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Comment Re:Sounds similar to the trend with everything PR (Score 1) 397

I think you're looking to the wrong people. No offense, but Best Buy is the sleaziest computer store I've ever had the displeasure of dealing with. In contrast, I had an iPod where the scroll wheel would work about half the time. I brought it in to an AppleStore, and even though *I couldn't reproduce the bug*, they trusted me, and swapped it out for a refurbished iPod. Similarly, when my power adapter gave out after two years of constant abuse, I just scheduled an appointment, came in, and swapped it.

Take my anecdotes how you will, but Best Buy is the one with the record of cheating its customers, not Apple.

Comment Re:Just about any Dual core and up. (Score 2, Informative) 272

Don't get an abit motherboard, or at least don't get their Intel P35-based boards. I can't speak to the rest of their stuff, but putting my Abit IP35-based computer to sleep and waking it back up actually *disables* the VM extensions, either freezing upon waking if any were running, or ensuring none start until I power off (reset doesn't cut it).

Other than that, I recommend a Core 2 Quad with lots and lots of RAM, and an array of 1TB SATA drives to RAID.

Also of note: Windows 7 doesn't let you use a real hard drive partition; it needs a hard disk file, at least on KVM, which is pretty awesome.

Comment How is this insightful? (Score 1) 417

You can sell a car for parts, but who'd pay for a bunch of stolen .dll's?

The practical difference is that a stolen car deprives another person of a car that is presumably the owner's rightful property. In the case of an OS, the material cost for the data is essentially zero; the vast majority of the value of the product comes from the R&D that produced it.

If the cost of materials and assembly for cars were not a significant part of the cost, don't you think we'd have mass-produced open-source cars by now? Not to mention car thieves would be virtually irrelevant compared to, say, counterfeit car manufacturers.


Ogg Vorbis / Theora Language Removed From HTML5 Spec 395

Rudd-O writes "It's official. Ogg technology has been removed from the HTML5 spec, after Ian caved in the face of pressure from Apple and Nokia. Unless massive pressure is exerted on the HTML5 spec editing process, the Web authoring world will continue to endure our modern proprietary Tower of Babel. Note that HTML5 in no way required Ogg (as denoted by the word 'should' instead of 'must' in the earlier draft). Adding this to the fact that there are widely available patent-free implementations of Ogg technology, there is really no excuse for Apple and Nokia to say that they couldn't in good faith implement HTML5 as previously formulated."
Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Sun bullies OpenDS developers ( 2

andy_from_nc writes: Neil Wilson has posted that he and all of the American developers on Sun's OpenDS project and the positions have been moved to France. In order to collect their severance benefits Sun required the developers to accept a governance change to the project which ensured Sun's control. Instead the developers resigned from the project (which allowed Sun to make the change anyhow) as they did not feel it was in the best interest of the project but could not afford to loose their benefits. Neil was probably the most prolific committer to the project as evidenced by the revision control logs. Sun has responded on the OpenDS users mail list saying that they did not ask the developers to resign and that the governance change was a return to a previous "Sun approved" revision.

Network World Article: Sun bullied, used threats to gain control of open source project, former owner says

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Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Sun used threats to sieze OpenDNS,owner says ( 1

Anonymous Coward writes: "Sun used strong-arm tactics and made threats to the owners of an open-source directory project to wrestle away control, according to one of the former owners and creators of the project.In the process, Sun potentially has torn a gaping hole in the OpenDS (directory service) project, which is creating a free Java-based directory service for large deployments that offers high performance, extensibility and management."

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