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Battle For Open Standards In Dutch Public Education

atomicbutterfly Re:Read the article. (89 comments)

Agreed. There is a very serious image problem in the open source community - the hardon for bashing Microsoft is basically a reflex now, without any reflection as to how things actually are these days with the quality of their software.

more than 2 years ago
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Battle For Open Standards In Dutch Public Education

atomicbutterfly Re:This is not how you change things (89 comments)

An excellent point of course. I didn't mention OS X because the blog seemed more focused on open source and the ideology of openness, which is traditionally more of a Linux focus than OS X, but you're still right.

more than 2 years ago
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Battle For Open Standards In Dutch Public Education

atomicbutterfly Re:FOSS School rules OK ? (89 comments)

In a competitive environment, it would be. In a monopoly position, it simply is anti-competitive in an area where you'd like some competition. I agree it is not "bribery", though.

Oh please. The monopoly position doesn't hold much water these days. We're got alternatives - Linux and LibreOffice. They're freely available with no restrictions. Microsoft can offer Windows and MS Office as cheaply as they want, but they won't offer it for free because that doesn't exactly net them any money, so no matter what, they will always be offering the more expensive option compared to what I suggested. It's not like they're undercutting the opposition when the opposition is free.

No, there's more to it than that. People prefer to spend the money to keep the status quo and not have to learn anything new than try something that MIGHT work well enough for them, but would be different to what everyone else around them is using. We HAVE enough options now to keep everyone happy, so I don't see Microsoft as much of a monopoly now. They do have a huge market share though, but they can't remove the free option.

more than 2 years ago
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Battle For Open Standards In Dutch Public Education

atomicbutterfly Re:Yes, conform citizen, do as you are told (89 comments)

This is the problem. People like you do not see anything but black and white. There is no grey apparently. You talk as if someone might actually find Windows more suitable for what they use a computer for than what Linux provides (e.g. me).

You seem to think I'm an idiot for having made a conscious choice to stick with Windows for logical and practical reasons, and since this does not click with your thought processes, you twitch, and post as you did.

It is hence you who is the mindless twit. For you do not accept a contradicting opinion.

more than 2 years ago
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Battle For Open Standards In Dutch Public Education

atomicbutterfly Re:FOSS School rules OK ? (89 comments)

So cheap copies of Windows and Office = bribibing? Sounds more like clever business to me.

OH! But it's Microsoft, how could I forget this little fact that completely ruins a person's objectivity...

more than 2 years ago
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Battle For Open Standards In Dutch Public Education

atomicbutterfly This is not how you change things (89 comments)

Slashdot is fun. It reports news which basically doesn't exist. This is just some guy who is on an anti-Microsoft bender and wants to somehow make his ideology meaningful in a world which doesn't really give a shit (if the low Linux uptake has anything to go by).

His rant is way too emotional for something that the politicians and most parents won't even understand. I mean, everyone uses Windows right? It's installed on all computers, and if you point at a random computer user, it's probably 99% likely they use Windows or have at least one Windows machine in the house. This is slight hyperbole of course, but it's enough to bet money on most of the time.

Now I'm not saying there isn't value in a open and multi-platform way to distribute information. It's just that this guy overblows the matter. The number of people who would be affected by the requirement for Silverlight is probably going to be EXTREMELY minor. Should those people be penalized? Of course not. But they also made the decision to make life more difficult for themselves by going against the grain and choosing to use something other than Windows (an OS pre-installed on virtually all computers you can buy, so having to buy it yourself is unnecessary).

In other words, if you don't want to use Windows, be aware that you'll be treated like a second-class citizen and it's extremely hard to convince non-geeks (general public as well as politicians) that there's any issue at stake here. Heck, maybe this is part of the reason why people are scared off from using Linux - they see all these posts about "battles" and "fights" that just aren't faced if you use something more mainstream. One could argue that some fights are worth fighting for, but if so... a small petition from a bunch of geeks with too much emotion and too little tact is likely to not do a damn thing.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Games Worth Complaining About?

atomicbutterfly Re:It Isn't Just Gaming (287 comments)

Agreed. I've decided to get back into some older games such as Neverwinter Nights 1 and Unreal Tournament 2004 and have been surprised at just how much gaming value these two games have with regards to free, user-made content. NWN in particular has so many damn modules it's amazing how much gameplay you can get from a single game (yes there's obviously going to be crap in that list, but all you do is go to the NWVault, sort by popularity/top lists and the number of available modules ends up in your favour, since this also means there's so much good stuff too).

As for UT2004, the user-made mods and even the bonus packs from Epic, back when they didn't do the paid-DLC thin, is also a great example of what gaming life was like before paid-DLC was commonplace.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD Accidentally Leaks 1.7 Million DiRT 3 Keys

atomicbutterfly Re:'Zero tolerance policy' - i find this funny ... (187 comments)

Not all mods are created equal. I've noticed that the majority of moderators on the Steam forums (at least the most active ones anyway) are total Valve fanboys who don't see anything Valve does as wrong, and some of them are also quite paranoid at leaving anything controversial open for discussion. Bans are not uncommon if you try to open discussion regarding taboo subjects such as piracy - they won't even bother reading the comment, they'll just ban first and not ask questions later.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD Accidentally Leaks 1.7 Million DiRT 3 Keys

atomicbutterfly Wow (187 comments)

We've got some real morons working in the security area of the gaming industry.

more than 2 years ago
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Carol Bartz Is Out As Yahoo's CEO

atomicbutterfly I know! (200 comments)

Maybe they can hire Steve Jobs. I hear he was the CEO of a pretty large company who left recently.

Oh damnit now I can't remember the name of that company! If only they were in the news more I'd remember them.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Kills Desktop Search and Gadgets

atomicbutterfly Re:Time to decommission desktop? (138 comments)

Yup. I think the Windows 7 one is superior to Vista in terms of recall speed as well, though I've never compared it to third-party desktop indexing software.

more than 2 years ago
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Costly SSDs Worth It, Users Say

atomicbutterfly Re:My approach (288 comments)

You have a 12TB file server? WTF are you putting on that thing, pirated content you'll never have enough time in your life to watch?

more than 2 years ago
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Building 2011's Sub-$200 Computer

atomicbutterfly Re:Why I use optical discs (394 comments)

I should have clarified - I don't like how the iTunes store only sells AAC files. I know I can play them in other players (player of choice is Winamp), I just prefer having to deal with MP3, FLAC or in rare cases, OGG. I don't currently have any AAC files, and in keeping a known set of popular and open-source codecs I reduce the likelyhood of dealing with any issues down the track.

As for a portable media player, don't really use them anymore. I either listen to music on my media centre/main computer or burn then to a CD and play in my car, which lacks a USB port. For these reasons the space gained by other formats is not important.

more than 2 years ago
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Weak Typing — the Lost Art of the Keyboard

atomicbutterfly Re:Woah (362 comments)

Oh, and before anyone points out the obvious, the missing "at" between good and typing is more about a lack of proof-reading than typing skill. :)

more than 2 years ago
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Weak Typing — the Lost Art of the Keyboard

atomicbutterfly Woah (362 comments)

I didn't even notice those dimples on the F/J keys until reading the summary. I've gone through life without noticing them on keyboards for some reason (or I either noticed them once but forgot about them). I'd still argue I'm a pretty good typing though. Shows how useless they are I guess.

more than 2 years ago
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Building 2011's Sub-$200 Computer

atomicbutterfly Re:Why I use optical discs (394 comments)

I should have clarified - I don't like how the iTunes store only sells AAC files. I know I can play them in other players (player of choice in Winamp), I just prefer having to deal with MP3, FLAC or in rare cases, OGG. I don't currently have any AAC files, and in keeping a known set of popular and open-source codecs I reduce the likelyhood of dealing with any issues down the track

As for a portal media player, don't really use them anymore. I either listen to music on my media center/main computer or burn then to a CD and play in my car, which lacks a USB port. For these reasons the space gained by other formats is not important.

more than 2 years ago
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NZ Illegal Downloading Crackdown Law In Effect

atomicbutterfly Re:Not 'Kiwis' (329 comments)

Well it was mainly a joke about the "big brother" bit. I do not wish to denigrate anyone - my mother is from New Zealand. We Aussies just like making fun of the NZ-ers every now and then (hence the famous "sheep" jokes with regards to the New Zealanders).

more than 2 years ago
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Building 2011's Sub-$200 Computer

atomicbutterfly Why I use optical discs (394 comments)

I'm currently on a bit of a "get legit" roll when it comes to my media. All my software is acquired legally via the net so that's OK, it's just stuff like movies and music that I still require an optical drive for. Why?

1. I like my music in FLAC format. There are very few digital music stores which sell in this format. My favourite by far is http://bandcamp.com/ but they don't have much mainstream/big-artist stuff.

2. Even if I didn't have a preference for FLAC, there aren't any legal digital music stores around which service my needs with at least a high-bitrate MP3. I don't want to use iTunes because I don't want to deal with AAC (I can convert them but I don't want a dependency on iTunes anyway). Amazon still hasn't, for whatever reason, opened an MP3 store here in Australia yet despite promising to open up to the world many years ago.

3. You can forget about any legit digital movie stores selling non-DRMed stuff either.

So what do I do? I buy music CDs and rip them to FLAC. I buy DVDs and use HandBrake to convert them, or just play them directly with VLC. Both of these cases require an optical drive, and until such a time occurs that physical sales of media are completely abolished, I will continue to do this. UNLESS... a suitable online store apears in my area which sells non-DRMed music AND video of what I want, in my preferred format. At this rate that's going to take a very long time (if ever), so I do what I can to stave off piracy.

more than 2 years ago
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NZ Illegal Downloading Crackdown Law In Effect

atomicbutterfly Not all bad (329 comments)

If I were a Kiwi (slang for New Zealander in case you didn't know), this law would give me an additional impetus to begin searching for free/open-source/creative commons software and media for all my computing and entertainment needs. Sure, I'd buy stuff occasionally as well, but if I had to buy every single thing I was using which was pirated I'd be broke and seriously in debt. Much better to hunt out legally free software and media.

Having said that, I'm an Aussie (the bigger brother of the Kiwis) and it's a hobby for me to do this anyway even though we don't have such a draconian law. I suppose some others in NZ might find ways to get around it, but I don't see the point of risking it myself.

about 3 years ago
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Kernel.org Compromised

atomicbutterfly Huh? (312 comments)

But I've always been told by the fanboys that Linux is inherently secure, right? So that's not possible.

A trojan startup file was added to the system start up scripts

But Linux has no viruses/trojans/malware, right?

BTW - if you can't take this as the light jabbing it's supposed to be without wanting to rip my spine out, turn the computer off and take a break. :)

about 3 years ago

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