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Court Says First Sale Doctrine Doesn't Apply To Licensed Software

nvrrobx Re:9th Circuit (758 comments)

Oh please, you do of course realize that the full SCOTUS is very corporation friendly, don't you?

Roberts or Alito won't have any trouble signing off on this.

about 4 years ago

Rails 3.0 Released

nvrrobx Re:It's a nice framework (110 comments)

Except the fact that Django, TurboGears, Zope, etc are not ORM frameworks. They're entire web frameworks, that happen to have an ORM inside them.

The work on multiple frameworks helps to innovate and drive the others - one monolithic technology stack as the only option is double-plus-ungood. Sure, it's good for those who can't do research and choose the right tool for the job.

I was personally turned off by the attitudes I saw on the mailing lists for Rails. Granted, this was a few years ago, and I hope things have changed, but I'm sure they haven't. It's almost like expecting the JBoss team to grow up. Nice in theory, probably won't happen.

more than 4 years ago

Dell Drops Ubuntu PCs From Its Website

nvrrobx This is just inaccurate. (473 comments)

FreeDOS and Linux systems

In that result, you see a Vostro v13 Ubuntu, a Latitude 2110, etc.

Yes, if you want a laptop with Ubuntu preloaded, you need to buy from the small business section. It's basically always been that way. You're more likely to find the hardware you want in the small business section anyhow. How many of us actually want glossy screens, for example?

more than 4 years ago

Programming Clojure

nvrrobx Re:The JVM is a dying platform. (109 comments)

Can you provide some evidence to back this theory?

Sure, no one knows what Oracle is going to do here except Larry Ellison, but that isn't stopping Java development.



There's already Apache Harmony, and IBM has their JDK. If the Sun/Oracle JVM goes away, it's not the end of the world. As a matter of fact, that would probably be a *good* thing. Java has languished behind C# and .NET in terms of language features (you can argue all you want if they're useful or not), and JDK7 is still a pipe dream. The community would be able to solve these deadlocks and such without Sun's BS control of the language.

more than 4 years ago

Bad PR Forces Apple To Reconsider Banning Mark Fiore's App

nvrrobx Re:Two with one stone? (241 comments)

Why should you care what the underlying implementation is?

Why can't the developer be free to write their application in the best language / tool for the job? You may not agree that Flash is the best for this purpose, but you're not the developer.

more than 4 years ago

Canadian Judge Orders Disclosure of Anonymous Posters

nvrrobx Re:From TFA (250 comments)

If you had read the summary, you'd have noticed we're talking about a Canadian judge. Canadian law about hate speech is very different from the US.

Your references to Cheney and such do not apply, you self-righteous pig.

more than 4 years ago

Internet Explorer 9 Will Not Support Windows XP

nvrrobx Re:People need to stop bitching (454 comments)

And if Microsoft were bundling lots of applications (third party or otherwise), people would be bitching that Microsoft doing so limits choice.

There is no winning for Microsoft here, clearly.

XP is almost 10 years old - they have to move on at some point.

I have a 2008 Nissan, but the 2010 has a better navigation system. Should I be insisting that Nissan upgrade my navigation software to match that of the newer model of my car? After all, it is software.

more than 4 years ago

Texas Approves Conservative Curriculum

nvrrobx Re:Hey Dumbass... (999 comments)

Hey dumbass, the Republican party of today is very different than the Republican party of Lincoln's age.

more than 4 years ago

Google Apologizes For "Michelle Obama" Results

nvrrobx Re:First post (783 comments)

If you can't see that the Obama picture was racially charged, and the Bush one was not, well, there is no hope for you. Of course you posted anonymously. Coward.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Droid Tethering Comes At a Hefty Price

nvrrobx Re:Summary is dead wrong (555 comments)

Actually, they *did* tell them in the store that it was unlimited. Go ask someone who is computer illiterate what 5GB means and then get back to me. We may understand the verbiage, but we are in the minority on details like that.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Droid Tethering Comes At a Hefty Price

nvrrobx Re:Summary is dead wrong (555 comments)

The summary is not wrong. You may be lucky to not be caught, but my brother and his wife were - they had an absolutely outrageous bill.

They were suckered in by Verizon's "unlimited" wording. They lived in rural Texas where no other form of broadband (except satellite) was feasible. They got the USB modem and used it, until the first month's bill showed up for nearly $1000. (The wife loves her MySpace and Facebook and YouTube)

You can claim it's their fault all you want, but expecting non-computer savvy people to understand what 5GB is, and the fact that it's not "unlimited" like they state is deceiving and unethical.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Droid Tethering Comes At a Hefty Price

nvrrobx Re:Verizon = US, right? (555 comments)

Here in the US, the Droid is a CDMA/EVDO variant, which means it is only capable of operating on two carriers - Verizon Wireless and Sprint. Verizon can basically charge whatever fees they want, as they do have the largest 3G network in the US. Verizon works in remote areas better than any other carrier. Verizon also has the Droid device locked to their network.

It is possible to buy an unlocked Motorola Milestone and use it in the US, but that would only gain you 3G access on AT&T Wireless and not T-Mobile. T-Mobile uses a different 3G band than the rest of the known GSM world.

Remember, we don't have to protect consumers or competition in the US, only our large corporations bank accounts. I do wish we had Europe's model though. I noticed how great it was when I was in London for a few weeks.

more than 4 years ago

Google Acquiring VP3 Developer On2 Technologies

nvrrobx No suitable codec? (133 comments)

You may recall from some time back that HTML5 no longer specifies which video codec(s) a browser should support due to there being, unfortunately, no suitable codec at this time.

That's a bit misleading. There are several suitable codecs. The problem is the major players involved with their "Not Invented Here" mentalities.

more than 5 years ago

Comcast DNS Redirection Launched In Trial Markets

nvrrobx Re:So should... (362 comments)

Except OpenDNS does the same thing.

I use OpenDNS at home, and they redirect to a search page when you mistype a URL.

more than 5 years ago

Atari 1200XL Stacked Up Against a Dell Inspiron

nvrrobx ERROR 9 (253 comments)

This reminds me of one of the most impressive things about my Atari 800XL. I ran into this error when I first started to learn anything about computers. I was thoroughly stumped. (I was also 8 years old.)

I wrote a letter to Atari (using Atari Writer!) and I got a reply back in the mail just a few weeks later. They told me what I did wrong, included a bunch of software, an Atari BASIC book and a years subscription to Antic.

No computer company has impressed me like that since then.

more than 5 years ago

The Next Ad You Click May Be a Virus

nvrrobx Re:Creative? Huh? (226 comments)

Your answer, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Creative (noun, in advertising), referring to materials, imagery, or collateral prescriptively produced through creativity and the creative process

This is not specific to banner ads. This term is used in all forms of advertising.

more than 5 years ago

Ray Ozzie Calls Google Wave "Anti-Web"

nvrrobx Re:Ray Ozzie (256 comments)

You're missing some other details about who Ray Ozzie is - he was the creator of Lotus Notes. He definitely has some bias towards Microsoft though.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Update Quietly Installs Firefox Extension

nvrrobx Re:Some Left Over Stupidity from the Last Millenni (500 comments)

How you got modded up as insightful is amazing.

Have you ever taken a look at your User Agent string? It sends your browser and your operating system to the server, and in many cases, it can send extensions that exist in your browser. Examples:

Mozilla/5.001 (windows; U; NT4.0; en-US; rv:1.0) Gecko/25250101

Or my current user agent:

Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10_5_7; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Safari/528.17

Unless you're setting your User-Agent to something like, "ImABrowser (Some computer; Some proc; Some OS; Some language)" stop sounding the alarm.

more than 4 years ago

Free Skype Client Lands On the iPhone

nvrrobx Re:captain obvious: it'll never be full featured (150 comments)

I don't know about the "any other wireless provider" thing.

Look up UMA on T-Mobile. My BlackBerry Curve 8320 supports it, so I use my WiFi for voice calls when I'm at home.

AT&T may not want you to do that, but T-Mobile seems to be okay with it.

more than 5 years ago


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