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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Mateo_LeFou Re:Difficult to assess (400 comments)

"If the userbase is really fixed then Mozilla should try to maximize their revenue by letting Yahoo! and Google bid for the rights."

They do exactly this. Yahoo's bid was comparable in terms of money, and "better" in terms of Mozilla's mission. For example, Yahoo agreed to respect the Do Not Track setting -- something Google will never do. Because tracking is Google's business.

Since Yahoo is the underdog in search, Mozilla has more leverage to get them to modify things ( evidently a 35-page "things you should change" document was also agreed to). Google's bid is always "Here's $_______ , take it or leave it, we keep our own counsel about how the web should work"

about a month ago

Court: Oracle Entitled To Copyright Protection Over Some Parts of Java

Mateo_LeFou Analogies are Killing Us (303 comments)

You wouldn't steal a car, snatch a purse, etc. So why would you reproduce the sequence and structure of an API !? !

about 7 months ago

Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

Mateo_LeFou They're also glad ... (465 comments)

... the powers that be are also glad when you do vote. One of the cool things about being a power-that-be is that you win regardless.

When you vote, you're indicating that you consent to be governed by these criminals. The criminals use that as evidence that they are not criminals.

about 8 months ago

Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

Mateo_LeFou Re:No Shit (358 comments)

"A english major has very limited problem solving training and have little use in a environment such as Google."

This is *exactly* equivalent to the following sentence:
"A CS major has limited creativity and have little use in an artistic environment such as Apple"

The *only* thing your major really tells people about you is what you felt like spending your time on between the ages of 18-22.

English/Philosophy major, professional Software Developer

about 8 months ago

Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Mateo_LeFou Re:u wot m8 (575 comments)

Just thank your lucky stars that you're not in Linux-land, or some other godawful free software environment, 'cause you would have to type

>apt-get upgrade

in a terminal. This is obviously way too difficult for any human being, so bless Gates and Ballmer and whoever came after him for letting us not have to type that

about 8 months ago

Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Mateo_LeFou Nope, not okay for either (575 comments)

You should be able to upgrade/downgrade/sidegrade to any version that suits your needs

about 8 months ago

Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Mateo_LeFou Wanna give up on these guys yet ? (575 comments)

"a wide range of errors, from 800F0092 to 80070003, for which there are no solutions from Microsoft."

Story of our Lives. Here we are.

about 8 months ago

Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

Mateo_LeFou The brainwashing has succeeded (408 comments)

Agree with you 100%

Patent monopolies are a *tremendous* gift to inventors, and they should be granted (if ever) only for tremendous gifts to the world. The broken patent system has brainwashed people into thinking that every you ever do needs to be patented so that no one else can ever do it.

The pharma patents always get pushed to the front of the class in these discussions. Fine. Cure cancer & patent your cure. We'll pay you for the favor, and we'll pool money to make sure that all the poor people with cancer can also afford it.

But the relative position of a trackpad and keyboard?

about 8 months ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Mateo_LeFou The wikipedia quote that dissappeared (1037 comments)

I put it in bad enclosure, I guess:
"Modern scholarship has almost universally acknowledged the authenticity of the reference to "the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James" [13] and has rejected its being the result of later interpolation"

about 8 months ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Mateo_LeFou Don't overreach (1037 comments)

"his first mention in the writing of Josephus is a fairly obvious forgery, it being neither in his tone or style of writing, and added into a margin"

I'm no historian, but it sounds like you aren't either? Wikiped says >.

There's also: "Scholars generally view these variations as indications that the Josephus passages are not interpolations, for a Christian interpolator would have made them correspond to the New Testament accounts, not differ from them"

Now, you might be 100% right that it is all a pile of lies, etc. But if modern scholarship has almost universally acknowledge the authenticity of a "fairly obvious forgery" you might need to expand your case a bit.

about 8 months ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Mateo_LeFou Re:Correlation is not causation. (1037 comments)

"in the U.S., for example, where compassion and charity are no longer considered Christian"

I wish I had mod points for you.
In broad strokes, "Christianity" in America means "Conservative Republicanism". Case in point: Two things that were drilled into me throughout my (Protestant) upbringing were 1) You always vote for the Christian candidate; and 2) Mormons are not Christians.

Can you guess which candidate those people chose in 2012? Romney, in droves

about 8 months ago

FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee

Mateo_LeFou Cut the cable and quit smoking (97 comments)

I cut the cable about 8 months ago, and (almost as healthy) quit smoking 1 month ago

about 8 months ago

Facebook and Google's Race To Zero

Mateo_LeFou "Every normal activity" (53 comments)

"people have started to do every normal activity we would do on the Internet through those two portals because it costs them zero"

Typical reductive garbage. The internet is important for 5 billion reasons. Sharing photos is just on of those.

This is like saying "people watch every normal TV show through those three channels (ABC,NBC,CBS)

about 8 months ago

British Domain Registrar Offers 'No Transfer Fees,' Charges Transfer Fee

Mateo_LeFou Of Course it's legal (77 comments)

As a net-connected consumer, it is assumed that you read the EULAs and terms for all the sites you visit and the software services you use, and that you go through this process again periodically (every few weeks) in case anything has changed.

Did you know: most people spend 4-5 hours reading terms and EULAs for every 2 hours of using their computers. It's just basic responsibility. It's called the free market, freely-entered-into contracts, meetings of the minds, equal footing, etc. It works grat.


about 9 months ago

A Dedicated Shell For Git Commands

Mateo_LeFou Give it time (96 comments)

They have to build a custom shell so that later it can be hosted as a service.

about 10 months ago

Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

Mateo_LeFou Immediate unlimited derivative works? (360 comments)

Can't tell what Gaynor's defending here; he correctly pins down the idea-expression divide, but seem unaware that copyright restricts people from creating derivative works.
I'm of the opinion that a good beginning to copyright reform would be immediate (or 2-year delayed) permission for anyone to create derivative works that are reasonably distinct from the original.
I welcome Gaynor to the fight for more reasonable copyright as soon as he figures out that's the side he's on.

about a year ago

95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

Mateo_LeFou Obvious choice I think (346 comments)

Windows XP is the only operating system stable & secure enough to handle sensitive transactions such as cash dispensing.

about a year ago

Mozilla Organizes Game Creating Contest, Prizes Worth $45,000

Mateo_LeFou Re:Coders or artists (55 comments)

"graphics = sales"

Nonsense. The most profitable game pretty much ever has crummy graphics by comparison to the "standard"

1 year,15 days

Music Industry Issues Take Down Notices to 50 Major Lyrics Sites

Mateo_LeFou Can't wait to see their version (281 comments)

"Gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown"

Buy the rest of the lyrics to this song by clicking HERE

about a year ago



Soulskill Defies Blackout

Mateo_LeFou Mateo_LeFou writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Mateo_LeFou writes "Slashdot editor Soulskill surprised many today by breaking through metaphorical strike lines and so on, posting a bunch of news stories on a day when the technology community, generally speaking, was pretty well agreed that this is a wholly inappropriate thing to do"
Link to Original Source

Chrome Released

Mateo_LeFou Mateo_LeFou writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mateo_LeFou (859634) writes "Google has released Chrome after hours and hours of anticipation. It's preventing non-Windows folk from seeing the download link, but of course there are ways around that. Wine hasn't successfully launched the installer for me, so first one to get it running on a non-evil OS gets a gold star."

Mateo_LeFou Mateo_LeFou writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mateo_LeFou (859634) writes "Gulf News has a nice piece exposing the last couple generations of Apple's DRM strategy (you didn't really think they were abandoning DRM, did you?). Article focuses on how quickly the tactics are worked around, and how nasty the latest one is: purchased iTunes now have your personal data in them. Author suspects that this is to prevent you uploading them to a network, but that conclusion seems jumped-to to me."

Mateo_LeFou Mateo_LeFou writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mateo_LeFou writes "The Section 115 Reform Act, part of last year's attempt to impose a licensing regime on ephemeral copies of music (think browser cache, RAM, etc.), seems to be alive and well. The new chairman of the "Intellectual Property" subcommittee (a nd distinguished representative from Hollywood) agrees with the copyright registrar that CD sales are falling because of — you guessed it — piracy, and that this slide can be stopped by making the rules about what computers can legally do with music a lot more complicated. Video here"

Mateo_LeFou Mateo_LeFou writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mateo_LeFou writes "I've been a freelance web developer for a couple years, but got placed in a "regular" job recently by an IT staffing company. I was very disturbed by their employment agreement, as it seems to assert ownership over anything I think during the contract, and for six months afterward. Additionally, the recruiter kept saying it was all "just a bunch of legal jargon" that neither she nor I should try to understand. But I tried to understand anyway, and was shocked at what it seemed to say. Unless I'm missing something, I find it very difficult to accept these terms. What do you think?"

Mateo_LeFou Mateo_LeFou writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Mateo_LeFou (859634) writes "That's right, there's something worse than a "business method" patent in the works. The International Herald Tribune reports that a case is pending in Connecticut on the issue of whether methods of preparing (or dodging) your taxes can be patented. Anyone think we've reached the limit on what can be considered patentable yet?"


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