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White House Wants New Copyright Law Crackdown

rqg Re:Sigh. (652 comments)

1. There's loads of stuff that isn't readily available in either regular or online stores (the demand appears to be too low for copyright owners to bother).
2. It might be easy for Americans to get their music onto iTunes, but it's not the case everywhere in the world.
3. Selling 256 kbps tracks for the same price as the original CD is ridiculous. I know it's ok for most people, but anything lossy is not suitable for reencoding which locks you into a specific music format - to which I cannot agree.

I do agree that getting everything for free is not the way it should be - that's the reason why I have over 300 CDs. However, I do download underground (lately Funeral Doom Metal) music, to find out how new things sould. I like to know if I'm spending my money on somethings that's actually worth buying.

And to be honest, I still believe that downloading is beneficial to artists. I know I wouldn't even have heard to half of the bands I have in my CD collection were it not for piracy.

more than 3 years ago

Why We Should Buy Music In FLAC

rqg Re:If you want CD-quality audio, buy CDs (550 comments)

> Don't worry, in 10 or so years, you'll be looking at your FLAC collection wondering why you just didn't rip to whatever format du jour is prevalent

No. There point is FLAC has all the sound data a CD contains - it's lossless. You can convert FLACs to a different format - there is no difference between doing so and ripping a CD into said format directly.

I do agree that in the 90s going FLAC wasn't really feasible, but I'd say it's been possible for at least ~8 years. I've been using FLAC since I had 160 GB drive (I think that got one in 2005).

more than 3 years ago

KDE 4.6 Beta 1 – a First Look

rqg Re:GNOME keeps falling further and further behind. (224 comments)

Well, this might depend on personal experience: mine with KDE has been... unpleasant. KDE might offer more features, but they're crammed into the interface in a manner that makes their use unintuitive. Moreover, I would not say KDE offers better performance as all the installs of it that I've seen have been slugish to say the least (compared to Gnome on the same machines). Also, if it's so much better then Gnome, then why so few distro's use it as their default DE?

more than 4 years ago

Witcher 2 Torrents Could Net You a Fine

rqg Re:CD-Projekt founder (724 comments)

At the time, there were no copyright laws regarding software in Poland (or more accurately the People's Republic of Poland which was controlled by the Soviets), thus pirating was legal.

more than 4 years ago

Steve Jobs Hints At Theora Lawsuit

rqg Re:Well (686 comments)

Maybe he meant: there are no software patents [in Europe].
I'm guessing that by the Free Software Foundation Europe mentioned in the summary.

more than 4 years ago

ask slashdot: How to replace Google

rqg Resistance is futile. (4 comments)

There is no escape from Google. Resistance is futile. Your life as it has been is over. From this time forward, you will service us.

more than 5 years ago

Multiple-Display Power Tools For Linux?

rqg Compiz can do it. (410 comments)

Use compiz and set your shortcuts in Window Management / Put. Just checked moving windows to different outputs (I use 2 displays) and it works.

more than 5 years ago

Retrievable iPhone Numbers Raise Privacy Issue

rqg Re:Why is that an app? (146 comments)

Ever used you're web-based service on a plane? Or on the tube? Or in a place without network coverage? Not to mention, that it's a lot faster to use native applications. Also, I've never encountered a web VNC client.

more than 5 years ago

Google Dev Phone 1 Banned From Paid Apps

rqg Experience teaches... it does what?! (134 comments)

How many times does it take to realize that crackers will get around any kind of protection? Especially on an open source platform.

more than 5 years ago

February 13th, UNIX Time Will Reach 1234567890

rqg Re:what base? (376 comments)

But it looks kinda nice, don't you think?

more than 5 years ago


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