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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

MrEricSir Re:So when does GOOG get an EU lawsuit? (387 comments)

Android is open source and can be forked to work however you like. Windows, not so much.

yesterday
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

MrEricSir Crowdfunding has jumped the shark (215 comments)

Kickstarter barely cares what you try to fund anymore, and the other sites are even worse. It doesn't matter if your project clearly violates copyright laws -- or even the laws of physics -- you can post any project you want. This makes the entire crowdfunding ecosystem look incredibly shady.

That said, this has led to some pretty funny stuff over at Kickfailure.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

MrEricSir Re:Counter-productive renaming obsession (352 comments)

Further thoughts on this are that it may be a reflection of Microsoft's internal political structure and culture, and power struggles, with every newcomer needing to stamp his or her identity on the product, regardless of whether that's beneficial.

Both seem like symptoms of the same problem: nobody's really in charge. This leadership deficit seems like it largely started with Ballmer, who was more interested in yelling and dancing around like a monkey than running his company.

about three weeks ago
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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

MrEricSir Re:Zillow has walk ability score for every home (214 comments)

If walking is a "fad," it's older than the human race itself. I think that makes it one of the longest fads of all time!

about a month and a half ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

MrEricSir Great when you're in school (213 comments)

While you're taking CS courses in a university, ACM membership is great! But in the corporate world there's often not a good reason to join.

I was president of my university's ACM chapter at one point, but I've let my membership lapse. The value proposition just isn't worth it to me at the moment.

about 2 months ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

MrEricSir Re:This is being blown out of proportion (228 comments)

Fine, you win. You clearly know more than Yorba's lawyer because you're a random person on the internet, and therefore know everything.

about 2 months ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

MrEricSir Re:This is being blown out of proportion (228 comments)

And wait another 4 years in limbo? Yorba doesn't have the resources for that either.

about 2 months ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

MrEricSir Re:This is being blown out of proportion (228 comments)

As a former employee of Yorba, I can assure you they do not have the resources to sue the IRS.

about 2 months ago
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George Lucas Selects Chicago For the Star Wars Museum

MrEricSir Why bother? (98 comments)

The only Lucas art museum I need is ScummVM.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

MrEricSir Re:Python + Qt (466 comments)

I'd second the QtQuick recommendation. What I like about it is you can easily slap together a standalone UI prototype and worry about the backend later.

about 3 months ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

MrEricSir Re:RMS is right. (406 comments)

RMS is right in this case, DRM just harms everyone. Now Linux might play some more videos, but everyone who wants to run Amiga or Haiku, or another platform will be shutout from accessing that content. This is why DRM is stupid, it keeps the vendor/platform lock in going. For no good reason. It has never stopped pirates from doing their thing.

So DRM is bad because it stops people from accessing content, even though it's never actually done that? You've completely talked yourself into a circle.

about 4 months ago
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Google Testing Gmail Redesign

MrEricSir Google's motto (218 comments)

Google's motto should be "We don't care about design, and it shows!"

about 5 months ago
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Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

MrEricSir Re:other suggestions? (161 comments)

BitTorrent Sync is great, unless you really need cloud storage.

about 6 months ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

MrEricSir Re:Wrong Subsection (704 comments)

And you're missing my point on purpose -- saying that someone isn't a victim because they're a victim too often is to ignore valid complaints. Just because someone cries wolf more than once doesn't negate the existence of the wolf.

about 6 months ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

MrEricSir Re:Wrong Subsection (704 comments)

Oh, I understand how argument works -- AC is dragging out the old argument that we don't need to listen to someone's complaints because they're victimized more than other people. It's the same tired excuse that defenders of biggots have always relied on.

Maybe if you spent a little less time being condescending ass on the internet, you'd notice that this pattern is neither new nor a valid argument.

about 6 months ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

MrEricSir Re:Wrong Subsection (704 comments)

The small sub-section of Professional Victims who love to always complain should take a hike for once.

It's almost like there's a reason some people are victimized more than others. But no, let's blame the victims instead of the people causing the harm, because it's easier to be an Internet Contrarian (TM) than to actually think about the issues.

about 6 months ago
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CEO Says One Laptop Per Child Project Has Achieved Its Goals

MrEricSir How many... (54 comments)

How many of those 2.5 million laptops still work? Most of the OLPC laptops I saw at trade shows were broken.

about 6 months ago
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Bitcoin's Software Gets Security Fixes, New Features

MrEricSir Bitcoin can be changed? (173 comments)

But I was told that manipulating currencies was always bad, and that Bitcoin was completely different than The Dreaded Fed (TM)!

about 6 months ago
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Google To Replace GTK+ With Its Own Aura In Chrome

MrEricSir Re:I'm with Google... (240 comments)

And adopting and modifying GTK-3 seems like a battered woman going back to her abusive husband... The FSF has a sorry track record of destroying everything they touch, and the GPLv3 getting forced on all their software is making individuals and companies run for the hills at a record pace.

You can't blame FSF for what happened to GTK3. Besides, GTK3 is licensed under LGPL 2.

No, if you want to point fingers at GTK3, blame the developers. Also note that GTK's developers do all their work from the command line -- not exactly the people you want designing a GUI toolkit.

about 7 months ago

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Flu + La Nina = pandemic?

MrEricSir MrEricSir writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MrEricSir writes "A correlation between illness and cold weather is nothing new but this one is very specific: La Nina changes the migratory patterns of birds which can (and often does, according to this theory) cause flu pandemics."
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