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Ubuntu Aims For 200 Million Users In Four Years

dmadzak Re:Yeah, I guess I'm counted on that list (441 comments)

I agree with the above. I gave Ubuntu a major chance a year ago. I committed to Ubuntu for a full 6 months at home without using Windows. I had to go back for a couple of reasons. One, I found it harder to use (and I use linux/unix at work regularly). I had 4 computers at home and non-dual booted perfect the first time and some required extensive research and effort to work. Two, I just had too much invested in Windows only software (both free and paid) that I just could not find a replacement for. That includes everything from games to One Note. I don't use iTunes so that wasn't really a blocker for me.

I like Ubuntu, its just not a Desktop replacement for me and I am fairly geeky. I do run a server/file server on Ubuntu though that all the other computers connect to.

more than 3 years ago

WI Capitol Blocks Pro-Union Web Site

dmadzak Re:Public sector unions not allowed in all states (377 comments)

This has already been debunked. The data was cherry picked (i.e. not the most recent year) and the year it was picked from included a year where less than 10% took the test i WI vs other states where a greater majority of students took the test. Therefore in WI the best and brightest were compared against the average student in other states. And we know how smart the average student is.

At least be a little honest here with the data.

more than 3 years ago

Google vs. Bing — a Quasi-Empirical Study

dmadzak Re:I've reluctantly moved to Bing (356 comments)

This is why I use bing more often now. Google may have better results that come back, but they are in between so much spam sites, that it makes it hard to find what you are looking for. So for me, bing is good enough and faster since there is less crap to wade through. That may change in the future, but for now bing works better for me.

more than 3 years ago

Cook's Magazine Claims Web Is Public Domain

dmadzak Should have asked for advice on slashdot (565 comments)

Well the lawyerly advice on here is not always the best, at least it would have been better than what the letter writer got. IANAL, but I am also not a moron and know that wasn't a smart response.

more than 3 years ago

Bing Crosby, Television Sports Preservationist

dmadzak The upside to letting people copy media (148 comments)

Just think about all the culture that would still be available to us today, if the technology to copy was wider spread and available when TV first appeared. We would have a complete collection of all the old Dr. Who episodes.

more than 3 years ago
top Editor Looks Back At Paywalls

dmadzak Re:I got tired of them when they went too far to . (246 comments)

The editor has shown poor judgment in sourcing someone who hates her. It doesn't matter if it was correct or not.

So wikipedia says Sarah Palin supports an exit plan.

The actual source is a blogger commenting on an email quoting an article from a magazine interview with Sarah Palin and the sourced blogger questions whether Sarah Palin still believes what she said two years later.

This is an example of a high quality source? Do you really have to wonder why Wikipedia has low trust? Was it too hard to quote the actual article that doesn't contain any opinions but the actual words of Sarah Palin herself in raw interview form?

Funny thing was you asked for one example, I search Palin and Sullivan and not only found a crappy source, but the source itself disputing the fact wikipedia took from his blog. If that doesn't make you want to verify the rest of the information I don't know what does.

more than 4 years ago
top Editor Looks Back At Paywalls

dmadzak Re:I got tired of them when they went too far to . (246 comments)

And your argument is a bait and switch. No one is arguing factual information, but if you source someone who made up a conspiracy about a person as a reliable, then you have to look at the credibility and judgment of the editors. As far as I am concerned that example proves the original poster's point:

"Occasionally they point you to something interesting but you'd better verify what they say elsewhere."

If you want credibility you don't source Andrew Sullivan for Sarah Palin facts just like you wouldn't cite Rush Limbaugh for Obama facts. It shows very poor judgment on the part of the editors.

more than 4 years ago
top Editor Looks Back At Paywalls

dmadzak Re:I got tired of them when they went too far to . (246 comments)

Andrew Sullivan used as a reference on Sarah Palin. How can he be considered a credible objective source for her wikipedia article after his Trig meltdown?

more than 4 years ago

Canadian Hate-Speech Law Violates Charter of Rights

dmadzak Re:The tide is turning against lefties (651 comments)

Yeah, because REPUBLICANS have done nothing to increase the power of government.

Fixed that for you. Republicans != Conservatives at the Federal level.

about 5 years ago

How Much Money Do Free-To-Play MMOs Make?

dmadzak Re:bad math (157 comments)

My guess is that the average paying user, will pay 1-2 dollars a month, but there are the very small % of users that drop a ton of cash to make up for it.

Maybe he is using the median average instead of the mean?

more than 5 years ago

Copyright Infringement of Books

dmadzak A Problem? (468 comments)

Here a hint to all of those aspiring authors. Unless you write something creative and unique you won't make a living writing books. Sorry, just how it is. There is a couple thousand years of books available, you can't justify a huge price against all of that competition unless you have something new to bring to the table worth buying. The landscape has changed and the access to the information and old books can no longer be controlled. You can blame piracy, but without the monopoly of distribution anymore, the laws of supply and demand are starting to take hold in the marketplace.

As to the FA, I'm not seeing the problem. For the longest time certain information has been hard to come by and in the hands of the rich and powerful for the most part or locked away where the average person can't access it. Having all of this text available easily online is not a problem in my book. It should be encouraged.

Am I going to defend someone who goes and downloads the latest book on Day 1, no. Am I going to shed a tear for the publishing company of someone who downloads a book by an author dead for 10 years instead of buying it? The answer is no to that as well.

I can only hope this is a huge step forward to making knowledge available to all. I fear that most will take it as a way to get the latest Stephen King books or Playboy magazine for free though.

If copyright was more sane the newer works would be respected and older ones available and people would respect the law for the most part. When you are heavy handed against your customers they revolt. You then give your non-customer a chance to take the high ground based on your actions. (Not saying they are justified, but you don't know if that downloader is someone who wants a non-DRM digital copy of their ebook for a backup or just a plain old thief)

more than 5 years ago

Carl Icahn Takes on Yahoo's Board

dmadzak Re:Addendum: (279 comments)

Interesting, we are hearing that Yahoo is old news and getting its lunch eaten by Google and in the other breath that people want to plunder it for short term value. Which is it? My thoughts are this: Remember the stock market goes up over time and individual stocks are a crap shoot at best. If I was a Yahoo stock holder, I'd be pissed the merger didn't go through. A 70+% almost overnight gain, why pass it up. Its money in the bank.

more than 6 years ago


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