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Comment Re: Time to switch (Score 2) 201

Volume licensing for Office 365 is a lot cheaper per seat than simply multiplying the list price by number of employees. It also has a much simpler licensing model than previous Microsoft volume licensing, which makes compliance easier (you get all of the desktop apps for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android included). The latter point alone is worth it to a lot of big companies.

Comment Re:Economics is hard (Score 1) 168

I'm well aware of the overheads, and see this from both sides. For us, procurement rules make it trivial to spend £3000 on a laptop that we'll replace after 2-3 years, but almost impossible to spend £1000 on a chair that comes with a 15 year warranty and is likely to reduce absences due to back pain by a month over its lifetime.

Comment Re: Release it with source code unde GPL (Score 1) 237

You just listed pretty much the TOTATILITY of the internet infrastructure that's NOT GPL

There's more, but what I listed was a significant portion of Internet infrastructure, in contradiction to your ridiculous claim that GPL "has given us the infrastructure for the entire internet". And for somebody that claims experience, you also don't seem to understand that the Internet was around and flourishing before there was even a GPL operating system, or that the rise of Linux was partially an accident of history due to the legal tangles of BSD with AT&T.

No, the blackduck study clearly shows that, although GPL popularity has declined somewhat in recent years it was still the most popular license by a massive margin.

You made a claim about the "GPL-family of licenses". When you compare the permissive family (BSD, MIT, and Apache) with the GPL family, the permissive licenses come out on top. Developers are choosing permissive over GPL, even in your preferred study. If I go with the GitHub study GPL isn't even the most popular license, period.

And the point is - you accuse me of living in the past, while ignoring that we were discussing HISTORY - you know, the past.

No, we are discussing the present day breakdown of license choice. Your claim was about the present, which includes old history and recent history.

(of my 6 projects there only one is active - so by your reasoning we can divide it by six)

What the fuck? Don't assign your sloppy and muddled reasoning to me. If you have concrete numbers, like I've been asking for all along, then provide them. You don't.

Comment Re:H2 is actually gaining (small) market presence (Score 1) 152

But with that convenience you lose a lot of efficiency compared to leaving everything as electricity.

How do you carry a tank of electricity around in your vehicle without converting it to some other form? Did you invent cheap room-temperature superconductors and forget to tell anyone?

Comment Re: Micro LSD dosing might be applicable (Score 1) 102

Wow, that article is terrible. One of a character in the bible with no historical evidence to support the claims that he took drugs (or existed at all), one whose work is now almost entirely debunked, and one who largely stole is research from others. If these are the top examples of great work done by people on drugs, that's a pretty good argument for avoiding them.

Comment Re:Doesn't even need to be open source (Score 2) 123

The first of these isn't really a problem with the textbooks, it's a problem with the teaching. At university level, textbooks should be for gaining some extra detail and background that isn't covered by the course. If your course depends on a particular textbook to such a degree that rearranging the material makes the textbook unusable, then your course is probably a waste of everyone's time and the students should just go and read the book instead.

Comment Re:They've compartmentalised the renderer? (Score 1) 133

No, the operating system is supposed to prevent one process from interfering with another. When an app has multiple security domains then it's up to the app developer to do compartmentalisation. OpenSSH has done this for over a decade, most browsers have done it for quite a few years. Current hardware[1] doesn't provide good mechanisms for doing fine-grained isolation within a single OS process.

[1] The project that I work on aims to address this limitation.

Comment Re:Make America Great (Score 1) 619

Instead, Assad launched a chemical weapons attack on Ibdil, making it impossible for Trump not to respond. One could hardly imagine a stupider Syrian response to what was essentially a peace gesture.

Which makes the whole thing suspicious in the first place, just like when Syria supposedly launched a chemical attack after Obama drew his "red line" against chemical weapons.

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