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Comment Re:Can't be affecting all users (Score 1) 449

its not affecting users who are not "too smart for their own good" and turned down the system restore size to the bare minimum that windows will require to do a windows update (without disabling it) IE user error blamed on software that is performing the way it should be.. same old same old.

Comment Re:Straight MP3? (Score 1) 438

WAV isn't compressed--I suspect you know that.

Yes, it is lock-in, because MP3 is the de facto standard format for digital music. Anything that only works on a subset of players that happen to also support the standard tends to lock in to those players.

All Apple music was available in DRMless format four months before Amazon launched the non-beta version of their service. So Amazon such a great job of forcing Apple to get rid of DRM it was retroactive to before Amazon's store existed.

I know that can't true because I had to restort to iTMS on an old G4 that I had lying around (still running a version of iTunes where the key location was known--yes, of course I stripped the DRM) to get Fiona Apple's cover of Elvis Costello's "I Want You" which was not only iTMS exclusive but not available (even for an extra price) without DRM. I know Amazon was selling MP3s at the time because I looked there first to try to purchase the song. The metadata in the file gives a 1/25/2009 purchase date. I haven't used iTMS since, thank goodness, but that establishes that as of that date Apple was still selling (for people who can't strip the DRM, renting--and no, burning to CD and another lossy compression does not constitute stripping DRM) DRM-encumbered music.

Comment Re:Fastmail had stopped investing. (Score 1) 78

I agree. One of Fastmail's big draws was its lightweight, fast-loading, reasonable web interface. Sadly, that interface has stagnated and is barely keeping up.

I don't do local e-mail clients anymore (other than my smartphone). For any desktop e-mail needs, it's the web browser. So a lot of the value is in the web browser.

For example, Gmail had autosave way-way before Fastmail (to protect against browser crashes). Fastmail, as a commerical e-mail provider, should've been jumping on copying that, to match their web interface with those of the free competitors. Sadly, they didn't and that says a lot about what the company's vision is and what it isn't.

Their spam filtering is very good, but not as good as Gmail's. Yeah, I can define custom rules via Sieve, which was a fun novelty until I got tired of writing the rules by hand. At some point, e-mail becomes that damn thing that has to work and you want to spend less time tinkering and more time doing other, more interesting things.

There really is very little keeping me at Fastmail now and this acquisition makes me think twice about switching away. I have a $35/yr top-notch account.

Comment Re:Perhaps... (Score 1) 567

If it's a commercial application, it's typically as simple as running the installer script or binary provided for the vendor (uh...just the same as Windows...)

Errrrr, no it fucking isn't.

and if the vendor has done their job right it should just work out of box with a wide range of Linux versions.

There are no development APIs for developing and installing third-party applications quickly and easily as there are on Mac OS and Windows, and as such, Ubuntu and other Linux distributions have no applications of note written for them. It's at this point that the market share bullshit is wheeled out, but we're talking about even the smallest of applications you find on Windows and OS X rather than the large well known ones. There is no effort whatsoever to create an application base of any kind. Ergo, no one but geeks living in a fantasy world (surely this is the release that will finally do it?!) ultimately finds Linux desktop distributions, especially when compared with the hype behind Ubuntu, useful. Beyond the stuff in the package repositories there is sod-all you can do with it, and if you want to update to a nice new version of an application that happens to be in the 'official' repository somwehere, sorry, but you'll have to upgrade. No one wants to put up with that shit.

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