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Obama Backs MPAA, RIAA, and ACTA

AlexMax2742 Re:Slashdot Official Translation (703 comments)

Blaming lawyers for our troubles is short-sighted. The number of opportunities in law is actually going down, and the typical advice for people who want to go to law school these days is don't bother. That doesn't sound like some dystopian future world where lawyers would be in high demand suing each other into oblivion.

If your anger should be directed somewhere, it should be directed at the wealthiest 10% of america, who own 72% of it's wealth. Which would be fine (after all, there's nothing inherently wrong with being rich), except they also don't pay their fair share of taxes either, which means cutbacks in education, social services, and so on. They will use their considerable political influence to continue that things continue the way they are, and of course, they've managed to drill into people's heads that more taxes == evil, so you have people frothing at the mouth and protesting against their own best interest.

more than 4 years ago
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Monty Wants To Save MySQL

AlexMax2742 Re:Me too! (371 comments)

If I sell software with anything like a typical commercial license and I decide to stop supporting it, you're SOL. With the GPL, at least you have the source and can spend money to hire someone to support it.

The GPL emphasizes code freedom over developer freedom. Take a look at Question 6 of the Commercial License page for MySQL:

Q6: What is Sun's commercial license for MySQL software?
A: Sun offers a commercial license for all of its MySQL software that is embedded in or bundled with another application. The commercial license allows OEMs, ISVs and VARs to distribute commercial binaries of MySQL software with their own commercial software without subjecting that software to the GPL and its requirement to distribute source code.

Emphasis mine. If MySQL had been BSD licensed, Monty Program AB could continue to offer a similar service for MariaDB, even though it was not the primary copyright holder of MySQL's codebase. Of course, said commercial software would have to have the BSD license included somewhere in their documentation, per the BSD license's second clause, but this is likely to be far more agreeable than the GPL's onerous requirements.

As far as the trademark is concerned, if I own BobSQL, you can't call your own database BobSQL regardless of how either one is licensed.

You are precisely correct. However, I feel that too many GPL advocates don't think about the ramifications of having to discard the brand associated with the code. "Oh we'll fork it and everything will be fine" is naive, since you now have to "get the word out" about the forked project all over again. And this is only if the copyright holders have abandoned the project, if they continue to develop it, you are now effectively competing against your old established codebase and have more to prove.

Looking back over my original post, however, it does look like I put the branding issues and the 'commercial closed source' issue under the same umbrella, though I meant differently (see: singular use of the word "disadvantage") My apologies.

more than 4 years ago
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Monty Wants To Save MySQL

AlexMax2742 Re:Me too! (371 comments)

...except that if Oracle owns the copyrights to MySQL, they can close source future versions of MySQL and/or let mainline development languish. I don't know if they also own the name "MySQL" but if they do they can forbid any forks of MySQL from being called "MySQL" as well.

Of course, the existing source will live forever, but any forks will not have the advantage of the "MySQL" brand name or the ability to dual-license the code for situations where more restrictive licensing might be desired by their customers.

It's kind of surprising how few people realize this disadvantage of the GPL. Keep that in mind the next time you use it on a project.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu's New Firefox Is Watching You

AlexMax2742 Re:Not new (330 comments)

Lots of people like sex. Very few people like to be raped. The difference is in the consent. Same situation here.

Do you ever wonder why there are so few women in the Open Source world?

more than 5 years ago
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Mono Squeezed Into Debian Default Installation

AlexMax2742 Re:Victory for Free Software Advocates (503 comments)

By all means, let the tomboy developers enjoy working on their thing, and let everyone who likes it use it, but I could think about a couple of things I'd like those 40MBs used for other than Mono

Open up a shell and type in: $ man mt

more than 5 years ago
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Mono Squeezed Into Debian Default Installation

AlexMax2742 Re:Victory for Free Software Advocates (503 comments)

It's a victory for great free software applications that just so happen to use Mono. Mono often gets treated as a second class citizen because of its Microsoft roots, with zealots not wanting Microsoft's "unholy embrace" on Linux, whatever that's supposed to mean. Thankfully, there are sane people to defend it and because of this developers don't have to worry about their software not being included in a default install because they just so happened to pick Mono.

Also, how was my original post Flamebait?

more than 5 years ago
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Mono Squeezed Into Debian Default Installation

AlexMax2742 Victory for Free Software Advocates (503 comments)

This is a victory for Free Software advocates over Free Software zealots. Congrats to the debian team for doing the right thing, even if it might be unpopular with the crazies.

more than 5 years ago
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Shuttleworth Says Ubuntu Can't Just Be Windows

AlexMax2742 Re:But running windows would help (710 comments)

An excellent question! I think that's a great idea. However, developers of expensive proprietary software...

Who says the killer app has to come from a developer of expensive proprietary software? Apache certainly didn't.

more than 5 years ago
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FDA Could Delay Adult Stem Cell Breakthroughs

AlexMax2742 Re:OUtrage for everyone! (261 comments)

The FDA, being the State, is of course blameless.

I know you love shoe-horning in "capitalism good government bad" bullshit in every single one of your posts, but I'm curious as to what exactly the FDA did in your hypothetical situation that you imply was worthy of blame?

more than 5 years ago
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Shuttleworth Says Ubuntu Can't Just Be Windows

AlexMax2742 Re:But running windows would help (710 comments)

You're thinking about this the wrong way. Forget running Windows apps, why not have killer apps that are native to Linux and people would switch just to run, other stuff be damned.

It's been done before, (why else do you think linux servers are so popular?) but it's about time the Linux desktop had its own killer app.

more than 5 years ago
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Quake Live Dev Says Mac and Linux Are "Top Priority"

AlexMax2742 Re:Great! (117 comments)

Now we can play utterly boring games on other platforms. I can hardly wait.

2/10

more than 5 years ago
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Quake Live Dev Says Mac and Linux Are "Top Priority"

AlexMax2742 Re:Interesting spin (117 comments)

Considering the fact that the team size is around 10 or so at this point, and it is one programmer with no other responsibilities while the rest of the team multitasks, I say yes.

more than 5 years ago
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Open Source Shooter Nexuiz 2.5 Released

AlexMax2742 ^^^ My post (309 comments)

Sorry about that, somehow I posted that as AC instead of under my original handle.

more than 5 years ago
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Open Source Shooter Nexuiz 2.5 Released

AlexMax2742 Re:Nexuiz can't compete with Quake Live and Tremul (309 comments)

World of Goo and Narbaculer Drop weren't badly done Quake clones.

Emphasis on "badly done" because if it was actually a well done Quake Clone I'd be playing the shit out of it.

more than 5 years ago
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Open Source Shooter Nexuiz 2.5 Released

AlexMax2742 Re:FOSS gaming has a long way to go... (309 comments)

Worst of all: from the video it appears there is literally zero innovation in the gameplay, its just adhd shooting and running with the same futuristic weapons all over again.

How exactly do you innovate a competitive first person shooter? Give it some weird play mechanic which never ends up being fun at all? Give it realistic weapons and a reload button? Come up with some uber-complicated gametype that nobody will play anyway because it's too complicated and doesn't play well? Add vehicles and turn it into a bad version of Battlefield 1942 instead of a bad version of Quake?

I like simple first person shooters. Years later, I'm still waiting for something to out-Doom Doom 2 or out-quake Quake 3 Arena/Quake Live. That said, Nexuiz isn't a bad game because it doesn't innovate, it's a bad game because it falls into the trap most simple first person shooters fall into, in that instead of refining their core gameplay into something simple, fun, balanced and deep, they just throw a bunch of random content into a box and hope some of it sticks without caring about how it'll play long term.

It's not just the open source projects doing this either, look at how many people are still playing Unreal Tournament 99 and take a look at what they're actually playing (usually autosniper FFA or instagib CTF). Compare this and the number of people still playing the dozens of unforgettable quake clones that came out in the late 90's to the number of people playing Quake 3 Arena in one of it's various incarnations (Original game and Quake Live).

Nexuiz might have enough content for a game, but in terms of gameplay it's not even close to out Quakeing Quake. And that's why it's not noteworthy, not because it's "not innovative", whatever the fuck that's supposed to mean in this context.

more than 5 years ago
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Quake Live Open Beta Begins Feb. 24th

AlexMax2742 Re:I've been in the beta already (60 comments)

It's far easier in theory than it is in practice. In practice, it takes way more skill and is a far deeper game than any popular game that has come after it.

more than 5 years ago
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Quake Live Open Beta Begins Feb. 24th

AlexMax2742 Re:Played a couple of times (60 comments)

They've updated the toturial a few days ago to be far less patronizing and far better at picking out how 'good' you're supposed to be.

more than 5 years ago
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Quake Live Open Beta Begins Feb. 24th

AlexMax2742 MOD PARENT UP (60 comments)

I've observed the exact same thing. Thank you.

more than 5 years ago

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Games for Windows Live charges for patches

AlexMax2742 AlexMax2742 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anonymous writes "Brad Wardell of Stardock was recently interviewed by Shacknews. He has a lot of interesting things to say about the current state of PC gaming, but he also had a fair bit to get off his chest when it comes to Games for Windows Live:

"I intended for Elemental [an upcoming Stardock game -ed] to be on Games for Windows Live, but then as we got closer, the Xbox group took it over more and more. And they have things where, oh, if you want to use Games for Windows Live to update your game, you have to go through [their] certification. And if you do it more than X number of times, you have to pay money. It's like, "My friends, you can't do that on the PC.""

Is Microsoft using Games for Windows Live as a platform to try and neuter the PC platform in favor of the Xbox 360?"
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Quake Live: Mac and Linux coming next Tuesday

AlexMax2742 AlexMax2742 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AlexMax2742 writes "Great news for those anxious gamers who have been waiting for a Linux and Mac version of Quake Live. They're both being released with next Tuesday's update, according to project lead Marty Stratton; who gave the release date at a press conference held at QuakeCon 2009. A video of the press conference is here courtesy of QuakeUnity, with 1up reporting it here."
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Quake Live: Mac and Linux are "Top Priority

AlexMax2742 AlexMax2742 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AlexMax2742 (602517) writes "Marty Stratton notes in his Quake Live developer blog on the subject of the Mac and Linux port of Quake Live:

These have proved more difficult than expected, but we're getting close. We expect to also be testing Mac and Linux versions of QUAKE LIVE internally this month and then making those publicly available just as soon as we feel they are ready. This work is being done by a separate programmer in parallel with the other work that we're doing, and is his only priority — point being, that this is a top priority for us and not being delayed because of other work.

In the submitters humble opinion, it's awesome to see that kind of (continued) dedication from a company."
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