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Danish DRM Breaker Turns Himself In To Test Backup Law

Toby_Tyke Re:Won't Loving Work. (466 comments)

Well, I said "whatever figure they use" because I'm not sure how they assess it. It wouldn't be too hard to use your overall income as the basis for the fine instead, which would include capital gains.

more than 5 years ago

Danish DRM Breaker Turns Himself In To Test Backup Law

Toby_Tyke Re:Won't Loving Work. (466 comments)

It's not a harsher punishment. It's exactly the same punishment. Five percent of your monthly wage.

(Or whatever figure they actually use)

more than 5 years ago

Review Scores the "Least Important Factor" When Buying Games

Toby_Tyke Re:Why (169 comments)

I bought them both. And Crash.

Why limit yourself to only one free tape a month?

I still have them all in boxes in the attic.

more than 5 years ago

Lulu Introduces DRM

Toby_Tyke Re:Socialism does the same things. (222 comments)

Firstly, who said I was a socialist?

And secondly: Well, the socialists deliberately derailed the economy so that they can get elected

Could you possibly explain, just what the hell you're talking about?

more than 5 years ago

Lulu Introduces DRM

Toby_Tyke Re:Socialism does the same things. (222 comments)

If socialism makes a mistake, the whole nation suffers. If a company makes a mistake in the free market, life goes on.

Exactly. That's why when all those investment banks gambled massively, and lost, the whole nation shrugged it's shoulders and life went on. No recession, no need for the government to bail them out. I'd hate to live in some sort of socialist country, where the bad decisions of those companies could adversely affect the nation as a whole.

more than 5 years ago

Decline In US Newspaper Readership Accelerates

Toby_Tyke Re:Where are the ads? (420 comments)

haven't heard anyone else talk about this feature.. so I don't know how common it is, or if it's one of those unspoken things

The first rule of ad-free slashdot is you don't talk about add free slashdot.

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 Clean Install Only In Europe

Toby_Tyke Re:I don't blame them. (803 comments)

There is a big difference however between the definition of 'monopoly' and 'illegal monopoly'

Try to get this through your head :


A monopoly is when a company controls so much of a market that there is effectively no competition, such as MS's 90 percent plus share of the OS market. That, in itself, is not illegal. even if MS had 100 percent, it would still not be illegal. No law would be violated.

What is illegal is abusing a monopoly. There are plenty of things which would be perfectly legal for a normal business, but become illegal for a monopoly. In MS's case, they broke the law by trying to leverage their OS monopoly into a monopoly on web browsers. The forced bundling of IE with Windows was an abuse their monopoly position. The important thing to note here is that the browser bundling would have been absolutly fine if MS did NOT have an OS monopoly, and the OS monopoly would have been fine if they did not bundle the browser.

There are many other ways a monopoly can run afoul of the law. Perhaps you might to read on monopolies law before you next decide to share your ignorance with the world.

Not sure why I'm bothering to reply to an AC, but I'm sick of seeing this particular misconception repeated on slashdot.


more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Discloses Windows 7 Pricing

Toby_Tyke Re:Really? (821 comments)

Slightly off topic, but reading about the convenience of full versions as opposed to upgrades reminded me of a funny story.

I had pirated copies of Windows 95, and a pirated copy of the upgrade to 98. Well, I must have installed those things a hundred times. Relatives, friends, building myself new machines. I was the "IT Kid" in the family.

So one day, I'm installing Windows 98 and playing bomberman with my friend Mark while I wait for the installer to run. First, I install Win 95, then I run the 98 upgrade installer. As it's running, Marks asks me why I installed Windows 95 first. I explain that I only have the 98 Upgrade. Oh, he says, didn't I know that you could run the install by booting off the upgrade disc. You only have to insert your 95 disc half way through to verify you have one, you don't have to actually install it first.

I must have wasted whole days of my life installing Windows 95 unnecessarily.

more than 5 years ago

Does Bing Have Google Running Scared?

Toby_Tyke Re:Microsoft is doing what it's best at - Marketin (560 comments)

When Win98 was the most popular desktop OS, Linux users everywhere realized the general public thought that computer crashes and frequent reboots were a normal, inherent part of operating a computer. They were not, and Linux proved that, but there is/was widespread ignorance about these things and the general public continued to buy Windows

When windows 98 was the most popular Desktop OS, it was also the best desktop OS that would run on commodity hardware. Remember, The era of Win 98 was 1998 to 2000, at which point the state of the art Linux Distro was Red Hat 6, which had little or no support for a staggering amount of hardware. Want to use a win modem, or a webcam, or a USB printer? Best stick with win 98 then. Sure, Red Hat never crashed, but what use was that if my 56k modem didn't work?

Obviously things are better now, but don't go looking back with rose tinted glasses. The first Linux distro I ever used was Slackware 3.something, back in the mid-nineties, so I was perfectly aware that there were better alternatives out there, but I didn't switch to a Linux desktop completely till Red Hat 9, because there was always some show stopper of a problem with my hardware.

more than 5 years ago

MS Word 2010 Takes On TeX

Toby_Tyke Re:Low (674 comments)

Slightly off topic here, but there is a lot more to learning curve than complexity.

For instance, typing "mkdir some_folder" is arguably less complex than doing "file -> new folder -> type folder name -> click OK". But in terms of learning how to create a new folder, the graphical method is easier, because you could probably figure it out for yourself, whereas to learn a CLI, you are pretty much forced to read a manual.

I have never used publisher, but I will bet that I could install a copy and create a pamphlet, albeit a very poor one, in less than thirty minutes without reading a single word of documentation. I have never used latex either, does anyone think I could do the same thing, or would I need to read a manual?

Of course, making it easy to produce crap might not be good thing.

more than 5 years ago

The Problem With Estimating Linux Desktop Market Share

Toby_Tyke Re:Guesstimates? (409 comments)

1) Commercial developers don't understand the license--GPL and others.

2) Microsoft created a series of "lock in" technologies.

Whilst I'm sure both of those play a part, they are by no means the main reason. After all, if MS lock-in was such a huge obstacle to porting games across platforms, the 360 would have more system exclusives. There is a far more simple reason why there are so few commercial Linux games. Market share.

Not market share in the conventional sense though. Let me explain.

Generic Blockbuster Games inc are planning to release their new game, Mediocre First Person Shooter VII: The Shootening, this summer,and are considering investing in porting it to Linux. Is this worthwhile? Only if the investment will bring in more revenue, by selling more copies. Now on the face of it, sure it would, because Linux has, according to TFA, 2.5 percent of the desktop market. If GBG port MFPS VII, they can all buy it, right? Wrong.

For a start, only hardcore gamers with expensive rigs can play the latest games, so only a sub-set of the 2.5 percent are potential customers. Now, ask yourself a question. How many hardcore gamers with expensive gaming rigs do you know who only play games with native Linux versions?

You yourself are playing a game with no Linux version. How would NCsoft have stood to make any more money from you by providing a windows version of Guild Wars?

30 million Linux users are irrelevant. The potential market for Linux video games is vanishingly small, if you discount the people who would buy the windows version in the absence of a linux port.

more than 5 years ago

Linus Switches From KDE To Gnome

Toby_Tyke Re:A reasoned analysis? That's good. (869 comments)

Well, to go even further off topic, look at it like this:

The two major candidates are Bill and Ben. You disagree with both of them, but find Ben marginally less objectionable. Now one of either Bill or Ben WILL, with absolute certainty, win the election. So, even though you might agree whole heartedly with the policies of candidate Bob, it would still make sense to vote for Ben, since Bob has no chance of winning, but your vote could help stop Bill winning.

You could argue that voting for your truly preferred candidate is never a waste, and I can certainly see that point of view. On the other hand, I suspect an awful lot of people who voted for Nader wished Gore had won in 2000.

Or, put another way, a blow job is more fun than having a testicle amputated, but if your choice is lose the gonad or die of testicular cancer, asking the nurse to go down on you will be very little help.

about 6 years ago

Game Developer's Response To Pirates

Toby_Tyke Re:First Post (734 comments)

So what? They still bought it.

more than 6 years ago


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I just noticed a funny thing...

Toby_Tyke Toby_Tyke writes  |  more than 8 years ago I just noticed a funny thing. I had a few minutes to kill (I'm going out in a bit), and I was idly checking my Slashdot posts to see if anyone had replied to any of them, when I spotted this funny thing.

First, a spot of background. I'm a linux user. I have four PCs within reach right now, all of them running some kind of linux. I'm typing this on Ubuntu 5.10. I've been using linux for over six years in one form or another. I regularly drive my other half up the wall extolling the virtues of Ubuntu over XP, although she must have listened to some of it because she even bought me a linux format magazine subscription for gods sake. I love linux

Which makes this funny thing even funnier. What I noticed, you see, is that a lot of my postings are, for want of a better description, anti-linux. Just recently, I've predicted that linux will fail to take any significant share of the PC gaming market, and argued that XP boots faster than ubuntu. I don't even use XP except at work. Why am I doing this?

Well, I think I'm doing it because blind zealotry drives me nuts. I regularly see posts on slashdot modded as insightful that really are no more than some uninformed fanboys wet dreams. For instance, look at this guy claiming that game developers are going to shift development to linux, or at least start making their games OS agnostic and easy to port. No, they really are not. They are not going to go to all that trouble to chase less than one percent of the home user market. And yes, thats where linux is at the minute. I know the distortions of the slashdot echo chamber might make it seem like linux is conquering the world and Vista is going to be huge disaster, but no, neither of those are true either.

I'm enthusiastic about linux, I really am, but it's still years away from making any significant inroads into the consumer market. And when I say significant, I mean apple level market share. Now just keep in mind, most games and consumer apps never get a mac release, because apple only has a 4-5 % market share. Linux is years from that point. Never mind toppling MS. So, to quote the great Harry Enfield, just calm down.


Random Ramblings on the UK election

Toby_Tyke Toby_Tyke writes  |  more than 9 years ago Random Ramblings on the UK election.

Four days to go to the most under-anticipated general Election in history, and British democracy really is in a pathetic state.

Just look at the wonderful array of choices on offer. You can vote for more of Blair, the man who took us to war based on lie. The man who helped kill tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians so George Bush could liberate their oil. The man who's government abolished Habeas Corpus with the repellent Prevention of Terrorism act. A man who, terrifyingly, seems to believe his own lies.

If not Labour, then perhaps the Lid Dem's? Well, yes perhaps. If you want to vote for a party who's bumbling leader, along with a third of his MPs, could not be bothered to turn up and vote when Blair abolished our right to be innocent till proven guilty.

If not the Lib Dem's, perhaps the Tories? The Tories, it must be said, offer an attractive manifesto. Apparently, they plan to cut public spending, lower taxes, and improve public services. See if you can spot whats wrong with that sentence. Yes, apparently Micheal can give us more, for less, with less.Still, you can promise more or less anything when you know your chances of winning are somewhere between none and, well, minus none.

Of course, none of this really makes any difference to me. For a whole host of reasons I can ignore the politicians and they can ignore me.

None of this really makes any difference to me because the missus and I are Dinkies (Double Income No Kids) in our twenties, so as far as the major parties are concerned, we simply do not exist. Old people, now, they exist. Gordon Brown spent millions bribing them with council tax rebates. So do "hard working families". Not sure about Lazy families mind, but "hard working families" are a regular feature of political dialogue, with every party offering them something. Tax credits, child care, better education, maternity leave, oh they get the lot. The wants, needs and desires of those of us under pension age, or who have not, as yet, decided to breed are of no interest to the vote grubbing scum. This is often attributed to the fact that few of us vote. A vicious circle really, since we are only going to vote when we are given something to vote for.

Of course even if one of the parties offered a policy that I felt inclined to vote for it would be a waste of time, since I do not live in a marginal constituency. At the last election, my Labour MP was returned with a 29 percent majority. It would take a swing of 15% to the Lib Dem's to unseat her. Not a cat in hells chance. So, thanks to our insane electoral system, even if I did want to vote my vote would be wasted. At each election, roughly a hundred marginal constituencies decide the result. In 2001, the labour party won just over 40% of the vote. Our wonderfully insane electoral system translated this into a 167 seat majority. A landslide victory, despite 60 percent of the voters wanting someone else.

Thanks to this system, Blair is likely to win another huge majority, despite being one of the most despised Prime Ministers in recent British history. If I could affect the result in any way, I would vote for a hung parliament. Besides the fact that this would be the fairest result, it would also be the best result. In a hung parliament passing legislation is very tough, meaning that we could have four or five years of MPs doing nothing but argue. This seems like a good thing. After all, our politicians are an incompetent, insane shower of bastards. At least in a hung parliament the damage they can do would be limited.

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