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Dell Joins Steam Machine Initiative With Alienware System

Chandon Seldon Re:price (110 comments)

That hasn't been a serious thing in years. If you bought a decent gaming PC in 2006 you'd still be playing new games on it today.

about 3 months ago
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Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million

Chandon Seldon Re:Diffie was awesome (324 comments)

You absolutely should have produced a result against the judge in that case. A late jury dismissal can't look good on appeal.

about 5 months ago
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Of 1000 Americans Polled, Most Would Ban Home Printing of Guns

Chandon Seldon Re:feasibility (578 comments)

Really, any manufacturer who implements that should be liable for the time wasted for people trying to get real work done with their 3D printer.

about a year ago
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FSF Uses Android FUD To Push GPLv3

Chandon Seldon Re:Locked Bootloaders (282 comments)

> While not impossible to get into the radio, the FCC (I could be talking out of my arse here, so someone with more knowledge can confirm or deny this general memory of mine) doesn't want the entire population walking around with fully open phones, even if the companies would supply them. They would fail to get licensing. If you're not sure what you're talking about, why are you making claims that defend bullshit policies? Factually, there are several software controlled radio products that run fully free software and don't have significant problems from the FCC.

more than 2 years ago
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Knuth Got It Wrong

Chandon Seldon Re:Why trust the OS? (298 comments)

Very simply, because the OS developers are usually pretty smart and when you try to outsmart them and fail you look like a tool. And you're going to fail. If I knew that everyone who I posted a response like this would pay up, I'd bet you $1k that you'd fail and make mad cash.

more than 3 years ago
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Set Free Your Inner Jedi (Or Pyro)

Chandon Seldon Re:Fully Automatic Weapon (463 comments)

or someone WILL get hurt.

That sucks.

But banning dangerous equipment just because people frequently and predictably get hurt is absurd. Anyone who wants to can go down to any hardware store and every aisle has five things that they could seriously injure you with. Mostly they don't, and if they did you'd file charges.

more than 3 years ago
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FSF Asks Apple To Comply With the GPL For Clone of GNU Go

Chandon Seldon Re:Fat Chance (482 comments)

It allows Apple to *attempt* to get the developer to re-reimburse the cost, but any judgment against Apple is still a judgment against Apple.

more than 3 years ago
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"Install Other OS" Feature Removed From the PS3

Chandon Seldon Re:Sorry kids (739 comments)

You are absolutely wrong.

The PS3 was advertised as having a set of features, including the ability to run an alternate OS. The alternate OS feature was explicitly publicized and reasonably well supported by Sony when the PS3 was released. This isn't some third party hack - the PS3 was being promoted intentionally as a Linux based Cell dev kit.

Anyone who purchased the PS3 in order to use both the alternate OS feature and the online gaming feature has been defrauded by Sony.

about 4 years ago
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Ubisoft's New DRM Cracked In One Day

Chandon Seldon Re:The sad thing (678 comments)

maybe it is time to switch to a console

Why does everyone insist on making irrational choices here?

For single player video games, the best option - by far - is to pirate PC games. A pirated PC game downloads overnight for $0 and just works with absolutely no bullshit. In 20 years, you might have to run it in a VM for the old operating system, but it'll still run.

With that option on the table, buying games is silly and even considering doing the console thing is absurd.

more than 4 years ago
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The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work

Chandon Seldon Re:Down (1027 comments)

Really? Does that even sound like a vaguely logical argument to you?

For someone who has a flaky network connection, turning stuff that should work offline into online only stuff is bullshit. This should be completely obvious.

more than 4 years ago
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The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work

Chandon Seldon Re:Sweet spot (1027 comments)

Correction: Exactly one person will buy the game. He will pay cash.

more than 4 years ago
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Busybox Developer Responds To Andersen-SFLC Lawsuits

Chandon Seldon Re:Proposition (316 comments)

At that point I just wouldn't do it since it could be a huge legal hassle and risk for no real gain to me.

Put the source on the CD, and you don't have a problem. It's not like it takes up a lot of space.

more than 4 years ago
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Busybox Developer Responds To Andersen-SFLC Lawsuits

Chandon Seldon Re:Backing Bruce's Copyright (316 comments)

Have you, perchance, heard of BSD Unix?

I wouldn't argue too loudly that it's entirely impossible to code your way out of copyright liability for being a derivative work.

more than 4 years ago
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SFLC Sues 14 Companies For BusyBox GPL Violations

Chandon Seldon Re:SFLC Sues 14 Companies for Copyright Violations (309 comments)

It would amount to free software developers giving away their code as charity to proprietary shops, who would then sell it for a profit.

Who would buy it? One guy so he could rip out the license enforcement malware and share the result with everyone else?

Sure, lots of people would have a bunch of binary blobs on their computer until people realized that releasing blobs was a waste of time, but if any of them were actually important it wouldn't be that hard to re-create source for them.

more than 4 years ago
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SFLC Sues 14 Companies For BusyBox GPL Violations

Chandon Seldon Re:Got an e-mail from the SFLC this morning (309 comments)

The busybox source is a 2 meg file. In order to comply with the license, you either need to
A.) Provide that file on a CD (or similar) in the product box OR
B.) Provide a written offer to send a CD for like $5 on request

Neither of those is especially difficult.

more than 4 years ago
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The Perl 6 Advent Calendar

Chandon Seldon Re:Coming of the (perl) Messiah (160 comments)

If you compare the Perl6 timeline to the Haskell timeline, you'll see that things aren't really going all that slowly. Building a good implementation of a complex programming language takes time.

more than 4 years ago
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What the iPod Tells Us About the World Economy

Chandon Seldon Re:Oh much the same way, HOWEVER (380 comments)

Right now China has a per-capita GDP of about $6000, while the corresponding figure in the USA is more like $50,000. The per-capita GDP of the USA + China is about $14,000 - about the same as Mexico.

So... when everyone in china "gets rich" we can all live like Mexicans?

That's also ignoring the increasing divide between the rich and the poor. In an economy based on "intellectual property", it's not people who work for a living who get rich. It's people who invest in the correct government-granted monopolies. Only entities with money will make a ton of money.

And, just to be clear, you're better off buying scratch tickets than hoping "luck out" and be the next Bill Gates.

more than 4 years ago
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Less Than Free

Chandon Seldon Re:Monopoly (330 comments)

My sig is ridiculous? Really? Do you have a counter-example?

more than 4 years ago
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NRC Relicensing Old "Zombie" Nuclear Plants

Chandon Seldon Re:"Zombie nukes?" Puh-leaze (260 comments)

Are you seriously suggesting that the only time for concern is AFTER we get the significant releases of radioactivity, or worker deaths?

You don't seem to realize how crazy a figure of zero deaths is in a major industry like nuclear power. Coal plants? People die. Natural gas plants? People die. Making facial tissues? People die.

more than 4 years ago
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NRC Relicensing Old "Zombie" Nuclear Plants

Chandon Seldon Re:If I understand it right (260 comments)

You are really missing the point.

1970's era reactors were somewhat dangerous. If you set the knobs in the control room wrong, they'd melt down. The plant would be completely destroyed. People standing nearby might even get a dangerous dose of radiation. Probably there wouldn't be any radioactive materials released because of the containment domes, but it'd still be bad news.

Modern designs largely don't have that sort of problem. You set the knobs wrong, and the plant mechanically and chemically tends towards a safe state. There's no meltdown because the system isn't unstable.

more than 4 years ago

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Shadowrun Online Kickstarter trending on 10% short with 24 hours to go.

Chandon Seldon Chandon Seldon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Chandon Seldon (43083) writes "Shadowrun Online is an online multiplayer tactical RPG set in the world of the venerable Shadowrun tabletop RPG. Their kickstarter is asking for $500k, and with 24 hours to go it's looking like it'll come up just short of that goal. They have an awesome concept: A turn-based tactical RPG based around four-player online co-op missions with persistent characters. They're planning to support Linux and that ridiculous Ouya console. They're trying to use Kickstarter to bring an amazing setting to life without publisher interference. Your pledge could make this happen."
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Chandon Seldon Chandon Seldon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Chandon Seldon (43083) writes "According to Hot Hardware, Intel has entered negotiations with graphics card manufacturers to make mid-range discrete graphics cards based on Intel graphics chipsets. It looks like AMD has a deadline on actually providing Open Source 3D drivers (or at least programming documentation) — once Intel starts competing they really don't want to be stuck playing catchup like they are on CPUs."
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Chandon Seldon Chandon Seldon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Chandon Seldon writes "Contrary to many earlier expectations, it turns out that Dell's prices for its Ubuntu PCs are cheaper than similar Windows Vista PCs for all three Models. With the savings for skipping the Microsoft Tax ranging from $50 to $140, it looks like kickbacks for pre-installed software weren't that big a deal after all."

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