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1901 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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Re: The tape is dead,

Tape was a distinct improvement back in the day. It was not nearly as bad as some people are trying to say it was. It's just that better and newer stuff came along after it. Tech improves and old stuff gets discarded.

It was a victim of the tech cycle just like what it displaced.

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Tencent offers 10TB of free cloud storage for all

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Re: Uploading 10TB

10mbit still isn't squat for large file transfers.

It's nothing to brag about or lord over others with.

For something like 10TB, even fully wired local GigE really isn't fast enough.

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Depends on the data...

Your personal papers... perhaps not.

Your media horde? Sure.

The real problem is getting it there.

I have been having that very problem for the last few days. Decided to recently beef up my usage of cloud storage. It's been synching for days now. Dunno when it will all finally make it there and i's a relative pittance compared to 10TB.

Don't even want to think about how long it would take to push my big data into the cloud...

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Thought the PC market couldn't get any worse? HAH! Think again

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Re: the Beast from Redmond and their camp followers

> Take off those rose coloured glasses, the crap wasn't because of windows

Windows was a mess built on a foundation of sand. At any point in it's evolution from DOS, it was worse than anything else out there both in terms of features and security. Apple even had some nice commercials highlighting these details until their new messiah came along.

Tablets are a welcome relief to a monopoly-ware product from a totally crass company.

Pretty much everyone else has more pride in their products and it shows. The underlying technical details do matter quite a bit.

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Re: Surely it's becoming apparent

> I don't know what you've been using, but most modern WiFi routers come pre-configured and need no more than a web browser to adjust their settings

That doesn't mean that a tablet will be any good at dealing with that interface. There are still plenty of websites that do poorly with a tablet. This one right here is a good example.

The fact that you are pushing the idea of "special printers" just demonstrates how messed up the tablet market is. That's a solution for a problem that really shouldn't exist to begin with.

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Re: People may dislike Windows 8...

> ...but they'd rather not buy a PC at all rather than install Linux, according to these figures

I have a bunch of Linux boxes spread around doing different appliance type things. I have a beast of a desktop box. I'm probably the PC industry's last best hope for new hardware sales but even I find that I will not likely buy another PC until I need to replace a failing bit of kit. Even then, I will likely replace that failing bit of kit with more of the same rather than opting for an "upgrade" of some sort.

The rise of the tablet is a nice demonstration of how most people don't need to upgrade (PC) computing capacity and much of the previous "growth" of the PC industry was upgrades to computing capacity.

Tablets have reset the cycle to some degree but even that's limited.

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

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Re: I'm a MSFT Fan But.....

So called usability experts seem to have a problem with the idea of "the right tool for the job". This is despite the fact that this idea is kind of embedded in the new paradigm. New devices won't necessarily displace the old ones. Microsoft missed the opportunity to create a tablet that works best with it's own "ecosystem" while sabotaging it's own flagship product.

The PC is a form factor and a level of end user control. Each of these independently have their own uses and use cases for which they are the best available option. Trying to ignore that in the rush to embrace the new shiny shiny is just stupid.

Although everyone appears to be making the same mistakes right now.

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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Re: Originals were great?

Ford was doing bit parts before 77 and still getting more work as a carpenter.

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Netflix dares UK freetards: Watch new Breaking Bad NOW or torrent it?

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Re: US

They may not be on Netflix but they are on PPV streaming services.

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

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Bill is his own punchline.

Bill's putdown only seems effective if you look at the situation in the most superficial way possible.

Gates is an old man that has retired from business and is now trying to salvage his reputation. What was he like when he was actively building his company? Did he care about the poor people in Africa? Did he even care about making cool products or doing right by his customers?

No. He was a crass monopolist.

Retired bill versus current Google twins is not the real comparison to make here.

What was Gates like in his prime and how does THAT compare to Google?

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Google sniffs at MySQL fork MariaDB: Yum. Have an engineer

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Re: MySQL GUI tools?

IBM could put the full weight of the collective behind MariaDB in a highly public way and it would not make a dent in their DB2 sales.

Oracle and DB2 users just aren't the same crowd.

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Dual licensing not uncommon.

If you own the code, then you can license it any way you like. You can license it as GPL to some people and under a more restrictive license to others. QT was originally licensed in this manner.

Thinking that a BSD-timebomb license will buy you anything is just daft.

"Liberating" your project with the BSDL just means that Oracle can gulp up your old work and doesn't even have to buy you out.

Although the most valuable thing about MySQL is probably the trademark.

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KingSpec's 2TB Multicore PCI-E SSD whopper vs the rest

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Re: Hourses for courses?

> Large files served up fast?

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> Lots of scope for the "adult entertainment" market perhaps?

The problem with that is you have to be copying to another copy of the relevant hardware or you are going to bottleneck immediately on whatever that other thing is (network,storage).

It's like getting excited that your new spinny disk can do reads at 160MB/s when everything reading from it will be bottlenecked by GigE and limited to a mere 100MB/s at best.

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Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

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Re: What I can never understand...

> WHY DO YOU CARE SO MUCH WHAT APPLE DOES??

Raving fanboys were talking as if Apple was going to take over the world and subject everyone to their nonsense regardless of whether or not we actually wanted it.

Geeks deprived of choice tend to lash out. This works for idle threats and being told that we're obsolete and irrelevant.

Pay back's a bitch.

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Re: A twunt of the highest order

> Beer because I swear Bill Cosby is drunk half the time.

The dude is ancient. He's probably not drunk. It's probably just some form of dementia.

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Re: I think Rush needs to get out more

> Why does he have to attach politics to computer based products?

He's a raving fanboy and his day job is conservative radio troll.

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Re: Disproportionate

> Do you really think that people still buy the iPhone because of the name, or manufacturer / "badge"?

Yes.

Although that is a far less meaningful declaration now that Apple has become a minority player.

However there are plenty of crap products that manage to thrive (likely through marketing and critical mass).

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South Korea: We're 'concerned' that Obama saved Apple from ban

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Re: In case anyone really cares about why this happened

What happened is that a US regulatory body was overridden by the President.

This is like Bush contradicting the EPA on climate change.

Samsung managed to meet whatever burden they needed to achieve for the relevant lower level beaurocrat. It's just that someone higher up the food chain overrode that.

That should be disturbing regardless of your brand or party affiliation.

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Terror cops swoop on couple who Googled 'backpacks' and 'pressure cooker'

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Re: People are like golden retrievers!

> Why so serious?

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> But seriously, if I saw that the first thing I'd do is call the police and hide in a closet. That would scare the shit out of me.

Run in the house, arm the alarm, and load the shotgun.

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Google Chromecast: Here's why it's the most important smart TV tech ever

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Re: How is it different from a Smart Android Dongle?

> HDMI is less functional and less convenient.

That would be my main interest in this thing. Already got the HDMI thing going on now and it seems like far too much of a kludge.

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Re: Stupid TV add-on

> Why do I need updates?

...because it doesn't do what a 15 year old DVD player can. My current generation of HTPCs have outlasted 3 generations of streamer appliances and still run circles around them.

External streamers and the one's embedded into TV's are all cheap crap that confirm the idea that people will eat dirt as long as it looks like they're getting a bargain.

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Clueless testimonial...

> My Smart TV is severely hampered by one thing - the laborious need to scroll to a letter, then click, scroll to another then click to achieve search on iPlayer, YouTube or pretty much anything else.

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> While TVs have got better, remotes have just added buttons - they need the same cut-through the crap vision that Apple achieved with the iPhone.

...and just how does the AppleTV do that exactly? What magical thing does it do that no one else does?

I'll tell you: NOTHING. It does nothing special in this regard. it's stuck in the same quagmire as every other remote based product out there. The only difference is that the remote looks prettier.

This isn't some $2000 overpriced PC. Plenty of people can afford to buy these things and play around for them just for the lulz. So spouting misinformed bullsh*t and mindless propaganda based on general lack of experience isn't going to cut it.

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Behold the mindless consumer...

> I'm going to sound old-fashioned here, but maybe in some households not everyone can afford a fondleslab each

...in which case you probably already have something respectable already attached to the TV. It's probably more expensive and more capable than any device from Google or Apple.

Playing with your slab is simply unnecessary.

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Intel's homage to Raspberry Pi: The much pricier Minnowboard

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Just insane.

For $200 you can get an entire ION system ready made from the local electronics retailer.

If they're trying to charge $200 for just an Atom board with no spiffy GPU, then they are simply on crack.

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Re: UEFI -- "Open Source"???

> Ssshhhhh you're not allowed to point out facts, it gets in the way of the 'tards hysterical rants...

UEFI brings NOTHING to the table here. What few real limitations are present in legacy PC firmware are negated by things like SSD and MicroSD and just partitioning your disk.

On the other hand, buggy UEFI implementations (like Samsung) have a tendency to brick themselves.

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PEAK APPLE: iPad market share hits the skids

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Re: I hates titles!

> Instead of gloating adolescent schadenfreude (gotta look cool, man!), here we have a logical, rational, sensible and very well expressed comment.

Payback's a bitch. We've had to put up with all of the Apple uber alles nonsense.

Some immature schadenfreude is simply our due.

Call it "revenge of the geeks".

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Google menaces Apple's 3-year-old toddler with its cheap stream tech

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Except you can never tell...

> WTF? Even as a MacBook Air user I presume the article was tongue in cheek.

Except you simply can't make that assumption. There are too many people that are perfectly serious when they start spouting ridiculous nonsense.

There are just too many kooks out of there.

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Re: Research...

> Apple's device is stand alone and much the better for it

Every time someone says that the AppleTV is artificially crippled and lame, some fanboy chimes in and says "just use AirPlay".

This Google product is just that concept take to it's logical extreme. Treat the AppleTV as nothing more than a wireless video transfer dongle and cut the price by 1/3rd.

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Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

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Of course no Linux user owns a smartphone...

> So far, setup apps are only available for devices running Android 2.3, iOS 6.0, Windows 7, or Mac OS X 10.7 (or any higher versions of those platforms). Sorry, Linux die-hards!

In other words I can just plug it into my phone with an OTG cable. So where is the Linux user deprivation there again exactly?

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BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

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Stupid title, helping propagate clueless nonsense.

IT people have never been engineers. Even software engineering professors go out of their way to burst everyone's bubble. Even if you do manage to be eligible for the EIT (or UK equivalent), you're still not an engineer.

Computer science is an embryonic discipline that's no where near spawning a branch of engineering.

People who use the term engineer to refer to computer janitors or even coders should be flogged, repeatedly.

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Microsoft pledges Linux boost for Windows Server and Center R2 duo

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Re: Microsoft FAIL

The kinds of companies that want to run Windows, run Unix because Windows fails to get the job done.

This kind of counteracts the notion that you would use your failed platform in order to run the one that it's replacing.

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Not like the Big Bang.

Unix admins most certainly do make purchasing decisions. IT managers and executives don't just pop out of the ether. Linux is a well established server operating system for Fortune 100 companies as is the entire Unix family.

Outside of mom and pop shops, the reach of Microsoft is limited.

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For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

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Re: How to survive in the countryside

> Also, the three point advice given don't necessarily protect me when someone too drunk to fasten their seatbelts speeds into my car.

Untrue. That 3 point advice will likely be the difference between you living and you dying.

We're not nearly as helpless as some people like to think.

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Ubuntu boss: I want to make a Linux hybrid mobe SO GIVE ME $32m

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Re: This whole crowdfunding thing?..

There seems to be plenty of opportunity for Canonical branded hardware in a variety of interesting form factors. They could put together a lot of ready made kit in configurations that are unusual. This doesn't have to be limited to phones where the market is already saturated.

It also doesn't require some sort of crowd-driven ransom-ware scheme.

Others have already done better. Canonical should raise the bar.

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Aereo streaming TV now bargaining chip in Time Warner Cable, CBS tiff

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The worst kind of cable nonsense.

This is the worst kind of cable nonsense. These are channels that are typically unusable by viewers in the broadcast area due to crap signal quality. They are the people that should be getting free access to this stuff anyways. The idea that CBS can charge anything is obscene. The idea they think they can jack up their fees 6 times in an era of increased cord cutting just boggles the mind.

This kind of double dipping with commercially supported channels is bad enough when it's something like AMC.

It's only due to a corrupt law that this is even an issue at all. Re-transmission of commercial TV should be free to cable operators in general. Re-transmission of local broadcasts should be free to everyone.

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Cloud backups: Where's my get out of jail card?

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Re: Of course ...

The whole point of outsourcing is that someone else can do it better and/or cheaper than you can.

If that isn't really the case, then there's no point in putting your trust in someone else. You could go back to being responsible for your own problems and ignore the cloud hype entirely.

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Samsung lifts lid on 1.6TB flash whopper spaffing data at 3GB/s

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Re: Obvious troll is obvious

You're on crack. Simply on crack. There was no point in time where Amiga kit was more expensive than PC kit.

When half a meg was "paltry", you would be hard pressed to find more on a clone. If you did manage to find a better equipped (upgraded) clone, then it likely wasn't cheap either.

It took PC gear a long time to catch up to Amiga and everyone else. It took PC operating systems even longer.

What memory you had on an Amiga you could use without any hacks or shenanigans.

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Spotify strikes back at Radiohead - but artists are still angry

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Re: Time for the artists to retaliate?

Starting a new service won't help anyone. The labels are driving this. They are the ones with the exploitative contracts. They are the ones that set the rates that Spotify pays. They are the ones that set the rates that the talent gets paid.

Moving to another service would just recreate the problem.

This is all about how the labels screw the talent.

Spotify is just caught in the middle because the talent is stupid.

A UA for musicians would be a great idea but not because of Spotify.

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Acer silences Thunderbolt

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Re: Bad marketing - it's not understood

> You do not require new drivers for Thunderbolt. Remember, Thunderbolt is just a transparent PCI-Express bus extension out of the computer case

YOU NEED DRIVERS.

It doesn't matter if they are NEW or not.

Support for some random gigabit chipset doesn't just magically pop out of the either. You need a driver that supports it. The interesting thing about USB is that it does define standard device classes and allows you to use a generic driver for that class of device.

This concept is something that is missing from PCIe.

You're just making the assumption that things will magically work themselves out.

> USB usually has problems, performance, reliability, compatibility...

No it doesn't. You're just making up self-serving nonsense.

It's amazing how bad USB suddenly becomes when there's a new flavor of the month for Fanboys to follow. Suddenly that great thing that Apple gave to everyone is not so cool anymore. Suddenly you have to tear it down make the new shiny shiny look better.

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Re: Bad marketing - it's not understood

From the point of view of an end user, USB and Thunderbolt are exactly the same. Both allow you to connect storage devices. Both allow you to connect expansion "cards" like audio or networking. Both support docking stations.

They're both a bus and each one of them requires an extra set of drivers for devices plugged into that bus. You are going to need a NIC driver regardless of whether or not you're plugging it into a slot on your motherboard or a cable plugged into the back of your PC.

One seems to be mostly only available from Apple and the other is pretty much available with any new PC.

Even if you wanted to seek out a PC thunderbolt solution, you would be hard pressed to find one. You would have to buy or build an entirely new machine in order to get it. This is in stark contrast to USB3 where you can just get a cheap card for your current system.

"Available everywhere" versus "looks like an Apple exclusive".

We aren't even at the point where Thunderbolt can compete directly based on price or features.

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Re: USB:Thunderbolt -> HHGTTG:Encyclopædia Galactica

> Never underestimate the power of being slightly cheaper

Except it's not slight. It's more like an order of magnitude.

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Re: Makes no difference

> Are you sure about that?? Have you tried moving around a few hundred gigs of data over USB2 any time recently??

Yes. I do it all the time actually. Although I will be man enough to admit that I'm probably in the minority.

The thing here is that people usually aren't sitting and waiting for such a transfer to complete. This is something they will leave to finish or something that they will ingore while they are doing something else with their computer. Perhaps you have heard of this thing called MULTI-TASKING.

It's far more important that your task can finish without babysitting and not negatively impact the performance of everything else running on the machine. It's far more important that a 200G file transfer doesn't crater performance for the other apps you're using.

Mazerati speed fixations aren't really that relevant.

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Re: "Everyone on a budget"

I don't care if it's "ugly" if it gets the job done. A pretty thing might not even be able to do the job badly.

Those geeky little details that are supposed to be obsolete now determine whether or not you can actually do something and how pleasant you will be while doing it.

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Re: "Everyone on a budget"

500 quid on a phone? You must be insane? I've never spent nearly that much. Although I admit that all of my recent phone purchases (Apple or Android) have all been subsidized.

I would be hard pressed to spend 500 quid on a laptop.

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Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

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Re: Nice guys come second

> Sounds like Linus has pretty much lost it.

No. You just sound like an uniformed idiot. This has been his management style from the beginning. He hasn't "lost" anything. He never had it to begin with and it didn't seem to do him or his project any harm at all.

You may want to be a a whiny little b*tch but it's hard to argue with success.

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke pulls his own music off Spotify

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Re: Says who?

Like radio before them, streaming services like Spotify and Pandora aren't there to support musicians directly. They are in the same domain of "free content" that the industry has always had since the dawn of broadcasting. The true value of any broadcast or streaming medium is the fact that it is getting you exposure.

No one will buy your stuff if they don't know about it.

People need to know about your stuff. Clear channel dominated radio is a dying dinosaur that may or may not give you any airtime. If you ever hope to sell another album again, you need an alternate promotional medium.

Musicians only harm themselves with this nonsense.

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Ubuntu 13.10 to ship with Mir instead of X

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Re: If Torvalds can't do it maybe Shuttleworth can...

> I'm sick and tired of the all programs I have that must be updated every fscking time my Linux OS of choice gets an update.

If that's a problem then it's entirely your fault. We're talking about Ubuntu here. It doesn't get any easier than upgrading a Debian based distribution. Everything and the kitchen sink can be updated with a single command.

If you don't want new versions of your apps then why are you bothering to upgrade to begin with? It's Unix. You don't need to mess with it all the time. It's not some malware magnet that will be a menace by next week if it's not constantly patched.

Stop thinking like a Windows user.

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Re: Linux Graphics... is rubbish

> so why should they not move onto something that is not chained to the past?

...because something strange happened while X haters were locked in their little echo chamber.

The rest of the industry discovered the utility of some of the more "esoteric" features of X. The idea of tying things to the hardware is quite frankly a childish way of thinking that belongs back in the 80s with things like the Atari ST. Display technology tied to hardware is simply intolerably primitive.

Unix is a multi-user network operating system.

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Mindless Lemming Nonsense...

> Well, that's fine if you want to be stuck with OpenOffice, Kivio/Dia, and all the other really bad applications on the Linux platform

You're just shoveling the same old mindless Lemming FUD that people like you have been pushing since before Linux ever existed. Nothing is acceptable unless it's the herd anointed choice. It doesn't matter how good the alternatives are or what their business models are.

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Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead

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Oracle courting the small fry? In what universe?

> This is the same strategy Oracle took, ignoring the SME and hobbyist, and focusing on the big bucks.

Are you kidding? Oracle has always been an overpriced solution for companies with money to burn.

They have never focused on the SME and they certainly have never focused on the hobbyist.

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