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Comment Re:It's time for Microsoft to give up (Score 1) 61

It's a tarnished brand. It doesn't really matter how good their product is: People have grown up using and loathing Microsoft software. The vast majority of people will run away from a Microsoft product if they aren't forced to use it. They could sell their phones for $0 and throw in some hookers and blow to seal the deal and people still wouldn't buy them.

If they just stopped chasing the mobile platform that they'll never get, they could actually entrench themselves into their core business again: Making bloated but ubiquitous operating systems and business software. As a Linux guy, I almost feel ashamed to say it but, I actually *liked* Windows 7. Firing up a copy of Windows 10, I feel like I need an XBox controller and a touch screen to use it correctly. The first time I used it, I literally could not figure out how to make the machine shutdown.

Comment A couple questions (Score 1) 68

What's the existing license? Is this a migration from copyleft to a more permissive license, or is this a migration from an unusual license (some kind of openbsd license?) to something more standard?


Oracle is proud to extend its collaboration with the OpenSSL Foundation by relicensing its contributions of elliptic curve cryptography

What company that Oracle has bought originally contributed this?

Comment Re: Uh, why? (Score 1) 167

I can't say I ever saw a random reboot during the years I ran OS/2. There were a few BSODs, but heck, those can still happen even now on Windows. Don't recall any memory issues either. The worst part was WPS lockups because it had a single message queue, and an errant application could bring it to a screaming halt. It didn't happen that often, but was the worst thing I experienced in OS/2

Comment Re:Yeah, real "terrifying" (Score 1) 174

Kitchen knife use case #1: Kill insufficiently Muslim heathens working for the oppressive British Government! (this use case was seen just the other day)

Kitchen knife use case #2: Make a sandwich. (this use case also seen just the other day)

Maybe you don't have the problem. But, for example, a city here in our state has been known to have a problem with "protesters" deciding that they're going to fix the problems with the culture in their local neighborhood by smashing the few remaining businesses in that neighborhood and burning the houses of the few little old ladies who haven't already decided they'd be safer living elsewhere as a homeless street person than in the middle of place like that.

The cops are too scared to even attempt to mitigate all of that violence and destruction unless they have function physical protection while trying to push a mob of looting arsonists away from the stores they're trying to destory. A tool that helps them to do that is a good thing. If somebody has a problem with the fact that a politician with the wrong idea about things might use such a tool to chase away people who aren't being violent and destructive, then they need to vote for different politicians. In the meantime, recognize the fact that there actually ARE violent, destructive herds of "protesters" who actually do get together to destroy and smash and steal things, and that it's absurd to tell a police officer to risk being, say, burned alive or having her head caved in to try to repel looters. A tool is a tool. There are always going to be outlandish or absurd use cases. If there is NO good use case (say... police batons with spikes on them?) then of course the tool is worth ridiculing. Giving cops a tool to protect themselves while preserving others' lives and property is a good thing. Misusing it is a bad thing, but that's true of cop cars and every other tool they've always had.

Comment Re:Alternative media. (Score 1) 252

So when he was fabricating Twitter posts from Leslie Jones and encouraging his legions of adolescent cranks to attack her, that wasn't overtly racist? And for what, because he didn't like the Ghostbusters reboot (I didn't like it much either, but that certainly wasn't the actors' faults, that was the horrible screenplay).

Comment Re:But Dissent is Now HATE (Score 1) 252

I'm never sure whether the advocates of Neo-Nazis getting money from Youtube are just very anal individuals who have bought into the notion that First Amendment protections ought to apply to communications on private platforms, or are Neo-Nazis themselves. I think for the most part we're dealing with Aspies and similar types who have incredibly rigid world views and are cognitively incapable of seeing that a company like Google ultimately has to serve its customers (the advertisers) in the way that they want, or at least accommodate their concerns, although I'm sure the Neo-Nazis aren't happy either.

Comment Re:Seems about right (Score 1) 144

There is a huge distinction between what you've described and how that process would work in a proprietary software environment. The moment you discovered the bug, you had the resources to debug it. The moment you debugged it, you had the resources to at least deploy it in a fashion that would allow you to continue to do work (admittedly in a possibly haphazard way). At some point in the future, your fix (or something like it) will be integrated and away you go.

Contrast that to proprietary software. You find a bug, you report it. Maybe, at some point, someone responds to your bug report. Maybe they don't. Maybe, at some point, the vendor fixes the bug. Maybe they don't. What recourse do you have between "I found a bug" and, "Woohoo! My bug is fixed"? How can you even guarantee that you even reach the latter state?

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