was obvious MSFT didn't call in any UI designers or specialized UI companies because the one thing they could ALL agree on was Win 8 has a terrible UI.

Look I'm a bass player, I write beautiful songs and cool cooking lines based on that instrument, but you seem to be saying because I'm an "artist" in that regard I'd be able to paint beautiful pictures...but that's a completely different skillset. Writing a great program is a HELL of a lot different than the skills required to take a blank canvas and create a UI that is intuitive and easily discoverable. I'm saying while its obvious the Blender and Gimp guys are good at the former, the latter? Not so much. Again no blame, nobody is great at everything but with their budgets they just can't afford to bring in the guys required to do what needs doing in that dept.

Comment Re:Hey buddy (Score 3, Insightful) 272

And this is different to what Apple, Motorola (now owned by Google who didn't stop the suits when they bought Motorola thus making them trolls by proxy in my book) and every other big tech company this decade has done?

If you want to fix this kind of shit you have to get to the root of the problem which is the patent system is broken and until you fix it this kind of shit will continue. This is like blaming companies who take advantage of the fact that offshoring not only incurs them no monetary penalty but they can often get tax breaks for doing so....the problem is the SYSTEM is broken and encouraging bad behavior therefor the SYSTEM needs to be fixed.

We need to push like hell for a law ending software patents, if you want protections for software copyrights and NOT patents are the logical choice and since you copyright specific works and NOT vague concepts like these shitty software "patents" you could nip this bullshit in the bud. I also personally think we need a law that says concepts required for interoperability (such as file systems and formats) should have to be published under RAND terms so that the user will always have a way to get their stuff on and off a device, but that may be just a personal beef, but no matter how you slice it these kinds of bullshit trolls and lawsuits didn't become a problem until software patents were hoisted on us and THAT is what must be fixed. You stop MSFT and they'll be a dozen more pulling the same shit waiting for their shot.

Oh and on a final note, lets get something clear: Linux and Android by extension DOES infringe on MSFT patents, how do I know? Have you seen how many patents have been filed on software since the shitty ruling that allowed software patents? EVERYBODY is infringing! Hell the whole history of computers has been standing on the shoulders of giants so frankly with as vague as these patents are you can't build shit to do with a computer that doesn't infringe! Hell I wouldn't be surprised if every possible way to build a file system or make an audio/video format isn't covered by some vague as hell "method to store files on things" style patent, the whole thing is so broken you are tap dancing in a minefield.

Is what MSFT doing shitty? yep, no doubt, but if we focus on that instead of the conditions that have ALLOWED them to behave shitty all we will be doing is playing whack a mole until the end of time. To use the famed /. car analogy if your front end is shot and eating tires you can change tire brands a billion times, the tires are still gonna keep getting eaten until you get off your ass and fix the front end. Until we fix the patents system this kind of shit is only gonna get worse.

Comment Re:Quit promoting it when it doesn't work (Score 1) 205

Yeah because we don't already abuse Paco enough, lets go back to the "good old days" and we can work them filthy Mexicans to death!

While profits are a part of it the fact that field labor is a shitty back breaking job is also a BIG fucking part of it. You may have your little vegetable garden but I've worked on a 20 acre farm and you pretty much do NOTHING but that and sleep PERIOD. Ain't no leisure time, ain't no furthering your education or enjoying jack shit, its like the damned priesthood in that you pretty much have to do NOTHING but that. the only time my ass wasn't in the damned field was when my ass was sent in the truck to get stuff FOR the field or FROM the field to market, that was it. And if it comes down to chemicals or living like a fucking Quaker? I'll take the chemicals, thanks ever so.

The only other way i could see to do it would be to go full on communist and make serving in the fields like jury duty only without any ways to get out of it. ironically this is EXACTLY what they had to do in the USSR, look up "potato duty" and you'll find plenty of articles about soldiers ordered to work in the fields just because they couldn't find enough people to do that job, despite how nasty a Russian factory was people would rather take that job than deal with sun up to sun down back breaking labor.

so again we wipe out...ohh I'd say you'd probably need a good 70% wasted to build this utopia and have enough food to feed those left, otherwise you are gonna have cities full of starving folks because the farms will be raising enough for themselves but NOT enough for everybody. But you could wipe out big agra tomorrow and unless you advocate Paco abuse your ass still wouldn't have enough people willing to work in the fields, its just a shitty job.

Comment Re:Like 3D movies (Score 2) 94

Actually according to Wikipedia the first red/green anaglyph film was shown in 1922 for an audience in NYC. man I knew that shit was old but not THAT damned old.

And as much as I hate to admit it, but being in computer retail as long as i have I know this will end up being the case, know what you need to get VR the big thing again? Porn, that's what. people wanted burners "To back up my pictures" (bullshit, porn) and they got big hard drive "To store my pictures" (A TB of pictures? bullshit its for porn) and if they come out with VR porn I have no damned doubt I'll be selling VR units to people who'll say "So I can see my pictures in virtual reality" (Bullshit, I've seen your family and they don't even look good in 2D, its for porn).

If there is one thing I've learned its not only the Internet that was made for porn, everything from VCRs to big fat HDDs are all needed for porn. Porn, its what drives technology today for a better smuttier tomorrow.

Comment Re:Quit promoting it when it doesn't work (Score 1) 205

Can we have some ponies and free money in your utopia as well? Nobody uses pesticides for shits and giggles ya know, without them the price of food would go WAY up because of crop losses and frankly the poor are already barely hanging on by a thread. As for chemicals in the water...can I have a pink unicorn? Because in case you ain't kept up with current events because we have so many people on meds you can't hardly find a drop of water anywhere short of the poles that doesn't have everything from birth control hormones to heart meds in it, hence why we need to put shit to try and clean out as much of the crap as possible.

I mean sure we'd all like to live in your little utopia, and if we slaughtered....ohh I'd say about 65% of the population on this planet it'd be doable for at least 300 years or so. So you gonna be digging the holes cause that's a shitload of bodies you are gonna have to pile up.

Comment Re:Quit promoting it when it doesn't work (Score 0) 205

Well considering I'm practically a clone of my father (as he was of his and on through the line, I swear the first one of us that climbed down from the trees probably had my face) and he ended up in the hospital fighting for every breath while what I got wasn't more than the sniffles so that frankly is proof enough for me.

If you don't want it? Don't take it, not like they are sticking a gun to your head ya know.

Comment Re:Spying... (Score 1) 114

Sure it would...and it would also probably get you a couple years in the gulag as a "spy for the CIA" for your trouble.

Frankly anybody that goes to that country deserves what they get, sorry but they do. Its no different than the USSR under Stalin's cult of personality and your "rights" are there only at the whim of the regime.

Comment Re:Quit promoting it when it doesn't work (Score 1) 205

Well I got it after the flu shot but frankly it was VERY mild and only lasted a few days, those i know that got it and didn't get the shot were sick as dogs for a couple weeks and felt weak for a couple more. All in all I'd rather have 3 days of low grade fever and just feeling slightly run down over puking in a bucket and feeling like I been hit by a truck for a month.

Maybe you're different, maybe you are lucky or never work around people, who knows but I have elderly parents that have weak immune systems so I'd get the shot for them if not for myself anyway as it lowers their risk.

Comment Re:i like to limit my DHCP scope (Score 1) 884

Dude are you trolling? Or have you just been an uber nerd so damned long you don't know any better? You know how easy the new routers are to set up? Its "Insert CD, clicky clicky next next next" and THAT IS IT. Hell many of them have basic Android and iPhone apps or websites that will hold your little hand and walk you through setting up the router without having to know more than how to push the button.

But this same attitude is why Linux goes nowhere, they go "Open just open up Bash and type" followed by a string of gibberish THEY understand which HAS TO BE TWEAKED for the situation but since THEY know how to tweak it because they've spent countless hours fiddling with the damned thing that means Sally and Grandpa can do it too...bullshit. Complete and utter bullshit and be no different than me handing you an electric bass which you had never touched in your life and saying "Play Freewill by Rush. What do you mean you can't? I can play it so should you" while ignoring I've played bass for 25+ years while you have never even tuned the instrument.

Comment Re:Sweet! (Score 1) 158

Actually you ALMOST had it then it slipped through your fingers. See the difference is thanks to the bigger budgets the pros can hire focus groups and experts in UI design whereas with FOSS we have seen time and time again programmers make for lousy UI designers because the skills to make a good UI are different than the skills for making a good stable program and without the big budget they can't afford to bring in guys that know how to make easy to use UIs.

Comment Re:Scaling is the Key! (Score 1) 365

And that is the problem in a nutshell, the activist comes to cash in on the free publicity which helps their fundraisers and turns what could have been a discussion into a war, turns what was a local tragedy like the Martin case into "an event" where millions in property destroyed from the looting and riots,

The ability to turn anything into a cause has allowed the rise of "professional activism" which like any other profession cares more about its bottom line than it does actually getting anything done. there is a reason why many of the founders of Greepeace want nothing to do with the org and the founder of MADD actively campaigns against the org they built, and that is because they have been taken over by professional activists that care more about shit stirring for profit than in actual results.

I mean just look at how the current leaders of MADD have come out on TV and basically said there should be zero tolerance for alcohol. Think they never heard of prohibition? Think they don't know that banning a drug only creates black markets? of course they know that but the point of the statement was NOT to get alcohol banned, its to keep shit stirred because controversy equals more press which equals more money for lectures and books. Its all bullshit and kayfabe now and they don't give a shit if the NIMBY attitude or shit stirring causes REAL harm, as long as they can get paid.

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