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Feds propose 50-state ban on mobile use while driving

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More to the point...

States are independent entities and the power of the central government is intended to be limited.

So it's not really their call to begin with. (The Feds)

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World's biggest music streaming service launches - for tech idiots

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Raise that number a bit.

> They're called [a significant portion of] 'the over 35's

No one under 55 has any excuse for being such an inflexible idiot.

Whether or not such people "do useful things" is open for debate.

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Lowering the bar.

> Why is a simple, intuitive interface bad?

It isn't. Except that's not really what we're talking about here.

No. Instead we're talking about taking that "simple intuitive interface" and getting rid of it for something more limited and less useful.

Perhaps something that emulates the interface of record players should be next.

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2011's Best... Premium Tablets

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Fanboy silliness.

Now here we get into one of my personal favorites that did not make the list: the Thrive.

You don't need any extra dongles that you are likely to use, you can just plug straight into the device itself. It's large enough that it can easily accommodate a real USB port and an HDMI port.

Why buy an inferior product you know you will have to buy extras for?

Having actually "been there and done that", I will say that an Apple dongle is a relatively expensive proprietary part that's easily lost and less easily replaced.

You are far better of beefing up the storage in your cameras as they were likely built without the Apple groupthink mindset and can actually be expanded. Fortunately, not everyone thinks it's folly to be able to upgrade an appliance as storage technology improves.

It is good that Apple makes neither video nor still cameras.

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Dropping th ball.

> True, but there's a lot more to do with a tablet than watch video on it.

...yes and none of that really depends on the aspect ratio of the screen.

It's pretty simple: Doing video right doesn't impact general usability.

Real machines running real apps like web browsers do fine with the wide format and so do real books. About the only thing that's relevant for 4:3 is old TV shows and similarly ancient computer monitors.

it's simply not 1988 anymore.

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Netflix set to make your video history public

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No. ! missing the point.

We just realize that if you actually want to share something, then you can do so explicitly. You don't need some other corporation doing it for you. This isn't about being a dinosaur that doesn't want to share but understanding the low S/N ratio that will ensue. Facebook already suffers from this.

There is nothing new here, just MBAs that don't fully appreciate or understand the data processing aspects of this situation.

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Navy pays 2x purchase price to keep warship docked for 5 years

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Boston Shipyards

The United States didn't spring magically into existence in 1776. It was here before then. It was just called something else. The Victory might even still have bits of colonial timber in it.

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Lovefilm dumps Flash, BLINDS Linux fans with Silverlight

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Yeah Humpty was pushed...

...but I mainly object to the absurd idea that anyone that's in business for themselves will turn down someone's money. It doesn't matter if they're just a small part of the market, you just don't turn them away. You may not go chasing them, but you're not going to chase them away either.

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Windows in a bottle

> what happens if you run sliverlight on a Win XP running inside virtualbox running on Linux ?

Netflix streaming runs just fine this way actually.

I did this before the whole Quickster nonsense.

Now I just use Amazon Prime streaming minus the bother of a virtual machine.

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Twisted Lemming Logic...

No. The logical thing for a "business" person to do is NOTHING.

NOTHING does not require investing any extra money.

No. They "business" person will like the status quo. They might consider hedging against future changes but they will not blow a lot of money to screw over ANY portion of their user base. All money is good money. Someone that's actually in business tends not to just flush it for no good reason.

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Who really cares?

Who really cares if people try to save the films they stream from Lovefilm. They're crap. If someone is willing to put up with that, they are not great customers. They are simply too cheap and nothing you do will change that.

This is the modern equivalent of kids duping tapes between two cheap tape decks while riding next to each other on bicycles.

These people were always lost to you.

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Happy birthday, Apple QuickTime

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Why the hate?

It's a piece of crap, that's why. Not everyone wears the same brand of blinders as you. This "we invented everything" mentality doesn't help either.

"Real multimedia" was done on other platforms before Quicktime and on even more austere hardware.

For most of us, Quicktime is at best just Apple's brand of Flash.

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Why the hate? Mindless hype of course.

Not everyone wears your brand of blinders. We don't buy into the whole "Apple invented everything" mentality and actually find it quite annoying.

"Real multimedia" was being done by competitors with lesser hardware before Quicktime.

Most people just view Quicktime as another more proprietary variation on Flash.

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2011's Best... DVRs and Media Streamers

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Mislabeled Article

PVRs and streamers are different kinds of devices. Unless you're building your own box, they will have mutually exclusive features. Trying to lump them together is a bit foolish to begin with.

This is especially true since streamers have gotten so cheap. You can easily add one to whatever setup you have. The fact that you are escalating the number of devices you are dealing with is easily offset by how cheap and small they are.

Buy the PVR for it's recording features and ignore the rest. Get a cheap streamer to go with it. Don't worry about about a device that is a jack of all trades an master of none.

Nothing beats an HTPC in terms of features. This goes for both the PVR and streaming features.

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Open-source skills best hope for landing a good job

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A tale of two monkeys...

it sounds like the Redhat guy chose his path. There are certainly enough Corps that hire Unix people that he could have a nice cubicle job if he really wanted one. Chances are that he doesn't like the Fortune 100 life. I could certainly understand it if he does not.

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How Apple beat IBM in Steve Jobs' first retail war

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The real revisionism...

The real revisionism is to factor Apple in the same market as IBM.

It was never really a business computer. IBM entering the market really sealed Apple's fate and there's no arguing around that. Macs were just another "home computer" like Commies.

Anyone trying to claim that any 8-bit Apple was more appropriate for "work" is just on crack.

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Fanboy silliness

> Personally I think iLife + itunes make the difference.

Just don't let your data take a trip across another brand of computer between being recorded and being used by iMovie.

Any cheap software at BestBuy or available free as shareware can do better than iLife.

iLife is a joke for people with no clue or taste.

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Velvet blinders

> Nearly everyone I know who doesn't work in IT and gets a laptop from work runs windows. Their home machines or "personally bought" laptops are Macs.

You must have a lot of rich friends. This goes double if you are on the other side of the pond.

Even if I liked MacOS, I would not touch Apple products due to poor engineering and bad ergonomics. It's too bad you can't run it on better hardware.

Most people outside of IT don't have any appreciation for "the better things" and tend to just be intolerably cheap.

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Not really...

All this article shows is that the reality distortion field has been on for a very long time.

As others have said, it was a crowded market in 1984. The idea that Apple was pushing an overpriced variant of the Apple II at that point was just sad. You can excuse Atari and Commodore for it a bit since their machines were cheap and they had not yet come out with their 68K machines.

If IBM was "failing" at this point then it was because the clones were beginning their rise.

The Apple narcissists are once again fixating on the wrong details.

Any perceived triump attributed to Apple here is statistical noise in the big picture.

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The value of many

I don't think IBM ever has understood the "retail" market.

They never had to really.

Others were able to take up the slack for them.

That's the value of a platform not limited merely to a single vendor. You can have multiple companies each effectively addressing different parts of the market some of which may be mutually exclusive.

You don't have to be excluded because a computer costs you what a new pickup truck would.

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How digital audio ate itself ... and the music biz

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MP3 Still

Portable storage still isn't very cheap. Most mobile devices don't even have enough capacity to hold a decent sized MP3 collection. Never mind storing everything in pristine formats.

That's not even getting into the question of whether or not some random device supports the format you want to use.

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Disk drive prices swell 5% every DAY in floods aftermath

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"Economist" nonsense

There is really no reason for consumer grade drives to be this expensive. The elasticity of demand just isn't there. The fellow that mentioned "gas stations" hit the nail right on the head. This is a luxury device for digital pack rats. I suspect that the market will ultimately not bear these prices.

Unless you have a drive failing right now and don't have a spare, you can probably wait this out.

I suspect this is just a speculative bubble based on some panic buying and a lot of wishful thinking.

Time will tell...

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What should a sci-fi spaceship REALLY look like?

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Both Kurosawa knockoffs...

They were both Kurosawa knockoffs and Akira was probably fine with all of it.

It seems he was just that kind of guy (and not at all like Ellison).

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High Court: TVCatchup reproduces copyrighted films ... in buffers

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PBS style adverts...

Yeah. I think this sort of situation where a "PBS style" of advert is added and the original stream is kept intact should be perfectly legal. Don't expect it to be adjudicated that way tough.

Don't think John Simm being the adjudicator would even help. '-)

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Swedish college girls now twice as slutty as in 2001

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Stupid political posturing

> That would be women, not girls. You know, adults, as opposed to children.

No. He probably meant GIRLS as this was an article about college students.

The juvenile monicker undoubtedly fits. Applies across the board too.

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Think your CV is crap? Your interview skills are worse

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It's an indicator of poor corporate culture...

> People behave consistently, so if you're a flusterer in this question, it's a good indication that you may not respond well to stressful circumstances at work.

If you have to deal with this kind of nonsense in the interview, chances are that you will have to deal with similar nonsense on the job. It's a sign of bad corporate culture and a company best avoided.

You've got to ask yourself if you are really that desperate.

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Galaxy Tab case tweaked to evade Germany ban

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It's all about the spin.

> There's a REASON why Apple makes a ton of money people,

Yes, and it's marketing.

The proper "location irrelevant' source is not your phone. It's just something that looks really impressive to people that really don't have any clue what they are looking at and are in no position to judge it based on that understanding (that they don't have).

Anything that can be streamed by an iPhone probably has no business being viewed in the manner you described. It's a great parlour trick but it ultimately shows a lack of taste by Apple and it's target demographic.

Being able to move data around freely is a considerable advantage. Anyone that's ever knackered their copy of iTunes can relate.

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NEWSFLASH: Chips cheaper than disks

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Talk about freetardry...

> The Samsung F4 2TB drives i bought for ~£70 are now a hilarious £180!

> No-one in their right mind would pay that.

I paid $400 for my first 1G drive and my first 500G drive.

If there aren't any other options, you either pay the market price or do without. The dirt cheap drives were nice for awhile but that seems to going away for awhile.

A $400 2TB spinny disk still beats the SSD alternative if one exist.

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Bad car analogies...

> You're not going to bother with a high end sports car because your compact has a trunk thats nearly as big.

No. It's more like saying that I won't bother with the high end sports car because it offers minimal marginal performance at a dramatically reduced cost. I can already engage in felonious speeding with a reasonably priced performance sedan.

Simply don't need a car that costs more than the house.

The cheap performance sedan has a nice trunk too.

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Logitech CEO: Google TV a 'gigantic mistake'

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Hobby is just a codeword for failure.

Hobby is just a codeword for failure.

It's what they tell people instead of fessing up and saying that they managed to stumble at something. They don't want to do anything to undermine the myth of Apple. Of course the faithful eat it right up.

If anyone has a handle on this "problem" it's probably Tivo. They just have the same problem with the entrenched network monopolies that everyone else has.

It's that whole "we have a right to exclude anyone" mentality...

It doesn't just hurt Google.

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Google lover?

Can't say anything good or bad about the Revue really. I don't think a lot of people can because it missed a very key element. It wasn't priced right. They released a $300 device when everyone else was releasing sub-$100 devices and a real PC could be had for the same $300.

It might be "a shitty product" or it might not be. Because of the whole pricing problem, I can be fairly certain that you are speaking completely out your arse because you're too cheap to have any actual firsthand experience.

It's an entirely different beast in this regard than a Roku or AppleTV and it has nothing to do with how good the actual tech is.

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Corporate Feudalism

> It's part of the "right" in copyright.

> Redistribution rights are part of

> modern copyrights, so the

> broadcasters can say who gets

> to display their show and who can't.

That is just insane, Feudal nonsense.

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Fanboy silliness

> ...is Apple to enter the market in a big way, like what happened for mobile phones.

You mean like they already have done and have been doing for quite some time now? They've been at it long enough for them to go through a 68K -> PPC style architecture change already.

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Ten... best Blu-ray movies of 2011

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Some people just miss the point...

Yeah, this is about how the title exploits the BD format. It's not about how good the content is.

Given how good the DVD9 transfer of Revenge of the Sith was, I am not surprised that Lucasfilm did well with the BluRay transfers. Still not buying them though. I want theatrical releases. That goes for all of the films in question. If you're not going to give us the original trilogy in it's pristine form, at least give us a pristine version of the special editions.

Those movies need version numbers before you can sort out anything.

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Apple's iPad not so shiny once you get it home

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Does that tablet dissolve in water?

> As a ready recipe reference in the kitchen (no keyboard to collect dirt),

Yeah... like a smudge slab won't collect dirt or be prone to other kinds of damage.

Not all of the detractors here are "unimaginative".

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Compact Disc death foretold for 2012

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Some people just make simple things hard.

...or you just spent a few minutes to rip a CD when you bought it. It might have been in the 90s or it could be in the oughts. The only real difference is how long you had to wait for the ripper to finish before you could play your music. You still spent a whole 5 minutes on the process.

Backups just happen.You automate something that sorts you out in general and backups of your music are "free". Any time you manually copy your music to some device (like your phone), that is yet another backup with a marginal cost of zero.

You don't futz with stuff because you realize that if one ancient format (like vinyl) is good enough than you don't have to constantly move between less ancient formats.

It helps to only use what seems suitable to begin with.

Although video is an entirely different kettle of fish...

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No proof of purchase.

Without some sort of physical token of ownership, you don't really have any means to prove that you have any right to a particular digital file. Even without DRM, you still have the problem of "proving that it's yours". Screeching fanboys that like to paint anything not purchased from Apple as piracy are a great example of this problem.

You buy it from Amazon, then how do you prove it when someone tries to say otherwise?

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Are we in the middle of a PATENT BUBBLE?

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The idea versus the thing.

> The best inventions seem completely obscure and when completed seem completely obvious.

Patents protect implementations and not ideas.

If all it takes for something to be invented is a good description and the work of a college student, then it really doesn't deserve a patent. This was the case for my own "favorite" patents that Tivo was granted for the PVR.

You are advocating treating nukes like firecrackers for no other reason that you are really ignorant and you can't imagine anyone actually having a clue.

A 17 year exclusive innovation crushing monopoly is like any nasty thing you can name (nuke, toxic waste, biological weapon) and should be treated accordingly. Proliferation certainly shouldn't be casually encouraged.

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ASUS: 'We run out of hard disks at the end of the month'

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Highly sub-optimal solution

> .. or they'll get external drives to add further storage when the price is better.

That tends to be a less satisfying option. Although upgrading internal storage could certainly be made easier. It's not that hard with most laptops as it is though.

It's strange that you have to be a geek in order to even be aware of "better usability" options.

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Size doesn't matter so much anymore...

There is a practical lower bound price on components. Certain manufacturers aren't interested in selling the cheaper gear. So once you get to a certain price point, things don't get cheaper anymore. You just end up with "better" components. That means that it becomes increasingly harder to find small hard drives or even reasons to buy them.

Before this flood, there was very little price difference between the smallest spinny drive you could get and a much bigger one.

SSDs are still puny. It's easy enough to overwhelm them with just music and family photos. You don't even need to get into various forms of video hoarding. The gap between SSD and spinny disk capacity is simply too wide.

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Pete Townshend condemns Apple as 'digital vampire'

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The stupid bike analogy

There are many ways that I can avoid paying Townsend for his "talent". Some of them are legal and some of them are not. They are largely equivalent in the end despite the differing moral and legal values place on them.

With so much fixation on "freeloaders", you would think that the busybodies here would suffer sufficient confusion for their heads to explode if they really thought about what they were babbling.

MTV. Movie Trading Company. Pandora. BT. It all looks the same on the balance sheet in the end.

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It's the Brooklyn Bridge...

> Of course it happens, it's one of the main reasons that the PRS exist.

PRS exists so that PRS gets paid.

Whether or not anyone besides the middleman actually gets anything is another matter entirely.

"Distrust and be sure to verify,"

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I have a bridge for you...

>> "Getting music for free from the radio or it's equivalent is what advertises artists"

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> eh.. no. Artists receive a royalty payment when a song is play on the radio as it is considered a performance.

If you really think this actually happens, I have a bridge to sell you across the pond.

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Clueless children...

>> "iTunes is comparable to the record shops of old"

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> Eh, No. If you bought a record (or a CD) you paid for the whole record and

You remind me of all of those surveys they like to take of incoming college freshmen and then whine about in the news media. There is NOTHING new about the whole "just pay for the hits" model of iTunes. This was the normal way the industry did business since the beginning. Only during a very brief period during the rise of the CD did this ever change.

Then it came back with a vengance.

Singles are nothing new. They are something that should be VERY familiar to the likes of Townsend.

Singles always existed side by side with Albums.

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iTunes is just another vendor

iTunes is just another vendor. They sell singles or albums and they sell them under the terms offered by the publisher. If the artists aren't seeing any windfall, then it is the middle men that are at fault at not iTunes. Apple is simply chasing the market.

iTunes is no more or less vampiric than Virgin Megastore.

The labels are the actual villain in this piece and always have been. If Apple has gained any power here, than the labels have given it to them.

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The mind boggles...

You've really got to wonder where radio and MTV fits into Pete's view of things here.

There are plenty of bands who's works I've enjoyed for free and quite legally too.

This includes The Who oddly enough.

...talking 'bout my generation and whatnot.

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Ultrabook sales 'falling short of targets'

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Price without reason

Price without reason is the perfect description of the Apple user demographic. With a wider array of choices, PC buyers will opt for one of the other many options available to them. The option may be cheaper or it may be more capable.

Macbooks sell to people that brag about their own ignorance.

The PC market probably isn't quite so easy. Wankers like me will be asking if it actually is worth the money rather than just mindlessly queuing up for it.

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Android 'stands on Microsoft's shoulders', says MS lawyer

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First in the wild on a Falcon

> How many people are complaining how rubbish Windows is whilst simultaneously posting said message from a Windows PC.

I could be posting this from an Atari Falcon if not for the fact that Microsoft muscled most everyone else out of the home computer business. Proprietary network effects tend to quickly favor a single computing vendor.

I could migrate off of kludge clones in a heartbeat if another option presented itself.

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The fantastic OS

...if you believe that Android is nothing more than Linux slapped together with some spyware then clearly the people that ought to be complaining about theft are AT&T rather than Microsoft since Linux is a variant of Unix and not some DOS clone.

If Linux is running afoul of any Microsoft patents they likely mainly involve "compatability".

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Stallman: Did I say Jobs was evil? I meant really evil

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"hating" on emacs

This "hating" on emacs quite nicely highlights the "fanboy" problem.

Not everyone is the same sort of extra from an Apple SuperBowl ad. Some of us "think different" and have different requirements. Some of those requirements might be quite techical, or simply being able to recieve large numbers of text messages and not go insane cleaning them up afterwards.

Apple has a totalitarian approach. If they only abused their own customers it would be fine. However, they also insist on limiting everyone else's choices. They aren't just some hippies keeping to themselves in their own commune. They are more like a notorious band of fascist invaders.

You should be at liberty to use the right tool for the job.

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