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Comment Re:This is why I don't shop at BestBuy (Score 1) 681

Capitalism is still the greatest system in the world

That great Capitalist, Microsoft, spares no expense in its long-running effort to force everyone to use 100% MS products. Part of its effort is paying BestBuy employees to lie about Linux. I think there's an article about it somewhere on /. You might want to look for it.

Oh, and thanks for your comments, Mr Rove.

Comment This is why I don't shop at BestBuy (Score 4, Interesting) 681

It's great that BestBuy wants to make money and that one of the ways they can make money is to "partner" with companies, like Microsoft, that will pay them to lie. That's Capitalism for you.

It's also a prominent reason that I, and most of my friends, don't shop at BestBuy. We all know we'll be lied to from BestBuy. It'd be great to go up to a salesperson and feel confident that any questions will receive carefully considered, honest responses. But, what we get are push-products-sold-by-Company-X-because-they're-our-partner responses. So, unlike 1999 when I went to BestBuy once a week, now I go there maybe once every year. I just don't like their B.S.

Well, that and their policy to DEMAND I listen to their spiel about extended warranties, with no regard to whether or not I, the customer, want to hear that crap.

Comment Re:Caps are about broadband video (Score 3, Informative) 382

Right on! The government needs to FORCE both the cable and telco companies to separate the data, television and telephone components. They should be regulated as separate companies and therefore separate monopolies. Grrrrr...

What I have in Western Washington (near Seattle) is Comcast and Verizon. They both charge basically the same price for all services. If there were TRUE competition, i.e., many different companies, there's NO WAY they'd be able to charge such high prices without losing customers. But, since there are only 2 companies, they basically have all the benefits of collusion, without any actual collusion. I mean, if one of them decided to charge some arbitrary fee, the other one would follow. Double-Grrrrr....

Comment Re:People just don't understand Linux (Score 1) 833

And I know many Linux users on the desktop are switching to Apple.
While I would be willing to lay my hand in the fire for Linux on the server, I would not touch a fire with a ten foot pole for Linux on the desktop.
Three years ago I completely gave up on Linux on the Desktop. I decided to focus on Apple, and Microsoft. I have to be frank in that I have not looked back AT ALL...

I've used various flavors of Windows since version 3.0, Apple since 10.4.x (Tiger), and various flavors of Linux since Fedora 4 (at least I think it was version 4, and I'm currently using Ubuntu). You may put me in the camp that prefers Linux to Apple. Although I can't use iTunes, Quicken and TurboTax on Linux, I find the overall GUI experience much friendlier in Linux, as opposed to the Mac. And the fact that so many Linux experts exist on the Internet that help me tweak the Linux GUI in ways that make me more comfortable is even better. With Apple, the tweakability factor is significantly less as so many GUI features are locked down. I guess what I'm trying to say here is that every OS has little annoyances, but Linux allows me to tweak the GUI to be less annoying.

Hardware Hacking

Submission + - What is Tiny, Green, and Penguin-Friendly? (xyzcomputing.com)

Kerk writes: Now that so many of us have more than one computer, it makes sense for a secondary system to be as small and efficient as possible. This article outlines six small form factor systems that you don't have to build yourself. Most are under $300 making them the ideal platform for a project or for a silent system for simple tasks like checking your email. Each system covered, including the Zonbu that we have been hearing about lately, runs a low-power processor, is relatively inexpensive, and is a great platform for a lightweight Linux distribution (if it doesn't already include one).
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Relying on Linux?

josmar52789 writes: As it turns out, a quick search on Netcraft.com reveals that a number of sites owned by Microsoft are apparently relying on Linux. FolderShare.com, which is a Windows Live service is running on Linux with PHP for Apache. The filesharing/backup site was acquired by Microsoft a few years ago and on up until now, Microsoft has seen fit to leave it running on Linux. It's also interesting to see that quite a few of Microsoft's most popular sites are still running Windows 2000 on IIS 5.0 (who wanted businesses to upgrade?) and most of Microsoft's sites are using the F5 Big IP load balancer which recently switched over to Linux from BSD. You gotta love Microsoft for their patriotism to Windows :)
United States

Submission + - Macy's Thanksgiving Parade to add Al Gore Balloon

wattsup writes: "Officials for the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade announced today that they would be adding a new balloon to the roster of helium balloons used in the annual holiday extravaganza. Now that he's a cult icon right up there with Snoopy, Spider Man, Big Bird and Barney, Al Gore, former Vice President and carbon crusader will get his own balloon at the 2007 Thanksgiving Day Parade. Note the date."
The Internet

Submission + - UK ISP devotes profits to foster OSS development

Dolores Parker writes: "In 2003, Jason Clifford started an Internet service provider (ISP) in Hertfordshire, England, called UK Free Software Network. What sets UKFSN apart from other ISPs is the fact that it gives away its profits to fund students working on free and open source software (FOSS) projects. Read more at Linux.com"
Media

Submission + - Introduction to the MythTV Distributions

peterdaly writes: "MythTV is open source media center software that runs on Linux. Although it's powerful, it can be very difficult to install yourself. KnoppMyth and MythDora are Linux distributions that aim to automate the installation of linux and MythTV. Here are screencasts of the KnoppMyth and MythDora install process. There have been claims that the current version of KnoppMyth can be installed on fast hardware in as little as 10 minutes. MythTV is an excellent open source alternative to the DVRs offered by cable companies, Windows Media Center, or Tivo."
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft sells Linux to Wal-Mart

Rob writes: Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, has become the latest big name to buy SUSE Linux vouchers from Microsoft Corp, following the software firm's landmark deal with Novell Inc last November. The retailer will take an undisclosed number of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server subscription certificates — the support vouchers that Microsoft has to distribute to hold its end of its bargain with Novell.

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