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Windows 7 Licensing a "Disaster" For XP Shops

EvilIntelligence Not surprised (567 comments)

As usual, Microsoft finds a way to rip of its customers, again and again and again.... The amazing thing is, people still keep falling for it!!

more than 5 years ago
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FCC Reserves the Right To Search Your Home, Any Time

EvilIntelligence Try it! (589 comments)

Just try it mother fuckers!

more than 5 years ago
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Sedate Your Kids While They Play

EvilIntelligence Potential for abuse (264 comments)

The potential for abuse of this thing is off the charts. I mean, its even named: PedoHelmet. Problem comes with a complimentary teddy bear.

more than 5 years ago
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GameStop Selling Games Played By Employees As New

EvilIntelligence Are u serious? (243 comments)

Are they serious with this? Who cares? It's CD. Software. We're not talking about underwear people. Get over it! As long as the CD is not damaged or unplayable, then who really cares?

more than 5 years ago
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"Slacker DBs" vs. Old-Guard DBs

EvilIntelligence Pointless (267 comments)

As a DB admin myself, I find these "Us vs Them" arguments to be ultimately pointless. A company will choose a database based on the application's needs. If "immediate consistency" is needed they will choose a standard relational database. If "eventual consistency" is acceptable, the company may opt for one of the other "not-so-relational" databases. The fact that there are other options is actually a good thing. The "old guard" needs to find the positives and embrace change, or run the risk of being left behind in an evolving world of technology.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Launches Free Web Software Eco-System

EvilIntelligence Can you avoid lock in? (133 comments)

And since it only runs on Windows, its just more reason send Microsoft some more money! Oh wait! I LOOKED at an ASP page earlier. I think I owe Ballmer another quarter....

more than 5 years ago
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Richard Stallman Warns About Non-Free Web Apps

EvilIntelligence Re:Who really cares what RMS says? (747 comments)

I think his problem is with the obfuscation of said javascript and HTML code. His example points to the google code which is supplied with no comments and method naming which has been intentionally obfuscated. A normal web developer has no need to obfuscate the code.

Are you sure that the intent is to obfuscate? There's no other possibility? Maybe shrinking the size of the file transferred to increase performance?

Think of it like modding. Customizing something to fit what the user wants is an incredibly powerful thing and can actually increase the usage of your web app. Think of greasemonkey plugin, which allows you to add some pretty cool functions to certain sites that don't already come with that site. Just because you can't imagine the possibilities doesn't mean someone else won't.

Fine. I'll buy that. But that's a "functionality" thing, not really a "proprietary vs open" thing. Your average user doesn't know or care about that stuff. All they care about is whether or not the website works the way its supposed to.

more than 5 years ago
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Richard Stallman Warns About Non-Free Web Apps

EvilIntelligence Re:Apparently you do, for starters (747 comments)

I think its more along the lines of "WTF now??" It's expasperation... an emotional response to something so utterly stupid and irrelevant that it makes us angry enough to respond. It doesn't help in the long term, but it is relieving in the short term.

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Richard Stallman Warns About Non-Free Web Apps

EvilIntelligence Who really cares what RMS says? (747 comments)

It's getting to the point that RMS just spouts crap to be heard. Most website developers use java script to get some functionality working, and java script is the easiest to do so. There is (usually) no intent to do harm, or take over your computer, or lie to you, or stalk your grandmother. The developer just wants to deliver the site to its users complete with certain functionality. Why would you want to run your own version of its java script? This is such nitpicking crap that its not worth reading.

more than 5 years ago
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TomTom Sues Microsoft For Patent Infringement

EvilIntelligence AWESOME!!! (166 comments)

Woohoo!!! Go for it TomTom!! Don't put up with their crap!

more than 5 years ago
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Choruss Pitching Bait and Switch On P2P Music Tax

EvilIntelligence Microsoft? (119 comments)

Who's running that Choru$$ company? Is it Steve Ballmer?

more than 5 years ago
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Torvalds Rejects One-Size-Fits-All Linux

EvilIntelligence Linux is not about market share (791 comments)

The people that are jumping up and down about Linux not gaining market share simply don't get Linux. It's like market analysts trying to analyze a block party, not realizing that its a block party not a stock exchange. Linux is not about market share. It's about creating an OS that works. If people like it, they use it. If they don't like it (or don't understand it), they use something else. There is no marketing plan. There is no "market expansion". There is no "competition". People who want it, use it. People who want to make it better, develop for it. People who don't, don't. That's it. Even Linus himself said that the destruction of Microsoft will be a totally unintended side effect. Yes, he was be sarcastic, and he was only talking about one company, but it's basically true. There was no intention of competing with anybody. Anyone who tries to make it out to be simply doesn't understand how Linux came about, why it still exists, and how it will continue to grow and thrive despite other people's warnings of "not gaining market share".

more than 5 years ago
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Beginning iPhone Development

EvilIntelligence Re:Who Wouldn't Want To Devote Their Efforts? (216 comments)

Excuses. Nothing more than excuses. If you really, really wanted to get it working, you would find a way. How important is it to you? The link you are looking for is on Google. Search for it.

more than 5 years ago
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Beginning iPhone Development

EvilIntelligence Re:Who Wouldn't Want To Devote Their Efforts? (216 comments)

Your rant runs out of steam very quickly:

* Going out and buying an overpriced Mac that is useless for anything other than running the Apple devtools

You can build a cheap Intel box out of spare parts and run a hacked copy of Mac OS X on it.

* Having to waste time hooking up monitor and keyboard switches to your work environment just for the Mac hardware

See my comment above.

* Wasting time learning Objective C that no other company uses except Apple

If someone's only goal is to write for Apple, and that's the world they live in, then that is a viable option to them. If its not for you, go about your life and leave them alone. They will live or die with their platform of choice.

* Having your application be at the total whim of Apple who could at any moment or for any reason decide to reject your app or pull your app from the Apple store

This comes down to a business decision. If you are a company (even if you're just an individual developer), you have to realize that the App Store is a distribution channel, and Apple is your distribution partner. You have to play well together. Bear in mind that they are not the only smart phone around, and the agreement is non-exclusive. There is nothing stopping you from offering your same app to other distribution channels.

Android will have rapidly taken over most of the existing Windows Mobile range of devices just looking at the public release list of Android based phones for 2009. And Palm's Pre is now the gold standard for high end phones.

This is pure speculation. If I was an investor, I would not dump my life savings into Android, or any single product platform.

Apple got lucky with Microsoft completely botching their phone efforts and arriving at a time before Android and Palm's efforts.

This issue is moot. Microsoft completely botches everything they do other than contract other companies to build video games for X-Box.

The iPhone is nothing more than an irrelevant and overpriced niche product.

I disagree completely. The "smart phone" movement was dead before the iPhone, because companies were complacent to put out products that people were willing to tolerate. Once iPhone came out, all the big players kicked their game into high gear. You think we would see the Palm Pre or the Blackberry Storm this year if it wasn't for iPhone? Like it or not, iPhone raised the standard for what a smart phone should be, and now everybody is going to look like they are chasing them.

Even more so now that Jobs is out of the picture and Apple can no longer leverage the Cult of Jobs in the media for massive hype, promotion, and marketing for their products.

There is some truth to that. But now this will be the test for Apple. Can they sell products based on their own merits? Or do they need that messiah? Time will tell.

more than 5 years ago
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Tech-Related Volunteer Gigs

EvilIntelligence School (252 comments)

I believe that the best thing by far would be to teach computers to underprivileged children. I have to believe that if you take kids that have not had the chance to even see what's out there, once you put some of today's technology in their hands, their imaginations would take off. Nothing is more powerful than establishing hope and instilling a simple sense of accomplishment.

more than 5 years ago
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Second Prototype of the $200 Open Source Tablet

EvilIntelligence How is this different? (259 comments)

Exactly, how is this different from an iPhone, other than screen size (and of course, allowed software)?

more than 5 years ago
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iTunes DRM-Free Files Contain Personal Info

EvilIntelligence Simple solution (693 comments)

There is a very simple solution to this. Never, ever, ever, buy music from iTunes. Acquire them from other places and load them into iTunes for syncing. That's it.

more than 5 years ago
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What Restrictions Should Student Laptops Have?

EvilIntelligence Re:Its hard to say... (1117 comments)

OOOPS! You're right! There's a moron in every bunch... :-)

more than 5 years ago

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House Rejects $700B Bailout Bill

EvilIntelligence EvilIntelligence writes  |  more than 5 years ago

EvilIntelligence (1339913) writes "http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080929/ap_on_bi_ge/financial_meltdown;_ylt=AryKiVLPR.V1wZw5SycI9p6yBhIF The House on Monday defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue package, ignoring urgent pleas from President Bush and bipartisan congressional leaders to quickly bail out the staggering financial industry. Is this good or bad? But really, the question is, what's the next step?"
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Review of Metallica's New Album: Death Magnetic

EvilIntelligence EvilIntelligence writes  |  more than 5 years ago

EvilIntelligence (1339913) writes "Despite its members being solidly into middle age, Metallica is back — with some welcome help from superproducer Rick Rubin — to the thrash-heavy brand of metal we've come to love but haven't seen from the California foursome since "...And Justice for All.""
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