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Comment Re:In the land of the free... (Score 1) 554

What is the purpose of free software if you are not supposed to use your freedom?

The purpose of free software in regards to what the OP speaks of is freedom from Google and code/hardware control of his e-mail servers. That said, nobody sane said that free software is automatically and guaranteed to be easier, better, or even cheaper than proprietary software (cheaper as in opportunity cost, not necessarily as in price).

I wouldn't say anyone is seriously telling him he's not supposed to use his freedom, but that his freedom comes at a large time cost. Is being free from Google in regards to e-mail worth it based on an ideological stance alone? That depends on how much you value your time in relation to how much you value your ideological stance. Seemingly, in regards to e-mail servers, people value their time over their ideology.

Comment Re:Benchmarks! (Score 1) 240

And you're ascribing action taken by Sony as malice, which isn't necessarily the case. Speaking in hypotheticals in regards to actions Sony could have taken is, again, taking the action out of context to imply nefarious intent. Maybe you personally find this as a division but I've seen people on slashdot and other forums use it as another transgression bullet-point to convince others just how evil Sony is when the action in and of itself, when not attributing non-existent properties to it, is completely benign.

Comment Re:Benchmarks! (Score 1) 240

Then the subpoenas of people who visited a web site, or watched a video, which was still yet another division.

Which 1) weren't turned over to Sony itself and 2) only used to argue jurisdiction. It's disingenuous to use the action out of context to imply nefarious intent.

Sony's done enough on its own to make certain segments of the population upset, and with good reason. There's no need to make stuff up.

Comment Re:Boycotts are legal (Score 1) 260

Don't you know that Sony is bad?

The question is do they care. They don't. OtherOS and any potential property rights implications are so low on the totem pole for your average person that Sony doesn't even look bad from it. It's hardly being mentioned outside of tech sites, and even then only on possibly Slashdot or homebrew sites does Geohotz sit in good favor.

Comment Re:was the password on a piece of paper in the off (Score 2) 135

This happened at my high school years ago (aside from the grade selling). The student in question put keyloggers on a number of PC's in one lab trying to get a friend's Ragnarok Online password, but instead got the system admin login info. He was caught when his calculus teacher went to change the grade of one of her other students from the semester before and discovered his D- became a straight C.

Comment What's the point? (Score 2) 181

So, if b12 has no set release date aside from "when there are no more hard blockers", why release it with 9 or 10 hard blockers remaining, with the promise of a b13 down the road? The entire point of not having a release date was so you could actually finish the thing. Perhaps I am ignorant in the ways of software releasing, but this release doesn't seem to have much of a purpose.

Comment Re:Wow, this election should be interesting (Score 1) 759

Anti-incumbent furor is something I've always been entertained by, in the sense that bad-blood is always complained about, but not what's making the blood bad to begin with. So you vote everyone out. Okay, great. What's to prevent this load of politicians from going bad? The threat of getting voted out? Something they'll have to face every 2 to 6 years anyways? The structure of government is what requires change, not necessarily the people. Unless you treat the underlying cause, you will face the same problem again.

Comment Re:Question.... (Score 4, Informative) 171

What you're supposed to do is return them to the bank or contact the secret service and turn the money over. However, you're not reimbursed for this. If the ATM gives you a fake $20 and you go inside and give it to the bank, you're out those $20 because they didn't witness what happened between you getting the money and you coming inside the bank. Knowing that, what you do with the counterfeit money is sort of up to you. Maybe you didn't realize it was counterfeit and will spend it anyways. It's best to withdraw cash from inside the bank and verify it in front of the teller, because if they see that you didn't swap any bills and you were given a fake by them, they will exchange it.

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