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Obama Backs MPAA, RIAA, and ACTA

I'm Don Giovanni Obama's obtained most of his wealth from his books (703 comments)

Is it so hard to believe that he'd frown upon piracy?
Just because freeloading is part of the "open source" ethic doesn't mean that all other creators must live by that ethic.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Backs MPAA, RIAA, and ACTA

I'm Don Giovanni Re:Not Trolling ... (703 comments)

Three jokes that have one thing in common: they are totally and utterly unelectable. Thank God.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Demos Three Platforms Running the Same Game

I'm Don Giovanni Hello? It's a presentation to developers. (196 comments)

Even shows the code loaded into Visual Studio. He's not talking to "consumers". And since when did Microsoft ever claim, even to consumers, that all there OSes were the same on all devices? Consumers couldn't care less about whether a phone OS is the same as a PC OS.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Demos Three Platforms Running the Same Game

I'm Don Giovanni Re:90% shared code? (196 comments)

C#/XNA will do just fine to create top-end mobile games, as evidenced by the ZuneHD's Project Gotham Racing game, and other 3-D games.

"Zune HD - 3D Games Demo"

more than 4 years ago
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Schooling Microsoft On Random Browser Selection

I'm Don Giovanni Wow. Good Find. (436 comments)

I wonder how many javascripts on the web are using this same flawed random sort implementation? Probably lots.

more than 4 years ago
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Schooling Microsoft On Random Browser Selection

I'm Don Giovanni Well, MS may as well change it anyway. (436 comments)

Simply assign each browser a random number, then sort them by each corresponding number. The current solution is over-engineered. It's till random, but lacks an even distribution of probability. They should make the very simple change to "fix" that, if for no other reason than just to be beyond reproach.

more than 4 years ago
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Harsh Words From Google On Linux Development

I'm Don Giovanni Chrome actually steals some UI ideas from IE7 (948 comments)

such as eschewing a menubar and consolidating the commands in Page and Tool dropdown buttons.

Incidentally, Slashdotters bashed MS for doing this in IE7, but were silent about Google doing the same thing in Chrome. Which reminds me that slashdotters also bashed Microsoft for merging the Back/Forward navigation stack into a single dropdown control in IE7, but said nothing when Firefox 3 copied that idea. I only point out these things to show that slashdotters aren't the most objective analysts when it comes to judging UI.

That said, I agree with you that Chrome's UI is better than IE's, and I think Chrome's UI is the best of all browsers.

more than 5 years ago
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Swedish Pirate Party Gains 3000 Members In 7 Hours

I'm Don Giovanni Re:So what? (410 comments)

Looks to me like the Pirate Party has a horrible vote vs party membership ratio. It's shockingly pathetic. So what will 5000 more members mean? 10000 more votes? Big deal.

BTW, yes the Pirate Party is utterly insignificant politically. Or do you think that zero seats is significant?

more than 5 years ago
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Is Open Source Software a Race To Zero?

I'm Don Giovanni BINGO!! (729 comments)

A business model that relies on "support" for revenue actually creates a disincentive to produce the "ideal" piece of software (i.e. powerful, intuitive, easy to use, stable).

about 6 years ago
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Is Open Source Software a Race To Zero?

I'm Don Giovanni Re:Yes, and there's nothing new with that (729 comments)

"You only have to look at Sun and IBM to see that they are on track with the need to change."

I don't know about IBM, but Sun's version of "being on track with change" includes massive layoffs and near bankruptcy.
Sun announces 6000 layoffs, 15% of its workforce (Nov 2008)

Microsoft, for all its "problems" and outdated/maligned business model, is hiring lots of people while its competitors are doing the opposite.

about 6 years ago
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Press Favored Obama Throughout Campaign

I'm Don Giovanni Re:Do not try to bring up "fair". (1601 comments)

LOL
Obama doesn't support the "fairness doctrine", that's a srawman you right-wingers have created. I keep seeing you guys talking of how Obama and Pelosi want to bring back the "fairness doctrine" but there's zero evidence of that.

more than 6 years ago
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Press Favored Obama Throughout Campaign

I'm Don Giovanni Re:Do not try to bring up "fair". (1601 comments)

Biden's "gaffes" were boring. And Biden himself was relatively boring, compared to Palin, who was a fresh face. EVERYTHING Palin did got more coverage than whatever Biden did, both the good and the bad.

Secondly, the press absolutely swooned and fawned over Palin until she made a complete fool of herself in her Katie Couric interview (so much so that SNL didn't even have to "parodize" her statements; Tina Fey was able to just say what Palin herself had said, which was parody in itself).

Even so, the press still declared her the overwhelming winner in her debate with Biden, before the polls showed that the public felt the exact opposite. So they were still biased *for* her even at that point. They didn't really turn on her until polls showed that she was a drag on the ticket, her approval rating kept dropping, she was spouting mean-spirited rhetoric ("real America" vs "unreal America" blathering), and McCain's own staffers started leaking bad stories about her.

At the end of the day, most people don't think she's qualified for the job she was seeking. Live with it.

more than 6 years ago
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Press Favored Obama Throughout Campaign

I'm Don Giovanni Re:Duh. (1601 comments)

"I voted for Alan Keyes in the 2000 presidential race"

That sound you hear is that of your credibility being flushed down that toilet. You vote for a wacko and then expect us to take you seriously? Please...

Anyway, as shown above, the Democratic candidate ALWAYS loses among white voters, even when they win (i.e. Clinton, Carter, Obama, or Gore (won popular vote)). Just as the Republican candidate ALWAYS loses Blacks and Latinos, regardless of whether they win or lose. The fact is, Obama performed better in all of those categories than previous Democrats since LBJ, and his overall percentage of the vote 53% is the highest of any Democrat since LBJ. You think that was done simply on the backs of black votes? Get real.

more than 6 years ago
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Press Favored Obama Throughout Campaign

I'm Don Giovanni Re:Duh. (1601 comments)

It was reported, you ignoramus (that's not an insult, but the literal truth).
Hillary's campaign brought it up in Dec 2007, right before the Iowa caucus, and the media spent a whole week on it.

Obama himself not only wrote about it in the 90's in his first book (which diffuses the issue anyway), he spoke about it a couple of weeks before Hillary tried to run with it.

Romney and Guiliani also brought it up around the same time.

The media covered all of this.

Then NY Times did an extensive article on it in February.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/09/us/politics/09obama.html

It was reported.

If McCain thought it would help him, he would've brought it up himself or run ads on it. He didn't waste time because even he knew nobody cared.

more than 6 years ago
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Press Favored Obama Throughout Campaign

I'm Don Giovanni Re:Duh. (1601 comments)

You're not stating the whole of what Obama said regarding public funding, but let's grant your point for argument's sake. My response is: So what? Once he saw he could raise more money directly from the public (rather than indirectly from the public via the government) while still not taking lobbyist money, he changed his mind. There was nothing stopping McCain from doing the same.

more than 6 years ago

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