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Comment Re:The geek returns to Never-Never Land. (Score 1) 313

Absolutely none of that explains why they can't refund you the cost of the license if you wipe the drive.

Duh, it's because it's a pain in the ass and only about 17 people in the whole freaking country would want to do so and get the refund. PC manufacturers have no obligation to set up a special process to attend to the desires of the vanishingly small % of the population that wants a bare metal PC. For the segment that actually has a significant number of users that want bare metal machines, the server market, there are plenty of machines available. See my favorite white box provider, here for an example.

It's not free for a company to process refunds. Companies have clearly decided there is no money in offering bare metal machines. The segment of the market that actually cares about not paying the windows tax is small enough that it can be ignored. If it wasn't, you'd be able to buy bare metal machines, because someone would think they can make money doing so.

Sorry, but it's just a reality that there aren't that many people who care about this issue.

Comment Re:Yeah, maybe (Score 1) 612

He shrugged and said, without any sense of irony whatsoever, "I don't really know how to handle exceptions. I find it easier to just write code without any bugs in it."

Exceptions != bugs, as anyone who has programmed to a database connection would know. Not saying your friend isn't much better than I am, but there are a lot of areas where exceptions are part of the normal dialog between program units.

I know several people at Google, many at Microsoft, and many in other companies. The guys at Google are generally pretty good, but no better than MSFT or Amazon, both of whom value degrees much less than Google does.

Comment Re:I smell a loophole that puts MS in a bad spot.. (Score 1) 285

A EULA is not a contract.

IANAL, but I suspect that it is in fact a contract. It may be a bad contract, and somewhat unenforcable, but if it wasn't a reasonable valid contract people would be suing the shit out of MSFT for every BSOD and error that was encountered in windows and Office. There aren't a bajillion lawsuits out there, so I suspect this means that the EULA is sufficiently a contract to protect MSFT in the majority of cases.

Comment Re:other then features... (Score 1) 213

As a whole, Postgres started as an open-source Oracle clone.

Not accurate, please see this, which notes that postgres is descended from Ingres, an early object/relational effort. It's not even close to an Oracle clone, which you will see if you bring up the command line client and try to display a table's structure.

Comment Re:Independent studies warranted (Score 1) 542

Then, if somebody gets a job, decrease benefits by 1/4 to 1/5th the earnings.

One problem with your approach is that economically it doesn't work very well. If you decrease benefits by 1/5 of your earnings (just to pick a number), you are in effect taxing those earnings at 20%, which is far higher than the income tax rate paid by poverty level workers otherwise. It's the equivalent of taking the $8/hr job and turning it into a $6.50/hr job. It's not hard to see that this might disincent many people that would be eligible. Add to this the costs of transit, child care, and work clothes, and it's possible that working may be a zero gain for some of these people.

Comment Re:And nothing of value is lost (Score 1) 454

Unless Murdoch is going to have some very unique, in-depth content that you can't find anywhere else, I can't imagine anyone with half a brain would be willing to pay for it.

Murdoch -does- have unique content, that is uniquely appealing to people with half a brain. There are few other sources which give the relentless right wing spin on everything, and those who are inclined to view the world that way are attached to Fox News in a way that is different than how I and probably you consume news. CNN is not an alternative for some of these people. I wouldn't be surprised if this works for him.

Comment Re:And nothing of value is lost (Score 0, Troll) 454

This is Fox News we're talking about. It's consumers aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer, and are fairly attached to their source of propaganda. This may actually be a brilliant move on Murdoch's part.

If the consumers of Fox media had to go to, say, the BBC, or the Washington Times, they might encounter information counter to their views. The resulting cognitive dissonance is painful, and might be sufficient to make them pay for the comfortable conservative pablum ranting of the Murdoch press.

Comment Re:And... (Score 1) 457

This is plenty of time to transform the safety of buildings and overpasses and tsunami zones throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle had a large quake in 1949. Building codes are pretty earthquake aware already, and most construction of roads and buildings has happened since the advent of strong building codes. I live here, I'm not worried, I don't pay extra for earthquake insurance.

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