Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Comment Re: because desktop linux is a toy and novelty (Score 1) 1215

I much prefer either Linux or OS X, or any unix-based system over Windows. I have used Linux as a desktop OS and as a server OS. I have also used Windows IIS for web server, and would rather deal with Apache and perl. I would much rather write a bash script or an Applescript than a batch file. YMMV.

Comment Re:Out of his mind (Score 1) 176

Valid point. I guess my problem with computer code as IP is: At what point does something become too trivial to matter? A shorter method, a better-laid out object, entire modules, etc. Any computer language has a finite number of combinations (within a given length) that are valid code. If you and I write the same method, who decides if you wrote it first or I did?

Also, to be fair, I'm coming at this from the standpoint of a math major, not a business major. From a math standpoint, once a routine is written and it works in the most efficient manner, it should never have to be written again. For me to argue that it's mine when you have the same code only forces you to rewrite in a less-efficient way.

Comment Re:Out of his mind (Score 2, Insightful) 176

"So even if he is the original author of the software, (he carries the details and inspiration in his head), and the software came out of his mind, he is still a criminal for telling/selling his idea to someone else."

Yep. As long as he was being paid by GS to write that code, it belongs to them. I know that most programmers don't like this idea, but that's the way IP works in this world. I think it sucks too. But from a business perspective, how else do they "get an edge" on their competitors, if they have the same software?

Comment Re:US Not Seeking Goldman Charges (Score 1) 176

"Are we all missing something? Is there some different and higher standard of triple- and quadruple-lying that applies to bank CEOs but not to baseball players?"

Yes. As long as "corporations are people" and can line the coffers of Congress' re-election funds, they won't be called on anything. This is why corporations are NOT people.

Comment Glad I'm not using Windows (Score 1) 671

Not trying to be snarky, but I'm glad I don't have a horse in this race. While Apple has incorporated some iOS features back into OS X, they haven't forced the tablet UI on all the desktop users. And what features they have incorporated (like LaunchPad) are ignorable for those that don't want them.

Keep pushing MS and they will capitulate, guys. I am sure you will win.

Comment Re:yes and no (Score 2) 521

Why does this piss you off? And is it the locking out of other OS's from Apple's hardware, or the fact that no one seemed to care, that's upset you?

When Apple licensed the Mac OS back in the 90's it hurt what little business Apple did have. Apple is, and has always been, a system provider, meaning hardware+software. While selling the Mac OS to run on non-Mac hardware has been tossed around for years, it will never happen since Apple wouldn't sell enough copies to stay in business by selling hardware that can be replaced with a cheap PC.

If you want to run a non-Apple OS on a Mac, that's been possible since 2006.

Slashdot Top Deals

The cost of living hasn't affected its popularity.