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Comment Re:Only one question... (Score 1) 262

The N900 is good, but I think eventually Android development is going to catch up to the iPhone and have good commercial games. The N900 probably never will (well, aside from emulators and Quake). Its like the difference between buying a PSP and a GP2x, the GP2x is more hacker friendly, both have similar feature-sets, but you are going to get better quality games on the PSP at the expense of not being able to run a few nifty apps (assuming a non-hacked PSP). Community driven projects are great at making emulators, ports of old UNIX games (look at the 100,000 versions of nethack out there) but for new, full featured games that are more than a tech demo, you usually have to go with a commercial OS. Android is good in that it will allow unofficial "shady" development (emulators) while still enticing commercial studios.

Comment Re:Let's just be clear on what they mean here (Score 1) 438

Front brakes are always superior to rear.

Not for parking brakes. There is no scenario where this is a good thing. It is perverse and unique for the sake of being perverse and unique.

An everyday regular-production turbo - not special one-off model - were a Saab first.

You are either misinformed or a propagandist. The turbo was a very mainstream option in a very mainstream car starting from 1962. I must say I do like the bit of verbal jiujitsu you pulled there with 'special one-off model'. Maybe you are referring to the Oldsmobile Jetfire that had a 'special one-off' production run of about 10,000 units.

Your logic, knowledge, and common sense fail, but the Apple owner in me appreciates your fanboyism.

Submission + - Alternate 2009 Copyright Expirations

jrincayc writes: It's nearly the end of 2009. If the 1790 copyright maximum term of 28 years was still around, everything that had been published by 1981 would be now be public domain, so the original Ultima and God Emperor of Dune and would now be public domain. If the 1909 copyright maximum term of 56 years (if renewed) still existed, everything that was published by 1953 would now be public domain, freeing The City and the Stars and Forbidden Planet. If the 1976 copyright act term of 75* years (* it is more complicated) still existed, everything published by 1934 would now be public domain including Murder on the Orient Express. But thanks to the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act nothing in the US will have it's copyright term expire until 1923 works expire in 2018.

Comment Re:Why do I get (Score 4, Insightful) 108

But in this case they will have a monopoly simply because no one else has bothered to do what they're planning to do. Why should they be punished for being the only ones who want to digitize everything? I read constantly about how horrible it will be that Google will be the only ones doing this, but if people actually thought competition would help, there would already be a competitor.

Submission + - Linus: MS Hatred is a Disease

WED Fan writes: "Linus Torvalds has given an interview commenting on Microsoft's recent and on-going contribution of code. In it, he takes a pretty sharp crack at some in the Open Source and/or free software movements:

I may make jokes about Microsoft at times, but at the same time, I think the Microsoft hatred is a disease.

He also decries those bent on hatred and exclusion:

There are 'extremists' in the free software world, but that's one major reason why I don't call what I do 'free software' any more. I don't want to be associated with the people for whom it's about exclusion and hatred.


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