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Developer's Corner / Re: Awesome User Feedback :D
« on: November 09, 2012, 10:41 AM »
 Priceless.  :up:

Still, I see the ability to earn and produce as a good thing, and the lack of it in some FLOSS as a problem for the people behind it. We need to eat. We need to provide for our families. That's a very real issue, and far more important than any philosophical issue. If you can't eat, you can't think. Game over.

Yes, but the point of FLOSS was not to destroy the economics. It was pure intention of creating an alternative. Let's say you want to listen to XYZ artist and his songs in album are priced at 9bucks. Which in third world can get high as 1000 or so bucks. Result: they either choose piracy or choose not to listen. If you apply this sort of situation to operating system and software, they're basically running behind the world for not using it. Now they have competitive option: linux or whatever free OS out there.

 If you keep on applying this to every product then you'll be left with few people with buying intention and rest of the others either attempting to steal it or working hard to get it or trying to sustain a platform which supports this. Intention of FLOSS was to avoid these type of situations. Nobody calls me pirate for using linux or FLOSS. That's how I see it. There are people in the world, who go with hunger all the time, still manage to think, many world leaders came from poverty. It's the process of pushing middle and upper  class to this "wallet sucking" life is what makes many people not to think without profit.

We live in a "corporatists" and fascist world.

True but the problem of "sucking the resources until the victim is dead" mentality is from capitalism. It doesn't promote any other thought than profit.

Often the question is why use a Porche when a Volkswagen will do the same job?

Very good question.

I don't want single desktop to dominate, be it linux (unix or whatever), apple and windows. Some people have specific demands from the OS and apps and all they need is getting work done. Some people want to show off and they have specific needs just for that. Let them be but if we lose the freedom to innovate, we are basically living in digital slave era. As for quality, many paid products are priced because developer wants to earn money for development and not because it has quality. This is the reason W8 was not well received. It was odd balance for quality vs experience.

As this capitalism monster will become more hungry eventually will create a lot of opportunity for open source and free software. Nobody in their right mind has resources to keep feeding the capitalism mentality.

I am learning Rails framework these days and noticed that like rails many other open source and free languages or framework has quality. Same applies to softwares built over them. But this doesn't seem to apply to .NET or paid framework world. It may be easy or letting you get things done but it is not quality which we compare with many variables which includes productivity, labor costs and efficiency etc etc. That's my opinion.

Money is not everything for many people. When I see GNU and Open Source community on diaspora, I see how they are motivated for their contribs on sourceforge and github. It's not about money for them. It doesn't matter how regular software is updated, as long it is safe and functioning as you are expecting. I have seen many paid software developers retiring their software, changing directions and ceasing development, nobody talks about that. People who want to get things done and are likely to pay just switch to another provider.

Capitalism has successfully destroyed mindset of people to such extent, people will not hesitate to charge for almost everything they do in life. This not only destroys creativity but also makes the people at the top thinking about monopoly.  Some people deserve to be manipulated by the people at top and some people deserve to find their freedom, whatever and wherever it  exists.

Living Room / Re: Good Luck to Our US Friends!
« on: November 06, 2012, 07:35 PM »
I don't know how it will end but if guy like that wins, will give me chills with fuel price hike and middle east chaos. Cthulu save us all.

Living Room / Crossover Giveaway
« on: October 29, 2012, 03:01 PM »
Flock the Vote Software Giveaway Announced!

On Monday, 29 October, CodeWeavers' CEO Jeremy White announced to his staff that he would be giving away CrossOver for FREE, for 24 hours, to anyone on the planet. He then locked the server room and fled into the woods. None of us can find the keys, which means that the Software Giveaway is on, whether we like it or not.

That’s right: CrossOver. Absolutely FREE. Here are the details:

    What: A FREE copy of CrossOver, with 12 months support!
    When: Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 00:00 - 23:59, CST (-6GMT)
    Who: FREE to anyone on the planet

Looks like a good deal to me.

On locked scale and the patent fights, I think apple wins any day. I don't think microsoft will be as successful like them with appstore and stuff. It took apple 3 years to push people for dependency on ITunes store and app store. MS can't push people that quickly with Windows 8. It will take some years and some biased media news to push people to use MS app store for purchase.

Depends how quickly major developers make the move to the new interface and the AppStore. Utlimately if not-Metro works as well as some think it will on tablets there is a good chance MS could gain market share rapidly - most of the reviews see a lot of advantages of not-Metro over iOS - and for me not having to depend on iTunes is a major draw. Even Apple fans who use Windows boxes hate iTunes on Windows. I think Apple deliberately make it suck to try and move people to Apple hardware.

It's not about developers. Developers come and go from any platform depending on their revenue stream. Leaving CC details in Itunes and in MS app store will be totally different and that's where I think makes difference for anyone who tries to force app store stuff on customers. Besides MS caters customers in between apple( shut up and take my money type) and Linux/nix (I want to keep control over where i spend type folks). Next step for MS is definitely sticking with popular hardware developer. In case of mobile, they picked up nokia which was necessary for nokia to remain in competition as well. Their app store sucked because fanboys and media didn't lifted it but with MS on side, I am sure new app store under nokia will be viewed seriously by buyers. So far Windows 8 offers nothing new compared to the windows 7 that makes you want to switch desperately. And people are less likely to move from one OS to another in this economy.

On locked scale and the patent fights, I think apple wins any day. I don't think microsoft will be as successful like them with appstore and stuff. It took apple 3 years to push people for dependency on ITunes store and app store. MS can't push people that quickly with Windows 8. It will take some years and some biased media news to push people to use MS app store for purchase.

Living Room / Re: Amazon closes woman's account and wipes her Kindle
« on: October 22, 2012, 03:00 PM »
One more reason to avoid cloud based purchase of stuff. By opting for cloud, companies get more control and customer lose it (ofcourse with excuse like - I am not doing something wrong so let them have it).

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: October 21, 2012, 03:56 PM »
Thanks, going to take a look :)

Ah the perfect autumn.  :up:

Bluetooth Icon spirit taking over FARR.

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: October 20, 2012, 03:03 PM »
I was in halloween and fall mood for reading some illustrations and vintage books.

@40HZ, Have any suggestions on that?

Living Room / Re: Udacity - free online education for real
« on: October 19, 2012, 01:15 PM »
If any one of you are into freelancing or wish to start a cloud startup, I suggest taking a look at Startup Class.  :up:

If you like playing with tarrot cards, you will love Windows 8. It's just that you'll have to play with tarrot all the time.

My bad. Missed that one in the feed.


The Genius Training Student Workbook we received is the company's most up to date, we're told, and runs a bizarre gamut of Apple Dos and Don'ts, down to specific words you're not allowed to use, and lessons on how to identify and capitalize on human emotions. The manual could easily serve as the Humanity 101 textbook for a robot university, but at Apple, it's an exhaustive manual to understanding customers and making them happy. Sales, it turns out, take a backseat to good vibes—almost the entire volume is dedicated to empathizing, consoling, cheering up, and correcting various Genius Bar confrontations. The assumption, it'd seem, is that a happy customer is a customer who will buy things. And no matter how much the Apple Store comes off as some kind of smiling likeminded computer commune, it's still a store above all—just one that puts an enormous amount of effort behind getting inside your head.

Living Room / Re: How Many Planets Are There?
« on: October 14, 2012, 04:52 AM »
Sirius Planet is hidden  so that's 11, as per evidence from Serious Sam and Dogon tribe.

General Software Discussion / Re: Does the browser Opera suck?
« on: October 14, 2012, 04:50 AM »
I am using Opera Mini on Sony phone and their Turbo feature which is built in for Mini saves me plenty of bandwidth. I don't know why FF is not considering this option.

Living Room / Re: txtbeaglr - £10 electronic book
« on: October 14, 2012, 02:03 AM »
I think they just want to earn from the store sales. They have their own ebook store like amazon. Catch is something like this - before chinese brands enter into this market and flood it with similar readers, somebody already started it and is trying to bank on it. Nothing bad if it only lets people read the books. I was thinking Kindle is better because you can backup books online for free upto 4GB on amazon account. I am still not sure except the online backup of book part, none of the other chinese or other EU brands tried to come up with cheap reader like this.

Living Room / txtbeaglr - £10 electronic book
« on: October 13, 2012, 04:18 AM »

A German firm is hoping to radically change the electronic book market with an ebook that costs just £10 to buy.

'The txtr beagle is designed to do best what eReaders are intended for: reading digital books,' the firm says on its website.

To save costs, the gadget has no connectors, and books are sent to it from a mobile phone app using bluetooth.

More : http://www.dailymail...ook-kill-Kindle.html

Living Room / Re: How Many Planets Are There?
« on: October 12, 2012, 10:24 AM »
9.5 :D

Living Room / Re: Do Not Track
« on: October 12, 2012, 03:15 AM »
I like the reasoning there. If you don't support economy with advertising, you're not american. Well I am not american to begin with and I don't like ad slapped on my face to suck my already limited bandwidth, be it from america or any other country or even my own country.

If a quantum description of the universe is correct (and most indications seem to point in that direction) then are we actually characters in a future version of the Sims? The capricious nature of some human behaviour perhaps suggests so ;-)

It reminds me of this paper.

General Software Discussion / Re: Does the browser Opera suck?
« on: October 11, 2012, 01:55 AM »
I found this on diaspora. :D


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