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Comment Democracy??? (Score 4, Insightful) 202

Quote: "Attempts were made in 2015 and 2016 to change Utah law to accommodate Tesla, but the car dealers and other automakers rebuffed the efforts."

I know Utah is weird, but the "car dealers" and "automakers" have a veto over state government and the media reports this as though it's somehow normal? What part of "democracy" do Americans not understand?

Comment Re:Using a computer has become a minefield. (Score 1) 498

Yes, I have. I'm not entirely happy with it but to date it doesn't cause me serious problems. I know with FOSS that I can find alternatives, as they are already working on forks without systemd.

If it becomes a serious problem for me, I will adapt by exploiting and enjoying the freedoms of FOSS, while being very grateful to all the people who have contributed to Linux.

Currently if you want to have a choice to NOT use systemd, you have that choice in the BSD/GNU/Linux world.

Comment Re:Using a computer has become a minefield. (Score 1) 498

I'm not an "OS evangelist", I'm a computer user. Years ago I decided that I WANTED to try to use an alternative OS (In my case, Ubuntu) instead of Windows.

So, I did. It wasn't easy, and it is true that there is a hard learning curve to replace existing "industry standard" apps with FOSS replacements. But it's NOT true that the replacements are "poor clones". That's FUD. The replacements are usually solid and reliable apps that have good functionality and can replace the "standard apps" with reasonable efficiency. I don't pretend it's easy, but it IS possible if you can commit to the effort required

Comment Re:Using a computer has become a minefield. (Score 3, Informative) 498

Wow, all this Sturm and Drang about a company screwing over its customers. Didn't you read the license agreements? ?

The PC revolution is going fine, thank you. It's called "Linux". And YES, it works FINE on the desktop as soon as you realize that you CAN find effective and useful alternatives to all those "Windows-specific" applications.

Comment Re:Desktop Windows has more users than X11/Linux (Score 2, Interesting) 403

Please mod parent up. I too have been running Linux on the desktop for many years, and I can do everything I need to do, whether locally or on the net. Sure, there's a few apps that don't work but then there's Wine and virtualization.

As more ecosystems appear, such as smart devices, cloud computing and who knows what's next, the smaller portion of the whole mess will be operating closed, proprietary software, since anyone building and selling these systems won't want to pay for that software when better software is free. When "hello world" in C++ is over 1 MB, you know there's cruft in there that you DON'T need. Why would a device maker want to include that in their product?

Hopefully as users and business realize they don't need to pay the rent-seekers just to use computers, those rent-seekers will fade away.

Comment Re:just wait for them to run up the legal bill 5K (Score 3, Interesting) 122

You're missing a very important point: Under CANADIAN law, the maximum fine for all of these downloading offenses combined is 5000$, provided she's not downloading these files for commercial infringement. She CANNOT be forced by a court to pay more than 5000$ for all the allegations no matter what happens in court!


"A copyright holder can instead elect to protect his/her copyright under section 38.1, which allows for "a sum of not less than $100 or more than $5,000 as the court considers just." for all non-commercial infringement, and $500 up to $20,000 for each commercial infringement.[30]"

This is an excellent law: It protects real Canadians from the flood of toxic lawsuits the USA citizens are suffering.

Canada had to put it in to keep the USA from implementing punitive trade barriers, but in the USA they never put a cap on it so people can get screwed over big time by huge lawsuit judgements. In Canada the 5000$ cap means that no copyright owner will ever go to court to attack a person with no commercial infringement since the 5000$ won't even cover the lawyer costs to file the suit. So these nastygrams can be safely ignored.

Comment No, Richard. BAD idea. (Score 1) 160

It's not a matter of anonymizing supporters who want to pay a few dollars to a non-mainstream news source who do a good job and report on unpopular subjects. It's a matter of hiding the identity of a 1%er who decides to pour megabucks into a news source deliberately misleading the readers.

I will cheerfully admit to sending a few bucks to a cause which is controversial as long as I get to find out when some rich creep tries to buy a "big lie" in one of these corrupt "news" organizations.

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