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Comment Re:Lawyers get millions (Score 1) 232

The real winner hear was the one or two corporations doing super computing with PS3s. They likely have that info

Since they were never destined for gaming, they likely also never installed the update and never lost any functionality. If not for obsolescence/power expenses, they could still be chugging along right now. Sony could easily justify refusing to pay them, because they never harmed them.

Comment Re:Lawyers get millions (Score 1) 232

The only proof required should be proof of ownership of a PS3 which was manufactured before they removed the OtherOS feature. A serial number should suffice.

The full retail purchase price should represent the actual damages. Sony should pay 3x that, because their actions were performed knowingly and willfully.

The executives responsible should face criminal charges.

If it puts them out of business, good. Fuck 'em. They're a bunch of criminals and thieves and they should go out of business.

Comment Re: Edge on Linux and OS X could kill Firefox. (Score 1) 260

A huge share of web browsing is now done on smartphones, tablets and even chromebooks where Firefox is a complete non-starte

Firefox for Android is a non-starter? I've never had any trouble launching it.

Firefox is arguably the best browser available for Android. It certainly sucks, but all the others suck even more. At least some Firefox extensions are supported on Android (we have uBlock, but no uMatrix), compared to the complete absence of them on Chrome.

Even though FF for Android is the best, it really does suck quite a lot. Sadly, the only way to run a decent browser on Android is with a desktop Linux in a chroot, where you can use desktop Chromium or FF.

Comment Re: Torn (Score 1) 405

A free-thinking libertarian once gave me a great acid test for weather or not laws should exist: Would the existence of such a law have helped the colonies overthrow King George III or would such a law have helped King George III keep hold of the colonies?

I don't understand. Which condition should the law satisfy in order to exist? Also, what exactly does it mean to "help the colonies overthrow King George III"?

A law that would explicitly enable the revolutionaries to stand up to King George III would be a law that would help the colonies overthrow the King.
"We want guns and cannons and stuff!"
"Okay. Free guns and cannons for all colonists!"
"BOOM BOOM BOOM! We're FREE!"

What about a law freeing the colonies of taxation?
"No taxation without representation!"
"Okay. No taxes then."
"Yaaaay! This king RULES! No revolution!"

What about a law giving the colonies a voice in Parliament?
"No taxation without representation!"
"Okay. You can have some seats."
"Cool. Sounds fair. No need for revolution."

An overly oppressive law could also help the colonies to overthrow the king, by strengthening the resolve and numbers of the opposition.
"This king sucks!"
"Oh yeah! Well I claim primae noctis on all marriages in the colonies. You also have to pay your own way to England. You can't get married otherwise. We'll kill you if you don't comply."
"Let's kill him!"

Does timing matter? Couldn't the same law have different effects during different stages of the revolution? Consider something which, early on, would be non-controversial and "nip in the bud" revolutionary activities. However, if enacted after the colonies were already in revolt, this same law would be seen as oppressive and instead fuel rebellion?
"Don't talk to Ben Franklin!"
"Ben who?"
vs.
"Don't talk to Ben Franklin!"
"FUCK YOU!"

Is this really a good test? Wouldn't the most oppressive laws imaginable actually pass, because they would incite revolution? Should the gov't really pass crazy laws simply for the purpose of provoking the public?

Oh, and it's "whether". /pedant

Comment Re:And there was much rejoicing! (Score 1) 581

To be honest, the choices for the D candidates is even more pathetic. You have a confirmed liar who has zero actual executive experience and a socialist nutjob who's executive experience is limited to being the Mayor of Burlington VT. I'm not liking where our country is headed.

FTFY

Comment Re: What is the significance? (Score 3, Informative) 59

It had GLES support with no X11 driver, not big-boy OpenGL. This should enable stuff like Blender, hardware compositing in KWin, or running Kodi in a window (rather than full-screen all the time).

This is a huge step forward for the capabilities of the Raspberry Pi.

Comment Re:Open Source (Score 1) 167

Yes, most of android devices ship with the play store, but you still have the option to completely ignore it.

No, you don't have that option as long as it's installed. Play store will update apps on your device that it didn't install. Install Firefox from F-Droid, and googleplay will update it. There's no way to remove it. The only way to get rid of Play, is to install a ROM that doesn't have it pre-installed.

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