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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

Microlith Re:Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (173 comments)

Answer to #3 is clearly NO - that's why GPLv3 was created, which pissed off a large number of companies, and drove them to BSDL solutions, like LLVM/Clang instead of GCC

Unspecified patent claims on software should be an anathema to BSDL software, given that could result in the patent holder controlling any and all usage of the project despite the license.

Of course, if this is true then it shows how vile said corporations are. So desperate to undermine the core points of Free Software for the sake of power over others.

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Microlith Re: Don't worry guys... (872 comments)

"Fundamentalist" christianity is actually very peaceful.

Which is all well and good, except for the idiocy that goes along with it.

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Microlith Re:Don't worry guys... (872 comments)

This sort of thing is what that legislation was supposed to prevent.

So what you're saying is... false flag! /s

3 days ago
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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

Microlith Re:Its own editors said so (345 comments)

They aren't pretending to be objective, balanced, or factual.

A couple problems. The first is that no one is truly objective except someone studying an isolated system. The second is that we have this misbegotten notion that "balance" is that we must give both sides of a story equal billing. When one side is flagrantly wrong, it deserves to be dismissed and ignored. The third is on you to show how they omit facts. I know the extreme right wing of this country loves to manufacture "facts" or omit actual facts when it suits them, there's a whole TV network that excels in such shitflinging.

about two weeks ago
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Big Banks Will Vie For Your Attention With Cardless ATMs and VR

Microlith Re:Mobile payments (76 comments)

Way to not read the article. "Mobile payments" has nothing to do with the carriers - their billing systems are not involved. Proper systems like Apple Pay and Google Wallet (and anything similar to them) are effectively just virtual credit cards.

about two weeks ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

Microlith Re:wouldn't even be reported (224 comments)

Not true.

Entirely true. When you steep yourself in the echo chamber, your perspective on reality twists and contorts. Gamergate was built on a lie and on hating a specific person.

The customer revolt exploded the day practically the entire online gaming press coordinated to declare their core audience "dead,"

There was no "customer revolt." There was a bunch of assholes who got pissed that the gaming press called them out on their abusive and unwarranted behavior.

in a clumsy and transparent attempt to cover-up their corruption.

Keep lying to yourself if it makes you feel better, I suppose. Righteous self-indignance is the same whether it's built on reality or bullshit I suppose.

about three weeks ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

Microlith Re:wouldn't even be reported (224 comments)

If this scandal had any relation to the Gamergate corruption, then there's no way the gaming press would even cover it.

Yeah cause IT'S A CONSPIRACY!

Anybody investigating the players would be said to be "harassing" them in articles

No, there's a difference between investigation and the concerted harassment by gamergate idiots.

they'd probably be called "misogynists" too, the players' actual genders be damned.

It might seem like that, but only to people who have completely lost their grasp on reality, such as you.

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

Microlith Re:What do they spend the money on? (161 comments)

Stupid features and interface changes no one wants

Better to just never, ever change, right?

bugs from real users go unresolved.

Whereby "real users" are... who exactly? What obscure bug have you hit, and how does my not hitting it make me not a "real user."

about a month ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Microlith Re:Time for a truly open browser (400 comments)

Firefox, with its marketing deals and in-browser ads is no longer "it".

Yeah, those in browser ads you'll probably never see.

It would be great to have an independent project driver by developer enthusiasm rather than anyone's business needs.

And it'll succeed, just like Linux has succeeded on the desktop.

Linux kernel and many other projects manage that somehow.

There is a lot of money behind the Linux kernel. Many changes that go in are explicitly because of business needs.

about a month ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Microlith Re:Libre Browsers offer DuckDuckGo (400 comments)

Libre browsers like... Firefox! Which is why icecat/iceweasel exist in the first place.

about a month ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Microlith Re:I'm happy to announce (400 comments)

So Mozilla goes for funding sources other than Google and your CEO gets pissed off? Sounds to me like your CEO is irrational and you had a bone to pick with Mozilla (over some perceived, but nonexistent, slight against you.)

about a month ago
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Mozilla Updates Firefox With Forget Button, DuckDuckGo Search, and Ads

Microlith Re:they are thinking Google has them by the balls (327 comments)

or take Google's money by showing ads from a Google-owned ad network.

And it's not this either, given that they're basically sponsored slots that pretty much only new installs see.

if Mozilla would stop fucking with the interface of Firefox and making it a Chrome clone

It'll only be a Chrome clone when they remove the ability to customize the UI via add-ons.

We have muscle memory and we expect things to work certain ways. Changing it just annoys the user base.

That sounds like the worst reason to slam the brakes on UI improvements. On the other hand, maintaining the flexibility of the add-on system is golden and lets people like me keep the UI pretty much identical to how it was in the 3.x days, rather than whining like a 4year old.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Launches Browser Built For Developers

Microlith Re:Not going to happen (74 comments)

An organization like Mozilla should be especially careful not to take sides on politics.

Even when one of the sides is obviously wrong? Good 'ol dose of false equivalence?

They now have a record of using someone's personal information against them.

Ah, so now Mozilla is responsible for the actions of others? Or do you have evidence that Mozilla (the corporation) took action against Eich? As it stands, Eich chose to step down of his own volition and there's no evidence against it.

Who knows what person will be their next target

Given Eich wasn't opposed by Mozilla, I don't expect anyone will.

or whether or not they'll use their software products to snoop on whom they perceive to be the enemy

And now we delve into paranoid bullshit territory.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Launches Browser Built For Developers

Microlith Re:Not going to happen (74 comments)

The whole Brendan Eich situation and your cowering to the social justice warriors makes me not only avoid your products, but actively remind people that you are a sleazy political organization first, with a browser tool far second

Yeah, how dare an organization that is, essentially, politically minded in the first place take a principled stand for acceptance, respect, and equality instead of falling on Eich's sword for him.

Also:

social justice warriors

Yeah, fuck them for even thinking about changing the status quo. People should just accept their lot in life, even if that means they get shit on for no good reason. Just so long as you don't have to care!

Google's heart isn't much better but at least they have tact in their public relations.

Yeah, a better organization would defend bigotry and turn a blind-eye towards abusive behavior. /s

about a month ago
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Mozilla Launches Browser Built For Developers

Microlith Re:Chrome for Android and Safari for iOS? (74 comments)

So, they're running Android and iOS on your computer to run the same binaries as those platforms?

Of course not. But, of course, you have to find something to hate on. Mozilla can do no right.

If not, it's only emulation

Which is a decent first step.

when someone says they're emulating another browser the result is usually not worth it and nowhere close to the actual results on the other platforms.

Yep, and only an idiot would rely on the results of emulation and not engage in on-target testing.

about a month ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Microlith Re:Gruber at DaringFireball nails it (558 comments)

It hasn't taken off because the carriers directly interfered with the roll out in an effort to push their own system - which they never bothered to actually promote.

Whereas with Google Wallet, I can unlock it ahead of time and re-lock it at my convenience. The biggest obstruction as of late is finding places that I can use it at, and apparently that list has just shrunk.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Microlith Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

They did disable it. For a large number of people, it'd be indistinguishable from broken.

Why are people defending malicious behavior?

about 2 months ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Microlith Re:Gamergate is NOT about defining "gamer" (164 comments)

You must be too young to remember the uproar over the Kane & Lynch/Gamespot incident from a few years back.

I don't, probably because it wasn't as rage-filled and rooted in misogyny as this roundabout is.

There have been plenty of other similar explosions over the years, and none of them involved sexism that I recall.

They weren't nearly as hateful or accompanied by vitriolic attack campaigns against small handfuls of individuals who had the temerity to point out the piss poor behavior of those on the "gamergate" side.

But you keep believing all the embarrassed game journalists who keep saying "The ethics of game journalism are just fine, no need to...HEY LOOK OVER THERE, IT'S SEXISM!!!!"

Gamergate was horribly sexist and misogynistic the moment it appeared, and harped on an indie developer in was they never ripped into an AAA developer.

But please, keep defending a (loosely knit) group who so far has rape and death threats under their belt, who whine about "censorship" then engage in abusive campaigns to silence those who point out that "hey, you're being horrible to other people for no real good reason."

about 2 months ago

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Microsoft Taking Aggresive Steps Against Linux on

Microlith Microlith writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Microlith (54737) writes "Microsoft has updated their WHQL certification requirements for Windows 8, and placed specific restrictions on ARM platforms that will make it impossible to install non-Microsoft operating systems on ARM devices, and make it impossible to turn off or customize such security.

Choice quotes from the certification include from page 116, section 20: "On an ARM system, it is forbidden to enable Custom Mode. Only Standard Mode may be enable." which prevents users from customizing their security, and in section 21: "Disabling Secure MUST NOT be possible on ARM systems" to prevent you from booting any other OSes."

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No Custom ROMs for DROID X, 2

Microlith Microlith writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Microlith (54737) writes "According to Tom's Hardware, the bootloaders for the DROID X and DROID 2 will be encrypted and signed, much in the same fashion as the Motorola Milestone (GSM DROID) as well as their other handsets. If they cover their bases, unlike last time, this will bar owners from installing 3rd party ROMs."
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