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Comment Re:But now part of the historical narrative? (Score 1) 621

Why higher threshold? Anything other than 50/50 would be unfair to one of sides. And if you require a particular attendance % then it's just nearly impossible to come up with proper course of action in case if it's not met, even if you repeat the referendum there is no guarantee that required attendance will be reached in finite number of reruns.

Comment Re:Call me when it gets a serious MS Office conten (Score 1) 249

I think people should drop office already, both libre and ms variants, more particularly writer/word. Most of time of using it is devoted to dicking around with fonts and text layout, something that should be done automatically by a typesetting system. It's really unfair that professionals get to use real typesetting systems while rank and file amateurs are stuck setting up all this manually. Amateur nature of this software and lack of proper standardization leads to formatting breakages when moving between libre and ms and between different versions of them, something that was handled properly in TeX, which is almost 40 years old already!

Comment Re:"He took on the software in a simulator" (Score 1) 441

Of course it's not Microsoft Flight Simulator, but it's definitely a flight simulator. The article doesn't say if AI is driven by simulated data from radars and stuff or can read simulation data directly. If it's plugged into simulation directly then it has the same problem as all other game AIs. Since AI is omniscient with perfect reaction times it needs to be artificially made extremely dumb so humans could have any chance to win.

Comment Re:Children (Score 1) 207

Monitoring children, just like monitoring all people, has the same problem: you simply don't have time to sift through all irrelevant stuff. And there's no real way to determine what is harmful and what isn't. Most of things you'll find harmful will be so because of some kind of misunderstanding on your part and will make you look like a big idiot to your children. And you really can't do much upbringing if your children think you're an idiot. And if they decide to join some gang or something they'll find a way to bypass any surveillance methods for their communications..

Comment Re:That's what STAR TREK fan film means (Score 1) 97

"Based on" can mean many different things depending on the context, and examples given clarify what it means in this particular case. And not a single of them covers mere reuse of some lore elements, such as Klingons. In fact it implies a lot more stringent requirements on a work being considered derivative of other work. Thus Axanar could be only considered derivative work if, say, it was a remake of StarTrek The Motion Picture, or a movie combining several subplots taken away from various episodes of the series. But then it should be specified which exact motion pictures or episodes were ripped off. If it just reuses some lore elements from the setting for a completely original story then it's not derivative work according to definition in the law.

Comment Re:Redhat's strategy (Score 2) 170

There is a big difference between "your voice is worthless" and "the final decision is done by people who actually can do the job". Some contributors actually go way beyond the call of duty to help users. But their power isn't unlimited and tradeoffs must be made. Some users want sub-optimal or impractical decisions to be made, often decisions that would screw other users. And once they fail to make things go their way to everyone else's detriment they declare themselves "voiceless" and "powerless". But the truth is, final decisions are always done by people who do stuff, or at least on their behalf. This applies to everything, not only open source projects. Even a paid software house will tell you take a hike if you ask them to do something asinine. If you're lucky. If not, they'll agree at first, and later declare project to be a failure, but will pocket money anyway.

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