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In Canada, a Government-Backed Electronic Currency

Galestar Re:Do Canadian credit cards for sub $10? (248 comments)

It not about what a single individual (you) thinks he can get away with by passing the costs onto another. Its about what removes inefficiencies from the system in general, and avoids the tragedy of the commons that we have now - which is that individuals acting under rational self interest reduce the general welfare of society as a whole.

about a year ago
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Canadian Newspaper Charging $150 License Fee To Publish Excerpts

Galestar Adblock is already on it (217 comments)

It looks like my adblock plus in Chrome is blocking this already

about a year and a half ago
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EU To Vote On Proposal That Could Ban All Online Pornography

Galestar Re:if it's all about women's protection... (853 comments)

Seems pretty clear to me that this means I can put a religious symbol anywhere I want. Whether its a nativity, an upside down cross, a statue of Buddha, or the that Six Armed Hindu one. We just have to have equal rights for all.

By your logic I can put a 10 foot tall dildo on an elementary school's front lawn.

about a year and a half ago
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EU To Vote On Proposal That Could Ban All Online Pornography

Galestar Re:if it's all about women's protection... (853 comments)

So atheists asking for equal rights makes them have more rights? No, you self-entitled religious crybaby.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Can't Intel Kill x86?

Galestar Two Words (605 comments)

Vendor Lock-in.

...or is that three

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Get My Spouse To Start Gaming With Me?

Galestar Re:GF is a gamer (550 comments)

I can attest to this also. Recently got my gf into Zombicide, Catan, Munchkin and others.

about a year and a half ago
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Huge Security Hole In Recent Samsung Devices

Galestar Re:Makes me glad I use an iPhone... (153 comments)

other than stuff befalling jailbroken devices

This is the important part. Walled gardens are inherently more secure, it has nothing to do with Apple's competence.

about 2 years ago
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Hit Game Makes £52 In First Week On Windows RT

Galestar Re:ATTENTION!!! (308 comments)

anyone been able to crack the admin pwd yet?

about 2 years ago
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Advertising May Soon Follow You From One Device To the Next

Galestar What advertising? (132 comments)

Adblock+Ghostery+Downloading all my movies/tv. I don't get any advertising, let alone that which "follows" me.

about 2 years ago
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Companies Getting Rid of Reply-all

Galestar Re:Feature/Bug in Outlook (248 comments)

Other advantage of gmail is it actually groups "conversations" so you don't end up with 100 emails for a long running converstation. Email becomes like a thread that you are subscribed to (with reply all) instead of a cluster fuck of messages all over the place. If people are smart about it you can easily take people in and out of the thread (we usually start emails with -Somebody or +Somebody when we do that).

about 2 years ago
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German City Says OpenOffice Shortcomings Are Forcing It Back To Microsoft

Galestar Re:What about LibreOffice (480 comments)

Actually the web/html is the analogy of English. Sending doc files around is antiquated, and if someone wants to send me one they better send it in a standard format.

about 2 years ago
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Hostess To Close; No More Twinkies

Galestar Re:GO UNIONS! (674 comments)

AND they were pillaged by a pair of VC firms to the tune of somewhere around $700 Million

Can you provide a citation for this? I would like to rebut a friend of mine who is blaming this all on the union.

about 2 years ago
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German City Says OpenOffice Shortcomings Are Forcing It Back To Microsoft

Galestar Re:What about LibreOffice (480 comments)

I see it as someone sending me a garbage document. If you want to communicate with me, communicate in a known and accepted way. ie if you and Microsoft make up your own version of English, don't expect the rest of the world to cow-tow to you.

about 2 years ago
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IE 10 Almost Finished For Windows 7 With Final Preview

Galestar Hurray for full CORS support (187 comments)

Its about time... we might actually be able to start using it.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Escapes Kaspersky's Top 10 Vulnerabilities List

Galestar Re:Windows is no longer relevant (112 comments)

Windows is no longer the 800 lb gorilla - Apple iOS is.

iOS is 2nd in market share in mobile just like Apple is 2nd in market share on desktop. How does coming in 2nd in every market they touch make them the "800 lb gorilla"?

about 2 years ago
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To Mollify Google on Moto Patents, Apple Proposes $1/Device Fee

Galestar Re:Produce one then (582 comments)

It's called ad hominem. The fact that it is Florian writing this does not necessarily make the facts wrong, but it makes it such that you must use a different source.

about 2 years ago
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Canadian Teenager Arrested For Photographing Mall Takedown

Galestar Re:Not a journalist (770 comments)

For the purposes of photography the law treats shopping malls as public space - ie you have no privacy. The owner can still have rules regarding photography, but the only way to enforce them is to ask the person to leave - which this teen was attempting to do when the guard assaulted him.

about 2 years ago

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Citrix submits cloud-building software to Apache Foundation

Galestar Galestar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Galestar writes "Citrix today said that software for building Amazon EC2-style cloud platforms will be submitted to the Apache Software Foundation in an effort to accelerate its development.

Known as CloudStack, the software was acquired by Citrix when it bought the vendor Cloud.com in July 2011 for a reported $200 million. CloudStack was initially a mix of proprietary software and open source code released under the GPL free software license. Citrix said CloudStack will now become a "full open source Apache project," to be released today under the Apache 2.0 license, and also announced that it has increased its financial sponsorship and engineering support for the Apache Foundation."

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Microsoft spreads FUD about Android

Galestar Galestar writes  |  about 4 years ago

Galestar (1473827) writes "Google's open source Android operating system is not as free as it seems, Microsoft argues, because it infringes a number of patents. When asked whether open source models created problems for vendors with licensed software, the software giant went on the offensive. "It does infringe on a bunch of patents, and there's a cost associated with that," Tivanka Ellawala, Microsoft financial officer told MarketWatch. "So there's a... cost associated with Android that doesn't make it free.""
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Artist Uses 3D Printer to Turn Human Ashes into O

Galestar Galestar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Galestar (1473827) writes "Dutch Designer Wieki Somers just might have found the next new renewable building material — human ashes. For the Grand Hornu Images gallery exhibit “In Progress,” she used a 3D printer to turn human ashes into art. Somers created three pieces — a toaster, a mini vacuum cleaner and a scale — for the exhibit that was meant to have the designers rethink the idea of progress. The haunting pieces, which you can see in detail over at Designboom, were a way of asking how we could become more attached to objects in order to move away from consumer culture."
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