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Bass Bass Knows the way the wind is flowing.
  • Suspciously cheap

    spivonious said:
    W3bbo said:
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    Yeah don't want to derail the thread too much. It's definitely abuse of the system that irks me. One of my wife's friends lost her job last year and she hasn't even been looking for a new one because she gets unemployment checks for another couple of months. I've started saying "you're welcome" every time she pays for something when I'm around. Anyway, enough of that Smiley

     

    Glad you're happy with the TV! Don't worry, 37" will seem small in a couple weeks. Tongue Out

    I don't really think there is enough jobs for everyone. People are getting laid off enmasse from profitable companies, not because these companies can't pay their paycheck, but they are simply not needed anymore. This is often because the company has outsourced their work to a different country, or that more efficent business processes (usually involving computers), have replaced their traditional role.

     

    So either some people are going to be unemployed, or "employed" for the government or some big company where they do nothing useful all day anyway. We just don't need that many people employed when some many jobs have moved to China/India or are handled  by computers. The only real answer to this 'problem' is a welfare state.

     

  • Amazon Microsoft Open source deal...

    figuerres said:
    Bass said:
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    not what i said....

    i did not say that open is anti-corporate.

     

    what i did say was that i wonder how many folks who are part of the LInux/GNU/Open and free camp have given thought to the way they are helping corp's that in turn are using things like software patents and DRM which most of the Open source advocates are against by and large.

     

    kinda goes counter to the goals of the free/open ideals i think.

     

     

    Obviously they have given that a lot of thought. You might want to check the licensing terms of some major free software projects. Using and distributing GPL (and especially GPLv3) software is a serious legal threat for companies with a lot of software patents. Regarding DRM, the GPLv3 explicitly prohibits the use of covered software to facilitate DRM (the anti-Tivoization clause).

     

    That's just on the legal front. On the PR front, the FSF (the originator of the concept of "free software") runs the Defective by Design campaign, one of the most famous (or infamous) anti-DRM advocacy groups. IMO, the FSF has been very successful in promoting the idea that DRM is a great evil to the computer savvy mainstream, which is possibly one of their biggest PR successes.

     

    But do they have ultimate control over the world and how big business operate? Hell no. They don't have that kind of power. Have they got DRM criminalized yet? No. But they aren't the mass media lobby, they don't exactly have the power to write legalization. Nor do they have enough power to stop these kinds of agreements. Not yet at least.

  • Amazon Microsoft Open source deal...

    figuerres said:
    Ray7 said:
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    funny thing to think about also....

     

    why do none of the folks who write open source software and allow corperations to use it ever question the way the corps make money

    off thier work?

    And that they are supporting the very companies that want software patents and DRM ?

     

    Just an example of how out of touch with the reality of comercial business some folks are....

     

    They gripe when you hear that MS made a deal but you say nothing about Sony,Cisco, IBM and many many others who play the same game.

    Your completely missing the point of free software. It's not, and never has been, an anti-corporate ideology.

  • What prevents me from installing Linux on a XBox 360?

    Minh said:
    Bass said:
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    That's non sense. Don't you think the PS3 would have a gate keeper to look for a signed file... just like the Xbox?

     

     

    What's nonsense?

  • What prevents me from installing Linux on a XBox 360?

    W3bbo said:
    Bass said:
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    I doubt it, in the start each PS3 was costing Sony more money than they made from the sale, it was a loss-leader to recuperate money on game royalties, same with Microsoft, only Nintendo's Wii made a profile at launch.

    Lolwut? You doubt what? You seemed to have agreed with what I said.

  • [Linux] Kernel 2.6.33 released

    Memory compression in the kernel? How retro. Smiley

  • What prevents me from installing Linux on a XBox 360?

    W3bbo said:
    CannotResolveSymbol said:
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    Don't forget the new "slim" PS3 doesn't run Linux anymore, and it drops back-compat with the PS2 (since the earlier PS3s actually contained the same graphics hardware as the PS2 specifically for backcompat).

     

    I don't get why Sony gimps the GPU access on the PS3 though. I understand why they don't want to give out full capabilities to 'enthusiasts' but it seems particularly stingy. Couldn't they just rate-limit it or something?

    If they gave access to the GPU, people/game companies would start writing games for PS3 Linux and thus bypassing the mandatory license fee/royalty payments for making console games. That is a big part of the business model for consoles (sometimes the consoles themselves are sold at a loss). Even with all the restrictions, some scientific labs were buying up PS3s by the truckload to build inexpensive beowulf clusters. I'm not sure Sony liked that very much.

  • Suspciously cheap

    CreamFilling512 said:
    ManipUni said:
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    TV licenses are interesting, from an American perspective, in that it's something that would NEVER happen here.  It would be instant political suicide to create something like that.

    In the USA we perfer to bundle our Public Broadcasting Service license fees with federal income tax. Smiley

  • Windows 7 was *my* idea

    Man sues Microsoft for taking his idea without permission.

  • Amazon Microsoft Open source deal...

    AndyC said:
    Bass said:
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    Netware was pretty awesome back in the day, I'd be stunned if Novell didn't have a raft of patents that apply to system management technologies that would be very useful for Microsoft to license with regards to Active Directory and System Center.

    And it would seem that way right? I mean, it makes perfect sense for Microsoft to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for a temporary license on a fairly small patent pool. But that is the fringe theory in this case. It looks to me that most of the Internets is to subscribing to the second theory.

     

    How much do you think Amazon's 1-Click pending patent is worth?