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Despite New Owner, id Still Lives Or Dies By Their Engines

jamesmcm Re:Curious (131 comments)

It also helps to train the next generation of games developers - it's a shame the practice isn't a standard of the industry.

more than 5 years ago

Would you install Microsoft Office if it were free

jamesmcm Free as in Freedom (1 comments)

No. Because it may be Gratis for you, it is not Libre and by using proprietary applications and formats you only risk not being able to access older documents in the future, and lock yourself in to buying Office with the hope that they maintain backwards compatibility.

Save your freedom and use OpenOffice - it is a small sacrifice for freedom.

more than 5 years ago

WineHQ voting system hardly used, why?

jamesmcm I think some are confused (1 comments)

I think a lot of people are confused over whether they are meant to be voting for how good that app is, how good Wine's compatibility with that app is, or how much they want improvement in compatibility with that app.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Bans RSS Reader Due To Bad Word In Feed Link

jamesmcm Not on the iMac (254 comments)

I have an iMac and they don't control what you do on OS X at all. I wouldn't buy an iPhone, etc. seeing all the problems they are causing there though.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Bing Search Launches Early Preview

jamesmcm Re:Yeah but.... (310 comments)

Microsoft has been using a lot of recursive, GNU-style acronyms recently like XNA - XNA's Not Acronymed and now Bing - Bing Is Not Google.

Maybe they think this is why everyone is using GNU now? :P

more than 5 years ago

Ten Applications That Changed Computing

jamesmcm Re:The boot-up splash screen (437 comments)

You mean GNU/Linux? Since it was the GNU project that was the birth of Free Software.

more than 5 years ago

Ten Applications That Changed Computing

jamesmcm I'd add.. (437 comments)


more than 5 years ago

Is The Best Game One You Were Never Intended To Play?

jamesmcm Re:Deux Ex (156 comments)

Now I'm going to have to re-install it! You bastard!

more than 5 years ago

Do We Want ISPs Penalizing Music Fans?

jamesmcm Re:Enough already (263 comments)

... but don't you get tired of discussing the same thing over and over?

You must be new here.

more than 5 years ago

Mozilla Preparing To Scrap Tabbed Browsing?

jamesmcm Re:Great idea! (554 comments)

I think IceCat is already a separately maintained fork. So hopefully we could change that if it became necessary.

more than 5 years ago

UK Researches Future 10Gbps Broadband Technology

jamesmcm Re:A worry (114 comments)

I don't think so. 'The Government' is not one homogeneous organism, the surveillance stuff is mostly pushed by Jacqui Smith, but this research is handled by a completely different department.

They'll probably invest millions of public money into it and then privatize it off to their friends - that's what they usually do.

And as you brought up yourself - I am far more worried about throttling and false advertising than surveillance (although Phorm is worrying).

more than 5 years ago

UK Researches Future 10Gbps Broadband Technology

jamesmcm Re:Orwellian (114 comments)

Well I consider the OP a troll - see they are posting on a website dedicated to technology news against investment in technology using clearly flawed arguments.

The whole argument with Down Syndrome at the end is a classic Ignoratio elenchi. And the same argument could be made against the space program, or any major public investment.

And then using Orwell quotes against public spending, does the OP not know that Orwell was an outspoken Socialist (even moving to and fighting in the Spanish Civil War). The OP is just a classic Internet Libertarian, with a superficial understanding of what they quote - I am sure they saw V For Vendetta and now praise Guy Fawkes as a hero despite the fact he would've changed England to a theocracy under the Pope.

more than 5 years ago

UK Researches Future 10Gbps Broadband Technology

jamesmcm Re:Orwellian (114 comments)

I wish I had some modpoints to mod you down.

English Heritage is well worth the money, as is this research as it will be the future of broadband.

It really seems you're just trying to find something to complain about. The NHS is also well worth the money but that's another argument.

I'm sick of seeing Libertarians misquote Orwell - George Orwell was a Socialist and I am sure he would have supported national investment in technology and preserving our history.

more than 5 years ago

The Problem With Estimating Linux Desktop Market Share

jamesmcm Re:Guesstimates? (409 comments)

Most libraries are LGPL though for that very reason. Having GPLd libraries can be handy though, as it'd be nice to see some Open Source game engines come to GNU/Linux.

more than 5 years ago

Huge German Donation Marks Wikipedia's Evolution

jamesmcm Encarta down. Now IE and Windows? (130 comments)

Wow, this is a (symbolic) victory for Free Software, and GNU.
Wikipedia was originally conceived as GNUpedia, then Wales made Wikipedia and it was decided to merge them onto Wikipedia.

Many people, including Eric S. Raymond, said it would fail.
But it has worked excellently. +1 for communal development.

For those interested here is Richard Stallman's original proposal which led to GNUpedia and eventually Wikipedia.

more than 5 years ago

UK Libel Law Is a Global Threat To Web Free Speech

jamesmcm Summary is wrong (363 comments)

" no one except the super-rich can afford to even take these cases to court" This isn't true, as here in the UK the loser pays the fees, so small businesses etc. could also afford it.

more than 5 years ago

Linux Gaining Strength In Downturn

jamesmcm Re:Not just servers - should grow on desktops too (293 comments)

Yeah, but it's quite easy to infect Windows by accidentally clicking an ad or something. It doesn't necessarily mean the kids are watching Backdoor Sluts 9 :P

more than 5 years ago

UK ISPs Could Be Forced To Block Or Restrict P2P

jamesmcm Government Intervention with Internet (231 comments)

Why is the Government intervention here always so terrible? Can't we elect a decent technology minster to back net neutrality and stop censorship, not pander to corporate interests. This is why we should elect the cabinet not the party.

more than 5 years ago


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