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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

JohnFen Re:implicit tone (217 comments)

So you want an implicit tone that helps to hide the actual, factual history of Microsoft?

about a week ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

JohnFen Re:Patents (217 comments)

The ones they are using to extort from many Android-based phones, for starters.

about a week ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

JohnFen Re:Help? (217 comments)

I don't think Microsoft cares much about helping IT "get further" as such. It only cares about maximizing profit.

about a week ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

JohnFen Re:They couldn't wreck the movement from the outsi (217 comments)

It isn't what you're running on your box that they're interested in, anymore, it's what you're connecting to for your business layer. If they can get *nix customers connecting to Azure on .NET, I think they'd call that a win.

God, I hope that's the case. Since I won't touch cloudy services with a ten foot pole, this would mean that Microsoft will finally stop being a pain in my butt.

about a week ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

JohnFen Re:These idiots remain idiotic (388 comments)

It seems to me what they want to do is make it just difficult enough that Joe Average will shell out the bucks rather than figure out how to use Tor et al.

What they clearly want to do is break the internet. However, if their goal is to stop infringement by Joe Average, this effort would fail. What will happen is an alternate system will be set up by those of us who know how to do such things (whether we engage in piracy or not -- it doesn't matter), then we'll encourage everyone to use it and when we set up machines for our nontech friends and family, we'll set them up to use the alternate system as well.

about a week ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

JohnFen Re:Deals? (191 comments)

The customers would never have had access to the music catalogs of the major music labels were it not for deals to implement DRM and patch holes when that DRM is exploited.

Absolutely not true. Customers had access to those music catalogs before iTunes existed, both in legal and illegal ways. I think what you meant was that Apple would never have had access.

about a week ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

JohnFen Re:Enough customers do in fact tolerate DRM (191 comments)

And if there are many people whom the DRM doesn't inconvenience, then there are many people willing to buy copies of works in a DRM format. The popularity of video game consoles, DVD, and iTunes Music Store prior to 2009 has shown that there do exist enough customers willing to tolerate DRM to keep a market going.

True, but that isn't an argument for how DRM can be good for consumers.

about a week ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

JohnFen Re:The video game crash of 1983 (191 comments)

Think back to 1983 and 1984 when the North American video game market crashed due to too much choice.

Nothing that you've said here is an accurate reflection of why that crash happened. Lockout wasn't even remotely a factor.

DRM is good for consumers because it ensures that studios will be willing to publish more than zero desirable works in a format.

This also doesn't resemble the truth at all. If there were no such thing as DRM, there would be just as much content being produced. Or, at least, there isn't any indication that wouldn't be true.

So end users were faced with a choice between VCD/SVCD, which has no DRM and no major titles, and DVD, which has DRM and major titles.

And that was good for consumers how?

about a week ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

JohnFen Re:Huh? (191 comments)

because the DRM has long since been dropped in the music space.

This is not true, even if Apple insists on saying it is. As near as I can tell, what they mean is that they aren't putting DRM on music that was added after the DRM-free date. However, the iTunes library is full of music that is as "protected" by DRM as it ever was. Or at least that was true three years ago, when I spent far too much time working out how to strip the DRM off of a song I downloaded from it.

about a week ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

JohnFen Re:I'm shocked. (191 comments)

You want to buy music from multiple vendors on your mobile device?

Who wouldn't want that?

Well we need a standard and open platform like the PC, where any vendor can add their hardware, software or DRM.

We have such a thing, so that's good, but I would argue that DRM is not only unnecessary, it needs to die a fiery death.

Apple hardware/software stack is proprietary and owned by one company, so this decision is correct.

True enough, which is reason #2 that I will never own Apple anything. Reason #1 why I will never use Apple music devices is that would force me to use iTunes, which sucks beyond measure.

about a week ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

JohnFen Re:I'm shocked. (191 comments)

Whatever harm iTunes did, seems to have resulted in a far more vibrant marketplace now than it was years ago.

Be careful about confusing causation with correlation.

about a week ago
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Webcast Funerals Growing More Popular

JohnFen Re:Funerals are already disconnected from reality (70 comments)

I don't know if it's different outside North America, but try to count the number of funerals you've been to

8

and then how many of those were open-casket.

8

about a week ago
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Webcast Funerals Growing More Popular

JohnFen This might help (70 comments)

I hate attending funerals and only do it because I'm expected to. Would the existence of livestreaming allow me to skip the whole thing while claiming that I took part via the stream? If so, then I'm greatly in favor of it!

about a week ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

JohnFen Re:Move to a gated community (596 comments)

With the freeway running smoothly 24/7 and nobody ever being overcharged to use it

Any charge to use the freeway is being overcharged.

about two weeks ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

JohnFen Re:Move to a gated community (596 comments)

That's probably the most cost-effective and least annoying solution.

It might be cost-effective, but it's a far cry from "least annoying". Streets that change the direction of permissible travel based on time of day are much more annoying than just keeping them one-way all the time.

about two weeks ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

JohnFen Re:Move to a gated community (596 comments)

Florida must have some really kick-ass public transit, then! I live in a city that is often cited as having wonderful public transportation, including light rail, but after using it for a couple of years I never came to love it. I gave up on it altogether.

about two weeks ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

JohnFen Re:Move to a gated community (596 comments)

In most states, it's just silly to use surface streets when there's a freeway - even in rush hour, the freeway will be faster. But California is broken, and they just don't want to build big enough freeways (though LA at least tried, once).

I live in a much more rural state than California, but for most of most days using the freeway is the slowest of available options. Or, best case, it's no faster than using the surface streets (but a thousand times less pleasant). As a result, I have my nav system permanently set to "avoid freeways".

about two weeks ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

JohnFen Re:Move to a gated community (596 comments)

This isn't anything close to a new problem. About 30 years ago, I lived on a street that was severely in need of repaving. The reason that it was in that state was because the property owners along it pressured the city heavily not to repave it. It turns out that when the street was in good repair, too many drivers used it to bypass the bad traffic on a nearby thoroughfare. Keeping the street in poor repair meant that you couldn't safely drive down it going more than about 5 MPH, which meant that people who didn't live along it would avoid it.

about two weeks ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

JohnFen Re:(In that Counter Strike voice) Terrorists Win (184 comments)

Since the formation of the TSA, how many US planes have been hijacked? None! It's obviously a huge success and worth every penny and minute of lost time.

That's not because of the TSA, it's because I started carrying a magic pebble.

about two weeks ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

JohnFen Re:ive been through the new check (France, CDG air (184 comments)

While I've never been asked permission for a search at the airport, I have a couple of times in my life by cops. My policy is to always decline to give permission no matter what. If they have a legal right to search me, then they don't need my permission. If they don't have that right, then they have no business searching me.

about two weeks ago

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