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Comment Re:Ask Slashdot (Score 1) 186

Well, if it were technically feasible to let anyone run email from any IP address that would be more open and free. I should not need to spend an extra fee at a service provider to do it. I can afford it, but it shouldn't be this expensive for the average person to escape Gmail/Hotmail/Yahoo Mail. But as a practical matter I respect your point, most email coming from residential IPs is spam.

Comment Re:Ask Slashdot (Score 1) 186

Sorry, I meant to joke with the previous statement but upon reviewing it I came across as too snarky. I apologize, I meant to tease you and not insult you.

I think you're right. While there are a number of incredibly sophisticated free software projects - Gnu C Compiler, Linux kernel, GNOME, KDE, VLC, Postgres, etc... a lot of cutting edge stuff is proprietary and the free software equivalent comes out later and is often - though not always - inferior. Speech-to-text is one of those areas, as is Virtual Reality, and 3D Gaming.

Comment Re: Ask Slashdot (Score 1) 186

"Google Search is not done due to it requires millions of servers in order to handle the same load so the software part is of no interest since no one else have access to that amount of hardware."

No, there is interest and people are trying - Yacy is the example. The data and the service are distributed and decentralized, so it's technologically difficult to pinpoint the searches of individual users. And since there are hundreds of nodes, or at least there were, there are plenty of resources available. But even though, if I recall correctly, Yacy uses parts of the Lucene and Solr projects its search features are awful. I did a search for the cartoon Spongebob with the simple keyword "Spongebob" and got neither the official website nor the Wikipedia page in the first 50 responses.

So people care, and people are willing to contribute. But this is an incredibly difficult thing to tackle.

Comment Re:dumb (Score 1) 42

Eben Upton is looking at this from the perspective of someone buying CPUs to incorporate into some future version of the Raspberry Pi, not building or designing a new CPU for the Raspberry Pi or for any other use. I think, given that angle, the copyright and patent advantages of RISC-V are irrelevant to him.

I think the point you're getting at is valid in general. The PC market exploded when IBM allowed clones, and Apple and other players were crushed because the dozens of companies trying to make good products cheaply drove rapid innovation. Android launched as a piece of junk next to the iPhone and IOS, but the open nature of it let dozens or hundreds of companies use it, and the software and hardware evolved very rapidly. RISC-V could do the same thing for processors against x86 and ARM.

Comment Re:A Question No One Asked (Score 1) 186

I disagree. I don't use Siri, or Google Now, or Cortana specifically because of the privacy implications. If I had available a completely open source, end-user-owned, private option I would use it all of the time for things like checking the weather, setting reminders, playing music, adjusting the temperature, assembling grocery lists, making purchases, etc... etc...

As an aside, your contempt for the average person won't help our cause. Elitism helps none of us - the best way to make open source stronger is to get more people using it, because some of those new users will in turn become contributors.

Comment Re:The size of the farm shouldn't matter.... (Score 2) 186

One of the fascinating things being tried right now is building decentralized applications on top of the cryptocurrency platforms. Ethereum, MaidSafe/Safecoin, Lisk, and others. The data is distributed in a distributed hash table (DHT). Users contribute CPU cycles, RAM usage, and disk space to the network in return for tiny portions of the respective digital currency. They're trying to build distributed autonomous organizations (DAOs), distributed alternatives to Twitter and Facebook, distributed alternatives to Dropbox and Google Drive, etc... etc... something like Siri could run on the same network.

If it ever works right. I'm hopeful but not willing to predict anything.

Comment Re:Who wants one? (Score 1) 186

If I trusted the service completely, I would use it all of the time. "What's the weather tomorrow?" "Play Houses of the Holy." "Send a text to my wife asking her to get milk on the way home from work." "Find the cheapest price plus shipping of a DVD of Idiocracy on Ebay." etc... etc...

I never use Google Now/Siri/Cortana because I don't trust their respective owners with even more data about me than they already have.

Comment Re:Ask Slashdot (Score 3, Insightful) 186

Nonsense. There would be enormous use of fully open source alternatives to Google search, Gmail, Call of Duty, Starcraft 2, Destiny, and dozens of other similar projects. The best, to my knowledge, fully open source search engine is Yacy and it totally sucks. Running your own email server isn't too hard, but getting your mail to recipients on Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo mail without relaying through one of the big services is all but impossible. There are plenty of nice graphical fully open source video games out there, but nothing with the artwork or the voice acting or the visuals on par with a top of the line AAA game.

Nobody is making them because it's too damn difficult.

Comment Re:Cool, and no 4K content (Score 2) 207

I think the critical difference has less to do with the advantages of 4k over 2k and more to do with the fact that 4k prices are dropping rapidly. I waited a long time to get a 37 inch 1080p television because for a long time it cost more than twice as much as a 37 inch 480p television. Today the price premium for 4K is already only 30-40%, sometimes less.

Comment Re:Wayland bashing (Score 1) 151

We can sit in the corner happy with BlackBox window manager or similar, and they're functional enough to get the job done. But if you want free software to conquer the world - which I very much do - we're going to have to make something that the other 99.7% of the population wants to use for their desktop. That requires the eyecandy, sorry.

If FVWM was going to conquer the world, it would have done it twenty years ago. Again, no disrespect to fans of BlackBox or FVWM or anything else that uses the X protocol efficiently. But the goal is to make something our colleagues, friends, and family members use without hating and in my experience 1990s Unix desktop graphics don't win any fans.

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