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Comment Re:Facebook still wins the war (Score 1) 21

Would it be nice to return the Money? They entered in to a contract with a minor would was not the owner of the card. They can press charges it they choose, But they took on the risk by dealing remotely. You can not enter in to contract with a minor. It is legally invalid. That is the law. They are refunding since there only argument is they did not know they were minors. The Law did not care the contracts are still void.

Apple dealt with the same issues. They refunded and changed policy too. A big change when it affected the business model of in app purchases.

Is it even Facebook who received the money? These are app purchases. Facebook provides the platform but the apps are 3rd parties making the profit. For example, candy crush is owned by King who is now owned by Activision Blizz.

Comment Re:Facebook still wins the war (Score 1) 21

They maintain they did nothing wrong. That means that their lack of ethics remains fully at play in every other business decision. Even if they did nothing wrong, is that really good enough? Google does no evil, Facebook does no wrong, does any corporate monolith proactively do any good as a top priority?

Children under 18 don't have credit cards. So how is it Facebook's fault that a child or minor input a credit card for a purchase. That's a parenting issue and the fault lies with them and not Facebook.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 410

Maybe Microsoft actively pushing Steam away is what it takes for to encourage Valve to push on with SteamOS, and games developers to finally get a clue about the need to also make Linux versions of their games.

Good luck. Valve can't even make Steam work properly. You think they'll attract developers into creating games under Linux to distribute with a product that doesn't even work?

Comment Re:F**k steam and all the rest of them (Score 1) 410

For starters f**k steam. They have the exact same goal Microsoft dreams of.

And f**k Microsoft with it's perpetual bullshit. Developers and end users are sick of being prevented from using the latest version of Direct X just because not everyone runs the latest version of Windows. As a result Microsoft's stack is on track to be ignored and left behind. Vulkan is going to win over DX12 leaving future Direct X a moot point.

Regardless it shouldn't be hard to sell software directly with numerous ecommerce packages and services available. It shouldn't be hard to get your title out to distributors.

What we have increasingly with Steam is the same problem with any successful App Store.

1. Many titles are only available via Steam. If you want to buy somewhere else your fucked.

2. Too many end users only know Steam and won't look elsewhere even if alternatives exist.

3. Nothing you buy is able to operate independent of where you bought it.

The end result is lockin the very same lockin Microsoft dreams of imposing within Windows. I don't give a shit whether it is Steam or Microsoft or Google or Apple... this bullshit is completely unnecessary.

Ultimately lockin is bad for customers and developers alike as the App store monopoly inevitably leverages itself extracting more and more value from an increasingly captive audience with nothing real to show for it in return save the bank accounts of the few "winners" at the top.

Steam OS competes against the PS4 and XBOX. Not Windows. When will people understand this.

Comment How can steam get any worse? (Score 1) 410

I don't get it. Steam has been a pile of shit since Windows 7. It's slow to start, conflicts with other games while it's running and responds like a slug. Not to mention it's download speeds are horrendous. Steam is almost as bad as iTunes. I don't think Microsoft needs to do anything to make Steam perform horrible. Valve is doing that all by themselves.

Comment Re:Thanks for the concise summary (Score 1) 187

Assuming he survived the jump (using one of the oldest of the 4 parachutes he got) in what amounts to ordinary street clothes, how does he survive a hike out of the wilderness in November in a raincoat and loafers, likely at least pretty damp if not wet from atmospheric condensation? Even if he landed completely dry, you're talking a high risk of hypothermia dressed that way in November navigating miles of wilderness.

However well he planned it, there's no way he managed to hit a narrow drop zone where he might have staged survival gear -- his potential drop zone would have been miles wide jumping in the dark and without any decent navigational clues as to where to jump.

The larger mystery is why his body or chute were never found, but these seem more likely to be side effects of a potentially large search area than a successful landing and evasion.

You never know whether he had supplies waiting for where he planned to parachute to. He could have easily have survival gear waiting for him.

Comment Re:Thanks for the concise summary (Score 1) 187

Here is Wikipedia's site for most of that: Gunther, Max (1985). D. B. Cooper: What Really Happened. Chicago: Contemporary Books. ISBN 0-8092-5180-9. (Based on interviews with a woman known as "Clara", who claimed to have discovered an injured Cooper two days after the hijacking and lived with him until he died a decade later; considered a hoax by the FBI.) There isn't any way to know how much aircraft knowledge he had or how much he planned without asking him. It looks like Wikipedia is using very questionable source about someone who claims to of known him and then cites it as fact.

Wikipedia should never be used as a source of truth. It's written by people with opinions.

Comment Re:This was expected (Score 1) 285

Correct. They couldn't disable it. They could start showing you ads if you don't subscribe though.

Listen, the real lesson here is that, like it or not, Stallman was right. I'm not speaking as an FSF fan or Free software zealot either.

Linux is your only viable escape from this. Apple isn't. Android isn't. It's starting to dawn on the masses that Stallman saw something 30+ yeas ago that they are only just beginning to understand. Those who control the source code, control you (see also, Volkswagon and the emissions scandal).

It's happening all the time.,You only find out about a tiny number. You can't stop them unless you have the source code and the means to modifying the system.

Call it the right to repair, the right to tinker, the right to hack. Whatever.

Linux isn't a viable solution. They had their chance and blew it by bickering over standards instead of unifying their OS. Almost 20 years later it's still happening. OSX now has a higher adoption rate now than Linux for the Desktop.

Comment Re:Exactly! (Score 1) 285

That's what I've been saying since 10 was announced as a "free" upgrade from 7/8. Soon as they get enough people updated, via hook or crook, they'll adopt a PAID subscription. Adobe did it. On one had, it's not a bad business model, as you can pretty much know what your revenue stream from month to month, year to year will be, but, as with Adobe Photoshop, I'll just hang onto CC6 for a while longer.

They'll be doing what Apple is doing. Yearly releases for a small fee like $20-50. Every Apple user pays this fee with open arms. It will still be cheaper than buying a full version. If people didn't see this coming from a mile away they haven't been paying attention to anything in the OS market for years.

Comment Re:Refuse to support Rust (Score 1) 131

I was going to ream you for choosing your web browser based on its underlying programming language. After all, if you're not having to interface with it as a plugin-developer, what does it matter?

Then I remembered: security. Relying on a human programmer to get every memory allocation and deallocation right every single time has proven to be a security nightmare for the past 20 years the internet has been accessible by the general public. The more safety checks you can push down into the underlying platform/language/runtime/API, the fewer security holes you'll have.

And if you need proof that your standard, mature languages aren't cutting it, look no further than Symantec's recent debacle. If kernel programmers at the world's premiere security firm can't get it right, who can?

Honestly it wouldn't surprise me if Symantec didn't purposely allow those bugs to stay. It helps sell more advanced, feature filled copies of their products instead. Oh that malware came through? Better buy the premier edition or you might get infected. There's a reason why my companies virus issues went from 2-300 tickets every couple weeks to less than 10 a week. We switched to McAfee.

Comment Re:Nothing to see... move along.... (Score 0) 181

Facebook gets preferential treatment. Why shouldn't Spotify?

Citation please?

If Facebook does get preferential treatment from Apple, let's look at the numbers: Facebook (1600M+ users) vs. Spotify (75M+ users).

Which company would Apple benefit the most from — the whale or the minnow?

Apple benefits 0 from Spotify which is the entire point of this article. They are blocking Spotify now that they launched their own service. If Apple were to launch a service similar to Facebook you can be certain they would cripple the Facebook app.

Comment Re:Couldn't have happened to a nicer company (Score 1) 47

The fact you're not going to make any money, doesn't get you out of contracts.

Oracle should have just continued supporting it badly and let performance whack Itanium on the head.

It's not Oracle's fault that HP was holding onto dear life rather than innovating by moving to new hardware. Everyone else saw the writing on the wall except HP themselves. One of the many reasons they can't keep a CEO to save their life.

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