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Why Money Doesn't Motivate File-Sharers

psbrogna Re:Duh? (633 comments)

It depends who the laws are meant to serve- people or companies. If, as I understand it, laws (& gov't) are meant to serve people, then why shouldn't a group of people making a statement about a particular law be relevant? I'd prefer my gov serve citizens and not give a whit what Big. Co.'s agenda is.

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Watching Oracle-SAP Trial

psbrogna Re:Important note for the lawyers (66 comments)

The real question for this audience is whether or not we have the right to reverse engineer any devices up our asses.

more than 3 years ago
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$2,000 Bounty For Open Source Xbox Kinect Drivers

psbrogna Mad, Mad World (274 comments)

I guess we should all consider ourselves fortunate to be enable to pay for the privilege of using their products. (Yeah right.) Either MS is truly delusional regarding their "Rights as Vendor" or somebody needs their bottom spanked over a poorly worded press release.

more than 3 years ago
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Will Netflix Destroy the Internet?

psbrogna Re:So, how long before... (577 comments)

They probably thought of it but considered it an inappropriate use of the network. Remember, the Internet originally wasn't meant for commercialization and there was great resistance to it right up until the early 1990's.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Is a Dying Consumer Brand

psbrogna Re:They've got marketshare and mindshare mixed up. (585 comments)

"We're approaching a situation where the PC type software-OEM model is viable in the mobile space" That point has come and gone and the platform which achieved it is on track to dominate the market - it's called Android. I'm highly skeptical MS will be able to dethrone Google's darling given the history of MS on mobiles and Android's ability to evolve faster. Much faster.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Is a Dying Consumer Brand

psbrogna Balancing Interests (585 comments)

Embrace - Extend - Extinguish is obviously a good strategy for getting large market share and maximizing profits. However, I don't think it's a great way to keep market share over the long term, especially if you rarely innovate, are expensive and, on occasion, a sub-par value. Your customers will eventually notice you're serving your share holders disproportionately more than you're serving your customers. That's when they're likely to leave.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Mozilla Needs To Pick a New Fight

psbrogna Re:It Hurts (351 comments)

How is it different from commercial software? At least when F/OSS dev's piss you off you're not paying for the software or commercial "support" which allows you to open a bug ticket. Sorry, there maybe some crab grass on both sides of the fence but at least I'm not getting fleeced on the F/OSS side. Ever pay $200 for a single pay-per-incident ticket with Vendor X and not get an issue resolved? It happens.

more than 3 years ago
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Linux 2.6.36 Released

psbrogna "Go away or I shall taunt you a second time." (238 comments)

The hostility from the MS fanboi's toward the *nix fanboi's reminds me of Big Tobacco's stance toward the American Medical Association regarding carcinogenic properties of cigarettes, respectively.

more than 3 years ago
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WD Launches 3 Terabyte HD

psbrogna Re:The industry can take all the time it needs (313 comments)

Tapes are useful as a removable & portable media. RAID arrays generally are not as portable. The RAID array won't do me much good when my house burns down- off-site media is the protection in this case. Large external hard drives are a suitable substitute which MAY lower the $/GB of off-siting content in certain scenarios (relative to even the most recent tape tech). I've been using Hitachi G-Drives in place of LTO and have reduce the media cost.

more than 3 years ago
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Ray Ozzie To Step Down From His Role At Microsoft

psbrogna Re:Ray's Real Job (229 comments)

I'm sorry, when did you start?

more than 3 years ago
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Desktop Linux Is Dead

psbrogna Pathetic Reporting (1348 comments)

Good job PC World- I hope you got a lot of advertising dollars for the FUD article. Just curious, after you've lost all your eyeballs how you'll pay to print your publication?

Would be nice if somewhere there was mention of that fact that the author of the article is president of a software company that appears to be a pure MS shop- in addition to to being a "senior editor" at PC World.

more than 3 years ago
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Desktop Linux Is Dead

psbrogna Re:So...? (1348 comments)

Agreed. Looking at it as a desktop issue is fast becoming irrelevant. Linux already has it's beachhead - it's called Android. Didn't it recently beat out iPhone in cell phone market share? I'd wouldn't be surprised if the same thing happens in the tablet world once they get them out there. I believe convenient new form factors and safe "walled gardens" (ie. app markets with free/cheap downloadables that are pseudo-repudiated by somebody or at least peer-reviewed) is going to drive the market for the next few years.

more than 3 years ago
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Desktop Linux Is Dead

psbrogna Re:wrong OS? (1348 comments)

Seems a relevant time to bring up and old adage, "Health is merely the slowest way someone can die." (Anon) A saying particularly relevant in the fast moving world of technology. And I can't help but think of "Weekend at Bernie's" when I look at the way other OSes often get propped up.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Patents GPU-Accelerated Video Encoding

psbrogna Prior Art? (304 comments)

Weren't "Toaster" boards in Amigas doing video encoding on GPUs in the early 1990's?

more than 3 years ago
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Pope Says Technology Causes Confusion Between Reality and Fiction

psbrogna Re:Hmm (779 comments)

Your response beat out my own of "So does Catholicism." but, to play devil's advocate, how do you know nobody has seen the afterlife?

more than 3 years ago
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1K JavaScript Madness

psbrogna Nostalgic Terminology (131 comments)

Interesting idea. Thirty years ago many people were introduced to programming by printed (ink on mashed up trees) anthologies of programs that were generally around a page long (8.5 x 11). Don't know how pervasive the term was, but in my personal circles these programs were called "K-Byters" because they were ~1 K long (or less).

more than 3 years ago
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Malware Running On Graphics Cards

psbrogna Re:KISS (103 comments)

Breaking key-based encryption used to be considered hard to do. Bring more horsepower to bear, ie. a GPU, and today's Hard To Do turns into a Proof of Concept and eventually becomes tomorrow's Commonplace.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD One-Ups Intel With Cheap Desktop Chips

psbrogna Re:And 3 hours after reading this... (362 comments)

Because even after those in the know recognize a better value proposition there is significant latency before the rest of the world to catches up- decades in some cases.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Desktop Firewalls Overkill?

psbrogna Not a matter of overkill but "nay" answer anyway (440 comments)

I wouldn't build a castle and put the moat inside the castle wall either. Why manage 2 layers when one done right (external to the PC) is sufficient and the other one, even managed correctly could be doing effectively nothing - if there are OS vulnerabilities as we know some commonly deployed OSes exhibit.

more than 3 years ago
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DX11 Coming To Linux (But Not XP)

psbrogna Re:In ten years (370 comments)

Which is convenient because in ten years that might be the minimum power plant required to support a PC running the latest MS O/S.

more than 3 years ago

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