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European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

StormReaver Re: Again? (95 comments)

Netscape was free too, and it was easy to switch from IE for anyone who wanted to...

Netscape wasn't free until Microsoft bundled Internet Explorer (IE) into Windows, which had (and still has) a (what should be illegal) monopoly on desktop operating systems. At that point, no one could charge for a browser. That was leveraging a monopoly in one area to gain a monopoly in another area, which is a felony (for which Microsoft was rightly convicted).

Switching from IE to anything else was almost impossible for most people, because Microsoft's browser dominance was so thorough that a huge number of web sites was created to fully work only with IE. Phoenix/Firefox broke Microsoft's stranglehold only through a rare convergence of events.

about a week ago
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European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

StormReaver Re:Again? (95 comments)

No matter what one thinks of Yelp, they were one of the first few place review services around. Then Google tried to buy them and, when that failed, copied their business model and turned it into Google Places which held top place in any location search.

I'm failing to see the problem. That is how competition is supposed to work: doing something better than someone else.

Did Google threaten anyone, or did Google just provided a better service/experience?

Did Google conspire with other companies to put Yelp out of business?

Did Google somehow leverage a monopoly position in search to gain a monopoly position in reviewing stuff?

As far as I know, Google is just a better competitor.

about a week ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

StormReaver Re:Huh? (280 comments)

Several years ago, a kernel developer submitted a patch that greatly increased Linux performance for desktop-oriented tasks; but the patch was rejected because it harmed server performance. In that case, there was no way to reconcile the needs of the two types of systems. Under that kind of situation, the logic for a server/desktop split increases.

about a week ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

StormReaver Not Enough (523 comments)

Not only is 4/1 not nearly enough, it needs to be symmetrical. 20/20 is just barely servicable for a household. 100/100 would be adequate, but 1000/1000 should be the standard. These companies want to stay at 4/1 so they don't have to "waste" any of their cocaine/hooker money on infrastructure.

about a week ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

StormReaver Re:Huh? (314 comments)

Why the hell is a GUI system dependent on a low level system control daemon?

Just a wild guess (and I may be wrong), but perhaps it's for better communication of events between the underlying system and the GUI.

about a week ago
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NVIDIA Sues Qualcomm and Samsung Seeking To Ban Import of Samsung Phones

StormReaver Switching to AMD (110 comments)

Thankfully, the Open Source AMD video driver has progressed enough to use it for normal computing. I've been using it on cards I already had laying around, and it performs very well for daily use. It performs much better than Nouveau (which isn't surprising, since AMD released full specifications, and nVidia requires complete clean-room reverse engineering), and integrates into a Linux desktop cleaner than the nVidia proprietary driver (nVidia destroys the boot display, for example).

Now I have enough motivation to no longer use nVidia. Thank you, nVidia, for helping AMD gain some ground.

about two weeks ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

StormReaver Re:It's amazing (199 comments)

It's as if the constitution is completely meaningless.

You beat me to the point. The parts of the so-called "Patriot" Act that authorize warrantless surveillance in violation of the 4th amendment are invalid and illegal. It doesn't matter what parts of our government say otherwise; any law that violates the Constitution is not valid law.

That being said, our governments's actions are backed by a large body of people armed with the most powerful weapons in the world. Unless we're willing to fight and die for the Constitution (which 99.999% of us aren't willing to do), we are truly screwed. That is because the only other option we have is to drop party politics and actually vote in our best interests (which 99.999% of us are too stupid to do) to restore a government which actually exists within its own legal limits.

about two weeks ago
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New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

StormReaver Re:Kodak had the right idea decades ago (161 comments)

And [Kodak's] engineers put a lot of time and thought into the Photo CD format and future-proofing it.

And after the patent restrictions expire, this format may possibly become useful. As it is, this format is completely useless because of the patent threat.

Software Patents: killing innovation since 1998.

about two weeks ago
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Systems That Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone Users Go Around the Globe

StormReaver Re:Better ways to track users (76 comments)

Because 90% of the time the bad guy knows it takes 20 seconds, and has a stopwatch by the phone, and hangs up at like 19 seconds, just to toy with the good guy.

I'm pretty sure that the U.S. Government doesn't need a stopwatch to know when 20 seconds are up. I'm also pretty sure that toying with Edward Snowden isn't as much fun as it may seem. But then again, the U.S. Government is rather psychotic nowadays.

about three weeks ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

StormReaver Re:WTF is up with the title of this article... (190 comments)

I don't know whether to think you're funny because of all your errors (each of your points is wrong), absurd because of all your errors (each of your points is wrong), or that you've just come out of cryostatis (Rob Malda hasn't been a part of Slashdot for a few years now).

about three weeks ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

StormReaver Re:Why wasn't it called Munix? (190 comments)

Munix would have been way better.

It is too close to being (and probably is) a derivitive name of UNIX.

about three weeks ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

StormReaver Re:Language VS The Virtual Machine VS Client (511 comments)

Sure, you can do it, but it realistically people who do Java Swing apps are writing some sort of thick client that could almost always could run inside a contemporary browser without any plugins.

Swing is where I do all of my Java GUI programming, and I find it to be an excellent fit for that purpose (and so do my customers). I find running Java inside a browser to be, to put it politely, fucking retarded.

about three weeks ago
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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

StormReaver Re:Step #1 Find a Geek (179 comments)

Your posting mirrors my own thoughts. Ballmer has absolutely no business teaching anything even remotely related to business, as he has failed at it horribly. He could potentially be a one-class guest speaker on how to pitch a product by parodying others, but that's his only business qualification outside of, "would you like fries with that?"

The only reason Ballmer got any time at Microsoft is because of his friendship with Bill Gates. Microsoft's janitors probably have more business qualifications than Ballmer.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

StormReaver Re:A quick couple of things wrong with the study.. (611 comments)

1) it was conducted by a company that is in the business of providing internet ads

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2) it did not take into account the costs associated with the malware distributed by the various ad platforms.

3) The World Wide Web is not the Internet.

All of the highly modded postings up to now have missed this crucial point entirely. The Web has nothing to do with the Internet, aside from being the mechanism by which the bytes are transferred.

The Web has very little to do with the cost of an Internet connection, except as a selling point for most people to subscribe to an ISP.

about three weeks ago
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How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

StormReaver Re:How the Patent System Destroys Innovation (97 comments)

You can only patent an idea that's not obvious and novel....

That's how it should be, but it's not what has actually been happening for the last few decades. The patent office has been spewing out patent approval for the most obvious and commonly used ideas at a rate unparalleled in modern history.

And Congress and the Courts have been complicit in making patent defense so expensive that only the richest companies and individuals can even consider mounting a defense. They have also tilted the courtroom so far in favor of the trivially obvious patent troll that everyone else must simply cave in to the patent offensive, even when the patent wouldn't have a chance in Hell of being upheld in court.

about a month ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

StormReaver Re:Poor argument (181 comments)

While I agree that ISPs are a big part of the problem, the downside isn't that we don't get our utopia....

A bigger part of the problem lies with people who believe that paying a fair price for service, and then receiving the paid-for service, is some form of utopia rather than a requirement.

No, I didn't RTFA.

That was self-evident.

about a month ago
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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

StormReaver Re:the math is flaky (214 comments)

His math also obviously did not factor in the odds of getting raped, mugged, or murdered; things which I think are far more important than his other criteria.

about a month ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

StormReaver Re:"The web we lost" (235 comments)

The author is quite confused: email predates the web by decades. It predates the internet.

Yes, the author has a credibility problem. Even if his message is 100% accurate, it's hard to take him seriously when he can't distinguish between the Internet and the World Wide Web.

about a month ago
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About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

StormReaver Re:Standardized Testing Implications? (227 comments)

I'm willing to bet that the second they come up with a test for these genes, there will be lawsuits by school districts who lose funding over standardized tests, claiming that they are at an unfair disadvantage because their students simply don't have the genetic makeup to score well on the tests.

I would bet on a different outcome; school districts will plead for more money:

"Wee nede mor mony bekus hour stuudants r dumm, and mor mony wil undumm them."

about a month ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

StormReaver Moronic (116 comments)

Difficult tasks are potential bug generators and finding a task difficult is the programming equivalent of going to sleep at the wheel.

This is moronic, at best. It's the easy things that are the equivalent of sleeping at the wheel. The hard stuff makes us stop and think. I always spend much more effort analyzing hard problems, and breaking them down into manageable chunks, than I do when I'm on cruise control implementing the simple stuff.

Who thinks up this crap?

about a month ago

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