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Microsoft Launches Its Own Open Source Foundation

MynockGuano Re:trap (344 comments)

With Windows I can just point out the "Designed for Windows X" logo and my customers will get devices that work every. single. time.

Normally, I wouldn't nitpick to this degree, but you seemed to place great emphasis on this point. Are you saying that you've never encountered a Windows user complaining that their printer just "stopped working?" It seems to me that every nontechnical person I know has expressed this frustration to me at one time or another.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Pushes For Single Global Patent System

MynockGuano Re:nightmares (495 comments)

Why is it always assumed that--for instance--pharmaceutical patents, technological patents, and software patents all have to follow the same patent law?

Wouldn't it be best to tailor the law to what's practical in each particular field?

more than 5 years ago

Nokia Makes LGPL Version of PyQt

MynockGuano Re:Kudos to Nokia (263 comments)

I wouldn't say we're better off for having GTK, or at last we're not better off having GTK be as popular as it is. Choice is good, but Linux would be much further toward acceptance on the Desktop with one main GUI toolkit.

We'd be better off had GTK completely killed off QT, or if it hadn't been created at all. We ended up with the worst possible outcome. I can't think of anything that could slow down Desktop Linux development more than two major competing DEs duplicating each other's efforts.

What makes you think that there wouldn't be two major competing DEs, both using the same toolkit? KDE and Gnome are different enough, philosophically, that we'd likely still have both.

more than 5 years ago

Nokia Leaks Phone With Full GNU/Linux Distribution

MynockGuano Re:is it actually a phone? (621 comments)

If you followed the global mobile news you would know about mobile-review already. But most in the US don't know shit about anything except RIM, Apple and Motorola.

Truth be told, I don't follow them, either. The summary leads one to believe there's an interesting technology article somewhere in there, but there really isn't anything of the sort (which is probably why I don't find mobile phones very compelling in the first place--for such a potentially-important class of technologies to be hindered by some inexplicable need to be tied to a phone service does not make sense to me).

more than 5 years ago

High-Tech Blimps Earning Their Wings

MynockGuano Re:Shoot down at 10,000 feet is easy (200 comments)

I hate to pop your balloon (pun intended) but 10,000 feet is not that high. In World War 2 the Germans had anti-aircraft guns that could easily get to much over 20,000 feet. Many cheap modern shoulder held anti-aircraft missiles can easily shoot this high and a blimp would be easy to hit. It might be safe from small arms fire but a few small holes wouldn't hurt it much. An anti-aircraft missile is another matter.

Blimpin' ain't easy.

more than 5 years ago

US Fed Gov. Says All Music Downloads Are Theft

MynockGuano Re:Apple's iTMS may beg to differ (451 comments)

That's still no reason to falsely accuse someone.

Some people might not be bright enough to distinguish from actual downloading
of some sort and streaming from some site like Hulu or Pandora. How does Pandora
or radio streams fit into this particular bit of government propaganda?

Both are blocked outright on DoD networks, along with all other mainstream music/video distribution sites, so no worries.

more than 5 years ago

Nokia Leaks Phone With Full GNU/Linux Distribution

MynockGuano Re:is it actually a phone? (621 comments)

I tried to RTFA, but apparently the author assumes that I spend day and night reading his website and know the story behind all his half-alluded-to technologies. The only bit of coherent information I was able to garner from that pile of misspelled words, glued together with condescension, was how great the author thinks he is for being all "insider" and stuff.

more than 5 years ago

Censorship Struggle Underway In Iceland

MynockGuano Invest! (251 comments)

A dental health network:

- The outlook for the UK dental market...is positive
- Current dental provision in the UK is low with only c. 50% of the population registered with dentists. There are also too few practices to meet the capacity needs.

Invest! Invest!

more than 5 years ago

The Best First Language For a Young Programmer

MynockGuano Re:Lua (634 comments)

Agreed! Also, the source code for the language (written in C) is very digestible, well-commented, and easy-to-read. A great second step.


The language is a pleasure to use. It just feels right.

That quote sums it up perfectly. There's just something about the language that "just works" for me, at least.

more than 5 years ago

No More D&D PDFs, Wizards of the Coast Sues 8 File Sharers

MynockGuano Re:D&D is dead (501 comments)

Recently tried OpenRPG. Was okay, but we've since moved to rptools (rptools.net), which is open-source, very actively developed, and fantastic.

more than 5 years ago

Why TV Lost

MynockGuano Re:Piracy? (576 comments)

But I pay £140 a year

Ok in all honesty where in your mind does £140 even begin to cover the literally thousands of hours of production? Do you think that covers even a SINGLE employee for a SINGLE episode? THIS people is the problem with the whole "I'm a noble pirate" bs that flies around on Slashdot. The mechanisms are in no way economically sustainable.

Apparently it does, since that's the price that was set by industry. I'm pretty sure the difference is made up by the fact that there are many more people paying that price than there are employees.

more than 5 years ago

Examining Portal's Teleportation Code

MynockGuano Re:Portal Physics 101 (278 comments)

The Ones Who Walk Away from OmeLAS?

more than 6 years ago


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