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Comment Re:uses? (Score 3, Informative) 97

Yes, Wine really is coming along nicely. It's been a very long hard fight, but an amazing range of things work, and it's just going to keep getting better.

Note that Wine has a sponsor - CodeWeavers - and we have collectively dumped at least $20 Million on Wine through the years. Wine is hard.

We do all of that that $59.95 at a time, with the support of people who understand what we do and who choose to support us. I think this is amazing and powerful and wonderful, and I am deeply grateful to everyone who does support us.

I just wish more people knew the details and understood why PlayOnLinux and stock Wine work so well these days. My ducky demise will not be in vain if just one more person discovers CrossOver goodness :-).



Submission + - Jeremy White Whines About Wine Whiners (

jeremy_white writes: The Humble Indie Bundle V launched over the weekend, and it's been largely a great success. But there was a small but vocal group of people that hated on Wine. I was dismayed to see that the comments on Slashdot seemed to echo that bias; I thought the average Slashdot reader knew better. So I've written a diatribe^H^H^H^H^H^H^H blog post to explain why I think they're wrong to Whine about Wine.

Comment Re:WTF are they thinking? (Score 1) 949

here you go just rip em from the website. then all you need to pirate is the DVD box pictures :P What I don't understand is how they put this content out there one way or another for free, and then expect people to pay for it later. If you broadcast it over the air, or allow streaming from a website its public as far as I'm concerned. This BS of suing users for content that's freely available elsewhere is like suing some guy taping your band that's doing a show on a street corner.

Comment NPR (Score 0) 380

How is it that NPR had the last two stories (NASA & Prius as well as the Magnet influencing morality) on LAST NIGHT'S broadcast, and they're *just now* showing up here? Slashdot has lost its way.

Comment (Score 1) 454

Works well, free, uses ssh and VNC and one time hashes that you'll exchange over the phone. Really quite easy to use, and IIRC its a standalone app that doesn't actually install anything so once you're done there's no port listening afterward to allow anyone an easy attack vector.

blah blah blah I am not affiliated with showmypc blah blah blah

Comment Tanks - the Okidata b410 series (Score 1) 557

I've been really happy with the Okidata b410/420/430 series printers, they're rated for 50K/50K/80K PER Month duty cycle and they're still within the range of a typical well built laser printer - As luck has it I priced one out today on CDW and the b430dn has an instant coupon so the whole unit is under $200 (the b410 is the base model and lists at $250 regularly) Supplies aren't crazy expensive either, about $70/ 3,500pg toner and drums last forever but are a little pricey at about $150. I have absolutely no affiliation with Okidata or CDW ,just a very happy repeat customer.

Comment Re:Keyboard and Mouse (Score 1) 54

Air Mouse Pro in the app store for iPhone, there's the gmote for android based phones (and maybe windows mobile?) I think both of these are stripped down vnc services. the air mouse is great, it turns the iPhone screen into one big track pad, or you can rotate it and up pops a keyboard, best app I've bought yet.

Comment Great Idea (Score 1) 54

The lack of physical buttons is so frustraiting that there are attempts to create an add on (like that seems to have stalled out) yet somehow this is a good idea? I realize at least half the draw is the accelerometer, but what games are they targetting there?
I'm really missing the point of this idea/app.

Comment Re:Contractual vs. Piracy (Score 1) 276

"4. Individuals pirating music or movies who clearly don't own a CD or DVD should be treated differently in court." differently than a multinational company that, if the plaintiff is correct, has stolen his copyrighted materials? How is this different? What's the thinking here?
that Sony should probably be held to a higher standard because they should know better?

Bing Search Tainted By Pro-Microsoft Results 582

bdcny7927 writes "Just as Bing is gaining popularity, some disturbingly pro-Microsoft and anti-Apple search results are rearing their ugly heads. Case in point: a search on Bing for the phrase, 'Why is Windows so expensive?' returned this as the top link: 'Why are Macs so expensive.' That's right. You're not hallucinating."

Comment Your Ethics look fine to me (Score 4, Insightful) 782

The GPL, as many have commented, does not preclude or even discourage charging money for the software. The primary ethical thrust of the GPL is that your users must have unbridled freedom to use, modify, and redistribute the software you have provided to them. You appear to have met that cleanly.

But, as a considerate human being, you've also taken the time to consider the original authors personal wishes. That's a gracious thing to do, but obviously it's now landed you in an awkward position. Candidly, I'm with you; I'm rather biased, and think that folks deserve to receive compensation for their work on Free Software. However, it's up to you to decide how far to go in satisfying their personal wishes. So, it remains an interesting ethical dilemma, but I think it has nothing to do with the GPL.

Of course, if this is all a clever marketing stunt, and you're in cahoots with the original developer to create a fake controversy, then my hat is off to you, sir. :-).


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