1085 posts • joined Tuesday 22nd April 2008 12:44 GMT
"I could be wrong but....
Calling people stupid just because they want XP instead of Linux on a computer is not the best way of winning converts."
Who's trying to win converts on this board?
People ARE stupid and lazy, and it seems the new trend for linux haters to jump on is "it doesn't work *exactly* like windows and therefore nobody will use it because they are stupid and lazy. Therefore linux sucks". What actually sucks is that people are stupid and lazy.
"didnt asus do this already? everyone just installed xp on 'em and where on their merry way.."
Quirte the opposite actually, the Linux eee901s had better specs but Asus seemed determined not to meet demand, so lots of people bought the XP version and put linux on it. Check out the eeeuser forums.
Personally I reflashed my linux one anyway because Xandros was ****
That's the main problem with linux netbooks if you ask me, the fact that people like Asus ship with their linux distro broken.
Xandros on the 901 would bleat about software updates and then fail or flat-out refuse to installl them. It had a weird GUI that I could not for the life of me figure out how to add a new shortcut to, and for the 901 Asus removed the "advanced" (KDE) mode.
Ubuntu and dell might actually produce something good together...
They still think they can control the internet
The more they tighten their grip, the more people will move to darknets, where stopping the flow of ideas is impossible.
Not that I'm saying it's great that "radicalisation" or other such material is available, I'm just saying that the cat is out of the bag now, and you can't put it back in.
4.6 million quid
Right. 4.6 milsion.
Jesus jumped up christ, this is where our taxes go.
And people moan that cutting taxes would mean having to cut essential services.... Can someone GUT the goddamned government please? This is our money going on this crap.
I thought there were very strong protections
Specifically enumerated in the US constitution and its amendments, that the US armed forces are NOT to be used on home soil?
Either way, that's really slippery. Given the way that the definition of "terrorist" seems to get wider every day and legislation aimed at "terrorists" is abused, the thought of allowing use of the army to tackle them is scary.
Glad they're gone, I hope the US can successfully remount its moral, freedom-loving high-ground over the next few years. God knows we need at least one government that's interested in it. I'm not holding my breath though.
Won't stop them for a second
They'll write this down as an isolated incident and carry on regardless.
The morons in power here do not understand that if you create the database it *will* be hacked. Someone will be bought, or someone will give up a password by accident, or the technology will be inadequate.
But that's no concern, lets move on and put all of everyone's details in a single place and hope that it all goes well. Fingers crossed the software guys are the world's best, the public employees with access are all incorruptible and security minded.
(All of the above is an aside to how the horrible idea this is in the first place)
Oh for god's sake
Yes, that's right, Terrorists and paedophiles are waiting around every corner to use any available, paid Wi-FI service!
For god's sake people, have you really bought into that level of hysteria?
This is a bad move for BT, but please, lets have some perspective, it's not a war zone outside your front door, neither is everyone on the street a predatory pervert. YOU are what's causing the breakdown of society.
So they murdered I am Legend
And now they want to re-abuse one of Dick's stories?
I have come to dread sci-fi movies these days. I *love* sci-fi books. But so many times they take the book, borrow a theme and then totally miss the point of the story to the extent that they're effectively pissing on the authors ideas.
Take "I Robot" for instance. Fscking travesty. They took a cerebral exploration of the ramifications of seemingly simple laws for robotic behaviour and turned it into a noisy, Will Smith laden advertisement for Pepsi, Converse trainers and Audi. Asimov must have spun in his grave.
TR was a cheap enough rip-off of the book, lets not cheapen it further, please.
Linux is worth billions.
Whatever your thoughts on Gnome/KDE desktops, you can't argue that the Linux operating system is small-fry. It's huge in the server room (even on mainframes) and in the embedded arena.
Anyway, yeah, keep hiding in your retarded suit.
What do you mean by a driver?
Are you talking about a trojan that records sound activity on a particular PC? Sure that could work fine. Good luck getting it onto my machine without physical access, unless my (open source) router has holes I don't know about, you can't even address my laptop...
If the spooks want to physically gain entry and bug the place, fine, let 'em. They need to be able to investigate circumstances where they have enough reason to believe something is going on to persuade them to get up out of their chairs and go and watch someone.
It's the random trawling and data collection about every one of us that I find offensive.
Now where did I put that terrorist drug bomb guantanamo obama?
@MarkJ and AC
I'm not so convinced the NSA can break AES.
Yes, it's approved by the US government, it was written by an academic and won the AES title in competition. It's been widely scrutinised by security experts across the world.
Does that mean that the NSA definitely can't break it? No. But I'd put money on the fact that it still holds up to them and if they can break it then they can only break it with huge amounts of computer power and intelligent brute-forcing on selected small pieces.
As mentioned before
Asterisk and OpenSSH will do the trick nicely, and noone will ever know what was said.
Or check out OneSwarm and its ilk. Friend to friend peering with longer distance comms done in multiple hops, end to end encrypted.
I'm afraid that unless the conspiracy theorists are correct and 'they' write a back door into every crypto algorithm, unless that's true, the authorities literally cannot eavesdrop on what people are doing.
Even with legislation to make people give up keys. For those wondering how that could possibly work, read up on Diffie Hellman ephemeral key exchanges, pick the pieces of your brain up off the floor and then consider the implications if you're a spook that usually only has to plug his listening device into the right wire...
@Anonymous Comparability Coward
Umm, bluetooth? You use Bluetooth as an example of something apple has and others don't?
Even my eee 901 has Bluetooth!
On the general stuff, well, I only use Lenovo or Sony kit, other than the netbook (lenovo have got one now though). Build quality on both is excellent. VFM I feel is excellent as well. But then, in the case of Sony, I'm willing to pay for equipment that is not only cutting edge but pretty looking, compact and ultra-light.
(Why yes, I did re-image my vaio as soon as I got it, boy do PC manufacturers love to pile on the trial offers and other crapware these days!)
Tux because he loves them all.
"Bulldog DSL were sending me bills and threats of courts for 2 years for a phone line that NEVER EVEN EXISTED!!
Shame I never thought of suing the B******Ds for the stress."
Likewise, took me 20 months to get them off my back after they totally and utterly failed to install broadband at our place. 6 months of them taking the money from my account before I managed to stop them (and get it back) and then over a year of "you're not paying for your connection! You owe us money!" letters. And when I finally started sending them letters via registered post and threatening to go to OFCOM I was asked if there was a problem and would I like to cancel my account?
Could happily have gone to their headquarters with an axe and murdered the lot of them.
Can you say "anti-trust"
(v)FAT is now a standard filesystem allowing devices like digital cameras, consoles, computers, mobile phones... basically anything to use the same media, usually flash media.
Whilst a free (unencumbered by patents, copyright, trade secrets etc) FS would be better - anyone could implement for no fee - that's not where we are now. FAT is well documented and widely supported precisely because these things need to be read and written by Microsoft's operating systems. The OS monopoly once again forced vendors onto another MS system.
Given that Microsoft have been repeatedly slapped down by the EU courts, I would expect that the moment they try this on the EU will bitchslap them again. Mighty hard.
Convicted monopolists should not be able to blackmail companies into paying them because the monopoly forced them to take a particular course of action. Patent or no patent, MS is saying that they'll have their pound of flesh or nobody gets to play.
Besides which, one of the patents covers the method of linking/displaying a long filename when the FS underneath uses 8.3 format (i.e. the tech they brought in to pretend to use long filenames under Win95). They have a patent on a hackish workaround to an inadequate FS to make it more like the better ones that predate it?
They're 'avin a laugh!
What are they afraid of?
The more I read about this authoritarian stuff coming out of the Labour party, the more I wonder.
The anger I first felt years ago with the announcment of ID is still there, but with every new measure something else strengthens - pity.
Something has obviously made these people extremely scared, scared of foreigners, scared of dissidents, scared of children, scared of everyone.
They need therapy, not power.
Sorry mate, got to disagree there.
Other languages just cannot optimise to the bare metal the way C does. Or maybe "do not" is better than "cannot".
I know, I know, java has intelligent runtime optimisation. It still seems to take forever to start and need a larger memory footprint than a decent C app though.
Where you absolutely, positively have to have control over what memory is read when and in which order, when you want to squeeze the best you possibly can out of a system, use C. And this applies to giant database systems as much as it does tiny embedded boxes.
Oh, and don't forget systems programming, drivers, kernels etc.
Plus you have the cost of distributing and installing java VMs everywhere.
If you can code C competently then there's no need to switch. I'll agree that it seems that many people can't.
What should I be looking for? Is Asterisk compromised? Linux itself?
Or am I now considered a terrorist by most western governments for advocating communications privacy?
(I can believe any of them)
Worried that crooks are going to use skype...
Trust your highly confidential and illegal comms to a third party with unknown, proprietary encryption and an unknown route.
Set up Asterisk at two points, tunnel it through a secure connection (OpenSSH would likely do) and voila, no eavesdropping possible without actually breaking the well-tested real crypto.
Not that I want to aid and abet criminals, but this focus on one technology, skype, is just downright stupid and easily circumvented by anyone that has half a technological brain.
Tux, because using a penguin based system will get you all this stuff for free.
"This just emphasizes what we already knew about C," Fortify researchers wrote. Even the most careful, security conscious developer messes up memory management."
Like hell it does. Out of 45 submissions they found errors (or more likely potential errors) in about 5. Yes, C is awful and not a single living human can write C code with no security holes...
The public hate the ID cards, so lets find a way around that and do what we want anyway, regardless of democratic will. Government for the people, eh? Don't make me laugh.
Personally, I picked up a ten year passport just before the biometric ones came in and plan to be living in another country by the time I'd be forced to hand over my details to their central DB.
So your arguments have gone from "Linux is worthless" to "some of my users are too belligerent to give up MS Office".
Way to back up your assertions there.
Nobody is forcing you to use Linux, if you and your users don't like it then don't use it. But just because your pack of morons are so invested in MS tech that they refuse anything else doesn't mean that everyone is.
Also, you know that "Linux is crap because everyone knows MS" doesn't actually make sense as an argument? If you want to argue that linux won't gain acceptance due to cultural inertia - spot on.
Your little "choice is BAD" thing up the top is very funny too. So because I could choose a few different media sharing programs, depending on my needs, linux is rubbish? But MS is great because media player 11 does it with some features missing and you have no choice?
That's just, like, your opinion maaaaan. Fighting monoculture in computers is one of the major FOSS motivations. There never will be a time when there is one true linux and one true browser/media play etc. People have different needs and preferences, and different uses for computers.
As for UI, they all borrow from each other. Linux has been ahead of MS in terms of interface for some time now, imho. It might not seem that way if you're not used to it, just like I found the jump from XP to Vista painful.
I find it very hard to take anyone pro-MS seriously these days, after the vista debacle and the fact that Win7 has already been shown to take even more control of the computer away from the user in the name of DRM.
Anyway, enjoy your monoculture, I'll be off programming on lots of different OS's for money and running linux at home because it's easy, reliable and it helps me learn about real computer systems rather than how to click a box over and over again.
"I foresee a world where the people controlling the purse strings will actually be asking for larger cuts of decreased revenues, rather than one that is fairer."
Those currently holding the purse strings are just as parasitic. We'd do better without them or the pirates.
Distribution is now a negligible cost, often footed by the consumer themselves (esp. in a P2P model).
Advertising is pretty much only spent on the plastic act of the moment.
The only thing the labels can offer is production, and they overcharge for that in terms of taking the copyrights. Time for them to die. They were valuable when recording equipment was extremely expensive, they had their uses when distribution meant mass-produced physical items. Now, not so much.
All certs should be EV
But by that I don't mean everyone should pay loads of cash for an EV cert, I mean that nobody should be issuing certs without checking.
Browsers should be installed without the cheap and dirty registrars available. Those that are know to not be trustworthy should be removed from the list in browser updates.
This is a social problem. TLS itself is rock solid.
"I love the guys up there who go 'it's just ideas, *I* don't get paid for them all so why should everyone else' or 'the musicians got stitched up by the record companies so its OK to steal from them again, or 'Well, *I* think copyright law is too long so I should be able to download old records."
I love the fact that you think taking the piss makes your arguments valid.
Read my post again and tell me that the combination of insane copyright length, DRM, overcharging and the record industry dragging their heels don't make this absolutely inevitable.
BTW, I have a collection of about 500 CDs, all paid for (none with DRM). I don't pirate music at all. So I'd be interested to hear any arguments about how I'm personally robbing artists of money, and how everything I've said is a weak justification for illegal/immoral activity I take part in, because I know that's the argument that usually comes next when someone gives a rational critique of the current situation.
I don't pirate (unless I have bought the media and cannot rip/transcode), and I still hold these opinions.
BTW, what do you think of the people that hold the copyright on "Happy Birthday"? And charge people for singing it to kids in restaurants?
I think it's sick. That song is part of childhood and part of life, for someone to claim ownership over it is unreasonable and disgusting.
Here's the thing
Abba were big in, what, the 70s.
Is thirty years not enough for us to consider that their material has both had its heyday and entered out culture enough that by now it should be in the public domain?
Current terms are, in my opinion, waaaaay too long. Copyright et al exist to encourage people to contribute to the common culture. We give people a temporary monopoly on their work not because it's some sort of natural right but because it benefits all of us to do so.
One could argue that this has been stretched to far in one direction and that society no longer benefits as much as the copyright holder. Who more often than not is whoever managed to convince the actual artist to indebt themselves and sign everything over to them.
Whilst it is immoral (and should continue to be illegal) to blindly copy everything, we need to take another look at the deal we have struck with copyright holders, and the deals they are allowed to strike with content creators.
Add to this that the copyright holders are attempting to use every technological trick in the book to stop people making legitimate use of media they purchase, and you have a recipe for what we have now - open rebellion.
Yes, I would like to rip and transcode my blu-ray movie to watch on my netbook. What's that? DRM? I'd better pirate it then.
CD won't rip because they stuffed extra data in to confuse DVD-ROM drives? Pirate it.
Digital download won't play on my second/third computer or my new, differently branded mp3 player? Pirate it.
Digital downloads of the album cost *more* than the physical artifact that had to be manufactured and shipped? WTF? Pirate it.
In the end you stop caring about giving the makers any money, it's more convenient just to download or stop consuming altogether.
The industry and the laws are so out of sync with society this was bound to happen.
For you penguins
Check out mediatomb and ushare as alternatives to twonky that seem to work just fine.
I've had both running on my NSLU2 and supplying music and video to PS3 (and with ushare, the xbox 360) just fine.
This and the facebook thing
Have just reinforced my traditionalist leanings.
Why trust your private communications, photographs etc to a bunch of advertising companies? Why would I use flickr to host my pictures when I can do it myself? Why allow google mail and allow big G to profile it for advertising and potentially expose/lose everything? Why store your entire personal life on a "social networking" site that offers little more than early 90s style email and a homepage, when they can turn around and give themselves the right to do what they want with it?
Yes, I'm the kind of geek that has a mail/web server under his bed, and I realise that's not for everyone, but this blind trust of your data to third parties, the increasing security risks around it and the increasing volume/value of stuff people put up...
Yes, I know, thi smakes me a curmudgeonly old sod that's too concerned about contracts, EULAs, small print and security to be cool enough to join in with all this, but that's ok.
This is just the next wave of "you're all dangerous criminals and need to be watched constantly". Enough now. The pub is a sanctuary, we are not all violent scumbags and we're not all comfortable with being recorded wherever we go.
You can't even blame this on terrorism as the terrorist threat is (currently) linked to extremists of a non-drinking faith.
Much nicer than the G1 brick.
there are a couple of on-screen keyboards for android that have been written by third party/FOSS developers. There are also rumours that google have one in the works. My guess is that the HTC phone will use the google keyboard.
It's the state of the public and their love of gadgets.
The iFart guy made tens to hundred of thousands of dollars from this thing.
At a dollar a go there are just that many hip, fashionable, arty, well-dressed, intelligent, attractive, independent-thinking, mould-breaking iPhone owners (and we know they're all like this, right? That's what Lord Steve said in his holy advertising gospel), that want to make their beautiful. perfectly engineered, light-years ahead technological show-piece fart like an old cowboy that's been on the beans.
Sums things up nicely for me.
Seriously, STFU. You have no idea about anything, do you? You're the most cluesless asshole that ever graced the internets.
OMG! Linux doesn't play $LATEST_GAME!!!!
Would that be because it's not made for linux, by any chance? And before you spout off about "well that's another reason linux is TEH SUCK", I advise you once more to STFU. Linux isn't dominant so nobody targets it with games, and nobody targets it with games because it's not dominant. it's a catch 22, not license to yell about linux not working. If you don't want to install it because games are important then fine, but really, shut your goddamned piehole when we're talking about one of the geekiest distros in town.
"what like sony or apple or 100 other big players do, market forces I am afraid as well as product protection."
Microsoft is a convicted monopolist on at least two continents. Someone complained about debian not installing on MS VPC. It is perfectly valid to say it's not a suitable platform for trying linux and it's perfectly valid to suspect MS of deliberately making it that way.
"it's linux that leans on MS backoffice platforms then it has to have it's own."
What on earth are you talking about? MS Backoffice platforms are godawful and linux does fi ne without relying on any of them.
"can it play games in HD for my son"
Some, yes. Others, no, it's a matter of getting manufactures interested and not a problem with linux itself. Though do go ahead and confound the two again in another sweaty, frothing rant because we know it gets you off.
"or stream HD to 2 laptops and my TV as well email, web browse,"
Yes, no problem. In fact it's been able to do that for longer than windows. Using synaptic (gui), install mediatomb. Add directories to share through its web interface. Simple. Don't like mediatomb? There are three or four alternatives including a commercial, closed-source one.
"can I vpn in with less hassle ,"
My VPN software works fine, thanks. It was written by AT&T and install on debian with no problems.
It's also worth noting that there are free (and easy) vnc and remote desktop clients, vnc servers etc available.
" how easy is a NAS setup..blah blah blah ..all with little pain ?"
Places -> Network.
Sharing things requires samba, which also has a nice gui these days.
In fact it's significantly less hassle to set up under linux, IMHO, than under windows, which is always complaining about security and popping up "you are not allowed" notices for little to no reason.
I'm sorry if you're not familiar with it, or your users need help because they're used to windows monoculture, but taking out your anger on anything that does anything the slightest bit different is counterproductive.
"Imagine for two seconds that I haven't been using UNIX and Linux for the last 12 years, instead I've been brought up on Windows. My first impression as Bob the User is: Debian/Linux doesn't work. It doesn't matter too much why not."
Yes, because Bob the 'tarded user knows all about virtual machines and installing operating systems.
You might want to check the compatibility list for Virtual PC before spouting off about linux being broken.
"Oh boy. I went the extra mile and tried Debian in Sun's xVM. Debian installed. I rebooted. Guess what? Kernel panic. Yep, there's a lot to be said for Windows, I would be saying to myself."
Personally I think you're a liar. Debian is vary stable and supports more hardware variations than any other OS *ever*.
@ Mythical AC
"Open source software has its place, just not in the mission-critical data center. I've never met an open source solution that wasn't buggy and significanlty less reliable than one of the leading proprietary equivalents"
Linux is already in the mission critical data centre.
Or have you never heard of google? That critical enough for you? Or were you talking about governmental, really critical stuff? Like the NSA and their custom versions with the SELinux extension?
Your view is waaaaaaaay out of date.
As for reliability, I've had many more problems with HPUX than I've had with Linux. Solaris and AIX tend to be as reliable as Linux in my experience, but are much less pleasant to use for the average sysadmin/developer.
Keep on shilling away, but I'm afraid your side lost the server room game some time ago. Even mainframes are now running a flavour of linux as often as not.
Also a nice slim netbook
Debian on eee (901 in my case) runs quite nicely too, though you'll need to follow the wiki and, now I'm going to use that dreaded sequence of words) **compile your own** wireless driver. That said it takes about two lines using module assistant and then you're golden.
My nVidia card worked pretty easily, though I can't remember if I had to install the driver explicitly using apt-get, it comes so naturally these days that I forget if I had to do it or not.
"Identity cards will be mandatory for all airside workers, just as other pre-employment checks are today, so that the benefits from the Scheme can be realised across the aviation sector."
When a single benefit of this scheme that stands up to even the slightest scrutiny can be identified, would someone let me know?
So far all I've seen is "we're spending billions so we can store all your data in one place (and track where you go), for all these spurious and easily knocked down reasons^H^H^H^H^H^H excuses"
I find this whole debate funny, especially given that the NSA and other US federal agencies are investing heavily in Linux and software (both FOSS and closed/proprietary) that runs on it.
These shrill denials of the use/worth of FOSS are amusing at best, at worst they are the cries of idiots.
Want support for linux? You can get it cheaper than windows + support. And with just as many guarantees.
Companies and government agencies are already investing in FOSS.
Mandating that government departments at least consider it alongside the proprietary software can only be a good thing. Especially as it is our, public, money that they are spending, so keeping the fruits of the labour made under that budget open and free for public use should be a priority. Just as scientific research done with government funding ought to be available to all, so should everything else that isn't a security risk.
Using our tax money to develop non-reusable, privately owned, closed off software ought to be a last resort.
Iceweasel *is* firefox with different branding, because the mozilla team don't allow custom builds of the source to use the FF branding, and debian make custom builds. What's the problem?
And Icedove *is* thunderbird.
Debian isn't that difficult, but if you're not geeky enough to know about these or even look them up on google then, well, sorry but I have to say it - STFU and GBT windose, n00b.
Silly user, Debian's for geeks.
And hooray for the Debian foundation, lenny is a great OS but this also means I get to move my machines to squeeze now :)
I played with it for a while. It has a good selection of stuff I was interested in, a few albums I haven't got by some fairly obscure artists, other bits and pieces.
I was also pleased that, even though there's no linux version, the page allowed me to download the windows version and suggested I try wine.
I hadn't realised it had audio ads though. That's a deal breaker for me. I know, I know, how else were they going to support themselves? But still, guess I won't be using it much because of this.
RE: Anonymous Quixote Style
There's more to it than that. The lawsuits and harassment, the censorship, separation of people from their families, bankrupting effectively enslaving adherents...
It's a crazy, crazy cult.
That good old time internet really is gone, isn't it?
The one that I first got to know, the one full of programming and scientific information, the one where leaving services open was a courtesy and not a security hole... When did that internet die?
Was it when we let the great unwashed in and then commercial entities decided to cash in?
Screw it, I'm off to make own internet, with blackjack. And hookers. In fact forget the internet....
"actually, no. windows has drivers for most things, and if not, you just have to pop the CD in the drive or run windows update."
I just told you of at least on e situation where the opposite is true. Keep spouting your bullshit though.
"oh and anyone in charge of purchasing IT equipment for employees who chooses linux over windows is an idiot and should be fired."
Right, because we all know that change is bad and companies should never try changing business practices to save money on software, increase productivity or increase the lifetime of their hardware acquisitions?
All because that initial 10 minutes of "here is your office program, it works pretty much the same, here is how you log off" is just too costly.
When did you try linux? Was it ten years ago?
I just looked and on my Debian machine I go to System (one of the menus on the top menu bar) -> perefernces -> mouse.
Left/Right handed is the top option on the settings dialog.
Linux is already a multi-billion dollar success, regardless of whether or not Joe Arsewit uses it on his netbook.
"It has to pop up, grow, spread, take over and become the primary whatever it is."
Why? Are you saying that monoculture in Desktop OS's is actually a desirable thing?
We've seen where that path leads - to increasingly sophisticated attacks that are massively successful because they can exploit weaknesses found on so many identical machines. I'd love for more people to use linux on their machines, but I'm not foolish enough to be shouting about linux being the only OS. That's what got us into MS style trouble in the first place.
"Otherwise, well, it's just a pain in the ass."
Then I am gladly a pain in the arse or a thorn in the side of you and your ilk, and will continue to be so!
I'm surprised about the printer. My experience with printers in Linux has been better than n windows. On vista I had to download and install over 100 MB of stuff (I'm really not kidding, though I later found out there's a 38MB version if you follow the "business" link) to get my HP network printer up and running. On Ubuntu I just hit "scan" and it found and configured it.
As for napster and tunebite - sorry, but you want to subscribe to a DRM'd music hire service like napster and then rip the results.... Isn't that somewhat immoral? And probably illegal? Avoid DRM and crap like napster in the first place matey. Or try it on wine...
Your games console will be able to interact fine, if you find a upnp serving program like mediatomb, geexbox, ushare or others. Available from repositories in ubuntu.
Personally, I find linux easier to set up and more functional than windows, for my needs. But I realise it doesn't work that way for everyone, and I don't tend to buy cheap-ass devices that can only be used with a PC speaking a proprietary protocol from windows-only software.
Good luck with that.
What, you think the government are just going to roll over and dismantle the surveillance apparatus they've dedicated the last decade to building up?
Remember citizen, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. Only terrorists, criminals, malcontents and other asocial types could possibly object to your friendly government watching over and protecting them!
You're not an asocial are you?
So linux will find its way on like it usually does
By us users putting it on the system after the purchase, and giving microsoft their license money anyway.
It's sad that that's the way of the world right now, but if Linux isn't much of a money spinner in the netbook market then I guess this will continue to happen.
Us penguins will just have to take solace in the fact that large corporations and government departments are increasingly investigating, investing in and switching to FOSS.
So we're going to have another badly worded, totally nebulous and unspecific law that's being forced onto us "for the children".
F*ck the children (not literally).
Get them off my internets. Why should an operator of a free forum site, that he's probably put up for next to nothing (and makes no money from) have to pay money for the privilege of a police check because children or vulnerable adults might just use it? This raises the barrier for entry to the 'net. The very thing that makes it vibrant and alive.
I'm sorry, but I'm SICK of the nannying.
So all those old assumptions could be wrong...
Like when you can have an address for every atom in the universe, then you've got enough IP/RAM/HDD addressing space".
Now it seems we may need more...
Restrictions on parallel import are a n abuse of globalisation.
Big companies can but materials and personnel from wherever in the world they like. But when small businesses or individuals try to buy products from other markets we're told it's somehow wrong. Due to "licensing".
Reform of IP laws is needed NOW.