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Comment Sour the milk (Score 4, Interesting) 130

Fuck you Microsoft. Fuck you for allowing OEM copies of Office to be purchased with a machine, but require it to be activated against an email address!!

Pro Tip: create an email distribution group of say and make IT staff members of it.

Fuck you for now allowing us to mix Office365 apps with OEM!

And Fuck you for making this such a miserable experience to deploy across the network as needed.

Oh, and FUCK YOU...just because for good measure!!!

Comment Re:Finally (Score 3, Insightful) 231

Many of those issues did not require something so intrusive as systemd to solve. OpenRC solves most of them.

Yes, the init.d files are long, but so what? Most users never look at these files, let alone edit them and even for the creators of the files, they are rarely changed.

Most of the int.d scripts on my Gentoo system are less than 100 lines, with a lot of them 20-30 lines.

Comment Re:19th and 20th century powerhouse (Score 1) 192

It's only cheaper when we ignore the output of the plant, which is more carbon in the air. And it's only cheaper *now*, but the cost-down property of coal is nil, while the cost-down property of solar is still being explored. Which means that solar can keep becoming cheaper for a while, and coal will likely become more expensive.

Comment Re:Finally (Score 5, Informative) 231

Personally, I am still trying to figure out what real problem it solves.

Every claim for systemd seems to be that it solves things that are simply not real issues.


The one real problem it seems to solve is: how does RedHat become the company that controls the architecture of all Linux distros.

Comment Re:No it isn't. (Score 1) 135

OK, but even in the US, how do they achieve the lofty, high minded goal of promoting science and arts? By creating a profit motive for the creator to share with the world (i.e. copyright). So you can be pedantic, but my original statement still holds true to the key intent of copyright, which is to enrich creators and distribute their work to the people to the greater benefit of both sides. The net result is BOTH to promote science etc. AND profit the creator.

Comment Re:Price caps cause market distortions. (Score 1) 251

"Immigrants are less likely to join unions." Cite a source please. From what I have read and seen personally over the last 40 years or so, low skilled laborers are about 80% of unions (yes, teachers are included here, because regardless of what they would have you believe, the job was done quite well for over a hundred years by high school graduates.) Low wage, low skill immigrants are squarely in the domain of union membership, while engineers, scientists, professors, MBAs, and the like are not. Since we are importing the former and not the latter in the case of illegal immigration, your statement appears false on the face of it.

Other than that, it appears that you agree?

Comment Re:Some people are just naturally contrarian (Score 1) 353

I'll defend Winamp a bit on this front for a few reasons...

1. The download installer is 10MB. A kitchen-sink installation is 50MB. In 2017. The installer for VLC is 30MB, and a kitchen sink install of that is 122MB. iTunes is over 100MB for the installer. Winamp may be bigger than it used to be, but it's still very comfortably on the left of the bell curve - its full installer takes less disk space than the amount of RAM needed by the Pandora website.
2. They've got a custom installer. Don't want the visualizations or CD ripper support or video playback modules? You can opt out of installing them. The 'lite' profile is under 10MB installed. It doesn't play video or support 'modern' skins or have a media library, but if that's a feature rather than a bug, it far eschews iTunes's utter lack of custom install options (oh, you don't have an iPhone and didn't want five services starting with your computer now? sucks to be you!).
3. Truly opt-out of data collection.
4. I don't ever think I've had Winamp crash.
5. Though I hate the Bento skin and its propensity to assume I want the library displayed rather than a small windowshade, every version for the last 20 years has shipped with the 'classic' skin, and short of the added menu options, has looked and worked exactly the same, requiring zero relearning on the part of the user unless they explicitly wished to use a different skin.

So no, the new versions haven't been coded by demoscene savants who could have fit it on a floppy disk with room to spare, but it's still relatively small, functional, stable, and familiar - adjectives that are very infrequent to use when describing most software today.

Comment Re:Good research (Score 1) 112

A ton of research is not reproducible without cooperation from the researchers without having to spend inordinate amounts of time, perhaps more than the original research.

If the intent of publishing was to help other researchers reproduce it, it would need massive changes. The paper would be more like an abstract ... the real meat would be in the data, the software, the hardware designs and perhaps most importantly the lab notebooks.

Comment Re: The problem with your explanation (Score 1) 302

If you look in the FEMA site, they say that they provide gramts to perform repairs not covered by insurance. And no, they don't do a needs test. Now, the typical rich person does not let their insurance lapse just so that they can get a FEMA grant. Because such a grant is no sure thing. They also point out that SBA loans are the main source of assistance following a disaster. You get a break on interest, but you have to pay them back.

Comment Re:Sucks, but derivative work (Score 1) 135

First off, your fair use criteria may not apply - we're talking Dutch law, not US law.

Second, "the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole"
The judge judged that this was about 100%. That's basically the whole discussion. Translation does not mean adding new insights or pages, it's just a transcription into a different language. And I have translated several articles myself, I know there's a fair amount of creativity involved if you want to transfer the meaning of the text, not just the words, but it is limited compared to the creation of the original text (or script). The gist of the articles I translated would have been transferred regardless of who the translator was. And given the very limited amount of text in movie subtitles the creative input is very limited indeed. Much more limited than derivative works like "Larry Potter and His Best Friend Lilly".

Non-profit is debatable, the sites that publish the subtitles certainly make a nice profit off the ads.

Effect on sales: since sales are subtitled, subtitles only apply to movies that are pirated. While you can hardly prove that people would have bought the movie just because it was translated, it's hard to prove otherwise too - and since the FSF was bringing the suit, they had to prove that this was the case. Good luck with that.

I'm not opposed to pirating, but at the same time let's not pretend this type of reasoning will hold up in court. It certainly didn't today.

Comment Re:Sucks, but derivative work (Score 1) 135

So all translations of any book are now fair game? After all, you would interpret the book in your own way and write a completely original translation...

Feel free to try your luck in court with that reasoning. So far, it didn't help any of the Harry Potter derivatives, who actually had more claim to originality than someone doing a translation. The keyword here is "substantial".

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