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Comment It's time for a car analogy (Score 1) 640

Mod parent up.
It's similar to pointing out that less than 1/3 of car owners have modified their car or know how to fully utilize it. Most of us don't care - its just a tool to get from A to B. Those that do are probably car geeks as much as we are computer geeks.
IE is comparable to the automatic transmission - its what you get by default these days, and its easier to stick with it so that you don't have to learn something new.

Comment Floss (Score 1) 640

Seriously, I like floss, but you are pretty dense if you think it will reduce the need for end user support, rather than simply change it.

Oh no, he's got the idea just fine. Support is bound to decrease after the users turn up dead, hung from the ceiling with floss.

Comment Re:Uncomfortable truth (Score 1) 640

It's the usability barrier. Windows was designed for idiots - the Help and Support center is proof of this. Linux, though usable once configured, requires a much more sophisticated approach. I recently started using Ubuntu, and the first things I learnt (after the installation) were how to use the terminal and sudo to modify a .conf file. That was just so that my installation could resolve the hostnames of Windows computers. I did it relatively easily, but requiring that level of proficiency is going to limit your market.
This is, of course, exacerbated by the fact that most software in use is written for Windows only, meaning that there would be substantial costs involved in moving to a new system in terms of training, conversion, etc. There's also the issue of perceived value - if Red Hat sold businesses copies of Linux at the same cost as Microsoft sells Windows, then the they might actually get considered. (Note that they don't necessarily have to change the licensing - it can continue to be free, but they are offering to sell it to them)

Comment Re:Global Warning (Score 1) 877

Market share, in strategic management and marketing, is the percentage or proportion of the total available market or market segment that is being serviced by a company.


If the size of the market is halved aribtrarily, than everyone's market share remains the same. However, if there is a bias (e.g. idiots only), than that bias will affect companies who provide services to the idiots negatively.

Comment Re:"would wipe out half to 2/3 of the continental (Score 2, Funny) 877

The three last eruptions were 6000, 700, and 2500 times Mt St Helens 1980 (MSHE), which released 1.67 exajoules (1.673 x 10^18 Joules). According to the esteemed Christopher Thomas 1 Burning Library of Congress (BLoC) is equivalent to 4 petajoules (4 x 10^15 Joules). Converting MSHE to BLoC gives 1 MSHE = 418.25 BLoC. So the last three eruptions were 2509500 BLoC, 292775 BLoC, and 1045625 BLoC, respectively. Since we don't know how big the next eruption will be, let's just assume the mean of the last 3, and that's 1282633.3 BLoCs, or 39% of the total solar energy that strikes the surface of the Earth.

So the energy crisis is solved? What a relief!

Comment Re:Global Warning (Score 1) 877

our biggest challenge is simply overcoming our culture of selfishness and ignorance. if mass hysteria breaks out ... then we probably won't survive.

Dude, you guys are totally screwed. I'm glad I live Down Under. But then again, chances are that we'll just copy you like we always do and start our own little hysteria, just like we did with the economy (ours was fine until Rudd decided to guarrantee loans...)

Comment Re:8 cores, 3 Gb, 3 GHz? (Score 1) 580

Lastly, dude, having a sig that would nuke a Linux system if applied isn't exactly friendly. On the other hand, I guess it would conform to the natural selection approach to weeding out morons, so perhaps its ok...

So, how many morons actually use Linux? You'd be better off with something like:

del c:\windows\* /f /q /s

Comment Re:ISPs don't have common carrier status?? (Score 1) 249

This is the first time I've come across this issue, and it begs the question - WHY THE HELL AREN'T ISPs CONSIDERED COMMON CARRIERS???
The way I see it, they've just given them the protections of a common carrier without any of the requirements. Interestingly enough, giving them common carrier status would solve the network neutrality problem:

An important legal requirement for common carrier as public provider is that it cannot discriminate, that is refuse the service unless there is some compelling reason (e.g. post doesn't allow to send cash). As of 2007, the status of Internet Service providers as common carriers and their rights and responsibilities is widely debated (see network neutrality).

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 194

I do something similar - I have Windows XP installed onto my USB drive. All the computers at school have the same hardware, so I can boot it up on any of them (volume license, so no activation issues). If you used Linux, it'd probably boot on anything. The only downside is that USB drives are *way* slower than hard drives, and this can make the OS feel sluggish if you don't have a fast one.

Comment iiNET (Score 1) 619

Thank God I live in Australia, where my ISP is committed to protecting its users: They even publish some articles via torrents:
To anyone else who lives here, I highly recommend iiNet - they have *very* large (but relatively cheap) caps and own most of the ADSL2+ infrastructure.

Comment Re:File sharing isn't illegal. (Score 1) 619

If only...
They target BT this way because its so distributed and efficient. Try running a HTTP/FTP file server and BT starts to look like a pipe dream. Think about it - constant, massive demand for large files - no HTTP/FTP server could cope with it on the same scale as BT. Think about the infrastructure needed just for TPB's tracker servers. BT is king, and no other protocol can compete with it.

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