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Comment Re:Canada? Does it matter? (Score 1, Interesting) 140

Um... is anyone aware that in Canada we send sensitive and CLASSIFIED information on our citizens to foreign goverments, and no that information does not get deleted on user request. I think if the policy is good enough for Facebook it's certainly good enough for the CIA/FBI/State Department. We also let foreign government's run experiments with illicit drugs on our citizens, but I'm sure it's far more important for the privacy commissioner to investigate voluntarily shared information with another company than to investigate that. Remember folks: corporations = bad, government = good.

Comment Re:It's Windows 7, and yet, the build number is 6. (Score 5, Interesting) 341

It's funny that whenever linux or FreeBSD removes a Giant lock it's hailed as major news here, like the transition from 2.4 to 2.6 because they are actually huge leaps forward. However, when MS does it it is just regarded as a bug fix. Essentially, all code is just a bug fix then, as it's all written one line at a time and relies on the the years of work to the code base that preceded it.

There are huge improvements on Windows 7, like multitouch support, etc. It's a really nice OS akin to XP. The problem with the zealots is that they create a list of complaints about MS and then when they fix it, you guys complain even more. MS actually pays their devs salary so they have to charge for their OS. Suck it up, if you don't want to buy it don't.

IMHO, the RC is more stable than Vista. I've been using it as my primary dev platform since a few weeks after it was released, and have had no BSODs yet even running mostly Vista drivers with it. It's rock solid and FAST and the new features are definite improvements.

But the commitment to quality that is present in Win7 and was sorely lacking in Vista should be applauded by all.

If anyone in the dev community has seen further, it is because we stood on the shoulders of giants.

Comment Re:lawmakers (Score 1) 284

Because its after the fact. Hence, ex post facto.

From wikipedia:
An ex post facto law (from the Latin for "after the fact") or retroactive law, is a law that retroactively changes the legal consequences of acts committed or the legal status of facts and relationships that existed prior to the enactment of the law.

Comment Re:That makes sense (Score 1) 541

So that is why Taxi's use a medallion system? Because the city regulators intimately know exactly how many trained cab drivers there are in a city? Surely, it is not for protectionism of those established business so that margins can remain high and wages can remain low. We license cabs so that the owners of said operations will not face competition.

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